Feeling So Much Better and a Good Saturday

Huge thanks to everyone who sent good wishes for me during my COVID party. I’m happy to report that I’m feeling so much better today. I started monoclonal antibodies a couple days ago and my improvement from this morning to now is remarkable! My worst symptom has been head congestion. I got off pretty lucky.

The boys have been pretty restless the last few days with the lack of activity. I still don’t feel quite up to a longer walk so I took them out to a friend’s place this afternoon to let them run in her field. It was so good for all of us.

It was 70 degrees today! After so many cool and rainy days it was just magnificent. And these boys wore themselves out! I’m so sad I didn’t take a chair with me and sit in all that glory for a couple hours.

Here’s some of the fun…

I was changing my sheets on my new bed tonight and thought It was a good time to try out my Moss Garden quilt to see how it fits. And I think it’s good to go.

So after I finally finish the yellow and blue Frankenbag I’m working on, I may make the backing for this quilt. Here’s the fabric I’m using. I bought it on sale a few years ago. I think I paid $4 per yard. A pretty damned good deal. I have some left over blocks that I’ll use on the backing. Looks like I should make some curtains too!

It brings some needed color that beige room!

After such a gorgeous day I was happy to have a gorgeous night. I sat on my patio for an hour or so and answered emails and had a phone call with a friend. It seems like such a luxury after the weather we’ve been having.

Imagine how wonderful it would have been if all those chairs were filled with friends…

I’ve gotten a ton of photos of Frankenbags from readers that I haven’t had a chance to share yet. So here we go.

This first one was made by Sara Rajagopalan. She said she stumbled upon my blog while waiting at the hospital during her husband’s surgery. During the past few weeks, she needed some de-stress time and made some stress buster crumb blocks to incorporate in this bag. It’s like a celebration in a bag! All those colors and shapes. It’s a great bag. And I love that she added her own variations.

This next one was made by Jane Knaub. She’s made other Frankenbags but this is the first time she’s tried a zippered placket. She said she’s been putting it off, but it really wasn’t too bad. She made this as a gift for a girlfriend she’s going to visit in June.  She has two more girl friends she’s meeting with at the same time so she needs to do two more bags.

Of course I love all the blue and orange and that applique panel is just great! And I love that she went for the zipper placket. They do get easier with each one you make.

This next bag is from Marcia Larson. I love the cool feeling of the first photo… and the deep and vibrant reds on the other side. And all that graphic black and white is so good!

Marcia said that if she ever wanted to sell one, it would be in the 4 figures considering the hours it took her to complete it! She likes that this bag challenged her to be more creative.,.. and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me!!!

Next up is this bag from Paulette Aldrich. She’s made other Frankenbags. You might remember the handle detail she’s added. I bought some of that hardware and want to give that treatment a try. It’s pretty cool! I love all that graphic black and white and the tilted block on the back is so great! I’m going to have to try that! The panel on the front is so fun too.

Finally tonight there’s this bag from Jean Williams. I just love all those pineapples and they’re even better combined with the black and white jumble! And I really love her lining and placket fabrics together! So good!

My brothers have been sending me updates from their trip to Seattle to visit my 95 year old aunt. They sent me this photo today. This is my mother’s family, taken around 1948.

My mom is in the front row on the far right, in the dark suit. My dad is right behind her. The aunt that my brothers are visiting is next to my mom, in the light suit.

This next photo is my aunt and her twin brother (he’s at the far right in the back row above). It’s from their high school graduation. It’s in a small frame and sits on a table in my living room.

Here’s my brothers flanking my tiny aunt and my cousin on the far right.

I’m really glad that I haven’t been terribly sick, but I feel really bad that I missed this visit.

28 Replies to “Feeling So Much Better and a Good Saturday”

  1. I’m glad you’re feeling better Ann but sad for you that you missed this special family visit. Great bags from everyone.. your tutorial has come up on my Pinterest feed several times in the last few weeks.. looking forward to having a good muzzle whenever I get C some time!
    Keep resting in your lovely room and get well soon!

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    1. Like I said to another commenter… I’ve read this post three times and even pasted the copy into word to find “muzzle” and I can’t find it anywhere. I’m so confused.
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    1. I have read this entire blog post three times, even copied and pasted it into Word to find “muzzle” and I can’t find it anywhere. I’m so confused.
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  2. Loving your pictures today! Love the boys, your colorful new quilt top and the backing , the lighted backyard, your family…..🥰 So glad you are feeling better, still take it easy😷💤

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  3. So glad you’re feeling better! I’m also glad that you went into this having had your vaccines and boosters. 🙂 I imagine the hard part now will be resting and not overdoing as you recover. Your quilt looks lovely on the bed, and the backing fabric is perfect. What great pictures of your family! Thank you for sharing them with your readers. Question for you … Did any of your family happen to live in the East, specifically Virginia? I’m asking because growing up, I lived next door to a family named Ibach. Just curious as to if you may be related.

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    1. My dad’s family was from Nebraska. I still have cousins there. There are pockets of Ibachs in different places across the US, including here in the Northwest. There is even an Ibach Park near me. It’s possible that I have relatives in Virginia, but not any that I’m aware of.
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  4. Great blog, happy to hear your feeling better, beautiful field Rico and Bender were in, and able to run their energy off ! You are so good to them. Lovely quilt your about to finish, will add a bright and cherry look to the room, thoughtful brothers to share in their visit with Aunt, who looks amazing at 95 ! Thank you for sharing the creative frankenbags others are making, it is so fun to see different ideas!

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    1. Thanks for reading Niki. I’m planning another field run today at a different friend’s property. We will all be happier. But the weather today isn’t quite as nice.
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  5. So sorry you’ve been sick and am glad it hasn’t been too bad.
    There are so many jokes that could be made about the sheet on the window. I smiled when I saw your statement that you should make a curtain for that window. I put new windows on the 2nd and 3rd (attic) floor windows on my 1927 beauty in 2018. (!) There’s one small window on the back stairs that I don’t go past very often, so it falls off my radar. It’s got a curtain rod, but nothing hanging from the rod! Inexcusable for someone who owns three sewing machines!
    I adore Jane Knaub’s Frankenbag.
    And the old family photos – what a treasure.
    The picture of your brothers with your aunt is priceless!
    Keep feeling better.

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    1. the window in that bedroom is really wide, so it’s difficult to put a full width blind on it that’s not terribly expensive. I had a roller blind on it when I bought the house, but it broke a few years ago. I’ve just never gotten around to taking care of it. And consequentially, I never have that window uncovered. It would be nice to have it easier to let some light into that room! that will be on my list of things to do soon.
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  6. So glad you are feeling better! Hopefully you will get a visit with your Aunt at your next vacation! Can you paint your beige bedroom? I think a lovely shade of green maybe? Love the quilt and yes- a curtain would help -lol!!!!

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    1. I’ve been thinking about painting that room a bright cream color as I want to switch out the quilts I use on the bed. I’m thinking cream walls, bright curtains, bright quilts on the bed and a quilt or two on the walls will be enough. But that beige is so drab!
      Anne

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  7. Glad you’re on the mend. Please don’t overdo though. Be good to yourself.
    The quilt is stunningly beautiful. You had shared it before but on the new bed…… wow!
    The family photos touched my heart and I’m sorry you had to miss the visit. I had to laugh a little. I visited my family at Christmas for the first time in the two COVID years and there’s a photo of me at 76 and 5’8” dwarfed by my grandsons who are both in the 6’5” range. In the two years they went from being average boys to being really tall men!
    I know your boys are great companions always, but especially now 🥰

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    1. I have an old photo like that of my mom with her sisters. My mom was about 5′ 8″. Her sisters are 5 feet tall, if that. She towered over them! My brothers are all over 6 feet tall. We must have gotten our height from our mom.
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  8. Glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better! Please take good care of yourself. It scares me to hear that folks who’ve had the vax and boosters are getting sick with a variant. I was so sick when I had it originally and I don’t want to do that again. The new quilt for your new bed looks great and the backing fabric is perfect.

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    1. These new variants are really infectious! I heard a news report the other day that it’s no longer just unvaccinated people who are ending up in the hospitals. its certainly NOT all over! But I’m lucky that I’ve had a relatively mild go of it. Not much more than a head cold.
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  9. Glad you are doing better! And got the antibodies. Your Moss garden quilt is fantastic! Zigzag perfect for the back! What size are your large squares on Moss Garden? They look about 12 inches or so. Nice showing of fabrics!

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  10. Happy dance 💃 you are feeling better. But very sorry you had to miss the family reunion. I love those photos! Your Mom and Dad look fabulous and all your relatives. Great photo to cherish. I also love Forrest’s photo above your bed 💕. Your quilt is spectacular and looking forward to seeing some beautiful curtains 😉. You are such a good Mom taking the boys for a good run. Love all those art bags from your groupies ☺. Ha – I can say that since I am one too!

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    1. I just LOVED that photo of Forrest! It’s such an old man photo. I’m thinking I want to get a frame for it to make it more of a statement. I needs something to make it more substantial. I’ll have to see if my brother will make me one… he’s a carpenter.
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  11. So happy to hear you’re doing well! I’m sure your boys are missing your high energy. Nice that you were able to take them out to a field for a run.

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