Monday, October 20, 2014

Aurora Colony Quilt Show

One of my very favorite fall activities is the Aurora Colony Quilt Show in October. It's hard for me to wait for this excuse to drive out to one of my most favorite places. I like this show because it's a nice blend of contemporary, vintage and antique quilts. Anyone can enter any type of quilt and the visitors get to vote for their favorite quilt...fun! Of course, the setting of the museum is so perfect for quilts.

I love this picture. The basket on the painted cupboard (very Aurora colony) is an Aurora Colony basket. I have yet to find one, but I hope to add one to my collection someday. Jim and I have found a colony chair and a small table, so we are on the hunt for the basket.

A close up of an antique appliqued quilt. So much work and can you see all the hand quilting?

This is a well loved doll blanket in a display at the colony. You know how I love dolly quilts!

This is a contemporary quilt that really appealed to me. The use of fabrics just gives it a vintage feel. It was very well done.

This is another new quilt and it was quite small, but so nicely done. I like the colors an the little star added in each corner.

This part of the show was in the other building with much more light and a different feeling. A group of hand quilters meet at the colony every Thursday morning. I wish I lived closer.

Notice the wallpaper...I love the design. I bought some note cards in the gift shoppe with this print...so pretty.

Sewing machines have come so far, but once, this was such a delight for the home sewer.

We always enjoy the music this couple adds to the many events at the colony. I have several of their offerings. The Christmas one is my favorite.

Another example of a bright and contemporary quilt. This one just made me smile. How could anyone be sad looking at this lovely quilt?

 Love these little ladies....very time dated with the the lavendar and yellow fabrics.

I know, I take a picture every year of the doll house, but I just love it.

The herb society was in the washroom, selling a few of their wares and sharing about their group. They have a great newsletter. They tend the herb gardens at the colony. They were selling a nice herbal tea..Emma's tea.

Jimmy is such a good sport to come with me. It was such a beautiful fall day, as you can see in this photo. These are the days you wish would last forever.

The little store in one of the cabins, is set up with donated goodies you can buy to help raise money for the museum. I always find things I can't live without...you know, fat quarters, patterns, embroidery kits.
I also brought home some great magazines to read through. Each bundle was only $1! I really enjoyed the Southern Lady ones. I haven't seen any of those for years.

Can't wait for next October!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tea Time Thursday #51

This has been a year of unexpected events that have made it difficult at times, to keep up with my blogging. I love to blog and really enjoy my blogger friends so it is sad when life gets in the way. Yet, that is just "life"and we never know what each new day will bring our way. My husband's family planned and gave my mother in law Anne, a lovely memorial and service to celebrate her life. It has taken time to rest and sort out emotions. I am hoping to get back into my blogging once again. Tea Time Thursday seems to be a nice way to jump back in, so here I go!

I won't be able to decorate with my traditional fall things that I love this year, at least not for October. I may be able to put out my turkey things next month. Jim and I took the weekend off and got a lot of sleep. We went to some estate sales and I was just thrilled to find this beautiful teacup! The colors of gold, pink and burgundy just blend so perfectly in my tea room.

These new dark chocolate tuffles by Ghiradelli look like they were made for this teacup. Yummy!

I love the flow and movement of the leaves around the saucer.

The cup and saucer is a bone china cup, made in Enlgand and is made by Foley.

I discovered this little golden walnut about a month ago at an estate sale. Can you guess what's inside?

It's a tiny sewing kit! It holds a thimble, a needle, some pins, thread and safety pins. It can be worn on a chain around your neck too.

I had to pick up the new fall tea by Harney and Sons. I love the color of the tin this fall and the African Autumn herbal blend is very nice.

TIme for a cuppa with a nice pumpkin spice cupcake. I'm so glad that fall has finally arrived in Oregon and I can enjoy a cup of hot tea again. Happy Tea Time Thursday.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

"To everything there is a season..."

This is one of my favorite scripture verses and it just seems so fitting right now. My mother in law, Anne Colantino passed away early in the morning on October 1st. As I read this verse again, it seemed so perfect. As a new month begins with the new season of autumn, a life comes to a close. Anne was blessed with 97 years of life here on earth. She was blessed with a lovely family who will celebrate her life this weekend in Illinois.
My daughter Gina and I will be flying back to the midwest on Saturday to join my husband who is already there. We would appreciate your thoughts and prayers as we travel to Illinois.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Life....you never quite know what each day will bring. I haven't been blogging much lately or keeping up with all my lovely blogger friends. Lots of babysitting, helping my dad and waiting over the weekend to see if Jimmy needed to make plans to go home to Springfield, Illinois. His mom is failing and last night, he made the decision to book a flight and go home. So as Otto begins his new little life, we say good bye to Anne as she ends her's. She is 97 and has been blessed with quite a long life and a lovely family.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Quilt Show

This is really a ROMANTIC picture of sewing that made me smile! I don't think the average sewing machine had this type of life. Things have certainly changed. It's a fun vintage advertising piece.
My friend Nancy talked me into going to the Portland Quilt Show on Thursday after our bible study. I was going to skip it this year but I'm really glad that I went.

The quilts on exhibit this year were very arty. It's always interesting to see what quilters are doing and where quilting is moving. I will always adore vintage quilts and traditional quilting, but it is entertaining to see the work of talented quilters. I really liked this quilt within a quilt!

The colors in this quilt were amazing. Wouldn't you like to hang this in your home? Great color.

This quilt was hand quilted and was fascinating to me. Again, lots of color and the shape was so neat.

One of the local exhibits was entitled "Bridges of Portland". Portland has many bridges over the Willamette River which runs through the city. You have to cross a bridge to get from the east to the west side of Portland. They are actually building a new bridge that will be for mass transit, walkers and bicycles only...no cars.

This last bridge quilt was amazing and an award winning quilt. It represents our Steel Bridge. The rivets looked so real! Portland is also the City of Roses, so I liked how the quilter worked in the roses.

This was a fun quilt. I just loved the border. The strand of pearls are so perfect to tie it all together.

This next quilt was made by a friend of Nancy's. She does all this quilting on a regular sewing machine! We met her at the show and she was looking at a small long arm machine for her work.
She actually won a ribbon for second quilt, but I didn't get a picture. I guess I was too busy chatting with her and just forgot.

This next series of pictures is really interesting. One of Nancy's quilt groups took the same little quilt but quilted it differently. The first one is Nancy's piece. She is getting so good with her long arming!

I really enjoyed the quilts at the show this year. I was good and only bought thread from the vendors. I have so many projects to finish up. It is quite tempting when you're are walking around looking at a lot of fun fabrics, patterns and new tools and such!