Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Little Garden Tour

   Last year I promised to post pictures of my garden when I had a better camera. I took these pictures last week. Of course, this week my garden has already changed. Now I need to take new pictures and I haven't even posted the last ones!

This is the view out my bedroom window. It's part of my back woodland garden (thru the screen so it's blurry,Sorry!)

 From my front door, my hosta garden of over 250 varieties...

Facing East towards the driveway. I don't have a front yard. You have to walk thru my garden to get to the front door...

Facing West from my front door. The path continues on around the side and into the back garden. The old pump was an anniversary gift from Randy on our 25th....
My koi pond off the screened porch in back...


An area of the woodland garden looking back towards my bedroom.  The old fence came with me from Dallas City. It belonged to an old gentleman I knew there...




Some of my clematis...


I collect old galvanized garden and farm items and build "people" from them. They live in my back sun garden. Here is Mr. Galva on the right and his son, Galva Jr. on the left (with the sailor cap on)...

Meet his lovely wife, Mrs. Galva. Randy was embarrassed that I gave her "boobs"....
 
 The huge climbing rose on the fence is now covered with hundreds of light pink blooms. I'll take another picture of it to post. The Galva family are standing among my daylilies that are yet to bloom. By the second week in June it will look like a Monet painting out there. The red building is the 3 hole outhouse I moved with me from Dallas City, Illinois in 1997. It was from my Mother's 90+ year old cousin's farm outside of Kingston, Iowa. It has the insulated knobs on the side where the "tight old farmer" had electrified the outhouse rather than install an indoor bathroom! It even has a child-size hole with steps in front of it for his grandchildren to climb up themselves. I brought it home to DC from his estate sale and spent a hot month of July renovating it and turning it into my garden shed (much to my husband's dismay.) I enjoyed every hot minute of it. I held an "outhouse open house for gardening friends and neighbors when it was done. You can imagine how thrilled Randy was when I wanted to move the outhouse to Mt. Pleasant several years later when we moved here. I insisted I wouldn't move without it! We loaded it on a flatbed trailor. Randy said he felt like the Beverly Hillbillies going down the interstate pulling that behind us! He was mortified and I was thrilled to bring it to our new home. :) Our realtor said she'd never had a client who moved an outhouse with them. Imagine that! The next year, I held an "Outhouse Reunion" and invited everyone to Mt. Pleasant to attend along with some new friends here. Randy did NOT attend. Hmmm, not sure why. It needs a new roof and paint job this summer. It will be a labor of love.

  I need to go sit at the quilt frame and do some stitching. More later. Till then, keep stitching!

Becky




Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's day!

   I hope all of you who are mothers had a wonderful Mother's Day. And to those of you who are the children, I hope you remembered to share some special time with your mother. Isaah was home and gave me the most touching card I've ever received. I cried when I read it. The card itself was beautiful with a wonderful verse, but he had hand-written a message at the end that melted my heart. It was from a book I used to read to him when he was little:
   "I'll love you forever,
    I'll like you for always.
    As long as I'm living,
    My Mommy you'll be."

  Now, I ask you, who wouldn't melt over that?! He's a wonderful son. I am blessed.

  I did squeeze in a couple hours of quilting this weekend, but that is all. I'll share some photos of recent additions to my vintage doll quilt collection. I finally took some good shots of them.

The first one is a 1920's quilt, 14 1/2" square...

 This one is only 11" x 14 3/4". I dated it by the backing fabric (a red, pink, orange, and white abstract print) to be from the 1950's...

The last one is only 12 1/4" square and looks to be from 1880-1900...
  When I go antiqueing with my sister in Maine next month, I hope to find some more doll quilts to bring home. They are a lot easier (and cheaper) to get in my suitcase!

  Good night and keep stitching!

Becky

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Kalona Quilt Show Finale!

  Feeling better tonight. I've been quilting and eating some ice cream, all settled in for the night, and then I remembered I needed to show the last of the pictures. So here we go.

A little blurry but a nice Devil's Claw quilt in red and white with indigo centers...


This red and white School House quilt was stunning...

I love this color combination. I saw it on someone else's blog today. Can't remember which one, but that means a fellow blogger was at the show. Darn, we could have met.
A closeup. The centers are a red print, but reads pink at a distance...

This quilt was touching. If you click on the picture and enlarge it you should be able to read it. It sounds like a Sunday School class made this quilt for someone with a terminal illness. I forgot to take a picture of the whole quilt...


I was sorely tempted to buy this last one. It was in my price range, but I'm going to Maine in a month and I know I'll find goodies I want to buy there. I need to be saving! I never met a Basket quilt I didn't like  and this was a nice early example with poison green, my favorite...

That's all for this year's show. I'm sure next year's will be just as good and I already look forward to it. There aren't as many local quilt shows anymore, but I try to get to all of them I can. Until next time, keep stitching.

Becky

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Kalona Quilt Show Part 2

   I've managed to catch a darn spring cold, Yuck. Didn't get much sleep last night and been tired and sniffly, drippy, icky all day at work. And, of course, with only 18 days of school left, I don't want to take a sick day if I can help it. I'll survive, but I'm not liking it. Grrrr. Sniff.

  Ok, enough grumbling. As promised, I'm posting more pictures from the Kalona Quilt Show. Sorry, there won't be much narration. I don't have the energy.

   This first quilt was Jane and Kayla's favorite. They both work with 30's fabrics a lot. We all agreed the sashing is what makes this quilt so special. The green is that 30's green I always call "kitchen green."...

Closeup of the sashing...
And in the corners...

Another 1880's pieced quilt. The sashing fabric looks orange solid, but it was a turkey red with tiny yellow flowers print. Very striking in person...

Another red and white beauty that could have been in the Century show, looked new, but dated 1880's...

  I loved this antique Feathered Star. The poison green print in the centers really popped in the red and indigo stars, Nicely quilted...

This Courthouse Steps Log cabin had really unusual colors that don't show well in the picture. Mostly prints with a random solid here and there...

Ok, I'm sorry this picture is lousy. I hate it, because this was an 1865 Nine Patch with great fabrics in it. See the setting blocks? That was an absolutely scrumptious red with gray to black toile-like design in it...very effective. And then, those totally unexpected glowing squares of chrome yellow. Not to mention the poison green print border. Madder prints, need I say more? I sure wish I had a good picture of it, but trust me, it was special...


  The Kalona show is held in an old school gymnasium, rather small, and the quilts are displayed in a maze-like set-up of poles and ropes. Some "alleys" are dead ends and some twist and turn back on themselves. You have to have your thinking cap on to find your way around and not miss any of the quilts. Some of the new quilts are patterns that you see every year from particular quilters, evidently their specialty or favorite design to make. I would have a hard time making the same quilt (only in different colors/fabrics every year), but I guess they know what sells well and it's worth it. Every year, though, you can count on 2 things for sure...outstanding breathtakingly beautiful applique quilts and gorgeous vintage quilts that any quilt collector would love to have in their collection.

  That's it for tonight. I just ran out of energy, gotta go vegetate in my comfy chair and quilt before bedtime. I'll post the rest of the pictures tomorrow night. Keep stitching.

Becky