Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Easter Review

I received the most wonderful thing in the world yesterday.  An unexpected gift for no reason at all:

This is a little quilt that I admire at my friend, Mary B's, house every time I stay with her.  There is just something about it that I love.  Don't you?

This will give you an idea of how small and sweet it it.  Here it is with my little scissors and my thimble.

On Sunday, Rich made his Danish pancakes, aebleskiver, as part of our Easter breakfast.  They sort of look like eggs.  I tried a new topping for mine this year, fresh squeezed lemon juice and powdered sugar - yum!

It was such a beautiful day, we decided to attend the New York City 5th Avenue Easter Parade.  Here's a mad hatter:

A  trio of sweet little ladies:

Here is my favorite - the house from the movie "Up" -

Check this one out - wow!  You can see St. Patrick's Cathedral in the background.  Unfortunately there was a mass and we couldn't fit inside to see the flowers this year.  I never will get used to seeing TV screens down the aisle in a church.

We walked over to Rockefeller Center to see the flowers there.

And the skaters in their shorts - how fun!

On the way back to the car we  saw this little soap shop called "Rain".   All their products are made in Southern Africa.  The displays were lovely.  It looked like a candy store.

See you soon with an update on the quilting on my "Mother's Garden" quilt.  I hope you are enjoying lovely weather where you are and pretty spring flowers!


  1. What a fun Easter day you had!!

  2. what a fun day! I love soaps like that i will have to try and stop there next time I am in NYC.
    Oh that little quilt is just adorable.
    how special, I know you will always treasure that little quilt. Quilts from friends are the best!

  3. Yes the small quilt is very adorable.
    Thanks for sharing.


  4. OMG, I love that little thimble's just wonderful!

  5. How sweet to get a nice surprise in the mail, it is adorable.
    Were the blue flowers on the hat real?...delphiniums? very cool.
    Looks like a fun day with nice weather, for a change!

  6. I love the little quilt too.
    Looks like you had a fabulous Easter - thanks for sharing pictures.

  7. What a great gift the little quilt is. She chose the fabrics very well. It looks old! I loved your Easter pictures. They are so festive. My favorite is the massive hat of blue flowers. Thanks for such a happy post.

  8. Great photos... those hats must take some time to craft. A lovely day. The soaps indeed look like candy!

  9. What a wonderful gift!! Wow those blocks are tiny!!

    Ya gotta love New Yorkers....I just love all the hats :0)


  10. Oh how fun -- I haven't seen Easter "bonnets" in years. We used to make them on those little foil pie plates when we were children -- I LOVE that someone is carrying on the tradition!

  11. Thansk for sharing the fun photos of Easter in NYC. What a buzz!!

    The little thimble quilt from Mary is precious! I'm sure you will treasure it for a long time.

  12. What fun! I want to host my own mad hatter parade. Thanks for the smiles this morning.

  13. The little quilt is amazing - what a lucky girl you are.

    Thanks for sharing the Easter hats and flowers. Looks like a fun day.

  14. Love it! I am so hapoy for you, that you are obviously living in a great area, in which you can "hop on over to" so much! I hsve always loved that song, "Easter Parade". I still remember singing it in an Easter play we did in elementary school, twirling our skirts. All the hats, gloves, new patent leather shoes and frilly socks and dresses. Oh, it was my favorite! I adore Easter!
    My husband loved South Africa. He went in the 70's. Visited some friends, went on a real safari after being outfitted. We have many rugs,etc to show from it. I must get out those photos when we unpack and settle. I can only imagine how heavenly this shop smelled! To pick just a few?!?! Yes, a candystore.... My favorites are always almond, rose,lemongrass, verbena.... Wel, id better stop
    No, no tv screens for me either! Ugh

  15. What a lovely gift! A wonderful surprise.
    Your NYC pictures are so interesting. What amazing hats.
    No spring flowers here yet but at least it hasn't snowed this week and the kids could start soccer :0)

  16. What a sweet little quilt! Those pieces are tiny.

    It looks like you had wonderful weather for Easter..and a fun day out and about?
    I love the Easter bonnets..especially the blue one! :)

  17. Great shots - love all those hats...the blue creation reminds me of a Dale Chihuly, the glass sculpture artist.

    Your tiny thimble quilt is so sweet. I have a template to make one - need to get going!

    By the way, I made the Orange Crunch Cake for Easter dessert...everyone really liked it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  18. Great fabrics in the little quilt - what a wonderful gift! Looks like it was a great day for a parade.

  19. that Easter Parade looks like tons of fun. love that house hat.

  20. oh that tiny quilt is wonderful~!!~

    and how strange to see a shot of a soap shop and feel hungry . . .

  21. That little quilt sure is sweet and lucky you to get it!

    I hate to say this but I think some of those Easter hats were stranger than the hats worn to the royal wedding!!!

  22. That little quilt is amazing, and I can see why it called out to you. What a wonderful surprise when your friend gave it to you. Loved seeing your Easter parade pictures as we have nothing like those out here!

  23. Mary told me to stop over and see the quilt. I spent a bit of my time yesterday watching her hand quilt. I'm trying so hard to move away from my machine on occassion. Despite their encouragement it's hard to get past the beginning stages when I'm comparing my work to the stitching surrounding me every Tuesday.


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