Wednesday, March 2, 2011


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.

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)


  1. where in the sunny south were you? We have daffodils here in Arkansas.
    Hope you mom will be as well as she can be. It can be hard visiting when mentally they do not seem to be all there.

  2. Oh, that quilt is just fabulous. I really like what you all did with the border.
    So sorry to hear about your mom. I hope her recovery goes well.

  3. Glad you're back! Can't wait to see progress on All Around the Town.

  4. Glad you had a safe trip and your mother is doing well on the road to recovery. It is flu season so take care. Love the quilt.

  5. Thanks for sharing the quilt. It is so cheery and fun! The border is very clever and ties it all together beautifully. I love Nancy Halvorsen's books too but have not seen this one yet. I am inspired now!

  6. Your friend can be proud of her quilt. I like Nancy Halvorsen's designs very much. Your friend made good fabric & color chices.

  7. what a fun and clever calendar quilt! so fun
    Sorry to hear you are back in the snow, but glad that your mom is stable and doing okay.
    Can't wait to see your quilting.

  8. Adorable quilt! Really sweet touches!

  9. What a cute quilt!! Now that song will be playing in my head all day LOL.


  10. Coughing.. time to snuggle up under a quilt.. drink lots of liquid (not too much alcohol LOL your stitches will be crooked), and work on your quilt.. get better soon!!

  11. You and your friend did a great job designing the border with Nancy's elements! Hope you are feeling better soon...

  12. Love your friend's quilt. Thanks for sharing! Quilty Blogland is so fun - so full of eyecandy - and this is one more quilt I see and think, "Oh! I want to make one!" ;D Gotta get my insane number of UFOs under control first!

  13. What a darling quilt. It is so whimsical and colorful.

  14. I sigh with you sad it is when our parents are failing in health. She knew you were there my me there..she knew...she felt you.
    And now this quilt..oh goodness me..I am with you..we are all surrounded my such talent....leaves me breathless most days..


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