Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer Weekend in Leavenworth, WA

I'm sorry that there is no stitching to report.  I have been a little busy and here is one reason why-

Yes, 4 month old little GS#2.  His mom just went back to work and I am helping out with his daycare.  Just one day a week but it is an exhausting day.  When my 9 year old GS#1 was a baby I had a lot more energy. 
By the way GS#2 has red hair.  DH and I are tickled about it.  DH had a full head of red hair when we married 35 years ago.  Now he has only a brown fringe around the sides :)
I wanted to tell you a little about this past weekend we spent in Leavenworth, WA.  It is NOT the home of the federal prison! 
It is a Bavarian-themed village in the mountains of WA state.  Since DH is German and plays the accordion, it is the perfect getaway for us.  DD#1 and her family came along as well.

This is a look down one end of the main street with a view of a mountain in the background.  Do you see the haze?  That is smoke from some forest fires in the area. We watched helicopters carrying water back and forth in the mountains all weekend.
We ate lots of good German fare.  Schnitzel, spaetzle, red cabbage, bratwurst, etc.
And after our Saturday evening meal we were walking back to our car and what did our ears hear??

Yes, is was a German band called Alpen Folk playing music in the town gazebo.  There were polkas and various other songs like Edelweiss from Sound of Music, and a cute little diddy about a famous Austrian actor turned governor :)  We stopped and listened until they took a break. DH bought both of their CD's and the music is quite good.  We really appreciate the hammer dulcimer because DH's mother used to play one.

There was also an art show going on. And there was a farmer's market on Thursday evening. Horse-drawn carriage rides, too.

And on Sunday morning just before we left for home, out came the "beer wagon"

One other place we visited was a large antique mall in Cashmere, WA  called Apple Annies. It was about 12 miles from Leavenworth.  Next door in the same building was a restaurant called the 59er Diner.  This kitchen vignette was part of the diner décor.  Isn't it lovely?  Oh, it takes me back.

But this is my favorite photo of the weekend.  GS#1 sitting on a stool with a milkshake in his hand.  He was great fun and took the store full of "old stuff"  in stride.  His reward was time in the swimming pool back at our bed and breakfast.

I didn't get a photo of the new Leavenworth Quilt Company quilt store. It just opened in Nov 2013.  I spent Friday morning there while the others went horseback riding.  Oh, I had more fun than they did!
Now it is back to real life and I put up 16 pints of bread and butter pickles today.  I'm also picking out a theme, fabric and threads for a round robin band sampler that will be starting soon with the NW Sampler Guild.
And trying to kit up several of the pincushion dolls.
I have another exciting weekend coming up later this month.  I'll keep you posted!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Summer Update

Summer is moving along at a fast pace. And I am not getting as much stitching done as I would like. 
My ebay consignment business is keeping me busy.  My latest client just filled my car up twice with items to sell.  She is a quilter (that's how I met her) but she is a collector of many things.  And I'm expecting more stitching items from NY.
Here is another  reason why I'm not stitching as much as I'd like to-
This is today's haul from my garden.  The strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes  and zucchini are not included here.  I have canned 62 quarts of green beans, 14 pints of zucchini relish and pickles are next .
I do have one finish to report.  This is the biscornu that goes with the American Patchwork Shaker box top and scissor fob I showed in my last post.

Or maybe I should say "kinda" finished as I have to design my own bottom to the biscornu.  The photo below shows the extra canvas for me to use.  I have a couple of ideas.

Good News!
 I finally got the fabric this week to start Elizabeth the Pincushion doll!  OK, Annette, count me in on your SAL. Here is a photo of all the items I have been able to put together for her.

 Are you thinking that I have enough stitching on my plate right now?  You would be absolutely right!  But whenever did that stop me????  I got the pincushion doll bit between my teeth and this is what happened.
When I ordered the doll body for Elizabeth, I reminded myself that I had another pincushion doll pattern by Guilia Punti Antichi.  Here it is below!


I ordered the little Dutch girl body to go with this pattern and the windmill box with smalls pattern that I already had in my stash.  Yes, I have the fabric, hornbook and box too!  Doll #2
Oh my, what about the GPA doll pattern that I had in my stash from the Gift of Stitching magazine?   Yes, it needed a doll body and a chatelaine (even though she has a thimble holder).  Doll #3

Did you know that Elaine at Brier Rose also sells Guilia's pincushion doll patterns?  So I got this pattern and doll body along with my order too!   Doll #4

And last but certainly not least,  Guila has a new pattern out for another gorgeous pincushion doll so here is the doll body and chatelaine for her.  No, I don't have the pattern yet, but I MIGHT find something else to work on while I wait!!! :)  Doll #5

What else have I been doing?   Babysitting grandchildren, working my real estate job, and I went to a local quilt show yesterday.  This is what I came home with.  A pincushion & ort bag that sits on the ironing board (or couch).   I have been planning to make myself one for ages, but why bother for $15? It is stuffed with walnut shells, my favorite.

I also got a few little kits at the stash enhancement stall.

I  spent a day working on beading and came up with some scissor fobs.  These are the only two I could find at picture time. 
Yes, I made myself a Snooty parrots scissor fob as I plan to start the sampler this year (not sure when though).  The other scissor fob is a gift to my secret pal in EGA.

 That's it for now.  I'll try to post more often.  It is only a few more posts and I will be at 400 posts on my blog!  Then it will be time for a giveaway!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer Stitching Update

Happy Belated 4th of July!
We had a quiet night here.  And spent the long weekend working outside.  My garden is going great guns.  I'm not getting as many strawberries as usual.  So it's probably time to move the bed. The pea pods, lettuce, and green beans are already coming on and I am busy canning. Here is yesterday's results.

As many of you know I have been working on Crabapple Hill's Gardener's Alphabet quilt.  Here is a photo of what it will look like resemble someday :)

Here is an old photo of what some of the blocks looked like after I finished coloring them with crayons and before I stitched them.

Here is what I have finished so far.  Please forgive the wrinkles-

The following three blocks are the ones I finished recently-

 And I have traced the next four letters I-L-

I also finished the Spring Crabapple Hill retreat project-

And I finished the Summer Crabapple Hill retreat project-

Here is new start #1-Wooden Spool Designs Pear Medley.  It was a class at my LQS and Debbie Busby came to teach it.  She is a good teacher and her classes are very enjoyable.  I think she is coming back for another class in November.

Here is how far I got during the class-

Here is new start #2-Crabapple Hill Sunflower Stitchery Holder

Here is what it should resemble when I finish it-

Then it folds up into a holder with a pocket inside.
That's it for now.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Crabapple Hill Summer Retreat

I'm just back from the Summer 2014 Retreat at Crabapple Hill!  The weather was perfect and Meg is a fabulous hostess!  This is the 3rd retreat I have attended there.  And I think it was my favorite.
Here is the exterior of Meg's workshop-

Here is our group-

Here are some pics of different parts of the room-

Meg and her son cooked for us all weekend.  Here is an example of one meal-beef kabobs, couscous, melons and sweet Thai sauce.  Absolutely yummy!

And here is dessert-ice cream floats and cookies.  Yes, Meg made and decorated the cookies!


Here is the weekend's project.  It is one of four parts to a new quilt by Meg.  The measuring tape pin cushion and the needlebook were in our project bag-that green polka dot one on the left upper corner.

Here is another project-a velour needlebook.  This one is the example.  I didn't even start mine.......yet  :)

The instructions to this needlebook are in the picture below-

 We also made a beaded thread separator.  The rectangular charm is from a vintage hankie.  We also made a bracelet (also using measuring tape trim) and some counting pins.

Here is the stash I brought home. A new quilt pattern called Deck the Halls.  And the thread pack.
Now for some stitching news,  I have 3 finishes!

Finish #1- Bearly Tracking in Alaska wool wallhanging.  This is the kit I bought in Alaska and it was a gift to DH for his birthday.  He hung it in the bedroom.

Finish #2-American Patchwork by Debbie Stiehler

Finish #3-Scissor Fob to American Patchwork
I also have 3 new starts-

Start #1-American Pin Cushion by Debbie Stiehler
Small that goes with American Patchwork
Start #2-Blackbird Designs Land of the Free

Start #3-Cherrywood Designs Cherrywood Acorn Pincushion