Thursday, August 4, 2016

A Family Trip

Yayyyy! We made it to Canada! 29 hours later. 

Our van load of family heading to Canada.

While we were there part of the gang went on a 3 day canoe trip.

The Moms and I stayed back at the house and had a fun time with the children.

 Asher looking intently into my eyes.

 Never a dull moment with Brighton.

Rowen learned to back down the steps.  Jack was a great teacher.

One day my girls and I took the little ones on a stroll to see where Dave was building a house.
The men helped Dave set in some windows.

On the trip home Laban and Benjamin enjoy some sardines while Autumn looks on with disgust.
 A Chuck Wagon Supper

My sister Polly and husband Mark came down from Delaware to join us for the chuck wagon supper.

During the course of the evening it started to rain so we moved onto the porch where we had our dessert .

Life as a Quilter
Another event I attended this month was Mid-Appalachian Quilters Inc. I was privileged to teach some classes.

 Three days of classes taught by 25 different quilt teachers. If you have a chance to go I would highly recommend it. Fun, fun, fun!

A one day class.

This was our church's sewing day.  We knotted comforters for the flood victims in West Virginia.

My Quilting Schedule has been updated with new classes. Locally I will be at Patchwork Plus and Sew Classic Fabrics in the Harrisonburg area.  Also check out other places I will be teaching nationally in the future.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Birthday Suppers-Friends-Quilts

 We celebrated two birthdays recently.
  Abe Rittenhouse's birthday.

Rebecca celebrated Abe's birthday by having his family,
 Terry and I for a wonder supper.

 Melissa celebrated Benjamin's birthday by having family and friends for supper. Benjamin (far left). 
First cousins with their little ones.
Benjamin and Rowen     Ryan and Sophie     Mike and George
 Autumn and Rebecca came home for the weekend.  
I just love when my children come home.
Autumn and Rowen
As A Quilter
Susan (second from left) is a technical editor for C&T Publising from Idaho.  She has edited all four of my quilt books.  This past week I had the privilege of meeting her in person along with some of her friends.  Thanks Susan for a wonderful time!

I  spent the day with my mother and some of my sisters quilting.  Polly is working on a quilt that will be in my new book. By the way the picture in the background Mother painted over 50 years ago.

Could this picture be a quilt inspiration?   At the Homestead in Hot Springs VA.

I confess, I made the quilt before I saw the Lattice.

Halfway done quilting my Zig and Zag quilt.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Planting Mums and Quilting

I had the privileged of taking a van load of old order Mennonites to help a family plant mums.  I myself had never done this job before so it was a learning experience for me. We first dumped potting soil into a trough and added water then mixed the soil with our hands.

This is how the mum plugs come. 

We filled the posts with the soil and planted one plug per pot.

Watered the plants.

We loaded the planted pots onto the truck.  The children where a great help.

Then we placed them on black plastic that had a watering system. 650 mums latter.

Terry helped our son Ben (right) put a new roof on his house.

Abe and Rebecca (daughter) moved into a new
 home which needed some painting. 

All moved and settled into their new home.

Life as a Quilter
I just finished quilting this quilt "Through the Lattice" for my 
new book that will be released the end of 2017.  I tried a little something different for the border.

Mother and I went to the Valley Brethern-Mennonite
 Heritage Center for a quilt turning. A quilt turning is a 
stack of quilts laid out on a bed and then the lecturer
 talks about each quilt.  These were quilts from the Shenandoah Valley from Brethren and Mennonite background.