Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Time for a change !

I seem to have forgotten how to post using the IPad . I was planning to post a photo of a quilt I made some time ago.  I was tired of the "house block " one which has been on the spare room bed for awhile and remembered this one which was tucked away in a wardrobe drawer... It was made of scraps of floral fabric and incorporated plain blocks for hand quilting. Fun to make at the time , as I recal..

A very hot day here today, over thirty which is beyond my comfort zone.  A friend and I decided to go to a film at our new , air conditioned and comfortable cinema.  We saw Maggie Smith in "The  lady in the van". I can thoroughly recommend it .

   Rosie, how are all the aches and pains after your nasty fall last week ?  I hope you are recovering well,,falls are nasty at our age .


At February 25, 2016 at 8:13 AM , Blogger RoseyP said...

Marion, what a pretty quilt and it looks reasonably easy to sew. Thanks for asking about my mix-up with the toboggan rope. It is now regarded with great respect and some suspicion. Bruises are disappearing, I'm not sure my insides are fully agreeable yet that this was good for them. I think they are still adjusting.

At February 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM , Blogger Pat Seals said...

Love your quilt Marion. Looks like summer. In the plain squares where you did the hand quilting, is that a celtic design? Glad you are doing better Rosey. I have been shoveling snow these past two days. Heavy wet snow. My back and arm muscles are protesting.

At February 25, 2016 at 2:41 PM , Blogger RoseyP said...

Pat, I think we've had your storm a day later although this last one has come up through Texas and you're further west of us in the US. But we've experienced the same thing here, the heavy snow. Yesterday morning, we had about 3 inches of fresh snow and I said to J. that the moment the freezing rain started, we needed to get out and move that snow off the driveway. We did, he got the snowblower out and did most of it, ploughed up to the woodpile then I walked the rest of the way (in total about a 1/4 of a mile off the road) to get the mail. The slogging through heavy snow, as you describe, would have worn me out had I not been going to a gym all these years. The power also went off during the night. We've had a strange winter. I'd rather have a good deep snowfall than this rain that comes before or after a snowfall.

At February 26, 2016 at 12:47 AM , Blogger Marion in NZ. said...

Hard to think of you ladies, coping with snow. It is SO hot here and draining of all energy !
Hope you've got the power back on Rosey and that you aren't too exhausted after that hard slog through the snow..Pat, your muscles will be complaining too, after shoveling heavy wet snow . Seems we have it easy here !

At February 26, 2016 at 9:00 AM , Blogger RoseyP said...

Yes, Marion but you have those dreaded earthquakes to deal with. I don't know which would be worse, living with the unease of knowing that the earth can start shaking at any time or living with shoveling snow and slipping on the ice. I have to tell you that this morning the sun is shining brightly (Pat may have already had this yesterday), the ice is coating the branches of the trees and then because we had a light snowfall on top of this, it's like magic outside, every tiny branch is sparkling. Now, the downside of it, if you think of it this way, is that I was just out shovelling a long pathway to the dog run, where each piece of wire in the fencing is coated in ice and sparkling too. But the ice laying beneath the snow is nubbly and solid so whatever is shovelled is top-surface snow or back-breaking ice. The sun is strong at this time of year so the sparkling ice will be gone by noon. I'm going to get my snowshoes on after breakfast and walk up around the woods at the back of the property before this winter wonderland all disappears back into snow. At least we know that the weather will change in about two months time. It's a state of mind getting through our winters here and focusing on the good part of it...the need now that J. is retired in not having to get down to the airport in the city to go to work, that I have a good vehicle to deal with snow storms, that we have food in the house, we can afford to heat the house (with wood, what we'll do after J. cannot cut wood I dread thinking about), time to read or make a quilt, so we have many positives in our life to be thankful for. Now, if the power goes out for too long, I'll be back complaining about winter here in Southern Ontario, Canada,

At February 26, 2016 at 5:34 PM , Blogger Doris W. in TN said...

Marion - what a lovely quilt and I really like the celtic quilting design on the solid muslin alternating blocks!

At February 28, 2016 at 3:22 AM , Blogger Marion in NZ. said...

Rosey...sun and sounds magical ! We do get snow here sometimes, it usually only lasts for a day or two and causes all sorts of excitement as we rush out with cameras to get photos of the transformed countryside ! We have had several days in the mid thirties here this week , that's hot for us and we have struggled to cope. Cooler days forecast for this week,so,here's hoping....
Re the quilt. I seem to be attracted to the Celtic designs, maybe because my mother was Welsh ? I've used several in my quilts and always enjoy stitching them and seeing the designs come to life.
Have a good week.


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