Thursday, October 2, 2014

Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale

It is the time of year again for the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale. The sale starts Friday evening October 3 and continues on Saturday October 4.  I donated my original wall quilt Desert Rose.  This wall quilt is pictured on my Desert Rose pattern.

This is an original by Autumn (my daughter).  This quilt will also be sold at the Mennonite Relief Sale.

 The Dayton Mennonite Sewing Group hand quilted this quilt and Margaret Layman pieced it.  This is also one of many quilts that will be sold at the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale. 
Check out this link to see all the quilts that will be at the auction.

This is a design I created on my electric quilt program.

Here I am playing with different fabrics to see what 
values of fabrics work best for the quilt.

 Here is one of the many triangle units.

I quilted between the stars with green thread and kept the needle on  the green fabric.  I echo stitched the stars with white quilting thread.  This helped make the stars stand out.

I used finer stitching in small stars.

I will use variegated green and blue thread for the background. I will blog about the finished quilt next time.

While I was quilting I also had my steamer cooking grapes.  About every 30 minutes I would add grapes to the steamer, stir the grapes and then fill 2 jars.

The pulp that was left in the steamer I ran through my Victorian squeezer which took out the seeds and skins.  What you see in the pan on the left I will make grape pies with.  Delicious with vanilla ice cream.

 Now I have grape juice concentrate ready to mix up this winter. This is a  Sunday evening favorite served with popcorn.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Busy Days

 One evening Terry and I went to WV to Rebecca and Abe's new home and watched them open their wedding gifts. Jullian and Lucy (Abe's parents) were also there to enjoy the evening. 

Circle of Stars is safety pinned and ready for the machine quilting.

Quilted and bound!

I will be teaching this class at Patchwork Plus on November 11, 9:00am-2:00pm.

Autumn is getting a little help from me on the
Saturday Sampler block.  She spent the day with Mother.  I dropped in on them in the late afternoon.

I tried my hand at making smoked salmon jerky.  If I must say so myself it was very tasty.

 Our quilt guild had a picnic in August.  We were to dress up in the 60s era.  Gail Lori and I all had circle skirts on. 

This month I have been busy traveling and teaching quilt classes from Maryland, Virginia and
 Oklahoma. This group of ladies is from the Norman Oklahoma Guild, a very lively bunch of quilters.

Terry is teaching Jennifer, my sister June's daughter, how to put up trim in her house. Way to go girl!

While the trim was being hung, Rhianna was helping Grandma (my sister June) make rhubarb crunch. Rhianna is such a good worker.

  Some of my other nieces were making goodie bags.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Rebecca and Abe's Wedding

The girls and I fixed the food for serving over 300 guest for the wedding.  The last week before the wedding we planned each day to work on a specific food.  Here we are rolling out 43 pie crusts.

Mother came an afternoon to help make salsa.  The wedding menu was: burritos, chips and salsa, fruit slush and fresh peach pie.

Friends and family came to chop lettuce, onions, 
tomatoes, peppers.....

and peaches.  Lois, Mother and Sheila (sister) 

The girls also made flower arrangements for the tables.

Assembling peach pies and seasoning beans.
Mr and Mrs Abe Rittenhouse


 After the wedding we had supper down my the river with the Heatwole cousins.

The following week I went with my grandchildren to the Rockingham County Fair.  Brighton getting a close up of the sheep.

Christian (Son) joined us for lunch while at the fair.
                                                       Parla, Asher, Christian and Dave

Before the wedding Terry and I flew to Alaska and went salmon fishing.  We meet up with our friends Frank and Ann (couple on right) from Virginia who stayed with us while we were in Alaska. We had so much fun with them. 

  One of our high lights was visiting with Steve and Angie and their children in Homer Alaska.  
Steve is a friend from our school days and went to our church.

Steve's friend Mike McCann came over and ate lunch with us. This fall he will be on discovery channel, Yukon Men.

Fishing for salmon on the Kenai River.

In Soldotna we took a boat cruise.

This is at the mouth of the Kenai where the locals net salmon.  Notice the line of people on both sides of the river.  
Each one has a 4 foot net.

Tom Cooper owns a rock shop outside of Soldotna.  He does amazing carvings on moose antler horns and other objects.
 Such and interesting place to go.

This week I am going to take it easy. :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Life at the Clines

As a Quilter
I am starting a new stack-n-whack project.  This will be a wall quilt for my......

...freshly painted and wall papered kitchen.

Here I am working on Rebecca's wedding veil.
  August 9 is the big day.

Family Life
Parla, Brighton and Asher came to Virginia for 2 1/2 weeks.  I flew to Canada and drove with her and the children back to Virginia.  One of our stops was at a rabbit farm.

Brighton enjoying the kittens.

 We spent one morning in the park with Belinda and Elias..

Feeding the ducks at the park.
One day this summer I met with my quilting group, the Bubbling Bees. We sewed and visited in the pleasant breeze.

  Terry enjoying Asher.

I just love when the family gets together.  One day we 
took supper down by the river where I grew up.

Terry and Autumn won a corn-hole
 tournament at Highland Retreat. The prize was 2 nights at Highland Retreat.