Friday, June 11, 2010

We've got a doctor in the house!

Better late than never. The event happened on Mother's day over a month ago, but I'm just now blogging about it. Our son Kerry completed requirements for his PhD in Chemical Engineering this year, and we drove the 600 or so miles to Ames, Iowa for the ceremony. Kerry was also honored with the teaching excellence award for his work with younger ChemE students as part of his doctoral studies requirements.

We are so proud of him. And to top it all off, he will become a first-time father this September. The sonogram indicates the he and his wife Hilary are expecting a son. This will be my first grandchild. I wish I had more time to get really, really excited. I know it will come.

For now, I'm finishing up 12 new quilts for the new Squares and Triangles book tentatively scheduled for release next spring (2011). I have 5 of them at the long-arm quilters right now, and still have one top to construct, and two that I will quilt myself. And all of this has to be finished before I go in for my knee replacement on July 7.  This one is called "Love My Stash". Let me know what you think of it.

Yes, the knee arthroscopic surgery in February was a miserable failure. Still walking with a limp and a cane a lot of the time. It has been really disappointing and frustrating. But I've had a lot of great help. One of my former students, George P, is now 12 years old, and loves to garden. He helped me work the flower beds and plant my bedding plants and summer bulbs. Now, he comes over periodically to pull weeds. Another young friend has offered to mow the lawn, and his mother and George's teenage sister have volunteered to help clean the house. So things are looking up! It feels better just to have the stairs vacuumed, and the living room swept up, and the bathroom floor and fixtures scrubbed! Next: kitchen, dining room, family room and the guest room that will double as my recovery suite. Forget about the laundry room, quilt studio, office, master bedroom, Ken's office, and the two full baths upstairs! (Did I tell you I have a very BIG house?) Plus the finished basement apartment that is vacant and sorely in need of paint, carpet cleaning and walls and windows cleaned before we can start showing it. Whew! I'm tired just writing about it.


  1. Congratulations on your Son's news of graduating college & your soon to be born Grandchild, how exciting!
    LOVE, "Love My Stash" I would like to someday make that quilt. Will be looking for your book when it comes out.

  2. Elsie congratulations to you and your son. Being a grandmother is one of the greatest joys life offers. I hope your knee gets better soon.Your new book looks interesting. I do not work well with triangles so it will be interesting to me.

  3. In the new book, I will give instructions for 3 ways to make half-square triangles that are pretty easy to do, and each enables you to make perfect squares that are exactly the same size. That is the key, that and heavily starching the fabric before you cut pieces from it. The more quilts I get finished, the more excited I am getting about this book. Still don't have a title, or I'd be using it here.

  4. Oh Elsie you will absolutely adore being a grandma. There's a very special love that only a grandbaby can evoke. Congrats!!
    And OMGosh!! That quilt is fantastic! I will definitely be looking for your book if that one is in there.
    And I hope your surgery is soon behind you and you can get back to cleaning your own home. (eek! Did I just say that?) LOL
    Take care.

  5. Linda, of course the quilt will be in the new book. Hoping it is selected for the cover, but will have to wait and see.

  6. Hello Elsie,

    I like the stah quilt very much. I have a lot of triangle cut and I think this quilt is something for my.
    Please excuse the mistakes.My english isn´t so good.

    Greeting Guilitta from Germany

  7. Congratulations on ALL your wonderful news!! And LOVE that stash quilt. Can't wait for the new book but I better get a quilt or two made up first from the last book! HA