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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 11-12-1911 

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/Augu

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?  Load

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 c