Cherry Tree quilt progress

Cherry Tree quilt progress

Friday, May 27, 2016

Soooo...Beyond the Cherry Tree....

Begun in 2010....a first effort at appliqueing a really large quilt - 100 x 100.

Gay Bomers at Sentimental Stitches introduced us to the original antique she owned and oh, so generously, shared the patterns she reproduced each month, revealing lovely surprises and discoveries along the way. A special blog was started ... we supported and cheered each other on...some finished long ago, hand quilted or off to a long arm quilter, some are still in progress..(thank you Sharon of Grass Roots Quilting for being the administrator)

This quilt has been worked on at home, retreats and on our travels - Illinois, the UP, from Minnesota to Montana...in the RV...from Alberta, British Columbia & the Yukon, as we made numerous adventurous trips to Alaska. It has been stitched with thoughts of delight, frustrations, even anger and tears. It helped me to deal with the worries of 2 aging parents and the sad days following the passing of my Dad. It knows more about me than I would ever dare reveal aloud. Bundled on my lap in front of a fire, its weight from the wool batt helped to keep the cold Wisconsin winter nights away. At times it was neglected and abandoned in a quilting basket..


...with not a stitch taken for weeks. And then I could hear it softly calling to be worked on again. In January it shouted out - "its time to finish me - too much time has gone by and too much effort has gone in to me to sit here incomplete."
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So here it is - after using up countless yards of quilting thread and many sets of finger guards...I dedicate this quilt to...

My Grandparents

Grandaddy grew cherry trees in West Virginia and made cherry wine. My Grammy made the best cherry pie ever and passed along her love of quilting to me.

I learned, ripped, struggled, made mistakes, but kept going...and I love this quilt in all its imperfections.... It is soooo....finished!

Pat

How timely - The Unity Tree our Dave and Jena planted on their wedding is blooming this week. Weeping Cherry Tree

 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A sense of contentment...

...a quick post inbetween wash loads...we just returned from the first skeet shoot of the season - as always, unpacking the RV and catching up on laundry.

Every May, we look forward to meeting up with friends in Illinois. Mr. Outback gets to shoot at little clay targets for 4 days and I get to relax - most of our main meals are simple and prepared ahead of time & 2 nights out to dinner make it even easier!

One of my favorite days is getting together with a long time friend who was my partner when we opened a quilt shop years ago. She grew up in Illinois and has been sewing and quilting forever. Of course, this means she knows every quilt shop! Our day started early and we did 4 shops in a row. I'm tellin' you - the body sure tuckers out quicker than it used to, but we had a great time!

I did not take many photos but have to share one from the Treadle II Fabric Shop in Bloomington. Having been there on a couple of other trips, it still knocks me over when going in..

This is only one aisle - there is more! But you get the idea - a quilter's heaven if you have the stamina and don't mind hunting for fabric in tight quarters! They only do cash or checks, no cash register that I saw; a generic sales slip and the owner keeps the carbon. She has been in business for 40 years and if you show her a swatch you seek, she can point to where it is or tell you they don't have it. Amazing place - absolutely amazing!

I had nothing in particular in mind and there was a sale going on for fat 1/4's - I got a little of this - a little of that - thinking applique for leaves, stems and birds...

A few purchases at the other shops and the realization that I am actually quite content with all my present and future planned projects that are in my sewing room. A nice feeling!

Wishing each of you a sense of contentment in all that you do...

Pat


 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Around the bend...

...on backroads that wander through the northwoods...always a first choice rather than a busy 4 lane...and the way I often approach life..

A chilly, rainy drive to the groomers for our senior fur baby - Molly's sheltie coat is so heavy and doubled, come warm weather we have her "lightened up". There are many who don't believe in this but when your little companion quits moving around, does not eat well and pants heavily, shortening the coat is the best choice. She is positively spunky after grooming & her step is quicker. (Our other 2 shelties go to the "beauty salon" later this week - they just get baths and a trim to neaten things up - their coats are totally different).

A nap by the fireplace is in order

While Molly was getting her spa treatment - I decided to check out what was around the bend...

A favorite greenhouse - and a selection of basic herbs for the garden...

Oh it was so hard to not come home with my usual trunk load of veggie and flower plants...but we have a very packed summer-on-the-road coming up and the gardens will be on their own for the most part. I all ready have dreams sketched out in my garden journal for 2017 though!!

What else is around the bend? Getting ready to make the turn on the final Cherry Tree quilt border...

And the binding has been waiting around the bend for 2 years...


Soon...soon...

And what is around your bend in the days ahead?

Pat



 

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