Friday, October 24, 2014

A Whirlwind Of A Week

Here are Tuesday's photos of The Sunshine Club at the Senior Center. We were making our own sunshine in all the rain and wind this week that is quickly taking away all our pretty foliage. I was being presented with a pretty birthday card signed by all the regulars.

The addition onto the Senior Center is progressing nicely, with exterior windows all installed.

There was progress on the inside, too.

A gentleman was inside hammering up studding. Can the sheetrock be very far behind?

As for the Friday Quilter's in Concord, New Hampshire at The Golden Gese Quilt Shop, we were visited by a contingent of quilters led by Ann from Winchester, Massachusetts. They represented the local "Days For Girls" chapter. If you haven't yet heard of this very worthy charitable effort to sew feminine hygiene products for girls in third world countries, you may look in on it at the link here.
When Ann sends me photos, I will try to post them, but in the meantime, just let me say that they left with several yards of pretty new flannel scraps that I had gifted to them.
Maureen was working on some really cute snowperson blocks. And thank you Maureen, for winding a bobbin for my Featherweight when I couldn't recall how to do it, LOL!

This, below, is what I started with as I began working on a couple of pillowcases. If you'd like to view my version of pillowcases that link is here. They do make nice Christmas presents.

And a couple of hours later, they were done!

I am horrified that I didn't snap a photo of Bev and her progress today, but here is the beautiful quart jar of homemade applesauce that she gave out to everyone (and she brought Hersey's Chocolate Nuggets, too!!!).

The applesauce was made without any sugar, so my diabetic Husband Wonderful can enjoy it, too! Thank you so very much, Beverly!

Not least was coming home to pick up the mail and find this darling card from Deb in western Massachusetts. A Happy Halloween greeting card that she had hand crafted!! Thank you so very much!

Deb's blog, "Feathers In My Nest," is delightful and can be found here.

Yikes! Halloween is next Friday? I've just got time to buy some candy for the treaters!

Happy sewing!

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!

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