Monday, April 22, 2013

Distractions

Thanks to all those who have contacted me to ask about the boy child and whether he and my sister's family were safe from the Boston Marathon bombings.  Actually, we were all up at my sister's place for that weekend and the day of the bombings.  My father and stepmother were visiting and the boy child had Monday off for Patriot's Day.  We took the boy child back to college Tuesday, but his classes ended up being cancelled the whole week, day by day.  My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the bombings.  We are starting the new normal now, and will always have to be vigilant.

I didn't want to take Rachel to my sister's with me, so I worked on these instead.


Basting hexies, enjoying the colors.  Love the colors!  These are for the Hex on the Beach quilt by Tula Pink using her kit of Saltwater fabrics.

This weekend, I happily started working on Manifesto again.  My Aristo Lap Stand for my Millenium Frame arrived from Needle Needs!  Hooray!


The lap stand works great!  It helps with the stitching so much and sits on my lap with no problems.  Here is a close up of Manifesto so far.


I've had to teach myself how to pass the needle from hand to hand with the frame, but I'm catching on.  I'm using AVAS silks on 40ct silk gauze over one (tent and basketweave stitch).

Poor Rachel has been neglected.  I'm sure I will pick her up again soon.

It was nice to see my father and stepmother again, and to visit with my sister and her family and to see the boy child.  The week has been stressful with worry about the boy child being so close to the scene of the bombing, but all is well.

We were shopping the day of the bombing and heard the news from the girl child, who was worried about her brother.


Mia stayed at home, which is a good thing.  I don't think she would have taken to her cousins.


Olivia slept with me every night.


Lily was more distant this time around.


Emily is a sweetheart.

At home, Mia and the father type have a constant battle for the father type's chair.  Mia thinks of it as her chair.  She decided one day that since the father type was in the chair, she would sleep on the father type's freshly washed shirt.


Silly Mia.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  Last week was a hard week too full of scary and sad events.  I hope this week is a good one for all.

47 comments:

Vickie said...

I hope it is a good week for all as well.♥
I use my lap frame all the time. You will learn to love it.
Manifesto looks so cool on silk gauze.

Sparkly Rock Girl said...

Margaret
Can I ask where you got your Hex on the Beach kit from? I have emailed a couple of retailers who did have it but now say it is out of stock. I really love that design.

Alison
Godalming, UK

ginnyt said...

love the colors on our hex quilt; so glad your son's alright; Olive looks like my cat "Lulu". Take care!!!

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Bertie said...

Good to hear you are all fine Margaret, it must have been distressing to say the least. We followed the news every day on the BBC!
Lovely hexi's!
Mia must have been glad to see you back home, but smelling of Olivia lol.
Manifesto looks magnificent so far, like the frame too!
Have a good week:))

Vicki said...

So glad to hear that you're all fine. It was a terrible week and I can only imagine what it was like for you knowing your child was in that area. I'll be interested to see how you do with your stand. I've thought about one, but having decided yet.

Deb said...

I'm glad that everything was fine in Boston. Such a scary and awful thing to happen.

Can't wait to see your progress on the hexi quilt - it's going to be a beauty. And love your Manifesto progress too. I went back and forth about using the silk gauze, but I'm going the easy route and just using linen. I'm such a chicken! LOL

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Manifesto will be amazing stitched so finely. It was good to see Mia happy at home in your absence. I'm glad all is well but it's so sad that these things keep happening in the world.

HollyXSing said...

Margaret:

I have company doing Manifesto on silk gauze! Don't you just love it? It is addictive and I hae a hard time only stitching on Sundays!

I'm glad all is safe in Boston! What a scary ordeal!

Happy Stitches,

-Holly

Charlene ♥ SC said...

I'm happy that you're all safe and sound, and that the culprits have been found. Enjoy your stitching week in peace!

BrendaS said...

Glad your family is doing OK Margaret. I hope this week is better all around.

Nice progress on Manifesto!

Mugwump Woolies said...

What a week! Glad all is well with you and yours. Your quilt is going to be stunning!
Have a better week!!!
Robyn

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

So glad you are all safe and well, Margaret. Your son was the first person I thought of when the news broke.

Your hexis are lovely - great colors. I love your Manifesto start as well. I ordered a couple of the millenium frames but they haven't shown up yet. I know I'm going to love them. I've used K's Creations frames for years but am anxious to try these. How are you enjoying working on a frame after stitching in hand? I don't think I'd use a table stand but may break down and order the big floor stand. Hope you're enjoying yours!!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

elles sont trop belles vos photos, very beautiful pictures !
bisous bisous

By Juut said...

Glad to hear you are all safe.

Beautiful Hexagons, love your embroidery frame and stitches

Lois said...

I'm glad that all is well and the boy child was nowhere near the sad happenings in Boston.

Love your Manifesto and I'm going to love following your progress! Silk gauze.....way to go! I'm too chicken to try it so full of admiration that you are!

As for the hexies - great colours, they're going to make a lovely quilt.

cucki said...

i really love the colors on your hex quilt... so glad your son's alright... Take care...big hugs x

Linda said...

So glad to hear that everybody is safe Margaret. Love the piece your working on. Thats alot of hexi's. Mia is adorable as always.

Linda

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love, love, love all those beautiful hexies packaged so neatly in their container. Beautiful!
Nice lap stand... and your Manifesto is looking wonderful. Such a pretty sun.

Annie said...

Nice to hear that you guys are fine. It's so hard to deal with this tragedy, especially when you are geographically close.

The hexi quilt looks cool. Nice project for traveling.

Interesting lap stand. I'm cringing at the idea of over-one on 40 ct gauze, lapstand or not! My eyes are starting a rebellion at the mere thought! ;-)

Deborah said...

last week was very hard. Glad your son was okay. The healing has started. I love the hexes. The colors are wonderful.

Katrina said...

Glad everything is okay with the boy child, hope today is normal for him in the calmest way!!!!!! Enjoyed seeing a picture of you and your dad too. Gorgeous hexies and the lapstand is wonderful.

Lizzie said...

such terrible sad things happening in our world, glad that your boy child is safe and well. those hexies are looking beautiful, fabulous colours...
xx

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Glad everyone is safe You are making great progress on your hexie quilt and Manifesto. Still waiting for my frame

Mary said...

Margaret, I've been thinking of you and your family ever since the awful news broke. So glad to hear all are safe.

Such beautiful cats!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

beautiful hex squares! I love Mia's cousins! And I had to laugh about the battle of the chair!

Evelyne said...

So glad to hear that you're all fine.
I love the hexi"s in the box such a lovely collors!
Your Manifesto is really beautiful!
I like the frame, is it difficult to get used to.

Hugs, Evelyne



Melanie said...

So glad everyone stayed safe all week long. You look like you managed to get a lot of basting done. I love hexies so much that box of them is giving me life. lol
Very nice stand! Looks nice and solid and super well made.

Faye said...

Look at those luscious colors!!! Hexes....ahhhh.... So grateful all the family is safe.... Do you think after 35 years of sewing method I could learn to two havpnded stitch with the M frame?????

Jackie said...

Holy Hexes! They seem to have multiplied rather quickly. It's going to be a beautiful quilt.

I'm glad your family is well. Horrible events.

Krista said...

Your Manifesto set up looks great! The gauze looks awesome! Nice to see all the furry family members :) Have a wonderful week!

Wanda said...

Hi Margaret: So happy to hear your son is ok - what a worry! Your new frame looks great. I keep reading about them but haven't purchased one yet. Your hexi quilt is beautiful (as is Rachel). take good care, Wanda

Wanda said...

Hi Margaret: So happy to hear your son is ok - what a worry! Your new frame looks great. I keep reading about them but haven't purchased one yet. Your hexi quilt is beautiful (as is Rachel). take good care, Wanda

samplerlover said...

Hi Margaret, I'm so glad that you were all right in Boston. As you know I was worried about your DS. I was ok once you told me that he and the rest of your family were ok, but then I started worrying again on Friday and Saturday (here). So glad that everything has settled down now. But you are right you can never be to careful these days.
Oh Margaret your stand looks lovely with your frame on it. I hope that mine comes soon. I have seen this quilt on a few other blogs and it looks lovely. Just the sort of thing that you can quite easily take away and work on. Looking forward to seeing more of it. - Sandra.

Beth said...

Been thinking about you and your DS this past week and am glad all are okay. What a strange new world we all live in...your hexes are lovely...the colors...oh the colors! I hope Mia got lots of love and attention upon your return home.

Mouse said...

love the hexies ... and glad to hear Boy child is safe .... sent positive thoughts and prayers when I heard ....
love the photos of mia's cousins and had a giggle at the sitting on the shirt and your fabric ...
glad all is well and that you are getting used to your lap frame and the way of new stitching too :)
hope all is well over there :) love mouse xxxxxx

Chris said...

What a stressful week. So glad that Boston will be retuning back to normal. So glad that your family is all safe.
That stand is amazing, great start on Manifesto.
Have a good week! HUgs to you and Mia.

Annette-California said...

Look at how many hex's you stitched. Wow lovely colors for your quilt Margaret. I have been thinking about a lap frame. Glad to hear you liking yours so far. Manifesto looks so rich in its colors. Gorgeous and that silk gauze is amazing. Thank God your children are safe. So sad for the victims of the bombing. Looking forward to seeing more of your quilt when you get to assemble. love Annette

Carol said...

So glad that your son and sister's family were safe, Margaret--still can't believe all that transpired in a single week... Glad you had your hexies to keep your mind occupied on your visit. Manifesto is amazing--so tiny and delicate--glad you have that new frame to make holding it a bit easier :)

Let's hope for a quiet week (month, year!)...

Giovanna said...

I'm glad that your son is safe. Nice work on the blocks and on Manifesto.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I'm glad everyone is safe and sound. I like your box of hexies too. I wondered about those frames and how they would be to work with.

valerie said...

Look at all those hexies! Such pretty colors! I am so glad you and BC are safe from the happenings in Boston. So terrible! I sat glued to the news a lot last week. I can't believe you are stitching Manifesto on silk gauze! You go Margaret! I've no idea how you do it. Love the new lapstand. I wonder if those scroll frames fit on my Stitchmate but then...I have tons of rods. I should just use what I have. And if the father type is going to sit in Mia's chair she will retaliate by getting cat fur all over his clean shirt! LoL!! Too funny!

Solstitches said...

Your prepared hexagons look so pretty and it looks as though you are as fast at doing this as you are at stitching!
Glad that everyone in your family is fine after the dreadful events at the marathon.
I have that very same lap stand and, to my shame, have not used it even once.
Margaret

Anne said...

We couldn't believe the news about Boston. Such a tragedy. I'm glad you are all ok. Those hexagons are really coming along and I love how they look in that pack...so neat and orderly! That stand is amazing!! Wow it looks like it will add more ease to your stitching! Mia is a hoot and there's something about fresh clothes that cats like. Titus always plops down on our to be folded pile which adds so much of his fur to our clothes!!

Karoline said...

Gorgeous hexies, those fabrics are lovely.

Nice to see Manifesto again, glad you're enjoying your stand

Suzanne said...

Love seeing your stitching on Manifesto. You're brave to be working on the gauze, it would drive me crazy. The millennium frame looks great. I have been seriously considering getting one for myself.

I love how you have hexagons stored in the tin, it's actually very inspiring. Not that I have any thoughts to start a quilt any time soon, but the thought has crossed my mind, lol!

Jean said...

Glad to hear that all were safe, and heart went out to all who were affected. Love Mia's cousin's but no she would not like them, but I love Lily she looks like my mortitia