Sunday, May 24, 2009

Freedom, stitching, stash and etc.

We spent the day yesterday helping the girl child pack up her belongings at college and bring them home for the summer. I think this says it all for the students at the end of the year:

This is me and my large behind going into the girl child's dorm. So flattering!

The father type all set to help with the packing. (He tends to be the camera guy on adventures like this.)


I took the following picture. I thought it was rather symbolic. The last things to leave the dorm room: the girl child's wallet -- complete with iphone, id, money and keys, her laptop, and her two most loved stuffed animals from the time she was tiny.

In other news, because of the packing, I didn't get much stitching done. At least I got that bottom vine done.

And a bit of one tree.

I feel like these trees will be my downfall......

But enough of those trees. Guess what was waiting for me in the mail when we got home from the college move? My lovely quilt scraps from Kim (KwiltyKim)! I won Kim's scrap fabric giveaway! As you can see, she gave me huge scraps of fabric -- I bet I could make a whole quilt out of them! Plus a little fabric bundle of wool, a little journal or notebook, and -- AND! -- the pattern for the eagle applique that she made a while back (which also contains patterns for some other little quilts too!)!!!

Thank you soooo much, Kim! You're the best! And BTW, Kim has a great ebay thing going if you're looking for fabric. There's a link on her blog. I'm already planning on buying at least 3 different fabric lines that are coming out -- not a good thing, especially since 1. I haven't made a quilt in 3 years, and 2. I don't have a working sewing machine at the moment since mine are busted. :( But that hasn't stopped me yet!

A last little picture here that I'm rather proud of. Rechelle, the Country Doctor's Wife, whose blog is now called My Sister's Farmhouse, is having a fun giveaway. Really fun to do. I shouldn't be telling you about this since you all will decide to enter too and ruin my chances of winning. But what the heck. :D You get a group of similar items together, name the group of similar items, and send the picture in to Rechelle. Here's my entry, of which I am rather proud, as I have stated.

It's -- ready? -- a Flourish of Musical Instruments! Isn't that great? The father type helped me come up with the name. Now what do you win if you win, you ask? Truth to tell, I have no clue! lol! It was just such fun to make something up! If you want to see what Rechelle and those who have entered the contest have come up with, go to Rechelle's blog. There are lots of fun ones. And I would go to Rechelle's blog anyway. It's one of my favorites!

Now I'm off to tackle the 3 huge garbage bags of laundry which came home in the car with us from college. The girl child would be doing it all herself if it weren't for this thing she has coming up late next week. More on that later...... Sigh....... Enjoy the rest of the long weekend!


Sherry said...

What great pictures and memories! Your sampler is coming along wonderfully! I am green with envy that you have the time to stitch! I also love your musical photo! How creative!

Glenna said...

I love the packing-up girl child pictures, and the little stuffed animals gave me a bit of a lump in my throat. I would not mind doing the laundry, but I'd hate to cook.

Note: you've got nothing on me in the butt department! LOL!

And you still made good progress on that sampler!

Cari said...

Love your pics, love your stories, love your stitch and love your 'Flourish of Musical Instruments"! You have a great weekend too Margaret! Hugs

Deb said...

Those are some great pictures and things you'll remember always. I think you made some good progress on your sampler even though you didn't have a lot of time. And I was so enthused by your musical picture, I sent one of teacups to that blog. I never do things like that. But the boys are watching hockey playoffs and I'm bored!

Margaret Roach said...

Trees take time and patience, whether cross-stitched or planted in the ground. I am better at the ones in the ground, set into place w/a shovel instead of a needle. I do a lot of this at

By the way, I am the proud Aunty of an-about-to-be-8th-grader who is likewise a NYSSMA type. She is in the Albany/Troy area, and plays piano. I cry at every concert and recital, year after year, since she was 6.

(And I am a Margaret, too. We are a distinct minority, we Margarets.)

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Wonderful pics of the university pack-up! Great photo of the musical instruments too. I hope you win!!! Your progress on the T&S sampler is unbelievable - it's so pretty! Have a great rest of the weekend.

Cathy B said...

Wow, Margaret, you have had a busy weekend! Now get that laundry done and settle in for some stitching!

mainely stitching said...

Reminds me of when I came home from my freshman year at university. Gosh, could that really have been SO long ago???

karenv said...

I love the way your MB sampler is looking Margaret! The colours are so vibrant - great progress :)

samplerlover said...

Hi Margaret,
What great photos of your very busy weekend. I also love your musical photo. It's lovely.
Your T&S Sampler is looking really lovely. I love the colours in it. You are really on a roll with it. - Enjoy the rest of your weekend. - Sandra.

woolwoman said...

Hi Margaret - sounds like you've had a busy weekend so far. Glad your daughter gets to come home for the summer. Love the muscical instrument photo - good luck and I hope you win. T&S looks great - I am always amazed at the progress you make when you say you don't get any stitching done LOL - Happy Memorial Day! Mel

Anonymous said...

The sampler is just lovely - what pretty colours! I loved your other pictures too.

Ellen said...


Glad that you were able to get your daughter home for the summer. This year has certainly gone by quickly. You all will have to make some adjustments to having her back home.

Did she really have a fireplace in her room?

Your sampler is looking great.

Brigitte said...

I love this Moira Blackburn sampler very much. I will stitch it when I have finished Three Things sampler (which hasn't been touched for quite a while, unfortunately).

Kim said...

Margaret I LOVE your 'Flourish' pic! Very cool!!! :o))

Siobhan said...

Awww, what neat pictures. :) Is that a fireplace that is in the pictures??!??

Fabulous progress on your T&S, Margaret, despite being super busy! YGG! Love the musical instrument photo, too. :)

The Scarlett House said...

Oh, how I remember those days! Margaret, you are having a very bad influence on me...I just love your sampler. All those wonderful colors. I want to start IT now.
Congrats on winning the quilting items and good luck with the next giveaway.

laurence said...

I have just crossed a good instant here, good morning from France,

Paulette said...

Oh Margaret, that symbolic picture you took brought tears to my eyes! How very sweet they are at this age... I remember looking at a picture of Brea when she was 17, thinking how old she suddenly looked, and then saw the chipped blue nail polish, and felt like she was still such a little girl at the same time.

Great pictures!