Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving...

"Heap high the board with plenteous cheer and gather to the feast.  And toast the sturdy pilgrim band whose courage never ceased."
-Alice W. Brotherton

This will be a short post to let all of you who read my blog and continue to comment know, that you are amongst my greatest blessings.  You keep me blogging by your comments and continues support.

I would like to take this opportunity to share one of my most loved books, which I received as a gift for a Christmas  past.  I read it frequently and it is entitled 'The Secret of Saying Thanks'.  The author is Douglas Wood.  He also is the author of another one of my favorite children's books called Old Turtle.

The last page of the  book, The Secret of Saying Thanks reads, "We don't give thanks because we're happy, We are happy because we give thanks."

Hoping you all have a joyous and scrumptious Thanksgiving feast.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Starting Thanksgiving Preparations.....

I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes which is a family traditions at Thanksgiving time.  It comes from a cookbook entitled Gracious Goodness...Charleston.  This cookbook was picked up while we were visiting this beautiful and historical city.

Sweet Potatoes at 130 Broad
41/2 cups of sweet potatoes mashed
1/3 cup sugar
3 eggs slightly beaten
3/4 cup butter melted
11/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup milk......combine these ingredients mixing well and pour into a buttered casserole dish.

11/2 cup s brown sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
6 tablespoon butter, melted
11/2 cups pecan chopped.
Mix the above ingredients and sprinkle over the top of the casserole.  Bake in a preheated oven 350 degrees for 35 - 45 minutes.
This a decadent any other time you would think this was a dessert.  However, at Thanksgiving we pull out all of the stops!

I have a few more quilts from the silent auction.  I have always had an appreciation for Amish quilts.  The hand quilting on this little quilt makes it extra special.

This is such an adorable train quilt.

Something's Fishy.

A clever little quilt sure to impress some lucky angler.

Drop dead gorgeous is what this quilt is.  This was a live auction item.  The quilt is entitled Autumn Splendor and was created and quilted by the Colonial Quilters, who are responsible for putting on this show every two years.  The hand quilting was spectacular.

Time for the drawing.  The 3 names drawn are: Sue Hatcher, Deb Worthman and JoAnn Borges.  Contact me with your pattern choice and remember to include your address for mailing.  The Sweet and Simple book is exempt.

"The best way out is always through." -Robert Frost

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I have some fabric...... give a way.  Be the first responder and I will place them in the mail to you.

These are twelve layer cake size the early bird, and don't forget to include your address.

Every two years there is a quilt show and auction to raise money for healthcare.  I attended this past Friday evening, and $143,000 was raised toward this goal.  Included in the event was a scrumptious dinner.  The quilts I am showing were in the silent auction.  There were 82 hand quilted quilts, and most of these were in the live auction.  The table where I was seated was so far away from the auctioneer and the quilts, that I was unable to get photos.

I was definitely charmed by this quilt, and it has given me an idea of how to use my box of neck ties.

Part of the border included these labels.

A second picture to show the corner detail.

Keep in mind that all of the quilts in this show are hand quilted.  One spectacular quilt which I did not get a picture of went for over 

I will have more to share tomorrow.  On Wednesday I will have the monthly drawing.

"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."  -Joseph Campbell

Monday, November 20, 2017

I enjoy beginnings......

....and I'm always very happy to start a new week working in my home.  I loved my nursing career, but am happy to report that I am living my dream!  New possibilities for new quilts are on overload in my mind.  I try to write the ideas down and file them in my ideas box, because if I don't my energy is stymied. I just returned from a retreat that inspired, and renewed the realization of what a blessed person I am.

These two blocks represent the starting of a new quilt I started at the retreat.  The gathering was called Needles and Knots, and we were devoid of sewing machines.  Instead of hearing sewing machines as the back ground noise, there was chatter and laughter.

Here someone is working on The antique brown basket quilt.  I can only imagine how old and amazing this will be.

Here is Leslie's knitting bowl, which holds her yarn, and the other little essentials a quilter must have!

Yes, these are too essential.  One must have the appropriate and charming bags to carry our sewing projects.

And here is Diana's little sewing bucket, so that she can carry her sewing necessaries in style!  Felting was one of the classes taught and this is the pincushion she maid.

Rug hooking was also taught, as well as needle punch.

This was a sweet project teaching embellishment stitches.

I was wishing this felted knit bag was mine, but didn't begrudge Diana caring her sewing essentials in it.

Gaylyn, was hoping to finish this project for Thanksgiving.

English Paper Piecing was a popular project being worked on.

Paula, is making this gorgeous quilt by hand piecing.

It was so stunning, that I purchased the pattern.  I would be satisfied with one block framed.

This is an adorable little Santa made out of a sweater, with felting added.

I had never before heard of plaque.  The rug is made with strips of wool cut on the bias and croquet.  It is on my to do list one day.

Croqueting with wool yarn and then felting.....LOVE!

Flora is working on this splendid quilt, which has hexagons spotlighting  a gorgeous fabric center.

Flora, found this manuscript in her basement which was written by her mother while taking a sewing class in college.  It was graded by one of those professors, who could only give her an A-.

At the back of the cover, was this sample of stitching....what a treasure for Flora.

This quilt is called Lost Children and is paper pieced.  This is also calling my name......oh dear, projects and fabric that exceeds life's expectancy.

And.....I was thrilled to meet a new friend who has just completed my design, How Does Your Garden Grow?  This can be found in my book by Quilt Mania, plus a bunch of other projects.  It is still available from Quilt Mania.

"Healing is the process of becoming whole.  It requires work.  Forgiving, learning to choose love over fear, and affirming my commitment to self growth and happiness by looking for the best in myself and others."  -Tzivia Gover

Monday, November 13, 2017

Stitching time awaits.....

Today as you are reading this I am in a little mountain town called Midway, with a bunch of stitching friends.  The little retreat is called, Needles and Knots.  No sewing machines, just hand work, friendship, shared ideas, deepened friendships and renewed inspiration, and for me time for a nap if I want and perhaps time to read.  I will be home on Thursday eve., and will do a blog for Friday.  I've realized that I forgot my second Wednesday drawing.....just too occupied with life I guess. I will announce winner on Friday.

We had a marvelous visit with Ben, but much too short.  We will visit Ohio after the new year.  We all feel a bit lonesome and a bit sorry for our selves......he was missing his dear little son and happily looking forward to be reunited with him.

I will share some extraordinary quilts from The Rocky Mountain Museum in Golden, Colorado.

The quilt above was made to replicate this very old quilt, where the colors are no doubt a bit faded by time and the elements.  I find it to be more lovely than the new version......not meaning to take anything away from the beauty of the new one.

Notice the incredible quilting.

As you can see this quilt shows quite a bit of ware in the center panel.

A gorgeous replica of the original.


These antique quilts are the ones which thrill me the most!  I will have more to share at a later date.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

"If you knew how hard it's been and how much time its taken to rebuild my little universe of peace and happiness, you would understand why I'm so stingy about who I let in."  -unknown
I'll be back later in the week.