Public service announcement: have you considered your tablescape for the big day American feast day? After all, this is a holiday centered on food and the giving of thanks. You still have time to whip up a beautiful runner to grace your table.
Good morning! It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio AND it’s Veterans Day!
Last Thursday, my quilt guild hosted a luncheon to honor 63 Veterans in our local area. For the past year, my guild worked diligently to make 21 Quilts of Honor and we presented them to 21 grateful Veterans at this lovely luncheon ceremony.
It was very humbling to have FOUR World War II Veterans join us and this quilt sums up what many of us were thinking. The quilt below was presented to a Vietnam Veteran who was a Prisoner of War (POW) for over two years. He is a recipient of two purple hearts, a bronze star, a silver star and many other military honors he is reluctant to mention. This wall hanging was even more beautiful in person. One of our guild members even did a bit of hand quilting for a special, personal touch. I really like these stars on point…this design may be a July 4th quilt in the making! It was fun to see how each guild member put their creative stamp on each quilt. The quilting below resembles wood grain because the recipient used to do woodworking as a hobby…what a nice, personal touch!
It’s good to be home. I’ve spent the last 10 days traveling. Although most of the time was spent working, I did have a few fun moments of down time.
The first bit of fun was the birthday celebration for the daughter of my dear friend in Austin. The young lady is now 12-years-old and I was able to attend her birthday party. We had yummy pizza and a chocolate and champagne party(!).
You see, about 6 months ago my friend and her daughter were attending a charity fundraising event. An event with a silent auction. The young woman in question asked her mom if she could do the bidding while my friend was chatting up friends. Of course, she said yes and said young woman began to peruse the offerings. And then auction fever took over. The then 11-year-old bid on several things and bought tickets for raffle items. She won 4 of 6 raffle items and won the grand prize at the auction too — a champagne and chocolate private event at Maggie Louise Confections for–wait for it– a winning bid of $400. My friend nearly fainted! The brand ambassador for Maggie Louise did a lovely job of explaining chocolates and technique and marketing to the girls and the adults who bravely handled the champagne part of the tasting.
Oprah calls Maggie Louise Confections one of her favorite things. I agree!
So, I found myself full of pizza and chocolate and champagne on a beautiful sunny day in Austin Texas. Traveling can be so lovely.
After a week of work, I traveled to St. George, Utah to visit friends. It was the first time I visited their lovely home and I got to join them on a hike in the area. The scenery is impossible to describe.
This past weekend, I started working on Vintage Treasure #3 for our family friend. This is going to be a pillow that will finish at 18 inches square. The polyester squares were sewn together with tiny seams…probably 1/8 inch. Some of the seams were hand sewn with black thread, you can see the little thread remnants in the photo below.
Because the seams are so narrow and it’s polyester fabric, I couldn’t really press the seams open for quilting. I decided to machine quilt using straight seams on both sides of the 1/8 inch seam.
I was hoping to finish the project but Norma gave me “the look” so I stopped sewing to play with my girl!
I hope to finish the pillow this week, providing Norma gives me permission!