And of course, to maintain my sanity throughout all the craziness, some quilting. I think if I didn't quilt, I'd be a raving lunatic, running up and down the street screaming and pulling my hair out. So, since that doesn't seem like such a pretty sight, I quilt. I must. It is my time for me. I so enjoy it and it brings me a visible sense of accomplishment and the fruit of my creativity to last for generations.
So last night I finished up a quilt I had been working on for several months off and on.
Technically this is a collaborative effort. My mother-in-law embroidered the redwork pictures on the white squares and gave them to me for a Christmas or birthday gift recently. She has an impressive embroidery machine and does wonders with it. I chose all the reds from my stash to border the white focal squares and then made a white border from my stash. She did each piece of embroidery on a different white-on-white fabric. When we were at a quilt shop near Dallas during Hurricane Ike, I bought another white-on-white to use for the backing and another couple of fat quarters of a different red for the binding. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about the quilt (did I do the squares justice?), but now that it is all done I really like it. Thanks Mom!
After I finished binding the red and white quilt last night, I finished sewing together the squares for a little quilt made from a kit I bought at the quilt show last November. It was a wonderful little quilt - easy to make with a pack of charm squares and little extra for the center stripes. I love how it showcases one of my favorite fabrics - Charisma from Moda. If I have an opportunity tonight, I may stitch together the top (or at least part of it) in honor of the Super Bowl! I may have changed a couple of squares after I snapped this photo of my layout, but you get the idea.
Our Saturdays have also been busy. Last Saturday we were so pleased and proud as Jacob made his First Reconciliation! How wonderful. They had a beautiful Penance service for all the children and he had prepared so well. He did beautifully and was really calm. What a blessed time. We went out to lunch after that to celebrate. He had the opportunity yesterday afternoon to go with his Daddy and make his second confession. Yeah!
Also yesterday we had a lot of fun at the Pinewood Derby Race for Jacob's Cub Scout Pack. We did this last year with his other Pack and he really enjoyed it. So this year, despite our time crunch, Jacob managed to make his derby car in time for the race on Saturday. This Pack is much larger than our other one, so even though not all the scouts raced cars there was a total of 77 scout cars. If I'm not mistaken, all of the 8 or 9 boys out of Jacob's Wolf den made cars. There are two other wolf dens.
Jacob placed second in his den and second out of all the Wolves. This Jacob receiving his second place trophy. He received a medal for the other second place win in his den.
Jacob's car did really well!!! Out of 77 cars, he was in the eighth place. This qualified him to go on to the final race of the best 25 cars. And he couldn't have been more excited - he placed 5th out of all 25!!!!! He got another bigger trophy!!!!
Jacob we are so proud of you - not only of your car racing, but also who you are.
Keep us in your prayers. Many blessings to you all!