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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Catching Up

I thought I would post some highlights of the last couple of months before Memorial Day is here and the official beginning of summer!

We were lucky to have great weather for Easter. As we all know weather has been strange in the Chicagoland area. One day it's 90 degrees, a couple of days later it snows.

Casey, Fran, Elvira and Simon

Simon loves the colored Easter Eggs

Grandpa Dieter and Simon wearing their favorite hats

Luke, Dieter, John, Simon and Dan

Then, one week later, the dreaded day was here. I turned 60 years old. But, it is common knowledge that 60 is the new 40!

We went out to Ditka's for dinner with the whole family. I enjoyed a couple of glasses of a nice Duckhorn.

Mother's Day: Unfortunately our favorite place to have Mother's Day Brunch didn't offer it this year. So we switched to Aquaviva Winery. It was good, but I really do miss the Hyatt Brunch.

Simon and his Mom

And, just in time for his first trip to Germany, Simon has his two passports, he's officially a dual citizen!

I would like to share some pictures of the quilts I have worked on lately. I  had to finish 20 quilts this month before Memorial Day. I have one more custom quilt to do.

Cheryl's beautiful Jane Sassaman Quilt

Ellie's fantastic star sampler quilt

Marcia's Eagle Quilt! One of my favorites!

Deanne worked one whole year to finish this gorgeous Applique Affair

Pat's fantastic Glacier Star! LOVE the colors!

Celtic Wave for Anthology Fabrics for Spring Market, perfect piecing, unfortunately it doesn't show the 4 days of custom quilting!
Madison's Quilt from Grandma
Kylie's Quilt! Two lucky girls!
 And there were many, many more. All of them beautiful. Nobody appreciates the work that goes into piecing and applique more than me! I'm grateful to be able to finish my customers' quilts.

Retreat at the Hamptons is coming up next week, and then I'm off to Germany to visit family, finally get to watch World Cup Soccer with my German fans (first time since the 70's), and celebrate my 60th and Dieter's 65th with a big birthday bash at Karle's!

Monday, March 24, 2014

March 14, Simon is ONE Year Old!

What a wonderful year it has been! It is so much fun having this little boy around. He celebrated his birthday with a luncheon downtown Chicago, checked out the Bean at Millennium Park, and he enjoyed it all.

On Saturday he was the star of his big birthday party with the Very Hungry Caterpillar theme. Even though he really didn't care for his cake too much, he loved everything else, especially all the attention of the guests and the new toys to play with.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Shoemaker

It has been over two months since I posted last. A lot has happened.

My Dad passed away on December 23rd. He had just celebrated his 88th birthday on December 4th, and he seemed to be in good spirits. But, he ended up in the hospital and after 10 days sadly passed away the day before Christmas Eve. I do think Christmas Eve was always one of his favorite holidays. He used to decorate the tree for us, ring the little bell, and announced that Christkindle has been here to bring us our gifts. So many memories. He still lived in the house he was born in, and enjoyed watching village life on main street from the balcony.

Christmas was bittersweet, but we enjoyed it very much with a baby in the house!

Happy 2014!

I went to Germany for my Dad's funeral and to help my Mom with a couple of things, but, thankfully, my brother and my sister live close by.

I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days with my brother, his family and my sister and her boyfriend in the Swiss Alps to regroup and enjoy each other's company.

My Mom turned 81 on January 20, and in no time January was over! We celebrated Dan's birthday on February 6, and also wished Casey a Happy Birthday two days later!

Here are some samples of  quilts I finished for my wonderful customers:

Eagerly awaiting Quilt Retreat starting on Thursday!