I grew up with that little poem that my dad used to say. It's been a holiday for years and years. The Monday closest to May 24th has always been deemed a statutory holiday and at sundown, there is a fireworks display at various places. Now, sadly there are two major ones but when my children were small, all we had to do is walk up the street to the park to watch them. This has been one of the nicest and warmest Victoria Days that I can remember. Usually, it's been cool to cold and we've had rain too some years. Our high today supposed to be 76F or 24C.
Now that things have returned to almost normal (I still have floors that need cleaning), I decided that I would do a bit of sewing. Actually, cutting and sewing. I remembered a lovely, easy baby quilt pattern that I saw and wanted to make. It's a free Craftsy pattern or you can get it HERE from this site. Star Bright is what it's called and it took more than a few hours to find the pattern yesterday. I searched my files and then, once I did find a copy of it, I realized that it was in my craftsy patterns.
A couple of months ago, one of my daughter's friends brought over a box of fabric. They were from a lady who had passed away and since my daughter's friend knew I quilted, she asked if I'd like the fabric. One never passes up free fabric. It can always be used for something.
This is the box with a whole lot of plastic bags filled with fabric. It's all yardage but it's also the older calico cottons that I don't often use. There are some lovely pieces in mauve that I plan on using to make some little girl outfits and there are fabrics that can be used in mystery quilts or donation quilts. I thought that some of these fabrics would work in the pattern that I had in mind.
Most of these fabrics were from that box. I have cut enough pieces for two quilts in this pattern. That way, Marg and I can put two quilts up on frames next week and start quilting right away. We just need to find some backing fabric.
I do hope all you mothers had a wonderful Mother's Day. I certainly did. It was my youngest daughter's wedding day. What a great family gathering it was. The ceremony went off without a hitch with all five of the little people (ring bearers and flower girls) preceding the bride down the aisle.
The following photos were taken by my middle daughter Maili, using her phone. Once I have better photos, I shall post them.
Here's Ayla in the dressing room just minutes before the walk down the aisle.
Looking gorgeous in her wedding dress just waiting for the photographer with mom and dad.
Ayla being held up by all the men in the family - dad, husband, brothers and brothers-in-law.
Heading off to a different location for photos of just the two of them - after all the family photos were taken.
The happy newlyweds entering the reception.
And here's the non-traditional wedding cake. It's shaped like a tree trunk. Both Ayla and David enjoy camping and fishing.
...and still busy.
This weekend is the BIG DAY. Wedding bells!!
This is just some of the stuff I've been sewing. These are matching shirts for my grandsons with their little bow ties. The cuffs have turquoise (actually peacock blue) self covered buttons to look like cuff links.
Pocket squares for the men and a straight tie for the groom.
Bow ties for the men but NOT the one in the foreground. I just had to make one that was exactly as the pattern indicated and it has flat batting in it. I think it's horrible so I made my own pattern up - modelled after the little boys' bow ties.
This is the single bow tie. I made two of those and three of the double bow ties for the men.
I also made dresses for the two little girls and I knitted wraps for them too. These were fun to make and they have a white satin ribbon holding them closed.
Well, that's just a few of the things I made. I have not finished yet and so I will get back at it.