Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Checking In Quickly...and Give Away Alert

Every post should have photos so here is a close up shot of "Cotton Seed" quilting I did for Cyndi a few weeks ago. Here can see more of this quilt at her blog here.

This is another fabulous quilt Cyndi has made for her mom. You can see the wash, dry, and crinkle version here. It was quilted with simply swirls. As I quilted this one I kept thinking of a seaside cottage bedroom. Such a simple pattern yet so graphic!


Now I did mention a give away alert so head on over to Cyndi's post here.


Graduations are coming fast and this means we will be empty nesters in about three months. I keep telling myself, "Don't cry because it's over, be happy because is happened." I was thinking a few blog friends out there might enjoy the thought. Have a great day! Back to quilting!

26 comments:

Coloradolady said...

OH. I remember that time in my life oh so well.....sigh. Truthfully, it was not a fun time for me!! But it passed and we settled into a new normal, if that is what you can call normal!! LOL

Just enjoy the moments....they are treasures

Shakerwood said...

Remember they also come back! Good thing, bad thing. I kind of liked the empty nest for the few months that we had it .....

Janet O. said...

I hear you, Mary. I have some friends who were thrilled to get their kids out of the house--I was sorry to see mine go. And I'm sorry every time they leave! : )
We became empty nesters about 4 years ago--since then our two youngest (boys) have been back twice and are moving out again next month. We just keep the revolving door open. When college depletes their resources they move home for a semester or two and commute (8 miles). We love having them back, but it is painful every time they go, and that thought you shared is something I have tried to keep telling myself ever since my oldest daughter first moved out 12 years ago.
Beautiful quilting, BTW!

meg said...

I have a way to go before my nest is empty but I remember a similar thought when #1 was married.
You do really beautiful work~ :)

Lesley said...

Another chapter begins...you will be fine and they will too! And children always try to get home for Christmas! Take care and enjoy each day!

Carrie P. said...

Well, you will probably cry at first but then you will be okay.
Lovely quilts. Off to see her blog.

Lynn said...

Exquisite quilting. My #2 is going away to college (5 miles), but #1 has come back home. So be careful. Oops wait I still have #3 in high school.

Cyndi said...

Aw Mary, it's such a Catch 22, isn't it? You're happy that the last one is fledging, but then again, that empty nest can seem so lonely. I guarantee that boys don't usually like to stray too far from their moms, so I'm sure you'll be seeing them both quite a bit!

And hey,thanks for making most of your blog post about ME! LOL!!! But everyone should know that my quilts wouldn't be nearly as pretty without your SPECTACULAR quilting! I'm busy working on another quilt to send you, plus FIL's, too!

Chat soon!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Darlene said...

We've been empty nesters for a long time. I will never stop missing the energy our house had when 'they' were home. LOL

Beautiful quilting, Mary.

Dirt Road Quilter said...

We became empty nesters last fall. It was hard. I won't lie, but it has been very rewarding to watch our youngest take to college like fish takes to water. She phones quite a bit and texts us all the time and when she comes home, she often brings friends so it is nice to be involved. It is also nice to discover that her Daddy and I still really like each other and we are creating new adventures together.

Needled Mom said...

I, too, was thinking how beautiful the simplicity of the quilt is.

I was sad to think of life changing, but it has only gotten better. They soon bring home spouses and grand babies
to love and enjoy.

JoAnne said...

I was really afraid of the empty-nest. We have an only child, so there was no "easing into it." We were also in Alaska, and our daughter went to Indiana, so there were no "weekends home" either. But I had suspected issues and got a book. It had great advice to somehow change your own life/alter a routine/etc. I got a job. The first few days were really difficult, but then it got better. Now I'm really okay. I miss her, but it is so nice to just have my husband and myself. If we feel like having popcorn while watching tv one night, I don't have to feel guilty. Also, it is nice not having to meet someone (a teenager!!) else's needs.

Libby said...

I never viewed my empty nest as a sad thing - it's a wonderful perch from which to watch your children soar using all the tools you have given them to do just that *s*

Rita said...

Mary, I think of that quote often as my son is a senior and will be off to college this fall...it's bittersweet. We are in the throws of his last high school baseball season and I'm really going to miss this group of kids. I have seen them all grow together.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Gorgeous quilting on beautiful quilts!
Another chapter in life, but it is such a joy to watch your children grow and change. Enjoy each day!

Sue said...

Oh that empty nest thing is something. Our youngest left home a few years ago to make us empty nesters then moved back home just to do it again to us!

Shelley said...

Love the Cotton Seed design..adding to my wish list:) I want you to know that I "mourned" for 1 year after my son graduated from high scho0l and went off to college. I missed him so much!!! So you go right ahead and cry and I'll cry with ya :)

Mary said...

I hope you are as lucky as me. Even though all three are grown up and on their own, they are all close by. I completely understand the feelings you are having right now. I cried through all three graduations!

Vivian said...

I was excited to see the kids head out on their own. I was almost giddy with the thought of having so much solitude. But it didn't take long for me to realize the void I had in my life. My days had healthy doses of concerts, sporting events, and musicals. The sports and music filled my hours as much as they did the kids, and an empty nest isn't nearly as exciting.
I enjoyed my hours alone, and I used them to relax and do a lot of quilting. But then DH retired and I'm right back to having someone else in the house, having expectations, making requests, wanting company. I need a separate wing on the house!
Enjoy the graduation activities, Mary. It's a special time.

Cindy said...

Let's see if this works. I just found out to read blogs through FLIPBOARD on my iPad. LOL

Cindy said...

Looks like it worked. Now to read some...

Michelle May said...

Beautiful quilts and yes, I could see the one in a seaside cottage!

Loris said...

Beautiful! The colors in the second one remind me of sea glass.
Oh man, yes you have some changes coming. I hope the time gets filled up with a big SOLD sign and the project of building a new nest. Your emotions are going to be all over the place! Hugs and prayers will be available :-)

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

The quilting is awesome, as usual. And just remember as most people said ahead of me... they come back. All is not lost. :) I'm sure it's a sad feeling though.

QuiltNut Creations said...

Lovely quilts. I've been eyeing the pattern Cindy did for awhile now, great color combo.

Bari Jo said...

Oh I love your quote - so perfect - that is what I will focus on for the coming year - thank you for sharing this! It is soooo bittersweet - you raise them knowing the day is coming and it just comes way toooo fast... you blink and it is over...I find myself thinking lately that I'm not sure what I want to be when I grow up - been a mom so long it is hard to think past graduation next year.... thank you for sharing! (great quilting too!)