Thursday, June 21, 2018

SOME PROJECTS AND MILLER WOODS

Where does the time go?  I decided that I was going to finish a Christmas project that I had wanted to get finished for last Christmas.  But since we weren't going to be home for Christmas last year, I decided on other priorities.  This year, however, we plan to be home for Christmas, so I am going to finish this wall hanging.  I found it in the November/December 2015 issue of Quiltmania magazine and since we used to do a lot of RVing, I knew that I HAD to make it.  It is now ready for the borders and then quilting.  I decided to do raw edge appliqué, so I have all the pieces ironed on and when I quilt it I will do straight stitching around the appliquéd pieces.  I've never done that before, but I figure that since it's a wall hanging it won't be handled or washed very much.  Plus being on the wall it will be viewed from a distance (not a huge distance, but not super close up either), so it won't be too noticeable.  It will finish at about 54" x 37".


Another wall hanging below, but this one will be for sale at a craft show.  I saw a tutorial from Jordan Fabrics in Grants Pass, Oregon.  A friend from my guild in Texas had some across some YouTube videos from there and asked if I had ever been to the shop.  I hadn't, but did check out their videos and came across the one for Secret Window Panel Wall Hanging (you can find it on YouTube if you are interested).  Anyway, I thought it was interesting and tucked it away in my memory.

While on our trip to Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois in April, I stopped at a quilt shop in Des Moines, Iowa and saw this panel.  It was perfect for the Secret Window, so I bought it.  Then last week while on a shop hop I was looking for some fabric to make the Secret Window out of and the gal in the shop (Grandma's Attic in Dallas, OR) showed me this green batik.  It looked perfect, so I bought some and I'm very happy with how it looks.  It was very easy to do, which is nice.  It is ready to baste and quilt - don't know how I will quilt it yet.


I walk 5 days a week with my neighbor (she is also my quilting buddy and craft show vendor partner) and we decided to check out Miller Woods for a hike.  Usually we just walk around the neighborhood, but we keep saying we need to get out to more interesting places.  This place is wonderful!  It's about a 12 min. drive, so not very far and it's a wonderful conservation park.

They make bird houses and had them nailed to lots of trees and on posts.






 
Two deer were on the path and just stood there looking at us and we looked at them for a while till they walked into the ferns and the ferns were so large that we couldn't see them at all!  We could hear the bull frogs in the pond croaking (if that's what you call it), but couldn't get close enough to see them.


We'll definitely be going back there.

Thanks for visiting - Happy Quilting!!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

ESTATE SALE, UFO AND POT HOLDERS

Yesterday I went to an estate sale,  saw this quilt top and decided to buy it!  It is hand pieced with teeny tiny stitches!


Here's a close-up so you can see the fabric better.


 I decided I needed to get busy on some UFOs and picked this one as all the blocks have been finished for a while.  I am almost finished putting it together.  The pattern is American Crossroads and it was published in Quilt Sampler fall/winter edition in 2005.



I needed a new pot holder "handle" for my cast iron frying pan and decided to make several to sell as well.  I'm keeping 2 for myself.  The green ones are broccoli fabric and then there is corn fabric and chicken fabric.  They are a necessity if you cook with cast iron!


We are getting some much needed rain here.  Have a lovely Sunday!

Monday, June 4, 2018

IT'S JUNE ALREADY?!?!


 I have been very lax about posting lately and it's been over a week!  I meant to post this a couple days ago, but I've been busy.  Can't believe it's June already!!!

In my last post, I showed you the "cheater" panel by Kim Diehl, and now it is finished!  It sure goes a lot faster when you don't have to actually do the appliqué!!!  This was a fun project for me.  I decided to make the medallion similarly to the "Faithful" quilt-a-long that Lori had a few years ago.  I do love that and you can see it here.  My finished panel below is a little wonky and I'm thinking about blocking it.




This is the table runner.  I have placed it on my coffee table.


When I was digging through some baskets, I came across some 4-patches already done and decided to make a small quilt (doll quilt) out of them.  Here it is hanging on my clothesline.

Can I brag about my grandson?  He just graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude) from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.  We are very proud of him and can't wait till he gets back home in Oregon.  He should be arriving this week!


Today I'm going on a shop hop with my quilting buddy!  We plan to hit about 5 or 6 shops in the Salem area!  I hope I can avoid spending much money.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING?

Yesterday and today I am vending with a friend at a craft show at the Polk County Fair Grounds in Rickreal, OR (which is 20 miles from our homes).  Pictures following.  




This vintage table runner was found when I went to "Vintage, Etc." shop in Northfield, MN.  It is in excellent condition and I might sell it on Etsy or Ebay.


I went to a quilt shop in Des Moines, IA and found this panel (I may have shown it to you already) by Kim Diehl.  I love her patterns and this is a "cheater" panel!  I HAD to get it.  I'm making a wall hanging with the square on the left, which I will put a few borders around, and will make a table runner with the 4 blocks on the right.  I think I'll add flying geese on the sides that have spaces.


I was able to finish a donation quilt top made out of 4 patches that I had sewn together a long time ago - I put 4 of them together with navy blue sashing.  Don't know when I will quilt it.


Here's another EZ Breezy table runner made with more fabric that I bought in Iowa - it is very bright and cheerful.


The back of the table runner.  I'm making another one out of reproduction civil war fabric which is also yellows and blues, but a totally different look.


We are having beautiful weather here!  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A COUPLE FINISHES

The quilt guild that I belong to has done Round Robins for several years.  This year we made "patriotic" round robins and they were returned to us at our April meeting so that we can finish them by our May meeting on May 14.  They will be donated to veterans after our May meeting.  Below is the one I started with the flag panel in the middle.  These are lap quilts for veterans who are sick.


The flying eagle fabric was on part of the back.


When we were in Galena, Illinois about 3 weeks ago, I bought the poppy fabric and the table runner pattern.  I showed you the poppy fabric a couple posts ago.  I wanted to see how this table runner was made and how it would turn out.  I really like it!  I plan to make it again with some other fabric.


 For the backing I used a toile that I had gotten at a garage sale!


We have been having beautiful weather this past week and I have spent a lot of time in the yard pulling weeds, etc.  Hopefully, that chore will be finished soon.  My body can't take much more!!

Happy spring!

Monday, April 30, 2018

SCRAP REPORT FOR APRIL

My time to spend on the Scrap Attack was limited this month because we were out of town for 2 weeks and 3 days.  However, I did take my Featherweight sewing machine along on the trip and while I was visiting my sister, I used the sewing room (which was a tiny room off of the master bedroom that my grandpa added when he built the house about 70 years ago) to make some scrappy blocks.

You can see some scrappy blocks towards the front of the picture.

Scrappy blue and white snowball blocks
 My goal for the month was to make more blocks for the  Bow-Dacious quilt that I am making - it's a Bonnie Hunter design.  I'm not sure how many I made this month, but my guess is about 8.


 Each block has about 53 pieces in it.  Each block is made up of 4 smaller blocks.  I might make less of the blocks than the pattern calls for because it will be for a twin bed.  The pieces are pretty small - a lot of 1 1/2" squares.  You can see my sewing table below.


Next month, this will be my goal.


Well, I will do my best!!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

GALENA, ILLINOIS, ETC.

As we were leaving Minnesota, DH thought I should have my picture taken by this pile of snow in a parking lot.  The snow was beautiful, but in late April?!?!?  We saw many cars in the ditch, but our car is all wheel drive with snow tires, so we were fine.


We went to Galena, IL on our way to the Chicago area.  When I was a child, my family would drive to Minnesota to visit my mother's many relatives and on the way we would drive through Galena and my Dad would point out President Grant's home there.  I have always wanted to visit the town.  This plaque gives some of the history and I learned a lot while there.  It is a very old town and is very interesting.



So many victorian homes on the hills above the downtown and river area.



A view from the hill looking down.




We went to this museum and I spent some money in the gift shop.


I went to about 5 quilt shops on the trip, one in Minnesota, 2 in Des Moines, Iowa, 1 in Galena and 1 in Sisters, Oregon.  Here are some of the things I bought.  First 2 panels.



These will be for table runners possibly.


There was a vintage shop in Northfield, Minnesota that was really good and I bought these items there.  3 yards of the toile fabric and the table runner which is in perfect condition.


There was a huge button section which I could have a couple hours in, but I didn't have time to do that.  I wanted to go back later, but the blizzard was going on.  I only purchased 2 buttons because I'm wanting to make jewelry with buttons.  We'll see if and when I do that.


Now to get back to reality!

Friday, April 27, 2018

FROM MINNESOTA, ILLINOIS AND IDAHO

 I'm posting from DH's laptop and am having a hard time getting it to cooperate. Above are 3 generations of our family, our oldest son, DH and our grandson.  We went to Minnesota for our grandson's senior organ recital at St. Olaf College.  There was a white out blizzard that weekend.  Fortunately, we didn't end up in a ditch like so many other cars!  I had to laugh when I saw the Little Chicago sign.  There were about 8 houses in that town.


Here is our grandson during his recital.  He had 2 page turners/helpers.  Besides turning pages, they helped by sliding various "stops" on the organ.  We wouldn't have missed the recital and are glad that even though it was postponed one day and we had to improvise at the last minute to find a place for the refreshments, it all turned out perfectly.  He is so talented - we're very proud of him.


From Minnesota, we went to Illinois and stopped in Galena, the home of President Ulysses S. Grant.  The town is so interesting, but I haven't been able to load all the photos onto this computer.  Some of them migrate to it automatically, but not all.  Very strange.

I found this quilt shop there and it was small but very good.

Cute name, huh?
I bought a couple patterns and some fabric.  This will be for a table runner.


This will be for an apron.


We are almost home (will arrive there today), but on the way, we stopped in Twin Falls, Idaho and went to see this amazing water fall, Shoshone Falls.  I never knew about this or about the canyon that the Snake River runs through.


Can't wait to get home!