Friday, August 22, 2014

The Good Old Summertime!

What a great summer this has been! We have had fun and it has gone fast. Doesn't it always? Below is this really cool horse I found at an antique shop in Minnesota. It is heavy rusted iron. I love it!

I flew from Arizona to Virginia the end of June with a layover in Minneapolis. I was home for a week and my husband and I packed up and drove to Minneapolis! Well, I didn't want him to drive alone. And... we drove through Wisconsin and stopped in Menasha to visit Primitive Gatherings! I was delighted to get to see Lisa Bongeon's shop, tho Lisa was not there. She was off teaching somewhere, of course. Sorry to have missed her, but I did get a couple photos. And you can visit her at her blog by clicking her name. Lisa always has the best stuff!

This is my quilt pattern, Prairie Fire, that was hanging in the shop. It was quilted by Linda Hrcka at The Quilted Pineapple. Check out her blog, she is amazing!

I have to share this cute display. It is an old ladder with little nails on the rungs and primitive designer Cheri Payne's patterns are hanging there. How appropriate! 

We left Menasha and drove a short distance to Appleton, Wisconsin. I went to high school there and haven't been back since. 

We drove by the old house, which I still love. It looked happy and well cared for! I could move right back in! We loved Appleton so much!

From there we drove on to Minnesota and up to the Brainerd Lakes area. We spent about two weeks with family there and loved it.
Here is our darling Katie with the twins.

Here is the darling August James with me! 
My great-grandson!

I will end with a cute little wool pumpkin that I worked on while traveling. I was a fun design to work on and is free from American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. You can find it on their website, All People Quilt.


Sue said...

Your quilt looks great and glad you have had a fun summer with your family.
Are you going to be in Houston this year?

Me and My Stitches said...

What a fun summer! Neat to be able to see your old home. And I love your quilt at PG - isn't it nice to see your designs there? The kids are so, so cute and I bet they enjoyed their time with you! Cute pumpkin mat - can you believe that Fall is just around the corner?

AnnieO said...

Great catchup post! Love Prairie Fire. I've never been to Minnesota but it looks like a lovely time was had by all. Sweet pumpkin.

Christie said...

Your Grands are so cute! Enjoy them! Thanks for posting your little pumpkin wool project - I downloaded the pattern. Will put in on my to-do list. Thanks for sharing. HUGS... and stitches

Kyle said...

It was so great to hear about some of your summer adventures. There's nothing better than turning fun into special family memories.

Janet O. said...

You've been quite the traveler, haven't you? : )
Looks like really fun times with family. What a cute little guy in your arms!
Your quilt design in Lisa's shop with Linda's quilting--that is a winning combination!!
Love that idea displaying Cheri's patterns--clever.

Janet said...

The quilting on Prairie fire is just gorgeous - what a beautiful quilt! Love your woolie pumpkin :0) perfect for fall decorating. I can't believe it's nearly fall already!! Sounds like you had a lovely summer.

Lori said...

What fun summer days with lovely memories!

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Jeanne said...

Prairie Fire looks wonderful hanging in Primitive Gatherings! It must have been fun to see it there.
August James is a definite cutie! Can he be your GREAT grandson? Boy, time flies, doesn't it? Thank you for the link to the wool pumpkin, too.