Just look at this FABULOUS quilt made by my friend, Mary J. (no blog). The inside twelve blocks are made using Nancy Halvorsen's lastest book shown below, "Count On It." It is machine appliqued, machine quilted and measures about 56 x 70.
Mary, Ola R. and I designed the outside border using the alphabet letters featured in the book, a lyric line from a Christmas song (sung and provided by Mary), and various motifs from Nancy's previous books (we each have a large collection of THOSE). We tried to use all Nancy Halvorsen fabrics (by Benartex) from various lines...Tried and True, Garden Song, some of her Christmas lines...they all blend beautifully together. It was fabulously machine quilted by Rhonda Loy of Dexter, Michigan.
I love being surrounded by talented people!
I am home from my trip to the sunny south (back in the frozen north...ugh). I came home sick...again. Thank you for all the well wishes for my Mom. She seems to be recovering from her fall, broken hip and subsequent surgery. She remains heavily medicated and comfortable. She was not really ambulatory before, so that is really no different. Between the dementia and the meds, I'm not completely sure she knew we were there. She didn't seem really "there" herself. But she is being taken care of very well by her nursing care facility. Additional visits with my Dad and Stepmother, Aunt, 5 of 6 siblings, niece and nephews were fun but all together too brief.
We went from daffodils to standing snow in one day as we drove north to Michigan.
I am happily hand quilting on my "All Around the Town" quilt. I will show some of that progress on the next post.