Friday, January 17, 2020

Half A Year

Today marks the sixth month anniversary since Felix died of a sudden heart attack. I still miss him so much. I talk to his picture every day and pray for his well being and peace in heaven.

If your loved ones are alive, hug them and kiss them and tell them you love them.

Happy quilting!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

January Thaw

I ushered in the new year with the sniffles and a constantly runny nose which developed into a cough. It has taken me almost two weeks to shake it but I seem to be better now.

Yesterday was a record breaking January thaw with temps in the upper 50's and bright sun. My driveway melted off all the residual ice and snow and was bone dry at last! To celebrate that, I took myself up to Center Harbor, New Hampshire to Keepsake Quilting's big store closing sale.

It must have been on everybody else's mind to do the same because it was mobbed with shoppers picking out bargains of 70% off. Here's what it looked like.

I shopped for 10 or 15 minutes and then got in line for my hour's wait to the cutting desk.

Then there was another 20 minute wait to the register with my purchases.

There were two end of the bolt selections that I bought that qualified for the $7 per pound price. A pound of fabric is about 3 yards, My combined weight of the two bolts was 3 pounds.

I bought two yards each of a couple of nice cheddars and 4 yards of a pretty floral for pillowcases.

It was sad to see the store's shelves nearly empty and to know that on February 1st they will be gone from New Hampshire forever. They will keep their North Carolina store and still sell on the internet.

I bought about 15 yards of fabric in total for a few cents under $45 so it was well worth the trip.

Happy quilting!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas Presence

Christmas Presence

I wish for you, all around you,
People who love easily and forgive quickly,
Whose eyes are stars when you are night,
Whose voices are trumpets when you are silence.
I wish for you people all about you who are gifts in themselves
And whose presence in your life is an all year-round present.

-James H. Curtis (1931-1973)
Unitarian Minister

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 16, 2019

Christmas Celebrations

On Sunday, December 8th, my wonderful sister, Suzanne, and her beloved husband, William took Ilse and me to a bell ringer's concert at a local church. Here is Ilse going into the church.

The music was lovely; all Christmas selections and played on 154 hand bells and 85 chimes.

They did the Carol Of The Bells, and also my favorite, Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella, an old French carol.

My dear friend, Ila, from Illinois, sent me this huge box of perfect pears. Thank you, Ila!

At the Senior Center, Meb was running a string block workshop for us and it was great fun to see all the scraps!

I brought in a couple of string quilts to show what the finished blocks can look like.

Whenever I'm making string quilts from various scraps, I like to use one color or one fabric on the center strip to unify the quilt. Can you tell that I love red?

At the Golden Gese Quilt Shop, Maureen was finishing up her matching placemats and table runner from a jelly roll. These look great!

Then, on Thursday, I took Ilse to the Senior Center for their lovely holiday meal of Chicken Cordon Blue.

Someone had made a Santa party favor for each guest from needlepoint. Aren't they cute?

The table was very festive,too.

As we dined on our feast, the Meals On Wheels Band played and sang Christmas carols.

It was a good meal and a fun day out and I'm glad that we enjoyed good weather for it.

My two sisters keep me consoled that Felix is not here and my many loving friends are a true gift.

Merry Christmas to all of you!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Already December!

Thanks to my dear friends, Dick and Grace, I celebrated a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at their house with my neighbor, Ilse, and her two house guests, Rosie and Leon. They set the perfect table for us.

Here are our host and hostess, Dick and Grace.

We enjoyed each other's company and had a lively game of trying to name all the Democratic candidates.

Nobody could get all of them and a few have dropped out since then.

Their little Bichon Frise, "Ziggy," kept us laughing with his antics.

It was so good to be with friends on my first holiday without Felix.

Then, on Saturday, I took myself to Keepsake Quilting's retail store which is about 30 miles away, for their 40% off moving sale. They are going to close the New Hampshire store and consolidate to their North Carolina headquarters. I'm sorry to see them go!

I got there early in the day but it was already mobbed! I waited for half an hour in a line that snaked through the store just to get to the cutting tables.

There was another 20 minute wait to get to the checkout, too.

When, at last, I was able to leave with my treasures, I stopped off at The Canoe restaurant for lunch of my favorite, their lobster/mac/cheese dish.

Their portions are huge! After eating all I could, I still took home the other half of the dish for a meal at home.

I liked the sash that they tied up my bag with at Keepsake. It's a pretty French blue.

These are the fabrics that I bought and I got enough to make a raft of pretty pillowcases for my family at Christmas time.

My bill for fabrics was under $60 for ten yards worth, so I think that I did well and no shipping fees, either.

We had two days of snow, 6 inches on Monday, then another 6 inches on Tuesday. My wonderful local plow guy got me all plowed out nicely, so I'm good!

Hope you had a lovely holiday and are now quilting up a storm!

Monday, November 25, 2019

First Holiday Without Felix

My first holiday without Felix will be just fine thanks to some wonderful friends who have invited me to share their Thanksgiving with them. I'm truly blessed!

In the meantime, I worked on making a big bunch of binding to get put onto my Arkansas Crossroads. My dear friend, Maureen, who is a wizard at bindings, agreed to do the whole thing for me and I was grateful to accept her help. She did a beautiful job. Here is the finished 82" square quilt.

On Thursday, I took my dear friend and neighbor, Ilse, and her two house guests, Rosie and Leon, over to the Senior Center for their holiday meal.

The food was delicious and the weather was perfect! I enjoyed their company, too!

We all liked the group painting unveiling that the senior artist's project did. It was very dramatic when it was revealed. They did such a good job!

May you all have a healthy and blessed Thanksgiving this year, surrounded by loving family and friends.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Last Quilt Felix Admired

One of the hundred things that I dearly miss about Felix being gone is his constant encouragement and praise for my quilting. He was always so free with his compliments. He was very taken with my work on my Arkansas Crossroads and liked it very much. Although he is gone, I want to finish it for his memory. Here are pictures of today's quilting session on the Arkansas Crossroads at the Ellen Peters studio in Laconia, NH.

Ellen loads the backing first.

The quilt top is loaded next, and then the batting is carefully loaded in between the two layers. Here she is smoothing out the top over the batting. After she stitches one row of stay stitching across the very top, then I'm ready to quilt.

The quilting thread is a light antique tan for both top thread and bobbin.

The quilting is a very simple loop-de-loop so as not to distract from the pieced pattern.

It was easy to follow the rows of the piecing to keep the size of the loops consistent.

Each loop is roughly 4 inches around and the work went very quickly.

It was very relaxing to swoop along with the whir of the big machine getting into the rhythm of the work.

This 82 inch square quilt was done in a little over an hour and it only used two bobbins.

Additionally, I've been finishing up a couple of pairs of my sawtooth star potholders.

They are ever popular during this gift-giving time of year.

Lastly, I wish that I could've shared this pretty sunrise with Felix this morning.

Rest in peace, my honey. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Happy quilting and remember to hug your loved ones!

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