We watched the grandsons last night and after they were in bed, I finished the rest of "forever" , after pulling out most of the V and redoing it, and got a start on the S for Stitching, while watching a PBS show on the Beatles. I put a few stitches in today before diving into the ongoing binding job, a baby quilt for my daughter's best friend.
...though it disappears on my beige carpet :) The label is next, as baby Grace is finally here, a week overdue. After a bath, the quilt will be on its way to the newly expanded, happy family--she's the first grandchild for both sets of parents. Linking up to Kathy's Quilts.
Thanksgiving was a rather quiet affair, with us hosting as usual, but without the big crowd. One could actually hear oneself and others at the table, since there were only 11 of us: two of our kids, my mom and dad, brother, sister, uncle, and nephew with his girlfriend.
We even ate together at one long table. I enjoyed pulling out my Grandma's Red Apple dishes I love so much. My sister Kathy was a big help to Grant and me in the kitchen, as always. She peeled and seeded a pomegranate while I put together the fruit salad; she toasted walnuts and almonds for dishes, and made the green bean dish, while I tried to get out all the bowls and serving pieces. Brother Kevin carved the turkey, Mom and Dad brought pies, Erica made the special potato dish we all love. Everything came out well. Later, two nephews stopped by, one with his expectant wife, and Kathy gifted them the quilts she made at our retreat at Sewtopia--can it be only three weeks ago?
First was the wedding quilt. The couple are ski boarding enthusiasts and got married 18+ months ago in Mammoth Lakes in winter, at 10,000 feet. Kathy used a panel and coordinates for a snowy mountain themed throw.
The wedding quilt being late, they got an additional matching quilt for their baby boy due next month! Mama-to-be has been on bedrest and is hoping for an earlier delivery. The marrieds also stopped by with the grandsons so we all got to play (wind them up!) with them for a little while. We had a lovely day and clean up took way less time than normal, lol. The men even helped empty the living room of the 15 year old couches we were giving away, in anticipation of a new set to be delivered the next day. Grant and I ended the evening by pulling dining room chairs to the TV to watch WALL-E.
He had to work Friday, but I had the day off and not only did I not go out and shop on Black Friday, I never left the house. Bliss! There were a few visitors to enjoy and plenty of pottering time after the busy days before. Back to work tomorrow, and the mad rush to Christmas. We'll wait until Dec 1 to get the lights up and house decorated, though plenty of our neighbors took advantage of the holiday to do so. Lots to do in the next month--but there will still be stitching time :)