Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A bed turning

It was time . . . 

This wardrobe was bursting at the seams. The quilts had been folded and stored in there for a couple of years. I'd pull out a few now and then to show or to use. But as every quilter knows, they need to be aired out and refolded.

So I piled them all one by one on top of the bed in the spare room. It looked like the princess and the pea bed.

They were left there a week, okay maybe two . . .

Let me tell you a little about some of them.

These blocks my great grandmother Hammer embroidered. I set it together probably 34 years ago. It was quilted by me and family members. 

This was one of my daughter's baby quilts. My Mom embroidered it, I pieced it and quilted it by hand. This was 1983.

This fan quilt is old. I have no clue where I got it from.

This was a baby quilt my mother made for me, circa 1951.

My son's baby quilt. My mom embroidered it, my aunt Faye hand quilted it. 1977

This is a pin wheel quilt I made. It was one of my first. I remember my mother in law saying I'd never get it pieced. That's all it took, I showed her. Another one I hand quilted with family members. 

This quilt was pieced by Leona Hoelscher in 1993. I won it from our church picnic the year we moved into our new home. The Ladies Sodality at St. Stanislaus Church quilted it.

A green log cabin baby quilt I made in 1983, the year my daughter was born. It is a big baby quilt. I remember the nurses at the hospital telling me to fold it in half before I wrapped the 6 lb baby in it. 

A quilt I made for our Casita camper in 2012. I hand quilted it.

Another quilt I made for the camper with the leftover fabric. This one I used to practice my machine quilting.

This is a recently acquired quilt. The top was given to me by a cousin, who found it in her late mother's things. I had it machine quilted. 

I am not sure what this is called. It's not quilted, but is two layers thick. It has a lot of applique and what looks like crewel embroidery on it. It has a matching pillow cover. I expect it was made about 1940. 

This is a cheater top quilt. It belongs to my daughter and was made by her grandmother. Yes it is still stored at my house!

When my son graduated from baby bed to his big boy bed, I made this quilt. That was about 1980. It has been washed many times. It is a square in a square. 

I made this log cabin quilt  in 1982. It fits a queen size bed and for many years it was on our bed.

My son won this signature quilt at project graduation in 1996. Yes it's still stored at MY house. 

This quilt is a family heirloom. It was given to me after my aunt Faye, passed away by her grand daughter. It has names of lots of family relatives, all women except for my Dad. I am guessing he was a little boy when it was made. He was born in 1923, so this quilt is very old and still in great condition. 

My mother bought this quilt top at a nursing home gift shop in Albany, Missouri. I have to laugh at one block that was made out of Budweiser beer fabric. Another one that Aunt Faye quilted.

The white and print blocks were given to me by my mother in law in the late seventies. They were hand pieced by a cousin Clara Lueckenotte. I pieced and hand quilted this. 

This is a double wedding ring. Again these pieces were given to me by my mother in law. I had it pieced by a lady that apparently didn't know rings were completely round. My aunt Faye quilted this one also. 

My mother embroidered 3 sets of blocks to make this queen size double wedding ring. I hand quilted this about 2010.

This is a scrappy string quilt I pieced on news paper. I hand quilted this one too.

Another scrappy quilt, this one is a log cabin pattern. Another one I hand quilted. 

A Christmas string quilt I made in 2000.

This quilt was pieced and quilted by my aunt Faye for her best friend Wanda Winn. Both of them had passed away when I bought it at Wanda's auction. 

This is a chicken quilt I made for Aunt Faye. The chicken wings are actually prairie points. Their beaks and combs are machine appliques. Their feet are embroidered, 

This quilt took forever to make. I had to trace all the blocks from a book. The traced blocks had to be drawn on the back with a pencil made for ironing on fabric. I then embroidered all the blocks. I made this in the late 80's. 

Now they are all folded and back in the wardrobe once again. Until next time they need to be aired. Hope you enjoyed my bed turning. 

Signed the princess who never found the pea.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter 2014

We missed this little grandson at Easter. We did get to face-time with him several times. He loves to see his 3 cousins talk to him on the camera. The Easter bunny brought him a fisher-price tractor and farm animals, which he dearly loves. 

This was to be our traditional lamb cake. The good news is, it was actually very good cut up and without icing. The bad news is it really could have used some strawberries, and we were out.

We really didn't need cake since I had made my second danish twist in 3 days. Warm, drizzled with icing and the blackberry jelly in the crevices is just awesome!! I posted the recipe a couple of years ago.  If you need it click here.

The fresh cut flowers given to me by my sweet daughter in law, made the table beautiful. My granite ware is my "country china".

The oldest three grand kids did some posing while their Mom took a few photos in the yard. 

Then the Easter egg hunt was on!

After dinner they found their Easter presents. 

I've been wanting a good picture of the blacksmith and me with Bentley.  This was the best we could get the dog to do. I don't think it will make the Christmas Card cut this year.

How was your Easter?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Our Saturday

We were up before dawn on Saturday to travel to a Mountain Man show at a near by town.

Here are 2 of our display tables. The third table was just as full of iron work. The show was small, very small. Probably not over 40-50 people came through. However, for us it was profitable. That's what counts!  Next year they are moving the date to winter time. Spring with 80 degree temperature equals no shoppers.

We arrived home early and decided to make church at 5:30. Afterward we went to our favorite local dinner establishment, Ecco Lounge. We were seated in the back room, a small room with 5 tables. 

This is what we saw across from us at table #1. The couple (our age) at table #2 asked him if he was proposing engagement to his girlfriend tonight. "Oh no" he said, "I'm going to ask her to the prom". PROM? a proposal?

The young, man who was very polite, asked if we would all clap if she accepted his proposal. Soon he got a text that she had arrived in the parking lot. 

As this picture was taken she was saying yes, and we all broke out clapping and cheering!

Poor girl, she only has two weeks to find "the dress"!

Apparently, this is a common thing to try to out do the last person in asking for a date. After I posted this on Facebook, a friend sent me this text about her daughter  - One guy asked Meredith to a dance once by piling up about nine old tires at our front door with a bunch of Rolo candy and a sign that said "I'm sure you're tired of waiting for me to ask but will you roll with me to sweethearts? " It was a classic.   

Times sure have changed since I was asked to prom?  How about you?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Look what I left behind.

This one I would love to have! A friend (who I talked about here) is selling this white featherweight for $400. It's just a little too rich for my blood. But if you are interested left me know, I can find out if it's still available. The machine is located in Jefferson City, Mo. 

At 8:30 AM, I got a text from my favorite daughter-in-law of a black machine for sale at a rummage sale up the road. She actually texted me the above picture. The blacksmith and I quickly headed there. 

It's a Singer 15-90. I'm still thinking on this one.  A singer 15-90 is belt driven, where as the 15-91 is gear driven. Otherwise it's pretty much the same machine. 

My friend Angie, found this one at an antique store west of Columbia Missouri. It is listed at $375.00.

Funny I had never seen a white featherweight in person until this past week. Now I see there are 2 located fairly close.

Thanks  again to social media (Facebook) today I heard about 3 more machines at another rummage sale. (Thanks Andy).

This Modernage was $45.  It's not a Singer, but looks very similar. 

Then there was this sweet Singer 99. It was only $45, that's $10 less than I paid for mine. I wish I would have photoed the serial number. I'm pretty sure it's older than mine. Again, I didn't need this one either.

At the same sale was this Modern Age retro pink machine. It was nice too, just not my style. 

After all that deciding not to buy, my stomach was growling. I stopped by Mi Pueblo Mexican bakery. They now make dinner items. I had bought some of their tamales one Saturday and loved them. So I was ready for a few more and some taco al pastor. 

The lady seemed a little confused when I asked for beef and chicken tamales. It was then in broken English she tried to explain, only on weekends. So I settled for tacos. I will be back some Saturday.  Maybe when I'm back out looking for sewing machines!