Two babies on the way (!) and minky receiving blankets

The very exciting news around here is that my middle daughter Kaela is pregnant.... with twins (!!) ..... identical twin girls (!!!!) 

Charlotte will be a big sister in August!  

AND ... to add to our happiness and excitement... they have decided to move from Austin Texas, to North Carolina.  It makes sense for them on a number of levels, including being close to family, since they will be needing a lot of help especially during the first couple years!  

One of the first things I did immediately was make two receiving blankets from some "minky" and yardage I'd already had in storage.  

I used a tutorial on line from Missouri Star Quilting Company - for a self binding.  It's really a genius method.  

You cut the back piece larger, and miter the corners: 

and then tuck the top piece into the back piece,  pin really well, and top stitch all around. 

Spring is in full swing and I love the trees behind our townhouse, 

 My kids sent me this really neat canvas market tote for my birthday.  Theoretically I want to start going to farmers markets.  I had a quiet Easter weekend on my own.   David will be back from Japan next Friday! 

I think I will really start to miss Japan and feel the bittersweet, once he's moved back here.  For all these weeks, I've still felt connected to our life there, sort of continuing to live it through him.   He sent this photo from the park this morning - a fantasmical installation (playscape?): 

Now he's  mainly in the process of sort of shutting down the apartment and giving stuff away, etc.   Everything from furniture, to extra food and cleaning supplies, to emergency supplies, to washer/dryer unit, to light fixtures (yes you have to remove even the ceiling light fixtures when you leave a Japanese apartment!  And the next tenants will supply their own).  We consult on these things daily....  and it's so nice to be able to finally say he will be coming "home next week"! 


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Two babies on the way (!) and minky receiving blankets