Saturday, August 6, 2016

Sewing for Cancer

Summer is drawing to a close for the kids. Soon it will be back to school. So I found a project Lizzie (our 7 yr. old grand daughter in case you didn't know) could work on. She loves to sew on my 1931 Singer hand crank machine.  I had gotten an email from Specialty Quilts about a Yo-Ho-Ho treasure hunt sewing project. It was to sew pillow cases for kids with cancer. I had done this before at Christmas time using all holiday fabrics. 

So off we went to the store. Lizzie picked out a package with 2 pre-cut borders. (Of course that in itself was a hard decision). After signing her name to the "Pirates List", she had to match "body" fabric to coordinate with the borders. 

I explained to her that these would be given to children in the hospital suffering from cancer. Lord we know what that is, we have buried two from our family this summer with cancer. Our great nephew Bradley was only 15 when diagnosed with stage 4 Ewing Sarcoma, summer of 2014. He passed away this May just shy of his 17th birthday. Then in July we lost our brother in law at the early age of 57 to pancreatic cancer. And we have a sister in law who is in hospice now from lung cancer. 

Lizzie was more than willing to sew for these kids. She even commented when picking out the fabric if a baby or a big kid would like it. 

Don't you just love how she can cross her legs while she sews. Bet you and I can't do that!

 Such concentration!

Here she proudly shows off her two pillowcases. We will return these next week where she will be given a reward for sewing them. Chances are she will ask to sew more.

Just listen how peaceful it is to sew on this machine. (The tongue out might help too.)

If you'd like to know more about sewing pillowcases for cancer go to Ryan's Cases for smiles.

After we finished the cases it was time to make some blackberry jelly. Lizzie's other grandfather who is 87 picked all the berries. 

I can't believe their summer break is about over. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A gathering

To read the first part of the story, go to Osage Bluff Blacksmith blog.  While there become a follower too!

Here's just a few more pictures from a my view of the time spent at Hank and Bonita's.  

This vintage Airstream is to die for. If only the walls could talk. I knew both of the previous owners who were wonderful blacksmiths. RIP Francis Whitaker and Tom Clark. Oh to have this and to restore it would be so cool.

 Meet Hammer, he's a little shy on this side, all 100+ pounds of him.

 This side shows a face begging for some attention. He's a Rhodesian Ridgeback.

My friend Bev is trying to tell me to push the button when we are trying to take a selfie to send our friend Margie!

  We had a great place to camp, friend's fully equipped driveway!

 On our way home we stopped at Klein's Restaurant in Rosebud Missouri.





An ANVIL!  Sorry didn't mean to yell that, but the blacksmith was pretty impressed with it being at the front door.

What a great time we had. Wish you were there!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Things I've been working on.

What a challenge I was given!

 It called for some hand piecing. (I normally don't do hand piecing.)

It had some real challenges, including the maker had cut it off crooked. I can say this with confidence that it was not straight across!

I however persevered, added a green border, then a big white border, after all it had to be at least queen size. 

It was then hand quilted. (By friends and myself) Something old, something new. I think it turned out perfect.

A chicken felt table runner made for my friend Margie! (she will love seeing her name on my blog)

This one is still a work in progress. I want to add more onto the sewing machine end. I'm keeping this one for me.

This friend wanted a baby quilt with a beachy theme. The fabric on the back is adorable. The back matches her embroidery work perfectly.

Turquoise and pink was requested for this one. If you blow the picture up you will see the fabric had chickens to match the embroidery work. Both of these were machine quilted. (I used a 1919 Singer 66 red eye and a 1952 Singer 15-91 to quilt these).

These quilts I made 5 years ago for sisters. (You can read about it here.) Times have changed, beds have gotten bigger, mattress thicker and they no longer fit. So they asked me to add a ruffle. I was skeptical at first. But in the end, I loved the way they turned out!

See you later!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Florida April 2016, someone turns ONE

Florida times means grandsons time!

It was some beautiful weather this time, maybe because our son in law is a meteorologist and he only orders us good weather?!?

Everyday grandpa would pick oranges in the backyard and make fresh squeezed juice. Connor thought that was a real treat. It seems his parents get their juice in a bottle at Publix! LOL

Here the boys are playing with a toy from their second cousin who is now a Navy seal. Old toys were made to last!

Every time this little guy hears music he started to dance. You should see him rock to Big Bang Theory theme. He knows to raise his arm at the end of the song. 

 I think the dog might have been a little jealous.

 This might be our last good bye photo at this house, as they are house hunting for a new home. 

 A beautiful afternoon to play outside. 

 Birthday party!!!  Grandpa asked for a bite and got it.

 Logan was not afraid to dig in. 

It's not a horse, but he knows how to ride 'em!

Until next time . . .see you on facetime boys. Love you to the moon and back.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Facebook On-line 7 day quilt challenge show

If you are my friend on facebook, you have already read all this and you can skip over it.  If not, I will tell you that my friend challenged me to this, so here is my past week on facebook!

I have been nominated by Terri Krysan to an on-line, 7 day quilt show of some of my work. It's so hard to only pick 7. But here it goes. I made this quilt top for a coworker Julie Buschjost years ago. It was hand quilted at her church and then auctioned on the St Thomas picnic. I loved the blue and yellow crispness.
Day 2 of Terri Krysan on-line quilt show.
I made this from red and white fabric I received in a fabric swap. There were 121 quilters who traded fabric, from 37 states and 16 international countries. I also won a bag of the selvages from the red and white fabric. Those were incorporated into their own blocks.
I hand quilted this last fall.
It's time for the day 3 on-line quilt show thanks to Terri .
This is my Noah's ark quilt I made in 2002. It is paper piece patterns in a book titled A Quilter's Ark by Margaret Rolfe.
Paper piecing was new to me. This was not a beginner pattern by any means. In fact I paper pieced this on interfacing, as I didn't understand the paper concept. I left the interfacing intact.
Bless Mrs. Kirsch, Jane's mom who hand quilted it for me.

Terri it's day 4 of your on-line quilt challenge. It's so much fun looking back at some of my works.
I'm cheating today and getting 2 for 1. These quilts I made when my grandsons got their new bunk beds. Of which they have now out grown.
Both quilts feature paper piece patterns. The designs are my own with the use of purchased patterns for the animals.

It's already day 5 of Terri's on line quilt show. It's getting harder to choose the last few.
I started on this quilt just days after 9/11 happened in 2001. It has over 2500 pieces of fabric. Most every block was paper pieced. As usual I included the year into my quilt. It's kind of my signature. It has some purchased patterns but the design is all mine.
Several years later in July, our local television station (KRCG-13) had a contest to show your red, white, and blue. I won first place with this quilt and received a beautiful ruby, diamond, and sapphire necklace valued at $500.
This is one of my most favorite quilts. It has been on our bed for years. This picture is before it was hand quilted by Jane Kirsch-Massman's late mother.

Day 6 Terri, your on-line quilt show is ending too quickly.
This Sunbonnet alphabet quilt was based on a book first published in 1929. It was reprinted in 1990.
I first traced each block using tracing paper. I then flipped it over, on the reverse side re-drew it with an iron-on pencil. My mom ironed the patterns on fabric for me. Then came the embroidery work, months of it. You should see the block with "A" on it. The chalkboard is solid thread.
I'm not sure when I started this quilt, but I did finish it in 1997 as I have the date embroidered in the bottom right hand block. The pillow tuck when the bed is made, makes these blocks line up perfectly. It to is hand quilted.

It's the last day of my on-line quilt challenge. Thank you Terri for nominating me.
The chicken in the grass quilt brings a flood of memories of my Aunt Faye. I made this for her. Her kitchen was decorated with chickens. If she would have had her way, there would have been live ones in her backyard.
Every morning when she made her bed with this quilt, she would flip the edge by the window over, so it wouldn't fade from the sun.
She was my mentor, in cooking, sewing, and quilting. A great Christian lady who would do her daily devotions and write in her journal every morning before hand quilting. Later in the day she would call to see how the kids were, (later it was grandkids) talk about a recipe, or see if I had any show and tell to bring to quilt day at her church.
This pattern was in Woman's Day magazine. All the chicken wings are prairie points. Their feet and eyes are embroidered.
She always said when she was gone I would get the quilt back. True to her word, her grand daughter Tree Lynn Henderson gave it to me the following week.
I miss Aunt Faye every day

Friday, February 26, 2016

One more . . . .

I did a little research on a lady recently. (Thank you Google!) Her name was Nora Lydia Pries, she was born in 1898. 
 Nora and William Brandt

She  married  William Carl Brandt and had 4 sons according to the 1940 census in Illinois. At that time her boys were: Leroy 18,  Floyd 8, Wayne 6, and Delmar was one year old. They lived on Second street in St. Peters, Illinois.

In my search I found that her husband died in 1952 at the Jefferson Barracks Veterans Hospital. He was born August 11, 1892, this making him only 59 when he died. She was widowed at the age of 54. Nora died on July 13, 1982, at the age of 84.

Further in my  search, I am pretty sure she married some years later to a Mr. Washington. In her son Leroy's obituary in 1968, it listed his mother as Nora Washington. Leroy was injured in World War II and lost the use of both legs. I found quite a military story about Leroy on line. 

I could search further, but then this is not my family. Nor am I related any way to this lady. Why does she intrigue me?

Because I bought her sewing machine this week. 

You see, her name was on one of the boxes in the side storage area. There is even a spool of Singer sewing thread. I've never seen that before.

It's a true Martha Washington cabinet with the badge to prove it!

The cabinet is not perfect, but it's been around for a long time. How long I'm not sure, my guess is the 20's or 30's. 

The White Rotary machine is in great shape. It sews well. It will be better when the blacksmith gets around to degreasing it and freshening it up, along with some oil.  The White company was incorporated in 1876.

It has the most unique plug that I have ever seen. 

I had originally planned on looking at this machine for  my sister.  She wanted the cabinet. If not for her, a friend in Australia (who also lives part time in the states) was interested. But when we got there, I was once against intrigued with the cabinet, the machine, and the history. 

Did I mention that this is now my 18th machine?  Who says I don't have a problem?

Monday, February 22, 2016

Two quilts go to new homes

Did you ever do something just gave you that warm fuzzy feeling?  Well I recently did.

A lady in our community passed away on New Years Eve. Leona was 95 years young. I say that because she was a quilt piecer who was still sewing right up to the time of her death. I had the privilege of knowing her for about 45 years. The blacksmith knew her even longer. His parents and Leona and her husband were not only neighbors but friends. Their kids grew up together, went to school together, and ran around together. 

In 1993, the year we moved into this house, I won one of her quilts at our church picnic. It is queen size with a lone star in the middle and log cabin blocks around it. I used it for several years. 

A couple of weeks ago, I was reorganizing my quilts and decided it was time to pass it on. One of Leona's grandsons is in our neighborhood. I asked his wife Jennifer if Brian had any of his grandmother's quilts. She told me just one. 

I invited them over and gave it to Brian. I explained it had been gently used but well loved and taken care of. I also had two matching pillows. 

In my stash I also had a quilt my son Jeremy won in his senior year of high school, 1996. It was given away at his high school project graduation. He really didn't seem to be interested in keeping it, so together we devised a plan. 

This quilt was also made by Leona. Jeremy and his classmates, including Leona's grand daughter Tami, signed the blocks.  So I sent her a Facebook message and asked if she would like a quilt her grandmother had pieced. Of course she said yes. I didn't tell her what the quilt was until she arrived.

In the center of this picture you will see Tami's signature.

Top right, you can see my son Jeremy's name.

The Blair Oaks class of 1996. Which reminds me, this year will be their 20th class reunion. (Not that I'm old enough to have a son that age!)

Here is a picture of the entire quilt. 

Giving away something that has meaning to these two grand kids made me feel good. 

Life is good.