Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Glimpse Into Our Family Vacation and This Week's Work

For those who follow this blog and know a little about the life behind Margaret's Hope Chest, they may remember that my family is in the middle of an international move.  We are between Toronto, Canada and Hamilton, Bermuda.  We left Toronto at the end of July and we plan on arriving in Bermuda in late October.  In the meantime, we are stalled in Michigan...and loving every minute of it!  
We just returned from an 11 day vacation on the east side of Michigan.  I had never really been there and we were impressed with a couple of our stops.
We LOVED Tawas Point State Park.  Beautiful.
The lighthouse at Tawas Point

Tawas Point State Park at sunset--A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

My son flying a kite--Tawas Point

Me and my husband

My brood of wonderfully happy and beautiful children--truly, I fell a little deeper in love with each of them on our vacation.

Sand dune running along Lake Huron

Onaway State Park

Monarch butterfly along the shores of the Straits of Mackinac--Wilderness State Park

Weiner roasting with my mom and my sister's kids

We walked across the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day (you can only do this once a year--this year 46,000 people who love Michigan did it :))

Mackinac Bridge-outfits due to previous 10 days of camping--not enough clean and warm clothing!

Anyway, we had a wonderful time exploring Michigan and unplugging from our every day lives. 
Now that we are less than a month away from leaving for Bermuda our days are filled with last minute details and a little more stress--boo! The good news is that my husband is on vacation until we leave so that has opened up a little more time for sewing :)

First, I finished off this donated quilt top.  This one will go fast at the prison giveaway later this year.

I also finished this quilt for a nine year old boy who has a dad in prison and is having a hard time.  He loves cars and so I wanted to use this car print that someone donated.  I used all scraps for the front and I love it!  I hope it brings comfort and HOPE to him.

And last but certainly not least....
I finished Meyon's quilt!  All of the blocks were donated by members of our Wrapped in Hope Quilting Bee.  I LOVE how this turned out.  Each block is my favorite.
I hope all who participated can find their block!  I added the late arrivals to the back.
Meyon's birthday is Oct. 7 so I will send this out next week.


Sandra said...

Enjoyed the lovely photos of your family vacation. Looks like you are building some wonderful memories. Also...great job on the latest quilt for Margaret's Hope Chest. Love the pattern and they way you quilted it:)

beth lehman said...

It's so great to have quality family time! Your photos are fabulous!! AND your quilts are awesome - love that string quilt!

Pat said...

what a wonderful vacation on the eastern shore of the mitten! the quilts are wonderful and I am sure the lucky children will LOVE them! do you have a pattern for the purple princess and frog quilt? or did you *just wing it*?!

Lynn said...

What wonderful pictures! The quilts are terrific, think of how much happiness they will bring. I love Meylon's quilt, really turned out beautifully!

Heather said...

You have such a gorgeous family!! Loved your beautiful pictures and Meyon's quilt turned out just fabulous. She will be one happy little girl when she sees that. God bless!