Stan Hywet, Birthday celebration/home education field trip…

19 Nov

On Thursday the 15th of this month, my youngest/aka the baby of the family turned 10 years old.  One of his gift requests was to go somewhere cool on his birthday and to have the whole family there.  Well, with 6 of our family working outside the home that was no small feat.  But the “glue” sister asked all and all made a way to get off work! Yay!  We chose Stan Hywet Hall. Near enough to get home in time for the birthday dinner! Beware..lots of pictures to follow! View from the back we were down in the japanese garden.

This day was special in many ways. As a mom of many and a home educating mom, I am always on the job. I have visited Stan Hywet on a couple of occaisions but realized that this was the first occaision I could really see things, because there weren’t little ones to keep me busy with crowd control, and to keep their hands off of the museum’s property! I show you the next picture cause the guys were just thinking this wood elevator was so cool, and “mom this would be so fun to ride on!” 🙂
The music/ball room was also a hit. We sing together and some of the older children play various instruments.  I thought the chandeliers in the music room were unbelievable! I am a chandelier fan!

 

Home educating mom/teacher asked if we could sing a tune, just to let the children hear the acoustics and they were not disappointed! Moms can be so embarrassing :-).  You will see that the mansion was decked out for Christmas which was an unexpected bonus!

All the family has had their chance working with Dad in his carpentry business, so the architectural details, the different species of wood, the craftmanship, the attention to details, none of this escaped the children. It was a warming of my heart to see how much they have learned and retained and taken as their own over the years. Below is a picture of the secret bookshelf door passage.

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See the hand carved linen-fold wall paneling? The hand carved detailed border?

This picture is priceless to me, we are all looking up in awe at one thing or another. Learning, exploring, BEING together, a mom’s bliss!

The dining room was glam and glitz the silver plated everything was shining it was inspiring!

 

These chairs each had a different animal tapestry, we (the seamstresses of the house thought they were cool)

I have always had a love for butlers pantries, it was fun to see a lot of my children, not just the girls ooh and aah over this and the kitchen and pantry!  Cooking for 13 people on a consistent basis gives you an appreciation for these kinds of things!!

O.K. so time for confession, I know I should be content and not covet someone else’s kitchen, but, I’m telling you this was an extreme test!…I really can’t imagine what it would take to clean this place (energy) but to work without running into people???? 🙂 Then there are bedrooms and showers and guest rooms…You gotta go see this place.

A pool in the lower level, as long as our house!!

 

Did I mention it was sleeting and cold?? Did I mention we had to see the grounds and the garden, and the conservatory???

The birthday boy!

We ended up in the horse stalls turned cafe for a family picture!

 

 

Some things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Family, time spent together. Museums and field trips to help us learn from the past and grow from what we have learned. Thankful for beauty and craftmanship. Thankful for a change of scenery to gain perspective… Thankful for God’s grace to walk and continue on life’s journey…

Thankful for Olivia, who took all these pictures to help us remember the day! Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Comfort of Psalms Quilt Kit

18 May

Instructions for assembly of Scripture Quilt Kit sold in Etsy shop: Pomegranate Place.

Kit contains:

Pre-cut designer cotton pieces

Comfort of Psalms quilt panel

Pre-cut sashing and binding fabric

Backing fabric

*  For outer sashing and to make binding. This is a link to a tutorial on making bias binding but the principal is the same for non bias quilt binding. Make your continuous length attaching pieces together with 45 degree angles. Then follow folding and ironing instructions in tutorial.

For Quilt Blocks…

First cut your Comfort of Psalms quilt panel according to markings on panel.

Below is a diagram of pieces

Key:  LS=Large Scripture square, SS=Small Scripture square..Pieces A, B, and C.

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Begin by sewing 16 quilt blocks as shown in the diagrams below..

Note: large scripture block assembly is used for 4 blocks that have no scripture. For quilt blocks, the C piece replaces the LS square.

  • Thus you will be constructing 6 large scripture blocks with LS piece. And 4 with the LS piece replaced by C piece.
  • And 6 small scripture blocks … for your total of 16 blocks
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Large scripture block

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small scripture block construction

 

After making 16 blocks, referring to main quilt picture.

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Layout for arranging blocks

After assembling 16 blocks build your rows by adding the short sashing pieces in between each block.

Add 1.5″ sashing to the right of each quilt block.  Then lastly add 1.5″ sashing to the left of each block at the beginning of each of the 4 rows consisting of 4 blocks.

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When 4 rows of 4 blocks are assembled with sashing proceed to assembling rows vertically to finish quilt top..

Sew WOF 1.5″ sashing to top of each assembled row. On the bottom row of 4 blocks sew 1.5″ sashing to the bottom also totaling five – 1.5 inch WOF sashings added to quilt.  Then sew rows to each other using finished quilt picture below as guide for placement.

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Main quilt picture..rows assembled

For border sew WOF 2.5 inch pieces to the top and bottom of assembled rows.

For side border, stitch 3 WOF pieces together along 45 degree cut just like bias binding as shown here.  Then attach to one side using as much length as necessary. Use remaining  piece for the quilt border on other side.

For back of quilt cut two 6.5″ WOF pieces. Sew together with 45 degree angle. Cut rest of backing fabric down center fold.  Sew  6.5″  piece in between two vertical stripe pieces for back.

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backing layout

Make quilt sandwich with your preferred quilt batting, quilt as you like, bind and you are done.

*Happy Quilting~

God Bless You!

 

Quilting, memories saved..

21 Mar

This month we have been on a new adventure..

A dear friend of over 30 years who is now in her 80’s invited us to help her restore a quilt that is over 120 years old.  It was raveling because of the age of the fabrics.

This amazing quilt was hand done by her father’s mother..Back in those days her grandmother embroidered her children’s initials on separate blocks.

She also embroidered flowers on many of the squares. On one square there are little chicks. The whole quilt is pieced in the crazy quilt fashion and the pieces are ALL hand embroidered together.

Being a seamstress I noticed how well these fabrics have held up for over 120 years!

Very well made, high quality fabric.  The main fabrics that seemed to be in tatters was a black velvet that she embroidered some of her children’s initials on and a cream silk piece, where only the warp of the weave was left in tact, there was no weft or latitudinal weave left on that cream silk, interesting…

Also, being a needlewoman, the intricate embroidery stitches, and the variety of stitching, this dear woman was clearly a detail oriented woman. And a patient woman..she literally worked this quilt in patience.  She also was an industrious woman, this quilt was stitched on many a day and took many hours.

Being a mother this quilt speaks of a mother’s love for EACH of her children, how each is special and unique..This quilt is a treasure to my dear friend for many of these reasons on top of it’s visual beauty…

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Another project she enlisted us to do was a little dutch girl quilt that her mother appliqued.  Many of the blocks were done by her mother and she enlisted some other women to make more to be enough for a quilt.  This quilt, we will stitch together with sashing and will put a back and then I will machine quilt it.

We are in process on this quilt, but it will be a precious memory of her mother to her.  She also mentioned to us how some of the fabrics she recognized from her childhood as her mother’s aprons and a neighbor lady’s aprons! How fun is that!

It is a joy to work on these because of their history and the love that is sewn into them.

It is also a joy to bring joy to our dear friend! She is a treasure to us! We love you Mama A!!!

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Updating our website..

29 Apr

Taking some time today to evaluate our life and our sewing business.  Not there yet, but evaluating is a good thing, prioritizing, soul searching.

Spring and new life is energizing and after being sick for many months and actually having any creative juices flow is an extreme blessing and really makes me picture the sap coming up the tree to push out the beautiful flowers and leaves for us to enjoy all summer.

Infusion of hope, hope for life, for growth…Thankful for this..

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Sewing therapy

7 Apr

Sew much time has passed.

So many moments..Looking forward..have recently had enough energy and creative juices to create.

Very thankful for that. Health is a gift that should not be taken for granted.

Some bucket list items I worked on the last 2 weeks. I am also enjoying quilting.

Along with home educating the children..my life is full.  Enjoy your day!

Farming

23 May

Today the boys got to go to our friends farm and mow and rake hay..I ran over to enjoy them enjoying!

I rode with my son who was raking..

Then, I got to ride with my son who was mowing..

As I rode I was thanking God for creation. For the simple pleasures, watching red wing blackbirds flying up and hopping about, catching a glimpse of a butterfly rising from the tall grass..and the smell of the fresh-cut hay.

I am also thankful for the opportunity for the boys to be able to farm..they enjoy it so.  It is a gift to be close to God’s earth, out in God’s fresh air, and gleaning from His bountiful earth.

My boys have had a rough couple of months, and I felt that God was healing them with these gifts and it did my heart good to watch them and join them on the tractors..and pray for God’s continued healing and grace..

God is a merciful, kind, and compassionate God..Even in our failures, our disappointments our pain, He is working for our good..And there is always a joy of knowing we are secure in His love for us and his care for each of us..His dear precious children..20160523_10031720160523_10034420160523_10040220160523_10040920160523_10203420160523_102039d02e8684-cd03-4f96-926f-e7b52ddc6db5

 

 

Fun, new quilting technique

10 Mar

Last fall I came upon a quilt on pintrest that caught my eye. I visited the link and it was a blog by a young woman named Jera Brandvig.  She has developed a fun technique called quilt as you go..I’m sure it is not original to her, but she has developed it well and describes it in her book, Quilt as you go/Made modern.

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I got a copy and made up some quilts..the backing isn’t my favorite technique but the front presents so beautifully and I did these quilts in 10 to 12 hours each..

The first quilt, I gave to a friend along with a table runner, and the second I incorporated a beautiful panel from a company that screen prints scripture verses. This quilt I gave to my adopted mother who is staying in a nursing home for rehabilitation.

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These were 9 inch blocks and quilted on the backing as described in Jera’s book.

This quilt was made with beautiful screen printed psalms, so encouraging!

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This particular fabric collection is by a designer named, Brenda Riddle, her collection is called Windermere by Moda Fabrics..We carry many of these beautiful prints in our Etsy fabric shop …As I was saying about the backing, you basically, stitch in the ditch around the blocks that you have quilted on the front..This leaves the back a little droopy in my opinion.  But, if you have smaller blocks on the front this would be taken care of.  Unfortunately, I am usually speeding through quilts, and other projects because of my many duties..I am not able in this stage of my life to leisurely quilt, or enjoy the process..There will maybe come a time..

My husband and family come first. They deserve that. I am so thankful for them, and for the dear friends for whom these quilts were made.

So, I decided to offer this book in our Etsy Shop, Pomegranate Place, and let Jera do the teaching through her book..Just follow the link at the beginning of this post and Enjoy!!!