backing, tablerunner, blooms............

I am showing my items in reverse order today.  Last night I worked on quilting this tablerunner and cut and sewed on the binding.  I am almost halfway done stitching the binding by hand.

Earlier in the day I worked on this back for a quilt.  I don't usually put this much work into a back but I had the center 12 blocks and they just weren't turning into anything.  I didn't have enough of the red plaid for the back of this quilt so I split it on the fold line and pieced in the 12 blocks plus 2 side panels. 

The red plaid is one of the Roberta Horton fabrics from the 1990s.

Yesterday morning I noticed I had a bloom on the cactus that is from my mother-in-law's plant.  It didn't bloom last year and I didn't even notice the bud on it this year.  I look at all of my cactus plants every day hoping for more blooms.
This second shot is just because it is so pretty. 

March 10th was my parents' wedding anniversary.  Today would have been their 80th anniversary.  Mother passed away 8 years ago and Dad 3 years ago so they did celebrate their 72nd anniversary.