Friday, August 17, 2012

Well Into August

Here we are well into August already.  The days are getting noticeably shorter and the grandchildren return to school on Monday.  It's hard to believe another summer is quickly coming to an end.


The summer chores continue.  I tried something new this year and am quite pleased with the results.  We have a couple of pinot noir grape vines growing over a structure and it is loaded with grapes this year.    What's a gal to do?  Make wine????  Nah...I'm not good at stomping and getting my toes purple.  How about jelly????  I can do that!!  It made the prettiest jelly - a rosy color and it tastes great.




In about a week we are going to have three little ones with us while their mommy and daddy buzz off to Hawaii for a little getaway.  I decided to make them a couple of soft fleece blankets to give them a little comfort.  They were easy and fast projects, but fun nonetheless.




During the wonderful Christmas Hop that was recently showcased I won a darling Christmas mini from Joan at Moose Stash Quilting blog.  I just love it and she did such an amazing job on it.  I know the little ones will get a thrill when they see it hanging during the holidays.  If you have ever wanted to see an amazing scrap quilt, you need to go visit her blog.  Trust me....it will blow you away and it is reversible!!!



I am officially all caught up on my Just Takes 2 blocks with these last two applique blocks.  The newest ones will keep me busy with MORE applique.  Oh dear!!  I think I have tried every type of applique known now and I am not sure it is getting much better.



I also finished my mini quilt for the ALQS7 swap.  I really liked the aqua fabric in this one.  I wish I had more of it for other things. 






#6 star from the Temecula Summer Star QAL is now added to the bunch.



The newest little one is home and doing great.  She is such a good baby - sleeps well and is so mellow.  I think the other children think of her as a doll meant to be dressed up!



I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy a wonderful weekend ahead.

30 comments:

barcord said...

Hope you have a great time with the little ones. They will love the fleece blankets. What a sweet baby. I had to look twice, she is a doll. I love your ALQS quilt. Its on my list :)

Barb said...

what a cutie you have there....I love homemade grape jelly....love all of your projects

Stephanie said...

What a deep rich color to your grapes. Your little quilt is very pretty but nothing is as adorable as that sweet little doll. :o) Have a terrific weekend.

Karen said...

Hi Mary.....Your grape jelly looks wonderful!

Those fleece blankies are nice for little ones...they're sure to love them.

Your new baby grand-daughter is so sweet and cuddly looking, like a doll actually!

Have fun with the children while their parents are on a retreat!

Karen

Nedra said...

Your jelly looks so pretty! I bet it's delicious. And look at that sunflower!
The new school year in Arizona started at the end of July for our grandchildren. I like your schedule more.

Maria said...

Oh your newest babe is so sweet no wonder her sister and brothers think she is a doll.
Enjoy having your granndies and their cuddley blankies are lovely.
Great work on your blocks...

nancygrayce said...

Have a great time with your little ones!! Those blankets are so sweet! And the quilts...out of this world gorgeous! That new baby is so precious!

Have a great weekend!

Hilachas said...

What a busy person you've been! Everything you've done is wonderful. That jelly looks yummy and your quilting projects are fabulous. I know you will enjoy your grandchildren. They're going to love those blankets. The new baby is gorgeous. What a doll!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

No wonder they think she is a doll Mary - she is adorable. Love your blocks and sweet soft blankies.

em's scrapbag said...

OH, she is so sweet.
Thanks for the link on the amazing scrap quilt. Truly enjoyed that!
Your jelly looks yummy!

Joyful Quilter said...

You have busy! As always. The new grand baby is just a doll.

Talin's Corner said...

Wow you sure have been busy. Love that frog on the chair with the Fleece blankets. Your newest grandaughter is precious.

Kerrie said...

OMG, you have been busy! I love all your projects, they are beautiful and inspiring! ♥

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Aren't the fleece blankets fun? And the little ones love to carry them everywhere! Wow your Just Takes2 blocks continue to amaze me! Well done. That little bundle of pink will keep everyone occupied for a long time. You get so much done from jelly making to all the crafting and I can tell you are having fun!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

They are going to love their fleece blankets! How fun! And the littlest one is adorable~ no wonder they think she is a doll~ she is! The jelly looks yummy! Have a happy weekend!

Sue said...

You've been so busy. Enjoy the visiting grandies, I'm sure their parents will enjoy their break too.

Lynne said...

The new little one is so sweet.

Have a wonderful time with your grandchildren.

Nat Palaskas said...

Growing your own grape too, Mary you are amazing! You will miss those grandchild when they return to schools - Hugs Nat

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh what lovely pictures, Mary. The little one is adorable. Thanks for coming back to see the good version of the block...lol

Michele said...

So much to comment on! Enjoy your time with the children :-) That mouse block is adorable! What a sweet baby. And grapes too? Wow!!

lindsey said...

Goodness you've been busy. The jelly looks great and such a beautiful grandbaby!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

You certainly have busy and productive! Your Just Takes 2 blocks are amazing and I really like the colors. Your mini quilt is so pretty and the different threads you used for the hand quilting are perfect.
Your newest granddaughter is so precious and she does look just like a baby doll.

Connie said...

Wonderful looking jelly although it would have been fun to see a photo of you stomping grapes for wine :) Great projects and love your win from Moose Stash! You are just the greatest gramma......to watch the grandkids and have new blankies waiting for them! Love those little frogs too!

Raewyn said...

What a lovely post. The jelly looks yum!! And that was very sweet of you to make new snugglies for your grandchildren. I love the colours you are using for your Just takes2... I am way behind but ok with that - at the moment! Your new little grand daughter is a real cutie.

Olivia john said...

I love all of your projects.They are so lovely.
Embroidery designs

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Thanks for visiting my WIPs Mary....I appreciate it..

Ivory Spring said...

Oh my, you have certainly been busy, Mary!!! :) Great projects.

Love the picture of the grapes -- care to share some of that jelly? ;) Just kidding.

Jennifer Rodriguez said...

I LOOOVVEE the Mickey! Oh.. have to make some quilted bags for Disneyland now!!

palmtreefanatic said...

PRECIOUS BABY!!! I want some homade jam yummy!!! :)

Barbara said...

So peaceful.