Monday, October 25, 2021

Design Wall Monday - October 25, 2021

 Good Morning Quilters!  My quilting progress has been slow this week. 

Life has been full though, as we attended another wedding.  It was a wonderful time of celebrating our Granddaughter Alexis as she became Mrs. Blake Freed Saturday night.  They are so happy and so are we.  It was a beautiful day filled with love.  Here is a recent picture of them:

Here is a picture of me from Saturday night.  I’m wearing “my wedding guest dress”  that I talked about before the last wedding we attended.

I added a lace shawl because the wedding was outside in Michigan, and the day was sunny, but a little chilly.

So I have very little to show you today, just a little more embroidery on the very last May Day Basket square.  Block #30:

It will get finished this week, as I am taking my sister to the hospital in Muskegon tomorrow and it will be a day of driving her, and waiting for her while she is there.  She is going for a fistulagram, which is an X-ray checkup of her fistula.  A fistula is a connection made between a vein and an artery (in her arm) that is used for her dialysis treatment.  It will be an all afternoon process for her, and I am sure the embroidery will keep me from worrying more than I should about her.  I am thankful I have embroidery to do.

What is your plan for quilting this week?  I saw some nice finishes posted last week.  Good work!  

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Monday, October 18, 2021

Design Wall Monday - October 18, 2021

 Good Morning Quilters!  The May Day Baskets blocks are almost finished.  There are 32 blocks, but I am only using 30 to set the blocks 5 across and 6 down.  This week I finished my 29th block:

When I get the last block finished, I have to decide how to combine them to make a quilt top.  
Here are two examples, one from the Successful Farming Magazine, November, 1932, of the original offering of the patterns, with green setting blocks.  Next to the magazine photo is a copy of the only internet version I could find of a similar quilt, with orange setting blocks.  They both have the same outside border that looks like a ruffle, but is not.  The set of patterns I am using were copies from the ones offered in 1932, and were published in the 1980s in a quilter magazine.   I know I will set the blocks on point, and I do like the peaceful medium green that is seen so often in 1930s quilts.  I’d be interested in hearing what your ideas are for this quilt.

The last basket block I am making had a bird in the basket!  I left the bird out and substituted more flowers in place of the bird.  I don’t think the 1932 version had only one basket with a bird, but I could be wrong.  Anyway,
my version will be all flower baskets with no birds.  See 1980s pattern for this block:

My version of my last block that will be this week’s hand work:

It sure will be exciting to get this last block finished!  What are you starting - or finishing this week?  It is so nice to look at all of your blogs and see your beautiful work.  Thanks so much for being part of Design Wall Mondays.  I am looking forward to sitting down with a cup of coffee and reading about your projects.

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Design Wall Monday - October 11, 2021

 Good Morning Quilters!  And Happy Thanksgiving Day to those of you in Canada!  I am celebrating with you today because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and why not celebrate it twice.  I have much to be thankful for.  My cold is almost gone, and I did get tested for Covid, and the test came back negative.  I didn’t think it was Covid, but I wanted to be sure.  And was so thankful that it was just a cold, and I am feeling better every day.

My May Day Baskets quilt blocks are almost finished.  Here is #28 of the 30 blocks.  I have only 2 more to embroider.  Yeah!!  When the last 2 are completed, I will have to decide how to sash them, or if I want to add a plain alternate block.  

I drew a name out of the hat for the free "Pinwheel Garden" pattern for the little 11" by 13" quilt.  And the winner is:  Bonnie, from the In Stitches with Bonnie blog.  Congratulations Bonnie!  Please email me with your address, and I will put the cute little pattern in my mailbox on its way to you.

There were a few questions about the Dalia quilt that was on my friend's guest bed while I was traveling last week.  To refresh your memory, it was this:

The embroidery is done by machine, and I did find a label which told me it was mass produced from.....Japan....or China?  I don't know, but it was beautiful and it looked great in her guest room.  

Also in her guestroom, was this charming little poem, framed on the wall:

Welcome Guest!

Hello, Guest, and howdeedo!
This small room belongs to you,
And our house and all that's in it----
Make yourself at home each minute.
If the temperature displeases
Take a couple of our breezes;
And if that should chill you later----
Sit upon our radiator.
If a hungry pang is twitchin'
Make a raid upon our kitchen----
Help yourself to book or blotter,
Easy chair or teeter-totter;
All is yours that you like best,
You're at home, now!
Welcome, Guest!

I looked up the author when I got home, and it was written by J.P.McEvoy in 1918.  I shall have to make a framed copy for my guests to read in our guest room.

I am hoping to have another May Day Basket block finished next week to show you.  What are you working on this week?  Please join the linky party below and show us your Design Wall Monday treats.  Thanks for linking back to this blog post, and also mentioning Design Wall Mondays somewhere within your post.  You are my kind of people!

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Monday, October 4, 2021

Design Wall Monday - October 4, 2021

Good Morning Quilters!

We are staying with friends and this quilt is on our bed in their guest room:

I think it is a mass produced quilt, as the embroidery is done by machine.  It is very  pretty and I will ask my friend more about it in the morning.

We are away from home and I have a cold, so my post today will be short and sweet.  I hope to be feeling better and at home very soon.

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