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March 27, 2011

Hello from the West Coast!

I am currently in the state of Washington.  A LONG way from Virginia and I have not posted in forever!!!  What have I been up to??  Besides the usual "this time of year" paperwork, I have been readying my life for a two week trip to visit my daughter, K, in Olympia, WA.  Her second child, my third grandbaby, was due on March 26 and my plan was to arrive here on the 23rd.  While working, planning, and waiting, I have been sewing and stitching fervently for my new granddaughter.  Since my last post, I have learned to knit!  The last thing I need in my life is another hobby, but since it's yarn related I'd say it doesn't really count as a new hobby.  K is a crochet queen so I had to make something for the new baby that was different than what she could make herself.  I still need a lot of practice, but here is the finished blanket:
I can't wait to make another one.  I have several opportunities this year including another grandbaby.  My daughter, H, is expecting her second child in October.
K is not very fond of traditional quilts.  She does not find them warm and snuggly.  Last month, I attended the Mid-Atlantic quilt show in Hampton, Va and I found an idea for the perfect quilt for her:
I used flannel for the quilt top and did a tossed up nine patch.  It was fairly easy.  I used a minkee like fabric for the back, no batting, and I tied the top to the bottom.  K loved it!!  I knew she would! 
I brought so many things here for her, for my grandson, and for the baby.  Some from me, some from her sister, some things she had left at my house.  I have plenty of room in my baggage for the trip home.  We're going to find a quilt shop or two, cross stitch store, yarn store...for me to check out while I am here.  If you know of any I should check out in the Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle area, please comment!!  I'll be here until April 4.  I arrived late on the 23rd.  On the 24th after my K's doctor appointment, we ventured to downtown Seattle so I could see the Space Needle and we could try to walk K into labor. 
We walked.......
and walked......................
and walked.......
and the very next day at 2:45 pm..........
Kiley Olivia arrived!!!  Thanks for visiting!!!!

12 comments:

Catherine said...

I love your blanket and quilt - but your new grand-baby takes the prize! Enjoy your time with her!

Ziggyeor said...

aww adorable baby! Great job on the blankie too.

Joanne said...

She's so cute! The only needlework shop I've heard of is in Issaquah (20 minutes drive from Seattle) - Threadneedle Street. It's a great little shop.

Christina said...

Congratulations on your new grand daughter - such a cutie and a lovely name too! I'll be trying to walk myself into labour this time next week!

MARIA said...

Congratulations!Beautiful granddaughter!and wonderful baby blanket and quilt!
Greetings from Spain.

Jackie said...

There is always room for another knitter! Your afghan is beautiful as is your new grandbaby!

Carol R said...

Carol, I have sent you an email to tell you that you are a winner in my blog giveway but I thought I would leave a message here too! Please email me to tell me which iStitch Design chart you would like to receive.

Siobhan said...

Congratulations on the new granddaughter! What a cutie. I love the blanket!

Daffycat said...

Congratulations, Carol. Your new grandbaby is precious!

The Primrose Lane said...

Loved the pics of grand children & Williamsburg!! I am also a VA girl and now live just a few miles from Ararat - so far out in the country!
You are very talented = the quilts are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!
Mimi
http://mimisprimroselane.blogspot.com/

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very cute!!!

Rowan said...

I am a Washingtonian by birth and have lived in the puget sound for (practically) my entire life; so I hope you enjoyed your time in Seattle and Olympia a lot. (It's truely a wonderfully beautiful city)
Your new grandchild is just adorable. :D And the quilts you made were too cute.