Friday, May 18, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Can you guess what brought this smile to my face?

It wasn't Will's visit home or the pancakes and bacon he fixed for breakfast even though they were great, and it wasn't the lovely phone call from James and Rachel that tugged at my heartstrings as only a call from your kids can. This smile came later when I was treated to a long walk outdoors!

For anyone who's housebound like me, a stroll through the neighborhood is a perfect gift! I took everything in: the cloudless blue sky, the soft lilac scented breeze, the vibrant green of the grass after several days’ rain. We kept respectfully quiet too, the better to hear the birds sing.

I wish we’d taken pictures of all the beautiful flowers we saw along the way: great big bushes of lilacs, red climbing roses, deep purple iris with golden beards and clumps of cheerful white daisies. They were so much prettier than any bouquet I could have received.

We also found a nice spot to photograph this quilt. It’s another project my friends Sheila and Barb (Fun with Barb) provided the blocks for. Our quilts used the same 3 1/2” basket blocks but in very different layouts. Mine are set block to block, with alternate rows changing direction. 

Sheila patterned hers after a quilt she saw at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts. It’s striking with those red alternate blocks. Notice where the baskets change direction — right down the center of the quilt.

Barb’s quilt groups baskets by color. I love her extra wide borders.

Never underestimate the joy that simple things can bring!