Sunday, February 17, 2008

Happy 4th Birthday, AJ

Today is AJ's 4th birthday. The first picture is of AJ on his first Easter with his Uncle Kevin. AJ had just gotten out of the hospital the week before, I think -- he spent 5 weeks in the NICU because he was 10 weeks early. The second picture is this past Christmas with Briana and Uncle Steve -- he's grown up a lot!

Mother Nature is once again causing us some trouble in the midwest. Steve called from Madison this morning -- they are getting rain on top of ice and are expecting 9 inches of snow on top of that. We had ice this morning, then rain and now snow -- but are only expecting 2 - 4 inches now. I can put up with the snow -- but can certainly do without the freezing rain. Some areas are on flood watch too. My regular guild meeting was scheduled for tomorrow and it was cancelled today. They had to cancel last month's meeting due to the weather also, so that means we haven't met since November (we always take December off). I was so looking forward to going tomorrow evening just to be with other quilters in person.

So, I've decided to issue a challenge to my guild members and to anyone else that wants to play along! I'm beginning to get Cabin Fever, so the challenge will be to make a small quilt using at least one log cabin block in it and it must be from stash/scraps only -- no buying fabric for this one. I recommend a doll's size quilt, but you can make any size you like -- but the top must be finished by March 17 -- St. Patrick's Day -- and also the day of our next guild meeting. For those in my guild -- please bring your top for show 'n' tell that day. This is a just for fun challenge -- so if you don't feel like doing it, no problem. Also, you can make the log cabin block any size you'd like, but it has to be recognizable as a log cabin block. You can make a table runner or table topper or a baby quilt or a lap size -- whatever, but it must be a finished top. And no, I don't have time for this either, but why not have some fun anyway!

Today I did manage to spend an hour working on the desk and actually made some progress and then I spent an hour and a half piecing the backing for my basketweave quilt. I may still get an hour in cleaning out computer files, but probably won't get an hour in on the binding -- but now that guild has been canceled for tomorrow, I'll probably be able to get an hour in on it then. Plus, I'll be pulling fabrics and cutting them for my log cabin quilt!

I talked to AJ on the phone today -- he sounds so grown up.
We didn't have to go out in this weather today.
I put a corned beef brisket on the stove this afternoon -- soon we'll be having corned beef and cabbage a month before St. Patrick's day - but we're not Irish anyway! vbg


Mary said...

Well, I don't have time for another quilt but my crumb blocks actually turned into freeform log cabin type blocks so I'll make it my goal to have those blocks assembled by March 17th.

cher said...

just the challenge to have fun with Joanne! I have a bag of pink strips and one pink log cabin will be forthcoming. sometimes we need to have something new to enjoy-and you have been doing great in your hour a day on stuff, plus working on ufos..way to go!

Dawn said...

Oh AJ is so cute! And what a tiny little guy he was! Unbelievable isn't it how much they grow!