Saturday, February 26, 2011

Under the Wire

February's almost over, but thanks to Winter's relentless snow and a lingering cold, I'll manage to post a blog for this month. Dad continues to sift through letters, photos, and recently gave me this jubilant one of him and Mom after they received the news he wouldn't be shipped overseas, even though his bags were already on a ship to Italy.

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We went down to Warren Center, PA, in Mid February to celebrate my cousins', Sherry and John's, fiftieth anniversary. Dad and Sherry's mom, May, were the eldest ones there. Many people came over to pay their regards. Sherry presented a crocheted throw she made from scrap yarn to Dad (shown here) which he will use in his napping chair. In turn, I gave Sherry and John a small lap quilt made from scraps leftover from other quilting projects, interspersed with plain muslin squares. It's neat we had similar gifts in mind! It was a lovely party, lots of good food and folks, in a lovely setting.

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I've been working on a commissioned cabin drawing to combat cabin fever- almost done. Ready for Spring!

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Whenever money allows or we feel like getting away from the usual routine, chances are we can be found enjoying the atmosphere of Autumn Cafe in Oneonta, NY.

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But more often than not, you'll find us at the local Afton diner, Henry's, which is a great place to meet and greet and eat. Pictured here are Dad and I at home at Henrys.

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Here's a picture of a baby quilt I sent to Oregon to celebrate the recent birth of a cousin's newest grandchild.

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And here's a baby quilt that I made for baby Josepine in Washington state, the newest grandbaby of our friends, Elaine and Jim.

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It's funny how things often fall into place as if planned (I think it's called serendipity)- my friend, Marilyn, gifted me with the perfect fabric for backing Josephine's quilt, just in time for me to use it! She didn't even know I was making a baby quilt or what colors I needed!

I guess I've been doing a lot of sewing lately. My machine purrs smoothly after being oiled, too! It was literally gasping and grinding before I thought to try oiling it! Results are easier on our ears and less broken thread!

4 comments:

Lisa said...

Beautiful quilts, as always! Glad to see your enjoying more time with your Dad. Hope its not been too daunting on him to sort through the memories, but in the same vein, I hope there are a million and one and he carries them in his heart always.

So glad Feb. is almost over! That means one thing... Phila flower Show? Are you coming down this year? My mom and I are hoping to go MOn or Tues in the late afternoon. (I can't miss a full day of work.) I can't wait to get there, having missed last year, it feels like eons ago since I was able to enjoy it.

Becky said...

Hi! I got my Greenprints today. Is that beautiful drawing that you are working on Nancy's cabin? I finally got highspeed so I can read your blog again. Weds. night Ed and I are going to try doing a presentation about the blog at the Sidney library. I can see you have been very busy!

DeVona said...

Thanks, Becky! Good luck with your presentation! I may scoot over from line dancing- does it start at seven? You know I'm one of your faithful followers! Yes, that's Nancy's cabin; I think I've done as much as I can, until she sees it. It's been a nice project to work on! I couldn't remember who she told me referred her to me- now I know! I'm starting a quilt for my brother, Gary, now. He doesn't have a computer so I won't worry about him finding out about it!

Riel Nason said...

Hi DeVona, Thanks for stopping by my blog! That would be great if you followed along. Looks like you have been busy sewing. It really is the best hobby -- especially for this time of year. Happy Weekend, Riel