Hi Jan, it's a while since we were chatting. I do hope you and the family are coping with the world crisis we are all coping with. You like us will be living a distance from others, but it's still difficult. The business will eventually suffer, plants do not stop needing attention, especially this time of year. We have over 40,000 different varieties of trees and shrubs, lots of work with a skellitan staff, most are isolating, David is in the office full time, Simon our youngest son is living in a caravan on the nursery because his wife holly is vulnerable she has a lung problem, he thought it was the best decision, but not easy for them.. my eldest son Julian, had a serious accident he fell 18ft from a structure on the nursery onto concreteconcrete, he broke 2 bones in his neck, he has been very lucky, he is now having to wear a neck brace but can move all his limbs, just now very stiff, his body was totally bruised. This happened just before the break of the virus, now the hospitals r so busy, its difficult for him to get he next Mri so he has to keep the brace on longer. Ge is becoming rather frustrated as he doesnt sleep well it on, we have been very worried, now the virus. What next do i wonder. Well, enough of negative news, i have been doing some sewing. I thought i would use some of the mountain of scraps i have. Im making a string quilt for one of my grand daughter, iv never done one like this, hope it turns out ok. Gardening and walking seems to be the highlight. I would love to hear how you are, what u r doing and how you are coping. New York seems to gave taken a big hit, the same as London. Take care, ttfn marianne UK
Hello Jan, I'm sorry I haven't been in touch for some time, but life has been very busy. We went to Pennsylvania earlier in the year. We had a wonderful time, a very busy tiring but wonderful week in New York, we were staying very central, just off Times Square, in the middle of the theatre district. We went to all the major attractions, what an amazing city, then off to Pennsylvania for 2 weeks. That was another fab experience, staying with rotarians in different parts of Pennsylvania, it was amazing, from the spare life of the Armish community to the opulence of New York we had a lot to remember, we met some interesting amazing people during our stay. We were home for a few months then we room all the family to France to celebrate our big wedding anniversary, it was truly wonderful. We hired a huge villa, it was so luxourious all the young ones enjoyed the pool etc the weather was hot, oh we did enjoy being together and the villa was so large we all of us had our own rooms and bathrooms so we all had our own space, that's important, there was 10 of us. Now just getting revved up for the Christmas celebrations, I'm off to Edinburgh next week for a few days to see a friend I haven't seen for over 15 years, we will have a great catchup. As you can imagine, not too mug stitching has been done, hope to change that though. Well enough of me, I look forward to hearing g from you m what do you do for Christmas. Looking forward to hearing from you. Bye Marianne Hill UK
Hi Jan, just touching base. How was the wedding in the pan Handel and was your quilt finished. We are having a lovely spring, after a mild winter, I hope we don't pay for it with a poor summer. It's the weather situ all over the world, some say it's climate change, others say it's normal evolution, this happens, I don't know what to believe, one thing for sure we cannot change it, we do our bit with recycling that's all we can do. Getting ready for our trip to New York and Pennsylvania, I seem to gave lots to do until then, look forward to hearing your news. Ttfn Marianne
Hope all is well, weather, ranch, animals and your family too. We seem to have had a very mild winter, it's passed by without notice and now it's Spring. All the spring flowers are saying hello and I think the birds are a little confused too.
I cannot remember if I told you, we are coming to the USA, spending a week in New York and then going onto Allendale in Pennsylvania to meet up with Rotarians in that area, it's a pity you are so far away, it would have been nice to catchup with you. Do you ever go to New York , I'm not a city person, but will enjoy the sites I'm sure. Any recommendations are welcome. We are consumed here at the moment with BREXIT , I think all the politicians need a real shake up, they really don't give one much confidence. Well, off to do tea now, look forward to hearing from you soon. Ttfn Marianne UK
Thanks! I have a new respect for the Quilters who used buttonhole stitch appliqué. I went through an entire skein of embroidery floss on just the ten butterflies. Can't imagine how many skeins were needed for the 30 Dresden plates! How are your pretty Dresden blocks coming along? Did you decide on a setting?
Just wanted to tell you I'm taking your suggestion about adding more butterflies to my repair job on the Dresden Plate quilt. I found a vintage 30s butterfly pattern, resized it to fit my needs, and cut out 10 butterflies. Six are already embroidered and ready to appliqué. I'll also stabilize the tear with some additional stitching that will be hidden by a butterfly. Thanks for your help!
Hi jan.. I seem to have lost your emails, machine had a melt down. Hope u r well and now settled down after the Christmas busy time. I am back to normal, but seem to have been busy since decks came down. I am trying to finish all the bits and pieces I have started, before I start any big project. I bought an embroidery CD Rom with patterns of Christmas on it all in rework, I have transferred the CD onto a memory stick, but don't seem to see pics on my machine. I have just emailed the USA company bird brain designs they r a USA company, have you heard of them? Must go now bedtime.
Hello, how was Christmas with 6our family. We had a busy family Christmas, eating, games, walks etc, at the end of the day at 9pm when they all left David and I just flopped and dealt with the debris the following morning, we had a truly wonderful Christmas, of course beginning with midnight mass. We have been staying at the lake district for New year with four of our friends, it's about 2hrs drive away, the mountains looked wonderful with the peaks displaying their coats of snow and frost quite beautiful. Now for the new years resolutions, we are full of good intentions, but........look forward to hearing from you. Bye Marianne
Good morning prairie, it seems funny addressing you with that name, what is your Christian name?
Well I'm almost ready for the big day, just food shopping to do now and set the table for 10. It's my turn for Christmas, the boys go with their families in-laws one year and us the following year we all think that's fare. I love having them all, to see the cousins developing a strong bond is wonderful and I see my own boys now men being good parents, it gives a jump to ones tummy.. what do you do at Christmas and what is the weather like at the moment. I'll give u my email address, it's sometimes better communicating that way and not taking the space for quilt talk, if u understand my meaning. email@example.com
Look forward to hearing your Christmas plans, my sewing room is now in sleep mode...ha ha ha.
Good morning prairie quilter, I was just reading your profile and smiled. Although we don't live the same sort of life, I felt I had a lot in common with you. We live in the country in UK but not the out back and I love quilting, but like you get distracted easily. I have been trying to get into my hobby room for a while, especially as we have had snow and ice, but no, it's bee Xmas decks, supporting friends via tel. And getting Xmas cakes iced etc.and today am going with hubby to Durham for a meeting and shopping, I like Durham it's a university town, very busy and beautiful at Christmas, we will of course go into the cathedral, you can look up durham on Google. Well that's it from me today, hope to hear from you sometime.
Have not been quilting for a while - am totally a novice. And do love hand quilting. Did the Double Wedding Ring throw for my daughter all by hand. Such a joy using scraps from materials I had left from things I had sewn for her.
Now, have got to get busy with the quilt am making for my son.