Sunday, May 30
Thursday, May 27
There is good news, though...........I won a Charm pack in a drawing at RJR fabrics. Can hardly wait to get it!! Not because I need more fabric but because they said it will be perfect for me based on my answer which I can't remember now. It's this stuffy head. Brain can't function. I won a copy of Quiltmaker Small quilts the other day just for commenting. Before I found blogs and such, I barely ever won anything. Always something to look forward to in blogging.
And, I promised pics of the finished projects and here they are..........the little wallhanging from a Pat Sloan design.................
The border fabrics has the names of herbs printed on it and the minute I saw it, I knew I would use it with this block design. I'm going to send this one along to Pandora for her Quilts in Bloom show. And then this is the baby quilt that is a donation quilt........
Wednesday, May 26
These photos were taken in November, 1998 by my husband, Steve. We had just eaten lunch at a little cafe in a small village northwest of the city of Antalya, Turkey. Nearby there was a gentleman with a camel who was offering rides for a fee. My husband was insistent that I go for a ride on a camel. He felt that I shouldn't return to the states without having ridden on a camel. So I did. Sometimes I protest a lot, as he comes up with things that I am just not crazy about doing......like riding the "Bigshot" that's on the top of that hotel out in Las Vegas. I watched it. No one would ever convince me to get on that ride. The camel, however, was a different story. It was sitting and so with help from the camel's owner, I was seated upon it's back and then he commanded the camel to rise slowly.............
Have a great day!
Monday, May 24
No, this quilt is hanging on a really high clothesline in the yard of my friend, Pandora. The picture was taken last summer during the "Quilts in Bloom" show that she hosts in her gardens. This is one of my favorite quilts that Pandora has made and I really want to make one similar to this as I have so many floral fabrics that would be perfect for this quilt.
If you are a regular follower of my blog, you all know that this past February I shared (with Pandora's permission) photos of the quilts that were displayed in her garden last summer. I had planned to share the photos right after the quilt show in June but sometimes the "best laid plans" do not happen like you think they will. I injured my back last summer and it took me weeks to get back to normal (however, is there really a "normal"?). More on "best laid plans" in a minute. But first, if you would like to see lots of quilts on the line, in the trees, and even little ones nestled in the flower beds like those you see in the photo below..............
Friday, May 21
This is not a large quilt, just a small wallhanging that measures about 21" x 27". The label that I made for the back of the quilt says....
Here is a close-up of the center design.......
When I saw the packets of Challenge fabrics, I was reminded of my wedding colors - 1968 - olive green and ice blue. Second thing I was reminded of was our 30th anniversary trip to Turkey. I was fascinated by the colors and the patterns in the rugs. I bought two books on the history of the rugs and their symbols and we also bought a rug for our living room. One day in January, I was looking at the rug after having read about some of it's symbols. I suddenly realized how similar the designs were to our quilt patterns and I wondered.......Did some of our designs we stitch today, come from women who drew inspiration from their carpets?
Some of the designs I incorporated (names found in the books I bought) were the "Wheel of Fortune" symbol , the blocks in all four corners......the "Rose" in the center, and above and below it, the "Clover".......and to each side, the "Hyacinth". There are four red "poppies" and in each corner, a "triangle of charm". There are five borders that symbolize "earth, sky, water, holiness, productivity and fertility". In the outer border are six "eye beads" to ward off evil. The colors of blue, green, meadow saffron and deep red are common to the Turkish carpets. The blue fabric especially reminded me of the ruins we visited (on our trip) in what was once "the Cradle of Civilization".
I remember that as we visited historic sites and ruins on that visit to Turkey thinking......."wow, I am standing in places that I read about as a young girl growing up in Iowa." I could not believe that I had been so fortunate as to visit such an exotic and lovely place that I had read about in books. I even rode a camel. I'll see if I can find my pictures and share that one with you.
That's my quilt and story for Amy's Blogger Quilt Festival. If you have a quilt to share, just go here and you'll find all the info you need to add your quilt and story. Thanks, Amy, for doing this!
Now I'm off to find that box of pictures so I can show you I really did ride a camel!
Almost forgot to mention......I didn't win but my quilt was displayed at MN Quilter's Show along with 24 other quilts made from the challenge fabrics. The winning quilt was a "stunner" that incorporated applique work of Cleopatra, the asp, a pyramid and other symbols from that time. I got a nice note and a compliment from the judges for my "lovely use of the red in the quilt". I was very happy. :-)
This is a block from Pat's Farmer's Market Quilt and all I want to do is make into a little wallhanging with the fabrics you see in the picture. I did get the handquilting done around the pots, so at least I got some sewing done tonight.
Then there's this baby quilt that needs only a binding. It's a donation quilt that I started more than a year ago.
The third project that I want to finish is the binding on my pink and green quilt. However, this week did not go as planned so I thought I'd let you know that while I've been "itchin' to stitch", it just hasn't happened. Instead, I find that all I do is itch because I had an allergic reaction to a medication that my doctor prescribed. Yes, it has been an interesting week. Per doctors orders, I stopped taking the medication. For relief from the itching I took Benadryl and that helped some, so did a vinegar bath and lots of calamine lotion. However, it wasn't until after midnight last night that I finally felt I was itching less and finally able to stitch instead of itch! LOL! Sorry, I just couldn't resist. So, if I'm lucky, I'll finish the little wallhanging and the baby quilt by Sunday and then next week, finally I will stitch the binding on my pink and green quilt! I have a personal reason for wanting it finished by the end of next week, so I will get it done!
Wednesday, May 19
Looks good enough to eat, doesn't it? If you look closely though, you'll see that the cake is actually made up of layers of disposable diapers ready for that new baby to wear! I thought this was just too cute and had to share. Collette found the idea on-line and all you have to do is type "Disposable Diaper Cake" in the search box and you'll find plenty of instructions for a diaper cake. Whoever thought of this one was very clever! Collette also prepared little favor bags for all the guests. Each bag has a votive candle in a glass holder and a little picture frame for a favorite photo.
The new mom-to-be, Mandy, received lots of lovely gifts and in just one short month, she'll get to give it all a try. :-)
So did we get any real cake to eat? Yes, we did along with a lot of other good food from cucumber sandwiches to deviled eggs to veggies and dips to.................cupcakes!!!
Monday, May 17
The quilt in the photo above is the result of teaching lots of students how to quilt by just taking twelve 4-1/2" squares and sewing them together into a small quilt top that can serve as a doll quilt, a placemat or a wallhanging like the ones you'll see in the following photos. I sewed lots of samples in the years that I taught beginning quilting in our community education program, at Murphy's Landing (living history museum), Michael's and as a volunteer activity in our local county libraries. Each little quilt measured 13" x 17 " when finished. All of the quilts you'll see in this post were done by hand from 1999 to 2000. The class was a hand-piecing/hand-quilting project. I felt that it was important to start with hand sewing as it is necessary to sew bindings on those quilts and once you are good with needle and thread, then you can move on to sewing these little projects by machine.
I really enjoyed teaching adults and kids how to get started quilting. Whatever the season, I shared fabrics that fit the time of the year........and I kept making samples as I taught. I found that simple as this project was, to some it was a real challenge. My youngest student was a seven year old who was destined to be a really fine quilter. The oldest student was 73 and when she finished her little quilt, she could hardly wait to show it to her 93 year old mother and say "Look, I finally learned to quilt". I laughed as that was so fun and so cool!
When summer arrived I pulled out red, white and blue fabrics to celebrate........4th of July, birdhouses, apples.......
and then when summer ended I made a scrappy little quilt in autumn colors, then Halloween and one in an fat quarter fabric that I had saved but never knew what to use it for and I love it as a fall mat for a dried floral arrangement.
Cute Christmas buttons were used on the blue and red fabrics for a little wallhanging. For the Christmas poinsettia fabric, I sewed a crocheted doily in the enter of the little quilt. This looks lovely with a poinsettia sitting in the center.
I love to share my joy in stitching and delight in encouraging others to know that joy! These are simple projects but they look lovely in just the right setting. They look cool just hanging on the line but I'm afraid if I left them there "for looks" that one strong wind would whip them into the woods!
Saturday, May 15
Last weekend was so very busy but there was something I was doing in every spare minute.....even in the car on the way to my grandson's birthday party. :-) I was reading The Threadbear Heart by Jennie Nash. It was such a good book that I have to tell you about it!
Friday, May 14
I sent it off to her a couple of weeks ago and as I was preparing to mail it my husband asked what I was sending to her. I said it was a necklace that I'd made for her birthday and he said "oh, when is her birthday?" The answer.......March. Oops! He thought maybe I was a little late but actually my sister and I frequently send each other gifts "after the occasion" so I knew she wouldn't mind. :-) And she didn't! She liked the necklace and I knew she would because when I saw the beads, I thought of her right away and had to buy them. I strung the beads in two strands so that she can choose to wear one or both of the necklaces. :-)
Interestingly, I've never taken a quilting or stitchery class as my mother taught me to sew and the rest I learned from books, friends and quilting shows on TV (think Georgia Bonesteel, then Alex Anderson on Simply Quilts). I did try rughooking and I failed miserably but I had always wanted to learn how to make jewelry so I took a beginning jewelry making class and loved it. That was several years ago and at the time, I was teaching a number of classes in making things with Fimo and Sculpey clays, especially jewelry. I wanted to make more professional looking pieces and the class taught me what I needed to know. And then I bought a really good book titled "The Book of Beads: A Practical and Inspirational Guide to Beads and Jewelry Making (you'll find it here). I've made bracelets and earrings for me and for my daughter and, of course, I have a box full of beads and findings so that I can make more. :-) I only do it when I need to do "something totally different" as I find it very relaxing when I'm stringing the beads. Takes me back to the days of pop-beads and playing dress-up at Grandma Goldie's house. :-)
If you have never taken a beadwork class, give it a try. It's really fun and you, too, can make gifts that are mailed "after the occasion". LOL!
Have a good Friday!
And just in case you're wondering.....I cleaned the left side of my desk. It was easy. I just put the stack of papers in the pile on the floor next to my desk. :-)
Thursday, May 13
These sweet little treasures arrived unexpectedly in my mailbox last Friday! Andrea, a fellow blogger who lives in Budapest sent them to me along with a lovely notecard. You can find her blog and better pictures of the little wallhanging here and the pincushion is here . I "met" Andrea when she found my blog a little over a year ago. Shortly after that she won one of my giveaways....a quilting book......and then she won another.....pre-cut flannel squares for a lap quilt.....and then she won Christmas Charm squares (one of a dozen blogging friends who won packs of charms from my stash)!! She was very lucky! And so, she sent me a little something in return and wrote...."I've sewn these little projects thinking of you. I hope you'll like them." And I immediately wrote to let her know that I love them! Apples are the theme in my kitchen and in my previous post you can see the little wallhanging has a place by my kitchen stove. :-) The pincushion has taken it's place on my pincushion collection shelf. What a lovely pair of gifts!
Second "to do" note........post about winning roosters.......... Well, I didn't win real live roosters but I did win a giveaway last Friday over at Pat Sloan's blog. I left a comment on Pat's Radio Monday post and I was the winner of Florine Johnson's rooster patterns which you can find.....here and the patterns I won were "Hilda" mother of the Radical Roosters and "Rock" and "Ricky". They remind me of some wild roosters from my childhood. Sometimes I wonder how I can like chickens when I have no fond memories of those old roosters. LOL!
Third note in the "to do" pile........post pic of Jacob on his birthday......Here he is on Saturday, and it was a lucky, gift-filled day for him. Three of his friends came over and then they all went to "Ironman2" and then spent the night. :-)
That's Jacob on the left eyeing the Pokeman cake that his Aunt Mandy made. Dad Daryl is lighting the candles and Grandpa Steve is eagerly waiting for Jacob to blow out the candles so we could get to the cake and ice cream!
Okay, that's three "to do's" posted, several notes with "to do's" that are done were tossed, and then I addressed a couple cards to friends, and that meant I could put my address book away! Then I decided to "reign in" the clutter of my jars of pencils, scissors, etc. and boxes of paper clips, stapler, etc. I found a basket that would hold all of them perfectly and now I can just pick it up and dust under it. The right side of my desk is clean!............the left side of my desk is not. :-( That's a good task for tomorrow. :-)
So are you a messy desk person or is your desk neat and tidy? I would love to know!
See you tomorrow!
Monday, May 10
I thought I should hang some aprons on the line! I picked three from the little collection that I have . That first one in orange may look like a child's apron but it's not. I made the apron in 1969 for me to wear as a young bride/happy homemaker in the kitchen. :-) And I really did wear it. I was 19 and weighed 98 lbs. For obvious reasons, I no longer wear this apron. :-)
The middle apron is one that my mother gave me a few years ago. It's done in Seminole patchwork and she bought it at a garage sale.
I took a close-up of it (double-click for a close-up view) so you can see all the tiny patchwork and all that tiny rick rack! I've never used this apron, but it's owner did as there are a few stains on it that would not come out when I laundered it.
The last apron is just a little cotton paisley apron that my mother gave me, another vintage treasure. I love it because the fabric is the kind of print that my mother would use to make aprons for my Aunt Bell. My mother would buy the fabric and make large bib-front aprons for Aunt Bell (she raised my mother). I would love to see this fabric reprinted today. I just love it!
She also made the hearts and the mini wallhanging in the photo on the left. And when winter continued to stay cold and snowy, she made the St. Patrick's Day potholders and then used an Easter panel to cut and make coasters. She had stitched all of them for me and gave them to me when I was home at the end of March.
And since I'm sharing things my mother made, here's another piece that she did several years ago and gave to me as a Christmas gift. She found the hat pattern in a magazine and she used her "stash" to make the hats and then embellished them with bits of lace and trim, ribbons and buttons. I may have shared this one before but decided to share it again. My dad loved this one. He was always really proud of whatever my mother made. :-)
It hangs in my sewing room where I can see it every day because when I look at it, I can remember my dad describing how my mother worked on the quilt and it's just a very pleasant memory. :-)
Sunday, May 9
It was taken last December after she had finished stitching up a whole bunch of little doll quilts. You can read about it in that previous post here. My mother taught me to sew and I am so thankful for that. I love to work with needle and thread. :-) I'll be doing that on this Mother's Day. Just something fun for me and it's going to involve that rick rack I showed you a few days ago. :-) It will be a couple of weeks before I can share any pictures of the project. Stop by on Monday, though, and I'll have some fun things "on the line". Til then, have a lovely day!
Friday, May 7
I was thinking of Mother's Day and what I might post that would recall "mom's" and this was it. My mother didn't make these, though. She bought them in a box of needlework items at
Wednesday, May 5
We all enjoyed our lunch and caught up on the latest news. Then the birthday girls opened their gifts and we had a bit of "show 'n tell".
Here is some of what we shared..........Kate is all smiles because she finished embroidering this tablecloth. She bought it at a thrift shop five years ago and has been stitching away at it for several months now.
Pandora shared this little wallhanging that is almost finished. She used a new technique called "Fabulous Fractures" and if you go here, you can find it on Amazon. She shared a bit on how the fabric is cut and pieced to get this neat look. I have some fabric that I would like to use and give this a try, so I think I will have to get the book. :-)
Adella has been busy making things for her Spring fundraiser at her church...........
and this cute little "mock dress" to hold clothespins or plastic bags.
Tuesday, May 4
All the gifts are wrapped in birthday print fabric that I found at JoAnn's on clearance, of course. So was the ribbon. I got three reels of ribbon that have 100 yards on each reel for just $1.00 each. I had to ask the store clerk if the price was right and she confirmed it was! I love it! Wait til you see the deal I got on rick rack at the Thrift Shop last week......wait that's for tomorrow's post.....
So what am I taking to stitch on today? I'm taking this piece of vintage wool work. Over on Pat Sloan's blog last week, she featured Jo Ann Mullaly who has authored the book "Wool Crazy". If you go here , you'll find Jo Ann's blog and lots of information on her book and groups who are doing her project. I've not seen her book in any of the shops I've been in recently but when I do, I'm sure I'll buy the book. I have every title that is currently available on crazy quilting and share them with my Tuesday friends and our evening crazy quilt group. So, as I listened to Pat interview Jo Ann last week, I remembered this piece of vintage wool work and I had an "a-ha" moment. I remembered that my mother had given me this piece (another item that was in a box of fabric items that she purchased at auction) and it was unfinished. It's all wool and the maker handpainted those leaves and the tiny flower. The pieces are stitched on an old flour or feed sack and I can make out the words "Waseca, MN" and that's it. I never knew quite what to do with this piece.....should I leave it as is or should I embellish it and make it a finished piece. After listening to Pat's radio program, I knew it was time to make this a finished piece!! Thanks to JoAnn and Pat for the inspiration needed to get this piece out and start finishing it!
The floss colors that you see laying across the wool piece are from Gentle*Art*Threads. I love their floss and use it on my penny rugs and wooly things. Once I found it, I was hooked on it! The floss in the photo is all wool and the colors are just perfect for this ..... just like they were "meant to be". I recommend their threads to my students and demonstrate stitches with their cotton floss when I teach. This will be a nice piece to demonstrate working with the wool floss. I'll get this started today and will be able to share it at my "Wooly Wednesday" class next week. I folded it up, then tucked it and the floss in my covered sewing box and I am ready to go..........
Monday, May 3
It is so fun with all those nine patch blocks and then that crazy 1950's kitchen print! I shared this top in a previous post and mentioned that I'm going to turn it into a tablecloth. I was going to do it last summer and never got to it but I am going to get it done soon because I want to use it at our family reunion in July!! This is one of many quilt tops that my dad and mom bought at auction a few years ago. The blocks are stitched together well but just not real accurately. :-) I am thinking of some type of binding and give it a wavy look "on purpose" to cover up the fact that the rows are uneven. :-) Now here's a question.....since I'm going to use it as a tablecloth, should I use batting and do some simple quilting on it or just tie it? Share your thoughts, if you would.
A little info on that "Hearts and Flowers" quilt that was pictured in my previous post..........that quilt was handmade by Delores Jebron from Dayton, Iowa in about 1951. She made it with her mother and they hand-pieced and hand-quilted it together . She told me she thought it was from a pattern that she had seen in a magazine or newspaper but couldn't recall for sure. I have searched many books including Barbar Brackman's Encyclopedia of Quilt Blocks and have never quite found this block. I did reproduce the block pattern when a good friend and an excellent quilter, asked if she could make a reproduction of the quilt. It was beautiful when it was finished! If I can verify the pattern is not a design that is still copyrighted, then I will include it in that book I'll write ....... sooner than later. :-) Thanks for your encouraging comments on my desire to write a book. I have moments when I'm sure that I have a book that others might want to read and then moments when I'm sure they wouldn't. Your responses and those of the women who have enjoyed my classes and programs this past year, have encouraged me to follow through with a book proposal. If anything ever materializes......nice pun, huh?........I'll be sure and let you all know. :-)
Have a wonderful Monday!
Sunday, May 2
In spite of the wind that blew outside, the ladies of Trinity served up a wonderful brunch. It was worthy of a photo ...... several varieties of egg-bakes, fresh fruit on skewers and creamy sweet dip for them, muffins, juice and coffee. I was hungry and thoughts of picture taking went out the window when I saw what was on my plate. :-) I enjoyed meeting so many new people, especially Melissa who played the piano and her mother. It was just a lovely event.
I took this photo before I saw the food. I arrived early enough to set up all my quilts and penny rugs, plus for this program I brought more of my miniature gift boxes.
These ladies are studying a floral applique quilt that is always a favorite. I have yet to discover a pattern for it in any vintage quilt pattern booklet. It's owner and maker, Delores, called it "Hearts and Flowers". If you seen or know of this quilt block, I'd love it if you would e-mail me.
Now onto something totally different.......