Chugach memories

Chugach memories

Monday, August 24, 2015

Wrapping up memories...

...since last December, many of my days have been spent sorting through 72 years of memories at my parents house...the last box, drawer, closet and cubbyhole has been cleared and prepped for the Estate Sale which will take place later this Fall. The keys have been turned over to the ladies who will set up everything. My job is finished.

But, oh the memories...

...wrapping my Mom's Lenox china for my brother got me thinking about the beautiful holiday tables she used to set - always so enjoyable for her. Silver serving pieces and delicate Lily of the Valley forks, knives and spoons...candles lit...linen tablecloth and napkins...such happy times that will be long remembered. It is difficult not to dwell on the reality that those times are no more and to feel so very lonely...

As the summer winds down and a few extra hours have returned to my days, our own house can get some attention - it has been neglected...a family tree quilt made in 2008 as a gift for Mom & Dad has found a new spot folded on my Great Grandfather's rocking chair from West Virginia. Finally had time to add a new medallion to the tree with the addition of our dear daughter-in-law.


The great room is getting an update too - new area rugs, a sofa on order and valances to be made. Attention turns to pumpkins and mums and falling leaves and soon the arrival of our David and Jena for a much anticipated visit.

While there are still some warm days ahead, even now, evenings have become cooler and the gardens are in transition. Tomatoes have their first blush - it is always a race against those first frosty nights in September. Canned a few pepperoncini.....and made up some refrigerator pickles - our English cucumbers are really producing!

and waiting for an order of Concord grapes to arrive...grape jelly to be made.

...as always, quilting...one of life's best stress relievers...

Caught up with the Benjamin Biggs Wedding quilt being offered by Gay Bomers and Brenda Papadakis...June , July and August - done!

That's it from Taylorsoutback for now - have been a bad blogger - this one posting in August is putting a question mark on calling this a blog, even. Hoping to do a little better in the months ahead - but life can sure interfere with good intentions...have a good week everyone and a huge thank you for stopping by to visit...


Pat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Dressing Downton...

 

Our quilt history study group, aka Liberty Ladies, had the opportunity to tour the elegant Paine Art Center in Oshkosh last Thursday.

The craftsmanship that went into this Tudor Revival mansion is breathtaking, an overused word so often, but truly applicable to this structure. The woodwork alone with linenfold doors & carved stair railings done in oak leaves and acorns was fabulous - add in the beautifully appointed rooms with marble fireplace surrounds and a morning breakfast room to dream in - oh my! ....the icing on the cake though was the special exhibit of 36 vintage garments from the PBS series, Downton Abbey - of which I, like many of you, am a devoted fan.

 

No photos allowed, of course, but take my word for it, seeing these costumes up close was a total treat...heavily beaded, braided, tucked, and flowing - all examples of how clothing was designed and sewn at the turn of the century - by hand and with great attention to detail. From the quietly understated soft purple gown the Dowager Countess wore while mourning to the starched white apron that Anna wears as maid to Lady Mary - just an amazing exhibit and staged in a perfect venue.

The gardens were lovely and this fascinating structure is called a kaleidoscope garden..

By looking through one of the 3 viewing scopes ....

And turning the cylinder, you can create endless design compositions (I used to love the similar toys as a child)...I placed my iPhone up to the viewing lense...

Even hexies!

Our day out would not be complete without a quilt shop stop...just up the road from Oshkosh is Menasha - home to Lisa Bongean's Primitive Gatherings .

We had called ahead as 9 quilters showing up at once might require extra cutting hands. The staff had prepared extra goodies for us - they called us the Downton Abbey Ladies!

 

I ordered a copy of Irene Blanck's Focus on Applique, which they were out of, and a few pieces of fabric - could not find what I was looking for - imagine that!

A full day with friends - beautiful weather, good food - doesn't get any better for a quilter!


Wishing each of you a very lovely week.


Pat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Of books and quilts....

....and pea vines tied up with string...these are a few of my favorite things....

Belonging to a quilt history study group for a number of years has brought me so much - friendships, attending events that focus on our state's history, quilting techniques and oh my - the sharing of quilt history is incredible. With 14 of us, we take turns presenting brief talks focusing on a particular aspect - right now we are following along with Barbara Brackman's weekly fabric choice. Cheddar, conversation prints, foulards, stripes and indigo - all these fabrics and more have become part of our vocabulary and given each of us a renewed appreciation for our own stash. An extra benefit is the sharing of books - someone brings a reference book as part of their presentation and if we don't own it, you can bet Amazon (I found a used book there - great condition) or eBay gets a quick visit! This is the newest addition to my own library -

Published in 1991, this reference book is perfect for anyone interested in vintage fabrics....

As for quilts...my Mountmellick Mystery quilt is officially finished - binding and all...

Not being a fancy machine quilter, I stuck to stippling, straight line and gentle curves machine quilting.

The bottom photo is of the backing - and I now know, thanks to that great book mentioned above, the reproduction print is called a cameo layout style of fabric.

And those pea vines tied up with string? There are 3 varieties in the garden now - shell peas, snow peas and these - Sugar Snap Peas - now over my head in height....perfect growing conditions!

And our group is off to the Paine Art Center in Oshkosh to see the exquisite clothing exhibit from Downton Abbey and...wait for it...a stop at Lisa Bongean's Primitive Gatherings in Menasha. More of my favorite things...

Wishing you a week enjoying your favorite things...

Pat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Simply charming...

 

The next phase in my parents life has begun - we must liquidate all household goods in preparation for ultimately putting the house on the market. I have spent the winter months cleaning out drawers, cupboards and closets. Endless trips to St. Vincent de Paul, Goodwill or The Neighbor's Place...personalized items, important papers, even jars of pennies have been safely stored...refrigerator and freezer cleaned out and unplugged...each donation, each disconnection, each packing away of something is a piece of their lives changed forever. I can hum along at a fairly good pace and then the discovery of something will stop me in my tracks. Photographs of us when, oh, so very young, we rode for what seemed like endless days in a big heavy blue Buick or a tan colored Ford "boat" - Yellowstone, Bryce, Zion, Jackson Hole and the Grand Canyon - in the 1950's, the ultimate road trip on the new US highway system...memories...

Mom'scharm bracelet...I immediately spot the tiny sewing machine - with movable parts! Thimble & spool of thread. A cigarette lighter (Mom smoked until the '70's), a toaster with slices of bread that move and 3 engraved silhouettes for my brother & I and our David - her Grandson. The rest are largely a mystery and I will take this to her in the hopes she can tell me more.

These are mine and every one tells a story...first plane ride, school memories, bridesmaids, years of being a military family - it's all there...history linked around a person's wrist...

Two in silver and 2 started in gold...with space for adding more...

Do you have a charm bracelet? How often do you wear it?

Pat

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

$Antique Blocks$

Thank you for dropping by...my blog posts of late have been few and sporadic. Chalk it up to ongoing family committments, lots of house projects and just the lure of the garden on a summer day...

Having never done this before, I am not sure how to go about it properly, so will just jump in...

These 6 appliqued blocks have been in my possession for much too long...I found them in an antique shop near Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin which is north of us.

They probably date to the late 1800's but possibly earlier? Hand appliqued, and a uniquely done stem - see close up. The narrow stem was folded and stitched on one side, leaving the folded edge free.

There is one smaller age spot and you can faintly see old stitching lines. Was this part of a larger quilt top?

... Fabrics are double pink, turkey red and "poison green." The background is muslin. My sketchy thinking that the blocks might be earlier - or at least the fabrics - are due to the green which is overdyed.

Is the pattern some variation of Whig Rose? You've got me.. This c.1850's quilt look similar..

The blocks could be placed on point with alternating squares allowing for lovely hand quilting such as a fancy wreath...or perhaps you would just like to keep them as a reference for vintage fabrics and block construction.

I am downsizing my sewing room (and as time permits - the rest of the house). I won't tell you what I paid for them back in 1994 - way too much! If you are interested in these, I am asking $40 for the 6 blocks. Shipping will depend on your location. Hoping they will find their way to a new home and become a quilt that the original maker will smile down from above and say "Thank you!"

Pat

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Quilting of an evening...

...after a picture perfect day here at the edge of the woods at Taylorsoutback...is there anything better than a day in June when blue skies and puffy clouds bring temperatures of 70...how I wish for this all year...

Arctic lupines in full bloom and keeping watch over my young herb plants...


The sewing room beckons - windows open to fresh air that is so soft and still as the sun sets...a gentle drift of music from a favorite Pandora station...

And slow, steady progress doing machine stippling on my Mountmellick quilt..

All in all, a lovely evening, treasured, because they don't happen too often these days...

Wishing you a gentle evening to do what you will...


Pat

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mountmellick quilt top...

....a work in progress since January, 2014. It has been quite a journey...and I love the results!

This quilt is a design by Di Ford Hall of Australia and published throughout last year in Quiltmania. We did not know what each stage would be which added to the challenge! Now I must baste (my least favorite stage of the quilt making process)...

I will have time to think about how to approach the actual quilting.. This week we are "camped out" in front of the house as they refinish our hardwood floors...

 

...but I still have easy access to my sewing room which is entered by way of a tiled hallway...(kicking myself for not bringing the tile into the kitchen instead of wood...)

Then comes spruce up and painting the laundry room...and the gardens...and the ongoing concerns with my Mom and Dad...

And so it goes at Taylorsoutback...who knew retirement would not be the quiet years...

Have a good week everyone!


Pat, temporarily blogging from Taylorsoutback II