Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The News from Here

I'm still working on my St. Therese piece. I didn't make the deadline to submit it to the tea towel show, but I underestimated the amount of time it would take to complete. It has taken many many hours of embellishment, but I think I'm getting close to the end.

I spent last week at my parents' house. My mom has been sick, but she's doing much better. Here she is with one of her cats, Baby.
My sister called me last night to say that mom has gained 5 lbs since she left the hospital 10 days ago, so she's doing much better.

Here are her other two cats, Junior and Bella. Junior is about 18 or 19 years old and Bella is about a year old. As you can see, my parents have color coordinated cats. They're all black and white "tuxedo" cats. Junior is actually named for another black and white cat, Buster, that they had many years ago.


While I was at my parents' house I helped mom to clean out some drawers and closets, and of course I came away with lots of goodies, including these Vera napkins and place mats. I really love her designs. They have held up well, I think, and the graphics are very fresh.
I have also finished knitting this vest from odd balls leftover from other projects and culled from thrift stores, including Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Germantown worsted, and Lamb's Pride yarns. The pattern , "Dineh," is from a very nice book by Cheryl Oberle called Folk Vests.

My primary goal right now is to finish St. Therese. Then I'll be surveying my quilting UFOs. I have the urge to piece right now. I'm ready to set aside the embroidery for awhile.

8 comments:

Vicki W said...

I remember the Vera prints - I loved them! Glad your Mom is better.

Rian said...

What a lovely picture of your Mom. Glad she's coming around.

Allison Ann Aller said...

Your mom looks great...may her progress continue.
...and that vest is delicious.

Debra said...

I am sure your mother appreciated your recent visit with her. Good to hear she is gaining strength daily.

Love your vest! and I totally understand about underestimating the time it takes to finish a project!

Judy S. said...

Really nice vest, Barbara! What a great way to use some of your stash. Glad your mom is improving and I know she loved having you closeby.

Magpie Sue said...

Glad your mom is improving. That's always a relief.

I'm truly disappointed that you missed the deadline for the tea towel show. It's understandable, of course, but yours would have knocked their socks off! Reading about the embellishments you've been putting on it made me think something like that could be a fun round robin project (in the right group). I'm tempted to keep my eyes open for an inspiring tea towel or somesuch...

Granny Fran said...

Your mother is a beautiful woman and I'm glad she is doing better. Love those kitty kats.

Rhonda said...

Mom stories are always sweet. I'm very close to my mom and love spending time with her. Glad your mom is feeling better.