Friday, September 19, 2014

A BREAK FROM ORGANIZING

Monday on my way to shop for groceries, I saw that the "Garage Sale Store" was open.  I had some good luck there a month ago or so and decided to check it out.  Right away, I spotted this book case for $55.  It looked really nice and I liked the doors on the bottom.  After texting a picture to DH and getting his approval, I bought it.  After getting it home, DH saw that it was made by Ethan Allen!  It is perfect for our living room.


I needed a break from "working" (aka unpacking and finding a home for each item in a box) so I decided to do some sewing and got most of this wall hanging put together.  It's "Over the River and Through the Woods" by Crab-apple Hill.  I just need to put on an inner border and then add the flying geese border and it can be basted!


I don't have my design wall put up yet, so it is on the floor.  Here's a little closer view.


We are pondering how to put up a quilt rack or something that I will be able to hang my larger wall hangings on.  It will have to be rather high up - we have a vaulted ceiling and it's an ideal place to hang a quilt.  I have about 4 large wall hangings and they will hang on the opposite wall from the "Colonial Glory" quilt (or whatever quilt is on that particular quilt rack).  They won't all be up at the same time, but I will switch them out seasonally.  In order to put a quilt on that wall, two people will have to climb up on ladders.  :-)  I wonder how quilt shops get their quilts up so high.

Yesterday I showed my next door neighbor my sewing room (she's the one who wants to learn to quilt).  She seemed to like it - or else she thinks I'm totally nuts!

Monday, September 15, 2014

MAKING SOME MORE PROGRESS

On Friday DH hung this quilt rack that DS#3/DIL made for me one Christmas.  It is really handy for changing out quilts for the seasons.  My favorite quilt is hanging on it - "Colonial Glory."  I fell in love with this quilt when I saw it on Lori's blog and HAD to make one like it!  This is what you would see on your left when entering our house.  The door on the right is to the garage.


Miss Froggie is sitting on an old rocking chair.   She was given to me by a good friend just before we moved from Texas.


Here's a view from a different angle.


This view is looking toward our front door.  The couch is sitting at an angle as you enter our house.  The antique mirror to the left of the door was given to me from another Texas friend.


I have been doing some sewing and made these four borders of flying geese for my  "Over the River and Through the Woods" wall hanging.


A closer look at Miss Froggie.  She is growing on me!


I have made some progress on my sewing room, but it's not ready to display yet.  Where did I get so much stuff?!?!?!  Poor DH is so patient with me and has put up so many things for me - with more to do!  I couldn't do it without him!  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A COUPLE MORE little THINGS DONE

I get so many good ideas from other bloggers and I like to take their ideas for myself.  This first idea is from Ann Hermes who has used yard sticks to hang little quilts from.  I haven't done that yet, but I do have two yardsticks which I plan to use soon.  However, I also got some old wooden hangers and got the "clip rings" used for hanging curtains at JoAnn's (thanks to Janet) and have one hanging in my new sewing room!  It's not in a really well lighted section, so the picture is somewhat dark.


Another great idea was from Randy.  She covered the seat of her chair with selvedges sewn together and I liked that idea, so I started sewing some together.  I had a plastic box filled with them and hadn't used many of them yet, so this was a very easy way to use some up!


I really like this idea and will probably cover the back as well - when I get around to it!    I'm still busy getting unpacked and this was a nice break from the drudgery.  Thanks, Randy!


Right now, I'm going to fix supper.  DH found something for me to hang in my sewing room at Pier I and as soon as it is hung, I will show it to you!  Thanks, honey!

Monday, September 8, 2014

LIVING IN OUR NEW HOME

As of August 28, the day our grandson left for college, we started sleeping in our new home!  We still have a long way to go to get all settled, but today we got internet connections!!  Now I can blog again!  On Friday we were connected with DirectTV so we can watch TV too!  Things are shaping up.

One afternoon, we were sitting near the front windows and some deer walked by.  You can barely see the fawn at the bottom of the first picture.  He was right next to the house in the "flower" bed.  You can see some little pink flowers.  That's all that we have in front because of the deer.


Here he is walking toward the street.


A picture with our truck in the driveway.  He's so cute!


I really can't show many pictures of the inside of our house yet, because there are still lots of boxes to unpack, but I will show you a few things.  Below is a picture of one of our dining room chairs.  I had an idea to make a little quilt to hang on the back and I think I mentioned it in one of my posts.


Here is how the chair looks with a little quilt on the back.


I sewed a brown hair band onto the quilt to use as a hanger.


Here's another one.  Sorry the picture is dark.  I ran out of brown hair bands, so will have to wait until I get more to finish putting them all on the chairs.


Our guest bathroom is almost finished.  I made a shower curtain cover and the decor is "patriotic."  


 Two little quilts hang above the towels.


On top of the brown cabinet (medicine chest) you can see a George Washington mug and an old brown box.  I still need to find something to put in the box.  On the counter is another old box with a flag painted on it and red and blue towels rolled up inside.  On the top of the toilet tank is a little quilt with stars and some red, white and blue tin containers.


Our bedroom window has new curtains made from a large panel that I purchased at Good Will.  It's just simple panels pulled back with tassels.


By the front window I have an old green shelf with some books and on top is a doll I made.  The cheddar cheese and crackers quilt (a SAL with Lori) hangs on another chair (from a garage sale), and a table with a book shelf under the top was my grandmother's.  I love the doily and oil lamp on top (both from garage sales).


A closer look at the doily and lamp as well as a reproduced book like one we had as children.


I don't dare show you pictures of the rest of the house yet!  There aren't any other quilts on the walls yet and things are still a mess.  I can't promise that I won't re-arrange things in these pictures, but I like having at least a few areas that I can enjoy looking at!

As I think most of you know, I enjoy looking for bargains and I have found some good ones lately, including a computer desk ($20).  I have it situated so that my computer and a small TV are within viewing distance while I'm sitting at my sewing machine!  I also got a really nice coffee table for $20 at a garage sale.

I'm still looking for a cabinet to display quilts in my sewing "studio!"  Little by little!  A couple days ago I started doing some sewing again.  I can't wait to get my design wall put up!  Maybe this week.....

Sunday, August 24, 2014

HOUSE PROGRESS

No quilting going on here, unfortunately.  We have been working on the house daily.  The painting is finished and we are unpacking boxes, so everything is a mess.  As I unpack, when I'm not sure where I'm going to put things, I just put them on a shelf in a closet or cupboard for now.  There are 3 "linen" closets in the hallway and one of these will be devoted to sewing supplies.  Of the other two, one will be mostly linens (if not all of it) and the other one will be shelves possibly dedicated to large kitchen items that aren't used very often, mailing supplies for my Etsy business, games & puzzles, etc.

I found a dresser at a garage sale that I'm going to fix up as an ironing station in my sewing room.  It has 9 drawers.  I got some good ideas from a friend in Texas from her sewing room.  I would love a large armoire where I could display quilts, so I will keep my eye out for that.  I also might want to get a larger bookcase.

I like to take walks in the mornings and this is what I saw at one house.  McMinnville, OR is right in the middle of wine growing country, so there are vineyards all around the town, as well as wine tasting rooms.  We are not "into" the wine scene, so I don't really know anything about it.  But the vineyards are pretty.


Our next door neighbor has a grape vine with the cutest little green grapes and she said we could help ourselves to it.  The funny thing is, she moved here from Texas (not far from where we lived) about the same time we did!  I was talking to her on Saturday, and mentioned that I was a quilter.  Her eyes lit up and she said she has always wanted to learn to quilt!  So, once we get settled, we will see what we can do about that.

When we were eating lunch 2 small deer walked past our window!  Our neighbor said they like to eat her roses.

I'm hoping to start sleeping in our house soon, now that the paint is dry and our bed is set up.  I spread out a few quilts on the bed to try to get the fold lines out of them.  I will take a few pictures soon as we make progress.  Oh!  Both bathrooms are cleaned now and the shower in the master bath has been tested.  I love it!  It's way more roomy than the one at our old house.

Today the church where our GS plays the organ is having a going away party for him after the service. He leaves for college in Minnesota on Thursday!  :-(


Monday, August 18, 2014

FAMILY REUNION IN MINNESOTA

I'm not going to show you pictures of lots of relatives, but I did go to a family reunion of my mother's branch of the family.  It's the first time I have ever been to it and it celebrated the 150th anniversary of those ancestors arrival in the USA from Norway.  Naturally, they settled in Minnesota and I have very fond memories of our visits to the farms of my Mom's 12 aunts and uncles in and around the Albert Lea  and Emmons, MN area.

The reunion was held at "Farming of Yesteryear."  The church pictured below is the church where my Grandparents were married at on July 1, 1899.



A quilt barn at the park.


I had to add the water tower just because I like them.  :-)


A highlight of our weekend was visiting two of my Mom's cousins.  I had never met them before (that I know of), but my sister and cousin had.  We went to visit these 2 special ladies on Saturday at their respective homes.  Berdine is 95, lives alone in her house, and has 9 children, 25 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.  Cora is also 95, lives alone in an efficiency apartment in a retirement/assisted living center, cooks her own meals, bakes cookies, continues to embroider (she can't stand to not be doing something) and has 9 children, over 30 grandchildren, over 30 great grandchildren (she lost count) and 8 great great grandchildren!  Cora had this darling quilt on her bed that one of her daughters made for her.  It is hand embroidered and machine quilted by her daughter.  I'm sorry the pictures are so poor, but I took the picture with my cell phone and it was kind of dim in the room.  I just loved this quilt!



It was a fun weekend spent with my sister, 2 cousins and the daughter of one cousin (plus the long suffering DH of one cousin).  It's good to be back home so we can continue moving in!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ANN HERMES' BOOK HAS ARRIVED!

I have been following Ann Hermes' blog ever since I started blogging on Allpeoplequilt.com in 2008 (or sometime around then).  She and a group of other bloggers are still blogging and reading each others blogs, so I feel like I know her, even though we have never met in person.

Her book, Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases and Other Small Treasures, has just been published and I just received my copy!  I have barely cracked it open for a short peek and decided I had to blog about it.  I can't wait to read it all!  It's available from Ann or on Amazon.com.

Front cover

Back Cover
After just flipping through a few pages, I can tell it will be very interesting and informative.  I'm going on a trip to Minnesota for a family reunion and will take it to read on my flights!

Inside
If you visit Ann's blog, you will see the many quilts and vintage fabrics she has made and/or collected as well as other items she makes from the fabrics.  She is definitely a multitalented woman!

In between moving, etc. I managed to make 32 flying geese for this pattern by Crabapple Hill.  I think I worked on the embroidery panels for at least a couple years, so now, I would like to finish it before Thanksgiving, if possible.  I need 32 more flying geese for the border, then I just have to make the blocks in the middle sections!



Here are some of the flying geese that are completed.  I can remember the day when I just dreaded making FGs, but after many years, the task has gotten easier.  That's always nice.  I guess practice does make perfect - just as my old piano teacher used to say!


BTW, we have all our belongings are now in the house, but not in the actual rooms as we are keeping them clear for the carpet to be put down tomorrow.  Our furniture and boxes are in the garage, shed, bathroom and on closet shelves.  The kitchen is taking shape and most of the cabinets have been cleaned, so we are making progress.  The living room has been painted and really looks great!

Thanks for all your good wishes!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

ON THE ROAD TO OREGON

Tuesday, we flew via Southwest Airlines from Portland, OR to Dallas, TX to load all our worldly goods onto a truck to transport to Oregon.  

Wednesday, I had a delightful breakfast with a dear friend, we picked up the truck, and got it loaded - it all fit!  Yea!!  


We had help with the loading.

After everything was on the truck, I made my way over to the local quilt shop in Cedar Hill, TX, Corner Square Quilts.  Some of the members of the guild I have belonged to for about 13 years came there to visit with me.  It was good to see them again after 2 months of being gone.  Be sure to visit this shop if you are ever near Cedar Hill, TX!



That evening another member of the guild invited DH and myself over for supper and we had a wonderful meal and visit with them.  I will sure miss my friends in Texas!

We have traveled about 1500+ miles since Thursday - 3 days - and tonight we're in Nevada.  We should arrive at our new home sometime Sunday or Monday.  The picture below is of a rest stop in Texas.


We're getting new carpet put down on Thursday, so we plan to unload the truck into the garage and I will work on the kitchen and DH will continue painting before Thursday.  Then we will be able to put down the carpet with no furniture in the house.   Things are going as planned!

Happy quilting!

Monday, August 4, 2014

NEWS AND MOVING UPDATE

I received some exciting news on August 1!  My civil war quilt has been accepted to hang in the special exhibit Texas Quilt Guilds Award-winning Traditional Quilts 2014 at the International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, TX this coming November!

Here is my post about winning a 3rd place ribbon last March.  You can see a picture of the quilt there.

We got the keys to our new house and today DH will start painting while I go shopping for carpeting.  I won't be blogging for a while as now the major move-in work will be starting and it's going to be crazy!  I'll try to do a post here and there for those of you who might be interested.  Believe me, nothing quilty will be going on unfortunately.

Monday, July 28, 2014

SOME DEAR JANE BLOCKS DONE

I decided I need to work on some more of my Dear Jane blocks during my last week (hopefully) in the camper.   I strive for - but don't reach - perfection!  Hee Hee!

B-11 
A-13

Yes, an easy double 9-patch in the middle of some very difficult ones!

C-12

I really like this next one and it is probably one of the most difficult ones I have done yet.  I didn't get it pressed though.
A-10
This first step wasn't too bad - a small reverse appliqué oval.


Sewing the small triangle into the corners had it's challenges.


Uh oh!  I put this one in backwards.  Time to get the seam ripper out.  Good thing it's handy!


These 2 sections now have to be sewn together.



Another Uh oh!  I sewed 2 of the wrong sides together.  Seam ripper time again!



 At least I'm making some progress with Dear Jane.  By the way, if you are working on the DJ quilt, you might want to order baggies of nice scraps from Homestead Hearth.  I ordered 2 bags and got lots of nice fabrics including the ones I used for C-12 and A-10.

Happy stitching and I hope you are staying cool (or warm if you are down under)!