Saturday, May 7, 2011

Diana and My Weekend

Diana and family, including Matilda the Cat, are now safe and sound at our parents' house!  Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, emails, and comments!  And more good news from the somewhat local tv station...

"River levels are slowly falling.  Flood stage is 32 feet, and Saturday the river is at 47.5. That's 15 feet above flood stage.  River levels are starting to fall, indicating an earlier than predicted crest.  According to the County Sheriff's Office, there are no major concerns with the levee system there either.  The Corps say they will continue to monitor the site."  Sunday it is expected to be 47.7 feet which is below the 50 feet levee level.  So if it goes as expected, Diana's house and town should be safe.  There may be some minor flooding due to seepage but they shouldn't have the catastrophic flooding that was forecasted earlier.  I pray it is so!

Diana has been so calm throughout all this.  I think I've been more worried than she has!  Tony and I were talking about it and he reminded me that we have been through blizzards (wow, it's really snowing!), ice storms (listen to those trees breaking!), tornados (look over there, there's another one!), tropical storms (the wind sure is blowing and it's actually raining!) and we remained calm through those.  But it's different when it's my loved ones and I'm so far away!  He just laughed at me.  I'm sure you understand!  I can breathe a sigh of relief and thank God for His protection!

Since there was nothing I could do for Diana, (except pray, which I did!), Tony and I went to a huge flea market today.  We haven't been in a long time so it was good to walk around and see what all they had.  I had my eye out for a couple of tins to keep my quilting safety pins in, some hankies, and maybe an old quilt to add to my collection, and I was successful!  I got exactly what I went for!

What I liked about this quilt top (all hand stitched by the way!), what made me smile, was the multitude of fabrics and the combinations of them and the sashing.  The sashing is not a typical sashing fabric!  I started collecting quilt tops several years ago thinking that I would complete them into actual quilts.  I felt like I was rescuing them...I had to save them!  Over time, my collection grew and so to ease the pressure of unfinished quilts, I decided I was just collecting quilt tops! They are a source of pleasure to me, seeing the old fabrics and the combination of fabrics and design.  Sometimes they are not what you would consider pretty, but to me they are all charming!  Maybe someday, I'll take pictures of all of them and show you.



  1. Firstly great news about Diana and her family. Keep us posted till she is home safe and sound. Now to your shopping. Wow! You are so lucky. You would never find quilt tops like that, or old quilts, at flea markets over here! And the tins are gorgeous too. Lucky you!

  2. Great finds, LaDonna, and great news about Diana! I hope they can go home soon. That quilt top is fabulous - different the way the red is the background fabric and the light background print is the sashing. Those tins and hankies are fun, too. Do you have plans for the hankies?

  3. I am glad to hear the river has crested. That's scary. I love quilt tops too. I kind of feel like I'm taking in an orphan. :) Many are not quiltable, so, like you, I just admire them for their wonkiness or fabric combinations.


  4. I am so glad everything is going to be ok for Diana and her family. I am just like you it is hard when you do not know what is happening to your loved ones. I just love your quilt and your hankies. What lovely tins. You really had a great treasure hunting day. Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day.

  5. Praise God that Diana and her family are doing well! Definately answered prayers! Also, love your beautiful "finds"! My hubby surprised me to day and took me to some Antique shops and I bought a beautiful hand embroidered hankie. I have a soft spot for them and I collect them as well. I am so in awe of the skill that went into those tiny embroidered stitches and I too feel like I am rescuing them. I have one framed in my bedroom :)

  6. Good to hear Diana and family are doing okay. Hopefully, the worst is over and they will return to a safe and secure home and to a normal routine. Great haul at the flea market!

  7. I love the quilt top. They have some quilts at the Wildflower Center in the little cafe. I always love to relax, have a glass of iced tea and look at all the hand quilting. Happy Mother's Day.

  8. Hugs from Norway. Take care;)

  9. I'm sorry to hear about all the flooding in Diana's town. Terrible. Good news that everyone is okay. Hope we have some normal weather the rest of the year.
    Pretty finds at the flee market. You did good.


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