Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Plaid Quilt is Finished

I finished quilting the plaid quilt.  It is bound and ready to be mailed to my grandson, Russell. I left the frame up in the living room because I have the dachshund quilt to do when I come back from the Crazy Crafters quilt retreat.  I have far too many quilts in progress, eight more that I have begun.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

First Frost

Tonight there are frost warnings for the Detroit area.  Two days ago we sprayed all the plants which need to come indoors for the winter with insecticidal soap. Then we brought them in.  I put seven pots of geraniums in the basement and a fuchsia down there under grow lights. Some of my geraniums are over ten years old. Every year I break off pieces and start some new ones. I have never kept a fuchsia over the winter but I thought I would try. The Ficus tree came from my Mom's 35th wedding anniversary.  It wasn't doing to well lately, although it loves being outside for the summer, si Hubby pruned it.  It looks much better. The jade plant also was Mom's. It got a little too much sun this summer since we have much less shade since the neighbors cut down trees.  My Orchids and African Violets do not go outside.  My Christmas cacti and spider plants were out on the front porch and now they are in the sun garden window.  The Boston Fern is still out on the porch.  It is so huge I hate to bring it in. But it is too beautiful to just let die.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Quilt Show

The Methodist church in Clawson, Michigan had a quilt show fund raiser. My friend, Barb was in charge so I put three quilts in the show. It turned out to be a spectacular event.  The quilts were laid out on the pews.  There were so many they had to use the small chapel as well.  They had a few vendors and a box lunch offering. A delightful event.

   Yesterday we went to the Michigan State University Extension Farm for their Pumpkin Fest. The morning was one continual downpour but the afternoon was fine, a little humid. Not so great for the cars that got stuck in the muddy field used for parking.  Mary and Sofie came up from Ohio and Sofie got a horse ride.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Quilting has Begun

I started to quilt the plaid quilt. Since it is 84 X 84 I have to have the frame put up in the living room. It does move me to get it finished. I like the pattern I chose. However after quilting one row I spotted an error in the quilt.  Too late. I will never have to worry about making the Gods jealous of my perfection.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Grandmother's Fan

I finished my Grandmother's Fan quilt.  It is pink and feminine and I love it. The quilt was shown in Leisure Arts Big Book of Best Loved Quilts. As soon as I saw it, I wanted it. The fans are made of Floral scraps. I used paper piecing to have all the fans blades the same. I appliqued the fans onto the white squares.  I don't win prizes for curved seams. The plain pink squares have fans and roses quilted in them.  I do my quilting by hand.  I used a hoop rather than my frame because there was a lot of quilting. I even scalloped the edges.

Monday, September 17, 2018


Yesterday Hubby and I participated in the walk for Type 1 diabetes research. We walked as part of the Lions Club District 11A2. The walk was along the side of the Detroit River.  It was a beautiful day, a little warm, but we had a great time. We know several people with Type 1 diabetes and it is a nasty disease. Our grand daughter, Kameren, just found out she has the problem.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

A Nice Outing

Saturday, Hubby and I decided to do something different. First we went to a Dahlia show. It was in a shopping center and the flowers were beautiful.

 Then we went to Ann Arbor to the Mathaei Botanical Gardens where they had a cactus and succulent sale.  Hubby wanted a "real cactus."

Then we drove to Plymouth to a doll house store that my brother had told me about. I bought a refrigerator for my newest doll house. It is just like the one my Dad had on the porch down in Florida. Hubby wanted me to buy food for it.

 Afterwards we went to the Red Coat Tavern for hamburgers and a beer.  The best hamburgers in the area.