Thursday, August 10, 2017

Running out of photos



......to share with you.  I guess it is about time for me to come up with more adventure.  The trip to Quilter's Station in Missouri, is just about here.  I will make this my last post until I return home again.


I have a few more pictures from when our quilt group met at Trudy's house.  Leslie is sharing her Grandmother's Flower Garden with us.  We all agreed that we liked the variety of greens she used to surround the flowers.  This quilt is well traveled.  It was a project she stitched on while she and her husband traveled around Europe, and she worked on the blocks on trips I've been with her.  Now, she is preparing to hand quilt it.


This is a simple picnic quilt she had just finished.


And she had just finished hand quilting, Living In the Sunlight.  Leslie took the applique on this one to Europe with her on the trip before this last one.  Anyone who knows Leslie well, know that she can not sit idle.


This is Trudy, and her adorable little dog resting her nose on the table for a bit of a nap......so sweet!


Barbara shared this pyramid quilt.


The Stars are Shining.....one of my patterns which Leslie has ready for quilting.  The border on this one traveled throughout Europe also!  I remember that Leslie was more concerned about having enough stitching to take with her.  That was a priority over clothing.


This was a baby quilt she had ready for quilting.  The rest of us were kind of slackers that night.

"With what you make for your friends and family, you are curating a part of yourself." -unknown

I will keep you in mind dear readers.....I hope I will have a great amount to share with you upon my return.  Enjoy the moments of summer, for it is fleeting fast!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wild life.......




Bruce, spreads bird seed, on an area of ground that I can observe from a window.  Today I was royally entertained.....I had sort of a front row seat!  There were quail, squirrels, and doves.  The doves are sweet and peaceful, but the quail and squirrels are feisty and a bit aggressive.  The squirrel and quail took turn chasing one another.....letting their greed take over. I just requested that Bruce spread more seed so that I can have a front row adventure show out my window again.  I'm easily entertained!!! :-)


These are two additional quilts I am working on.  They have been hanging around in the recesses of my mind for some time and were demanding to be made.  They will both be pieced quilts, and the star one will have an applique border, and will be a replica of an antique quilt.  I'm trying to every day make one of the star blocks and then to work on the other one more aggressively.  I would love to have a border ready to applique when I leave on this next trip.




 The last time I attended quilt group at Barbara Peterson's home, I took the next 3 photo's of her quilts.


I admire everything Barbara makes.  This quilt is fresh, sweet and charming!  It especially makes me happy because I found some of the feed sacks in the quilt which I shared with her.


This is another sensational quilt which Barbara just completed.  It is just marvelous!  And of course hand quilted.




This beautiful quilt was completed by Gaylyn.  I just love how she has offset the blocks.  Have I mentioned before, how much I love quilts?!


I saw this bag with this printed on it and I needed to take a picture!
I just completed a very enjoyable novel that I would recommend.  It is entitled, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.  Jamie Ford is the author.  The story takes place in Seattle at the time of the second world war.  It is beautifully written.  "Hope is all I got.  Hope gets you through the night."  A line from the novel.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Celebrations.....




Here at our house we tend to get as much mileage out of birthdays as possible.  My birthday is in August, so we got off to a great start over the weekend.  Bruce and I went out to the Rio Grande, a marvelous Mexican restaurant in the old train station, on Friday evening.  Then on Saturday evening our good friends and neighbors treated us to the Old Spaghetti Factory.  Sunday evening we celebrated with friends to a fabulous restaurant up near the state capital called Em's.  What a grand time we had, and we've just started!!!  However, I have friends from California coming here on the week end, and we will be heading to Kansas City Mo. to the retreat called Primitives of the Midwest at Quilter's Station.


This is one of many items on my design wall......there are several things I am working on, and I'm excited about all of them.  This table runner is from the same table runner below called Follow the Sun.  I wanted to refresh myself to the pattern before teaching it.  As you can see, this one will have a winter theme.


This is the center design for a new quilt of the smallish nature.  I need to look at it for a while and decide what should come next.....it's been fun so far.


This is the runner I was referring to, and needed to refresh myself on.


On our way home from our recent trip, we stopped to visit a friend in Casper, Wyoming.  She not only is a special friend, but she is very crafty and clever.  I snapped a few photos from around her home.  She has collected Coco Cola memorabilia over the years.


I love the old pump, we had a similar one on the farm when I was a child.


Susan is a perfectly lovely hand quilter, and loves doing so.  Here she has a 1 inch grid she is stitching on, preparing a quilt for Autumn.


She has converted some beautiful old furniture pieces into cabinets for her bathrooms.


Old suitcases for a prop.


This is an old Yo-Yo quilt that has been in her family for years.


Another converted bathroom cabinet.


Another family quilt with autographs.




Susan has created stitcheries to represent all of the places she has lived.


She has created this memory wall as a tribute to her husband who has died.  These are his musical instruments.


Another quilt which Susan has made and hand quilted.


Her beautiful red cabinets and her tin collection displayed.



A patriotic table topper for her table.


And, did I mention her collecting Coca Cola stuff!!!


"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." - Plato



Friday, August 4, 2017

My nephew Luke.....




....the hunter and outdoors man.  He is busily living his dream.


There were birds everywhere.....no one in my immediate family hunts, so it was quite something to see.  I had never visited him in the new house he built for himself, in a beautifully wooded area in the country.










This wild turkey was amazing.






I do believe the top pelt is that of a skunk.


The thing I marveled at, is how the road ditches are filled with Queen Anne's Lace.  Everything was so lush, green and beautiful.


I realize this has nothing to do with quilting, but it was part of our adventures on this past trip.  If you are not a hunter, at least you can appreciate the beautiful country side.

"The real test of good manners is to be able to put up with bad manner."  -Kahil Gibran



Thursday, August 3, 2017

A day spent cleaning and organizing......




When the time is right, it is even fun and enjoyable digging into a mess!  And that is just what I had to contend with, a big disorganized mess!  It is so energizing and helps me refocus on what I want to start next.


These two items bring back a flood of memories.....2 items found only in the Midwest.  Anyone who lives in Iowa or once lived there is familiar with Made Rites which Taylors made famous back in 1928.  I connect them to my college years, and it is still something I look forward while visiting Iowa.  And, I grew up with Old Dutch potato chips and have not found since leaving home.


Here I am with my niece Connie.  She is very special to me.  I developed toxemia during my first pregnancy. and she had just graduated from high school, and came out to Utah to stay with us during that time.  What a special time that was, and I have lasting memories filed away.


She and her husband have a delightful place in the country.








Her front porch and entrance is surrounded with flowers.....a perfect country touch!


 And to top off this package, is that this adorable sweet cat is part of the scenario.


And...the quilt over this rocking chair, warmed my heart and soul!




And these adorable, and sweet grand daughters were visiting.  What a treat!


To finish off this post, I will share with you this picture hanging on Connie's wall.  Life is good!