I Will Arise and Go Now . . .

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I do hope you each have a personal “Innisfree”, dear Bloggy Friends……..

Originally posted on Love Those "Hands at Home":

IMG_1026After the whirlwind that was our visit to Dublin for the Penn State football game, we were eager for a change. It was wonderful for a few days but we’re the quiet types, introverts, really. We needed an antidote to the noise and crowds and . . . well, the noise and crowds.

We found it on the beaches and islands and hilltops.

And we found it in Yeats country.

I’m not knowledgeable about poetry. I don’t read much of it, and I understand less, but I do love what little I know by William Butler Yeats.

When I was still working full time and living in a big city, I kept a framed copy of Yeats’ poem, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” in my room. I even have an old record of Yeats reading his poem!

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a…

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Inspiration found here………………….

Once again, the group’s gathering in Spring Grove (MN) produced so much creativity. The doors were open at 8:30 a.m. and those who wanted to sew brought their projects for QOV (Quilts of Valor) quilts. A couple of ‘shares’ from that time…………019_thumb[6]

Ruth (above) got these 3 blocks completed. This is going to be one gorgeous quilt that will be a treasure for some returning military person.

Janice (2nd from the left below) is always coming up with beautiful blocks made using the “Squedge” ruler. All these blocks were completed during this morning time…………………….005_thumb[8]

On to the sharing time…………………………001_thumb[7]

(Above), Yvonne belongs to an antique car group that has been touring around one of the Great Lakes each summer. There is one gentleman who makes all the arrangements for the group, planning the meal & motel stops, etc, and she made this quilt for him as a “thank you” acknowledgement of all his dedication to the group. Wow!!! And, yes, she machine quilted it herself…..yay!!!! She is one clever talented lady!!!!!! A close-up of a center detail………………………………002_thumb[11]    Note the cute quote!

006_thumb[18]Pam made this cute bag as part of a challenge…..poor photo….sorry!

Margaret has made many quilts over the years. They have been hand pieced and hand quilted and astonishing! She brought a few that she is selling at our upcoming Festival of Quilts (Oct. 3 & 4). They are made with feed sack fabrics that she has acquired and even brought a basket of large pieces that she made available to the group!!! 008   And a close-up of the quilt………….009

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012013  Margaret is showing how all the background  fabric is actually bleached feed sacks!!! How many times did it take to get all the printing off!!!!!!!?

014  A lovely Chinese pattern quilt with beautiful machine quilting. It was a bit hard to get good photos of the stitching but you can ‘click’ on any photo to enlarge it.015The back. 016

017A while back Ruth had asked us for a paper pieced cup block and she is still getting some. So unique!!!!

020                            A cute felt piece/penny rug.

022   This is one of the latest patterns from the Missouri Quilt Co. called “Disappearing Hour Glass”. So neat!!!!!! Carol is already busily cutting for a QOV version of this!!!! And, oh yes, she quilts her own on her Horizon!!!!!

023  We’re still collecting for the “Lottery Block” give-away and these are Kathy’s donation. A better view below……..024

That about takes care of this month’s meeting. Til next time………happy sewing!!!!!

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I’m ba-a-a-a-ack…………

Did ya miss me??? What! You didn’t even know I was gone??!!?? Sure ya did. Anyhow, these past few days have seen us put on many hundred miles and a couple(!) of seasons!!! Last Monday DH and I left home…….sunny and the prospect of warm temps for the day. Hopping on I90, we pointed our trusty Suburu for the Black Hills of South Dakota. We had the obligatory stop-over at Wall Drug for a great donut and cup of coffee……..and a little leg stretching!!! Note: great gas mileage means very few gas stops!!!!! We made it to Belle Fourche (our destination of choice) by late afternoon and registered at the Sunset Motel on the edge of town. Rob and Patty (owners) are Sunset Motel

the best! This is what a small town motel should be: the owners are super welcoming and accommodating, the rooms are uber neat and tidy (and have a wonderfully personal artistic ‘touch’, compliments of Patty’s talents) and the outdoor patio is oh so relaxing……ask me how I know……..photo 1 Yes, that is my poor attempt at a ‘selfie’ with DH and I enjoying a quiet moment after a long day’s drive. Me with a glass of lovely wine and DH enjoying his “stogie” (we are “out West”, ya know!!! LOL!). More importantly…….the temp was still 93F!!! Gotta love that, especially since in less than 24 hours a change would be occurring!

We hadn’t brought the motorcycles cuz we had seen the drizzly forecast and had decided to do as much hiking as possible. Little did we know the changes about to happen!

Tuesday dawned drippy and foggy but on up Spearfish Canyon to the ‘Lower Rim Trail’ was our goal. It’s a 3.2 mile loop of moderate difficulty, which suited me just fine as I was not really “shod” properly in my walking (NOT HIKING!) shoes!!!! Oh so foolish!!!! Moving on……… The Fall colors were astonishing…..please, indulge me with a few moments of photos…………………………001 002

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You are correct in noticing our rain gear…..a very recent thrift store purchase!!!!!

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With the temps in the 50’s, it was the perfect hiking scenario (with the exception that walking/jogging shoes do not do very well on vertical rocky/grassy paths that are quite wet!!). Before heading back to Belle Fourche and our nice warm cozy room, we made a stop on the edge of Deadwood. Two shops have attracted our attention over the years. One is an “antique”/you-name-it type place with the usual stuff plus some rather unique creatures outside to greet potential customers………….photo 2 photo 3

The other…….well, I’ll let the photos do the “talking”…008

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These two places are conveniently next door to one another. The first has yielded some additions to DH’s license plate collection over the years and the second, well………it stands on its own obvious merits!!!!!!!!

We accessed Wednesday’s weather and decided a day in Rapid City, poking around the little shops, was just the thing as the weather forecast for pouring rain was nearly 100%……..And they were quite correct!!!! AND opportunity to stop by Cabelas and pick up a pair of real water-proof hiking boots was not to be passed up!!!! Purchase made!! Ready for what was next…….see below……..

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Mind you, just 2 days earlier, it was 93F and we were enjoying those glasses of wine under that tree!!!! I did visit my fave quilt shop, of course!!!!! The Bakery Fabrics, owned by my friend, Annie, is a ‘must see’ if you are ever in Belle! More on this shop may be found here. “Hello, Annie!”

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Ordering on-line is so wonderfully easy and prompt!!! ‘Like’ the shop on Fb and get constant inventory updates….many fabrics that you won’t see elsewhere!!!!!

So……….while the sleet/snow fell outside, we did the ‘inside’ thing.

BUT…..Friday dawned bright and sunny!!! Yay!!!! Onward to the ….. the…..well, not-so-Black Hills…………..019

The trail we hiked was in Custer State Park and called “Little Devil’s Tower”…..a short “strenuous” (their description!) trail of a little more than a mile at altitudes over 6,300 feet. Several reasons for this choice and one was that I was sporting very new hiking boots!!!!!! The trail, on this very sunny day, appeared thusly…….020

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And, so, I will leave you with that last hint of what is coming all too soon around here but, for now, it’s 70F, green and sunny in this beautiful area of S.E. MN, known as the “Coulee Region” and where we call home. Our mini ‘vaca’ ended when we returned home early last evening (Saturday) and slept like  proverbial “rocks”!!!!!

Back to my ‘quilting life’ with Spring Grove quilt guild tomorrow. Stay tuned and thank you ever so much for taking time to stop by and visit. Til next time…………

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Friday Finishes………..

And ready for pin-basting. This week has been a busy one but the two red & white “Disappearing Pinwheel” versions 3&4 are pieced, borders on, backings prepped/pieced and bindings readied. I would label that a “Friday Finish”…..wouldn’t you??? My posts, of the previous few days, has culminated in these………002

The above is version #3: a pinwheel, “Friendship Star” and “Illinois (Cross—my addition!) Road”

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This is version #4: a pinwheel, “Friendship Star” with the added ‘blades’ to form a “Whirligig”.

Both present some interesting quilting possibilities. They will be used in a FMQ demo my guild (Spring Grove, MN) will be sponsoring during an Oct. 3 & 4 event called Festival of Quilts. Lots of vendors, display quilts, quilts for sale (along with baked goods—of course!—), a boutique and a special speaker, Sherri K. Falls, on Saturday afternoon at 1:30.

It will be a few days till I get back to these, so they will quietly(?) wait……..

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The next couple of days are very busy family days, followed by a “blogging vaca”…………My shadowy presence may be apparent one or two times but I’m not sure. Off to hike the trails of the Northern Hills (SD).

Until next time, I thank you all…..so many times over!… for your friendship, inspiration, advice, critique and encouragement! You are all such a blessing to me!!! Hugs…..

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Earlier in the week THIS happened……….

 

No-o-o-o-o way!! Yup, Great Grand’s first day of pre-school!!!! Sigh…

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Thrifty Thursday…………….

(No apology for the alliteration…hehe!) Success! was experienced when shopping yesterday at Hancock Fabrics. I had thought I would use a solid white fabric for the backing for both the red and white (“Disappearing Pinwheel” blocks, versions 3&4) quilts now in progress. One thought kept coming to me……boring! I had always wanted to make a very “traditional” red/white quilt and I am super pleased x2 with how these are turning out but, I thought, why not ‘punch’ it up a bit!!??!! So……..because the fabric was 50% off and it was 15% off that, for “Senior Discount Wednesday”(!), I scored this beautiful piece…………………….001

I approach their fabrics with caution cuz, generally speaking, the quality is lacking somewhat………but I was pleasantly surprised on this one!!!!! It is a nice fine weave and the ‘hand’ is so soft without a hint of “flimsiness” that pervades their fabric lines…..regardless of price! This piece, in their batik line, was $9.99/yd but the discounts were mighty………you can do the math!

Onward………..after some serious lawn mowing, however!!!! Or should I say “baling”!!!!!??????   Til next time………….

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The end of the gardening season…….

Brings varied tasks…..the tomatoes have been awesome this year! We’ve had BLT’s (with avocado, of course!) several times a week…yum. Today I made up 8 pints of marinara sauce to put away for those blustery days that are coming. The recipe I use is found here…….005

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Yes, it’s for “Chicken Parm” but it’s a great all-‘round sauce for other dishes, too. (Although, this, and eggplant parm, are outstanding!!!!) Her recipes are not complicated but just “down-home good cookin’”! The wine I used is from a very exclusive source….but one that’s easily accessed…….DH’s wine cellar!!!!001 So handy……just down our basement!! This is a medium dry white wine…..perfect!!!!

BUT, lest you think I haven’t been at the machines……….these are rapidly becoming………..004

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Just 3 more to make and, then, to put the rows together and the center of version #4 is ready for its red border. The fun continues after a quick overnight at the RV to take care of a couple needed tasks. Til next time………….

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It’s Two-sday……….

Yup, that’s right, ‘cuz the 2nd red/white piecing is well underway. It has the “Friendship Star” but could be called “Whirligig” because of the added blade extensions, hmmmmmm?

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Lots of rotary cutting and sewing goin’ on. This is version #4 of the “Disappearing Pinwheel” shown on this Missouri Star Quilt Company site. Compare this version with the one here. Here’s a quick photo of version #3………….. 022

Stay tuned for ongoing developments………………..

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Late Day Design Wall Monday……………

Disappearing Pinwheel progress continues. It is a “Friendship Star” with “Illinois Road” as the secondary pattern.  From this:021

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There will be a narrow white border and a wider (3”?) red one. The measurements, as of now, are 45”x 57”. This is variation #3. Stay tuned for #4….will start that one tomorrow. It will,also, be a “Friendship Star” with “Whirligig” as the secondary. The borders will be the same.

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Design Wall (of a different kind!) Monday……..

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Because it’s September and my friend Leah needs a door banner that’s appropriate…………005

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