Monday, May 14, 2012

New Civil War Anniversary Book....blocks!!!!

 I'm feeling much better as time goes on.  Doing a little more each day.  I still haven't been able to go upstairs to my sewing me, I tried and I made it part of the way and had to come back down.  But the good thing is, Richard brought my sewing machine back down for me after his little graduation party.  I have some quilty stuff to show in a minute but first off here is a photo from Saturday!!!  He graduated!!!!  I am so proud of him!  It has been a long hard road for us both but at least now we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  He was the student speaker at the ceremony so here is a photo of that.  I have it all on video but as soon as I feel like it I may upload the section of his speech on here.  It was great, I loved it.  They also gave him an original watercolor painting for speaking.  I'll try to take a photo of it too.  I have the photo were they are presenting it to him but you really can't tell what the painting is of.  Of course, I cried and blubbered through the whole thing.
 The only time that I have been out since my surgery was Saturday for his graduation and then of course, Sunday for Church.  We came back home after his graduation and had a little celebration.  If it had not been for mom, I wouldn't have made it.  She helped me get everything ready for it.  We had people coming and going for most of the day.  By the time that was all over with, I was exhausted!  When I got up Sunday morning for Church, I was miserable.  I think that I overdid it on Saturday but all is fine now.

I mentioned the other day that I was piecing a quick little baby quilt.  I finally got it pieced.  I wanted it for a girl but the scraps that I used looks more for a boy.  I'm thinking that I may end up just putting it back for a baby boy and starting with something else for the baby girl.  I'm always needing baby quilts for gifts so this wasn't a waste of time.  Here it is...
 Here is a closeup.  It does have a little pink and purple in it but not really enough for it to show up.  Oh well, back to square one!
 The Saturday before my surgery I was online and printed out an order form for the new book that I had been wanting!  One of my favorite quilt designers had a book released on May 1st.  I have talked with her for a long time about this book and I was just soooooo excited for it to be released.  So like I said I printed the order form out and told her that it would be towards the end of the week before I could mail it out because of my surgery and all of that stuff.  So I had my surgery on Monday and on Wednesday Hunter brought the mail in to me and guess what was there!!!!  The book and CD!  It is the new one from Rosemary Youngs, the author of "the Civil War Love Letters" and the "Civil War Diary" quilts!  This one is called "The Civil War Anniversary Quilts" 150 blocks to commemorate 150 years!

As soon as I opened the package I felt like crap because I had not mailed her money for it.  So I contacted her immediately thinking that I would just go ahead and pay with my paypal, not even sure why I didn't do that to start with.  Anyway, she said she knew that I had not planned on paying for a week or so but sent the book and cd anyway so that I would have something to look at while I was healing from my surgery!!  HOW SWEET IS THAT????  

My plan was that after I finished that baby quilt that I would work on my Farmer's Wife blocks, but my sewing room is a mess and I didn't really remember where I had put them and Richard could not find them, so what was I supposed to do?????  I started working on this new Civil War quilt!!!  LOL!  Of course, I do plan on working on both of them at the same time since I am using Civil War reproduction fabrics for both it will be easy to do that way.  I also want to work on my Hugs and Kisses quilt with the calicoes but I really need to be upstairs to do that, there are just too many strips to drag that downstairs.

So here are my first 8 blocks from this new book!  Oh and she even encloses the Lincoln fabric along with the book to use in a couple of the blocks!!!

This one is called "Most Welcomed Letter"  Block #100
"No News of Importance" Block # 108
"Home on Furlough" Block # 110
 "William & Catherine Brand" Block #99
 "Flesh Wound" block # 122
 "The Keys of my Heart" block #109
 "Four Brigadier Generals and 1 Major General" Block # 124
 "William Henry Huntzinger" Block #1
 Sorry that some of these are blurry!  I'll try to take a photo of them all together on my design wall once I can get up there.  These are all 6 inch blocks, just like her other books and like the Farmer's Wife blocks too.

I guess that is all for this evening.  Richard is at the hospital tonight doing a 12 hour shift.  I sure miss him while he is gone.  It is hard to get used to him being gone during the night again.  His shift ends at 7am so I'll try to have his breakfast ready when he gets home so that he can get and lay down for a while.


Vesuviusmama said...

I remember when Richard first went back to school, and now here he is graduating - how exciting!

Janet O. said...

Glad you are noticing improvement.
Congrats to Richard--what an honor to be asked to speak.
Your baby quilt is cute, but the blue does dominate, doesn't it?
Your new blocks look great and that was very thoughtful of Rosemary to send it to you in time to enjoy as you recuperate.

Yvette said...

It sounds like you are getting better by the minute. I am so relieved!

Congratulations to Richard!! When does he take the state boards?

Love those blocks!! That book is in my wish list on Amazon.