Sunday, October 20, 2019

Christmas Quilter's Poem

Twas the night before Christmas,
And the quilts were not made.
The threads were all tangled, the cookies delayed.
The stocking weren't hung, the pantry was bare.
The poor weary Quilter, was tearing her hair.
Stacks of fat quarters, tipped over in streams.
Visions of Log Cabins, had turned into dreams.

When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
But a bus full of quilters with all of their gear.
They went straight to work with just a few mutters,
Sorting and stitching and brandishing cutters.
The patterns emerged from all of the clutter,
Like magic the fabrics arranged in a flutter.
Log Cabins, Lone Stars, Flying Geese & Bear Tracks
Each quilt was a beauty-even the backs.

Her house how it twinkled, her quilts how they glowed.
The cookies were baking, the stockings were sewed.
Their work was all done, so they folded their frames,
And packed up their needles, without giving their names.
They boarded the bus, and checked the next address.
More quilts to be made, another quilter in distress.

She heard one voice echo, as they drove out of sight,
Happy quilting to all and to all a good night!
~Author Unknown


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Pumpkin Festival!

On Friday, my wonderful brother-in-law, William, and my wonderful sister, Suzanne, took me out to eat at the Water Street Cafe. They offer a delicious prime rib dinner with rice pilaf and butternut squash cooked with maple syrup. I ate my fill and had extra to take home for lunch today. Here's a picture of Suzanne laughing as I snapped her picture!



After that good meal, we stopped at the Laconia, New Hampshire, Pumpkin Festival for a quick peek at all the Jack-O-Lanterns carved by the local school children. They were amazing!












On the way home, we had a sing-along and laughed at the cold winds that were blowing. I am so blessed to have dear family near me who care so very much about me!

At the Golden Gese Quilt shop, we wished Sue safe travels as she leaves for Florida for the winter. She was making a pretty apron all in pinks and purples. Nice!




Maureen has started sewing a strippy table runner that will have dramatic black borders. Looking good!



Happy quilting!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

A Milestone

Today is my 70th birthday and that is quite a milestone! I'm enjoying good health and fitness in spite of missing my dear Felix. I was sixteen when I met him and instantly fell in love with him.

The weather is a grim rain with high winds today and I'm lucky to have power to write this. Earlier this week I took some pictures of the pretty Fall foliage that has now been taken away by the storm.






These were taken right along Route 140, which is my street, but about 5 miles away in Alton, NH. The water is Lake Wentworth by the Alton fire station.

No pictures of it yet, but I've started a couple of sawtooth star potholders for Ilse to send to her sister in law in Germany for Christmas.

Happy quilting!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Saying Goodbye


The last Friday in September was the beautiful Masonic Funeral held for Felix, my beloved husband, who passed away on July 17th, 2019 of a sudden heart attack.

It was a lovely service with prayers and poems with Felix's ashes, his picture, and his DeMolay Chevalier ring sitting on the table inside the Masonic Lodge.

The most moving part of the ceremony was when, one by one, each Mason present went up to the table and gave Felix a Masonic salute and laid an evergreen sprig of Arbor Vitae upon his Masonic apron.

Was so surprised to see my younger sister, Lucinda, who took a bus up from Connecticut to attend the service. It was wonderful to be able to give her a hug. My older sister, Suzanne, is more local here in New Hampshire and she brought her beloved husband, William.

This is a picture of Suzanne, on the left, me in the middle, and Lucinda on the right. The weather was mild and sunny, just perfect as we wished Felix well in heaven.


Thank you for listening and happy quilting!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Mixing Sad and Happy Times


Today I grocery shopped at the Fort Eddy Road Market Basket and also went to Lowe's to pick out a new toilet to replace my 40+ year old one here. It doesn't flush properly at all and won't shut off unless I leave the cover off of the tank so I can manually press down on the valve to keep it from running the well dry. Ugh!

I found a wonderful handyman locally who said that he charges $30 an hour and that he could do it in about 2 hours. That's a bargain! He's coming Sunday and will bring his son to help him with the heavy lifting. I pray that it all goes well! Felix was a bear about keeping that old toilet. He stubbornly refused to replace it with the modern low-water flushers because he said that every time he used them in public restrooms, his balls would hang down into the higher water level in the bowl. Ugh! Who could blame him?

Today my regular bank statement came in for the checking account and it was addressed to me, my sister, and my brother in law. I had their names put onto my accounts when Felix died in case anything should happen to me. This way, they will have free access to funds for both checking and savings accounts. But seeing Felix's  name disappear from the statement hurt me terribly. I wept with sadness. Everything seems so hard without him.


But I did go into the Friday Quilters at the Golden Gese and had lunch with all the gals there. It was good to see what they were working on today. Maureen is adding an intense purple batik border to her red, white, and blue blocks. Looks great!


Beverly is adding embellishments to her pretty charm pack blocks that are little flowers whose petals are cut with pinking shears and have button centers.  So much work!




I brought in a Christmas table topper that my sister, Suzanne had made and she asked me to quilt it and finish it. She had made the mistake of trying to bind it with that little bias tape that is made for clothing and when it didn't work, she became discouraged.






It is so pretty and it is reversible,  too. Here's  a peek at the other side.





Here  is where I was cutting out pale green 2½"strips for a replacement binding. Maureen has cheerfully volunteered to do the actual binding for me and she's an expert at it!


Nancy, the shop owner and master quilter, showed us her small but perfectly embellished wall hanging.


Look at those tiny pieces! And it has hand embroidered wreaths with the littlest buttons I've ever seen! Good work, Nancy!








Back on Tuesday, I was at the Senior Center where Sarah had made two pretty placemats for the newest Meals on Wheels recipients.



Mary was cutting out some adult bibs in a nice masculine plaid.


Sue held up the small piece that she's been quilting on her domestic machine. Nice work, Sue!


I brought in an odd lot of perle cotton and crochet cotton for folks to tie their quilts and it all disappeared.


Meb had a stack of hand sewn Dresden plate blocks that she's been doing. She loves to have hand work to take along at the Dr.'s office.


Mary had fun with her scrap piles!


We all enjoyed our time together sharing our progress on our projects!

Happy quilting!






Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Two Months

Today marks the end of the second month since my beloved Felix passed away. I still miss him terribly but I think that it is getting a little bit easier as I adjust.



Yesterday my  registration renewal paperwork arrived so I went to the town hall and renewed my car's plates.  I put the stickers right onto the plates and tucked the registration card into the glove box so that nothing could get lost.

My 40 year  old toilet desperately needs replacing so I  called a local handyman for hire who said he could do it. He said that he charges $30 an hour and that the job would take about two hours to do. I will buy a new toilet from the nearest Lowe's for around $150. It will be the new higher height which will be a blessing for getting off of it.

Felix and I always talked over any plans for repairs or improvements. It is unnerving and strange to make these decisions all alone. It takes me several days to get up the courage to make phone calls. I'm like a turtle who must pull back into its shell to hide.

However, I did get a great furnace repair guy to clean and service my old oil burner for me. He also repaired the poor pressure and temperature of the domestic hot water off the furnace. Additionally, he was able to change the sand filter from the well. So I should be all set for winter.

The days are getting cooler which I find to be a blessing. Its mostly been 70's by  day  and mid 40'sby night.

I didn't go into the Golden Gese on Friday, so I have no quilty pictures to show you today, but hope to get some this morning when I go to the Senior Center.

Happy quilting!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Cooler Weather!

The weather has been blessedly cooler and drier lately but tonight's forecast said that Wednesday will be hot and humid again. Ugh! At least it is only for one day.

On Friday I went to the Golden Gese to sew with my friends.



Beverly was working out the placement of her lovely charm pack squares.



A new gal, Sonia Noyes, breezed in and showed us her gorgeous stars and courthouse steps variation.


This was all done in Civil War reds creams and tans. Isn't it beautiful?


She was at the shop to audition some fabrics for the backing to her quilt and picked out the medium cream color from the ones you see here.


Also, I want to say a specially big "Thank you!" to Katie, who reads my blog and sent a large box of fat quarters and scraps to me for the ladies at the Senior Center! Thank you, thank you!



On Tuesday at the Senior Center, Meb let us look at her novice work on her new long arm on this beautiful pink Civil War creation.



Nice going, Meb!!!

As for me, I took a couple of pairs of blocks from my orphan blocks pile and made two placemats for the newest recipients of Meals On Wheels.





They are far from perfect, but I hope that they will cheer someone's day!

I  miss Felix terribly but I am getting through each day and pray for him as the clock strikes 7:45pm the moment when he passed away. God bless you, my honey!

Happy quilting!


Sunday, September 1, 2019

RABBIT!

Some of the silly little rituals that Felix and I always enjoyed with each other make me think of him. Like saying, "RABBIT!" as the first spoken word of the new month to ensure good luck. We also used to say,  "Gilmanton! We're  saved!  We're  saved!" as we crossed over the border into our town when on the road to home. I still do those and think of him fondly. How I miss his cheery company!

When my sister, Suzanne, who lives only a quick 25 miles away, invited me to her cookout today, I jumped at the chance to go. Her friend, Jasmine, has two daughters and one was celebrating a birthday with all of us. Here's Jasmine manning the grill for plenty of tasty hamburgers and hot dogs.


Her daughter, Kate, enjoyed the traditional song of "Happy Birthday" as she blew out the candles on her strawberry shortcake.


The family dog, Leroy, a lovely Golden Retriever, was trying to behave himself and not beg for food.


Here's  Suzanne, my wonderful sister, making my special favorite flavored coffee called, "Jamaican Me Crazy."


She was also wearing a pretty pair of sandals to show off her First-Ever new pedicure! Wow, French Blue toenails!


Lovable "Ernie" a favorite family cat, was very much enjoying the catnip  mouse that I'd brought for him!


After we'd all eaten our fill of delicious food, there was a hilarious skit that Jasmine's younger daughter, Jada, performed with Leroy, the dog, on the front lawn.



 It was so heart warming to spend the whole afternoon basking in the company of family and friends!

Earlier in the weekend, on Friday, I did go into Concord to the Golden Gese with my quilty friends. Maureen had most of her red/white/blue blocks assembled and they look terrific!


I actually felt up to sewing, too! I worked on joining some of my 6" HST blocks together into pairs.
I have 144 of these to do and the plan is to make 12 rows of 12 blocks each for a top that will be 72" square.


Here are some of the tiny pinwheels that I paired up.



I think that this is the first time since Felix has been gone that I've dragged my machine out of the car and really sewed. Baby steps!

Hope you are enjoying this cooler weather on Labor Day weekend. Happy quilting!




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