Sunday, August 19, 2007

I'm getting there!

I focused on Crumb Chaos blocks yesterday - can you tell I really want these finished? I now have 534 completed blocks. That means I finished 172 more yesterday. The little pile on the sewing machine is what's left of the stack that needs only one more piece sewn on to be finished. I'm going to tackle those this morning before I head upstairs to quilt. The stack on the big board is comprised of blocks that need more than one more strip before they are large enough to trim.

I never would have believed that I could make this many blocks and still have a half drawer full of crumbs and two half-drawers full of 1 1/4" and 1 3/4" strips. If you'd told me this before I started I'd have said "no way is there that much fabric in those drawers". What a sobering thought - I don't want to begin to guess how many blocks and quilts I could make with the fabric on the shelves.

I'd not had a Sophie fix since our camping trip two weekends ago so we spent Thursday evening driving down to Newberg for a nice albeit short visit. Sophie was 6 months old last Tuesday. She can sit up if she wants to but she doesn't want to. All she wants is to be on the move. I don't think I've ever seen such an active baby. No holding or cuddling either - she just wants to be exploring. So we all spent a lot of time on the floor playing with her. She's still army crawling - I think she could get up on her hands and knees if she wanted to but she's way to busy moving around to take time to learn. She's still tall - 27" long - and slim - 16 pounds - because she is so active. It's been awhile since I posted pictures so I'll bore you with a couple more. Nothing like a doting nana, right?

Rick and Rebecca are patiently waiting on their adoption paperwork to move through the Guatemalan government system. They've had the papers for 5 weeks now, and R&R have heard nothing. This is a very good thing - we don't want to hear anything during this stage. As long as there is no news it means that so far the paperwork is all acceptable and nothing needs to be redone. This is the longest stage - it's so hard to wait. I marvel at their patience.

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Gratitudes:
1. Continuing cool weather
2. Rain last night!
3. A relaxing weekend
4. A great visit with Jeremy and his family
5. More choices in 100 calorie snack packages

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where did you get your beautiful Featherweight cabinet?

loulee1 said...

What a doll! Isn't she just beautiful.

Thats a lot of blocks! Maybe one day I'll have enough scraps to make a whole quilt!

Libby said...

Those stacks of blocks just look great! I really should get away from the computer and just sit down with my ever growing box of strips and get to work *s*
Glad to see a Sophie update - she's growing so quickly.

Andrea said...

I know those blocks make up quick but I think you have just set the world record - lol !
Sophie is beautiful - I remember that stage well when they are always on the move - bless !

Vicki W said...

WOW , that's a lot of quilt blocks there!

Judy said...

Very cute little baby you have there! The blocks are simply amazing! Good garage clean out too. It is nice to see it all clean and organized, so snap away!!

Norma said...

I was working on string blocks this morning and was thinking the same thing as you--just how many blocks could I make from all those scraps and bits. The blocks stack up, but the bins don't seem to go down much. How many crumb blocks are you putting into a quilt top? 534 blocks seems like enough for about three quilt tops!

Carol said...

You are an inspiration for all of us! I'm cleaning my sewing room and the garage as soon as I turn the keys to the shop back over to the landlord. End of August...
Those blocks are amazing! Quite a stack!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I love your mile-a-minute blocks. Inspired by you, I started some MAM blocks yesterday. I have a huge bag of scraps under my cutting table that I've been wondering what to do with. i think you've given me the answer.
Sophie is sure a cutie pie. I have a Sophie of my own--but she's the four-legged, furry kind.

Mary said...

How scary is that? I can't get my string bins down even with all the blocks and quilts for HeartStrings this year and as you said that doesn't even take into account what's on the shelves!

Sophie's a cutie!

Sweet P said...

You have quite a stack of blocks there. How many quilts can you make out of those blocks?

Sophie is adorable. Just be patient. Soon enough she'll be getting into everything and you'll be loving every minute of it.

Tanya said...

Wow, Look at that pile of blocks! I wish I had something to show that meant I'd really been industrious!

Happy 6 months birthday Sophie!

Nan said...

Sophie is adorable, but of course
you know that already, being the wonderful nana you are! Thank you for sharing!
Your blocks are looking great - I can't wait to see them sewn into quilt tops.
How about the Mariners? Aren't they doing well? Now for the huge roadtrip!

Lucy said...

I love to see your featherweight. I ordered a new cord for mine and then I can use it! can't wait.
and your blocks are awesome! so is the little girl she is so precisious .....

atet said...

She's lovely -- and it sounds like she's inquisitive too. Be careful what you wish for on the crawling front -- the day my daughter figured out how to crawl on her hands and knees was also the day she figured out how to get up the stairs! eeek!

I'm awed by the stack of mile a minute blocks -- WOW!

Dawn said...

Your mile a minute blocks are just too fun! Wow you got a lot done! And Sophie is absolutely beautiful!

Colleen said...

Hi! I'm a new blogger and was actually referred to your blog from one of your other blogger friends. I'm from Portland so she knew we lived close. I hear you're from Vancouver. I haven't checked out any quilt shops in Vancouver yet (I'm still amazed I haven't yet). Are there some good ones you can refer me to?

By the way, I LOVE your blog. I loved your "Gratitudes" sooo much. What a great idea! I also love your lists of projects in progress to finish, etc. May I borrow some of your ideas for my new blog? I'm still learning about all this. I just started a blog this week so I'm VERY new. I'm totally addicted all ready. What fun!!

Sonnja said...

That's a lot of lovely quilt blocks!
Kind Regards,

Sonnja

Kairle said...

My goodness...that's a lot of blocks, Patti! You're getting so much done. Keep it up!!!

Kairle said...

Almost forgot...great pics of your family. And I hope all continues to go well with the adoption!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Hi, I am madly going on your mile a minute blocks as well...but nowhere near that many!
Thank you again for the idea-they are just so therepeutic! Tracey
ps baby is SO gorgeous now-as she has been all along of course!

Joanne said...

Sophie is such a beautiful baby. She'll probably just skip crawling on hands and knees and go right to running!
Love the mam blocks -- been thinking I need to get some work done so I can make a few hundred myself!

Cheryl said...

Patti-
Slowly, I'm getting caught up on reading blogs and I'm so impressed with all that you have accomplished this summer! Well done!! I love clean garage, the neat stack of quilt blocks, and your fantastically organized shelves of fabric! You go girl!

Beemoosie said...

Your making many quilts?? Wow, that is determination girl! Sophie is a doll, I'm sure you knew that though!
~Blessings