Do you dream of going somewhere big? Do you remember the joy of going somewhere new that you have dreamed about? While there are many places I would like to go and dream of going; I often find that time constraints, money, weather, or other obligations keep me from going everywhere on my list.
However; I find just getting in the car and exploring within a tanks drive from my home, takes me to places, people, sights, and yes —smells that are new to me. I love exploring and knowing what is to be found down a certain road, regardless of the season. Maybe I will find a covered bridge, or a new hiking trail, or at least one new to me. Maybe I will find Amish fried pies filled with all different kinds of delicious fillings and have fun talking with the people who made them. The excitement can be felt in the crisp, cool air as the leaves start to turn red and gold. Who knows where I will end, as I just decide to go! What have you found on some of your explorations?
Summertime, at least the weather is finally here! Though officially it doesn’t really arrive until June 21st, summer activities are already kicking up into high gear for us and most others I know. Root beer floats, road trip adventures, biking, hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, cookouts, summer BBQ, The State Fair, summer concerts, and in general just hanging out doing what you want and most of all making good times! I know there are many arguments for living where you can do this all year round, but then just maybe we wouldn’t appreciate it as much. Don’t know, but I do know that since it’s here, we will be making the most of our summer this year! Enjoy and Happy Summering!!
Do you love quilts in your home? Do you love the feelings that come with either receiving or gifting a quilt? I call quilting my cheap hobby as either I sew too slow or I buy fabric too fast. I haven’t decided. Either way, it takes me a while to complete my projects.
I attribute my love of quilts to my grandmother who also loved quilts. When I was a girl, my grandmother would tell me the story that went with each quilt as we would relax and lay on the bed talking late on a summer night. Most of her quilts were made from scraps into log cabins, colorful butterflies, Sunbonnet Sue’s or Sam’s by her Kentucky lady friends or from her mother (my great-grandmother) who saved and used scraps from everything. “Waste not, want not.” My great-grandmother would ask me if I was saving the buttons from my discarded clothes for sewing or ask me “are you going to throw away money?”. She was the original recycler. She made quilts primarily for her family to stay warm she said, not necessarily to look pretty. She used wool from grandpa’s suits, old cotton dresses, coats and other household textile items. But she made them into crazy quilts and used colorful embroidered threads to connect the pieces and tied them with yarn, which made them useful but pretty and decorative.
However; while I like most all quilts, scrap quilts, especially those with bright colors are my very favorite. I feel almost like I am getting a free quilt from my left overs! The above photo is one made entirely from left over scraps sewn onto tear-a-way papers (10″ Paper Piecing Squares) that I bought in a stack from Missouri Star Quilt Company (missouriquiltco.com), very inexpensively on one of the online Daily Deals. I have been experimenting with combining old and modern, which is fun! This certainly is not one of my more traditional patterns that I usually prefer. But it worked up fast and I have made a good dent in my scrap bag. I will machine quilt it with a quick pattern and tada will have a quilt that I will be comfortable with for everyday utilitarian use (being dragged around anywhere), maybe a concert in the park or a picnic.
My grandmothers would be proud to know they had influenced me with what they would call common sense and not wasting! Plus, it just adds another quilt to my stash to either gift or keep. It’s a Win Win!
I plan to add a quilt page and also a photography gallery with my next Blog redesign. In the meantime, quilt lovers please feel free to share a photo of one of your creations or showing a favorite pattern. Happy quilting and thank you for visiting! I hope all of my visitors enjoy Terre’s Blog – Women for All Seasons where I try to show a variety of topics from the spice of life. Thank you and please visit often!