Friday, September 30, 2011

Back from Vacation

Shortly before we went on vacation, my mother had a slight fall at her assisted living facility (she’s fine) so that threw off my pre-vacation schedule big-time.  I had to make a few extra trips over there just to make sure everything was OK (2 hrs round-trip each just for driving time) and I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to.

  • I had wanted to finish quilting and box up a load of children’s quilts and mail them – that didn’t happen.
  • I had wanted to schedule some blog posts to display while we were gone – only one of those got done.
  • I had wanted to clean my house before we left – fortunately, nobody else did it while we were gone and it’s still waiting < grin >!
  • I had wanted to order some quilt books that were from a big sale C&T Publishing was having – well, of course I did that – I have priorities, you know!  They should arrive any day now …
So now that I’m taking a break from the endless laundry loads, here are a few pictures from our trip to North Carolina.  The weather in Florida was still in the mid-90s and it was upper 50s in NC when we got there and upper 70s when we left there.  We were loving it!

We played golf at several different mountain golf courses – one had a small cemetery with very old stones (1700-1800s) on a hillside – no I didn’t hit my ball there! – I just saw it and we investigated.  It is still attended – that’s very cool.

Our timeshare is at Lake Lure.  This is a view to the lake and one of the golf holes.

There were lots of deer everywhere this year.  We were approaching in a golf cart and this is the last of a bunch that were taking their time getting off of the cart path.

One course was apparently on the migration path of Canadian Geese.  These birds are so exquisite, but they are messy if you get my drift!  Puts new meaning to “getting a birdie” when you hit up to this green … these did move aside and were not aggressive.

I’m getting back to quilting today – I have an “ugly fabric” challenge to meet.  Personally, I don’t think the fabric is ugly!  I’ll post what I make later.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fluff Festival?

Did you know that there was an annual street festival to celebrate that venerable creation Marshmallow Fluff?  Y-e-s-s-e-r-i-e, Bob, it’s for real.  And it honors Archibald Query, who invented the gooey, sticky spread back in 1917.

The Sixth Annual “What the Fluff: A Tribute to Union Square Invention” will be held Saturday, Sep 24th in
Union Square, Somerville, Massachusetts
.  And there’s a cooking contest … No joke!  The categories are:
§             Best Original Recipe
§             Best Traditional Recipe
§             Most Creative
§             Best Youth Entry
§             Grand Prize: Best Overall
I, of course, will not be able to enter because you have to take at least 6 servings of your best Fluff recipe and I would NEVER be able to let those servings leave my kitchen uneaten.  I’m just that way - I’ve never met a Marshmallow Treat or a Peep that I didn’t like.
Fluffernutter, anybody?  You can even have yours on a T-shirt, tote bag or get the comic books:
Thank you, Durkee-Mower, for bringing this totally joyful treat into our homes and good luck to all you Fluffy-cooks up in Massachusetts.  May the Fluff be with you.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Just One Top Done

Just finished up the borders on the 4-to-9 Patch top.  I like the country colors in this one.  Maybe I'll bite the bullet and try some more feathers in the light tan part (it's not as white as it looks in the photo).  I'll probably just meander in the middle - my current favorite, easy quilt design!
And this is the inspiration for my next easy quilt top.  You can tell that the heat has been getting to me and I haven't gotten that energy boost that the crisp fall weather is supposed to bring - ha! - not in Florida - maybe in October!  This photo is of the side wall of one of the local elementary schools, and is a simple square in a square set on point - perfect for some novelty fabrics.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

America Remembers

Quilters have a history of community and compassion.  From the earliest days, groups of women met in “quilting bees”.  They shared the workload, enjoyed the fellowship of other women and helped each other through times of trouble.
When tragedy struck the United States of America on September 11, 2001, many quilters turned to their craft to work through their anger, grief and sorrow for the families of 9-11 victims.
Some of the many 9-11 Memorial Quilts were featured in the April 2002 edition of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine in their QNM Readers’ Quilt Show section.
One of the quilts shown was made by Ann Flaherty, a Textile, Fiber and Quilt Artist.  Ann’s quilt portrayed the Statue of Liberty and the burning skyline of New York City based on a photograph taken on 9-11.  It is titled “Liberty Endures”.
The quilting has pentagon shapes stitched amongst the buildings and behind Liberty’s flame.  Ann also began Operation Kid Comfort that creates comfort quilts and pillows for children of deployed service men and women.  Ann requests that you remember our service personnel today and everyday.
Another beautiful and detailed quilt shown in the QNM article was made by Natima Palaskas a New Zealander living in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates at the time of 9-11.  Natima expressed her shock at seeing the events in America unfold and that, even though she wasn’t living in America, she felt that their loss was her loss and their safety was her safety.  She named her quilt “One for All and All for One” in keeping with her thought that quilters live in one world of sharing and helping each other.  Her quilt was machine quilted by Donna Ward of New Zealand.
Natima’s quilt is also featured in a beautiful book from C&T Publishing called “America From the Heart: Quilters Remember September 11, 2001” by Karey Bresenhan.  To preview many of the quilts included in this book and excerpts with the quilters’ thoughts and intentions when they designed their quilts, check out Amazon at  OR  see the eBook offered by Google at 
Some of the most famous quilts were a product of “America’s 9-11 Memorial Quilts  Project” initiated by Jeannie Ammermann.  Jeannie’s desire to memorialize the victims resulted in multiple quilts that drew volunteers from all over the USA.  Individual quilts honored the Port Authority Staff, the New York State Courts, the New York Fire Dept, the New York Police Dept, the Emergency Services Personnel, the Port Authority Police, the crew and passengers of United Flight 93, Pentagon Personnel and the crew and passengers of Flight 77.
The largest quilt, honoring all 9-11 Victims, was a team effort, lead by Connie Daniels, that included photos of every victim.  It is about 60 feet long and ten feet tall and was made in three sections.  Through its symbolism and photographs of victims, it depicts all events around the 9-11 attacks.
Center of the Victims' Quilt
To learn more about this project, go to
Today we remember and mourn their losses with the families of the victims.  Today we will continue to rebuild and carry on the ideals of this country.  Today we will still have hope for our future and pray for peace throughout the world.  It’s what we do in this Country.
God Bless the USA

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Focus

I’m sure I’ve gone on record to say that I don’t like sewing lots of little pieces … I do much better with big blocks.  Although I really like the way that this top is turning out,  I’d like to see it done!  So that’s going to be my focus for Friday.
This is just laid out on the floor now with the border in pieces.  The green on the outside is actually a very pretty color, medium green with tiny dark green stars – not gray at all.  I’ll try to get a more true color when it’s finished.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wrapping Up Loose Ends

Just wrapping up a few loose ends.  I had put the borders on the Trail to Treadleonia top and I think it contains the “wildness” nicely.
I then made up the lottery blocks that I had pledged for this month in the Mailblocks swap group.  There are actually five, but two are the same orange fabric.  I liked how this Maple Leaf block from the Quilter’s Cache turned out … I can’t remember making it before.  I wouldn’t mind winning the blocks this month (it’s winner take all)!

That’s it for another rainy day.  Our cable was knocked out all over the county last night – another huge electrical storm.  We had no internet and no cable TV channels for most of the day.  We sure are tired of it.  I think we’ve had more than our share this summer.  Oh well, time to think about dinner anyway!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day, a national holiday in the United States since 1984, is celebrated the first Monday in September.  Those who are lucky enough to get the entire three-day weekend off often celebrate with picnics, community/corporate events, watersports and backyard bar-b-ques (grilling on the barbie).  At my house, we are having pot roast using my grandmothers roasting pan that I inherited and love.  Non-traditional? Yes, but yum-yummy!
Smelling Good Already!
And speaking of tradition, Labor Day is seen as the symbolic end-of-summer and women often change over from their summer wardrobes to their winter wardrobes – and they stop wearing white (especially white shoes).  Here in Florida, that doesn’t make sense – it’s still at least 90 (33 c) outside.  I’ll just change over my quilts from light colors to fall colors instead – ha, ha!

This white whole-cloth crib quilt is in the collection at the Illinois State Museum:

While it is beautiful, I am unlikely to ever make something like this.  The Trail to Treadleonia is more my style for donation quilting and it’s what I’m finishing up today.  I have the borders picked out and ready to be cut and sewn.  I guess you could say I’ve moved on to “winter colors” for Labor Day!  These blocks were part of a block swap, so I didn’t make them all myself, but I sure do like them all together.
It has a few novelties and will have tiny stars in the border.
The pattern for this block is at: