Monday, May 13, 2013

Finish, my boy is home, and my sweet girl child

This will be a long post.  I will do a late TUSAL sometime later.  First off, Rachel Howells is finished!!

Rachel Howells by the Scarlett House
40ct PTP Legacy linen
NPI fibers called for

Isn't she gorgeous?  I rushed to finish her cause I felt superstitious.  Had to finish her before going off for the weekend.

The father type and I drove up to Boston this weekend -- to pick up the boy child for the summer!!  Yay!  But first, we had to help him pack up his apartment.  Why?  Because they are doing renovations in his apartment building.  So the landlord moved him to a newly renovated apartment on Saturday.  And we had to help the boy child with the move.  

It's a nice apartment.  The exact same as the old apartment, but they made it into two rooms (one a bedroom).  And a nice new kitchen and bathroom.


Wow!


This is the living room.  

We also enjoyed a bit of Boston.


The WWII memorial in the Fens.


One of the Victory Gardens in the Fens.  The gardens were amazing!  The plots are given out to Bostonians to plant and tend.  I don't know all the details -- the boy child told us about them.


The boy child outside the Museum of Fine Arts.

We also spent a bit of time visiting with my sister and BIL and kids.  We took my sister and BIL out for Indian food to thank them for all their help through the past year with the boy child and his first year of college.


We drove home Sunday and got home by evening.  Later that evening, the door bell rang.  And a surprise walked through the door.


My lovely girl child!!!  I had no clue she would be here!  It was the best Mother's Day surprise.  We got to visit for a few hours, but then my sweet girl had to leave.  She had work in the morning so off she went.

Mia was overwhelmed -- happy that we were home, happy to see the boy child, surprised by the girl child.  lol!  But at least she found a quilt to cuddle up in.


It was a Mother's Day present -- a quilt made by Lori of Humble Quilts.  Beautiful!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a wonderful week!


58 comments:

pj said...

Wow,what a beauty! Congrats on your finish and I love this one! The colors just pop and aren't those people just darling! Another winner by Tanya and you did her proud!

Summer begins...love your stories about boy and girl child!

What's next to stitch?

Vickie said...

What a fabulous Mother's Day quilt gift.
Your sampler is stunning, well done.
Hooray! He made it, the first year of college done!

Cari said...

Rachel is over-the-top beautiful !! Excellent work Margaret. Sounds like your Mother's Day was over-the-top as well. So happy that you got to spend time with ALL of your wonderful family. Love the quilt .. of course, Mia has excellent taste. Have a simply fabulous week friend. Hugs

Laurie in Iowa said...

A big CONGRATS on your finish... Rachel is gorgeous. The boy child's new kitchen and lovely bay window in his renovated apartment look fabulous. Those bay windows would make a perfect stitching nest. :-)
You have a wonderful girl child and so thoughtful to make the journey to visit her mom on Mother's Day. I'm so happy for you that your day turned out so fabulous.
Little Mia will recover!

Annie said...

what a great post! Fabulous finish for your sampler and all that Mother's Day goodness.

Vera said...

Great finish Margaret -- Rachel is lovely. And wow! first year of college finished...hard to believe. Glad you had such a wonderful Mother's day.

Mugwump Woolies said...

Rachel is stunning...simply gorgeous! All that red makes my heart beat faster! Love Boston...one of the very best cities! What a great surprise to open the door and see that beautiful face...so happy you were all together for the day!
Enjoy having your "baby boy" home...and have a great week!
Robyn

Glenna said...

How lovely that you finished, that you saw your children and that you got to see some fun things in Boston.

Bertie said...

Wow Rachel is stunning!
Lovely family pictures and Boston sounds a wonderful city.
Everybody happy and Mia too, what more does a person want;))
Happy week!

BrendaS said...

Congrats on a wonderful finish Margaret!!! It's just beautiful.

Glad you had a Happy Mother's Day and got to see both of your children:)

Melody said...

Margaret, it sounds like you had a great Mother's Day. So nice both your children were able to be with you for awhile.

Also, your sampler finish is beautiful!!

Cathy B said...

What a wonderful weekend you had! Love Rachel! What will you be stitching next?

HollyXSing said...

I love Rachel! You did an awesome job, as usual!

I know it is wonderful when you can have your children with you on Mother's Day! One of my three spent the weekend with me and it was wonderful! I will see the other two over the next few weeks!

What's next on your stitching plate? Manifesto?

-Holly in VA

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

déjà finit quelle rapidité !!!! l'appartement à l'air très joli ! mes plats préférés sont asiatique et indien j'adore !!!
Je suis curieuse de savoir quelle broderie vous allez commencer ???
Bisous

cucki said...

awww such fabulous Mother's Day quilt gift....so pretty...
Your sampler is so pretty....
Yayyyyyy He made it, the first year of college done....Huge congratulations ..
Big hugs x

Debby said...

Great finish! And you have had a very good mothersday!

Greetings from Debby

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Sounds like a perfect Mother's Day weekend for you! Enjoy the summer. And yes, Rachel is gorgeous!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day! Congrats on the fine finish too!

marly said...

Yes Margaret she is gorgeous. I'm glad you had such a wonderful Mother's Day. Beautiful quilt with that happy Mia!

Love to Stitch said...

What a great way to spend Mothers Day!!! Both your children :) LOVE Rachel!!!! She is fantastic. I cant wait to see her frame and your next start!! Have a great day.

Lene said...

What a wonderful celebration of Mothers Day! Lucky you. And Rachel is just beautiful:)

Teresa S. said...

Beautiful finish and wonderful weekend. Thanks for sharing!

Annette-California said...

Rachel is fabulous. You did a beautiful job stitching her. Oh the colors are Magnificent. You truly had a beautiful Mother's day. Getting to see both your children - great joy. What a beautiful quilt. Wow! Loving gift. love Annette

By Juut said...

Stunning, love it

Anne said...

Happy mother's Day Margaret!! Wow what a wonderful surprise to have your daughter AND son together with you on Mother's Day!! The perfect gift! Rachel is stunning and I'm loving those colours...a LOT! Mia must've been in seventh heaven too with your boy child home now!!

Hugs!

Jo Ann said...

Margaret,

Another great finish. Do you remember when you started Rachel? Maybe if I add 6 months to your time I will have and idea when I could get mine done :) So glad you could be with your family on Mother's Day. Mia looks happy too. See you next Monday.

Jo Ann

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Rachel is beautiful! Seems like only yesterday, the boy child was leaving for college. Mia will be thrilled to have him home for the summer. Beautiful Mother's Day quilt

Melissa said...

Rachel is just gorgeous! Congratulations, Margaret! You must be so pleased. I can't wait to see how you will get her framed.

Nice that you got to visit your boy in Boston, complete with nice apartment AND have a visit from your girl too!

Deb said...

Rachel is wonderful Margaret!! I had to smile about you being superstitious and finishing her off. I do crazy things like that too. But she looks wonderful. And Eli's new apartment really looks great. And such a wonderful surprise that your daughter was able to get home even if for a few hours. That had to make Mother's Day perfect. And the quilt isn't bad either!!

Andrea said...

Aw, what a wonderful MD gift, god bless your daughter for such a sweet surprise!

Rachel is just stunningly beautiful my dear. You insprire me so much.

Glad you had a nice visit in Boston with your son. Lovely city, talented, brillant son :)

xoxo

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

WHEW!!! What a weekend!!
First a stunning, wonderful finish...then moving, sightseeing, eating and returning to find another sweet surprise! A great way to spend Mother's Day FOR SURE! :)

Evelyne said...

Fabulous finish Rachel is gorgeous!
Beautiful apartment with those lovely windows!
Wonderful mother day you have!

Enjoy your week with the boy child!
Hugs, Evelyne

Ann at Beadlework. said...

A lovely finish, a happy family post and finally my favourite black and white girl. Boston looks lovely too.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

A beautiful finish and good to see your kids. Maybe Mia was overwhelmed by all the surprises!

Karen said...

Beautiful finish! Looks like you had a great mother's day too.

Happy stitching...

Linda said...

Congrats on another great sampler finish Margaret. What a great Mother's Day gift to have your daughter surprise you. Love the pics of your weekend and of sweet Mia.

Linda

Anna van Schurman said...

Big congratulations on Rachel Howells. Beautiful! Sounds like an excellent mother's day. :)

Elizabeth said...

Rachel is just gorgeous! Glad to hear you were able to see both kids for Mother's Day!

P.J. said...

It warms my heart hearing the girl child (surprise) and boy child were both home for this loving holiday. I get my squeezes and love in June when the daughter meets up with us for a week at the beach in NC. I can't wait for my hugs. Cherish each moment together. I am blown away by how quickly you worked up Rachel; the birds are my favorite!

Katrina said...

Yay, glad the boy is home and you got a mother's day visit from the girl!!!!! Very nice.

Love, love, love Rachel, she's wonderful!!!!!!

Ellen said...

Rachel is gorgeous, congrats on the finish!

Wow, it's great to be able to enjoy Mother's Day with your children!

Beautiful photos of Boston!

Hugs,

Catherine said...

Congratulations in a gorgeous finish!! I love this piece!!
How fun for your son to get an updated apartment. So many great sites in Boston. I can't believe you don't have a pic of the boy with Mia yet!! And how fun that your daughter was able to surprise you!

Carol said...

Congratulations on a stunning finish, Margaret!! It really is gorgeous...

Your Mother's Day weekend sounds perfect having seen both of your kids. I haven't seen my youngest since Christmas and am really missing him. Love your son's updated apartment--much nicer than any of the normal college apartments I've ever seen. And he is so lucky to go to school in Boston--what a great city. I'm sure seeing your daughter was the icing on the cake so to speak--what a perfect Mother's Day :)

Krista said...

What a fun weekend you had and how nice that you saw both of your children for Mother's Day. Loved the photos of the Boston area, I am going there next month for three days... rocking with the Rolling Stones :D

Your Rachel sampler is a gorgeous finish!! What is next? :D

Erica said...

Sounds like you had such a joyful day!
We have to treasure these days!

Lizzie said...

How lovely that your chicks were both back in the nest for a short time, lovely stitching as usual and fabulous quilt. Hope all is well with you..
Lizzie
xxx

Lois said...

What a wonderful finish Rachel is. Love the reds!! Sounds like the perfect Mother's Day, boy child home and a surprise visit from the girl child. Boy child's new apartment looks lovely as does that Indian food!!! Great pics from your Boston weekend.

Chris said...

Gorgeous finish! I really love Rachel. I know that you will find the perfect frame for her.
Looks like you had a perfect weekend too!

Melanie said...

Gorgeous finish!!! The reds are really rocking it in this one.

Sounds like a great Mother's Day. :)
His new apartment looks really nice too. Yay for brand new kitchens!

Giovanna said...

Congrats on the great finish! And what a great new flat for your son, how wonderful for him.

Keeper of the Crowes said...

She's just wonderful, Margaret!!! Can't wait to see her framed!!! What a fantastic surprise. So happy that you were able to see both of your children for Mother's Day. What could be better!!!

Nancy said...

Beautiful finish!! What a nice Mother's Day you had, know you were thrilled to see both your children! Such a nice new apartment for your son! Mia as always is so lovely!

Sharon said...

Margaret, your Rachel is just stunning! Congrats on your finish. The children sound like they are doing awesome, what a great surprise to see your daughter.

Sherry :o) said...

Happy belated mom's day,Margaret! RACHEL is beautiful. So glad you received a visit, albeit short from your daughter. I know how wonderful you must be feeling having ELi home. I bet Mia is ecstatic...

averyclaire.org said...

Rachel turned out beautiful..! Lovely work. I admire all of your asmplers.

Marie said...

Congrats on the completion of Rachel Howells it is gorgeous.

What an exciting Mom's day you had and how exciting that your DD surprised you! So sweet.

I enjoyed the pics of Boston...I grew up in the suburbs of Boston, attended college in Boston but haven't been there in a long, long time.

Solstitches said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finish.
Rachel is stunning.
How lovely to have all of your family around you on Monther's Day.
The new apartment looks very nice.
Margaret

Brigitte said...

Rachel is breathtaking! What a sampler! Congratulatuions on finishing her so fast. And you seemed to have a great Mother's Day - with he whole family together.