Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tis the Season

It has been a tradition that my son and I attend the Scandinavian Festival in Portland every December. This year he is traveling and in Thailand. But my husband had the day off and he said he'd celebrate my heritage with me. I love this Swedish dress pocket. That design looks like something we would see now although this is vintage. It was so wonderful and vibrant. (and a little humble too!)

 Hubby wasn't thrilled but he did it anyway!
 Waiting in line to get in we were greeted by lovely Christmas music.
 I don't remember seeing them weaving and spinning in the past. 

 The dancing is always a favorite. It is great they are keeping tradition alive with the younger generation.
There are vendors and my favorites have vintage Scandinavian items like this child's bonnet. The sewing is far from perfect, but it is so precious! (like some of our quilts!)

 I love European towels, especially with red stripes and cross stitch! Too bad they aren't my initials. The woman selling them did not have any children to pass her heritage to, so she was selling them. I could not pass them up.
I was reading about this soap for linen stains, so I'm going to try it. The Swedish towels are in great shape, but I have some other linens I'd love to spot clean.
Near where we parked was an estate/antique store so we dropped by for a quick look-around
I can't say I've ever seen rolly-polly babies like this on a quilt. I thought they were pretty silly.

I thought this was a gorgeous Victorian era pin cushion. It doesn't look like any pin cushion in my sewing room, that's for sure!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, my friends.


Monday, December 5, 2016

First Friday at QuiltWorks

This is from the Quiltworks site about last Friday's First Friday event:


"Mini-Groups" show, with quilts from Book Scissors Quilt, from the novel "Eligible", Founding Fibers Art Quilt Group, "Portrait Challenge", Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild's, "Cool Color Challenge" plus a special exhibit of antique quilts owned by Catherine Anderson.  



I noticed with most of the cool color quilts by the Modern Quilt Guild it was all about the quilting. 






  Inspired by a class with Gwen Marston.
I'm a fan of Kristen's work and this one was, imho, the best of the bunch. 

 Some of the "Portrait" challenge. 

 And a cute one from the book challenge.
 I saved a few of the antique ones for last. I have some EEP papers in the diamond shape and am thinking about trying something like this! (gasp!) I haven't jumped on that bandwagon yet, but am only thinking about it at this stage.

This was called Daffy Daisy. 


Hope you enjoyed the show! Hope your week starts off wonderful! Happy Monday!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Fun!

We made it through a week and here it is December already! 

I haven't had a lot of time in my sewing room since I've been back but I'm  finally over my cold and ready to tackle a few of the piles. 


 This vintage redwork block was one I picked up at the Houston Quilt Fest. I'm not sure what to do with it yet, maybe a pillow? Any suggestions?
 And what isn't to love about this block?!  Pink and madders- great combo!
 Right before leaving for Peru my box arrived that Debbie, my roommate and new friend, sent me. Look for a giveaway soon. I need to go through this, but know there was a lot I had planned to give away.
 This Little Britches block ins't perfect, but it is pretty good for a humble piecer like me.  It finishes at 4.5". It's adorable!
These templates made cutting and piecing it a breeze. I saw and shared Linda's lovely 
Boys Britches quilt HERE and she generously shared her itty bitty boys britches templates with me. Thank you Linda. You can contact Linda HERE and inquire about her new book and templates.
I received another teeny weenie sweet block (will finish at 3") from Roxanne. Thank you!!

Here's my instagram feed for this past week.

We have some fun planned for this weekend. Enjoy it!


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wool Applique and Black Friday

 Here is a simple wool applique designed by Maggie Bonamomi that I worked on while traveling.  In her book it is a pillow, but I think I'll back it and make it a little wall hanging.

And, although it is tough to come back from a 3rd world country right before black Friday I did see an add that caught my eye,
 My old iron on the left does not get very hot these days so I picked up the t-Fal for a real bargain from Macy's.
I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I like the point and the weight. Any thoughts?


Have a wonderful day, my friends. 




Monday, November 28, 2016

Porch Quilt Part 7


Here's my latest section of Jan Patek's Porch Quilt.

I can't say I'm head over heels about it, but hopefully when the whole quilt is together and quilted I'll love it. (If not, it will make a great gift!)


Here are Cathy S parts. I love hers!

The only part left to do is the sail boat and whales. Let's finish up this quilt! The finale to be shown right after the first of the year. 

I've purchased Fall Festival by Jan Patek to work on in 2017. 

I think she has been doing it as a BOM in 2016. I've found the pattern in Etsy for a little lower than Jan's site.

http://janpatekquilts.goodsie.com/page/3

or  HERE for Etsy

Thanks to those that have kept me on track to work on this quilt! I love the accountability.






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