Thursday, July 15, 2010


Look at these fantastic patterns and book that my friend Randy brought back from market and gave to me. I'm especially intrigued by the strawberry applique pattern after reading Barbara Brackman's blog on that particular pattern recently.

On my way to the airport on July 4th I had to make a quick stop into Fabric Depot and check out the outdoor sale. I found a few pieces I needed for my stash. The smaller pieces of shirtings were swatches at 10 cents each. Sure beats rummaging the thrift stores for shirts in the colors I want.

Sew Many Quilts in Bend, Oregon has really increased their wool section. I couldn't have been happier!!! As usual, they had it displayed wonderfully!!!

One of our stops was the Stitchin' Post where I was so tempted by this book. I had a hard time justifying the price, even with a 30% discount. I got it today from Amazon for a price I could afford. It has beautiful photos with lots of projects and inspiration!!

Hmmm, I have a difficult time with this. Aren't the Gees Bend quilts utility quilts made from fabrics they have to satisfy their creativity and keep their family warm? A kit? For a utility quilt? I know they are considered art, but personally I think it is the history behind the Gees Bend quilts that makes them so special.

Friday night my friend from Ohio and I attended the picnic in the park in Sisters. The man at our table took a quick estimate of people who were being catered dinner. 8 tables x 8 tables with 10 people at each table= a whole lot of people to feed!!! LOL The man and his wife who sat at our table were so sweet. He came to the quilt show and she went on a brewery hop with him. Sounds like a good trade off.

Can anybody be as sweet as Alex Anderson? She seems so real and genuine. (funny too!) She was our host for the show and tell. It was a really good time.


  1. Looks like a wonderful time in the park! Did Alex do a trunk show? Love your patterns...that strawberry looks particularly intriguing! Some books are so dear it is hard to justify the cost...and whilst I love the Gees Bend quilts, I too agree that a utility quilt seems a little odd in a kit! have a great day!

  2. I took two days of classes from Alex before she was very well known. She is as genuine as she appears. I learned a lot from her.
    The strawberry pattern looks unusual and quirky enough that I really like it.

  3. Looks like you had a great week. That strawbeerry pattern looks fun, I'll have to check out her blog. I just bought a book on Gee's Bend for our library. I too think they are art and laugh (to myself) when people ask for patterns for the quilts. So missing the point!

  4. I loved the patterns you bought. Terry Clothier Thompson just has a way with reproduction quilts. The quilt stores looked great too, I had to magnify the pictures and take everything in. So little time.........

  5. Thanks for posting. I went into Sew Many Quilts twice last weekend when I was in town and didn't know if I could take pics...and Gail is a great friend..too afraid to thanks for taking the pics...yes, the wool selection is great! I found many patterns that I bought and several that I put back...just couldnt spend more!

  6. Thanks so much for taking us a long!! I had a wonderful time! ;o)

  7. Books are always so hard to resist! Almost as much as kits :) I'm with you on the Gees Bend kits...Wha? How can you make a kit out of make-do?

    The picnic looks fun!

  8. What a wondeful atmosphere there must have been in the park. Those patterns do look interesting, and like you the strawberry one looking very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Thanks for taking me on your journey. Agree about the Gees Bend Quilt- Why buy when you can produce your own.
    As for Alex I watch her on the quilt show and her enthusiasm really shines through.
    Glad you had a great time.

  10. looks like you had a fun night!
    oh that shop looks amazing, I am caving in and am going to start collecting wool. I love Sue Spargo designs, looks like a must have book.
    I am tempted to get the strawberry pattern too!
    Lucky you
    had to laugh to a kit for a gee's bend quilt?

  11. Lots of lovely patterns...where will you begin? Terry Thompson came to our quilt retreat for an afternoon, and shared her inspiration for some blocks she was working on. I always enjoy talking to her, as she is very much a historian. Enjoy!

  12. Thanks Lori sharing all this wonderful inspiration!
    you are the best!

  13. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I haven't seen that Quilts and Stories book looks very interesting. It looks like you have lots to get started on now :0)

  14. I was intrigued by the post Barbara had on the strawberries so I'm diggin' this applique pattern. I'll love watching you work with this. Shopping looks fun but gosh how cool to take in a 'Show and Tell' with Alex Anderson. She seems like a real nice lady (from her picture - like I'd know!) (ps: diggin' the fabric finds)

  15. I just took a class with Alex in Knoxville...really a nice person! Ya, that Gee Bend kit sort of blows the whole concept of individualism that they represent doesn't it...sometimes ya just gotta say what were they thinking....

  16. Looks like a good time! I had the same thought about the Gees Bend kits - it struck me funny.
    The strawberry is very interesting; I keep thinking about that post in Barbara Brackman's blog. Quite uncommon.

  17. Glad you said that about Gees Bend... Oh what fun you had! Thanks for sharing these photos. I'd love to go there some day! :)

  18. Love your patterns! I'll bet you can't wait to get started! Love the pictures of the shop, too. They have such beautiful displays. Can't wait to see what you make from Sue Spargo's book. It looks amazing.

  19. Thanks for sharing with us. Ilove the wool too. I love working with it.

  20. Yelllooooo....

    Lori, this is Darlynn. I just texted Randy...I cannot stand reading one more post from a quilter about Sisters! Coupled with your and Bonnie's loverly messages about Randy's place. Know that I read your blog all the time and feel as though I already know you, kinda.



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