Friday, April 12, 2024

Lynsey and Grandma

A true scrap  quilt finally finished...First I made the HSTs...they sat a few years...then I put the  yellow in and it sat.for months..I must be getting better as this is the first quilt I have quilted in three  years, albeit a baby size.  I really had a struggle with the little bit of free motion quilting...finally I just did it with the feeddogs up.
Quilt backing is a 15 year old batik from my stash...a sale from a long defunct quilt store in Black Mountain.

Love comes in a selfie of 15 year old Lynsey and her grandma.
Of course there is a difference in energy between 76 and 15 !!!
She is so good to her grandma.

Kind and talented stain glass maker, Betty McConnell made for me a spring tree.  In December we can call it a different kind of tree.'
It is just what I ordered...Thank you Betty!!
BTW, it is not jewelry....However, I wear it on a funky chain.

Last week Lynsey came to 10 pm she announced ...Oh, was her mother's birthday and she needed to make a present..
I told her  to go pick out some laminate and a zipper...and google a tute...I hovered behind her...15 year old attitude said...get back grandma....I know how to sew!!!  She put in her first zipper and boxed the corners...Her mother loved it!!  Success!!

Our Evan will be 19 in June.  This was his first beach trip with just the boys...
Where did the time go???  Our Evan is the one in blue with the palm trees on his shirt.

A windy , nippy day today.  We went to the  house library where my girl worked on past assignments for school.
She got stuck on math...looking for a math genius who understands Slope intercept form...OMG....that is so not me!!

My girl and I took a walk today, ate in the Bistro and talked and talked and talked.  Love!!!!

We decided that we have not spent enough time every Thursday day and night would be our new future time together...
Ok...bed time, once again at 1:15 am.... A nice day that has to end.


Friday, April 5, 2024

A Crisp and Sunny and Lovely Day

 First steal from Trader Joe's.  There were tons of these Hyacinths with three stalks.  Lucky me found one squished in the back with NINE!  (stars in the background from Blue Elephant Stitches)

Aoife in Portland at an Irish pub...celebrating Cork...where her daddy is from
Aoife has dual citizenship as do I.

The Wednesday Women got together at Marie's house in Waxhaw on Wednesday
I  made this rope trivet last night for her...using the Accuquilt electric, I cut the flower which was ironed on to Wonderunder.
I pressed the flower to the finished rope trivet and stitched around it...the blue trim is rope wrapped with a checkered batik
Marie is from it is perfect!

The result of three days of pool exercise is a happier and more focused me.
Time to practice a little free motion quilting...Has it been a year already or more???
Quilt under the presser foot, gloves ready:
I am a of course I need an attached measuring tape on every single surface!
Under my computer is a piece of fiber art from New Delhi, India when  I visited back in the day.
My very brave DIL has taken three children to the beach alone.
Here we have 15 year old Lynsey with her new puppy., much joy!!

The bewitching hour has me craving Butterfingers...jeeze.  I am eating oranges instead.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

An Attitude Adjustment

Thank you Dylan for underplanting tulips in the fall..and thank you Lisa for the stunning Columbine plant.

My son has been missing for a year and a half  now..I have had no  idea where he was.  I still have no idea, but he did call two nights ago.
So grateful to know he is still alive.  I shared the family news and that we all love him so much.
It is all so hard.

Our Aoife getting into the St Paddy's Day tea.

I think that Aoife is the only grand still interested in dying eggs for Easter
It has been a very difficult few days.  However Grandma O'Quilts is up and at 'um...back at the pool, sewing away and sitting outside in the stunning, sunny, breezy day, reading.

My neighbor here is in her 80's.  She loves to walk and walk and walk. Last week or so she was walking when a lady living across the street, decided to let her lab off its leash.  This dog knocked my friend down, knocked off her shoes and broke her arm.
She is a stoic one...still carrying on.  But, she is a ghost writer for extra money and can no longer type.  She is crazy about ducks,,,They are displayed around her bird feeder in her front yard.  I put  this on her door to honor her bravery and good  heart.

Sunday, March 24, 2024

The Journey

 A big thanks to patient Mary Jerz for quilting my latest flimsy: I am calling it, "The Journey".  African fabric scrap strips in the Railway pattern...bold blue, my sister's idea...perfect.!!!

I am almost finished with  my Hour Glass plaid scrap top...then off to Mary again...

Today, I walked for exercise and read: The Women,  by Kristen Hannah.  I could not put it down.
Great historical novel...bringing back cursory memories of  my Vietnam travel.
I was a flight attendant for Pan Am, based in NYC.  I volunteered to fly in and out of Vietnam during the war, bringing soldiers to  Hong Kong or Bangkok for R and R...(rest and recuperation)  The airline gave us dog tags and told us that if we were captured by the enemy, we were to tell them that we were American and they would send us home.  I was 22 and believed every word.  I have my dog tags hanging on my apartment wall. The bombs went off as we took off and landed, but naive me was not scared.  Young GIs took us on a little tour of their barracks....a  tent with a stick Christmas tree., two  cots on the ground.  I worked those flights for months, going through Saigon and Danang.

Last year I told a grocery store manager here in Charlotte that I was parking that day in the veteran parking spot because I had been to Saigon and Danang.  He asked, "Where is that"?

This brings back even more memories. A few years later,   I was based in Los Angeles , working on a big 747 filled with bi-racial babies and toddlers coming from Vietnam to America to be adopted.  Each baby had someone with it....most children were vomiting because of the food difference and the travel. It was a long, long flight from Asia to LA.
I have not thought of this for years,  until now, reading this book.  I must say it is one of the best books I have ever read.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

This Quilty Day

All day today with quilty friends at a sit and sew at Quilt Patch Fabrics in Stallings.
I  have completed 12 wonky stars in repro fabric....(pattern from Blue Elephant Stitches) 

I so love these blocks so will keep on making more.

From the boxes of neglect came my Hour Glass plaid and striped blocks..
So motivated now to sew these together after years as little pieces in a bag..

Big thanks to Susie for helping me today...Big thanks to God for bringing friends into my life!!
Big thanks to Brachs for making classic Easter jelly beans. and big thanks to Amazon for delivering them.
Big thanks to a couple at sewing today who celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary with a huge yummy favorite kind.
We all had some for  breakfast and for late afternoon snack.
Big thanks to God for helping me survive all the grief of life.

Sunday, March 17, 2024

St Paddy's Day and More

Happy St Paddy's Day
Aoife and her dog Rosie...all ready for the parade in Portland

Spring garden here in Charlotte..., so happy!!

Underplanting bulbs in the fall was incredibly worth it. Thank you Dylan!!

My friend, Susan, brought this treasure to me...a present from the museum in Paducah!!

Top done....already with our fine longarmer, Mary Jerz.

The latest group of potholders:

My Marshall's bargain, now with the iron on star Applique...

St Paddy's Day is always tough for  me without my dear Irish man.  Nine years gone...sigh..
I  tried to post a few nights ago.  It was all finished when the computer ate it...saved and all.
In disgust, I just went to bed.
Here is what I remember of it...posting quick before it is devoured once again.

Friday, March 8, 2024

The Half Full Glass

Who could not smile when seeing this picture of adorable Aoife.

My daughter came in for a visit Thursday morning on the red eye from Oregon.
She is sick. No cold, no whatever, just in the bed exhausted with chills.
The half-full glass tells me how grateful I am for just  her warming presence.. We are talking and napping in the comfort of  each other.
Aoife and her daddy dropped her off at the airport in Portland Wednesday night.  On the way home, Aoife asked if they could please go back and get cute.

All the blocks for this Railroad scrap quilt have been made now..Just left, the easy sew together.
My last, for awhile, African fabric potholder...moving on to something else.

All my African fabric scraps now hanging in an African fabric bag on my wall.
The bag itself should remind me where they are!!

Here are two links from folks who went to QuiltCon 2024.
Since I could not go, I enjoyed watching these:

Cary's Quilt Con Review 

A cold grey day awaits me outside.  I am going to put a jacket over my jammies and go for a walk anyway. That  should wake me up! And, it should keep my good attitude in check.!!

Saturday, March 2, 2024

When I was a Child, I Loved to Swing, Now, Not so Much

 The eyes have it, Lynsey, age 15; Grandma, age 76.

The visit:

.Well, anyway, Friday and Saturday a visit from Lynsey gave me a great lift.  Just one or two spats when she dressed for a  nice dinner in a tight orange top, ending just below her breasts, revealing a sparkly navel rhinestone piercing....Oh, dear.  I asked her to change, she changed alright.....into a volcano of resentment toward this old grandma from the 80's????   hmmm, I wish......Other than that, we had a lovely visit...Great talks, great food, she helped me so much....BUT, she did win the canasta game.. Lynsey took both these pix above of the Christmas Amaryllis from Trader Joe's.  She  liked them both, so I am showing them both.  I had three plants...only one performed this well.

We have a terrific bus driver here, Tony.  He helps me so much...When I go out, I am made by PT to use a walker...It annoys me no end. 
My poor ego is shattered....I mean really????  !!!
Tony tells me that I am still OK and should not fall, etc. He is an avid golfer...thus the new potholder I made for him last night to say "Thank You".  Above is the front; Below, the backing.

More potholders:
A perfect backing for the ladies above....

Too many projects....Below the wonky stars....two the wrong size and one the right size.
And how in the world did that happen?????  I must be losing it....

Maybe losing it, but still having quilty fun xo
(Lynsey changed her shirt)
(Grandma uses a pretty cane when no one is looking.)

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Grandma O'Quilt Wins....Pearl Loses

Well now...a no good, terrible day started in arthritic 
pain, staying in bed, which made it worse. Of course being in my head is being in such a bad neighborhood!!
At last, up at noon for a walk and it was raining.
I could not get a grip.  Finally with a bit of help from friends and the universe, I went outside in the wind tonight.
I breathed deeply with GUS....Great Universal Spirit.  
I love the wind, as Charlotte has very  little of it. Tonight, Pearl blew away in the beauty of this tree and the realization that I was not in control. Such a relief.
You see, I was so into self that I was even annoyed that a picture of me looked just like my grandmother at my age.  Reality is not my strong suit.

Below:  Goodbye mustard, Hello blue!!  My artistic sister has great color sense...She helped me see the error of my safety net.

 I even finished two wonky blocks from Blue Elephant Stitches

Here, we have Linda at Quilt Con, admiring the YMCA T-shirt quilt by Mac Barnes
Such a delight. Only 20% of Quilt Con entries were accepted, making things even more awesome for our Mac Barnes.
Tell me  how lucky I am to be on the recipient end of the work of artist, Linda Swanekamp.
The month of February is a month of love  and kindness.
More love for grateful me: a pair of quilty handmade earrings from Sally Catoe!!

Lastly a funny:  Lynsey at 15 sent me this text last night.
Grandma, I found you on Google so you must be famous.  Why did you not ever tell me????
This is a picture from 1978 as my man and I recieved our graduate degree diplomas...
Crazy  that Lynsey found this yesterday....Famous???  Right!!!!