Friday, June 14, 2013
This block has been appliqued down and I used dark but clear filament thread in my machine. It went quickly and the bites don't show enough to detract from the piece. So much quicker than hand applique.
A week or so ago I stopped at the Park Bench to get some more fabric for this quilt and I had some of the plates with me. Patty, one of the owners, was loving it and after I left, I think she started making a block of her own. She also got Ann, her partner, going and Ann, too, is working on some gorgeous blocks. I was in there today and they had been searching through Pinterest for more ideas. They have a post on their blog, too -
Park Bench Quilt Shop: Dresden Plates Modern Style!. The Park Bench is a beautiful quilt shop, full of scrumptious, colorful fabric - these girls have an eye for it. I would love to have at least half a yard of each bolt!!! That ain't going to happen, though, but I will get as much as I can.
Quote for the Day----
Friday, June 7, 2013
Will start this post with a picture of my gorgeous double petunia basket that I got for Mother's Day. Probably have posted it before, but the blossoms are just beautiful.
Yesterday was a very good day, as I use as a title for this post. A couple from Iowa that were a big part of our life in the 1950's and who I have never lost touch with came to see me. We had not seen each other for over twenty years and it was so very good to be with them again. Ray and I spent lots and lots of years square dancing from very early marriage. When we were transferred to Ft. Madison, Iowa, a group of the Santa Fe people from both Chillicothe and Marceline, Mo., got a club going. Our caller came from Burlington, Iowa, and couples from there joined in - Garnett and Harold were among those dancers. Over time, there were four couples that we would dance with a tip or two each time and what fun we had. We also went to each other's homes afterwards and spent lots of other time together playing cards, etc. What I find so amazing is how the years seem to melt away and you pick right up where you left off. The three of us are the only ones left of our "square" - we had such a delightful time getting caught up on our families and old friends. That was such a great time in my life. Had I had my "druthers" I think I would have been very happy just to stay in Ft. Madison. However, that was not to be and life has been very good.
How about a couple of pictures of my flowers?
Quote of the Day - Sort of--
Monday, June 3, 2013
Sherry had her surgery for hip replacement three weeks ago tomorrow. She is doing so well! Yesterday when they came over she didn't have her cane and she is walking pretty much without a limp. Also, she is driving again and taking about three weeks of PT. She still has healing to do, but she is really doing wonderfully well. What a trouper my girl is!
Quote of the Day: (Appropriate for now!)
"Don't forget to smell the flowers!!"
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Here are some of the blocks and plates on the basement wall. All of the side triangles are cut and now I have to decide on the centers.
Two different centers - the top one is a small piece I just bought at the Park Bench and the bottom I found in my stash. Thought the top would be perfect, but looking at it on the wall--
I think it might be a little too bright. Maybe I'll put a few more up and see if I can decide then.
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Sunday, May 26, 2013
Lots of sewing across the tops of the blades for the dresden plates -
Frost on the roof this a.m. I didn't bring in my two hanging baskets but they are nice and perky and didn't seem to be bothered. Will have to start thinking about what I am going to put out this year. For the first time, there won't be nearly as much, but everything changes. However, there will be some flowers, for sure!!
Quote for the Day:
"What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity."
Friday, May 24, 2013
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Monday, May 20, 2013
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Friday, May 17, 2013
In the first picture is the start of a scarf I am crocheting with some lovely yarn with a big mesh and a sparkly trim. That, too, may be done long and worn double. It is some I ordered from a place called Webs. It's called Broadway Rainbow. Kind of loud but pretty snazzy.
I am going over to my daughter and son-in-law's in a little while. Sherry had a hip replacement last Tuesday and is doing well. She came home this afternoon. I am so glad it is in the past now and know that she will recover quickly and fully. The surgeon did a new procedure (his third time) where the muscles and tendons are not cut which will mean quicker healing. My girl is strong, healthy and will do all that she needs to do to get back to the way she was before the arthritis took its toll on her hip. We are living in such a remarkable age - years ago people just had to live with the pain. Now most problems like that can be resolved. Thank heavens.
Monday, May 13, 2013
I went over to my daughter's for dinner last evening and there was a beautiful hanging basket of double hot pink petunias (they had to spend the night inside since it frosted last night so they are by my patio door) along with a cool glass that will keep your water or drinks cold. And a great dinner with special porkchops from one of the meat markets here. Then there was a skyping session with Norah and family. It was also Chad's birthday. We watched that cutie pie Henry as he played - he is growing so fast. Really is a busy little fellow. Later a phone call from Hannah and today Molly and I will skype if I can get it on my Kindle which is all set up for it. Lovely, lovely day.
One more gift that really touched me. Barclay, my son-in-law, is noted for writing poetry for all occasions. That is what they send out every year for Christmas cards and everyone looks forward to Barc's poems. He wrote poems for the girls graduations, weddings, etc. This year, he bought me a funny little card himself and wrote me a poem. It was so very sweet and really touched my heart. Thank you, my dear Barc, that meant so much to me.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
I found a really good quote for the day on Pinterest!
So Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there from Funoldhag.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Spent some time in the basement today putting things away and straightening up in general. Ran across this little strip that I had done for a strippy round robin our guild had lots and lots of years ago. I never finished mine--there are several in that category here at my house. I found the pattern in an old Sampler Quilts magazine and still have a page showing a wall hanging made out of these blocks. This was back when I did nothing but machine satin stitch and I was pretty good at it. I am always amazed at the fabrics in the older pieces.
These blocks are really old! They were made probably in the mid 80's. Look at all that small print fabric. You seldom see any like that anymore. It would make wonderful background for applique in the lighter colors. Actually, I have quite a few of these but will never do anything with them. Like most quilters, I have orphan blocks or rejected ones some of which might make neat mug rugs if I ever got in the mug rug mode.
Here's a quote for the day:
"What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven't
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Quote for the Day:
"All people smile in the same language."