My father-in-law and I have been busy. Last year I got him started with the embroidery machine. (I now have 3 sets of snowpeople, 1 set of Santa and the reindeer, an set of the seasons and 1 set of Noah's ark. Each set has 20 blocks. I am working quickly to turn them into lap quilts because I know I have more blocks coming.) While Dad is visiting we decided to teach him some quilting skills. He has been here 2 1/2 days and we have made one 48x48 lap quilt out of strips that vary in width from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches. While I was at work today he made another 23 Christmas fabric blocks which will eventually be a another lap quilt measuring 63x63. He is having fun and I am having some of my stash used. It is a win-win situation. He is doing a great job with the 1/4 seams. When this is finished we will get on the longarm and quilt both of these. When he heads home I am going to send a sewing machine and a couple of bags of strips. He said he would take whatever I send him. Those quilt blocks will be made into charity quilts and donated to people who need to know that someone cares about them. I highly recommend sharing with your quilting skills with others. Makes it twice as much fun!
After being away for 31 years, we are finally home again. We are South Dakotans through and through, so this is were we want to spend our "retirement" years. My husband and I are getting ready to open a custom woodworking business with me being the paper pusher and the woodworker's apprentice. Along with that I am going to continue quilting and also work as a substitute teacher. Life is good!