Saturday, June 18, 2011

Blog? What blog? Oh yeah, I do have a blog......

Wow, time sure slips away fast these days. Maybe my life is just so quiet that I really don't have much to blog about. But in checking out the blogs this morning with my cup of coffe, I did get inspired.

I have been working on this quilt top, and I love it. The pattern is Iowa Girl from Quilt Sampler Spring/Summer 2004. I was trying to weed out some of the stuff in my little sewing room, and everybody knows you just don't throw out a magazine until you've looked through it to make sure there aren't projects calling your name. Like I need another project to start! But I had so much fabric left over from my BOM for The Farmer's Wife quilt, it just seemed that this would be quick and easy since the leftovers are all boxed together. I did use invisible thread and a zigzag stitch to hold the appliques. I'm not a fan of the invisible thread look, but I was looking for quick and easy; it does the trick.

And speaking of The Farmer's Wife, my quilt buddy Angela and one of her blog buddies have started a quilt along; and it's taken off by storm. Check out her blog to see her fun take on these blocks. I love Angela's taste in fabrics because they are happy and fresh looking. And a new blogger is Lindsay who is also participating in this; she has a new blog, and I think you'll like to read her.

And I'm stitching this. The pattern is Now I Lay Me... by La-D-Da. I had great intentions to stitch one of these for every grandbaby in our family; I'm three behind as Gianna will be born next month. But they aren't complaining, so I'm not worried :D

Larry is doing really well. He golfed for the first time last Saturday. It was just nine holes with a cart, but I was nervous the whole time. I'm getting better at this though. He is wearing a heart monitor now and has been for a couple days. When he phones in the reading, the technician tells him he sees nothing to be concerned about. Thank you for your encouraging emails and comments and especially your prayers. We're getting back to normal but we're being careful about diet and exercise like we should have been years ago.

And with strawberries finally ripe in our area, last night I froze a few containers for winter eating and made a batch of jam. I'm making a list of things I want to can and freeze this year. It's all part of trying to eat less sodium; just reading labels seems like a fulltime job in itself. But I've found some good websites and recipes for homemade which I'll share in the future.

Enjoy your summer and be sure to take some time just for yourself. I'm heading out for a long walk with my ipod; it's becoming something I look forward to a lot.


Barb said...

Good morning Mary, I love the title of your blogpost could be one that I should use! So happy to hear the update on Larry, and yes I understand the worries the wife goes thru! I will get an email to you soon, *time* is not my friend right now! Have a wonderful weekend...don't we just love the fresh strawberries! I love the stitchery for your grandchildren...and you can catch up, maybe in the winter :>)! Hugs and blessings to you my friend!

Country Prims said...

That is a lovely quilt-I enjoy reading your blog-very inspirational.

I love your heder picture too. Do you remember by any chance the name of the first quilt hanging on the line, with the stars? I have a weakness for stars and the colour red!lol!

Hope all goes well healthwise,


Linda said...

I'm glad to see that you are doing well and that Larry is progressing. Your quilt topper is pretty and the stitchery is a great idea for your grandchildren. Have a wonderful weekend!

Anneke said...

It's so nice to read your DH is doing so much better. Hopefully it gets better every day.

Love the La DiDa sampler, it's a wonderful design.
Good luck on the Iowa Girl!

Linda said...

Gorgeous quilt!!! Love the applique!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Mary! Catchin' up....again...:) Glad to hear the good report! Nine holes does a body good! Rick and I are at that age, too, needing to be in better shape and health to enjoy the grands and old age! :) Welp, I have plenty to blog about. Just can't work up the want-to right now. I'll email soon.

Karen Sue said...

I really like your stitchery! You keep making them, and they'll keep having babies for you to make them for!!
Glad to hear that the hubby is out on the golfcourse! That seems to be a good gauge of health in my house! If you feel too bad to golf, it must be really bad!

Katy said...

Oh my Mary! Your quilt top is gorgeous!!!

Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...
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Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...

I love that quilt top too!

How sweet to make a stitchery for each of your grandchildren! I can't wait to see what it will look like and I know they will cherish it!

So glad to hear that Larry is doing well! The heart monitor always made me feel a little better about my husband doing things again. Always a relief to hear the results from it.

Carrie P. said...

Love, love your quilt top so far.
Glad to hear hubby is out and about. It probably feels good to him.

Siobhán said...

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful quilt top! It looks fantastic. My 17 yr old daughter read a Karen White book in which a character was working on a memory quilt, and she now is learning to quilt. I have her working on hand piecing skills--I figure those skills are great to have even when there is a machine to use. She wants to learn to do applique and I'm trying not to cackle with glee because it's my least favorite thing to do. I have visions of piles of BBD applique patterns that I'll get her to do. ;)

Love your La D Da WIP!

I'm glad to hear that Larry is doing better. My aunt, who I mentioned before, has Buerger's Disease (not sure how to spell it), which causes the blood vessels to narrow and harden. It's exacerbated by smoking. She's been a heavy smoker all of her life and by her mid 50s, it cost her her leg and has caused strokes, etc. My prayers continue for Larry!

Kathryn D. Duke said...

Love your quilts on the fence!! Look forward to reading your progress...glad your health is much better.

modernamishplain said...

Thanks Mary for the plug! Glad to hear your man is doing better. God makes all things work together for our good. love the applique by the way. And the prayer you stitch up for the grandkids. what a great idea for a legacy!

Unknown said...

Glad to hear your husband is doing well Mary. I've been thinking of you both. Enjoy your walks!