I started this with blue flannel and red sweatshirt fabric. I was moving happily along when I ran out of the blue flannel! I had other flannels, but didn’t want the edges to look out of place, so I cut up a bunch of old jeans and finished up the quilt that way. I used white cotton for the hand tying, but I’m not sure I like it. I may have to learn to machine quilt. What do you think? Does the hand tied look take away or add to in this case?
Christmas day was fast approaching, and still I hadn’t found anything for my sister. I was on the lookout for something just right in a thrift store, or second hand shop, or even in my house somewhere (We try not to buy NEW things for eachother..that just wouldn’t do..) But nothing had jumped out at me, and time was running out. She too had made a pile last summer from fabrics she liked, letting me know the kind of quilt she’d prefer. But I couldn’t possibly have time for that. Not this year. Or did I? I had started one of my own with larger squares. The work goes fast when the squares are big.
Now that Christmas is over, I can show off all the fun I’ve had with making quilts! Natalee was here over the summer and chose a bunch of fabrics for her quilt. Hers was the craziest I’ve made yet, with lots of 3 inch squares and even some triangles!
Hand tied with navy blue string. Guess I didn’t get a picture of that. Stay tuned for the fastest quilt I’ve ever made!
I had this wonderful cactus in full bloom when I bought it from Wegmans a couple years ago. I have never had any luck keeping a cactus alive long enough to bloom again. Not for lack of trying mind you. I have tried to get a clipping from an old one to start my own. It never made it. Bought a new one and tried to keep it alive after all the blooms fell off. It died. But they are just so pretty I had to buy one more little plant for the holidays. It was the typical routine: gorgeous blooms, breathtaking color. Then the blooms fell off, and the plant got more and more unhappy. But this time, I took it down in the basement and tried to forget about it. I saw it a time or two and gave it a drink, but it looked dreary and wicked sad. I left it there till fall. Then I repotted it with new soil, gave it a hefty drink and put it in the window. Slowly the flat dull stems plumped up and got a nice green color, and a couple weeks ago, little buds appeared. I am in awe! A cactus plant of my very own that returned to bloom for the holidays!
Since my daughter and I used to spend time creating the perfect setting for tea parties, it seemed fitting that her bridal shower be a tea party on a grand scale. The preparations were endless, and the day turned out magical! A wonderful turnout of friends and family shared this special day, and now that it’s over, I keep grinning thinking of it: Anne with her apron and “white meat only” chicken salad. (Which was great by the way! Good job Anne.) Linda at the blender mixing some pink divine grapefruit margaritas, and Adrienne filling her pink eggs. Everything pink and prissy and foo foo galore! I really like being a girl!