Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Lost Quilt

A couple years ago, I decided to make a flannel lap quilt for my dad for Christmas. I worked on it at a quilt retreat. I couldn't get it long armed before Christmas, so I gave it to my dad and then took it back. I didn't get the binding on right away. One day Jim took it over to the store room, not knowing that I was working on it. Well, I am embarrassed to say, but it got lost. This spring, Jim was cleaning out the storage unit and he found my quilt! I started to work on it and want to give it to dad by Father's Day.

I found my photos from the retreat, so you can see the work in progress!

I finished sewing on the binding last night. I still need to make a label.

This shows the machine quilting up close. It's so soft and it's the colors that my dad loves and has in his living room.

The finished quilt all folded up. I know he will like it and be happy to see it again! It will feel nice and warm this fall.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thursday Treasures

I was busy last weekend with the estate sale, so Jim and I didn't get to go "shopping" as we usually do on the weekends. Today, I took a few things to the Goodwill to donate, and thought I would just pop in to see if there was anything to take home. At first, I didn't find any goodies, but then, there they were!

How could I leave this sweet little demitasse teacups? It is a keeper for sure!

I thought this wallpaper trim would be great for card making! I often make cards for my tea group....Afternoon Tea Across America!

Ava will like this for our American Girl Dolls. This will be great for them to have a party.

I always look for paper goods too. I found a some great scrapbook papers, some Daisy Kingdom garland to sell and a cute chicken pattern for resale too.

Look at this wonderful German smoker! I'm going to give it to Jimmy with his Father's Day gifts. He loves these and it's a fisherman! Perfect!

I HAD to get this darling small red teapot for my Mary Engelbreit stash. It's really a nice little size.

I couldn't resist this little goodie! It's a darling little salt and pepper set. I even love the box...two little peas in a pod.

I didn't find this today. My dear friend LaVonne sent it to me! It's a great cardboard house that has little drawer and the roof lifts up for storage. Isn't it just adorable?

Well, it is late, so off to bed I go. I have been working on hand sewing the binding on my dad's quilt tonight. I will have it done tomorrow! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tea Time Tuesday #114

Happy Tea Time Tuesday! I get to share one of the teacups I got at the estate sale this past weekend. I absolutely love it. It's just different than most of my cup and saucers and I think it's really quite spring like.

It is a Royal Winton, made in England. It is very much like the chintz designs that this company made. It even has the little gold band on the inside of the cup.

It has been wet and chilly here in Oregon. I took a break this afternoon and had a nice cup of tea....a cranberry spiced white tea. It's a delicate yet yummy tea. I took a few minutes to glance at one of my Tasha Tudor books...First Poems of Childhood. It's a sweet book.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Estate Sale Worker!

Today all I did was relax! I spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday working an estate sale with one of my friends Sandra. About a year ago, she asked me if I would help her when she had an estate sale for her friend. It was something on my bucket list, so I agreed. It was fun to see how these sales happen. Wow, it is a great deal of work. There's a lot of set up time, pricing, cleaning, organizing and running the show! Jimmy and I go to so many sales and it was fun to work one.

So many lovely teacups! Yes, I did get to choose a couple that I will share later. I wanted to bring them all home, but....

Lots of fun Bauer and similar items. Maybe you will see something from this table later too!

This fishbowl was just amazing. I don't like to take care of fish, but I was tempted. Sooo pretty.

A view of the living room before the sale. I liked the umbrella holder and it sold quickly. The lamps were good sellers too. The carved chair was a show stopper, but it was pricey, so it did not sell.

Vintage clothes are really popular here in the Portland area. We had several dealers in early on the first day.

Lots of charming aprons and they were also good sellers. I love old aprons.

Most of the hats sold early too.

Bedding with hand embroidered pillowcases done so nicely.

Pretty things for the dresser from days gone by.

Vintage phones sell very well too....especially rotary phones. That's really funny to me.

These two mid century lamps were also show stoppers. They are made of crushed glass in resin. They are really heavy and look great when you light them up.

This was only half of the sale. The basement items will be offered in June, so I will help Sandra again. The people you meet at these sales are really fun. They love to chat about what they collect and get so excited when they find goodies. It's really interesting to watch people as they shop. We also had people who were buying things to help out friends. I loved it. I had a great time even though I really am tired today! I'm thankful I didn't have anywhere to go today.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tea Time Tuesday #113

I wasn't introduced to Anne of Green Gables until my girls were growing up. I just fell in love with the stories and lately, I have been longing to watch the movies again. I found this unopened box on Etsy and decided since this is the version I enjoy most, I would order it. I am going to start watching the whole set soon!

I have been looking for a teacup for quite some time and found a delightful seller in Canada who had one to offer. I was pretty excited. I long to visit Prince Edward Islands someday.

The cup and saucer is just perfect. I love the colors and the house. It's a nice addition to my collection with meaning and memories of my girls when they were little. It is a Royal Grafton and is in wonderful condition.

I just HAD to order this raspberry cordial tea! What could be more perfect for enjoying an Anne of Green Gables movie?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sew N Go Quilting Retreat

This Charm Pack of fabrics sums it all up....HAPPY! I was asked last fall to attend a quilt retreat this weekend with some old quilter friends. Most of them used to attend my quilt retreats and I also was able to go to other retreats with them. I wasn't able to join them for anything for a few years. They were so kind to keep trying and inviting and finally, it all worked out. I drove over to Vancouver WA on Friday morning to Sew N Go for the retreat. It's located in a lovely rural setting and the sewing room is in a charming little room.

Oh yes, signs of quilters working...a leaving for shopping or a nap or a meal or just doing nothing! After all, this is a retreat and a break from the hectic lives we all live.

Lisa worked on this beauty the first few days and was able to finish it. It will be a gift for her oldest son.

Lisa was reading a quilt book with Dana's beautiful work behind her.

The quilting room is just filled with little items tucked here and there. Isn't this a sweet little idea for Christmas?

This is Nancy's granddaughter's quilt that someone made for very sweet!

And here we have yet another wonderful quilt by Dana. It was just stunning and actually was a boo boo.

More work in progress.....

I'm not sure what Kathy and Tierney were so serious about here!

My roomie Barb at work with Donna cutting out her quilt at the cutting table.



I LOVE the Farm Girl's Vintage style. Last summer my Tasha friend Nancy Crockett introduced me to this. Our quilting retreat host Nancy runs a block of the month group of 8 ladies who are working on this. My daughter Gina gave me the book for my birthday. I am thinking about joining-maybe. I'm behind, so I would have to catch up.

I spent most of my time continuing my work on Melinda's A is for Annabelle quilt. This is Nancy's picture. I got most of it done and hope to finish it up at my quilting group tomorrow. My friend and long armer, another Nancy, will probably do the quilting on it for me. Yeah!!!

Both of these are Barb's quilts. The black and grey quilt just wowed everyone!

We sure don't work every minute at the retreats. Lisa and Tierney put on a little skit for us. They used their new LED lamps as microphones and had us all in stitches...ha ha ha.

Tierney was so good about getting her daily walks in! The last two pix were also taken my Nancy. There I am in the background.

Dana is the maker of this darling purse. Lucky Tierney received this as a gift. She also had hand spun yarn inside.

Quilter's have to eat! Nancy is a wonderful cook as well as a wonderful quilter!!!!

We played a few games after dinner on Saturday night. We really had a lot of fun.

Yes, the host is has quite a job description! She always had a great attitude...what a good sport.

The gals had Secret Sisters and would leave little presents at their partner's sewing machines. It was so fun to see what they came up with for their "sisters". My friend Lisa, was so sweet to include me. She was the sneaky person who left me treats...lots of treats!  She made the shopping tote bag from a piece of the fun toweling that is available now for crafting as well as kitchen towels. Thank you so much Lisa.

Such fun gifts for the quilter. My most favorite gift is this blue packet of blue fat quarters. I just adore the prints. Lisa said it was a MUST to show her what ever I decide to make out of the group. Hum....need to come up with something cute to showcase the fabrics.

I hope you enjoyed a look at my fun weekend!