Sunday, June 24, 2007

Gennessee Depot, Wisconsin

Pamella's Place
This is the quilt shop I went to while in Wisconsin, it is in an area called Gennesse Depot, a very nice shop.Much larger than it looks.They had lots and lots of fabrics, notions and books galore. the classroom area was very roomy also.Unfortunately I didn't get to talk to the lady that was working very much. Fortunately for her she was busy!I believe that the shop was fairly new, as a matter of fact I believe the strip mall it was in was new(6-8 months).The building looked very new.I think she had either had a place before or had bought someone else out, as a lot of her fabrics were ones I have been seeing for a while now. The"town" was so smal, maybe a "city" block! But really nice people.DH and I were up there working in another smaller town (although considerably larger than Gennesse Depot) Called Mukwonabe,that to was a very quaint and interesting place, I wish we could had time to explore a little, but we all know work does get in our way. This time I must get off here, I have to get myself together for a doctor's appt. early in the am. Please, say a prayer for me, that I will get good news tomorrow. Things have been a little scarey for me, so all prayers will be appreciated. As always, be quilting memories!

Look at me now!

Just look at me now!!!!!
See what I got to drive Friday, yep, Right down the interstate! For almsot 2 hours, I drove it. I sure did get a lot of "looks", not everyday you see a "race car" going down the highway.I got a kick out of the young guys as they tried to get closer to check it out, then when they saw this old lady driving you could almost see their dissapointment. But is was fun. I just happened to be at the place where they needed someone to deliver this car to another location, and DH and I was headed there. DH was driving the hauler we are taking to Lake Tahoe, so that only left me. Normally I try not to drive a vehicle that belongs to someone else, but since I work for the company, I am insured.
I have been busy here at home, getting all our clothes and "stuff" ready to leave, we are going to be gone almost the whole month of July. Do any of you bloggers know anything about the bike ride called Ragbrai? I understand it runs the whole length of Iowa. It begins on July21st. and ends on the 28th. We will stop each day ,beginning at Rock Rapids,then on to Spencer,Humboldt,Hampton, Cedar Falls,Independence,Dyersville and ending in Bellevue.If any of you will be at any of those destinations, I would love to meet you. I will be the oldest lady at the Lance Armstrong Trailer! The people who ride for the cause are awesome, if you can, come out and cheer them on. Seeing all of them riding (and most )in honor of a loved one they have lost to cancer is very moving. It brings me to tears everytime they start the race. I think you would be glad you came!
Also stay until they get back and help us let them know how much appreciated they are.
I won't be quilting memories for quiet a while, but I will be in a good place doing a good thing. Think of me and all the riders while you are sitting at your machine or in your easy chair with your hand quilt, Quilting Memories.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Long, Long Way To Go

Yep, It's a long road from here to NV., but we will soon be leaving again,This is the road going through the desert.For miles and miles this is all you see.A few cars and trucks along the way, but even they are scarce. But you really should drive there at least once in your lifetime, it really is a sight that will stay with you for a long time.VERYdesolate, but so different its almost mesmerizing.The mtns, or mesas are so far in the distance its almost sureal,or so I thought.
We will travel this road a couple more times this summer,it is so hot you can't even imagine. You want to be sure of enough gasoline and plenty of water, for the vehicle and yourselves. There is nowhere to get anything for miles and miles. GO PREPARED!
I am so excited that we get the opportunity to see our great country, how better than someone else paying the bills!Awesome.
When you get tired of my ramblings just tell me enough already and I will stop. I know you probably think I have lived under a rock, but NO, DH and I have been West twice before. Loved every minute of it then too. Don't get me wrong, I would not want to live any place but here, but there is some beautiful places to visit. I wish I could see it all.
I have never had a desire to go abroad,I can't think of anything I would rather see over there.
I do plan to get some quilting going soon, but am not feeling real good, so am doing basically nothing.
Hope to try and find GM's quilts and DM's quilt tops as well as my old quilt,If I am successful I will post pics soon.
Have a great evening, May God Bless and have fun Quilting Memories

History of my Sewing and Quilting

Today I have been reading several blogs that I don't get to on a regular basis.One I read caught my interest. JudyL. asked some questions about our quilts, why and when we started quilting.My oh My, that got my mind working. I have said many , many times I am a fairly new quilter.Well, I still feel that way because I have so much to learn about quilting the "right" way!
After considerable thought, I must confess the first "quilt" I made was about 47 years ago.Would I want to share a picture of it, wow, I don't know. I was a Mother to a 2 year old ( I was 19 ), and we bought him a big boy bed, well, I had no cover that would fit. My Grandmother was ( even then ) sending me fabric, I did sew. Don't remember where or what kind of machine I had. SOOO, I took 2 pieces of fabric and cut a blanket down to size, sewed them together and used that "Quilt" for many, many years. I wonder how I quilted it or even if I did. I must have done something to hold the layers together, because it was washed lots and lots of time. I will try to find it. I think it would be interesting for me to show my LQS owner and some of my new sewing buddies. Thay should get a big laugh. YES, quilting memories are still alive and well!
If I find it, would you like to see it and share a good laugh with me?
My grandmother (she raised me) sewed all our clothes and made quilts, all for lots of useing, never just to show "off', She never had that luxury. She would have enjoyed that though.
My Mother sewed also, both were very good , they made a lot of clothes, I never remember seeing my GM use a pattern, she would just look at something and then make it. My Mother did use a pattern, she was a very good sewer too.I have a couple quilts my GM made, probably in the 30"s, she used feed sacks and clothing fabrics. In her later years she quilted on the machine.
I have 2 quilt tops(polyester) that my Mother made, probably in the 70's or early 80"s.I cherish them all. My sister also sews and quilts, she too is very good. Both of us have taught our dayghters to sew, her DD likes to sew, mine doesn't. (My DD is a great cook, as that is what she likes to do), She didn't get that from me. I cook ( Occasionally) and can do a fairly good job of if, but over the years I just as soon not bother.. My neice is a really good seamstress, but hasn't tried to quilt yet, I keep encourageing her to, she would be a really good quilter. I have also taught my GD to sew, she is only 12, so her attention span is kinda short, but she is getting there. She has made a couple baby quilts, and some skirts.Hopefully she will enjoy sewing as much as I do.
As far as a sewing machines go, (another question of Judy's) I have a Pfaff, have had it about 8 years now, I absolutely love it.It is not a n embroidery machine, so I do use my Bernina 200 the most, because it is. AM going to get it upgraded to a 730 in the next month or so. I love all the bells and whistles, as I like to make lots of different things. I also have a serger(Bernina), I don't use it a lot,but ocasionally will get it out and play with it,. I still have the machine I bought when our DD was about 6 years old. (38years ago). IT was the grandest thing I had ever seen. We gave $150.00 for it, cabinet and all. I used it all the years until I got the Pfaff. I took it to get it serviced and the guy I bought it from, yes, the same fellow, said to me, it's time to let this machine die, I can't do anymore with it. That broke my heart. Then when I went to look for another machine, I couldn't believe the prices.Times do change!
Anyway, I come from a background of sewers and hopefully am leaving some sewers to take my place someday. Hope all the future sewers and quilters will enjoy their machines as much as I have. Without my machine I would be lost. No I don't sew everyday, sometimes I go a long time between projects but I can not imagine my life without my machines. My foremothers did a good job.........
Hope all of you in blogland and elsewhere who are reading this are having a wonderful time quilting memories and I would love to hear your stories. Until we meet again, looking forward to hearing about your quilting memories.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Hoover Dam, NV.

Have you ever seen Hoover Dam, Nv.? Glad I did, cause never want to go back, way toooo high for me.These pictures were taken by my DH as I would not get out of the car.He was NOT impressed with my "acting like a child". OH WELL, I just don't do heights very well.
If you haven't been you need to go, it is awesome!
I haven't quilted a thing since we came home, maybe tomorrow, thought we had to work, but that was changed until Friday.So, wish me luck, but unlike a lot of you, I really have to be in the mood,and right now I don't particullary like what I am doing. But I will finish it before I start something else.I will not start something new until I finish what I am working on.
Hope everyone is quilting memories today, have a great night . Catch you later.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

race car

This is the race/show car Dh and I took to Las Vegas.Pic was taken in the Office Depot booth at the LV convention center. That place was HUGE!!!. Everyone was very nice and cordial. Had nothing to do with quilting nor fabric, but sometime you just have to work. They were having The International Convention of Shopping Centers. I was told it is the largest of its kind in the USA, and I don't doubt it.We enjoyed our trip and are prepareing for our next one, will go to Lake Tahoe in July, will be gone for a month. More about that later.

Haven't done any sewing since we have been home, a little puny, have to work next 2 days, so maybe after that I will sew some before we leave. That's the plan anyway.

SOOOOOOO, how about everyone else staying busy quilting memories and I will get back to quilting soon. Have a great day.