Wednesday, May 5, 2010


I have made a start on the draft horse quilt
My artist friend Bianca painted the horses, cabin and windmill for me
I tried unsuccessfully to find draft horse material or a pattern for one, so painting was the next option
The rest of the scene will be in applique
I enjoy applique, so it is no chore

Some more lovely siggies have arrived in the last few weeks

My Mum has been transfered back to the hospital in her home town for Rehabilitation
This will make it much easier for us to visit
She is making slow progress Walking on a frame
She cannot as yet get out of bed without assistance but can manage to get out of the chair
Luckily she is a strong healthy lady
Lorraine and Hubby are both having good and bad days
We have had a lot of rain today and it has turned cold
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Jeni said...

Just love the draft horses....
cant wait to see it finished....
hope you mum is coming along mum broke her hip.18 months ago and doesn't walk at all....... but she has dementia just 72 very sad I miss her every day

Jules said...

The quilt shows fantastic promise... How clever people are, so many varied talents.

Pleased to hear about your mum - she is doing very well and will improve even more quickly now she has her family nearby.

Good and bad days... try to focus on the good eh? A long haul.
Many thoughts and good wishes.J.

Terry said...

Lovely draft horses! I look forward to seeing your progress on this project! Glad your mum is going to be closer to home too! :0)

Doris Sturm said...

I just adore Clydsdales - where I grew up in Germany, they used those massive horses to pull plows and wagons and they always decorated them with flowers for May Day or Father's Day when they pulled the wagon with dads and their keg of beer...yeah, that's how dads celebrated in Germany, by getting on the wagon, drinking beer, singing and being pulled all through the landscape by a decorated horse or oxen - you could hear them coming from miles away because by the time they hit town they were drunk and they were all singing...

I hope your mom will recouperate soon and I wish her all the best.

Notjustnat said...

An art quilt with the painting. I love horses too, but they don't like me very much. I fell off it twice in one day. More siggies to play with.

Cyndi said...

Your friend Bianca did a beautiful job on the unique and special that quilt will be!

Glad to hear that your mom is improving and that she will now be closer to make it easier on you. I'll keep Lorraine and Hubby in my prayers, too.



Maria said...

Your friend has done a great job painting the horses for you. Yes I too enjoy hand work, very relaxing.
Pleased Mum is on the mend and that she is closer for you to visit.
Keep strong Illene and focus on the good days.

Sue-Anne said...

The drafthorses look fantastic. It is going to be a great quilt. Glad to hear your mum is making progress and will be closer to you. It is freezing here too at the moment.

Anita said...

Hi! Love the draft horses, they are stunning animals. Great siggies you have there. Hope your Mum recovers quickly. Kind regards, Anita.

teresa said...

Thanks for the updates on all three... I am always wondering how you are all going. Love the draught horses... painted you say....very clever! Can't wait to see your applique on it too. Take care xx

Bev C said...

Hello Illene, Bianca has done a wonderful job on painting the horses. Can't wait to see what you add to it. It certainly will be unique. Happy days.

Sandra Henderson said...

Hi! I found you through the post about the "fork pins" over at Daisy QUilts. When you said, "I don't have any patchwork stores nearby", I thought yes there's a lady I need to check in on! lol
I too am very isolated. Sorry about your mum! But glad that it seems to be going as well as it could! Your quilt is lovely! I see a turkey? We have these wild in our yard here, do you?
Well, I'm glad that I stopped in and I"ll be back soon. I sure hope that you mum continues her good heath! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Illene, looking forward to seeing what you do with the draft horse quilt...beautiful painting..hope all is well with you...and your Mum is recovering...Hugs Lyn

Roseanne said...

Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. I am glad your mother is getting better. I think you quilt is going to be lovely.

Barb said...

Love your horse quilt!!