Thursday, June 14, 2018

Making Kits........

today!  I sold out of many things while visiting in Michigan, so today was a kit making day.  This is something I enjoy doing, but I'll be back to stitching tomorrow.  I've just about completed the stitching on the wool for a new project which I will be teaching at Quilter's Station, in Lee's Summit, Mo.  This is a really fun retreat, so check it out on their web site.

This is the next shop we visited.

Blocks from Ohio, dated 1890.

This was an interesting quilt, except for the puffy fat bat.

Many quilt tops...….but I'd have loved to bring that basket home.

Another set of blocks.  That muslin is just begging for some amazing hand quilting!

Blocks already quilted.

More quilt blocks dating 1890.

There were bunches of quilts, but many were in stacks.  Since I was not a serious shopper, I didn't feel that I could look through them.

Isn't this a lovely hand quilted piece.  An unusual pattern.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love log cabin quilts?!

How I love old traditional quilts. This Amish hexagon quilt was a beauty.

Yes, they certainly do.  I guess that is part of the reason my days tend to fly by...…. I enjoy my pleasant days working with fabric and being creative!!

"Think of life as a school for your soul.  You are hear to learn in perfect well being.  Here's a tip for life's pop quizzed:  Instead of asking why something happened, ask instead, what can I learn?  For extra credit, Ask and how may I serve?" -Jackson Kiddard 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Trimming the roses......

Our roses have been beautiful, but the flowers fade so quickly.  However, we look forward to the next blooming cycle.  We've learned that spraying the foliage with a water solution with a bit of dish soap in it does wonders with ridding the plant of aphids without the use of a chemical.

Last evening I taught a quilting class once again, and when that occurs I come home  and fail to take the time writing a blog post.  Today, I've worked on finishing a new project which I will be teaching in August.  I'm spending way too much time in doors.

More from a Thankful Heart.  We outlasted the rain shower in this interesting shopping adventure.

If you enjoy primitive things, you would enjoy this shop.

This chicken caught my interest.....I liked his look, but left her perched up there overseeing all of the activity.

There were several braided rugs to pick from.  I thought this little set of drawers would help me be organized besides being cute.

I was wanting to check out those quilts stacked on the shelf.

There were some very tempting furniture pieces.

This bit of advise from 'The Velveteen Rabbit', was especially meaningful to me today.  "You become.  It takes a long time.  That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or that have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.  Generally, by the time you are real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you become loose in the joints and very shabby.  But those things don't matter at all, because once you are real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

Monday, June 11, 2018

A Class Reunion at the Governor's Mansion......

We started off our week end at Bruce's 50th class reunion at the Governor's Mansion.  It was the class of 68 and the classmates were 68 years old.  It was a happy and enthusiastic affair.  I was touched when the chosen M.C. for the event signed off by advising to forgive and be kind, showing the wisdom that comes with age.

Seeing antique shops means we brake!  We spend some time browsing, walk around and stretch our legs, and are usually entertained, and are sometimes amazed at what is considered to be antiques.

This would be great nesting boxes for Abbie's new chicken house.....and would be great to tuck wool in all of the boxes, or perhaps fill it with quilt books.  Our sky box on the car was filled with quilts, so we will pass that by.

Now, this is an amazing old trunk, and it was in very good condition.

And since finding out that Julie was royalty, hats or the British term of facinator's had been skimming the surface of our minds.  However, we did not think this one was extreme enough to steel the show!

And then of course that called for a hat pin....

Our next stop was Shipshawana, Indiana.  This is a beautiful Amish area.  Our first store to investigate, was A Thankful Heart.  The name itself drew us in.  I will comment here that we had been experiencing rain off and on for two days......and wouldn't you know it, I couldn't fine the umbrella in our overstuffed car.

We entered into homespun goodness!  It was a dry cozy place to investigate.

Many local and not so local artisans were selling their items in this store.

Everywhere we looked there was something wonderful tucked here and there.

I'll close with some sage advise from Dr. Seuss.  "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."  Happy Monday everyone!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Journey Continues.....

After leaving Nebraska and heading into Iowa, Our stomachs were telling us it was time to eat!  When we stopped for gas, a local person suggested the Rusty Duck...…..stating we couldn't go wrong...…..well, we did!  We were craving a fresh green salad, we received out dated lettuce from a bag:-(  We struck out.  How about a baked potato with butter.....NOT....unpleasant tasting margarine.....things were looking bleak!!!  The steak we split....just passable.  Disappointment abounded!  Onward we went and scored with frozen custard at Culvers.  We were able to turn our frowns upside down!!!!

Whoops!  I think my thumb got in the way...… we were happy to arrive at the Woolen Needle just as they were opening.  This is a marvelous quilt shop in Williamsburg, Iowa.  Just stepping through the door, my heart began to pitter pat in high speed.  My respiration's increased, and I felt intense joy.  This marvelous shop is also just off I 80 and located in a darling little town.  I've thought that I could consider living here.

These are the 3 inch stars that are quite popular now.....just so sweet!

Oh My!!! Where to look first with so much goodness to see.

Their specialty is wool, but there is just bunches of other enticing things.

They also specialize in their own designs.

I loved the wall hanging centered around The Fruit Of The Spirit, those virtues we all strive for.


Wool and more wool....projects for rug hooking.

I'll let the projects speak for themselves!!!

I will close with this verse taken from a stitchery done by a 9 year old girl in 1824.  Her name was Mary Morrison.

"Virtue's the chiefest beauty of the mind,
the noblest ornament of human kind: Virtue's our safeguard and our guiding star,
that stirs up reason when our senses err."