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!!

Hugs, 
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!

Hugs,
Debbie
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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Time Has Slipped By So Quickly!!

First, a new blog name for me.  Deb's Rustic Quilting!!  I felt a change was needed as my life has changed so much this year and I'm loving it!!


A picture from our lake craft show the beginning of August.
That's me in the middle with my little Macy Kate, and my friend Ann is behind the checkout counter.  We had fun and it was really hot out.  Ann did quite well this year, I not so much.  I've come to the conclusion that you have to have useful items to sell.  That is what people want.  Believe it or not I made some of those old stringy loom type potholders and sold a few of those!  Useful!!  I didn't want to believe that at first, but Bernie always tells me that people want useful things.  So yesterday at my quilting group (that's a whole other blog post for another day), one of the other quilters said that she used to do craft shows a while ago, but "unless you are selling something useful, it's all for not".  So, there it was again, more words of wisdom.

So, I've decided to plunge myself into useful items and I'm sticking with fabric, wool, rope, type projects, rustic, primitive, country,  and of course, I've persuaded Bernie to begin his lamp making once again.  He makes the most beautiful rustic/beach type lamps, and yes, they are a useful item and I always sell them!  Here is a picture of one.   So that is what we will be doing during the winter months ahead.



So, I now have much to say and to write about.  I've written down ideas for my blog posts which will be every Thursday and you'll see why in future posts.  There will be giveaways too!!  As I have craft items that I'll be giving away monthly.  

The plans for the Etsy store are in the works, I just need to post some pictures and get that going.  


GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

"A path emerges when we walk on it."  My life's motto according to Facebook!  So, I ask you to follow me here and you won't be disappointed.  Tell your friends about my new blogspot and I will begin with a giveaway for the month of September.

I'll start out with a rustic/primitive looking chalkboard since it's back to school time and also a sachet!  Leave me a comment here for one entry.  For a second entry, tell me who the person was that told you about my blog or if you have been following, just comment that!  That's it!  Let's see how many followers I can add in one week! 



See you next Thursday!!

Hugs!
Debbie


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Here it is July already!

Hi everyone!  I've spent the last few days following a quilting blog hop called Christmas in July.  Since I haven't blogged in quite a while and am trying to get back into it now that I am retired, I've noticed that several of the blogs I followed a while ago, no longer are blogging, so I don't have a whole lot of people to follow and to gain some inspiration from.  So, I checked out this blog hop and came out of it with quite a few new quilting blogs to follow.

I've gained some amazing ideas from these gals.  Fabric cards for Christmas and other occasions, how to make a French Seam so your seams don't ravel when washing say pillowcases that are homemade.  I can't wait to give these a try!

I'm currently preparing for a craft show at the Pymatuning Lake Festival in Andover OH, which is right across the causeway near where I live.  This is a beautiful area to have a 2-day festival, right on the lake.  Praying for non-rainy weather, of course.  My friend, Ann, and I have been doing this show now for about 4 or 5 years, I guess.  We tried to change up our crafts this year and display, so once we have a mock up, I'll have to post some pictures.

For now,  This is Ann's and my new logo for our little craft business.  We call it Crow Cabin Creations.  We hope to be selling our crafts soon on Etsy.  We are just about setup and only need to add our items for sale with pictures.  We probably won't get this completed until after the lake show on Aug 6 and 7th.

At some point, I'd like to have our own Primitive, Country, Rustic crafts website which is something that my son, Bryan, the computer guru would be able to help me with.

So stay posted, much more to come in the future!

Here's wishing you a beautiful summertime day in July and a beautiful weekend!!

Hugs,

Debbie

Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday and Flowers

Just thought that I'd share what has been growing in my yard this Friday!

 These are my favorite day lilies that I planted a few years ago and they come up more beautiful each year.  This year there are 27 flowers on this plant.  Couldn't pass not taking a closeup of them.




 These are again Perennials - my Diathus.  I have these in several colors below is my hot pink ones.




These are more pink with white.



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This next pic is of my front porch arrangement of annuals, my geraniums are red with white and blue little flowers. I went with the R/W/B theme this year in honor of my brother who passed away in January who was proud to be in the Army and serving in Vietnam.


 This picture is looking beside the garage.  I didn't re-mulch this year.  I typically do it every other year.  Next year I may go with brown instead of red.






That's it for today.  I haven't begun quilting yet during my retirement, still have to clean my craft/sewing area and believe it or not, just haven't had the time just yet.  :)  

Take care and enjoy your weekend!!

Hugs!
Debbie


Monday, June 6, 2016

I Am Officially Retired from the USPS!!

So my comeback blog said I'd have some news and here it is............

I am officially retired from the United States Postal Service!!!!

Last week was a whirlwind week for me for sure.  It began on...................

Thursday, May 26, my employees got together and had a breakfast in my honor.  We had homemade Raspberry Cheesecake, two kind of homemade dips with salsa chips, banana nut muffins, sausage/egg/cheesebake, coffee cake, cinnamon rolls, deep fried Oreos, and a Chef Pierre Restaurant Gourmet Chocolate Cream Pie!!.  Also, balloons, Black Diamond Crapemyrtle Bush to plant, a floral arrangement of pink roses, a Crossroads 4-wick Lilac Candle, cards, and I can't remember what else.
It was a wonderful day!

Friday, May 27, was my last day at work.  My boss graced me with his presence to present to me my official USPS Service Award Certificate.




Sunday, May 29th was my 60th birthday, which was a fun time with our son, Bryan, and daughter-in-law, Jess.  They came to visit us and took us out to Montana's Rib and Chop house for dinner.  Then we had cake and I opened presents.  It was a wonderful day!!

Next was Monday, May 30th, Memorial Day, this was my official Retirement Day.  One day after I turned 60.  To say I liked turning 60 would be an understatement!!  I don't feel any older than 59, so what the heck.  The benefits were great!!!  This was a picnic day at my in-laws house.  We had a wonderful time!!

So that was my week, a lot happened and I'm so very happy.  So you ask what do you do when you still feel like you are just on vacation and not retired?  Well, you run around here with projects to do thinking you won't have time to get them done, when you have lots of time to do them.  So today was a take Macy to the groomer day,  Lucky for me the groomer lives right down the road from me, so that was a quick trip, because I have lots to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Right now I just took a break from doing this..........................

Yep, sanding the front porch.  I will be sanding all day on this one, and then my back deck will be next.  I will be staining and preserving the decks as well.  Lots to do!!

So, thanks for stopping by!!  Hopefully, someday soon after all these projects are done, I'll be able to get my craft/sewing area cleaned up and get to some quilting!!

Take care!!  Until next week.............................enjoy your week............!!!!