Friday, November 14, 2014

Rearranging a Sampler Wall

I just realized that I never showed you Hannah Pepper once she was framed, so here she is. I love the frame! (Please excuse the glare on the glass and also the color of the linen.  The linen is not as yellow as it appears in the first photo.)

Hannah Pepper was published in the magazine Fine Lines and was never published separately as a chart. Occasionally issues of the magazines appear for sale at on-line auctions.

Whenever I bring a "new" sampler home, it's always a challenge to find a place to hang it. I love Hannah so much that I made some changes to one of the sampler walls in my family room so that I could see her when I stitch on my love seat.

Here is the previous arrangement.

My Three Things Sampler (third from the left on the bottom row) is now hanging in my downstairs half-bath along with Mary Victor, Rachel Hyde, Rachel Ellis, Rachel Allen, Lucy Adams, and a few contemporary samplers. I hadn't realized until recently that there are three "Rachel" samplers in a fairly small room.

I have been spending my early morning stitching time with Frances Eden (Handwork). I love working on her and find myself having a hard time putting her away until the next morning. Here is my progress as of yesterday.  

Sadly, Frances Eden is also an out-of-print chart since the designer resigned a few years ago. Please excuse the poor color....the actual piece is yellower than it appears in the photo. The linen is the same linen that I used on Hannah Pepper (shown above).

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Spending Time with the Kindred Spirits Sampler Guild

It is hard to believe that it has been a week since I was with members of the Kindred Spirits Sampler Guild  in Novi, Michigan! What a delightful and talented group! The guild is celebrating their 15th anniversary this year. 

I taught two classes in a wonderful old building in a local park.  

Saturday's class was A Lady's Worke Box

The next photos were taken late in the day when I was demonstrating the assembly process. (That explains why everyone looks so intent.)

I took most of my three-dimensional models, and here are some of them.  I think everyone enjoyed seeing the items in person.  A photo never has the same impact.

Sunday's class was the premier of my newest teaching project, Kindred Spirits

Out of the 31people in the class, there were three ladies who have now been in nine of my ten classes (all but a Sampler Needlebook). There were a few more who have been in eight of my classes. I'm always very pleased when someone decides to take multiple classes.  

Everyone seemed very pleased with their divided carrier. They particularly liked the is larger than they had expected (even though I had given them the carrier dimensions) and therefore much more usable.

In class, we worked on two sides of the pin cube. Look at how much Amy got accomplished!  She certainly has turbo needles!!

Here are a few photos taken at the end of the day as I was demonstrating the assembly process.

Thank you to everyone who came to the classes, and special thanks to Lynn and Nancy who did so much to make the classes so enjoyable for all, myself included.

As I was leaving, Jane handed me a wonderful set of project bags that she had made. I love them, and they will come in so handy on my next trip.  Thank you, Jane!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Long Time, No See!

I'm sorry that it has been so long since my last blog post.  Time has certainly been flying by.

Over most of the past couple of weeks I have been preparing for my two classes this weekend at the Kindred Spirits Sampler Guild--packing kits and working on lesson preps.

Most mornings I try to get in a little bit of stitching before starting my "work day".  A couple of weeks ago I completed Rebeckah Roundey. After having stitched the border, I found a photo of the antique sampler on-line and discovered that there were a fair number of discrepancies between the chart and the photo of the antique.  I tried to make as many changes as I could by just looking at the photo. My version is certainly unique. It is by no means an accurate reproduction. I consider it to be an adaptation of the original Rebeckah Roundey. I hope to take Rebeckah to be framed next week with I pick up Hannah Lancaster.  (The chart for Rebeckah Roundey is OOP.)  These photos were taken with my phone, so hopefully I can take better ones using a real camera once Rebeckah is framed.

Next up is Frances Eden (also an OOP chart). I am loving every minute with her and have a hard time putting her away when it's time for me to stop for the day. Again the color in my photos is not particularly good.

A couple of weeks ago we joined out son, daughter-in-law, and grandson at a nearby park for Halloween festivities geared towards young children.

Among other things we all took a hayride.  Here are Stephen, Michelle, and Garrett waiting in anxious anticipation.

And last but not least here are the boys in their costumes.

Haiden had Trick-or-Treat last night in Columbus.  He is big into sports and being in a college town, it was no surprise that he chose to be an Ohio State football player.

Garrett will be going out tonight as Batman.  (In case you're wondering, that is a lollipop in his mouth.)  It is supposed to be quite cold here so most children will be bundled up with coats over their cute costumes.

Check out my teaching schedule in the sidebar on the left side of this page.  I have just added October 2015 dates with the Northwest Sampler Guild  in Seattle, Washington.  I taught for them a few years ago at a retreat, and I'm looking forward to returning to teach two more classes.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Acorns and Threads, A Needleworker's Delight!

We wrapped up our trip to the West coast with a day in Portland...visiting Acorns and Threads (a needlework shop), seeing old friends, and going to Powell's Book Shop.

Our first stop of the day was at Acorns and Threads.

Here I am being greeted by the shop owner, Jeannine. She has owned this marvelous shop since 2005.

Jeannine bought the shop from Roz, who started the business in 1996. Roz happened to stop in while we were there. It was so nice to see both Jeannine and Roz again.

There were lots and lots of models!

There were lots and lots of charts, linens, and other needlework necessities.

Hmm--I can even see a rack with lots of With My Needle designs.

Jeannine carries so many different fibers. This is just a small part of her fiber supply.

If you're ever in the Portland area, make sure you stop by Acorns and Threads. You won't be disappointed. Of course, if you are not in the area, you can always shop on-line. Right?

Since my last blog post I've heard from several of you about the quilt barns/barn quilts. If you're a long-time reader of my blog, you may remember the blog post I did about them on  June 22, 2012. That year for Christmas Tom gave me a wonderful book about the subject. Here's a photo of the book cover for those of you who are also interested in barn quilts.

You can also see lots and lots of photos of barn quilts here.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

More from Oregon

Our drive north from DePoe Bay to Astoria, Oregon took us through Tillamook. Many of you may recognize the name Tillamook because of  their cheeses.  

What I didn't expect to see was a "quilt barn".

After seeing the barn shown above, I decided to look for more painted quilts. Lo and behold, it turns out that there are lots in the city of Tillamook, and they are not only on barns. We later learned that in 2009 plans were made to create a Tillamook Quilt Trail. Quilt trails first began in Ohio and are mainly found in the East and in the Midwest sections of the US. The Tillamook Quilt Trail was the first one on the West coast. You can read more about the Tillamook Quilt Trail here.

Here are a few of my favorite Tillamook quilts.

The next quilt was on a wall inside a building.

The next one was in the window of a local florist shop. I'm not sure why they decided to hang it the way they did. In my humble opinion, it would look much better turned 90 degrees counter-clockwise.

I spotted a small road sign on the northern side of town pointing to the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center. Of course, I  wanted to check it out.

I think it's wonderful that the center is housed in an old school. Notice the old school bell on the left side of the photo below.

Inside there were several large rooms. In the West room there were weaving looms, although no one was weaving while we were there. We spotted a woven coverlet on one wall and took a photo of it. It reminds us a lot of one we inherited through Tom's family.

The East room was dedicated mainly to quilt making. This room is one where various guilds can meet. Here are photos of several old quilts that were hanging on the walls.

The next quilt is made entirely of yo-yos. I found a brief history and description of yo-yo quilts along with photos of two yo-yo quilts here.

The Center also has a wonderful textile library and a large exhibit room.

One of the big attractions in Astoria is the Columbia River Maritime Museum where we spent several hours. There was a small scrimshaw exhibit, and I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the items.

Look at the detail on  this ostrich egg!

I also spotted a ditty bag along with some needles and a seam presser.

And then, all too soon, our trip was nearly over. We next headed to Portland to catch our flight home. We allowed an extra day to visit a needlework shop, Acorns and Threads, to have lunch with friends,  and to visit Powell's Books  (probably the biggest book shop you've ever seen).

In my next blog post I'll show you some photos we took at Acorns and Threads.