Cherry Tree quilt progress

Cherry Tree quilt progress

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Rainy Sunday Stitching....

...what a treat to have the feet up & quilting in the middle of a chilly, rainy (but much needed) Sunday afternoon.

One border completed and working on the 2nd...

Not feeling at all guilty for taking this time following all the prep and take down of our 3 day garage sale. Thankfully, we had a nice response and the house feels a little lighter. A lot of work though and glad to have it wrapped up!

So for now, with a slow cooking brisket in the oven and a steady rain fall outside, I am in a good place quilting away...and anticipating Skype time with our Alaskan kids.

Hoping each of you are enjoying some quality stitching time.

Pat

 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

A quilter's "ATM"

...as in Automatic Time Machine...where we could go when in need of more time...which always seems to be in short supply. How wonderful it would be to simply...

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And have a few extra hours pop out...

As 2016 is supposed to be the Year of Finishes, April finds me having a reality check...just how many "finishes" can I conceivably accomplish?

A small one - Merry Trails...Merry Memories can be stamped Done...

But in other boxes and bins....

Did any of you start the 2012 Building Houses From Scraps? A house a day for 365 days...somewhere my construction crew got pulled for other projects...guess I am on my own...

The poor neglected Benjamin Biggs borders...scallops in place on 1 long border - still needing petals, and the start of basting on the second long border...

If you could check the withdrawals of time from my own ATM, here is where a chunk of it has been used...

Finishing quilting on the last of the 25 blocks for Beyond the Cherry Tree...outlining those cherries takes forever...

And this coming week will begin handquilting simple vertical lines in the borders...oh dear...best run to that ATM for more time...


Wishing each of you extra hours to do what you love!


Pat








 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Family Bible....

Last year I posted about being the Keeper of the Quilts here and here...

As each one was examined closely, it opened up more and more family ancestor research...and more questions...and remembering that among the other Estate items no one had claimed was The Family Bible. The lawyer handling the estate did not want to release the Bible to outside sources because there was quite a bit of personal information inside. I contacted her and she was greatly relieved that a family member was offering to take it and so now - I have become the Keeper of the Family Bible.

Little did I know what would be revealed upon receiving it...

It is heavy! It is fragile...and the Scripture is set in such a beautiful way -

Presented by my Great-grandfather, to my Great-grandmother, in May of 1885, about 5 months after their marriage.

They were married on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1884...

The Bible was printed by the John E. Potter Company of Philadelphia. They were noted for creating a number of versions of these huge Bibles which also contained much history, maps and illustrations. There are gilt edge pages and lithograph prints using gold powders to enhance the backgrounds. It is though the pages are lit from behind. The colors are deep and rich. 100's of engravings are reproduced from originals by French artist Gustave Dore .
Tucked in amongst the delicate pages were dried and pressed flowers from long ago - a rose, a violet and what looks like hydrangea petals. Old photographs of my ancestors - names unknown but treasured, never the less. I love seeing the period clothing on the children.
A receipt from a Spring gardening order my Great-grandmother made in the early 1900's - 3 plum trees and 2 rose bushes for the grand sum of $1.50 - to be collected on delivery.
Old poems and newspaper clippings that someone thought to save...

A report card, dated June, 1900 - for my great-uncle...I smiled to myself when seeing he struggled with arithmetic - as I always have. But then saw his Deportment (a word we never see anymore!) was at 80% which was considered Satisfactory....he eventually attended Seminary and was ordained Reverend John Earl Oliver.

A hand written letter with dozens of names - link after link to research now and find a connection....glimpses into the past of long departed family.

All this saved in a Bible which gives proof of how strong and important their faith was in God and their love for each other.

Blessings to each of you, dear readers...


Pat

 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Celebrating 91 years...

A peaceful day, a good day, a gentle day...having Mom spend her 91st birthday with us here at home. A day away from the nursing home...

Filled with her favorites...

Flowers to brighten her room...

BLT's for lunch, freshly brewed coffee, a chicken and wild rice casserole for dinner...

Pineapple upside down cake for dessert....

While snowflakes danced outside, simply sitting by the fire, talking, and always...more "remember when"....

While I finished the last few inches of binding on her birthday wall hanging - she understands a daughter who sometimes runs a tad close on timing:-)

Mom loves anything with cardinals & I was at a lost for something in the way of a gift...found this applique pattern that did not have a Christmas holiday theme which many cardinal quilts do. It is now hanging on the wall next to her bed - hopefully to add another touch of comfort - (we periodically go through times when Mom's thinking processes tell her that "someone is taking my things" and I end up having to bring personal items home - so fingers crossed as to how long the cardinal will stay put!)

A good day...a precious day...to be treasured...

Pat

 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Big Leap to the borders...

 

So here is the top for The Big Leap...

...And I have dilemma...

I mentioned earlier about wanting to use this pillar print for a border....(late night update - a good suggestion from 2 of my visitors...show the border yardage next to the top - lighting is not good & my sewing room is small but should give you an idea - thank you Janet & Mimi for suggesting this! )

As much as I love it and want to find an appropriate place for it.. Where would you cut it?

Then...should the floral areas be sliced up? Sure don't want to make a wider border?? It just seems to be fighting with the quilt top right now...despite the coordinating jelly roll collection from Lately Arrived From London, the companion print just looks different.

Maybe this quilt should remain borderless?

Any suggestions are very welcomed....

Pat

 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Still leaping....

 

...into March! I liked the larger size setting so much that Doreen posted for her February SAL - The Big Leap...well, just had to make up the additional blocks. Here I was feeling like a little miss smarty pants for having all the blocks done for the smaller version. But who out there can tell me they have never changed horses midstream?


So...hope to post the completed quilt top soon...now that I have all the blocks done...

Meanwhile, of an evening, next to the fire, hand quilting continues on the Cherry Tree quilt...have made great progress the last month and close to starting on the last five blocks & then easy coasting on a simple plan for the borders...my goal to finish this 5+Year Odyssey is by May...

Back later - after I finish leaping...

Pat

 

Monday, February 22, 2016

3rd week into The Big Leap...

Keeping up with Doreen's February SAL...and ready for the final reveal...

Also took a few minutes to double check that my on-the-go project pouch was ready. Mr. Outback gets to have his 3rd nerve block for a troublesome neck/spine area first thing tomorrow morning. We have an early wake up call to be at the hospital by 7:45 am. and we live about 45 minutes away. While he gets to have all that fun stuff done, I hope to do a little more stitching on my Benjamin Biggs border. I would much rather stitch while worrying rather than choosing between 3 year old magazines or a TV tuned to some silly program in the waiting room. It is much better to find a quiet little chair near good light...

Wishing each of you a good week as we head towards the end of another month and Spring is one step closer for our part of the world.

Pat