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.

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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.

 

 

 

Completed Quilts and Class

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 38 1/2″ X 42 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, “Claire”
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2016
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting. Gift for new baby.

 

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 38 1/2″ X 42 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, “Claire”
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2016
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting. Gift for new baby.

 

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The class was a good time, but I was exhausted and had a splitting headache. I think that’s because I didn’t finish my usual allotment of coffee.

The class was scheduled 8-4 but went an extra hour. Our goal was to have everyone go home with a finished product and if that didn’t happen, we’d schedule another time to help them finish. The cutting of the fabric took the longest for everyone. Everyone reached the basting part, and one lady had her’s quilted.

We told everyone to bring a sack lunch. One lady said she would bring chili for everyone. Others brought sides to share. It was a lovely get-together  and time to get to know other parishioners.

Got Something Done

This pattern is going to be used in the quilt class another lady and I are teaching at church.
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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 36″ X 36″
Reference/Pattern: 
  Traditional “Shoo fly” block using EQ7 “Block to Quilt” feature/ Sailboat, Stars, Rose patterns from EQ7
Designed by:
Barbara Wolff
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2016
Where: Newton, IA
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting. 

Notes: For Quilt class. DO NOT buy Soft and Crafty 80/20 batting from JoAnn’s. Who likes the antique, crinkly look? I’m getting over it. In spite of the fact that I pre-washed the batting (I’m experimenting with this) as well as the fabric-which I have always done,  these still came out pretty crinkly.

Hope springs eternal that a less expensive brand might surprisingly turn out to work well for certain needs. But this stuff was thin and thinner after washing.

OK, I’ll roll with this and make it apart of the lesson.

I think I should do a little more quilting around the sailboat and stars.

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Something New

I’m taking a short break from the baby rattles. This is where I’ve left off: I’ve quilted the foxes and drew in some leaves with a water soluble pen.  So now I’m thinking of stitch-in-the-ditch on the rattles. Probably should have SID first, but when I started the foxes, I had in mind a kind of overall design-which I can still do.

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Another avid quilter and I are going to offer a beginners’ quilt class at church. Each of us is making a quilt or two of the same pattern for inspiration. I’m using fabrics I’ve had in my stash FOREVER. One is little boy sailors and the other is little girls having a tea party.

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Many years ago I did a one-day camp for kids at the YMCA.

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That’s my little girly on the far left.

The camp went well since I took the time to really plan. Planning is uncharacteristic for me.