Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Twelve Days of Christmas

Today is the twelfth  day of Christmas.  So it's time to take down the decorations.  

This quilt (the picture is at Show and Tell at the Guild meeting) is just gorgeous.  Linda Woodward made it and donated it to her local library for a fundraising raffle.  They sold a thousand tickets and I WON IT!!!

The design was published by the Quilt Guild of Dallas Texas in the 80s.  Linda did the applique by hand. She added an original border which makes it even more special.  It's hand quilted and a real work of art.

It spends mosts Christmas seasons on the wall in my living room.  But this year it was shown in public at the local Heritage House museum.   As a backdrop for Santa, it was the star of the exhibit.

Because the ladies of the Guild decorated the museum and staffed its Open House, the museum committee allowed us to sell handmade articles there.  We raised enough money to double our treasury (which is pretty small - it's a small, new guild).     I'm looking forward to some good programs in this next year.   And thinking of earmarking a few baby quilts to be sold at next year's boutique.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Poinsettia Pin

This year I bought a new red sweater and wore it to all my Christmas events.    One Sunday my sister and I went to church and I noticed she was wearing one of Mama's enameled pins.  So I went to my jewelry box and found another.   It felt good to connect to her.   Vintage is so IN, in my book.

I love the holidays.

Monday, January 4, 2016


November starts by adding a little fall color to my entryway shelf.

The framed motto says "Do one thing every day that makes you happy."   Fall colors make me happy.  There are far too few of them here in central Texas.

Thanksgiving makes me happy.  Being with extended family at my sisters is always a good time.  Watching the kids play in the leaves - solving a jigsaw puzzle with my nieces - eating a meal in the decorated garage.   That says love and peace to me.


But to the dog, love and peace are an empty sofa and the knowledge that "mom" will be home again soon.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Awards for the Vanilla Quilt

I entered the Vanilla Quilt in the Chisholm Trail Quilt Guild Show this month.  

On  the first day, I went there to do my "white glove lady" service and was excited to see a red ribbon on it.  A second place.   I've won a couple of second place awards before and was very pleased.

After working a while I started looking at the program and was stunned to see that it had also won a Judges Choice award.   Although it had some technical issues, it pleased one of the judges enough for her to chose it out of 100 quilts as her favorite.  I am really smiling a lot about this.

Can't wait to put it back up on the LR wall.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Portland Adventures

Portland to me is
.   cool weather
.   visiting with Betty and Steve
.   eating grilled salmon in the back yard
.   oatmeal loaded with fruit for breakfast
.   picnics in the park with live music
.  great weather

Multnomah Falls

We returned from the quilt show and had to make a quick trip to the magnificent falls near Portland.   620 feet of cool water, cascading past.  What a view!

We only went up to the first station, which is over the bridge and around several curves.   Great scenery.  Lots of people for midweek, I thought.

 On the way back, we stopped at the Fabric Depot.  This picture shows HALF of the 108" bolts of fabric.   An amazing selection.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bend Oregon Vacation

For our trip to the  Sister's Quilt Show, my friend Betty's friend Delores graciously loaned the use of her home.  It's just outside of Bend, on the High Prairie.   It was an easy drive into Bend and into Sisters.

Delores and her husband Gary built this house over a 20 year span with the help of friends from time to time.

The balcony on the upper floor is so lovely.  A sweeping view of the mountains, lots of comfy chairs, a fan if there are no breezes, lots of flowering plants.  

Betty and I ate out here a number of times.  It is a very calming and comforting space.

The house opens to a nice sitting area and a huge kitchen.  Since I'm not much of a cook, I just sort of stood by and admired Betty as she made coffee and snacks for us.  She eats so healthy that I cleaned up my act for a few days, too.  Didn't have a single Coke.  OK, maybe just one.

The guest bedrooms were downstairs and very comfortable.  I was dubious about staying somewhere in July without air conditioning, but my fears were unfounded.  Once the evening started, we opened our windows and let the cool air come in. Delightful.   Sunset was very late and I didn't manage to stay up for it every night.

Here's a picture of the view so that you can imagine the sunset.  I failed to bring a camera except for the one on the phone and it just wasn't up to the challenge.

Thank you, Delores and Gary.
And thank you, Betty, for facilitating such a wonderful trip. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Sisters Annual Outdoor Quilt Show

Lucky me! I was able to go to the 40th annual Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon.
My friend Betty lives in Portland and was thinking of going, too, so I flew in and we drove over the mountains and into the show area.

Here are some of my favorites that I saw.

This very traditional log cabin was probably my favorite.
The "lights" were a very wide variety of fabrics and colors.
Lots of yellows and golds.
What more could a quilt ask for?

These next three are "modern" quilts that I liked.

I'm thinking that this purple one may be my model for granddaughter's high school graduation present.   Maybe even in similar colors.

The quilting on the one with the striped background is exquisite.

There were traditional quilts at the Show, also.
This blue and green one combines Snails Trails blocks
with Storm at Sea blocks.

A red and green one was newly made, but in a very traditional pattern and colorway.