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Friday, July 4, 2014

My Wedding Day, 60 years ago.

July the month to remember the great men in my life, and my two dear friends.

Thursday, July 29, 1954.

Viljo William Maki married Betty Ann McDonald.

Viljo 23 years old, Ann 19 years old.
Thursday, July 29, 2004. The Maki's were married 50 years ago.

Bill and I went to the Prospector Steak House for dinner with Shirley Kapush and my sister Monica Osadec.

Betty and Bill Maki. A good time was had by all. Bill's quote.

Friday, July 29, 2014.

Betty Ann Maki without Bill.

God gave us 58 years.

60 years ago today, we were married.
Still miss you Bill, you were the best.

                                       My Wonderful Father-In-Law.

 Henrick Lahdesmaki, born July 29, 1904, died November 13, 1985.

Henrick was born In Teuva, Finland. He came to Port Arthur, February 1927. He worked in the bush for many years. He married Irja Sandstrom, November 16, 1930. Bill was born October 6, 1931. Mr. Maki left the bush work life behind and open his own Shoe Repair Shop. He then changed his name to Henry Maki, and built his own home, 95 Machar Avenue, Port Arthur, Ontario. The shop was in the front of his home. Henry Maki learned to be a shoe maker in Finland. It was the job he would have his whole life. 1938 -1939, Port Arthur Bearcats won the Allan Cup, their coach showed Mr. Maki how to crown a hockey skate. Till the day he died everyone who lived in this area and played hockey took their skates to Henry Maki. He was the most kind, gentle human being I have every know. His son Bill, was a very much like him, even during his last 19 days.

 July 23, 2014.                          John Joseph McDonald.

My Dad was born, November 5, 1871, died July 23, 1941. I was 6 years, 8 months old when my dad died overnight in McKeller Hospital, Fort William, Ontario. He was born in Quebec City, Quebec. Dad worked on the CNR as a Switchman. He was 63 yeras old when he married my mom, Barbara Erdenyi, 30 years old. Mom was born in  Hatalova, Slovakia,  June 5, 1904. She came to Canada, November 1927.

                                                       Our Nephew.

Laila & Mauri's son, Wayne was born on this day. Bill loved Wayne with his whole heart and so do I. He is a great human beign.

  A visit from Kathy and Barry.      July 4, 2014.

My dear friends came to visit me. Barry and Kathy were my neighbours until they moved to British Columbia. I have fond memories of Kathy and me sewing. She was a unconventional sewer, who freed me from worrying about how things were going to turn out, if I didn't follow all the instructions. All my sewing teachers demanded perfection. Kathy and Barry have always been there for me, come hell or high water.  I miss and love them dearly. Take care my friends, Barry and Kathy.

 Barry, I love you.

I have two sons, Allan and Chris, four grandsons, Jeff, Trenton, Avery, Brayden, one great-grandson, Brady. All are Maki men. Bill and I were always proud of them, and I still am.

Still trying to catch up on my old projects.

        July 4, 2014

Four years ago, a friend who works at 
Superstore gave me her work shirts. I cut
them up, put in a bag, put them away for 
another day. June 16, 2014, I dug them 
out. I had four 9 1/2” x 12’ and all the rest 
were 5 inch squares. Fortunately every 
fabric I needed was in my old stash. The 
shirt fabrics were knit, polyester, vinyl 
decals, and my cotton. I had no idea 
how this would turn out, I didn’t have a 
pattern. I did the math, put the pieces on 
the floor, moved them around, this is the
final result. 

The Fabrics. Red and white from Circle of 
Friends. Black from The Quilters Stash, a 
Christmas gift from Matthew Holmwood, 
and the light grey Fairy Frost. Fusible 
stabilizer, backing and the moss green 
sashing came from Fabricland. This is a 
Thunder Bay Quilt. 

The new colours for The Real Canadian 
Superstore are white and light blue. This 
quilt took two weeks to complete. I enjoyed 
making it because it was challenge.

I like the children's charity block. I couldn't sew on the vinyl, the colour was rubbing off.

For you, my dear friend Denise. Love you,

                                 June 2014        Baby Isbel's Quilt

February I bought a panel for a baby quilt. I had planned to practice free motion quilting, but the ‘A’ board blew in my Janome Horizon machine. I was making this for Isabel Hawryluk’s grand daughter, Isabel, and she was getting old fast. So here is what I did. First, I made a quilt sandwich, using spray adhesive to baste the layers together. Next I quilted on the grid, following the lines I made with chalk and a ruler.I made a pillow case with the left over fabrics. When I was finished it was one on the few times I didn’t have any fabrics left over. This quilt is for Grandma to have at her house when Little Isabel comes to visit.