Waiting In The Wings

Friday, January 24, 2020

Calling it done!!!!!

After more fiddling around, including turning all the lighter diamonds
to the reverse side to give better distinction between light and dark,
hating it and changing them back again, I moved pieces around
and changed out some of them.

I'm happy with it now and on with the stitching next week.

The odd fabric here is in the bottom row left hand side,
black fabric with pears. In the early days of our friendship
J was a great bottler of fruit. She would visit the market gardens and
come back with cases of pears, peaches, you name it she bottled it,
hence the pear fabric. I had to put that one in for her.

One of the consequences of spending so much time
trying to get the setting to my liking was not checking on my zucchini
plants for three days, this is the result

9" long zucchini and one marrow sized.
Sometimes they hide away under the giant leaves and are
easy to miss.
However, I had the makings of our evening meal with two of these
along with freshly picked beans

 a little fresh Genovese Basil

pasta from the cupboard, a hunk of Pecorino cheese
and store bought tomatoes - delicious!

Life then took a different turn.
Our eldest son, following the removal of a mole, had a diagnosis of melanoma he's
now due for wider excision surgery.

One day later we learned that our 17yr old grandson
had been in a crash in his car, thank goodness he wasn't hurt but
his car is a write off!

Two days later I had a 'phone call telling me that my long time friend 
living not too far from me had passed away.
We had similar health conditions and used to support each other
with many long telephone chats.
I am so glad that I had gifted her a quilt in July when  she became
very unwell.

Time spent flower gazing has been excellent therapy
and I love it when the hydrangeas begin to turn from their
usual vibrant hues to the colours below.

Oh my, I just have to show you this photo of a beautiful silk scarf made
in India but bought in Portugal as a gift for me from my ex-daughter-in-law,
she called in an hour ago to see me. She thought I would
like the rich colours!!

Have a happy weekend!



Quiltdivajulie said...

What an emotional roller coaster you've had. Your quilt top is going to be so appreciated (especially with that pear fabric) and the scarf is fabulous. Nature is indeed soothing - glad it is the time of year for flower gazing and fresh veggie eating. Take care of yourself!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

you have had a lot going on in your life - I hope your son will be ok - and for your grandson a car can be replaced he cannot - glad he is ok

Debbie said...

Love your friend's quilt....the story of her interest makes it complete. Hopefully the sewing will give you quiet time to process all the emotional up and downs you have been going thru. Prayers for each of them. and you too!

Linda Swanekamp said...

I love the quilt- the oolors and placement are perfect. It is amazing that you could do this in the midst of so much tragedy. Just keep going as your work is so wonderful, a testament to not giving up.

Nancy J said...

A scarf with those brilliant shades, comfort while you struggle with all the problems in your family, Love the diamonds, and to know another friend had her quilt, that will warm your heart . Sometimes everything happens at the same time, and as I get older, one event is easier to handle than multiple ones. Hope your son gets the surgery without any delay.XXXX

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

The diamonds are so beautiful and cheerful. Your friend will cherish this quilt I'm sure.

The silk scarf is gorgeous!! How thoughtful that she bought it for you knowing you would love the color combination.

Julierose said...

The flowery diamonds are so lovely--I really like that addition of the pear block--so meaningful..nice work
Sorry you've been on such a "ride". Hope everything straightens out for you and yours..hugs, Julierose

Janie said...

Beautiful progress on your arranging, lots of exciting color here.
Sorry to hear about your troubles, life can be rough, I hope for the best for you.
Thanks for sharing your garden produce, it looks like a good dinner coming soon.

O'Quilts said...

I am walking with you my friend. Color and quilting friends save the day xo

Linda said...

Story to hear about the downs you are experiencing at present. Life seems to throw us problems in bunches. Hope your son’s surgery goes well. The diamond quilt is beautiful.

Ann said...

I am sending prayers for your son and am glad your grandson is safe.
How nice that your were able to gift the quilt to your friend in time for her to enjoy.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Love the colours in your diamonds quilt! And the border is great! Take care, hope this week goes more smoothly. x

Kaja said...

I'm sorry you've had such a run of bad news - I hope your son's surgery is successful. How lovely that your ex d-i-l thought of you - it sounds like she found the perfect time to call in with her beautiful gift too. As for your quilt - I love it.

Raewyn said...

So many ups and downs Maureen. and I send you my very best wishes for yourself and your family. I love the final arrangement of this piece - and the addition of the black pear fabric is very thoughtful! It sounds like a delicious home grown meal. My vege garden was a none starter this year :-(

Julie said...

What a week. s there lots of zucchini cake in the cake tins now? What a beautiful scarf.

Quilting Stories said...

Your diamond top is really gorgeous, congratulations!