Saturday, April 11, 2009

A bit homesick and another finish

It was a good day to work on almost finishes...not a lot of energy and a bit homesick.

So as promised Goldie presents my finished Twist and Turn quilt top! This is another one of Bonnie's pattern from quiltville.com. I made this one extra long for my very tall brother. I have a few blocks left over so I may make some pillows or something to go with it. That is if I can get it away from Goldie!
When I was growing up Good Friday was always a family day. My Dad would take us all into Boston's North End to do the Easter shopping. My Dad was the assistant principal at the middle school there so lots of folks in the shops knew him. We had to be on best behavior. Now this was before the yuppies took over the area so there were all Italian bakeries displaying bread rings with eggs baked on the top and cakes in the shape of lambs, butchers with whole butchered lambs hanging in the windows, fish markets where Dad would buy some fish for my Mom to make chowder that night, the flower stands packed with lillies and tuplips always took a long time to get agreement on what to bring home. There were all sorts of wonderful things for a girl from the suburbs to look at! Just before noon we would stop in at St. Anthony's Church and then go for pizza.

So today, feeling a bit homesick I called one of my sisters. No answer. Called another (I have 4.) No answer. Finally I dug out a cell phone number and would you believe they and my nieces were in the North End having lunch! They wanted to know if my ears were burning!

My Dh took pity on me and brought home some tulips and a large lavendar plant. Maybe tomorrow I'll get some lillies too! Instead of pizza we had pieorgies with carmalized onions that I served on my Polish pottery...reminded me of my trip to Poland last spring. I may just try baking one of those lamb cakes if I can find my lamb cake pan....

Have a wonderul Easter!

23 comments:

Loris said...

Goldie is doing a lovely job demonstrating quilt management. The twist and turn looks very fun. Bonnie will be proud to see her design heading out for another home.
Glad your DH thought to treat you with some flowers. Hope you get to see your sisters soon.
Happy Easter!

Kim said...

Great memories.....
I can almost smell the shops!

Happy Easter,
Kim

Millie said...

I know the feeling of homesick. My family live in another continent. I hope you will be able to get your sisters on the phone over the weekend.
Your twist and turn quilt turn out gorgeous. I have seen Bonnie's quilt, so now I have another pattern I realy like to make. If there will only be enough time to make them all.
Happy Eater to you and your family!

Mimi said...

Hugs

Your memory touched my heart and I feel a little blue for you. I would feel a little sad if I were in your shoes.

Your husband sounds like a sweetheart. Have a wonderful Easter.

More hugs

karenfae said...

the quilt looks wonderful, I'm starting to paper piece pineapple squares like Bonnie had on her page a couple days ago.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Piecefulafternoon said...

Awww how sweet that you got flowers and a plant. Your memories sound so wonderful.

And Goldie certainly is into displaying the lovely quilt for you.

Sherry said...

Memories are the one thing in life that no one can take away from us.We take our life making them so we can always remember them. My father past away last June and I always think about our memories and feel hes looking down on me smiling.
Great quilt I'm going to see if I can get the patteren.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Love your twist and turn! It turned out great!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Your quilt is gorgeous and I have to say Miss Goldie looks like she is claiming it.
I know how you feel about being homesick. Even though I live close to where I was raised, I miss my parents and the memories of family get togethers. Thanks for sharing.
My husband is a big golfer and fan.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Clare said...

My Mum, sister and BiL are staying in a cottage owned by my aunt and uncle in Herefordshire, probably having fun and laughing like crazy, and I'm stuck in France so know exactly how you feel!

Glad DH picked up the vibes and bought you some flowers.

Great great and the model's not bad either :-)

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Yummy...I love perogies! I haven't had them for years! I used to have them all the time when I was living in Thunder Bay (they have a large Finnish population)

Love your extra long quilt...I think Goldie should be renamed Vanna White :o)

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

oh that quilt is beautiful - you did great. Goldie is gorgeous as always, looks so proud of herself as she rolls on top of it. typical. sorry you can't be in MASS right now with your family. Did all the Polish pottery make it back safely or did you end up with a few pieces for the mosaic pile?

*karendianne. said...

What a lovely post. I enjoyed reading it thru and thru.

Your quilt is fantastic and all the better with Goldie in the picture. She's cracking me up putting on a show! Funny cat. Silly cat.

Jeanne said...

Good luck giving Goldie's quilt to your brother. VBG I love the photos of her and your quilt, which is lovely. Great work. Happy Easter!

Tammy said...

What wonderful memories - it's so fun to read traditions that families have. I love how Goldie is showing off your quilt for you. What is it about quilts and cats, they just go together don't they. Goldie is so pretty. Have a Very Happy Easter.

Magpie Sue said...

The quilt top looks fabulous (and so does Goldie!).

Happy Easter!

KimP said...

Happy Easter, to you and your family! As always, cats and quilts go together. Goldie is a particularly good quilt cat. She certainly knows her job!

M. Regina said...

BEAUTIFUL QUILT.kISSES, FROM BRASIL.
HAPPY EASTER.

Marj said...

Your picture of the perogies reminded me of the time I lived in Ca. My DH's Grandmother was polish and we always had them at the holidays. Hope that you had a wonderful day. Now I think I will have to get some perogies to fix real soon.lol

Purple Pam said...

Love your Twist quilt along with Goldie. She does love to pose, yes? Sorry you were not able to be with your sisters for the day at the North End. Yes, we have been watching golf all weekend. Hubby loves it when Tiger and Phil play.

belinda said...

Oh...such a 'Vanna White' Goldie is! Love the quilt!!

Lisa said...

Love your twist and turn quilt and the cat is adorable too!!

Mary said...

This top looks great - I've been thinking about making one of them after seeing all the ones everyone started at New Year's.

I love visiting Boston - Keith just mentioned today that he might need to get up there for work in the next few months and I always try to tag along on those trips.