The next day I was booked to speak and teach in Hannibal, Missouri for the Piece Makers Quilt Guild June 3rd and 4th. I had a wonderful time and met a great group of quilters. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera and have no pictures of my program or the class I taught! Boy, I was mad at myself.
I'll try to catch you up on all my goings on since my post (well, this is embarrassing) on April 30th. Cringe!
In April I attended the Kalona Quilt Show and here are a few of my favorite quilts I saw.
I also attended the Civil War reenactment in Keokuk, Iowa.
I toured the Civil War section of the National Cemetery, also in Keokuk. It was very moving to see all those rows upon rows of graves.
Over Memorial Day weekend, my sister, Sandra, and James, my brother in law came for a surprise visit to Mom's, stopping here to see my house before traveling on to Illinois. Randy and Isaah both had to work all day Saturday at the Burlington Criterium Bike Races. Randy is President of the Bike Burlington club and was in charge of security for the event which draws racers from around the world. We had a great visit with family at Mom's, but it was too short.
After I got home from Hannibal, I began landscaping my new yard. I've planted 25 trees, 10 flowering bushes, and dozens of perennials. I had 8 tons of quality black topsoil delivered and hand-scooped, wheel- barrowed, dumped, and spread every ton of it myself to numerous areas of our near half acre lot to fill in sink wholes and create flower beds.
This was early spring before I decided to have the 8 tons of topsoil delivered. The bags weren't going very far. This is the beginnings of my shade garden.
It's a bit more complete now.
At the mouth of the river is a rocky garden area where Mr. and Mrs. Galva Nize reside. I built them several years ago out of old galvanized buckets, watering cans, coolers, garden utensils, etc. They are happy with their new "digs" and glad to be out of the garage at last.
This is his wife, Tinnie, short for Valentine. She received a wardrobe makeover. You can tell she is corseted in by her tiny waist and has a new longer gown. Her old one was
I'm done buying and planting for this summer. I declared it good for now, plus I'm tuckered out and tired of going to bed aching all over every night. I'm back to quilting!
I've sewn more blocks of Courthouse Steps for Dante. He will be a senior this year so I need to get the top together and on the frame for quilting. I don't know if I ever said why I was making this quilt. He's one of my all time favorite students and he's the only one outside of family who ever asked me to make a quilt for them. He asked me when he was a sophomore and I said, "Oh, Dante, it takes a lot of work to make a quilt." I secretly was pleased he asked me and decided then that I would make him one for his graduation and not tell him. He asks me about my Civil War programs all the time and loves to hear the stories. He's always volunteering to help me do heavy work in the media center ( he's a 6'6" and 200 lbs. football player.) He even hauled 15 Blue Spruce trees in his pickup for me before school got out. He's just a great kid I'm fond of who deserves a quilt! I have 191 of the 225 blocks needed done. Here is a picture of the stack. That's a 14" rotary cutting ruler standing next to them to give an idea of how big the stack is.
I promised to show a finished picture of Raspberry Nines, the doll quilt in progress in my last post.
And here's a new doll quilt I'm working on. I had one 9-Patch squared block left and couldn't stand to not use it somehow.
Until next time, keep stitchin'!