Monday, February 22, 2016

Favorite Stuff

Husband Wonderful, (my Felix) and I celebrated his best birthday gift from Mother Nature, who brought a storm on Saturday, and then took it away a few hours later. Here are the "Before" and "After" photos. We had great family time together in spite of his trade show.

On Friday, the day was calm and sunny for my trip to The Golden Gese Quilt Shop on 22 Liberty Street in Concord, New Hampshire. I was so glad to get to go! No car trouble; no weather trouble.

There, Marianne, below, was nicely started on her pretty batiks and white "Summer In The Park" pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company. She said she liked their video of it, too. Link.

One of Eleanor's friends, Dawn, below, popped in to use the big tables to measure up her big Autumn Antelope panel quilt. It's a  big beauty!

Little Claire, below, (Claire's own daughter), had also been busy making a very modern looking strippy top. She's planning charcoal grey borders and those will look great with this!

Little Claire is also making these Red/White/Black blocks, that I think were for a charity project. Isn't this one stunning? It is a bordered Disappearing 9-Patch.

The big excitement for the day was the cake and ice cream that our Claire had brought to celebrate Maureen's birthday.

We all enjoyed the moment together!

From L to R: Marianne, Claire, Little Claire, Maureen (standing), and Barbara.
In spite of all the celebrations, Maureen, below, got lots of progress on her Civil War reproduction neutrals project. These will become a set of four place mats for a circular table. Sew pretty, Maureen!

They look so elegant! Gosh, did I infect you with the Civil War bug? Heehee, if I did, I'm glad to share it with another convert.

I forgot to get pictures of my progress on the next grouping of my Civil War log cabin blocks, but that's okay. Instead, I'll tell you that I made yet another foray to the Footprints Quilt Shoppe on Route 202 in East Rochester, New Hampshire, right at the Maine line.

Kelly Jerome is the owner here and her pretty little shop always brings a smile to the faces of her customers, just look at all these goodies!

Kelly's helper, Jackie, rang me up and took this great picture of me, below. Look at all those pretty fabrics that I grabbed.

We laughed and talked about the history behind the quilt block known as "54° 40' or Fight" which was a political campaign slogan from the 1844 Presidential election of James Polk. Link.

 I used the EZ Tri Recs ruler set to do mine. If you need them they are here. Link.

The block itself is a stunner in a quilt. Above is my version of Bonnie K. Hunter's Celtic Solstice. Here is the link to buy her pattern. Link.

If you'd like to try just the block, here is the link to Quilter's Cache.

As for me, I came home and played with my fabrics by arranging them in a pretty bundle.

This makes me more of a fabric hoarder than a quilter, I guess. Sometimes I just play by my petting the fabrics rather than sewing them. LOL! Does that ever happen to you, too, sometimes?

However you use your favorite stuff, enjoy it. Life is short, so be happy!

Ps. Don't forget what Red Skelton used to say, "Today is George Birthington's Wash Day!"

This post is linking up with Love Laugh Quilt. Link.
Happy quilting!


gayle said...

Those fabrics do make a pretty bundle! (I'm more of a hoarder, too, but I'm making a real effort to actually USE my favorites instead of just petting them...)
You and your friends all have wonderful projects going on. So glad the weather behaved!

Janet O. said...

We had a fickle day like yours on Saturday--woke up to several inches of snow, and more falling. By afternoon the sun was shining and most of it had melted away.
You made the most of your day out, I can see. Always fun to follow your adventures.
When I was an historic reenactor at a local history center I would sometimes hand piece on a 54 40 or Fight block and I would tell the history behind it. Fun reminder of that in your post.
Your version of Celtic Solstice is beautiful. I still haven't made my version, but I have it all sketched out. Progress, huh? *LOL*

Shirlsu said...

I never considered myself a fabric hoarder until recently. For Christmas, DH bought me a 90 fat quarter box of Fossil Fern. I immediately decided on a quilt pattern but couldn't bring myself to make the first cut in any of that gorgeous fabric. I ended up making the quilt from batiks and continue to pet the boxed Fossil Fern. I haven't even pulled,unfolded or laundered any of those fat quarters! It's too beautiful as it is.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Snow which comes and goes in the same day is my kind of snow. Your group is so very active, productive and always working on beautiful projects. You are not a fabric hoarder--you are a fabric collector

cityquilter grace said...

nice grouping as always...footprints IS a nice little shop indeed!

Nann said...

If I just follow your blog I will get a fresh fabric fix with little effort (and no expense)! Let's enjoy the last day of mild weather. The chill, and some snow, return tomorrow.

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