Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hearts and Flowers Hug Quilt

"Hearts and Flowers" was made by the Magpies for Marian, one of our group whose mother passed away earlier this year. I coordinated the project, set the blocks, and quilted the top. The quilt has now been presented to her. Now I can post the photo without risking spoiling the surprise! Marian said that yellow was her mother's favorite color and that she loved flower gardens, so the choice of pattern was perfect.

The block is at (click on the "free blocks" link). It's what I call a potato chip block -- you can't make just one! I'm going to suggest the block for one of the online swap groups.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Watch this space, part 2

(Hmmm, Blogger didn't allow the seventh photo.) We bought two more "Leksvik" tall bookcases from Ikea (we now have eight of them) to accommodate DH's books. This photo shows the boxes of books that he's decided he can live without. There is a big garage sale in our near future, and the Friends of the Library sale will benefit, too.
We have many iris in our garden. All of them are this pretty blue/purple.

Watch this space

The first five photos are of the peonies in our back yard. They are going to be glorious in just a couple of weeks! DH planted a dozen tomato plants and a bell pepper plant today. That's the extent of our vegetable garden--but if all goes well, we'll have a nice crop (supplemented by the bounty at the farmer's market).

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Happy birthday, DGB

Today would be Dad's 91st birthday. Here are photos from May 5, 1959 -- 50 years ago today.
The wall clock was one of the birthday gifts. It hung in the kitchen for years (decades) and was sold in the estate sale in 2002. I saw the same clock in an antiques mall a couple of years ago (not ours, since Mother had painted the frame white) and seeing something so familiar in such a different context was quite a surprise.
My sister and I had chickenpox that week. Perhaps we're smiling as a distraction from scratching?!