Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Saturday, 13 February 2021

I can Post some photos now


 I have been slowly completing the series of the US Tour , around the Block, as we receive a new design each Sunday evening.

The latest was a bonus, with Washington DC, and also the Virgin Islands. Did I realise how little/scant/ almost non-existing my geography was of the US and surrounding islands?  To add to this information another blog friend in Canada is doing a series on the Arctic area, so   all the new info is absorbed and saved.

Here is the Washington DC block, It has not been stitched down,  more on that reason later.


Then the Virgin Islands' block, I used some fabric that was in my stash and the palm tree tops had come from Dione in Australia, some of a set of batik strips. 

Then, Becca from Pretty Piney Quilts, had posted a Daddy Hex design, and I just couldn't resist trying this. It was going to be a wall hanging, in tradition with the origins of those blocks, but decided to have it as a large pocket on the outside of a bag for grand-daughter, who is on her way to University for her second year. I loved the colours, and the design, so have started a second one for a friend of Dani's Mum.  The meanings for each motif are so interesting,  I was so relieved when the parcel arrived in Rotorua yesterday,  along with some other goodies packed inside. 

The best news of all, I have a pre-surgery appointment for my cataracts,  on 4th March, and this is to see if I am fit and well. I assured the patient scheduling lady I will be VERY well, and this means the surgery will be in March,  I am assuming, as they do not wait too many weeks after the first appointment, in case your health deteriorates!!! I have a lovely surgeon from Spokane, Washington, who is  a delight to speak to,  I am so fortunate to be having the surgery and  to have this lady looking after my eye.
Quotation of the day, author unknown,

" Be thankful for small things, and the  larger ones will happen  too"

Greetings from Jean


22 comments:

Jenny said...

Such good news about your upcoming cataract surgery, it will certainly make such a big difference to your life.

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

It's so nice to get to catch up and see the blocks you have been making. And I hope that your Cataract surgery goes smoothly; my aunt who also sews was super happy with how bright things were after her surgery. :)

Susan Heather said...

Love all your quilting. So pleased to hear you have your pre-surgery appointment for your cataract. When I had mine done I did not qualify for public but, all the same, it made a huge difference. Instead of standing in from of the television to read the weather details I can now stay put and see it easily. I am sure you will be thrilled with yours.

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous blocks! Good luck with the surgery appointment (and subsequent surgery I hope!). My husband just had one eye done and is very pleased. He now has one covid vaccine too! Hope things progress well for you!

The Furry Gnome said...

Lovely quilted design. I had cataract surgery about 4 years ago and it was simple and successful. Good luck.

Out To Pasture said...

Like Yvonne's aunt, I was thrilled how vibrant colours were after my cataracts were removed. I had gotten used to things looking cloudy and dull. Good to know you have the go ahead for your own operation. Love those blocks! Especially the Virgin Islands one.

The Padre said...

Been Thinking About You - Love That Little Tropical Island There - You Stay Strong Now - Sending Positive Vibes

Cheers

Susan Heather said...

in "front" of the television

Fundy Blue said...

Your quilt blocks are beautiful, Jean, and I'm sure your granddaughter will love the bag! Great news on the cataract surgery. I was so nervous before my first cataract surgery. Just the thought of someone messing with my eye! I found out it wasn't bad at all. The surgery is so worth it! Fingers crossed for you, along with good vibrations, some prayers, and a big hug!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, my friend! Hugh too! 💖

eileeninmd said...

Hello,
Beautiful quilting, they all look lovely. I am happy you have an appointment for your cataract surgery. Sending good wishes for continued health and successful surgery. Take care, enjoy your day! Have a happy new week!

Jenn Jilks said...

I'm so happy for you! It'll be wonderful to get them done.
I've learned a lot more about US politics after the latest election, plus geography!
Take care!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

I hope all goes well with your cataract surgery. Love the bag!

Susan Zarzycki said...

Your quilt blocks are lovely and the bag is gorgeous! Love the colors.cataract surgery is a piece of cake these days. Take care. Happy Sunday!💖

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I love the blocks, and the colors - AND I love that your surgery has been scheduled too. My brother is going for an evaluation on his eyes on Tuesday, I hope it's good news for him too. Take care, and stay well, my friend!

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Mystic Quilter said...

Good to see you're back into the quilting and once again able to post photos! Happy to read that you don't have too much longer to wait now for your cataract surgery Jean. Come tomorrow we may know whether you're still in level 2 down there and if we have moved down a level or still at 3.

Carol Mattingly said...

Take care Jean and good luck on your surgery. I know you are looking forward to getting this done and behind you. Carol

Marie Smith said...

Greetings Jean,

Thank you for visiting my blog.

I have cataracts growing on my eyes, not enough for surgery at this point. Good luck with your surgery. I will be interested to hear of your experience.

I will follow your blog.

KB said...

I am glad about your photos (lucky us!!!). But I'm even more glad about your eye surgery moving forward. Yipee!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Prayers and good wishes for your cataract surgery. Hope all goes well and you can see better. How lovely the quilt blocks and bag are!

Hannah said...

I especially like the leafy effects of the batik for the palm fronds, such a great effect! Best wishes for your cataract surgery, my husband had that. I'm also Nancy J.

Sharon - IN said...

What beautiful appliqué blocks, and a bag your grand daughter is sure to enjoy. Lovely fabrics! Hoping all goes well with that pre-appointment and cataract surgery will soon be a thing in your past.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I absolutely love the design on the bag. Very pretty. I'm glad you are going to get your surgery soon. Have a happy Thursday!