Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Well there are a number of happenings at Nana Marne's this week, so here we go:

Miss Caro arrives from the Netherlands on the 23rd.  This is her 4th trip, so while it is always fun and exciting, it is also delightful to think about just relaxing and visiting.  I can't yet show you a photo (as I know she reads this blog) but wait until you see all that is here waiting for her.  First there is the box of things she left last year (intentionally), then there are 5 or 6 packages of things she has ordered which were delivered here [I knew about them coming], then the preparations for this trip, then a number of things I have bought for her and I just learned that there is another parcel on its way from Connecting threads - things she ordered.  Oh my gracious.  I promise a photo [assuming I can remember] when she gets here and before all the "stuff" gets dispursed.  It's kind of funny!

Last Saturday (I already told you this) was my turn to do a CTA Help Table stint at a local quilt/fabric store.  I always take 2 or 3 hand projects to work on, as the customers like to ask about what I'm doing.  Most of the time they don't realize that my nametag is for CTA and not for the store itself, but we try to be useful and help the customers find what they are looking for.  I quite enjoyed the fellow looking for the toga costume makings.  While there, I was able to locate, at long last, sashing fabric for my Buggy Barn flowers.  I have tried about 6 or 7 different choices and really like this one best

Isn't this fun?  I am thinking that perhaps I will ask Alayne to quilt this as my exchange for Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll.  Hmmmmm.  It isn't cut yet, but soon it should be.

I finished bindings for my little granddaughter gift (a couple of blogs ago) and the green and orange quilt I was doing for Stone Soup.  I learned that another friend in the Netherlands is expecting a first child and it is a girl.  So I made a couple of sample blocks - very easy - just to see if I liked it.  9 patch and alternating snowballs in pink and white.  But that becomes even more important because we learned on Sunday that we will be having a new grandbaby in the family in July.  Yeah Yeah Yeah!  This is my son and DIL's first child.  They don't think they will find out its gender, but I'm betting a girl as each side of the family has a girl child first.  Hmmmm.  They are basing the baby's room around a poster she has that is a very large world map with animals of the world on it.  Becka gave me her scraps 
Remember this from our Stashbusters retreat?  Very cute and just perfect with the poster.  So perhaps Caro can help me figure out what to do with these bits and pieces.

And then, because I was working getting the house cleaned for visitors, I was looking at some of the sewing treasures my mother collected over several years in her travels.  They really are such fun to see, so I will share a couple of photos with you,
These are little silver scissors (they actually work) with the words Huey-Philips on one blade.  Don't know what that means. They are 1 inch long.

Painted wooden thimbles.  The box says made in Italy.

Royal Copenhagen from 1979
It's nice to have these momentoes.


ballardquilter said...

Wonderful news about that next grandbaby!

Caroline said...

Congratulations, you will be a nanny again!! It's now less then 6 days. Can't wait to see you both again. bye bye Caro