Saturday, February 13, 2016

Home At Last!

Happy 90th Birthday to dear Alfred, who was finally released from the hospital after some heart issues. He was surrounded by lovely gifts, mostly edible treats.

His wife and caretaker, Ilse, posed with him. She was teasing about a kiss that might knock off his precious baseball cap, a possibility that he good-naturedly protested.

It was great fun to see him at home again!

Friday dawned bright but cold and I went to my Bee in Concord, New Hampshire, at The Golden Gese Quilt Shop.There, Maureen was enjoying her lunch and some of the birthday cheer that we brought her.

She had brought in a clever placemat design for a round table that uses a Dresden wedge.

Maureen has also begun her own version of Midnight Blues from her copy of the book, Scrap Basket Surprises by Kim Brackett. Maureen's quilt will be done in all blue batiks. Here, pictured below, was a light blue batik that she had auditioned to supplement her Jelly Roll. So pretty!

Beverly was working on a new juvenile Drunkard's Path with the cutest jungle monkey fabrics!

Beverly wants to make more blocks to be able to play with lots of fun layout patterns.

As for me, I shamelessly showed off my big finish to all the gals who had only seen it on my blog, but not "in person."

As wonderful as modern technology is, photos on a blog are second best to being there in the real world.

Thank you to "Lil Claire" for taking these photos for me for you to see. Beverly noticed that I've not yet put a label on, something that's on my list for this week.

I worked for a bit to get my Midnight Blues top fitted out with it's cream scrappy inner borders. Then I was busy pressing the whole top. Below you can see it laid out and folded once down the middle.

There was also a stack of piano key panels of 2½" scrappy strips to get pressed to one side and cut into matching lengths. I chose 6½" pieces for my piano key borders, but I came up short of having quite enough of them.

Ahhh, well, back to the salt mines to do more panels, LOL!

Might you remember Marianne, who was hand stitching some pretty "Blue Redwork" a few weeks ago?

Well, she nicely presented me with a Valentine sachet that smells wonderful! Thank you, Marianne!!!

Hope you can sew with, and for, all your friends!
Linking up to Oh Scrap! Check it out Link.
Also linking up to Love Laugh Quilt Link.
Happy quilting!


mamifleur said...

Félicitations ! Your stars are wonderful ! Friendship of France

Janet O. said...

How nice that Alfred got home for his birthday!
Your finished quilt is lovely! I'll bet everyone was thrilled to see it in person--I know I would be. : )
I've never made a piano key border (they look like too much work, and I am lazy on borders), but I think they really make a wonderful finish!

helen said...

Midnight Blues is going to be another gorgeous quilt of you, Vic!
Best wishes!

gayle said...

I could never get tired of seeing that gorgeous Stars in a Time Warp quilt! Such a fabulous finish!
Your Midnight Blues is going to be wonderful, too. Good luck with those piano key borders. I'm sure they'll seem endless to make, but the end result will be worth it!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I love both of your quilt tops. Pieced borders are more work but they are a favorite of mine. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Nann said...

How nice for Alfred to be home for Valentine's Day! Your blue and cream quilt looks wonderful.

Kate said...

Everyone has fun projects in the works. Your finished quilt looks great, as does Midnight Blues. Happy stitching this week.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I have made that Kim Brackett design from Scrap Basket Surprises -- mine was done in yellows and greens with creams. I love the blue versions!

Kat said...

I love your midnight blues! Such a cool quilt.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

I wholeheartedly agree about "the real thing" and wish I could get my mitts on your beautiful quilt. Texture is a big part of quilting isn't it? Thanks for sharing. Glad your friend is back home.

Bonnie said...

Midnight Blue is wonderful. Soon it will be taking on the finished mantle.

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