Monday, May 10, 2021

There's a New Kid in Town

You may recall that I have been waiting somewhat patiently for our sweet Hanna to arrive.  Her projected date of arrival was May 6th.  Her Daddy's birthday is May 8th and he had hoped that she might be willing to share his day.  I had secretly hoped that she might arrive a little early... like April 29th to share the day with MY Dad, even though he has been celebrating his birthday in heaven for the past 8 years.

Well... Hanna, I believe, is going to be the child that will keep Heather (and the rest of the family) on her/their toes.  She made her appearance on April 28th... a full week early.  Grandpa Dave laughed and stated to Heather "You do realize that this is the only thing you have ever done early!"  She laughed along with us and strongly agreed.  Heather was not feeling any sort of labor pains at 9:30 a.m. when she left her weekly scheduled appointment and yet Hanna was in their hands just a few hours later at 2:23 p.m.

Why have I not mentioned her grand arrival???  How could it possibly slip my mind???  All I can say is I have NO idea, other than it seems that every waking moment of my time at home has been devoted to quilting.  

Which is exactly what I had on my agenda for yesterday afternoon... Mother's Day.  Dave and I took a walk after I sandwiched and marked the custom t-shirt quilt for my friend Sue.  Upon our return we saw a car full of kids running toward us from the driveway.  Heather and the entire crew made the 1-1/2 hour drive to surprise me.  My heart was absolutely bursting with joy!

I continue to move forward, though it may seem slow at times because I am bouncing back and forth on quilts.  I keep reminding myself that I really am moving forward, on multiple projects, not just one!

Do you see that t-shirt quilt with the Marines block on it?  That's the Remembering Papa Ray quilt... My custom labels arrived on Friday and it is ready to be washed and delivered to a baby shower on Saturday... of course, I will be passing through Pueblo so another visit with Heather and the grands will be necessary. 

My friend Sue will be at that same shower and that is why my goal for the week is finishing the TOPS quilt.  During The Inquiring Quilter's Saturday Sew-in I was able to get the sashing strips done and border on.  If you haven't joined her virtual sew-in sessions, you are missing out.  Each week she encourages interaction by offering questions for people to answer.  The topics range from seasonal quilts, to family; from favorite techniques to holiday celebrations.  Participants from around the world join in.  Check it out!

If there is any time left after finishing this one I will quilt the little cowboy quilt for my customer.

One reader questioned what was in the alternating blocks... those are cowboy boots with a hat resting on top of them. 👢

How did you spend your Mother's Day?

Some of the most recent Mother's Days have been some of the hardest for me.  Dave and I (nor my parents) have never really celebrated "hallmark holidays" and I certainly don't go out of the way to make the day special in celebrating my own Mom on just one day.  I won't go into detail about all of this because I don't want to dwell on them or bring anyone down.  I But THIS one?  This one almost made up for the roughest ones I have had and sent them running into the shadows.

Be Blessed and Piece Happy!  I know I am...

Linking with:

Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Sunday Stash at QuiltPaintCreate
Patchwork & Quilts at The Quilting Patch
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
To Do Tuesday at Chris Knits & Sews
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Stitch Sew & Show at Life in the Scrap Patch
Put Your Foot Down at For the Love of Geese
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation


  1. Another life to love. Congratulations.

  2. So share what is TOPS? It obviously has something to do with singing ... but what? My hubby sings with a barbershop chorus so that's what I keep thinking..... How wonderful to have a new little someone to cuddle and cherish. And, a surprise visit. Wonderful. Have a great, albeit busy, week.

  3. Beautiful new grand to love! How lovely to be surprised with family for the holiday. So Sweet. We had our grandsons here and two of our kids, plus DIL and SIL. Loved every minute.

  4. Oh, so sweet! Thanks for sharing her arrival with us. What a nice surprise for Mother's Day! DH has to work Sunday evenings so we went to church with our family and he came home and started work - so glad he is still able to work from home!

  5. I'm so glad you've been able to spend time with family and love up those kiddos. Our Mother's Day was quiet, and that was okay.

  6. Oh boy - more baby quilts coming down the road! Great to have baby Hanna here at last! Have a great week.

  7. Awww So precious - and since she did one thing early - you know she is off the hook for ever being early again... right? haha!! So glad you got to see them all !!

  8. Happy Mothers' day! What a beautiful family photo, so nice to have the kids visiting! Sweet baby too ;)
    Of course, the quilts are gorgeous too!

  9. Hi Melva! Welcome, welcome, welcome to sweet little Hanna! She probably arrived early because she saw the cute little baby quilt and banner awaiting her arrival. She will be bundled and cuddled in your love. How fab is that - seeing a carload of kiddos running to you?! {{Hugs}} and happy Tuesday. ~smile~ Roseanne

  10. In agreement with you about “Hallmark Holidays.” I spent part of my day reading up on Anna Lee Jarvis, the woman who founded Mother’s Day in honor of her own mother, trademarked the holiday, and then spent the rest of her life battling the Florists’ Association, the greeting card industry, even churches and charities for capitalizing on “her” holiday and using it as an excuse for consumerism and fundraising rather than simply spending time with moms at home. CONGRATULATIONS on your little Hanna!!!!!! What a wonderful blessing for your family!

  11. Congrats!! We just found out last month that we will be first time grandparents. We can't wait! Good luck with your finishing plans. Thanks for linking up with To-Do!

  12. Congratulations to your family and Welcome, Hanna! What a beautiful baby and family. Your sewing projects are looking lovely. Thank you for sharing in my linky party ... :-) Pat

  13. Awe congrats and well wishes to you all. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down. Oh, love the tops quilt.

  14. Many congratulations to you all. How wonderful to be blessed with another Grandchild. Hope you get to spend plenty of time with them all over the Summer.

  15. Congratulations! Just looking at your happy smile made me smile as well! Happy days ahead!

  16. Hanna is so beautiful. What a great "Grandmother's Day" present. I bet you just want to cuddle her and hold her all the time. I'm so happy for you. I didn't know about the Saturday Sew In - I shall have to investigate that. Hugs, Judy

  17. What a wonderful visit for Mother's Day. Heather is quite a trouper packing up all the children for the 1 1/2 hour trip so soon after having the baby. Hanna is absolutely beautiful. Holding her must have made your day extra special.

  18. What a wonderful Mother's Day surprise! Couldn't have happened to a more deserving soul With all that, and you are making great progress on your quilts! You must have super powers. Thank you for mentioning my Saturday Sew In. Perhaps we'll see some new faces? I hope so. Anyway, thanks for sharing your quilts on Wednesday Wait Loss.