Friday, November 20, 2015

Christmas Give Away

Give away
I am giving away one of my new books,  Amazingly Simple Triangle Stars.  To enter a chance to win, leave a comment on this blog post, by telling me what one of your favorite quilt pattern is or like my Facebook page connected to this link. The winner will be notified December 12. 

 One of the nine quilt patterns in this book.
Here is another set of slates I painted.  If you are interested in purchasing one of these go to Sew Classic Fabrics in the Heritage Farmers Market Harrisonburg, VA.  You can also place special orders at 540-828-6815.

  I so enjoyed hearing Caryl Bryer Fallert Gentry's lecture at the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, VA.  If you get a chance go see this exhibit by December 19.
 My niece Jolene was also at the lecture.

Wednesday was our monthly sewing 
day at the church.  Some of us quilt....

 ....and some of us knot comforts.

 A trip to Pennsylvanian 
Ben, Melissa, Rowen, Rebecca and I packed up the 
van and headed to PA to visit Autumn and Laban.

We took our sewing machines and spent all day Saturday sewing.
 Rowen learning to quilt.

 Rebecca is cutting out a quilt while Autumn is working on lunch.

Autumn is teaching Rebecca some tricks on the piano.

Melissa doing some mending.

 Rowen is learning another skill.
Old Fashion Day at the Old Order Mennonite  School
  I drive these precious little children to school every day. 
 Daniel Boone

 A lunch pail and wide rim sun bonnet.

 Most of the girls wore aprons.

 Hat, vest, knickers, white socks and lunch pail.
The excitement of the children was so much fun to see.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Apple Butter Boiling

Made with apples and sugar. 
1) Peel the apples

Mom-Dad-Terry- Eric
2) Core and cut apples into eighths.
  Joy-Aunt Rosie-Emily-Brenda-Meg-Pam 

3) Wash apples

4) 5:30 a.m. start the fire  and put the first apples 
in the kettle with a little water. Continue to add 9 bushels of apples.
Dad and Laban
5) Stir the kettle all day. This of course is the most important task.
 Add sugar (30 pounds) once the apples are all cooked up.

 Someone is distracting the stirrer.
Rebecca and Abe
 Socializing is an important ingredient.

6) Cook another 3-4 hours until the right consistency.
Dad and Aunt Ruthie 
7) Add oil of cloves and cinnamon right before the 
apple butter is taken out of the kettle.

 8) Fill jars with apple butter and 
place lids on top and screw rings on.
Brenda, Rebecca, Aunt Ruthie and Uncle Joe 

Here are the games that were played throughout the day. 
Tug of war

Corn Hole

Volley Ball

 We were also entertained with some rocket launching.

A hard days work.
 I don't think Autumn is sleeping, she has a little smirk on her face.

Heatwole Apple Butter

My Uncle Willard Heatwole's family
 made apple butter a week after us.   
They made a cider/applesauce  apple butter. 

A completely different taste of apple butter than ours but also good. Here is their recipe.
 Heatwoles started their fire at 1:30am.

Heatwole on left       Cline on right
cider and applesauce                  apples only

 This weekend we were delighted to have Ransford and Chris Heatwole stay in our home for the weekend.  Chris is not only married to my first cousin but she is a close friend who roomed with me during Bible college.  We always have a ball when we are together.

Their daughter and son-in-law also stayed with us.

Here are two slates I painted.
When Life gives you scraps...$45.00 

If you are interested in buying one of these 
 contact me  at  the size is 20" x 9 1/2".

Quilts are like friends....$45.00 SOLD

Monday, October 19, 2015

Trip Out West

Terry and I flew out West for a trip.  When we landed in LasVegas we rented this little bright yellow Spark for our travels. It was very small but served us well.

Here are some of the places we went. 
 Antelope Canyon. So unique and different than anything I have ever saw.

 Zion National Park. 
 We hiked The Narrows for an hour.

My man and I.

  Angels Landing in Zion National Park.  Notice the sides of the trail, are straight down and I mean waaaaaay down.

 If I look a little frightened it is because
 I really don't want to fall.

 The Grand Canyon was the purpose of our trip.  Terry and a friend hiked the canyon from rim to rim in one day. Ann, my good friend and I had a leisure breakfast then drove around to the south side of the canyon to pick up our husbands. We hiked down in the canyon to meet them.

 This was in a mall in LasVegas.  There were hundreds of old sewing machines in this store's window front.  SO COOL. So sad, the store sold clothing, not fabric. :(

 It was so much fun spending a morning with grandchild Rowen.

As a Quilter
 A new and modern quilt that I made with my one triangle block. This block is featured in my book Amazingly Simple Triangle Stars.

A Student's "Blazing Star" project completed.

 Another student's "Twirling Swirling Dance" finished.
Way to go girls!