Sunday, September 27, 2009


I just finished the 2nd of these cute bags. I made the first for my son's mother -in-law who also quilts, last Christmas. They are the perfect size for a paperback book (in my case, my Kindle) and some hand sewing. The small pocket is for your phone or iPod but for me it will be where I put my room key on a cruise. The pattern comes from Terry Atkinson,, Elk River, MN. It only takes 3 fat quarters and has an optional zipper closure.

Linda's / Mine

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

John and Kerry, a Match Made by God

Kerry is the daughter of our best friends of 39 years, Marylyn and Dennis. Kerry was born the year between our two boys. Shortly after Kerry started dating John, he had a motorcycle accident that required him nursing care. Marylyn and Dennis took him in, giving him the 24 hour care he needed. They knew that he was the one for Kerry. Needless to say they got married. When Dennis had major heart failure last year, it was John and Kerry who were there daily with Marylyn at the hospital and John who would transport Dennis, run errands for them, and make household repairs. John was placed by God into this family. So......
this quilt was made for them with love and thanks.

This design came from Kaffe Fassett's Country Gardens. The custom quilting was done by Diane of Mountain Quilters, Sky Forest, CA in the San Bernardino Mountains near Arrowhead. Her skill and sense of design is incredible.

Friday, September 18, 2009

READY to applique Row 2

I'm getting ready to take Row 2 of the Mary Mannakee quilt on our next trip. I know, we just got home from a trip but all our travel plans were postponed due to my SIL and best friend having major medical recovery. Now that they are able to travel, we will be on the go until Christmas.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Planes, Ships, Trains, and Cars...

We went on a trip to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. I set up my last post to go on line while we were gone. It worked!
We flew to New York
Ate dinner at Sardi's
Enjoyed 9 to 5 in 2nd row front and center.
Made it to a quilt shop.

Next we boarded the Queen Mary II for a 6 day journey across the pond.
Our anniversary dinner was celebrated in the Todd English dining room.
When we disembarked in Southampton, England, we boarded a train to Gatwick and on a plane to Dublin. Got in a car and drove to Kilkenny for our first night.
At times I thought that Jack having to drive on the wrong side on NARROW roads would be the end of our 40 years together but we managed to enjoy the countryside and each town as we drove for the next 4 days.
We visited with Mary O'Leary who now lives in the house that my Grandfather inherited and lived in 1900. He didn't stay long before he returned to California and the life he had before the title of Baron and landlord to the estate.

We had a wonderful time.