Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

You are not going to believe how I ended up with this little Thanksgiving/Christmas cork!  Yes, you heard that right, a cork, from a champagne bottle.  Here is the rest of the story:

A few years ago, my dear friend Barbie and I went on a cruise.  As it turned out, we had to wait "hours" in line to get on the ship.  Finally, when we did get in our cabin room, we found, to our delight, a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us.   We gobbled down the strawberries, but before we had a chance to pop the cork, we were called up to deck for the safety check.  That was the last thing we wanted to do, but up we went and stood in a row with our life jackets on waiting patiently to get back to our bottle of champagne.

Finally, back in our cabin we tried to open the bottle of champagne, but we couldn't get the cork out. Too tired to fight with it, we gave up and both laid down on our bunks.  Suddenly, there was a loud bang and the champagne cork went flying all over the cabin, bouncing off the walls.  At first we were startled, but then when we realized what had happened, we couldn't stop laughing.  We kept the cork as a reminder of that special, crazy moment . . . and our first cruise.

Wait, there's more.  Then we started passing the cork back in forth (secretly) for a number of years.  Last year, Barbie gave me an early Christmas present and it turned out to be a "turkey" cork.  In the summer, I gave it back hidden in some jelly jars.  This year at our retreat, Barbie gave me another early Christmas present all wrapped up so pretty (Yes, I fell for the present trick again!)  I opened it and there was the turkey cork all dressed up in a Santa suit.  I guess you could call it a turkey-claus.  It really is cute and of course we cracked up laughing again.

Really, when I look at that decorated cork, I think my friend Barbie has too much time on her hands. However, I can't help but love it.

Looking at my "cork" reminds me of all the things I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving: laughter and my crazy friends are right up there at the top of the list.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and to all a good night.



Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mrs. Miller's Cabin Retreat

Oh my gosh!  How did 20 days go by without a new post?  It must be true that you are even more busy when you retire than when you are working.

This past weekend was very special.  I had the privilege of spending the weekend in Charm, Ohio down in Amish country at Mrs. Miller's Cabin.   We quilted till the wee hours, laughed and ate lots of good food.

Can I hear you singing "Over the River and Through the Woods"?

If not, we will move on to our quilt projects.  Barb, Mama Barb's daughter, completed a very special project.   She found an old box of quilt squares, sewed by hand, up in the corner of an attic in a house that was going to be torn down.  She rescued the old squares and sewed them into this wonderful quilt.  We all agreed that whoever made these hand-sewn squares, maybe her husband's grandmother, would be thrilled to see the final results.  Take a look:
Don't let that halo on Mama Barb's head fool you!  
Old box where the squares were stored.
Barb added the dark blue strips to separate the squares.
Look at that interesting fabric.
Mama Barb worked on a number of projects:
Sewing up a present.
Sew much fun!
Debbie chain sewing a quilt for her daughter.

Jackie worked on a complex pattern - lovely batiks!

This may be Miss Carol's third or fourth project for the weekend
I made a flannel snowman/cabin quilt from a kit.  When I cuddle up under it this winter, I will remember our happy weekend at the cabin in Charm. 

The Cabin is a great place for a quilt retreat, or any kind of retreat.

Time flew by and all too soon it was time to head for home and back to reality.  First we had to finish eating some of these cute cookies.  

With Thanksgiving one week away, I am thankful for my QBee friends and our time together at Mrs. Miller's Cabin.  I am sew blessed!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Harvest of Quilts - Dover, Ohio Quilt Show

The Valley Quilt Guild sponsored this wonderful quilt show in Dover, Ohio last week, Oct. 25th and 26th.  My friend Barbie is a member of the guild and was proud to show off and tell me about the expert sewing skills of her friends at Martha's Quilters.  I totally enjoyed seeing these lovely quilts.  

The quilt shows are wrapping up for the year, so enjoy!

Barbie's Quilts:

100 Flower Quilt - Barbie spent a year finding the material for all these flowers

Pinwheel Quilt for Barbie's daughter - Barb

Grandma's Flower Garden:

This was one my my favorite's since I love the hexies, the old feed sack material and the story behind the quilt.

Fun Quilts:

Barbie's Little Neighbor - Landon

Oma's Quilt - for book

Bed Turning:

This was my first time seeing a bed turning and have to say it was a treat to see these lovely quilts displayed on a bed and hear the story about each one.  Very special!

Some Exceptional Quilts:

Take a close look at that hand quilting stitch!

Left Over Quilt.  What a great idea for using up scraps!

Happy Halloween and Happy Fall to all my friends in blog land!

Sometimes seasons blend together.  Pumpkins, Christmas Halloween cactus, last of the garden roses and mums.
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." ~ Albert Camus