Friday, November 14

Victoria Findlay Wolfe at our Library!

Quilting brings out the smiles, doesn't it?! It was an amazing evening at our Henderson Public Library last night, Thursday, November 13th. There were lots of smiles! Usually on the second Thursday of the month, our "Sew and Share Quilters" group meets. But on this second Thursday of November, we were all excited to hear Victoria Findlay Wolfe speak about her quilts and process and see them! Our Friends of the Library group hosted the evening which was supported by a Legacy Arts Grant from the State of Minnesota. As guests were arriving, Judy Loewe, Friends member, snapped a few photos like this one.............

Interestingly, this is almost a multi-generation group of quilters which tells you that quilting is not a lost art. Clearly, I'm the older one in the group, then there is Nichole (right) and Victoria (left). And then there's Lydia in pink and blue, who is the youngest member of our group. She and her mom, Nichole, took a beginning quilt class that I offered at the library. Baby sister, Kathryn, will get lessons from Lydia. It is delightful to know that the art of quilting is being enjoyed by young and old!

Victoria set up her display of books and products. I was planning to get a copy of her book, but when I saw the templates I knew I wanted those, too!

It was a bitterly cold night, even for here in Minnesota. I think the temps were only in the teens. That cold weather, though, did not stop quilters who wanted to hear Victoria speak and see her quilts. They came from right here in Henderson and nearby Gaylord, Arlington, LeSueur and Belle Plaine. And they came from Lakeville and Eden Prairie in the Twin Cities! Even a slight road repair detour did not keep them away!

And then it was time to begin...........Now I'm not going to give away the stories that Victoria shares in her program because I don't want to spoil it for any of you that might get to hear her speak some day. I'll just say that she is telling us the story of how this lovely jacket came to her. It made her smile and we enjoyed the story.

Victoria's program is a combination of Powerpoint presentation and the actual quilts that are featured in her book "15 Minutes of Play".  I liked the fact that she shared about the quilt first and then she would pull that quilt out of her suitcase!

Victoria gave permission to share photos of her quilts so I took photos the best I could. Judy was her helper and she takes better pictures than I do. Maybe I should have been helper instead but Judy had so much fun studying the quilts that she is glad she was asked to help! I am so sorry that I don't remember the name of each quilt. I would look at the book but......well, I'll tell you about that in a minute. I loved this one with the yellow polka dot..........

There were lots of ooohs and aaahs when she held up this quilt.........

Here she is describing the process that led to the next quilt..........

......this stunning large hexagon quilt. Once again, lots of oooohs and aaaahs!

It seemed that each quilt was more colorful and unique than the previous quilt! Here Victoria is answering a question from the audience.........

I almost squealed with delight when I saw this next quilt pop up on the screen and then she pulled it from the suitcase! I ooohed and ahhed and was so happy to get to see her quilt "Double Edged Love"! This quilt took Best of Show at QuiltCon in Houston in 2013.

And then there was another Double Wedding Ring, this one which is featured on the cover of her new book.

The book will be available in January of 2015. Check out Victoria's website to pre-order. 

This large Double-Wedding Ring with it's New York Beauty points was really amazing!
I happened to be standing next to Lydia, who had brought notebook and pencil so she could take notes about Victoria's lecture.............
when she turned to me and said "I think she/Victoria likes Double Wedding Ring quilts" and I replied "I think you are right"! I asked her about the notes she was taking and she said she hoped Victoria would sign the page when the program was over. Another smile!

Each quilt had such a story behind it. This one incorporates a bit of something that is a reminder of Victoria's grandmother. Her grandmother was a huge influence in Victoria's love of quilting.

There were lots of smiles and lots of laughter during the program which was full of information and stories and inspiration and quilts, quilts, quilts! And when the program was finished, Judy took her camera and snapped a photo of the two of us.

Several people asked how I connected with Victoria and got her to come all the way out to Henderson. Well, we talked about that and decided it probably started when we both began blogging about the same time. I remember that her posts were always colorful. She put out a call for donation quilts for her BASICS quilt drive so I made a kid's quilt in memory of my quilting friends, Cindy Mark and Cathy Wright, and sent it off to her. It made me smile to do that. Then we met for lunch a couple years ago when she was back in Minnesota. I shared some of my vintage quilts and said if she had time on a future trip, come for a visit and also we could schedule a program. So, last year around Christmas time, she sent me a message that she was planning a visit to teach some workshops and do some lectures, would I like to have her do a program then, too. I said "yes, of course!" and within days we had our next Friends of the Library meeting and the plans were set in place to have her come and speak!! Do you have any idea, how much fun it has been to know that she was coming to speak at our library? I knew how much people would enjoy hearing how she approaches her quilting projects and seeing the end results. I'm pretty sure that everyone who attended was delighted that they could attend! I overheard one woman say "Isn't she amazing?" Made me smile. 

With the program over, it was time to shop...........

My friend, Sue, who is not a quilter, was so excited, so inspired by the colors and fabrics in Victoria's quilts. She had to take a closer look at them.........

She took note of the yellow piping on this Double Wedding Ring quilt. I see her making one of these colorful quilts!
And, we can make one together because Victoria "gifted" me with a set of the Double Wedding Ring templates that I was eyeing. I didn't get a copy of her book as she ran out of them, so she'll send one later. Always nice to have something to look forward to. Something that will bring a smile one day in the future. And speaking of the future.........Lydia got the autograph she wanted from Victoria. She is a future quilter for sure. This past summer, I helped her with a little project for her Clover Buds 4-H project. She has the gift of sewing in her!

There were treats and coffee for everyone, too. Here is our Friends president, Mary Pilling, and our young-at-heart member, Doris Wigand.
And then it was time to pack up all the supplies and the quilts. We watched as Victoria folded each one just so.........and Doris wasn't sure Victoria would get them all in the suitcase.........but Voila!! she did!

With quilts packed, Victoria was ready to travel on to her next workshop on Friday morning. We enjoyed a cup of tea when we got back to my house and had a nice relaxing chat. I have to be honest, I was a wee bit nervous about her visit because on Tuesday afternoon, my husband said to me......"What are you going to cook when she is here, or do you plan to go to the RoadHaus to eat?"
And that was when I realized I had forgotten all about the need to eat! I was so busy cleaning my house and making it look all quilty good, that I forgot about food! Ah, when the mind gets focused on quilting, cooking just goes out the window. LOL! But, I decided to cook because it was just a little more relaxing. And that it was. Especially when we topped off our meals with a little Baklava or with a cup of tea. We didn't finish it all so guess who will enjoy the leftovers?.............
as Miss Piggy would say........."Moi!"
That's all for now. Have a lovely weekend! Stay warm if you are coping with the Midwest Deep Freeze!!

Wednesday, November 12

Breaking NEWS!

I haven't posted in weeks so perhaps you thought I fell off the edge of the earth. Nope. Have just been super busy with volunteer projects. Took my quilts and headed to my hometown of Lehigh, Iowa the first weekend in October. The next week I took quilts and treats to friends at nearby Assisted Living Centers. And I taught some wooly classes at HeArt of Henderson and our Henderson Sew and Share quilters gathered to work on our Christmas quilt blocks. Then I started working on the annual "Count Your Blessings Silent Auction" at our church and by that time it was off to Kindred Kwilters over in Le Sueur. The next week, I taught a fun snowman ornament class to the Sibley County Home Extension group and then I was off to Shakopee for our monthly Crazy Quilt meeting.  In between all that, there was family time and that boring house-cleaning stuff. When Halloween rolled in the weather turned cold and I wondered "how did winter arrive so soon?"  And tonight the temps are dropping down into the teens!! But, we will all be warmed by this event............

Yes, Victoria Findlay Wolfe will be speaking at our very own Henderson Public Library. I have posted about this on Facebook and should have posted it here on my blog much sooner. I do hope if you live near Henderson, MN that you will come to hear her lecture and see her quilts. She arrived tonight and we enjoyed visiting a bit and having a cup of sleepytime tea. If you think my schedule sounds busy, she is really busy! I can hardly wait to hear her lecture and see her quilts! I'll be back with some photos on Friday and then this weekend, I will finally share the photos of my trip to Iowa and the quilt show that my brother Doug and I coordinated for the Lehigh Historical Society. Time to turn out the lights and dream of quilts! Is there anything else to dream about?  ;-)

Monday, September 29

Couldn't hang this on the line.........

Someone made this cute potholder set to hang on their kitchen wall. I couldn't hang it on the line because it just didn't show up well enough, so I laid it on a background piece. This treasure is a little item that I got for just $1.00 at the flea market at the Grand Opening of HeArt of Henderson.

When I saw it on the table, it caught my eye and I knew I was looking at a vintage piece of stitching! I flipped the potholders over and there were the marking lines for stitching that showed on the back of the pieces. The embroidery on this is quite nice. The potholders hang from snaps sewn onto a fabric covered piece of wood that has rings sewn on it for hanging. I just think this is adorable!

Here are some more photos from the opening of HeArt of Henderson, owned by friends Lisa Von Lehe and Sue Kraemer. If you live nearby, you must check out their shop! Look for this building on Main Street in Henderson............

For the Grand Opening this past Saturday, there were lots of tables full of goodies in the area behind the shop...........

I liked that pink horse........but I didn't buy it.  ;-)

Beautiful glass ornaments made by local artist Andrew Hunt...........

A box full of treasures......and I chose the little lady with packages and the brown salt and pepper set!

And if my husband wasn't allergic to cats, little Mable (the kitten in the upper right corner) would have come home with me. She was so sweet. The little boy who was giving away the kittens said that she was the best one in the group, that the little black kittens were too scared. His mom was selling items and he was there to try to find good homes for his kittens. Too cute......both the little boy and the kitten!

This old-time scythe reminded me of my grandpa using one of these long ago and of our neighbor, Harry Harrington using one. I can still see Harry using a scythe to cut down weeds up in his back yard. He was a short man and the scythe was almost taller than he was!

On my way home, I stopped at the library and turned toward Main Street and saw this. Walked down the street so I could get this photo. The fall colors are gorgeous this year!

And last thing of the day on Saturday was a stop at our church to put on the coffee for coffee hour after Sunday service. I was there right at noon so the carillion in the steeple was playing hymns. It is such a pretty sound. Makes me feel like I am in Europe when I hear them playing.

I've got a busy week ahead. I will be gathering up my quilts and deciding which ones to take home for the quilt show in Lehigh this coming weekend. Here's the scoop on the event.

I'll be leaving hubby and Kaiser the Wonder Beage at home to keep the "home fires burning" while I'm away. Looking forward to a fun weekend filled with quilts, visiting with my mother, brother and friends. Good way to start the week knowing what a great weekend is ahead!
Have a good Monday and a great week!

Monday, September 22

Oh, my, it has been awhile but finally......there is something "on the line"!

As is often the case.........the wind was blowing when I wanted to take photos. This was the best I could do when I was playing with my quilts this past Saturday morning. This is a "needs some TLC" quilt. The fans were appliqued on the green background and if there ever was any quilting around the fans, well, it is long gone. But still the quilt has charm. Every old quilt has charm!

I hung the quilt so that those who drove by on Saturday might see the quilt, along with a few others that I placed around the outside of the house. It was Heritage Days this past weekend and I was displaying quilts over at my friend Arlene's house and I wanted to share quilts outside, too. So, I hung quilts on the front porch railings and draped a couple over the lawn chairs.........

 and I hung a few quilts on the back deck railing. They kept blowing off even as I was hanging them!

At one point in the day, I looked over from Arlene's house and could see that all of the quilts had blown off the deck railing so I quickly called my husband and he performed quilt rescue. When I came home and took the quilts down, I discovered he had used a bungi cord to secure them. It was interesting but it worked.
Today, Monday, September 22nd is the first day of Autumn here in our area. I love Autumn and all it's glorious colors. This gorgeous cross-stitch quilt is a lovely compliment to that plump orange pumpkin. :-)

Here's wishing you a lovely day! I am looking forward to a great day of stitching with some wool-stitching friends. I have never met them but we have chatted in the Wool Applique Facebook group.happy Monday!

Thursday, August 28

Minnesota State Fair!

Yesterday, we went to the State Fair!! It was a glorious day with temps in the low 70's and no humidity! We could hardly believe how awesome the weather was!!  We got to the Fair at about 11:00 a.m. and had no trouble getting into a parking lot. We wandered through the cattle, swine and horse barns and then walked out into the sea of people.........

I can guarantee you that I did not go on that ride. My husband would have but he knew better than to ask me to go along. LOL!

The State Fair is home to lots of good food and so many things to see. The fries are sooo good!

These little piggies were so funny as they tried to get some food, too!

I'm not so fond of the Swine barn but I love seeing the cattle and the Horses!!

But, turns out we were there on the day that the draft horse events were ending and the quarterhorses began today, so only a few horses were in the stalls. We've petted this horse of the two horses that pull the wagon at the Minnesota Zoo!

We were getting hungry so we headed to the Hamline Methodist Church dining hall. My husband had checked out the lunch possibilities before we got to the Fair. Fittingly, I had the Ham Loaf sliders and topped them off with a really tasty slice of cherry pie!

Then my husband and I went our separate ways.......he went to see some Eco exhibits and other stuff while I spent an hour and a half in the Creative Activites building. There were hundreds of gorgeous quilts, clothing, beaded items, etc. This quilt caught my eye as it is so similar to one that my great Aunt Bell made.

And this one caught my eye because of the color. A lady in a wheelchair next to me exclaimed "oh, I love the color way on this quilt" and then we saw on the big blue ribbon that it won for "Best Use of Color"!!

My favorite quilt was this one. It was absolutely gorgeous, beautiful applique and exquisite hand-quilting. It earned a blue ribbon and the Helen Kelley award. Helen was a well-known Minnesota quilter. I wish I knew who made the quilt but most items do not have a name showing. I would love to tell the maker of this quilt just how much I enjoyed seeing this!

A couple of years ago at the Fair, I saw some doll clothes that inspired me to go out and buy a kit for a 12" doll. I was so taken by the cute doll clothes and I don't have a granddaughter but I thought......I'll make a doll for me. Well, once again, someone made some adorable doll clothes, so I can see I must get that doll kit finished so I can make a cute wardrobe for it. Maybe someday I'll have a great-granddaughter and she'll enjoy playing with my doll.

My mother-in-law, Ora, was an accomplished china painter so she would have loved this beautiful piece of china. It took more than one award and I thought how lovely that they all were so color-coordinated to the piece of art!

There is always a parade in the afternoon and it started just after I left the Creative Activities building. Here's Princess Kay of the Milky Way and her court.........

Of course, there are bulls............this is a Hereford Bull.........

and big cows..........this one is a Holstein........

and here is the Minnesota Zoo wagon being pulled along by one of the horses you met earlier in this post................

There were several bands...........

and always firetrucks and a dalmation, of course!

When the parade was over, we walked along to the Horticulture building. The center of the hall looked so festive!

I checked out the ears of corn and then the flower exhibits. This one was in a category called "Lift Bridges". I liked how they used popsicle sticks to make their Lift Bridge!

And these beautiful lavendar and purple flowers caught my eye, in part because the ribbons it won matched the colors in the arrangement!

I love to check out the "seed art" and so did a lot of other people. It was crowded and I was short. ;-)

It is just amazing what artistry there is in the simple seeds that grow plants!

All day, I had been looking forward to going Rosebud's Cottage! It's located in the West End Market section of the Fair. There were so many vendors in the Market but I found just what I wanted here. More on that in another post. :-)

Then it was time for a snack. My husband wanted to ride the monorail so he went on that and I headed back to check out the horses and cows one more time. And I got a corn dog on the way there. This is the kind of "selfie" one takes when you get the giggles while taking a photo. LOL!

There were even fewer horses in the Horse building but a young lady had this pretty little horse on display. She had braided the horse's mane and it looked so pretty!

I meandered through the cattle barn where there were many, many cows to see. This pair were sleeping in almost identical positions. Had to take a photo of them............

This cow kept inching along as if to say to the other cows...."would one of you please move so I can lay down?"

And then this pair were nuzzling each other and it was just too cute. Yes, it really was.

And that was just about the end of our day. One last photo of my husband who is wearing his blue ribbon pin. He successfully visited all the historic fair buildings and earned the pin and got a print of four vintage State Fair posters. They are neat and I'm going to frame them.

It was a grand day! We've never enjoyed the Fair as much as we did today. Hope you enjoyed going along with us in our photos!
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