Friday, January 26, 2007

One queen-size quilt...

two king-size grins! I finally got the last border on this quilt, this morning. I guess I had forgotten why I don't much care for borders- this brought it all back!! But it does add a lot to a rather plain and simple quilt, so I'll probably be doing more borders from time to time. This quilt came from the book, Coffee Time. It was called Caramel Latte. Now how could I resist with a name like that? I had to scrappy-ize it, as that's what I had- scraps. And theirs was caramel, and golden colors... not what I had, so much. Well, I know you can't see much of it, but honestly, even without the children standing on it, I couldn't get back far enough to take a decent picture. I was standing on a chair, as it was. When the weather gets a bit warmer, maybe I'll be able to get the boys to hold it up for me. They'll climb in the back of the truck to keep it from dragging, and that works pretty well. I am excited to get back to the quilting. I've had a nice quiet time, and now I am really feeling like it could be fun to get back into the swing of things. I had a friend tell me that we shouldn't fight the dry spells, creatively, that they are just fallow times. Times to rest and rejuvenate. And, as always, she was right. Much more fun to just coast along and then pick up a project as the spirit moves me. Speaking of moving... I need to get rolling... lots to do!

As you can see, I have a new little girl in my house. Actually, I have 5 new girls and 3 new boys!!! They are staying for a week or so. Each one is cuter than the next and I really couldn't pick a favorite! My kids are just in raptures over their company- now there won't be even the slightest chance of boredom! I am not sure how my friend Mary, their mom, will survive... I know I couldn't, but maybe she will figure out something while her whole family is visiting. She called last night- the children had been gone a total of 3 hours and said that it was an amazing concept that the house was clean and that it would be staying that way until their return! Then, there was some wailing about how that just isn't right! I can't even imagine. Well, I don't guess I'll be having that problem. But they are all good worker bees and I am here to say that the chores were finished in record time, this morning! 16 kids can really get the job done! Ok, so the 1 year old wasn't pulling his own weight, but he sure is adorable. It's nice to have a baby in the house, again. And I'm glad he is sleeping with someone else. Though he did take a nap on my shoulder. How sweet. Sillily, I decided to invite a bunch of friends over, tonight, for a bit of a party... I have made 24 mini cheese cakes and a bunch of cup cakes. I am planning a mixed heritage dinner- cuban and middle eastern. Black beans and rice, flatbread and zahowie, and the boys are wanting corn chips with a layered dip of cheese, avacados, beans, and sourcream and salsa... I am out of black olives, but they don't care for them, anyway. I am thinking I might need to keep the kids under 10 on the upper level and the teens on the lower... logistics in an old farm house. Well, dh Bill will be here, so it's bound to be fun! Got to get the bread in the oven and it's lunch time!

16 comments:

Screen Door said...

You are a jewel.... There's a special place in heaven for people like you. Me--- I would have served everyone a happy meal from Mickey D's and called it a night. I love the stories of your life...

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Your quilt is gorgeous!

Kids alway behave like angels at someones else's home. But they are cute!

Have a great time tonight.

I don't know how you stay so calm with a house full of people. You are a very special person!

Sarah said...

You have obviously taken a departure from your sanity again - agreeing to take in an extra 8 kids! I am sure all 16 are having a grand old time. And what might Steve and Mary be up to?

Ian has been home from school yesterday and today with a sore throat and fever. It is nice to have him around more than normal. We are getting ready to go take a nap. He is still my cuddle bunny!

Wishing we could have a sewing day together! Who is the Latte quilt for? Your mama? She will love it. I need to spend some time dwelling on what to do for your birthday quilt. Did you say you wanted a light or dark fabric to go with the red?

Miss You!
Sarah

Peni said...

Gotta love the latte!!!! How very pretty!!

And those baby toes that curl! And blue eyes that are almost transparent.

Enjoy your week...I'm tired just thinkin about all the FUN you'll have. But I know you'll love it as much as they will.

quiltpixie said...

glad organized choas works for you -- as an only child and the single parent of an only child I can't imagine...

teelduo said...

Ok the little girl is cute but I really have a soft spot for that handsome little boy there. The blanket is pretty too.

smooch

Sandra said...

Well I don't know, you're either a saint or completely mad LOL. I can relate to your friend - I love having a tidy house when the kids go somewhere for a night, but I don't like the peace and quiet for very long before I wish they were all back home with me :-) These days, it's rare for them all to go on sleepovers on the same night. I think I'll suffer from empty nest syndrome very badly when they all leave home for good.

Isobel said...

16 kids, Nines, yu have your very own little one-room school. At least I got to send all my students home in the afternoon. You truly are special.

Darcie said...

Love the smiles...(some tooth-less)...and the bare toes! Was there a bit of giggling involved with this pic?! I can only imagine!

Your quilt is gorgeous! My-oh-my-oh-my...that pieciness! You deserve a celebration with friends after that accomplishment. I'm thinking that you should not be the one to do all of the fussing though....

Hugs to you!!!

McIrish Annie said...

Popped over to see you and was greeted with those fabulous smiles. Thanks for the lift on a Monday morning!! They could not be cuter if they tried! I love how the little girl has her arm around your son.

Oh and the quilt is pretty nice too! LOL

Carol E. said...

Cute, cute, cute! Love the cutie pie kids, and the quilt is beautiful. You can still manage to do quilting and to photograph one with 16 kids in the house?? You are one in a million.

Helen said...

16?! You are a treasure. I hope their mum has a good break (if she doesn't miss them too much). The chores bit reminds me of my childhood. I'm one of 6 and we were not allowed out of the house on a Saturday morning until all the jobs (as we call them in New Zealand) had been done.

Dawn said...

Oh what adorable faces and smiles! But I can't even imagine having 16 kids in the house! YIKES! I like that quilt they are standing on! Can't wait to see more of it!

Rae said...

16----- wow a lot of little angels running around. Do you feel like you have oppened a bording house? Is your friend going to recipricate with the visit of your kids?

Rae said...

by the way I wanted to ask you -- in the blog before this one, through the window one can see striated cliffs and a river or stream. What is the river? It looks beautiful

Shelina said...

That is such a pretty picture - cute kids and a cute quilt. I can't imagine taking care of that many children at one time. And with all the cooking, and sewing at the same time! You are an amazing woman!