Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Day Of Thankfulness!

In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly, but not universally, traced to a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. Pilgrims and Puritans who began emigrating from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England. Several days of Thanksgiving were held in early New England history that have been identified as the "First Thanksgiving", including Pilgrim holidays in Plymouth in 1621 and 1623, and a Puritan holiday in Boston in 1631.[8][9] According to historian Jeremy Bangs, director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, the Pilgrims may have been influenced by watching the annual services of Thanksgiving for the relief of thesiege of Leiden in 1574, while they were staying in Leiden.[10] Now called Oktober Feest, Leiden's autumn thanksgiving celebration in 1617 was the occasion for sectarian disturbance that appears to have accelerated the pilgrims plans to emigrate to America.[11] In later years, religious thanksgiving services were declared by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford, who planned the colony's thanksgiving celebration and fast in 1623.[12][13][14] The practice of holding an annual harvest festival did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660s.[15]
Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution. During the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress,[16] each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes.[17] As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God".[18]

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pat Sloan's Mystery Begins

Well, we can't let the year end without having another
mystery BOM (Block of the Month)
from Pat Sloan 
I'm still working on 2015 pattern Vacation Time!
Maybe, I'll finish in 2016! 
Check out her website to sign up for notifications
Looks like we're going to busy! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Four Is Enough?

Since I have sold my 8H and 10 H looms, I'm back to only 4H--
oh, so sad I say to myself.  Than I see something like this post from
Unraveling and I know--you used to weave 4 H weave structures all the time;
so, what's the big deal?!  Meg is planning this graph to weave some
cashmere--well, I say, I think I'll try this too!
Happy treadling, y'all!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Bonnie Hunter Mystery Time!

The colors and sights of Tuscany have inspired Bonnie to combine what she experienced into a very cool quilt that you will love hopefully as much as I do!

What does Allietare mean?  To GLADDEN!  To REJOICE!  To become CHEERFUL!  It’s the perfect name for this quilt, it made me so happy to watch it come together.
We will begin November 27--check out her website  to see the fabrics and
get suggestions on color

Sunday, November 22, 2015

We're Sewing for our Military

Mystery Quilts for Military --join up at Yahoo groups.

November 2015, 2015 Designed by: Alycia Carmin Mystery Quilts for Military

Clue #1 has been posted so we're sewing!

Fabric Requirements: Based on 40 inch wide fabrics ( most I find are still 42 inches, but just to be safe)
Blue: 2 yards
Red : 1 3/8 Yards
White: 2 ¼ yards Binding: ½ yard ( You may want to wait and see, and use up some of your leftovers)
Backing: Approximately 4 yards
Tools Needed: Companion Angle – They come in 4 ½ and 6 ½ - Both will work – I usually go for the bigger ruler, it has more options later Easy Angle Ruler:
Straight Edge Rules Rotary Cutter I have made two of them so far – t

Saturday, November 21, 2015


A snowdrift at the highway – not nice and even dangerous.
A snowdrift in the mountains on a sunny morning after a stormy night – what a sight to behold! Lines in the snow forming different patterns, sparkling in the morning sun…
A phenomenon in nature that has a dark and a bright side! And like this, our this year’s KAL project will be: a shawl with a dark and a bright side. But both sides will be pretty in this case! The only danger may be that you don’t want to stop snuggling on cold days.
We will knit a large asymmetric shawl in Brioche technique. This makes the shawl completely reversible and you will have the choice each day which side to use."  from the website of Dibadu!  
Let's knit this!  Did you see that description?  Brioche technique!!  I'm excited--this one begins November 27 and runs through Advent with this free pattern till Jan 1-2016!
I can see lots of knitting in my future during those dreary days of winter!  Join me!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Hoo! Hoo!

I was so excited to receive my Owl Festival quilt back from quilter, Sandy!  This was a fun one to make--such variety of owls--I worked on it for a year with patterns from Sindy of Fatcat Patterns.  I love her sense of humor and her design work!
Whoo!  Whoo!  Isn't this fun quilt?
I'm sure I can find someone who is into owls or birds..........

and I was so happy to have found this owl backing fabric!

Sindy always offers a free BOM each month--you can also purchase the complete 
pattern for a small fee.  Check out what she has now on her website.