Thursday, October 20, 2016

A beautiful Fall Day..........Quilting!!

Hello everyone,

Thanks for stopping by today to see what has been happening down my path!

I joined a Quilt-A-Long over at From My Caroline Home, it is a fall design type quilt-a-long and is the first one that I've ever had the time to participate in.  It is so much fun!!!

The first week Carole had us making leave blocks.  Then, this past week was pumpkin blocks and I put together this table topper.  So very cute!  Not sure what Friday's block will be, but I'm sure it will be fun as well.

Here is a picture of my table topper...........
First Quilt-A-Long Table Topper 

Gobble Til You Wobble Fabric !!!

I had a lot of fun doing these blocks.  Mine were slightly bigger than what we were to do because I already had the diagonal halves already cut out for a would be future project, but they worked perfectly for this!

I ended up making more pumpkins at the center today since I still have no fabric from the director to finish off my Trip Around The World quilt.

What a perfect fall day today is!!  It is about 70 degrees and this will be the last nice day for us I'm afraid.  Still no frost yet, so I'm still hoping for an Indian Summer later this month or next!  Wouldn't it be great to have wonderful weather still in November!!

Next Monday at the center in my drawing class we are doing "Leaves in Pastels."  Sounds interesting enough!!

This is the scenery I saw yesterday on the way to the center.  Behind these trees and behind where I am shooting this phote is Pymatuning Lake.  It is so beautiful this time of year here in NW PA.

This is where the "Ducks Walk on the Fish Backs!"  Really they do.......................

Underneath these mallards are plenty of carp and you can stand along that railing and feed them bread.  They go mad over it............................but, you have to keep the seagulls away!

It is the second biggest attraction in PA after Gettysburg!

So if you are every in NW PA, Linesville PA, this is what you want to see for sure.

That's it for this time around!  Talk to you again next Thursday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs, Debbie

Thursday, October 13, 2016

And the winner of the October Giveaway is.........................

Ann from Ann's Snap, Edit Scrap!!  The generator gave me the number one and you were the first to reply to my blog, so you are the Winner!!!  Woot Woot!!  I tried to copy and paste the generator for proof, but it kept saying that it failed.  If anyone knows how to do this and can tell me, I'd appreciate it.

I'll send the little witch with hubby to work and you will also receive some fabric!!  You'll be able to make more of those little scare crows or some other project!!!

Thanks to all four of you that entered!!

So what have I been up to this week!!!  On Tuesday, I took a drawing class at the center.  We were tasked with drawing with pencil and then shading, etc. with colored pencils a pumpkin, gourd, corn and wheat!  This is what I came up with!

I actually had fun doing this.  I would like to perfect my leaves better though.  The lady who was teaching us is a retired elementary school art teacher.  She has so much patience with us!  They have drawing, art classes twice a month on the second and fourth Mondays.  So, can't wait to see what she has for us to do next month.

Also, yesterday was quilting class.  My Trip Around the World is still not finished, the director forgot to get the border fabric over the weekend, so I ended up cutting fabric for a Quilt-A-Long I'm doing over at My Carolina Home blogspot.    So here is what I did yesterday.

 My fall leaves.  I have actually 4 made thus far and plan on doing four more tomorrow.  Tomorrow is the day another block style will be added.  Ugh!!  I need to get busy!!
Here is some of the fabric I've been cutting and am going to use in more leaves!

I did a lot of decorating here at our home for Fall and I'd like to share a few pictures.

Our diningroom

Mantle  - I collect Jim Shore and I love my witch and my little skeleton!

Better picture of fireplace with the decorations.  I made the runner on top of the mantle several years ago before my quilting days!

No room goes untouched!  This is an arrangement in our one bathroom.

I love to flower arrange, so this is the arrangement on my nightstand.

One of the kitchen corner shelves.

Front door with my vinyl clings!  I love those things.  Also, the door has a beautiful little quilt done by Michelle May at The Raspberry Rabbits!  Can't see it really well here.

My kitchen window.  These are black and tan Park Design curtains that have pumpkins appliqued on.  I also have a set of red and tan ones with snowmen for Christmas.  The little Jack-O-Lantern to the right, is a plastic canvas one that was made by my son, Bryan, when he was small.  

Another arrangement on my husband's nightstand.
I have many more pictures, but perhaps for the next post.  Have a great weekend and see you back here next Thursday and once again, Congratulations to my friend, Ann!!


Thursday, October 6, 2016

A Little Quilting and the October Giveaway!!

Hi Everyone!  Welcome to my Thursday post!  A little late today, but as my Mom always said, "Better Late, Than Never."

So what I've been up to this week in quilting.  This is the Trip Around the World as of this week.  The two halves have been  sewn together for the Senior Center.  I'm waiting now for the director of the center to choose the borders and binding.  She likes to do this as she was formerly an interior designer.  She does have a way with matching fabric.  I suggested the black and a green, so we'll see what she decides. 

So since that is at a stand still, I continued to work on my own two table runners from last weeks blog.  They are all together now and I got the batting today and will get those finished up hopefully by next week.

I didn't know if I told you that the Senior Center serves lunch for $2 and it's pretty decent.  This week we had a Hamburger on a Wheat Bun, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, and Apple Pie, Milk and Coffee.  Yummy!!  Where can you get all that for the money?  It's nice to sit and relax with the other quilters over lunch.

So next week I signed up for a drawing class.  I am not a drawer at all, but figured maybe I could learn something, so on Tuesday I'll attend that and then again on Wed for quilting again.
I'll let you know how the drawing goes!  Colored Pencils is what I'm using.  

So now that it is October and Halloween is coming soon.  My October giveaway will be a Witch Magnet and a little quilting item!!  Not saying what it will be.

So to enter the drawing, follow-me and then write me a comment on what you think the quilting item could be?  If you are the winner, chosen by random generator, and you get it correct, you'll get a second surprise gift!

Have a wonderful weekend!  

Please Pray for those in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina that Hurricane Matthew doesn't hit them as hard as they are predicting.  


Thursday, September 29, 2016

More quilting this week, I'm on a roll!!

Hello everyone,  this week was a busy one for me again.  Not only am I walking to get healthy each day, but I try to quilt a little too!!  Gosh, never thought I'd run out of time in a day when retired, but I honestly do!!

So, I completed the flying geese runner, turned it in to the senior center for for them to put on sale, and it says $20!  I hope they get it!  A lot of work went into that runner!

This was it before it was completely finished.

I also completed a table runner for my nephew's anniversary.
He and his wife are going to love this one, I think!

I'm also working on two variations of the above.  Same material in all three of them.  One will be for my neighbor who gave me access to her garden this year.  She kept me in tomatoes and green peppers all summer long.  Most appreciative to her and her hubby.  The other, I'm not sure who the recipient will be........................Which one of the two below do you like better?  Top one or bottom one?

At the center I am still working on the the Trip Around the World.  I really like what I'm seeing on this one.  I've never done anything like this before.  The fabrics were chosen by the center, not colors I would make for myself.  I'm not into pinks or bright colors, I like the primitive, rustic type fabrics, but I do think this is pretty.  I still need to square it off and sew the two pieces, top and bottom, together, then I'll see what else I have to do.  I'm guessing some sashing and of course the backing.  A lady at the center who has a long-arm machine will do her magic on it.  When quilts are for the center, she quilts them.  I, myself, like to complete all projects and won't take anything I make to a long-arm person, just would rather work it from start to finish!

So tell me, do you take your quilts to a long-arm person?  Or would you prefer to do it yourself?

Also, do you hand-stitch the back of binding, or do you machine bind it all?

Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful weekend!!!!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

My New Quilting Adventure!!

Many of you know that I had a desire to learn to quilt when I became a Postmaster in a small town here in NW PA.  I found a local group of gals that I would visit on my lunch hour on Wednesdays to learn how to quilt.  I made a small little mat in a log cabin, my very first project.  I was so proud when I finished it something like a month later.  Sewing only during a lunch hour, once a week really didn't do it too quickly and it wasn't perfect to say the least, but I felt accomplished!  My first quilting project in the bag.  Shortly thereafter, the quilting group I attended moved to the newly built, Lakeland Senior Center within five minutes of my home.  I was excited until I heard that you have to be at least 60 years old to attend.  Well, I was only in my 50s then.  I was devastated.  I continued to sew by myself making mistakes along the way.  My seam ripper was my best friend.

Fast forward to July 2016..............I'm 60 and retired, so I joined the senior center last month and some of the same gals are still there sewing every week.  I met some new "young" gals there and I am again learning from the pros!!  One lady is 85 years young and can she show you a thing or two.  Another woman is so very talented in what she makes.  These ladies make quilts like crazy and they donate them to the center and the center sells them to make money for the activities and to buy more quilting fabric, etc.  These ladies also make quilts for Project Linus, Making blankets, quilts, etc. for children in need.

So, the flying geese runner I made is for the center.  I hope someone buys it and the center can benefit from it.

And the fabric I showed you last post, was actually picked out for me by the director of the center, she used to be a interior designer and has a great eye for colors.  This also will be donated to the center.  So, I'm having fun, learning so much, and having a great time with these gals.

So, follow me here on Thursdays, to see the progress on this "Trip Around the World" quilt and whatever else I do on my own at home.
Stop by again next Thursday and have a fantastic weekend!

Happy Fall!!

Debbie and Macy Kate Too!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pipes, Ships and a Little Quilting Too!

This past weekend Ann from Ann's Snap Edit Scrap and  I went to the Edinboro University in nearby Edinboro PA for the Scottish Highland Games.  We got there bright and early, too early to catch everything they had to offer.  We did see some bagpipers practicing for their competition as well as these young lady dancers!

If you click on the Scottish Bagpiper words below you can hear some Scottish Music.

I was intrigued to find out information on the Scottish Clan Campbell that my maternal grandfather belonged.  He came from a small coastal town in Scotland called Bo'ness.  He was a bagpiper!  My goodness you have to have a lot of wind to blow and make sounds in those pipes, and were they ever loud!!  I bet my Grandmother disposed of his bagpipes soon after they were married!!  Ha Ha!!

Scottish Bagpiper

Next,  we headed to Erie PA for the 125th Anniversary of the Tall Ships!  Would have been great if they didn't charge so much to actually view the ships closer.  No where did it say that you would have to pay to see them.  We looked at some of these from afar and some through gates they had blockading the boats.  No pirates visible to us, just a big rubber duck!  Disappointing, won't go back to that again.

This ship was called the U.S. Brig Niagara.  It is a reproduction of the Commodore Oliver Perry's victorious vessel from the War of 1812's Battle of Lake Erie.

The Rubber Duck

And here the black boat is the El Galeon, a reconstruction of a 16th century Spanish galleon.  It's homeport is Seville, Spain and it cruises waters worldwide and flies the flag of Spain.

The yellowish boat is the Dennis Sullivan which is a replica of a Great Lakes schooner.  It's homeport is Milwaukee Wisconsin and it's normal cruising waters are that of The Great Lakes, Florida and the Bahamas!  There were nine ships total.  That was our Saturday!

I showed you this table runner I was working on two posts ago.  I wasn't sure how I was going to lay it out and after much fooling around, I decided to go with the "Flying Geese" pattern.  It is all ready to quilt, which I plan on doing some of it later today.  I've never done free motion, so I have to go with just stick with the "stitch in the ditch" right now.  I hope to learn free motion in the near future after a few projects are done.


  My next project will be a lap size "Quilt Around the World" pattern that I am just learning to do.  Here are the pink and green fabrics that I will be using.  Wish me luck!!!  My next post will be about all quilting and the adventure I am on!!      
Well, that's it for now!  Everyone have a great week and I'll be back next Thursday!

and Macy Kate too!!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Long and Winding Road.....................

The Long and Winding Road........................
 Enjoy the sound of Paul McCartney as you read my blogpost.  

So along the beaten path, this is where I walk daily.  My friend, Ann, from Ann's Snap, Edit, Scrap are on this fitness thing.  We're both trying to get healthy.  So this is the dirt road beside my home.  I walk here daily.  I love listening to the animals, birds, etc. early morning at sun up!

Now that fall is coming I've been seeing a lot of these on the ground, notice the green is leaving the leaves.

 I see this all over this road.  I remember as a young girl when my Dad would take me fishing, that if I needed to wash my hands, he had me pick some of these purplish flowers rub the blossoms on my hands and then mix with the water.  I made a whitish soap!  Not sure what these weeds are called.

And this is the road on my way back home.  I do approximately 12 trips up and down this road a day.  I try to stay off the blacktop roads as those are worse to walk on.

And last but not least, it's acorn time.  These are all over the place and I pick up the really nice ones!

So what else have I been up to this week!!
Working on this table runner.  Here I was trying different layouts and I'll show you next week what I actually ended up with.

 I did find out that although these look like argyle socks, this isn't want I ended up with.  It was too hard to sew these together and get a perfect diamond each time.  I was having some difficulty with my machine.  I think I may have it straightened out a bit, but you'll have to come back next week.

And last but not least, the giveaway.  With the help of Ann, I did manage to to get two followers, Sandee and Hootin Annie!!  Welcome and I hope I don't disappoint you with my blogging.  So without further ado, the winner of the Chalkboard and Sachet is:

rue Random Number Generator  6 and this number was HOOTIN ANNIE!!!  Please send me your mailing address to Deb.meyer77@gmail.comThank you so much for entering my first giveaway! I post every Thursday and there will be another giveaway next month, so tell your friends to stop over to Deb's Rustic Quilting!  
"A path emerges when we walk on it." 
Hugs, Debbie