It’s the Little Things ( KIDS ) in Life…

There’s a saying about it being the little things in life…well sometimes those little things are kids, as in grandkids :)

Not too long ago I had posted about my grandson having a day off of school.

He spent it with me ( HERE

That grandson is in a different school district than the other three, who had their in-service day later on. They too spent their day here.

We started out with a movie and then moved on to baking cookies. Javis wanted to play a video game so it was just the girls and I. They shared measuring, mixing, and chopping duties. ( We were making chocolate chips + butterscotch chips + nuts cookies. )

It doesn’t get much better than having a fruit salad and cookies warm from the oven for a mid-morning snack…

Well…there ARE the beaters to lick :)

After lunch and cleaning up we headed off to let their dog out and play with him for awhile and go on to the local library.  It is just up the block from their house.  There the back room was set up for a boredom-buster day due to school being out.

There was a craft table set up to make St. Patrick necklaces with yarn, paper shamrocks and fruit loops, several tables with games and puzzles, and a Lego area set up.  They have a Lego club that meets twice a month for an hour….Javis goes when he can and one of his creations is in the front foyer when you walk in.

He beat me at Trouble.

Mostly?

We ate cookies :)

Late afternoon when they left for home, snow was swirling around and I was happy to anticipate staying in for the cold weekend ahead and getting a little more quilting done, among other things.

Most of the cookies went into a container for their house ( ” because you love us” , Mya observed ) but I kept a dozen here to go into the freezer.  You know…for energy :)

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Slow Stitching : Binding Stars & Spools

I had finished hand quilting Stars & Spools towards the end of January, but I didn’t touch it again until this weekend.

One thing that initially  held me back was that I didn’t have enough of any particular fabric that would work for a binding. I looked around online and ended up purchasing a pre-made binding from JoAnn Fabrics that would work with several of the colors in the quilt.

If I do a fall table runner or something like that in the future I can use up the leftover binding.

I brought out the sewing machine and machine quilted the brown and beige striped border and then attached the binding.

Hand stitching it to the back will take awhile, but at least it is a start :)

Because I hand quilt and applique by hand, hand stitching binding is one of my least favorite things to do. But for Stars and Spools I think that it may be a labor of love…I just made up this quilt as I went along.

It took a long while to finish, but I so enjoyed using the reproduction type fabrics and the creative process in general.

If I just resolve to go through one length of thread per day, this last step will be done eventually:)

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