Sunday, April 21, 2013

Big News at Breakfast Club!

   If you already have the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Quilt Sampler, you won't be surprised to hear that Inspirations quilt shop in Hills, Iowa is a featured shop! Some of my Orphans of War samples are pictured! On page 110 mine are the 5th, 6th, and 7th quilts from the left hanging on the wall, Hardtack & Coffee, Eulalie's Doll Quilt, and Emeline's Garden Baskets. On page 113, my Jacob's Cot quilt is identified. Yea!  

   Saturday was Breakfast Club, a monthly event looked forward to by a large group of loyal customers at Inspirations, but this Saturday was extra special. We've all been anxiously awaiting the next issue of Quilt Sampler as Nancy had shared her news with us about being featured. A huge turnout of quilters were on hand to congratulate and celebrate Nancy's success. She shyly autographed copies upon request and graciously gave all well-wishers a free fat quarter of their choosing to add to the fun. At 9 o'clock sharp though, Nancy hosted Breakfast Club as usual, but maybe with a bigger smile on her face than normal and who could blame her.

   I've mentioned Inspirations and Breakfast Club many times in my posts. It is always such a good time of laughter, conversation, and sharing of ideas and quilts. The show n tell was exceptional this month. I actually remembered my camera and surprisingly remembered to use it! Here are some of the beautiful quilts shared this month. Unfortunately, I don't know everyone's names, but I know a few.

   A new group, known as the Sable (stash accumulated beyond life expectancy) Club, the last few months have been making Blind Man's Fancy blocks. There were three quilt tops made from them shared with us...

Dawn Eckridge made  this one...



    Sandy makes a lot of the samples for Inspirations.

  This lady had a very impressive 8 Point Star quilt made of batiks in rich jewel tones...

  This quilter made a quilt using tons of tiny 3" or 4" Bow Tie blocks, adorable!

Didn't catch the quilter's name, but her quilt is called Earl Grey. Isn't it graphic? It will hang on the stairway wall of her son's new home.

This quilter wanted our opinion on whether to add a border to this already gorgeous top. We voted a unanimous, Yes!

Jo Betts shared her wonderful Irish Chain done in red, tan, and Japanese toile. Yummidy!

Kayla showed her 3 gorgeous finishes...

Here, Nancy is giving Kayla the tickets she earned for the finished quilts. One for each 18" or less item, 2 for quilts up to 48", and 3 for large quilts. The tickets go into a drawing for prizes in June (?)

This quilter finished a quilt her mother started years ago. Nice finish, huh?

This lady insisted she wasn't a quilter! She appliques these quilts using her embroidery machine. They sure looked like quilts to me and everybody else too. I hope she keeps "not quilting" more of these.  : )

A quilt made from a kit sold at Inspirations made of batiks...

Dawn Eckridge made this charming "Houses and Trees quilt.

Jane Messer shows a beautiful quilt and explains hos she makes a two sided binding so it's one color to match the top and another color to match the backing fabric. Wow!

This Waves and Sailboat quilt made me miss Maine!

Linda Hubbard shared her wonderful patriotic piece, Pledge of Allegiance and told us she thought it was appropriate to share after the horrific events this week in Boston. We certainly agreed.
   I finished quilting Baby Jane B4 and bound it Friday night to show, but I didn't turn the camera on myself, so you'll have to take my word for it!

  Be sure to get a copy of Quilt Sampler and better yet, plan a trip to Inspirations and any of the other featured shops you can get to. I know I will. My next project is to hand-quilt March on Cold Harbor; then get to writing the pattern for it. I've already written the story for the back cover. I hope you had a fun weekend too. Keep stitching! 


Sunday, April 7, 2013

90th Birthday Extravaganza

   I can't believe that last week came and went already. It was so anticipated, absolutely enjoyed, and way too brief. My Sissy invited herself to come for Easter and surprise Mom for her 90th birthday (April 1st). Sandra flew from Houston into Cedar Rapids Saturday afternoon, the 30th, which also happened to be Isaah's 30th birthday. I had invited Mom up for Easter weekend several weeks ago. When my sister heard about it, she got the idea to come too. She got here and unpacked and relaxed while Randy drove to Illinois to get Mom. He called when they were a few miles from here on the pretense of asking if I needed him to stop at the grocery store, to give us the heads up. I flew to the kitchen where Mom would expect me to be preparing our supper and Sandra  sat in my chair in the living room with her back to the door Mom would come in. They came in and Mom headed straight for the kitchen and was about to sit at the bar to watch me cook. Randy said, "Becky, has your Mom seen your new wing chair?" I said, "Oh, no, Mom come see it!" She walked in and admired the back of it first; then stepped around to the side of the chair. (Remember, my Mom is low vision and the lights were off in that room) so she stood there staring trying to figure out who was sitting there.  My sister turned and looked at her and Mom said "Sandra?! What are you doing here?" Sandra said,"Happy 90th Birthday, Mom!" It was a real Hallmark moment with tears in everyone's eyes. Isaah videoed  the whole thing for me. I saw Sandra last summer in Maine, but Mom hadn't seen her in 3 years.

                                                             Mom on her 90th birthday...
   She's happier than she looks. She just doesn't like to have her picture taken. :)

   Isaah had to have a Cubs cake of course. He wore the shirt without seeing his cake first. He's a real Cubs fan...
    My sister wanted to pamper Mom and do things that Mom has mentioned in their phone conversations. One of those special things was to take Mom to the Oak Lane Nursing Home in Stronghurst, Illinois to visit her sister-in-laws she hasn't seen since last May. They didn't know we were coming, so it was a huge surprise for them. We invited the only other living sister-in-law that isn't in a nursing home to go with us, Aunt "Boots". She's the one in green next to Mom, my Dad's 80 yr.old baby sister. Seated are Aunt Leora, 93, and Aunt Mary, 73 (?). They were beyond thrilled that we came. It was so fun to see them together reminiscing about old times. Aunt Mary assured us she would have gotten dressed if she had expected company. :)

   Mom had a family dinner Friday night as a farewell to Sandra. We had BBQ ribs, potato salad, Amish coleslaw, baked beans, and garlic bread. Yum!  She was leaving Mom's by 7:30 AM Saturday, so we left by 9:30 PM so she could get a good night's sleep. It's a 2 1/2 hour trip from Mom's house in Illinois to the Cedar Rapids airport. I had Randy take a picture of the three of us together before we left. Someone said something silly to make us all laugh before he took the first picture. Sandra made me promise I wouldn't show that picture. This one is better. Notice Mom's big grin? Not!

   We've invited Mom to live with us once our new house is built and she accepted. She's very independent and tries to do too much. She's legally blind, walks with a cane, has osteoperosis and  I'm afraid she'll fall and not be found for hours or even days. Thursday she actually climbed up on her bed to reach the ruffle at the top of her curtains to straighten it! 90 yrs. old and standing on a bed, need I say more?! When she moves in, Randy will hang all ladders up out of her reach. :)

  What with realtors showing our house and my Mom and sister coming, I've spent 2 weeks of extensive house cleaning. Not one stitch of quilting getting done, I'm afraid. I'm suffering from withdrawal. We had to vacate the house this afternoon for a showing. I hope to get some sewing time in this week. I hope you ...Keep Stitching.