Saturday, October 27, 2018

Progress on the Hawaiian Quilt

I have finished nine of the squares although I could possibly do some of them over. I am getting better at the applique. Today I thought I would mark the quilting pattern on one of the better appliques and try quilting it.  I am going to quilt each square and then put them together. The book I am using gives the desired quilting pattern.  But what a chore to mark it! Perhaps if my applique was exact it could have been easier and this was my best applique. This was the design .
It was a challenge to mark because my applique wasn't as even as it should have been

I will quilt the applique in its color and the background in silver.  I have two more squares done, the Iris and Hibiscus.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Penrickton Kick Off Dinner

Friday night was the fundraising Kick Off dinner for the Penrickton Center for the Blind. Penrickton is for blind children with one other disability. It is a residential center during the week and also has day care. It is a fabulous place. Dinner was at the Fairlane Hotel in Dearborn. They raised over $150,000.

Friday, October 19, 2018

The Dakota Inn Rathskeller

Last night eleven of the Lions went to the Dakota Inn.  It is a restaurant in Detroit that has been there for over 80 years. We had a few beers, then sausages, sauerkraut, German potato salad and apple strudel.  Then the piano player came out and we had a sing along or all songs that linked to Sweetest Day. A good time was had by all.

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.