Tuesday, 14 October 2008


I made a Happy Village at last (from Karen Eckmeier's book Happy Villages). The Nursing Home who were looking after my mother-in-law asked if I could make something for their Christmas Raffle and it seemed like an ideal opportunity to try one of these. Sadly, my MIL died last Thursday, but it was good to finish this off in her memory.

So many mothers-in-law can be difficult, I know, but mine was wonderful, never critical or interfering, always supportive and interested, and I shall miss her a great deal.

At the weekend we had a Peruvian friend visiting us. He started as a business contact of my husbands, and in due course he and his family became our great friends. On this occasion he was visiting on business, and came alone. I wanted to make a Christmas present for his wife. The table runner I made a couple of weeks ago worked up so well and so quickly I decided to make it for her in Christmas fabrics. I think it's worked out quite well.


Journeying said...

The table runner is very pretty and such a nice idea and gesture. I'm sure she will love it.

Amelia said...

Sorry to hear about your MIL passing away...since you had not posted in a few days I was beginning to wonder what had happened.

Love the village creation...it will make for a great raffle item.

Lynn said...

Hello Amanda,
I'm sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. How fortunate you were to have such a lovely relationship with her.
I love the christmas blocks- the penguins are adorable. You a re so clever to do the table runner in christmas fabric - really turned out cute. I am a little baffled by the Happy Village quilt - is it pieced? I love the colors in it. Again - you have gotten much accomplished - I should really take a lesson from you on finishing! Take Care, Lynn

Katie said...

I have the village book but haven't done anything with it yet. I love your happy village!

Anita said...

Hi Amanda,
Sounds like you've had quite a week. Sorry to hear of the loss of you mother-in-law. A good one is a treasure. Really like your found treasures.

liz said...

Hi Amanda,
So very sorry to hear about your MIL. I send you heartfelt sympathies.
The house quilt is a lovely idea. Looks like an unusual technique.
You have been very productive.
The table runner looks good in the reds too.
Kind regards from Liz

Candace said...

I'm sorry for the loss of your MIL, Amanda. My prayers are with you and your family.

Gina said...

I'm sorry that you've lost your MIL. Mine was a treasure aswell.
The quilt you made is fabulous and a great memorial for her.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Tanya said...

I'm sorry to hear that your Mother-in-Law passed away. But how wonderful that you could make the nursing home a quilt in her honor. The colors are beautiful and a real celebration of life!

Kay said...

I'm so sorry you lost your mother-in-law, Amanda. You were really blessed in having a mother-in-law who was kind and loving. Your table runner is beautiful. I am just so amazed at all you do.