We have been promising all year to do a quilt project with Tink's class. It is becoming a semi tradition. I say semi because we actually skipped a year and didn't do one last year. But we are back on track for this year and we have almost waited too long to complete the project because the year is almost over! Our school mascot is the Bulldogs, so we made raw edge appliques of Bulldog paw prints. Two large ones for the teacher and assistant and smaller prints for the students. The kids traced their own paw print and cut them out then we ironed them on the fabric. This was a little break from their countless hours of preparing for their end of grade testing, which takes place next week. Here is the class with their project.
This is Russ ironing on the appliques. The kids were so excited to see how it was going to turn out.
Now I have to stitch around all the paw prints, then borders and then on to the long arm it goes. Stay tuned for the finished product!
They're here! Ginger had her puppies today. She surprised us with five little ones. Aren't they so cute? I am always so amazed by how nature just knows how to handle things. They are natural born mothers, always just knowing the right thing to do at the right time. I wish people could take lessons from them about parenting and childbirth. We had all the neighbors and friends stoppingby all day. It was quite a neighborhood event. All week long, everyone kept saying, "Do we have puppies yet?" Now Russ no longer has to ask how many puppies Ginger is going to have, we now know that the magical and perfect number is "Five."
Finally a little sun. We have had so much rain I was beginning to think we were going to all be moldy.
It was nice to go to the mailbox yesterday and find a package that contained one of the blocks from our virtual bee. We also received a quilt from the giveaway we did last month. Amber we love your quilt and we will take very good care of it while it stays for a visit.
Here are the blocks we have received thus far from our virtual bee.
We can't wait to see the rest. Russ was excited to be able to do something for a boy this time. We love the pirate theme.
Ahh, definitely a sign of the times to come. Ginger Michelle is nesting in preparation for the blessed event. Russ asks her everyday, "Ginger, how many puppies are you going to have for us?" And every day it is the same response---a pitiful brown eyed blank stare that just screams, "Why did you do this to me?"
Nonetheless, she will be very excited when she has lovable babies to attend to. We are patiently awaiting the day. We think sometime around the 13th of May--just next week. We will keep you posted and have a birth announcement when the time comes. Boo and Liscious--I hope you are paying attention and have a name picked out because the puppy stork is flying over your house very soon!
In the meantime, we are hoping for more sun so that we can get our garden started! Boy are we behind.
Located in the heart of the Great Smokey Mountains in the small rural town of Murphy, NC, our business grew out of a love for sewing.
Russ is a graduate of Montreat College and a Desert Storm veteran. He worked his way through college working in the local sewing factories-thus his extensive experience in the sewing field.
Rhonda's love for quilting began with a gift certificate, to the local quilt shop and the rest is history!
Together they run a home based business which they share with their two young daughters. Our customer base ranges from Washington State all the way down to sunny Florida. We are quickly building a large customer base as a result of our quality work and reasonable rates. www.thebackporchquilters.com