Today is Easter Monday so I guess my Happy Easter wishes are only one day late. :) We had mixed weather this weekend - lovely and sunny on Saturday but cloudy and warm Sunday followed by windy, chilly and heavy cloud cover today. My brother Kevin and I went to my Aunt and Uncle's house (five of my Mother's younger siblings live together there) for Sunday dinner on Easter. It was pleasant to get to chat and eat together, catch up on going's on. :)
My brother Jeffrey, sadly, felt too weak and tired to take the 45 minutes drive (each way) so we took a healthy plate of goodies home for him afterwards. My relatives live up a winding hilly country road that reminds me of a roller coaster. I _think_ the speed limit is 50 or 55 on that road but, honestly, I would not drive over 40 mph on it! Kevin told me my youngest nieces used to squeal with glee when they traveled that road as children. :)
I managed to finish piecing the first of my friend Nancy's two blocks on Saturday night - and it came out spot on in size (YEAH!:). There is a photo of it above - I think this will be an interesting quilt. I had to take a break from black/white/gray and do some color piecing, though, so I worked on my next Patchwork City block on Sunday evening. I think this quilt will be fun, too - I'm already thinking about how I might set my blocks together. :)
I will say I had a good laugh at myself late on Sunday. I had pieced the two half log cabin sections of the design and when I got to sewing them together into the finished block, I reversed the orientation of the units. I had to take out my seam and resew it (not a common problem for me:). Actually, if you compare this to the one in the book, you'll see that I assembled my block in mirror image of the book. Sigh. I used to think my children inherited their dyslexia issues from their Dad ... I have sadly come to see that it is definitely in my genetic makeup, too. :) Has it's 'up' side though - I can read upside down and mirror image almost as fast as right way round. Grin.
I spent most of today out grocery shopping with my youngest brother. It is astonishing how long such things can take. We left at 1:15 and got back home at 4:30 ... then spent another hour putting everything away. Whew! 'Course, we had to drive to town, visit two different stores (on opposite sides of town) and drive back to the farm. :) Feels good to accomplish something useful at least.
I am planning to make my last March block for the Patchwork City quilt along tonight and then go back to making Nancy's second bee block. I measured out the white background fabric I have left and there is enough for a third block with about 10" of 1.5" wide strip left over. Good thing Nancy gave us a generous amount of fabric! Maybe she can use the 9" block I made first for a label or something. :)