Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Yummy in the Tummy!

Our Christmas was fabulous with Felix's beautiful 12lb turkey, roasted to perfection!

Can't wait for the turkey leftovers and Turkey Soup, too!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Merry Chistmas to All!

Merry Christmas to all of you!

This quilt is 70" by 72" and is given at the Holidays to my very dear surgeon, Dr. Christopher Weinman.

The quilt is named "Sunshine and Shadows."

May you  be safe and warm for the season!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Welcome Winter!

The cool breezes today were very refreshing. I enjoyed the sunshine and the nice cool air. The Sunshine Club met with just Sue, and Mary, and me.

Meb (Meb chooses to use her grandmother's initials in lieu of her first name) had a cold so we did not see her there today. But the progress on her scraps was Mary's pride.

Sue had a new quilt that she is appliqueing with seahorses and starfish on turquoise blocks.

We all had fun after a delicious Continental breakfast

Of course, I was working on another binding. Too bad but I did forget to bring the camera again.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Bright New Sunday.

OCTOBER  31st,  2017.

                                            Today marks the start of a new calendar week.

Turkish tobacco is very good today. Turkoman is the language of the flowers.    Camel cigarettes had once promised us that they would never ever go to menthol, but they have it seems. My best guess is that they decided to remain very very competitive. I simply like them. They are strong but they are very mild.

If you enjoy tobacco products and you are old enough to purchase them, they you might like to try them.   For myself, I do.

My sewing groups meet several days of the week. It is often very difficult to make every scheduled meeting.

The Belmont Senior Center has been profitable for me. I am grateful for their efforts to support me.

May you all enjoy the blessings of this day to the very best of your own abilities.


Sunday, November 12, 2017


It is so very very cold here now!  The wind has died down though. I am chilled to the bone.

My Good Spouse is working with another good work man to restore our broken furnace. It is cool here in my little tiny office room on the Northern side of our pretty home.  (See above) .

I do hope very much that they can get the boiler working again before midnight. If you have electric power then I do hope that you can appreciate that.

May you all continue to thrive, wherever you are!

Vic in New Hampshire, United States of America . . .

Friday, November 10, 2017

Spring Into Fall !!!!!!!!!!!

Now that we are all  on the Daylight Saving's Plan Time Zone here in New  England,  I find it very difficult  to  adjust .  The light from our new Sun is so very pale and short !

The photographs that I took of this pretty little tote bag were to show you how Mrs. Robinson's work is done  . This was a free gift,  given to me,  by her ,  several years ago. The colors are bright and springy.  It is all wrought with Colonial Colors! So handsome a bag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This gift became another gift. I treasured it so very much.  It was never used by me. Dear Ilse, the great horned Owl to the East of me, reaped her own rewards .

To leave you with a sweet taste upon your tongue;  here is a foliage shot...  New England is the place to be now. This image of the Autumn Days always make me recall the beauty of so many dogs we have rescued. Each one was special .  

Enjoy the seasons wherever you are blooming .

Vic in NH, United States of America .

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Saint's Alive!

The two photographs up above this line are from my Easy Street quilt. It was done with all authentic American Civil War cloth.

Happy All Soul's Day!

Vic in NH

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Hurricanes Are Upon Us!

'Tis the season for all the hurricanes that are sweeping about the globe!

We are very blessed to still have our power here.

Mister Wonderful and I made a joint effort to find and retrieve the checkbook from my car so that he can pay a bill today. Yippee! Double yippee!

A little juice and coffee are for breakfast with some eggs well whisked in my little copper bowl.

We all hope and pray that you are as well off as we are today!

Photographs from 2013's progress.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Being Vocal

Crisp autumnal air has now swept down in from our Canadian neighbors. It is such a relief! Why, yesterday's fog was so patchy that I cannot imagine how the brave souls on the roads fared.

The Department Of Transportation work crews seem to be ever present as their best season for line-painting wanes away.

I've not very much to report on the quilty front, but continue to make progress towards my hand hemming on that old log cabin quilt.

This picture, above, was taken way back in September, but I'm still working on it. Yea!!!!

Rural farms

Included also are some various indoor and outdoor scenes of the glories of Fall weather.

The best of times are when my beloved spouse, Mr. Felix, has the energy to argue with me,

Laughing out loud.

This is someone else's Sunny Lanes quilt, but its picture inspires me to get off my own dead butt and work some more on mine. We'll see.

May you all continue to bloom wherever you are planted for the moment!

Northwestern starlight at dusk.

Love, light, and laughter from,

Vic in NH

Friday, September 22, 2017

Priceless Gifts

Today a lovely surprise arrived in my mailbox, an anonymous gift from my Secret Pal! There were two polymer zipper pouches from the quilting diva, Bonnie K. Hunter. Link.

These are just perfect for an overnight trip to the day spa when you need to have a little work done.

Water-resistant inside and out, they will hold gummy tubes of toothpaste, shaken-out-but-still-moist toothbrushes, furry hairbrushes, and one-tooth-missing hair combs.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Victoria Carroll-Parkhill with Frances Hodge Hugelmann, (born 3-8-1916, died 11-25-2015) enjoying coffee at The Belmont, New Hampshire, Senior Center. Photo taken by Beverly Murdough, 10-15-2015.

The most priceless gift of all, of course, is God's eternal Love expressed as friendship.

May you abound in your friendships!

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Steamy Times!

My goodness it is muggy! Tropical air from what was Hurricane Jose has traveled up the eastern seaboard and brought hot humidity right back to us here in New Hampshire. Ewwww!

I say, "Make it snow!", then everybody groans and says, "Oh, no!"

The Sunshine Club met today and we had fun chatting, quilting, and chomping a little chocolate.

Sue was sewing away joining up her sashings to her applique Winnie ther' Pooh blocks. They look so sweet!

This is Sue's first ever applique project and her work is beautifully done!

Meb had brought in some Half Square Triangle blocks in beautiful Civil War fabrics and she was trimming them to the perfect size.

Mary came in just very briefly for us to all wish her a very Happy Birthday, and I was grateful to her for snapping my picture. Here I am, hand hemming my Sunshine & Shadows log cabin.

Meanwhile, when I got home, I was thrilled to see that Husband Wonderful had baked this fabulous sugar free peach pie! Oh boy! Thanks, Honey!

Here's hoping that you can stay cool and comfy and sew on!

Happy sewing!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Quilting at the Studio

Although the Friday quilters at The Golden Gese are not meeting today, I'm glad to share with you my Saturday quilting session at the Ellen Peters' studio.

Here's Ellen, loading up my Civil War log cabin.

This is the one that is the setting called, Sunshine & Shadows, although I've also heard it referred to as just Light & Dark.

After I had put on the piano key border, the top measured 72" square.

As you can see, I used a pretty antique tan quilting thread in both the top and the bobbin.

The quilting was my personal favorite, big loose freehand spirals. These are such fun to do, I'm just rolling along and humming a song!

It was a lovely day and not too hot and I think that I was done in about an hour, wheeeee!

Ellen had been cleaning and sorting out her vast library of quilting books and gave me this nice handful of duplicates and/or culls. Thank you, Ellen!

That is one of Ellen's cats, this one is named "Sparrow". He was looking on and enjoying my gift of a calico catnip mouse.

The backing of my quilt was made up of two short cuts of a Windham cream colored print. Looks nice, eh?

Earlier that day, I had made up and prepared my binding for this quilt. I used an older Jo Morton brown foulard called "Savannah."

When I got back home I was tired! But after a rest, I sewed the binding onto the quilt and was very pleased with myself.

Now I'm ready to work on the hand hemming of the binding for a while.

Fortunately, Husband Wonderful just replaced my bulb on my Ott light! Thank you, Honey!

Happy sewing!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

How To Post A Comment

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Thank you for reading this and I hope it helps you to participate in more conversations!

Happy sewing!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Pretty Gifts

My blog has been a way to meet some of the dearest people in the world! Recently two of my quilty friends have showered me with gifts. First was Janet O. whom you may know from her blog, Rogue Quilter. Link.
She sent me some of her lovely Civil War scraps that are large enough for me to use to make more 2½" mini tumblers.

They are so pretty! It was fun to thumb through each one and marvel at them.

Here is my lap-desk arrangement for cutting the mini tumblers while I watch TV with Husband Wonderful. Thank you so very much, Janet!

Meanwhile, he was processing organic Red Haven peaches for the freezer for pies this winter, yum!

But wait, there was another gift that just arrived this morning! Annie M, from Washington state sent me these beautiful and beautifully made blocks for the Hopscotch quilt.

Annie also enclosed some of this delightful herbal tea that has green tea and strawberry basil. It is wonderful hot or iced! Thank you Annie!

There can be no finer blessings in the world than good friends to share things with!

Happy sewing!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

September Morn

Happy September, everybody! At the Friday quilter's last week, Maureen was busy cutting out squares for her own layer cake to make this neat baby quilt pattern.

It's all HST's but arranged in a big starburst. Here she is cutting.

She got it all sewed up and over to her quilter, Tracy Szanto at Dreamland Quilting.com. Link.

Didn't Tracy do a gorgeous job on the quilting??

Good work, Maureen! This is a real winner!

My Tuesday group had lots to present to show and tell with Mary having finished her quilts for her grandchildren. These are wonderful!

Here's the one for the boy that also looks great!

Good going, Mary!

Sue was hand tying her king sized hourglass quilt and making good progress on it.

Sue also got a good deal on a nice sewing machine locally. Look at this! It was a Baby Lock for $50.

Works terrific and she's already figured out how to load a bobbin for it. Good girl!

Joyce wasn't up to sewing today, but she had such a cute tote bag that I begged her to show it.

Later on Tuesday I drove over to the Farmer's Wife sewing group. Camille was moaning at how badly curled her pretty primitive crow applique was after it had it's binding on it. Uh, oh. It looks like a platter.

She figured out that the curved edges really needed a bias binding and she'd cut straight binding.

But fortunately she has more matching fabric to make a new binding that is bias cut. Here she had carefully removed all the old binding. Presto! Now it lies flat and smooth.

Camille had a different primitive that came out beautifully!

Sue was almost finished with her pretty appliqued wall hanging. Looks great, Sue!

My work on binding my little heartstrings red quilt was soon done and I loved having it finished at last!

These quilts are so useful and they appeal to the gypsy in me!

Felix is outdoors harvesting peaches from our overloaded trees. These are some of the white peaches that we've enjoyed. They are so sweet and juicy!

Miss Emma and Mr. Tipper won't eat the peaches but they love to nibble grass shoots together.

I'm still making Hopscotch blocks and want 48 for a donation quilt to Hurricane Harvey relief.

We pray for all the flood victims.

Happy sewing!

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