Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Things I like Thursdays May 2


Hope everyone is enjoying Spring.  We had a rain shower yesterday so we're back in the 80's and 90's which is cool for us at this time of year. Very nice.  I can't believe we don't have medical appointments this week so maybe things will slow down!   I still watch Thomas after school 3 days a week and then I'll have him this weekend meaning  it's still busy but fun.

So, here are some of my "likes" this week even tho the list is short:

1. Sue's quilt is finished:

This one is really hard to part with.  I started it last year to the "sandwich" phase and it sat.  I spent 2 days last weekend quilting in the ditch and putting the binding plus label on.  Sue is a friend and staff worker of my daughter. She is such a cool woman but is suffering many medical issues in her 60's.  She is a great cook, gardener and home maker as well as being  accomplished  in her career at work.
  Sometimes, I meet someone and they make such a fun, long- term impression on me and that is Sue. She has been a good friend to my daughter. Her favorite color is purple.  I think I got that right in this quilt.  I never realized how beautiful green and purple are together!

I used 8 Fat Quarters from the stash, cut them into 5 inch squares and then made a Disappearing 9 Patch pattern for the blocks.   I had a small piece of fabric in the stash from Mary Jo's Sewing Room for the small green "pins" border.  The backing is also from the stash and I forgot to save the selvage on that piece for note taking.  A lavender jelly roll for backing sets off the green too.

It is 42 x 54 inches .  Here's the label:

Sue is taking a medical leave at work this summer so we'll give the quilt to her before she leaves.

2.  Pedicures at my nail salon Hakuna Matada ( no worries)-love the name.

The last few years it has been difficult to do my own pedicure so I found this little place in Sun City that does a great job for $18!! It lasts 3 weeks!  In the winter I give my toe nails a rest but then in the summer I get color cause I live in sandals.  I am so grateful for this salon.  Recently, my daughter has been going with me which gives us precious time together - just the two of us.

3.  Tagliani's Italian restaurant. 

Saturday, my daughter's family took me to lunch as a thank you for my house- sitting during the bathroom water leak disaster.  (It's still not done after 2 months but they are getting close).  This restaurant is so lovely, has great food and offers gluten free pasta.  Yummy. They even sell their own homemade sauce which is gooooood.

4.  Golden State Warriors are still in the NBA playoffs.  I'm exhausted watching them but it's still such fun.

I'm sure I liked more things this last week but forgot to write them down. That's the only way I can
keep track of things these days.
Please join us for more "likes" at Lee Anna's site:Not Afraid of Color.  We have a creative  group of writers and photographers who share their cooking, sewing, crafting and daily lives with us.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!
mary 😄


  1. Sounds like you had a lovely week of "likes". I'll bet that restaurant
    meal was yummy..what a lovely quilt--no wonder you find it hard to part with it...hugs, Julierose

  2. I'm with you on writing things down... for likes I keep a draft post and add to it as I think of things. The quilt is so fresh and pretty... like Mickie's wild violets in the Spring. Pedicures are a good thing, it's hard to bend to get to your own feet. Happy weekend Mary!

    1. Luckily, my salon is in Sun City and I think they realize many people are on fixed incomes so the cost is low. Most places in Phx start at $25. Thanks for the kind words on that quilt. I used up all my purples so will need more. HeeHee.

  3. Beautiful quilt gift and even nicer to use up some stash fabric!

  4. Lovely likes as always, Mary. That quilt in purples is beautiful and I love what you put on the label. I'm sure Sue will love it.
    We seldom have a week without a medical appt. either and I love it when we do. I'm so happy you got to go out; it's wonderful when family show appreciation like that. It means the world, doesn't it.

    1. I think Sue will like the quilt. Now, I need to buy more purples. Hmmm. I have two generous kids who take me out to dinner or ask over to their homes often. I 'm so grateful.

  5. Beautiful colors in the quilt! Green and purple really are pretty together. I don't usually wear sandals but I sure can't wait for the weather to be right for them. Hope you have a wonderful Thursday and weekend as well.

  6. The quilt you made for Sue is just beautiful! I love the green with the purple, too - but I wouldn't have known they would look so good together either. That restaurant sounds yummy!

  7. I love the quilt and that label is just the sweetest. I must admit that I've never had a pedicure but maybe someday! I can't wear sandals at work so I never even think about it.

  8. Hi Mary! What a beautiful and thoughtful gift for Sue. I love all the different fabrics you chose, and she really will be covered in both of your love. Sometimes one connects with someone else, and I always think the friendship was just meant to be. You were placed in each other's path for a reason, and it's all good. WOW - $18 for a pedicure is great. Mine charges $25 which I don't think is bad either. I really don't know but I suspect NYC patrons pay more. ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. What a pretty quilt. I love purple and green together. An $18 pedi? Wow.

  10. Purple and green are such a great combo. Pretty quilt!

  11. Lovely quilt. Yes,purple and green work well together. I made a similar quilt once and called it grape salad :-) I think I need a pedicure too, before I pit on my sandals and open toed shoes. Have a great weekend.

  12. The quilt is wonderful! I miss having a good italian restaurant in our neck of the woods, yours looks delightful! Have a great week!

  13. I love the green and purple quilt. What a loving gesture for your friend. My mom made a big green and purple quilt about fifteen years ago, and at the time I remember also being surprised by how happy the green and purple combo made me. Enjoy the rain and the basketball and get some rest!