Saturday, November 12, 2011

One Hunderd years ago

Perhaps they are not really stars in the sky...
....perhaps they are openings in the heavens where our loved
 ones shine down to let us know they are happy.

Last picture taken of us together on her 90th birthday.
A very special mother that was born on

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Quilting with Miss Abbie's help-- having fun in the kitchen and Herb Study Group!

Miss Abbie helping me with piecing!
I am making this quilt for my niece, Kathy.
This is the label that will be attached to the back after I transfer family signatures onto the muslin. 

A friend of ours grows red/purple raspberries and yesterday I made Jam.
I processed 13 jars of "yummy" Jam! I might leave them on the counter for a few days to admire! :) 

Anyone for tarts and tea?
I made tarts that were filled with the Jam

I belong to Des Moines Herb Study group and we maintain and plant two gardens at the
Des Moines Botanical Garden. Enlarge to read plaque.

This is our Herb study garden
Every Monday morning we work in the gardens. Once a month we have a meeting and potluck lunch using our crops. I have learned to grow and cook with herbs from the members of this delightful group!   
In-between time I am working on another project -  Liz Porter's traditional Double Nine Patch using bubblegum pink and indigo prints featured in Fons & Porter's July/August 2011 issue. As you can see I have a ways to go! :)
Today, is a beautiful sunny and cool day in Des Moines. I plan to spend the rest of afternoon  outside listening to the birds singing and finish hand quilting ( Kathie Holland) scrappy strip quilt for my niece, Kathy. 
Hope you are enjoying your week doing what you love!

Hugs, Carolyn 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Antiquing in Walnut, Iowa!

         A "fun" day antiquing with a friend!  
Vendors everywhere--- selling their treasures!
Beautiful vintage quilts!
 Below is the "Basket" quilt.

"Nine Patch"

Two color "Bow Tie" quilt

"Pin Wheel" quilt

Yo-Yo quilt

Traditional "Nine Patch" quilt 

Star and Log Cabin quilt
Marge found a fun toy telephone, helloooo!

I need to sit a spell, please!!!!!

Ready to go again!
More quilts and fun stuff!

Children's chairs and benches came from a music school in New York. The vendor would only sell them as a set------- boo! hoo!   :(
Vendors! More than 30,000 people attend this show each year. This event is always the third weekend in June. Walnut, Iowa, has 17 blocks of dealers outside and two indoor halls. 

More vendors!
Cute little vintage Dutch dolls ---they almost came home with me!

Getting close to the end of the day and ooooh--- this fainting couch looks good and comfortable.  Don't you agree? 

Loading up the car and going home---- to rest!

Thank you "Marge" for a fun filled day!

And now---- back to reality! This is what I will be working on a while- using my scraps for  these new projects.
Fons and Porter's Bubble Gum Double Nine Patch 

 Kathie Holland's---Weaving the Rails-- featured in the August American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Visit her blog-- you will be inspired with all of her lovely projects!

Hope you are having a wonderful week.
Hugs, Carolyn

 P.S. I have baby tomatoes on some of the tomato plants the size of a quarter---hope they mature so I can make salsa!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Little of this and a little of that!

Hello! I'm greeting you with a basket of flowers! 

Below is a Clematis blooming in our side garden.
Love these beautiful blooms!

I enjoyed participating in Christine's 2nd doll quilt swap. Thank you Christine for hosting this fun event! 
Lisa's doll quilt is in the mail. I also made her a needle keeper.

I used this wonderful handy tool guild a friend gave to me a few years ago- I have used it many times for making scrappy quilts. There are 102 traditional quilt blocks in 5 sizes, each with design details and construction diagrams.

I made this little doll quilt using the block tool and attached small yo-yo's on the inner border.

I have a thing for little toy sewing machines!  

These two were a surprise recently from my husband!

Below is a tumbler revisable table topper that I just finished. I was inspired by Kathie Holland when I visited her blog last week regarding her post on June 7th. I just had to make this fun quilt.  
Thank you Kathie!

I placed this cheaters panel on the reverse side of the quilt.. 

"Father's Day"
The men in our lives are always there with a shoulder to lean on and a steady love that is too often taken for granted. Once each year, on the third Sunday in June, there is a chance to remind fathers and the men who step in when fathers are not available, that all of their quiet efforts are appreciated. To my best friend and the father of our sons "Happy Father's Day"!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs, Carolyn