Friday, 26 February 2010

Snow day production

Jake has a snow day today, so we're in a bit of a relaxed mode. I was going to go to one of my favourite quilt shops today and roam around in London, but the weather is not good for that, so I'm staying home. Cozy inside with the snow blowing around and the wind howling around the house! Sounds like a blizzard out there, but we're not getting real major amounts of snow.

Jake put the coffee on, grabbed the ladder and decided this was a great day to get our family blocks up to date. Our youngest son, Ben, started this tradition years ago and kept it updated with current girl/boyfriends and new babies. When he married 2 1/2 years ago, he continued the tradition in his own home. When one of the girls was expecting, he would add Baby in non coloured letters until the baby was born, when the blocks would be replaced with the name in coloured letters. A fun tradition. This is also how we found out they were expecting their first child when he added 'baby' at our house :-).

Here is Jake preparing for the job:

My task was to organize the leftover baskets of blocks and pass proper letters to him through the railing. This is a two person operation :-).

Do you have another E for me??

Arranging the blocks neatly in order, adding the two newest grandbabies and updating the year:

Note the convenient spot for Jake's coffee cup :-). This is when you find out things about the construction of the house...the coffee cup does not fit between all of the railings LOL.

Have we got everything correct:

The completed, updated blocks:

We ran out of the letter e so I scrounged around til I came up with Quilt til you Wilt for the sewing room window sill:

That oughta inspire us to quilt in that sewing room :-)!


The Cozy Quilter said...

This is a great way to celebrate your growing and loving family! And, I love the "Quilt til you wilt" blocks too! Happy Snow Day! I will be reporting on my snow day on my blog!


Deb said...

I think we DID quilt till we wilted last Monday. What a great day we had!

Amanda said...

Looks like we can't have any more kids unless Tim & Jannyne do...we won't fit! :-)

Ruth said...

What a neat idea! And you have a perfect place to arrange all the blocks.

Jacqui's Quilts said...

Hey Amanda!

No worries...we have LOTS of height on that wall and we can start two rows for you. Just don't let it ever be said that your parents didn't allow you to have more kids ROFLOL! And if you start arguing with Tim and Jannyne over that, your Dad says we have lots of window sills and can split you up LOL.

Quilt Rat said...

WOW! LOVE IT!!!! What a fabulous idea.

Penny said...

Hi Jacqui, that's a novel idea! Did leave a question twice about DD and DIL babies but I think I messed it up being my first attempt at blogging LOL. You asked before if I am Aussie...Yes. With Callies quilt it is F%P Summer 2008but can't come up with a copy. Tried F&P, Amazon and Ebay, that's life. Congratulations to all...Parents and Grandparents.

The Toothfairy Quilter said...

What a great idea with the blocks jacqui. I love your little sewing machines too-I have 3 so far.

Peggy said...

Great idea for commemorating all those special times - but I'm as much intrigues by the display of miniature sewing machines. How about telling us about those?

Household of Faith said...

Neat to see that you continue on that tradition! Kind of neat to see as your family grows. :)

Anonymous said...

LOL Amanda! Guess you guys are done too then, eh?! Or maybe they'll have to reverse the order, and put the oldest at the top and go down :0)