Monday, August 17, 2015

Good Old Summertime QBee Days!

August 30:

After vacations and travels to Sisters, Oregon, the QBee gang finally had the opportunity to gather at Miss Carol's and work on some quilting projects.  Our newest QBee, Jen, rode along with me to Miss Carol's little country studio.  It was a picture perfect summer day!

My little red car parked in its favorite spot under the tree
Jen completed an impressive number of squares on her star project.  This quilt is going to be gorgeous.

She Also brought a "show and tell" made by her great-grandmother.  Jen plans to complete this Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt in her honor!

All hand pieced and hand quilted!  So lovely!!

Mama Barb brought a couple of show and tell projects.  Her Paducah quilt (kit was bought in Paducah) with Kansas Trouble material and an update on her progress on her "traveling" Attic Window Quilt.

Barb is working on a Christmas Project for a grandchild - Elf on the Shelf.  It will be here sooner than we think.  

Miss Carol completed a log cabin bed runner.  Did I ever tell you how fast she sews?  Let's just say she leaves me in the feed-dog dust.  

What a perfect day of quilting!

August QBee Day:

In August, Jen had to work, so I made the trip to Plainfield on my own.  I missed her company, but played lots of CDs to keep myself company.

Miss Carol had a surprise for us!  Tons of donated material and books to share.  Look at those piles and she was still sorting material.  Wow!!  We better start sewing faster.

I brought a quilt to square up on Carol's big table - you might recognize this from last summer's retreat - I call it the weaved fence quilt.  I never said I was a fast quilter, did I?  

Carol worked on binding.  She is expecting her first grandson soon and this is her first quilt for him (one of many I'm sure).  Very striking and unique!  I love it!
Mama Barb was having fun playing with scraps and making I-spy blocks:

How fortunate we are to have a place to gather and sew and share and grow.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Quilt Gardens and Shipshewana Quilt Show

In my last post, I featured the quilts from the Hostetler Hudson Auto Museum in the Shipshewana Town Center.  In the other half of the building was a quilt show; Barbie and I enjoyed seeing the quilts and visiting the vendors, of course!
This picture was taken in front of a quilt mural that we found on our shop hop.  Isn't it a coincidence that we happen to match the colors?  So funny!  You would think that we planned it!

Here are a few quilts that I liked in the show.  After looking at the pictures, I see that I was drawn toward "house quilts."  That must mean that I have to make a house quilt in the future.

This one is called Quilt Dreams and was inspired by a jigsaw puzzle.  It seems that quilters find inspiration in many places.

Quilt Gardens . . . along the Heritage Trail

You can find 17 supersized quilt inspired gardens and 17 hand painted outdoor murals in the communities of Shipshewana, Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee and Wakarusa.  You can explore these on your own for free from Memorial Day through October 1st.  For more information visit  

Here are some gardens that we visited in our travels:

A state of the art bus parked next to quaint Amish buggies.  A blend of the present and the past.  If you travel to any Amish area, please be aware of "slow moving" vehicles and share the road with the wagons and buggies.  Never, ever blow your horn!!  I saw a truck driver do this once and the horse went out of control.  Luckily there was not an accident, but please, please use common sense.  

"Fast car . . . You can drive anywhere in just a few minutes and time becomes just another thing we take advantage of never appreciating each moment that passes as a blessing from God.”  ~ Sarah Price, Fields of Corn

The lesson I learned from visiting Amish country in Shipshewana, Indiana was to slow down and cherish each minute.  Why are we always in such a hurry?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Quilts and Autos in Shipshewana Indiana

Last week Barbie and I traveled on a quilt tour with Eagle Rock Tours to Shipshewana, Indiana.  We met lots of wonderful new quilting friends and saw some amazing exhibits.  I want to start with the Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum because of their unique quilt show of Hudson Autos combined with quilts.  It was just "awesome."

I'll let the pictures do the talking.  Enjoy!

Grandmother's Flower Garden on a red convertible.  Woo Hoo!!
This was one of my favorites!

The pictures are wonderful to see, but to be there in person was even better.  I have to say that the combination of shiny chrome, vintage cars and colorful quilts was an extraordinary visual experience that I will always remember.  It was beautiful!