Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day week-end.....

The official beginning of summer.....and a long weekend to enjoy with my husband.  We will be celebrating our 44th wedding anniversary. :-) Yeah for us!

I look forward to bring Patriotic Cat out every summer......she is a high flying flag carrying cat!  She was easy to make.

Today I found some time to make some final patriotic touches.  This Stars and Stripes pattern will be given away tomorrow to the sixth person to email me
This pattern is so easy that you can have it made by the 4th of July.  If you have won recently, give someone else a chance to win please.

I filled my wooden bowl with the patriotic stars.

It is exciting to have this quilt to display on my bench this summer.

Yes, We Can, out visiting some great quilt shop, but this pattern will be offered as a give away soon.

I don't believe I mentioned, but we had a 20-25 minute train ride every morning to reach the exposition center which was on the edges of Nantes.  So one evening we had free, we found ourselves meandering through the neighborhoods close to our hotel.

This old castle with a moat surrounding it was near the hotel.

Old streets!

The United States are so young comparatively.

We were impressed with this old cathedral.

It was very beautiful.

Yes, the love for dogs is universal!

"Who is rich? He who is content with his portion."

Please have a special Memorial weekend!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Busy Gardening.....

.......Bruce and I have been busily trying to catch up with the gardening which has been neglected......thus I went to bed tired and without posting yesterdays blog...Sorry!

I've also been busy pulling out all the stops to celebrate love of country and all things patriotic!  I have a perfectly shady place to hang this banner.  The first person to email me with their address will receive this pattern free.

Patriotic Table Runner.

Flag Day.

Garden Angel.

This Is My Country.

Friends we met from Spain.....we shared a table together for a dinner which Quilt Mania hosted.  It certainly would be lovely to meet again!

In line for the buffet dinner.

I want to share some of the great booths for shopping at the exposition.  This booth was hosted by two women from The Netherlands.

Diamond Textile fabrics are also in great demand in Europe.

An amazing booth of ribbons and all types of trims.

I purchased some of these plastic template for English paper piecing.  I'm presently working on some stars using them.

 A gorgeous quilt in the background.


One of each please!

"A man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."  - William Faulkner

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Inspiration from my little quilt group....

We met at Diane's home, and we enjoyed seeing these beautiful thirties reproduction quilts hanging over her banister.  So cheery for summer.  I made this particular pattern and my daughter Abbie laid claim to it.

Barbara has been a mentor to many included.

Many of these fabrics are feed sack.  How do I know, because I shared some of mine with her.

Gaylyn, has been busy.  We all loved this two colored Bear Paw design.

These traditional quilts remain some of my most favorite.

I especially love the off set setting style of this quilt.

This is Diane's masterpiece.....absolutely love it.

Most of her quilts are hand pieced, and of course hand quilted.

Gaylyn, has just returned from a visit to Viet Nam, so she also had purchases from her trip to share with us. When my daughter Katrina taught English in Viet Nam, her sister Abbie and I met her there for a visit.  That was probably about 10 years ago.  We found it to be a marvelous place, and found it to be very friendly and quite inexpensive.  I would go once again in a heartbeat.

This hand embroidered bag was a favorite.

All of these items were hand embroidered.

As you can see, the work is exquisite.

"Everything changes the hour you realize that there are exactly enough minutes for the important things in life." - Ben Behunin

Monday, May 22, 2017

Continuing with the collection of Welsh Quilts -

The information about each entry will come prior to the photo in todays post.

The fact that most Welsh quilts are made from solid fabrics, reminds me of Amish quilts.

I beg to differ concerning the quilting on this particular quilt, which I find to be lovely.

I really love this block.  In fact I made a quilt using this design a few years ago.

Exquisite quilting in this quilt.

I was pleased to have this sewing kit to take with me.  It was made for my birthday a few years ago by my friend Kerry Green.

The inside of the kit is also adorable.  You can see the little velvet bird pincushion, the needle keep, two side zipper pockets and little places for pens and scissors.

As you fold it up, there are more pockets.

It has my identity and contact information on the back......that's a very good thing as I've been known to leave things behind.....However, this beautiful sewing kit came home with me!

Hope everyone had a great week end and are excited about beginning a new week.

"Give light and the darkness will disappear of itself."
-Desiderius Erasmus