Friday, April 28, 2017

Visiting Normandy.....

Thank you everyone for explaining about the gorgeous yellow fields we saw throughout the French country side.  First canola oil and then after being pressed, it is feed for the cattle.  I enjoyed all of your comments! :-)

Here's my handsome traveling buddy!  We both enjoy history, but he is so well read on the subject that he made an excellent guide.

This verdant green pasture was adjacent to where we stayed while visiting the Normandy coast line.

May I introduce the resident cat, Miss Susie.......a real sweetie.

Early flowers of spring found blooming in the yard.

Vibrant shades of green.

My new project is developing.

I'm having fun selecting just the right piece of Diamond Textile fabric to use, along with pulling from my reproduction fabric stash.  I cleaned up and organized before I left but I'm back making a big mess!

The very best part about traveling is the people one meets.  After this visit we met people not only from France, but from Spain, Australia, Tasmania, The United Kingdom, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and India.  It was comforting to become acquainted with amazing, warm, generous loving people.  I found it reassuring to focus on this when the news very frequently reports on this fact. It caused me to feel optimistic!

" The more we share the more we have." -Leonard Nimoy

Have a happy hearted week end. :-)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bon Jour!

I'm home!  My experience in France was magnifique!!!!! When our flight landed in Nantes and we were checked into our hotel, the adventures began.  It was evening and dinner time after a very long day.....we walked to a little Italian restaurant and the challenge began with understanding the menu.  A young couple sitting near by observing, asked in English, "do you need help with the menu?"  They were a couple the age of our children, and they were absolutely delightful.  They were both Romanian and had fell in love in Paris.  Needless to say, our dinner was a huge success!  The joined us at our table and we enjoyed their company immensely!  We were off for to a great start.  We had rented a car at the airport, so the following morning we set off for our Air B & B located in the Normandy area.  This is where I will start.

The little bubbling brook ran along the edge of the yard where we stayed.

Everything was so green and beautiful.  The weather was cool, definitely requiring a jacket and at times more than one layer.  I had tucked in my down vest and was glad that I did.  The place where we stayed was close to the English Channel, and it is always colder next to the water.

This is where we had breakfast the 4 morning we stayed at our accommodations which were clean and comfortable and the other couples staying there were fun to visit with.  I can't say enough good things about the bread which we had every morning.  First of all, I love bread, and the bread in France is out of this world.  And then there is the cheese!!!  Notice the little chocolate bunnies by our was Easter.

The farm house was over 400 years old.

There were these vibrant yellow fields.  We are not sure what the crop is, but it has something to do with feeding cattle.  There are many dairy cattle in this farming area.

The spring flowers were in bloom.

This is a view of Omaha Beach.

Ten thousand six hundred and twenty five American soldiers are buried in the American cemetery.

Here rests in honored glory a Comrade In Arms known only to God.  This was an emotional experience for both Bruce and I.

There were Jewish markers found here and there throughout the cemetery.

And this is what I've accomplished since returning home.  I had blocks ready to stitch on my trip, however, I changed my mind about what I wanted to do, because I had just received an amazing selection of Diamond Textiles before I left and just knew they were waiting back at home.  And by the way, the ladies in France at the show love Diamond Textiles too! :-)  On this project I will be combining wool and cotton on the 6 1/2" blocks.  Both the background, the flower center and the pot are Diamond Textile fabrics.

"What we choose to share, defines who we are." - C. Voyatzis

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Until I return from my adventures......

.......this will be my last post. 

Today, I was able to complete the cushion which is being offered at the show I will be attending.

Over the week end we had 7 inches of very wet snow.  I was worried about my pretty spring visitors, but thank goodness they are sturdy!

For being under snow, these flowers were also survivors.

These tulips were further ahead so they did not hold up as well.  I so look forward to these early spring flowers, and I will not be here to enjoy them like I'd like. 
I will be certain to take many pictures to share with you when I return......until then, live in the moment and have happy hearts!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

We are on the countdown.....

.....our trip to France is fast approaching.  Today I finished framing two of the projects from my book that I am taking with me.  Quilt Mania requested that I submit small possibilities for projects from the book.  Their suggestion was two projects from Garden Whimsy. 

This block was chosen to be put in a frame.  My talented Son in law, Chad made me two frames, and so this was one of my accomplishments today.  I'm pleased with how it turned out.

This is an additional block from the quilt on the cover called, Remember Me.  I've placed antique buttons in the center of the flowers, and decided to mat this one with a fabric border.  I still have a cushion to complete tomorrow which will also be a block from Garden Whimsy.

This is a sweet little surprise that arrived for me in the mail.  These little zippered pouches are sure to find a use.

Lynette Disrud shared the following quote...."Use it up or wear it out, make it do or do without."  Unfortunately this advise no longer seems to be of importance, because we have so much right at our finger tips.  And it seems things are not made to last.....and this is why our land fills are filling up.  I'd better not get started on this subject!!!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Another week end is approaching..... is alarming to me how fast the weeks fly by!  I suppose if we were bored and not busily living life it might not seem so fast.  I have a few more of the antique quilts from the shop in Nebraska to share with you.

A beautiful triple Irish Chain.  Two colored quilts are really timeless, and so classic.

This an unusual combination of colors.  The hand quilting is lovely.

A simple cheerful one patch.  If I had this quilt, I think it would make a great picnic quilt.

The Dresden Plate......this was one of the very first quilts I made, and long before I knew what I was doing.  I made it for my sister.

Baskets......I love all basket quilts.

I can't tell for sure what the pattern is on this star quilt.  It looks like a Lemoyne star but the setting is unusual.  I also made a Double Wedding Ring as one of my earlier quilts. 

This quilt is worn and loved!

Let Freedom Ring......this is one of my patterns and I will send it to the first person to email me tomorrow morning.   I love having it hang outside during summer.  It is in a shady spot so it has worked well so far.

I do have a few kits for this also.

"The wise man in the storm prays to God not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from Fear."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, April 6, 2017

I tried valiantly..... be busy today, as there are many things to get crossed off my list.  I woke with energy and then by early afternoon I ran out of steam.  I do want everyone who ordered a Flag Day kit to know that they were placed in the mail today. 

I, for the life of me can not figure out how to rotate this photo.  This photo was shared by,  'Delicious Wool.'  It is her beautiful version of....At Home In the Garden.  So, crook your neck to the side and take a peek. :-)

Leslieann, from the United Kingdom shared a reduced size of, "How Does Your Garden Grow", made to fit the size of her space where she wanted to hang it.  We thank both of you for inspiring us with your work.

This much of the quilt is just a teaser I know....this quilt was an absolute delight!

I thought this quilt was especially charming in it's simplicity.

This Lone Star quilt was sensational.....all of these quilts were in excellent condition.

As you can see there were so many interesting and beautiful quilts, and all hand quilted.  It is just a shame you could not see them in their entirety.

I love how the yellows are random in these baskets......a quilter using what she had to work with.

A pin wheel utility quilt.

"It is in the pardoning that we are pardoned."  -St Francis of Assisi
I have this prayer memorized and it often sustains me.