Monday, September 15, 2014

My new socks!

My new socks!
I'm so excited about getting back to knitting!  And this is the first pair of socks I have ever knit - aren't they sweet!  My grandmother taught me very young to knit by sitting behind me & holding her hands over the top of mine while I held the knitting needles - it worked!  So I have used that method with my own granddaughters, too.

Knitting socks is a new challenge for me; they are definitely more difficult to knit than a scarf or a dishcloth.  So I am very proud of my first pair - can you tell?? !!  I love the high tops & how they fold & scrunch down.

The yarn is ONline Supersocke 100, color Saturn - cotton, virgin wool, & polyester.  The wool makes them soft & warm, with no itchiness! 

Yarn shop at Erica's, South Bend, IN
Driving on I-90 heading to Pittsburgh market back in May, we found ourselves just north of Erica's  in South Bend, Indiana, so, of course, we had to detour for shopping.  Their yarn department equaled their fabric & wool departments; it was wonderful !

Have a great Monday, Everyone!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September is National Sewing Month!

Hot, humid days moved in when the kids returned to school, so it feels extra good spending these days indoors enjoying some sewing time during National Sewing Month!  Of course, many other responsibilities continue to pull us from our sewing time - but fight it off, be strong!  Enjoy your time at the sewing machine!

Today I am packing the Battle Series quilts & getting ready to head to Clear Lake, Iowa, to present the Civil War talk to the guild there tomorrow.  I am anxious to meet new quilting friends east of us!
I am still amazed how quickly the summer flew by.  The 100th year celebration of our Midway Country Club is all over - done - but we are still basking in the memories of our August gathering.  With over 60 attending, young & old sharing, we all truly enjoyed the evening.  Thank-you's & reminders of times gone by continue to arrive.  Sons, daughters & grand-daughters of past members continue to share their memories of the past with us.  We are thankful to have celebrated with so many & relived the many memories.  I must say that if you have these opportunities to reminisce, please do because you will never regret that you did.  But you may regret it, if you don't.

We read through the minutes from the 100 years & learned that these women organized the club simply to socialize & support one another here in the country.  Through the years they donated many dollars to orphanages & children's homes in Iowa even during the great depression & the world war years.  There was not one word of "poor, pitiful me" even during those years.  They simply gathered for the joy of being together; they played made-up games & contests, such as who could carry a bean on a knife the farthest or who could put the most beans in a cup on top of her head with a spoon!  Yes, they knew how to entertain themselves. 

Quilt given to guest's grandmother in 1935 
It was also fun to learn that in the 1930's members made quilt blocks for the hostess each month.  The block they made for one another was a very simple 9-patch, however they put half square triangles in each corner.  They named it "Lucky 13" because it became 13 patches instead of 9.  Today that same block has many other names.  They embroidered their name in the center of the block.  Two guests shared their mother's or grandmother's quilts with the group at the gathering.

Back to cooking dinner!  Have a great evening!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Post-Market Travel

Hello again!  Yes, I am alive & well.  Seems it takes me longer to regroup after a market now than it ever has in the past.

We had a wonderful trip from Pennsylvania through West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, and back through Indiana & Illinois to Iowa.  The scenery of West Virginia & Virginia is so very lush & green; it just feeds the wandering spirit.

The walking trail at Fredericksburg explains the battle!
We visited 4 different battlefields, which was my major reason for the traveling after market in Pittsburgh.  I enjoy a special bond with these places now since doing the Civil War Battle Series, and actually have some quilts named for them.  We walked the battlefields of the Wilderness, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania, & Fredericksburg.  I could not begin to show you all the pictures, but I included a few.  It is all hallowed ground & mind-blowing to stand in some of the places where so many, many gave their lives for this country.  We were on the site of the Spotsylvania battlefield exactly 150
This monument depicts a soldier giving water to a
dying soldier of the opposition.
years after the battle - amazing!  And it got me right in the pit of my stomach.

Spotsylvania & Fredericksburg
The parks are amazing with history!

General Jackson was wounded at Chancellorsville &
is highly immortalized on this battlefield.
We walked the area of the Bloody Angle

We visited the Shirley Plantation, home of General Lee's mother in Virginia.  It is such a beautiful & distinguished home right on the James River where the cool breezes flow throughout the house.  It takes you back into the time of masters & slaves on the plantations.  See the huge Willow Oak tree that is over 350 years old.

Three stories high - 11 generations have lived there.
Family still lives in the upper two floors.
The 350-year old willow oak tree on the James River

We traveled on through Richmond, where I wish we had more time to enjoy, on to Williamsburg to see one of the very first settlements in America.  The visitor's center in Williamsburg is a learning center in itself.  The little town has been revived to put you into the colonial mode building-by-building so you can get a real feel for what the town was like in the early 1700's.  And with your pass you can go inside the buildings & relive their way-of-life.

A street in Williamsburg, VA

The Capitol at Williamsburg

Oh, in the excitement of Civil War history, I almost forgot to tell you that Pittsburgh market was awesome; great to reconnect with friends in the quilting world.  Opportunities always abound at market & this spring was no exception.  Two of my quilts will be featured in Quiltmania - one this fall & another next spring.  Look for them in Quiltmania - such a beautifully printed magazine!  Actually each issue is more like a book than a magazine.  The design & printing of the quilts is beautiful.  If you have not seen an issue of Quiltmania, you really should find one to enjoy soon!

Have a fabulous weekend in July!!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

First Day Down !

First day is always "pick up brochure" day, it seems. Some are ready to order on the first day, but many want to ponder their buying decisions.  Then they come back to buy sometime before market's end.   That way we get to see them at least twice!

Here's our view just across the aisle  - pretty awesome!  Buttermilk Basin!  A beautiful booth!  And look at that red aisle carpet - that should keep all those little feet running & lively!

And look who came to visit - my dear friend Pam Buda from Heartspun Quilts .  I have to get over & see her booth & her new Marcus line!

Got to get going!  Another busy day ahead!

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