Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Weekend Getaway and Quilt Show

It's been quite a couple of weeks,  so after getting my mom back into her apartment from the hospital and nursing home stay, Cory and I got away for the weekend.

First up was an outdoor concert. Summer fairs are a great place to see live concerts from classic bands. We saw 38 Special. It was a gorgeous summer evening and enjoyed our time away not thinking about the stresses of the day. 

The next day we made our way to the Coburg quilt show.

It was fun to see several of Bonnie's quilts hanging. 

 Here is Vortex, patterned by Dawn. 

Was fun to see this one in person and not just online. It was spunky and so pretty!
 This was one of my favorites, but only after reading the tag. (below) What a hoot!
 This one caught my eye as well, called African Fire Flower

I had a lovely chat with the talented Marsha McCloskey, who was vending there. If you don't know who she is, I'll say she is the master of the Feathered Star pattern!!

After that we got to spend a little time at the Oregon Coast before heading back to reality on Sunday. Thanks for coming along with me!

Happy Wednesday.

PS, I'm dreadfully behind on blog reading. I've been catching up but only commenting sporadically. I'm not ignoring you!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Quilters are the Best! Dresses for Bolivia .. Part 2

Thank you for the overwhelming response to "Make a dress for Bolivia" blog post. 
I posted that, got my mom settled in her room, and promptly left town for a few days away with hubby! I haven't had a chance to test any of the links but have looked at all of them. Feel free to choose one and make it your way. 

I looked for cute pillowcases at a couple of thrift stores and they were NOT pretty like shown in this photo. Use a pillowcase, or extra yardage you have in your stash. My plan is take start this week. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
PS, I'll be taking each and every dress with me to Bolivia. I know quilters are a generous bunch and I'm prepared! (Look for a cute pocket tutorial too!)
It has been converted to yardage and is so simple. A little 1/4" elastic, a package of double fold bias tape and decorative stitches on the hem or ties if you want and you have a dress in no time. You can also add pockets and lace if you feel so inclined. They go together so fast. I think it takes longer to measure the fabric cut the armholes and do the pressing than it does to make the dress. They have the pattern for four different sizes from small to X-Large.

Please remind those making the dresses that sturdy fabric, well sewn seams and big pockets make these dresses more useful.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pillowcase Dresses for Bolivia

These adorable little girls and cute pinafores are residing in the mountains of Guatemala. I'm considering taking some with me to Bolivia but cannot make them all myself.
Here's where you come in.
I'm looking for a simple pattern. I've found several online, but which one is the easiest?  I haven't had time to look this week, but maybe you have and know the answer. Please leave a link in the comment section or send me an email.

Secondly, who would be willing to help make one or two? The more I was reading about the little "pillowcase" dresses I realized it was so much more than clothing for them.

“We’re not just sending dresses, we’re sending HOPE!”

"Little girls are often left to be the primary care givers of their young siblings. It is our hope that in delivering dresses to these young girls, that a seed will be planted in their hearts, in the name of Jesus, that they are worthy."

If enough of you would like to participate then we shall!  I'll be heading to Bolivia the end of October and I KNOW there will be many poor people who need hope. Wouldn't it be great to have a little part in that?

Let me know what you think. Happy weekend.
My instagram feed for this week.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sisters Quilt Show- Vintage Quilts

Now that my favorite "Antique Quilts for Sale" booth is no longer a vendor at Sisters during the show I saw a few more hanging that were for sale. By the time I got to them, they had SOLD! Fun to look at though. I don't have any new sewing to show you today so enjoy these lovely and humble quilts.
 What's not to love about double pink, poison green and chrome yellow?!
 At first glance these all appear to be the same block. Look again! 
I adore how these stars sparkle against the blue, somewhat faded and humble background.

 A simple 25 patch on point looks more complicated. 

This cowboy quilt was not for sale, but one made by the grandma of the owner. Her sister had gotten a cowgirl quilt. I absolutely love this one!

I hope to be back Friday with some completed sewing. Have a wonderful week.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Friendship Ring

I was asked to work with P & B fabric again. P & B have started a reproduction division called Washington Street Studio.  The line I am working with is called Friendship Ring.
My photo does not do this line by Evonne Cook justice. I have a plan and started cutting this weekend while hanging out at with my mom. I'm going to start sewing this week. (I may have to bring my sewing machine to my moms! lol)
To get a more accurate view of this beautiful line look HERE. 

Have a wonderful Monday.



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