Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Best Buddy!

My dear friend, Grace, went overboard to give me so many beautiful and welcome gifts for my birthday! At the Cocheco Show, she presented me with this windmill patchwork stocking just chock-a-block full of cheer!

Can you see the Pam Buda Primitive Gatherings 13 month calendar peeking out of the top of the stocking? Wheee!

Above is a better picture of all the magnificent quilty gifts! Red fabrics! Karen Kay Buckley perfect scissors (which I didn't have but desperately wanted, thank you! thank you!)! AND a paper pieced pumpkin that's hand quilted! Here's Peter Pumpkin, already on my wall, thank you, Grace!

I am so blessed to have such a good friend, who also stuck by me when my car would not start and got me safely home. While we were regrouping over the car troubles, we managed to wolf down some iced tea and colossal burgers at "The Revolution" at tavern and grille that was open on Sundays.

It turned out that my car's battery had been run too low to start it when I had accidentally left my lights on, so the boys got my car home the next day.

When I got home, I did a few more of the Birthday Girl blocks done for Celtic Solstice, too!

It's rainy today, so stay in and sew!

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Enjoying the Cocheco Show

I am so blessed to have such great friends and family! While touring the Cocheco Quilter's Guild show in Rochester, New Hampshire with my friend Grace from Maine, I experienced some car trouble. Now this is NOT my car, but maybe it should be, LOL!

This is The New England Quilt Museum's "car quilt" on display at the entrance. Ain't it grand?

Here are some random images of quilts that either inspired me or intimidated me. The show was wonderful! Remember that you can click on any picture to enlarge it. This Civil War lovely was by Cindy McKenna and it was all decorated for Halloween! I loved her use of cheddar.

These are shots of a couple of the entries for their guild challenge.

The next three were small quilt all done by the same maker.

 They made me think of Janet O's work over at Rogue Quilter.

I loved this small quilt also, especially for its red floral borders!

Another small quilt that caught my eye was this dusty blue and golden yellow combination, so unusual!

 The Best Of Show was this stunning orange and white quilt.

Hope you are now itchin' to be stitchin'!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Celebrating 65!

All day today my wonderful family and friends helped me to celebrate my 65 years and I had a great time!

I love growing old, it sure beats the alternative, LOL!

On a quilty note, I was able to finish up a few pinwheels into a little table topper just in time to hold my birthday bouquets and a jar of candied violets made by my Connecticut sister.

Because of the red, yellow, and green, I may call this one, "Traffic Lights." I hadn't intended to make a table topper, but at 18 inches square it fit perfectly. What serendipity!

These were just little bonus or waste triangles, mostly from having made the Crossroads Twinkle Garden quilt earlier this year.

-editor, Whoops! The above photo was before Twinkle Garden had gotten its borders. Here is what it looked like when it was all finished and bound, below.

And one close up of Twinkle Garden:

Here is the reverse side of Traffic Lights, photographed in low light so that I hope you can see the free motion quilting done on my vintage circa 1949 White Sewing Machine that I named "Old Trusty."

Not perfect but done and fun! Here it is with flash, maybe better? ed. Can you spot the one small square that I accidentally skipped from getting a quilted "X" inside of it? Try the top row, LOL!

Hope you enjoyed your day as much as I did!

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My Loot From The Weekend!

Lovely Indian Summer is upon us with mild air and lovely colors. As promised, here are a couple of pictures of my loot from the weekend of shopping at the Peterboro Basket Company's seconds bin.

Miss Tanner refused to pose nicely!

Of these three, only one had a visible blemish, in the form of a small split of one slat on the corner. I will trim it with scissors so that it won't catch on things. I think that these were $17 each.

Can you see the broken piece?

Miss Emma Lynne thought that the baskets were a bore and decided to take a bath by writhing in the stray tennis balls on the lawn.

My favorite part of the haul from the weekend was the loot from Camille's Evergreen Country Primitives quilt shop. Her "Fat Quarter Frenzy" was a great deal at $1 each for 25 Fat Quarters!

Oh my, they are so pretty!

Evergreen specializes in Civil War fabric, so I love everything there!

These were all first quality!

I was thrilled to find 40 to bring home with me.

Having splurged so nicely, I did feel compelled to sit and sew, too. These are the next two of my Celtic Solstice Birthday Girl blocks by Bonnie Hunter. Link here.

Thank you so much Bonnie, for your wonderful designs!

And here they are all starched and pressed.

 Happy sewing!

Monday, October 13, 2014

More Of Monadnock

When my sister Suzanne and I get together for a long car ride, we usually sing old campfire or vaudeville type tunes when we run out of conversation. "Goin' Home", "Side By Side", "You Are My Sunshine", were sung out by us as we went along. Such fun!
Here are more pretties from the Monadnock Quilt Show for your enjoyment.

Don't forget that you may click on any picture to enlarge it.

There were two large quilts that were tiny pieces!!

My hand is not touching this quilt but I wanted size reference.

The other one was a braid.

I know it doesn't look like it, but I was NOT touching that quilt, but rather about two inches away from it. Now we go back to more normal sized piecing quilts.

I loved the one above, done with HST's and 4-Patches!

It staggers my mind to think about the total number of manhours of work housed in this gymnasium! Or is that, "Womanhours"?

On the other hand, I hope that it is more like play rather than work. I know that it is for me!

As we left the quilt show, someone mentioned that the town of Peterboro was celebrating it's 275th anniversary and that there was a parade that might be blocking the route to the Peterboro Basket Company. Alas, it was just breaking up but the streets were closed off to traffic. But we were determined and found a way around the throngs.

This company has been here since 1854, uses American workers and the outlet store has a seconds bin with great bargains. Wheee!

The last stop on our trip was across the state and technically not on the way home, but it was to my friend, Camille's, Evergreen Country Primitives Quilt Shop.

We chomped some chocolates and I bought some lovely Fat Quarters. What could be better?

Well, the sun even came out! This is my neighbor's farm, and it shows that, "Horses Make The Landscape More Beautiful", as Alice Walker has taught us.

It was a perfect day!

Happy sewing!

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