Thursday, May 21, 2020

the birthday party

Lovely messages for my MIL via the blog and facebook....

I think she had a lovely day....

In the UK morning (our Aus night) family got together on the new Facebook groups feature... (mom had to learn it the day before!)

From the Top down... left and right....
Me and Hubz,  I have enjoyed having him working from home a few days a week... 
Debs, my youngest daughter who lives nearby (mother of Widget and back working full time - she was very ill with a virus but we don't know which one!)
My neice Theresa who just lights up any room she is in.... and is off work on furlough so staying with her parents and keeping busy doing outside painting for the neighbours.. what a star!  Her parents Alan (brother of Hubz) and Sally were there too (you can just see partial Sally) Sally is still working full time but mostly from home and Alan has been put on furlough. 
Katherine, my eldest daughter who had to stop driving to join us... (she lives in UK and on furlough and was in the middle of volunteer shopping for people who can't leave home - and taking a break from home schooling 3 older children)



Mom... the birthday girl... showed us her lovely flowers and told us lots of stories and memories keeping us laughing
Anthony, my nephew and his wife was there too.... live in UK and off work at the moment too though his wife Beth starts a new job with the NHS very soon... a new key worker in the family
James my eldest son and his wife.. farmers and working as hard as before if not harder ... home schooling, farming, caring for family etc etc.... farmers are key workers too
Michael my youngest son... lives in Victoria and his work has not stopped... plumbers are essential workers!

I don't think it's unusual how Covid19 has affected our family ... lots of people have similar stories but I thought I would give a run down of our lovely lot.... 

In the afternoon, Alan, Sally and Theresa took down tea in a flask and yummy eats and they had an isolation style social distancing tea together....



Of course there was a quilt.... I was very nervous while it was in the post and it took much longer than usual but the postie there hand delivered it right to her door which was lovely (usually things are left at the front office of the units)

the centre panel was quite heavily quilted....


The design is by Anni Downs "Nature's Journey"


Needleturn applique and embroidery...


detail of quilting in the piecing...


I love the design with all the different elements .... as you can see I had a bit of fun with doing the quilting too


I included the year of her 90th birthday 


French general fabrics in the red, taupe and creams....


found the perfect backing....


... her initial L for Lilian is included too.... (blurry picture)


I just loved making this quilt....


 .. and thrilled it is living with Mom now...

I used a vintage doily and made a special label but I forgot to take a picture but it says who it is for, that it is for her 90th and made by me....

I know Mom values and appreciates that it is hand made and she will love it... may it keep her warm always....

Righto, Gotto Go..... time for a cuppa....

15 comments:

Karen's Korner said...

WOW what a gorgeous gift for the birthday girl and it looks like a great party was had by all those "attending".

Jennifer said...

Looks like it was a lovely day, even though it didn't happen as planned! It's a beautiful quilt, and I'm sure the 'birthday girl' adores it.

Janice said...

What a lovely soft version of Nature’s Journey. I’m glad it arrived in time. I bet she was thrilled with her gift. I love the way you shared your family and how they are affected in different ways. It is a great snapshot of how we are adapting to our crazy 2020.

White Rose said...

Good morning Fiona oh wow what a special timefor your MIL,love the fun pics ,great to see that you all could still make it special for her. Wow the quilt you made her is absolutely stunning ,well done on all your beautiful work and Thankyou for sharing these special moments with us xx

kiwikid said...

Wonderful happy post Fiona, having the internet connecting is the next best thing in these trying times. Lovely to hear about the family. The quilt you made your MIL is stunning, I bet she is super happy with it. So nice the postie delivered it to her door too.

Cheryll said...

Your birthday quilt is absolutely GOrgeOUs Fiona. It will be loved...
Nice family get together even if only in cyber space... xox

Louise said...

What a stunning gift quilt!! So many special touches like the initial and the year, and of course your beautiful applique and quilting. The soft reds and creams are just the perfect colors, so classic and lovely. What a treasure! A special day all around :)

Karen S said...

It is lovely to see that your family was still able to make this a special birthday. Love the idea of the isolation tea with the table between. That is perfect. And having you all there at once on-line would have been great, too.
Certainly a birthday to remember.
Your quilt is delightful. Gorgeous fabrics and design. And of course your quilting finishes it off perfectly. Glad it arrived safely and on time.

Maria said...

A pretty quilt for the special birthday girl..
So good you could still get together online.
Hope it won't be long when you can visit ..

Ondrea said...

The quilt is stunning and I love your version using the French General fabrics. I bet a big " whew" could be heard when it arrived .

Sue SA said...

Beautiful quilt, well done and so pleased it arrived safely!

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Such a lovely way to get "together" and celebrate your MIL's birthday. That quilt is beautiful and I'm sure she'll be very loved everytime she uses it xx

Lin said...

What a lovely occasion Fiona and that is a stunner of a quilt! xx

Raewyn said...

Wow - the quilt is stunning! So glad that it arrived in time for her - she must have been quite blown away and will enjoy it a lot. What a special day for you all xx

Michelle Ridgway said...

Gorgeous quilt! It is just beautiful! Shame about your plans but glad you were able to catch up and join in the celebrations! Technology is amazing and has certainly helped keep us in touch Happy birthday to your dear MIL xx

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