Friday, June 23, 2017

Blistering Hot!!!!!



Sizzle....I do believe one could fry an egg on the asphalt!  Bruce and I found a bit of reprieve by having our dinner by the stream.....so refreshing!

I have not been blogging, because I have not been able to download pictures.  Hopefully we can get the problem solved over the week end.
Stay cool, and enjoy the week end.  Celebrate life! :-)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Country Sampler......





....in Spring Green, Wisconsin is one of the very best quilt shops I've ever visited.  For my preference, it was divine!!!


President Lincoln welcomed us to the retreat on the first day. Our teachers Carol and Linda are seated in the front row.


This is the kit which was waiting for us at our sewing stations.


The kit was for this beautiful quilt which was designed by Carol Hopkins, who was also our teacher.


This retreat which is held every year during the summer is called, Grand Old Flag.


This marvelous stitchery designed and taught by Linda Lautenschlager, is stunning.  I hope to get started on it one day.  This year I just enjoyed the shop, the amazing women who attended, and I finished the quilt which I started at last years retreat.




Quilts and stitchery samples abound throughout the store......it is a feast for the eyes!  I feel warm and cozy and my heart feels at rest here.


I love the Lady of the Lake quilt block used in this quilt.





I fell in love with this stitchery in the bottom of this stitching basket.


The sweet little bed which we made and brought home from last years retreat.


Most all of the quilts in the store have been quilted with an all over small stipple, which looks wonderful after the quilt has been washed.  I like the old look this gives the quilts.


The store also has wonderful home d├ęcor.


I just completed reading The Shoemaker's Wife by   Adriana, Trigiani.  I would highly recommend it.  The novel is beautifully written.  I wasn't ready for it to be finished.  The thought for today came from this book.  "Beware the things of this world that can mean everything or nothing."

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Celebrating Father's Day....



I was happy to return home on Sunday in time to celebrate Father's Day.  There were several Dad's to join in the celebration.  Our daughter's Katrina and Abbie prepared a scrumptious dinner, with Chad showing off his skills at the grill. 


Bon Appetitt'!


I rejoice in the fact that Bruce is the father of our children......and I believe his children do too!  Our son Ben, was not with us last evening, however, he was celebrating in Ohio.  Bruce's dad, Chad's dad, and Bruce's cousin and his wife visiting from Oregon were also with us.


Here is Oliver, one of our grand dogs, patiently waiting for a treat.


 My first stop on this trip was my visit to Grand Country Quilters in San Marcos, California.  If you've never visited this shop, you will want to not pass it by if you are visiting in the area.  I taught two classes, and a marvelous time.  You are spoiled when taking classes there.


This is an ongoing class being taught from Yoko Saito's book entitled Scrap Valley.  The pieces in this quilt are very small.  I would really like to make it some day.




The day before I taught we visited a group that stitches at Grand Country Quilters, each working on the project of their choice, endeavoring to complete UFO'S.  This is a sweet and special friend, Deedee.  I would love to stitch with her every week!


Isabelle Sterneman shared her finished At Home In the Garden.  Her work is absolutely wonderful.


This is a new house design by Kim Deihl.


The very best cheater quilt I've ever seen.


There is always an abundance of inspiration in the shop.




Here is Isabelle showing off her  Pine and Holly.


The top block is from Sweet and Simple being done with wool.  I would love to make a pineapple quilt which has been started in this sample.


What an adorable little quilt.


Pots of these beautiful succulents lined the walk way in front of the shop......stunning gorgeous!!


This wee delightful quilt was hanging from the checkout counter.

"He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven.  For everyone has need to be forgiven." -George Herbert



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Adventures await.....



...this will be my last post for a while, as I'm heading out tomorrow.  I look forward to sharing it all with you when I return.


More quilts today from our local UQG show.




I love red and white quilts, and this is a winner!






Stunning!  I was quite enamored with this stripy modern quilt!







Charming!


Unique.





A favorite with many quilters.  what an embroidery masterpiece this is.




I like thus use of the toile in this quilt.






"Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it."
-Nicholas Sparks
Certainly what the world needs is more loving and caring about others.  Enjoy warm summer days!:-)