Sunday, May 29, 2016
Monday, May 30 is National Memorial Day. A time to reflect on those who
served our country in the military. My father served in WWII in the Army.
He never talked about his experiences or what war was like. I wish he had.
Recently, as I was going through more of my mother's papers, I came upon
the map to my dad's grave in Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.
He died June 24, 1974 and it was all such a blur.
I remember the burial site was near or under a tree
on a hill. This map pinpoints it exactly--well, almost.
About five years back, we took a trip to the region and I wanted to
see if I could find dad's grave site--it took some investigative work
through U S Government records to find the site number and section.
We finally found the section and walked through the graves to
find the location--there it was....
on top of a hill, under a tree. This map would have made it much easier.
As we roamed through those numerous graves, our hearts were filled
with thanksgiving for these who sacrificed for us to have
Saturday, May 28, 2016
We hadn't been together for quite some time--
This day is our day; I'm ready to share with my dear friends--
sadness, happiness, joys, grandkid happenings,
and not the least of all--our quilts!
Annette had made this 4 patch disappearing quilt top for a friend.
What fun--great way to use up all those scraps from the stash.
She started with 5.5" squares to make the four patch and
then cut, twist and sew!
Judy M, our hostess, shared her latest creation--$29 quilt kit!
WOW! what a popper in the camera lenses--but to the naked eye
the fabrics don't look like they work together.
We thought the main fabric was quite busy--but in this
case, it all works together. For this accent, Judy used
raw edge applique--and it works!
And the quilt design is just perfect for the busy front.
On the quilt frame--I'd call this "Juicy" fruit or "Starburst"
such lively, powerful colors on the gradient bases.
Linda used Pat Sloan's 2015 mystery quilt pattern (Josh' quilt top pattern)
to make this lovely Christmas quilt.
Backing is super great!
Quilting by Sandy!
Brenda was hand stitching the binding from her latest quilt festival
workshop--love this star!
and here is the quilting pattern--super great looking!
Judy M wanted to use her orphan blocks to make a manly lap robe.
We played with the pieces--this is so much fun--itching to
bet to my 'orphans' to do the same!
A super great day for me--lots of laughter, a few tears, hugs, making
it the highlight of my day when we can gather.
Friday, May 27, 2016
If you are like me, there is a basket full of cotton yarns just waiting!
I have all this Sugar and Cream yarn aged well and ready for the needles.
I passed off several skeins to a weaver friend who weaves
Well, I found perfect patterns to knit up those yarns............
Simply Notable has several patterns for wash cloths! Great gifts!
Enjoy her website!
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Years ago, I spun the silk for my blond headed daughter's wedding dress. I bought 3 bricks(common measurement) of silk. At the time, I thought the price was high but now----I'm so glad I have one brick left to spin.
It's pure pleasure to spin this bombyx silk! So far, I have two bobbins ready to be plied
My goal is to spin all the brick and two ply for the loom.
My first goal is being met. My second goal is to weave yardage.
I would really love to have silk pillowcases with silk knitted lace edging--
that is the final goal.
we'll see if it happens!
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Perfect! Just Perfect! Small in size with the right knitting techniques to make these
12 days of Christmas mittens.
Take a look at the website to see last year's mittens
and you'll want to knit those too!