Where am I?

Oh, goodness. Well, I’ve had a heck of a time getting down to the sewing room/studio with the exception of a quick wall hanging quilt for my husband’s birthday. It was a solar system panel that I found at a quilt shop in Hannibal, MO. I’ve been working in the garden, visiting families, furniture shopping, and reading along with time-wasting things. Finally, there is a family member who is having a baby, so that means a baby quilt!

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Playing in Green II

Got out into the spring air Saturday and prepped the gardens. Today is mostly sunny and very windy. Tomorrow and Wednesday are expected to be stormy, so I planted spinach, lettuce, and radishes this morning. I’m not a serious gardener. Mostly, I just stick seeds and plants in the ground with a little fertilizer, and hope for the best. But if I would nurture things better, I would get a better yield. Some growth is better than no growth. If I were to get a better yield I would learn to love gardening even more. And loving always makes life worth living.

Quilting was done in gold thread. The yarn was machine-couched, and I’m in the process of embroidering the words.

Playing in Green

It’s spring…or at least the weather should act like it.

I pulled out a packet of green and green-blue fiber that I had stashed away. Playing around with composition, thinking about how to quilt it, and what I want it to say.

I get paralyzed by all the options.

Oh, hello!

Hello, little blog. Mind if we get reacquainted? I ran out of steam here, and I got sucked down the Instagram hole. Life happened. Nothing earth-shattering, but, you know. Have been working on my relationship with God, but sadly my spiritual director’s cancer has returned, and she’s been told that she has until the end of the year. Lovely lady. I can see why God is calling her home.

I’m still wondering what to do with my life, since empty-nesting is getting closer and closer. I know one thing, I think about it too much. I’ll just do what I can do this moment. For now, I’m going to leave the comments off and try not to think about who is reading or not reading this blog. Sound like a plan? OK. It’s just you and me, baby.

Two Completed Quilts (Kids are probably in college by now)

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 39 1/2″ X 39 1/2″
Reference/Pattern: 
 Fat Quarter Baby: 20 Crib Quilts for Bundles of Joy! by It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Designed by:
It’s Sew Emma Patterns, “Elizabeth”
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2017
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting.
Notes: Gift for new baby

 

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 32 1/2″ X 37 1/2″
Reference/Pattern: 
 Fat Quarter Baby: 20 Crib Quilts for Bundles of Joy! by It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Designed by:
It’s Sew Emma Patterns, “Andrew”
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2017
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting.
Notes: Gift for new baby

Shtuff IX

sign in local antique shop

sign in local antique shop

 

Fall has been beautiful. The temperature has been perfect.

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Our one and only tree.

 

Still have pieces for two baby quilts up on the design wall.

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But, I need to get this quilting done for my sister by Thanksgiving. She’s giving it to someone for a retirement gift.

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We had more trick-or-treaters this year. Must have been the nice weather.

a house in our neighborhood

a house in our neighborhood

Holly was scared.

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I go away for a weekend and this is what happens in my sewing room.

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Hubby was working on the window and discovered a leak above the sewing machine. All better now.

Was looking through a cabinet and found these piggies my son made years ago. *sniff, sniff* Memories.

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Mikey was teasing me one morning about leaving drawers slightly open. Got him back! Look what I found in his workshop.

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Once my sewing table was put back where it was, I was quilting at the quilt machine and spontaneously decided to make curtains for my kitchen.

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Finally, last weekend went to the Iowa Sculpture and Fine Arts Festival and bought a little piece of art at the silent auction.

Holly approved.

Holly approved.

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Road Trip

This year my sister and I decided to skip the American Quilter’s Society show because the last couple of years we have been underwhelmed. So, we did our own shop hop. We’ll probably do the AQS show again in a couple of years.

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First shop was Creekside Quilting. My sister had to drop off a quilt frame she inherited from her MIL to a lady who works there. I purchased these fat-quarters:

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for a ducky baby quilt

 

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for a butterfly baby quilt

We made our way to Winterset where John Wayne was born. It’s where Fons and Porter got their start.

Piece Works Quilt Shop is one of my new favorites. It’s overwhelming how many bolts of fabric they have.

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My purchases:

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Maybe I’ll use these for a new wall hanging in the dining room. The far left fat-quarter would make cute kitchen curtains. This means I’ll have to go back for more. Oh, darn!

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They also have their own wine label! This is made at the Covered Bridge Winery. It was pretty tasty.

Lunch was next. We ate at Anything Sweet and More Cafe.

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The moment we walked in I asked myself if this might be a mistake. The place had been a bank at one time because in the corner was a bank vault. I’m not sure how to describe the decor. It looked as if years ago they attempted to make it look like a tea room-dusty silk flowers here and there, an eclectic collection of chairs that could have looked charming but didn’t, empty display cases stashed wherever, piles of files around the register, plastic table cloths. “Tacky” comes to mind. I went to the restroom and found the vault was used as a storage room (which looked unorganized to my eyes.) There was another more open storage area in the same state of disarray, but the restroom was clean. On my way back to the table, I noticed picture frames filled with ribbons from the Iowa State Fair.

The menus were just printed off a regular copier: water-stained and wrinkled. The food was delicious. The waitress and chef were friendly and fun. I had a tomato and ham frittata, and my sister had a broccoli and cheese frittata-each with a simple salad. The chef heard my sister ask me if I liked it. I said I did, and she piped up and said, “I hope so. I won a ribbon for that!” They talked us into dessert by telling us the calories were kept in the vault. We shared a blueberry sour cream pie and a pumpkin bread pudding. Mmmm! The chef won third place out of 192 entries for one of those desserts. I would go back to this restaurant.

Next was the Quilt Museum.

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This was nice. The entrance fee was $6, and we viewed about forty quilts. The theme was star quilts, and they were made between 1880s (?) and 2016. I could have taken pictures, but I didn’t. These will be displayed until January 24, and then they will display art quilts through April.

Next, we headed to Pella, IA. This was about an hour and a half from Winterset. It was a hot drive because my air-conditioner wasn’t working. We were getting sleepy. Also, we were running out of time because most shops closed around 5 or 5:30; so, we skipped a couple of towns that were on our list.

Pella is another quaint town. It was a Dutch settlement so there are a names such as:  Vande Noord, Van Wijk, Hanson, Jansen, and Bruxvoort. You’ll also find tulips, windmills, and dutch letters.

Went to the Quilted Windmill.

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There I purchased:

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and

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Finally, you can’t go to Pella without stopping by:

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Then we headed home. A day well-spent with my sister.