Friday of last week started out as a beautiful day. By 7:00 a.m. Mac, our Westie, and I were out taking our morning stroll through the back yard when I decided that I would take advantage of the weather to find a new home for the new perennials that I had purchased the day before. I had to replace a few plants that didn’t make it over the winter and others that were starting to thin out with age. Four hours later, everything was in the ground and it’s a good thing that I did it in the morning because by mid afternoon, the high winds and cool rain arrived which lasted throughout Saturday as well.
The yukky weather forced me to stay inside and I managed to finish up a few projects that had been waiting patiently for my attention. I spent the better part of Saturday completing a pair of socks for my friend Lucie’s son to wear at his sister’s wedding next month. It is a French Canadian custom that if a younger sibling gets married first, the the elder sibling must dance with in this case, his sister, in his stocking feet. Lucie thought that it would be quite fine if her son’s socks were VERY noticible. The yarn that Lucie chose will probably glow in the dark!
I hand quilted the two remaining mini nine patch doll quilts that I pieced a couple if weeks ago. I finished the first one at the end of April, just in time to give it to Lucie as one of her birthday gifts.
I did all the piecing of the three minis with my Mom’s Featherweight machine and fittingly, I also used the Featherweight to sew the binding on the remaining two yesterday, Mother’s Day. It was a bittersweet yet meaningful way for me to pay tribute to my Mom who passed away on June 23rd, 2005 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. The hand stitching was completed this morning.
I used Civil War and shirting fabrics for the pieced tops and a brown and white toile for the backing.
The finished quilts measure 17” square.
The weather is supposed to remain cool until the end of the week at which time it’s supposed to return to more seasonal temperatures. It looks like the new plantings survived the cold, rainy weekend.
The unpredictable wonders of Spring!