Half the arcs for the next Summer Picnic Dish block have been done and the pieces are printed, cut out and ready to stitch for the rest of that block and for a few more.
The change in plans? My aunt’s birthday is coming up in August, at which time she will be 90. There will be a party for her and I’ve decided to make her a lap quilt. She’s an amazing lady, sharp as can be and funny. I have some absolutely marvelous memories of playing double solitaire with her in the summers at a cottage. The two of us would end up in fits of laughter as we tried to be the first to go out and win those games.
Now the decision is whether to make the summer picnic dish into a lap quilt for her, which is Mr. Q.O.’s choice. He thinks that something bright and cheerful is the best idea.
The other idea? Doing something with Winding Ways blocks using fabrics like these:
I have to decide and get started on it this weekend as I want lots of time to make this the best lap quilt I possibly can. She’s my only aunt and is someone who really does appreciate items made by hand. I gave her a lace tablecloth which I had crocheted when I was in my early 20s. She still talks about it. The same with an afghan I knit for her when I was a teenager. She’s a small lady, so it will not be a huge quilt. I’m thinking something in the range of 48 by 54 inches or thereabouts.
The fabrics I’m thinking about for the winding ways idea in the picture above remind me, to a degree, of a chintz couch she has but they are more subdued than the floral and green in the pickle dish blocks. Any thoughts on this are more than welcome.
We did a little shopping on Thursday, which included a stop at Staples. Mr. Q.O. bought one of the Bamboo tablets for my computer. Getting used to it as a mouse took no time at all. I haven’t even scratched the surface of its capabilities which include, I think, the ability to add written captions to photos. I’m looking forward to playing with it this weekend.
Watching Smudge the last couple of days has been an absolute joy. I still can’t get over how lucky we were. This was taken shortly after he had his nightly yogourt treat on Wednesday night.
Lester was incredibly lively Wednesday night. One of the medications for his heart condition is only given every 3 days and on the days he gets that one, he acts like a kitten. Wednesday night was one of those nights. It’s wonderful to see him like that.