Thursday, November 14, 2013

I'm going away....

to a short quilt retreat and I'm putting together a list of things that I need to remember to bring. I'm still trying to decide whether I will bring a hand or machine project, but either one is already pre-cut so I won't have to drag mats, cutter, or rulers. 

So far the things I have on my list that I know I've forgotten on other trips are...Ott light, thread, needles....

What do you take with you when you leave home to quilt/sew?

A quilt from the Galena quilt show last weekend. It's the only photo I took. I'm on the hunt for the perfect green, and a white, and the pattern. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

What was I thinking...

This quilt has been on the frame since we moved up to Wisconsin and I've decided it's time to finish it. Black thread on black fabric...what was I thinking!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Laura Days 2013

Last month, I traveled out to Pepin, Wisconsin where I spent all day Saturday and Sunday teaching children how to hand stitch quilt squares as part of the Laura Days festival.   We met on the grounds of the Wayside cabin location close to where the original Ingall's cabin may have once stood.  The Big Woods are long gone and in it's place stood acre upon acre of corn.  The view from the cabin is wonderful!  There is a farm just down the street that stands empty and had there been a for sale sign up I might have called for a showing.  This corner of the state is much different other parts of Wisconsin that I've explored.

We hand stitched four inch square together to make a four patch block.  Some of the children had hand stitched blocks during other Laura Days and they brought them back with them this year to back this year to add four more blocks.   The youngest just girl I helped stitch was three years old.  She held the fabric and I ran the needle and thread through for her. 
 Next year I'll remember to take pictures during the event!  

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

After seeing a cigar box repurposed into a clever sewing box on someone's blog, I searched for one of my own to keep my hand piecing tools in.  I'm always amazed at how quickly blocks can be stitched together by hand if pieces are prepped and waiting close by.

August was a good month for hand piecing.  Four blocks down...twelve to go.   I need to start looking for the remaining kits.  Im pretty sure they are in a drawer somewhere in the house.

Much of my summer and most of the last few days have been spent in my garden.  The amount of produce that has come from my garden this year has been amazing.  In July, I passed up a hiking trip to Rocky National Park to hike with my husband.  The weather for the week we were scheduled to travel was forecasted to be in the 90's with no foreseeable rain.   Looking back, I know that my garden wouldn't have survived without watering had I gone away.  Now it's the first week of September and I can barely stand to eat another yellow cherry tomato.   I've started freezing them whole and if nothing else I will feed them to the chickens this winter.  

Next to my home and garden, this quilt shop maybe be my next favorite place
It's "Ye Olde Schoolhouse" in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.  If you ever find yourself driving through southeastern Wisconsin...this is a must see shop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Picking up the pieces....

Hand piecing out on the back porch this morning.