Kindergarten Graduation, and some bee blocks

The school year is wrapping up again.  Thing 2 officially graduated from kindergarten a few days ago.  He learned so much this past year.  His reading skills are incredible.  Thing 1 has a week left of school, and then she’s off for her summer break too.  Next fall all of them will be in school.  Thing 3 will be in grade 4, in the big kids’ hallway, Thing 2 will be in grade 1, and Thing 3 will start preschool, just two afternoons a week.  And for the first time in nearly 9 years, I will have time when there are no children home with me.  That is definitely bittersweet.

Thing 2 - K grad

He was so proud of all his artwork that he wanted a picture taken in front of it. The children all made their caps themselves, and they got to wear gowns as well. It was a lovely and sweet evening.

Thing 1, story time

Thing 1 is growing up too. Another few inches and she’ll be up to my shoulders already! I’ll cherish the little moments in her childhood though, like when she reads her doll stories to help her doll get over her bad dreams.

X and   blocks - June
X and   blocks - June


These are my blocks for June in the X and + bee.  Nan requested little triangles in solid colours, and Cathy wanted the crosses in red with nothing too bright.  I tell you, it is really hard for me to tone down on the bright!  I hope these are satisfactory.  These little blocks are really fun to make; I’m really glad that I joined this bee.


Bits and pieces

I been working a little bit on lots of projects lately.  A few blocks for bees, drawstring bags for the kids, and my first ever commissioned project. Does the commissioned project mean that, technically, I’m becoming a professional quilter?  Yikes!  I don’t know if I feel qualified enough for that!


I made some more X and + blocks, but they were for me, not the June queens. I just had some nice little aqua scraps I wanted to use up. I love the corner of the one block, with the recipe for Blueberry Muffins. I haven’t tried the recipe, but it looks adorable in the block, don’t you think? And those little mustaches!

Simply Solids Bee, Carmine Group - May blocks

These are the blocks that I’ve gotten so far for the Simply Solids Bee. I made 3 of these, and I’m still waiting on two more. I had originally planned to put sashing between the blocks, but when I put them together, I found some little diamonds that I wasn’t expecting. So I won’t do sashing anymore, but I’ll have to make a few extra blocks to get it up to the size that I want.

Carmine Group: June

This is the block for the June Queen. It’s called a Katherine Wheel. It was challenging, with partial seams and bias edges, but I love the finished product. She will have an amazing quilt at the end of this.


And this is the commissioned quilt. The top is done, and Thing 1 is holding it up in the backyard for me. I am hoping to have it quilted and bound within the next week, and then I’ll have to deliver it to the recipient and face her verdict. I am more nervous than I expected to be about this.

And that’s what I’ve been up to.  I have a personal deadline to finish that memory quilt I’m working on before I go out of town in two weeks.  After those two weeks are done, Mr Apple Pie and I will drop the little saplings off at grandma’s house and head to Portland for our first holiday alone in 5 years.  Woot!  I hear Portland has some awesome quilt shops too. . .