Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Baskets DONE

I spent a lot of time working on this basket quilt.  I had the input of my old friend Bonnie, inspiring me to use old filler pieces... quarter square triangles, four-patches, old basket blocks etc etc.

Making quilts like this is challenging, although I find it so rewarding once it's done.  It's a challenge to put something together without a specific pattern, but I love  doing it.  I need to do this more, especially with all my orphan blocks, which are quite voluminous!

One thing about this quilt that I'm proud of is that the blocks are SO varied.  At the same time, I wish they were all the same so it would have been easier to put together!  Oh well.

Vegas?  Great fun.  This is our gang! Let me let you know that my flashing red sunglasses were from an Elton John concert 4 yrs ago.  My friend and I had to replace the batteries, which was pretty challenging.  The concert was fabulous.  He's a great performer and musician.

There were many quilt patterns along the way in Las Vegas, which I couldn't resist.

When we were in Las Vegas, we went to the Mob Museum for a very interesting experience.  Las Vegas was the home of many gangs and they established a fabulous collection of memorabilia and photographs.  Of course, this section was my favorite, about a very prominent defense attorney!

Loved this picture about prohibition!

We also walked around to some of the other hotels (which are quite a scene) and found these in one lobby!

And this in celebration of the Chinese New Year.  I couldn't resist this!!

This tell you something about my sense of humor~!!

I flew up to Bend to check on my mom, who is slowly doing ok at the assisted living.  However, yesterday she started to cry when she was lamenting about her lost identity from her past life.

On the other hand, her cognitive abilities really are declining.  I have to explain things to her over and over and she still doesn't remember or grasp what I'm saying.  She has had trouble with her cell phone so today I tried to get her a landline.  I'm not sure she'll be able to figure out how to use the phone.  So terribly sad... she manifests to me the expression, "the lights are on, but no one is home".  Tomorrow I'll meet with the staff to get an updated assessment.


  1. You did a fantastic job bringing all those varied baskets together!
    Looks like a "fun" bunch with you at the concert. :)
    Wow--Las Vegas must hire quilters to do their interior designing.
    Sorry about the decline in your Mom. That is tough to take.

  2. Your top is incredible ! I added today on my post ! Thank you Randy and congratulations !
    I'm thinking of you about your dear mom... life is not easy when you become old but fortunately, she has a wonderful daughter. Sending big hugs to you !

  3. Love your baskets quilt--the fillers really pull them all together beautifully.
    Sad about your Mom's diminishing abilities...very difficult--hold on there kiddo...hugs worked the best I found and my Mom liked to hear me read to her when i visited......hugs, Julierose

  4. I love quilts like that - put together with smaller blocks in between. It turned out great!

  5. I understand how difficult it is to experience losing your mother to dementia. My mother had Alzheimers and Dad was her caregiver to the end . The last months of her life he was the only person she recognized. You are in my prayers.

  6. Your quilt is my Fabulous! No surprise to you that a scrappy "pot luck" would be my favorite! Glad you had fun in Vegas. I hope things get better for your Mom soon. Hugs!

  7. I adore your basket quilt. The addition of the different blocks adds so much too the quilt. We are going through the same thing with my father in law. It's not easy. Hugs

  8. Oh Randy, still praying for your mom, and you as well. The baskets quilt is stunningly beautiful. Bless you, friend.

  9. A strippy setting for your baskets! Nice job!
    You were in Vegas the same time Rene was. Funny if you would have passed her on the street.
    When it comes to your mom, just don't say things over and over. My mom never figured out the cell phone, but did figure out the landline. That's a memory that goes wayyy back and one they tend to keep. (I admit my mom never figured out the answering machine though!)

  10. What a fantastic finish to your basket quilt. Love it. Remember you are a good daughter - hugs to you.

  11. Love your scrappy basket quilt--so fun! Vegas looks like it was a blast!

  12. Quilting by Committee with Bonnie Hunter was a success!! Sorry to read about your mom, hope the landline helps you keep in contact. Great flashing Vegas glasses and floors!

  13. Your mom may not be able to tell you, but I'm sure she knows you're taking good care of her. You met the challenge of the baskets and you'll meet the challenge of a caregiver too.

  14. The filler blocks add so much interest to your basket quilt. You did good!
    I am sorry your mother is declining. My mother lived with us the last ten years of her life. She asked me to get a rotary dial phone as she had too much trouble trying to use the push buttons on the phones we had. That was pre cell phones.

  15. Your basket quilt is wonderful and I truly love it! When I saw the variety of blocks I knew it would make a terrific quilt! Adding the leftover pieces is a splendid idea. They pull it all together.
    Thanks for the mini tour of Vegus. Looks like you had fun!
    Hope your mom is able to use the land line. The old familiar s often best. One thing that helps is that eventually she will be living in the present moment and forget the things that are lost. Then life is easier.youre a good daughter to take such care of her.

  16. Your baskets look so beautiful. You did a great job putting them all together. Love the concert glasses. LOL
    Sorry to hear about your Mom. It is so difficult to watch. My Mom was the same way. I think it was easier for her when she no longer realized how different she was and how different her life was. She just accepted and seemed pretty content over all.