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!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

BLIZZARD IN MINNESOTA

I didn't mention that we were going to Minnesota, but we drove here to attend our grandson's senior organ recital.  No problem getting here, but after arriving, the weather turned!  It is blizzard conditions and last night when we were picking our son up at the airport, we saw at least 6 cars in the ditch.

But on a more positive note, yesterday morning we were looking for a car wash (long story short) because we got the car very muddy looking for my relatives farm, and we saw a quilt shop.  So, we stopped to ask someone if there was one in town.  It turns out they were very helpful - as they always are in quilt shops!! 

The shop is CALICO HUTCH, in Hayward, MN and believe me, this shop is amazing!  I asked if I could take some pictures, so here they are:

This room was way in the back!




A whole room just for wool!



It's way bigger than it looks!!
I just bought a couple items because I didn't have much time to look around as we had to get back on the road.  If you are near Hayward, MN or ever visit that area, be sure to stop in.  It's worth it!  Even if you just need directions!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

EXCITING DAY!

 Yesterday I was a vendor at Farm Fest which took place at the Yamhill County Historical Museum in my town - just about 2 miles from my home.  It was the 52nd consecutive plowing competition and the only plowing competition on the west coast.  I had never heard of such a thing until we moved here!



I was very impressed and amazed with all the horses and mules that were here.  It was a very windy and rainy day, but lots of people came anyway!  It is a pretty big deal around here.



Here is a picture of the Scrappy Star quilt that I made - all quilted and bound.  It was a beautiful day when I took this photo!!


Here's the back view with the sun shining through from the front.


Happy quilting, everyone!

Friday, March 30, 2018

MARCH SCRAP REPORT

The challenge for March was to make a strip quilt.  I have oodles of strips saved and need to use them up, so I thought this would be a good idea.  I already had 32 strip blocks done and I made 61 more for a total of 93.  As you can see in the photo, I make blocks according to color.  I haven't put the top together yet, but will sew it together in rows of colors.  I've made this type before and I really like how it turns out.  I have 9 colors and I usually have 8 blocks per row.  They measure 7 1/2" finished, so the finished quilt will measure 60" x 67 1/2" and might add a border to it.



My scrap challenge for April is to work on a scrappy quilt for my granddaughter.  I have already started it and it's a Bonnie Hunter design - Bowdacious.  April will be a busy month, so I might not get much accomplished.

I also decided to add an additional row to the side and bottom of this scrap quilt top that I made in January.


I still have more triangles to sew together as leader/enders for another future quilt like this one.


In addition, I made 2 sets of place mats to sell in a craft show coming up April 7.  The photos are wonky, but they look better in person.




Happy Easter, everyone!