Monday, October 13, 2008

Football? And a few quilts, of course!

This post had an interesting beginning...my younger daughter has had fun good-naturedly teasing me about my blogging since July. I started to realize, though, that she secretly wanted to appear on my blog! It's her senior year, and she was very much looking forward to the annual powder puff football game (her usual sports are basketball and track). I sort of jokingly told her that if she made a touchdown I would put her on my blog--she readily agreed! Well the big game came, and early in the game she took a hit (it's supposed to be flag football...they don't wear helmets or pads), so I supposed she might not make any big plays. But she was back out there before I knew it and almost immediately made a 66-yard run down the field for the first touchdown of the game--no one could catch her! She gained a lot more yardage throughout the game (including several first downs) and finished by bringing in a 2-point conversion!
Well, my son in middle school also plays football...and in his game Saturday he ended up scoring the exact amount of points as his big sister had...a touchdown and a two point conversion! So I put him on the blog as well!

And now to some quilts that hold a special place in my heart. As a young girl I made some patchwork pillows, but mostly sewed clothes. Then, as a newlywed, I made a patchwork Christmas tree skirt from a Simplicity pattern (we still use that tree skirt today). That was about all the quilting until I was a young mother and my grandmother convinced me to try an Eleanor Burns Quilt-in-a-Day pattern (The Double Irish Chain) to make quilts for my children. That was all it took...I was hooked! After making at least half a dozen Double Irish Chain quilts I realized I couldn't just keep making those the rest of my life, and so I bought my first quilting book...Little Quilts All Through the House. The book was perfect for me because it included small projects that didn't take long; also, I could hand-quilt the projects--I'd never even heard of a long-arm quilter back then!


These are three of my first little quilts, and I still keep them in my family room today. I've been busy with lots of projects this week (even with two football games)...I'm sort of starting to feel like one of Santa's elves! I'll be back soon with another post to share what I've been working on!

6 comments:

Dawn said...

Congratulations younger daughter and son!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Sherri how cute your first quilts are! Mine not so much. Your kids are so cute. I've got 2 daughters in HS that love football and basketball and my son in middle school used to play football too. He's into swimming now. Its fun to see them excell and do well. My daughters LOVE to be on my blog! I don't really know why. Goofy kids.

ivoryspring said...

I love your early quilts - they look very well made!

It's so sweet of you to include your kids on your blog - I am sure they are proud to be featured!

Thanks for your kind comment on my winning the Old Tippecanoe Block Challenge. Your encouragement means a lot to me!

Have a wonderful day!

Sara said...

Congrats to your daughter and son. Those quilts are beautiful!

Kevin and Vicki said...

Sherri, I LOVE the "Little Quilts" books! I have one too and it was my first experience with quilting. (I actually haven't graduated to the next level, I'm sorry to say.) I am getting the itch to get those patterns out again and tackle a new project. First I have to finish the pjs I am making for all my grandkids for Christmas! So many projects, so little time....

Lorraine said...

well done to the football players!! LOL...do you ever just make one one of something....?I see there are table runners galore and even way back when...there were two little quilts...I love that pattern and have had the Little Quilts book for years and just last night decided that I would make that very quilt!! BTW..your table runners are fabulous....and you are miles in front with Christmas pressies this year!!!