Monday, July 26, 2021

Design Wall Monday - July 26, 2021

Well, another Monday is here……and I played all week.  Had a great family party yesterday and loved seeing some of our Hansen relatives again.  Between party prep, overnight company, and actual party, I did very little quilting.  I did finish this doll quilt top:

It’s a doll quilt I’ve been working on along with the larger one I just finished.  The 11 inch square little Apple Core quilt is all red print fabrics, 100 pieces, none the same.  I started it quite a while ago, and as I was finishing it this week, I was thinking…….who would start making a little quilt this small?  I am getting older, and now had a little trouble with the small pieces, but finished it is.   And finished is better than perfect!  The matching big quilt is named “Red Delicious”.  What would be a good name for this little one?   Maybe just “Small Red Delicious”, or “Little Red Delicious” unless you come up with something very clever.  

I posted a bouquet this past week on Facebook, and had lots of opinions about the “weed” classification it has.  What do you think?  

It has such a pretty name here, “Queen Anne’s Lace” and is so delicate and lacy.  I think of it as a “flower”,  but not for my garden.  A flower I can cut for free any day of the summer, along any country road around Ludington, Michigan.

Here are a few pictures from our family party yesterday.  Hubby in his boat, a shot of the cabin from the lake, and a picture of hubby, his two sisters, our brother-in-law, and me.  The “old folks” at the party.  Penny Lane is in the picture too. All the other guests were children, grands, and one great-grand.

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Design Wall Monday - July 19, 2021

 Good Morning Quilters!  About a year ago this little boy’s Mom put this short video of her son out on the internet.

He is so cute, and of course the people on the internet have used his cute greetings with pictures of puppies, etc. too.  I am trying to be as cheerful as he is each morning.  It’s a good goal.

This past week I’ve been at the cabin and have no pictures to show you.  I’m making small progress on the redwork quilt’s flowered border, and also am finishing some embroidered squirrels on some dish towels.  Since embroidery can be done while I am in the car, it was all I could do.

Why am I progressing so slowly?  We have had company, and have been showing beautiful Michigan to our friends from Virginia.  We went to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, road on the dunes near Hart with Mac Woods Dune Rides, picked blueberries, and floated on inner tubes  from the Hamlin Lake Dam to Lake Michigan.  Sunday I even rode on a large blowup raft with Penny Lane while we were being pulled behind the speed boat.  Penny thought it was great fun.

I did accomplish one quilty thing though.  I washed the Red Delicious charm quilt.  I soaked it through several rinses with color catchers with it, and saw the color catchers go from dark red, to pink, and then to white. It took several soaks to get the extra dye out, but I expected that with each piece of cloth in the whole quilt being red.

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Monday, July 12, 2021

Design Wall Monday - July 12, 2021

Good Morning Quilters!  

I finished another block for the May Day Basket quilt:

It has been a good week for me, in that my medical issue of a few weeks ago (sudden temporarily blindness in one eye) has been checked out thoroughly. 

I told my hubby that the brain scan results found that there was nothing there!  LOL. Actually, all tests came back with great news and the doctors are not finding anything that needs surgery. The brain scan report had the word “patent” after every artery checked.  I didn’t know what that meant, and the doctor said it meant “wide open”.  So I learned the medical use of the word patent and the report was good in my tests.

What can I do to keep healthy?  Get educated.  It was a wakeup call for me to get educated about strokes.  The lifetime risk of stroke for women between the ages of 55 and 75 in the United States is 1 in 5.  Signs of a stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.

If any of the above happens, call 911 immediately and get checked out.

What else can I do: 

  • Eat healthy: Choose healthy foods most of the time, including foods with less salt, or sodium, to lower my blood pressure, and that are rich in fiber and whole grains to manage my cholesterol.external icon
  • Get regular physical activity: Regular activity helps me reach and maintain a healthy weight and keeps my heart and blood vessels healthier.

Here are some glamour shots of the apple core charm quilt, “Red Delicious”.  The thrill of finishing an old UFO hasn’t worn off.  I hope you enjoy seeing it.  I called my friend Joan Edwards, who started this quilt years ago, and she was thrilled too.  I am going to wash it and get the extra red out before I add the white label with our names on it.  

On the recliner, ready for a snuggle:

Showing the back side and the curved binding:


Outside on the porch:

Full shot of the whole quilt.  It measures 64 inches square.  1,024 apple core pieces, none alike.  32 blocks by 32 blocks.

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Monday, July 5, 2021

Design Wall Monday - July 5, 2021

 Good Morning Quilters!  And Happy 4th of July holiday to all in the USA!  Here is one of my patriotic quilts, which I had two Grandsons hold up for me so I could take the picture.  It’s a replica of an 1862 crib sized quilt.  I wonder if the original quilt was ever used for a baby to sleep on?

The weekend was very peaceful at the lake with family playing lots of golf, while I stayed at the cabin with Penny Lane and my Granddog, Tucker.  Penny and Tucker entertained themselves by spending the weekend carrying around one toy between them.  It didn’t matter what toy, they both wanted it and the game was to try to take it from each other.


Also the milkweed by the back door was filled with butterflies.  We have one monarch chrysalis on the porch ceiling already .  There were other butterflies on the milkweed besides Monarchs. The pups took a break from their game and rested on the porch to watch butterflies with me.  

A Monarch coming in for a landing, 

The other butterflies were these. Aphrodite Fritillary is my guess after looking online.  I need to read up more on butterflies.  These and the Monarch had little flying “fights” in the air above the milkweed flowers.  Apparently they don’t like each other.  

I hope you have more quilty things to show us this week than I do.  I won’t have company for the next few days, so I should make some progress on my UFOs.  What are you playing/working on? Please link up to the Design Wall Monday linky party below and show us.  Thanks for joining in!  

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