Saturday, March 6, 2021

An Irish Chain

 I think the Irish Chain is my favorite quilt pattern. I have done several versions of it. This one I saw on Pinterest.  I was a little nervous about the big white spaces but after Diane Bowman quilted it for me, I am very happy with it.  She used a variegated blue thread and it stands out nicely  The quilt is a queen size and will go in the group I have promised to those who come for Christmas.



Monday, February 22, 2021

Practicing the Piano

 This year I have begun to practice the piano regularly. I taught piano for twelve years and have a Bachelor of Arts in music but not performance. I haven't played in perhaps twenty-five years. I stopped because I got my engineering degree.  I remember when my Dad was in his seventies and wanted to learn to play the guitar. He practiced diligently but those of us who listened saw little improvement. He stuck with it for over a decade. Now I am practicing. I find it is not my ability to concentrate that determines how long I play but how long before my arthritis in my hands dictates. I am really enjoying the struggle. I find a real thrill in discovering the abundance of information in the score. It is like my mind is eager to learn,  Hubby must feel a lot like we did when my Dad practiced. He keeps suggesting I try easier pieces. Soon the weather will get warmer and he will be able to work in the garden and I will continue to practice.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Sammy's Quilt


 I finished a double bed quilt for my Grandson, Sammy.  I had been given the Accuquilt dies, The Northern woods, from my son, Jim, for Christmas.  I had never done the machine applique before but I got some good advice from my friend, Cathy, and it turned out fairly well.  I machine quilted, which I am not the best at. I had less trouble quilting the animals and trees than the straight lines on the blocks. My machine has a stitch regulator attachment and I am getting the hang of that. (It stitches as fast as the quilt moves, within reason )  On the border I used the walking foot and that worked better for the straight lines. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

State flowers

 This quilt was made from a quilt kit I bought from The Guildgrafter's Quilt Store a few years ago. The store went out of business before I noticed the kit was not complete.  I had to do some supplementing and rearranging but, in the end, I was very pleased with the result. The quilt was machine pieced but hand quilted.  I really enjoyed thinking about the states and their flowers as I worked on each square. It is a queen sized quilt and at this time I don't know what I want to do with it

Friday, January 8, 2021

Keeping Busy

I have been working on quilts. At this time I have one on the hoop, one on the frame and three waiting to be quilted. I will show them as I complete them. I have also been embroidering another set of pillowcases.  I like to do that in the evening when Hubby and I are together, he reads or watches TV while I do my needlework.



I also knitted a sweater for Jim's dog, Juan. It is a lousy knitting job, but it is for a dog.  I tried it on Mindy and she loves it. When I hold it up she runs to me to have me put it on and is disappointed when I take it off. I hope Juan likes it as much. 






Monday, December 21, 2020

Lions


This time of year the Lions have their Candy Cane Drive.  This year was a little different.  We didn't give out candy canes because of the pandemic. Fortunately the weather was mild and people were very generous. The Lions in our Lathrup Village Club also came out strong and filled every slot available for begging.  We stand outside of the Market Square store in Birmingham. Lion Paula and her family provided entertainment for donors.

 

Saturday, December 19, 2020

A Blue Christmas

 I put up the Christmas tree all decorated in blue lights and blue ornaments. I figured it matched the mood, a blue Christmas without the kids. We will Zoom on Christmas eve but of course it's not he same as having them here. Since the quarantine began we have zoomed every Friday night. It really has helped me keep my spirits up and I really look forward to them. Gretel makes the arrangements.


Today my quilting buddy, Linda, dropped off a special gift.