Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Springhouse Quilters, Trenton, Fl. My visit with them.

This pic was taken at a Quilt Guild meeting at Trenton, Fl.  I am thinking the name of this group is the "Springhouse Quilters".  My next door neighbor,  Penny, asked me if I would like to go with her to one of her quilt guild meetings.  Of course I said YES, I would love to go.  On the way over there the next day, Penny happened to think of the fact that it was Tea Party day and that we were all supposed to wear hats and bring a dainty little Tea Cup to drink our tea from.  These ladies did not forget.  Don't they look pretty in their hats and I also saw them drinking tea from their dainty little tea cups. I though this to be quite unique and nice.  Of course there were quite a ffew like Penny and myself who forgot.  Enjoyed this meeting very much.

This was a project some had worked on for themselves.  A pincushion/ trash bag for themselves.

This is "Show and Tell"  This lady made this for an alzheimers patient.

This is one of Penny's good friends, not sure, but think her name is Pat.

Sorry, this one got in sideways and at this point, donot know how to rotate it.

This is a version of the 1600 quilt.  Was really pretty.  Forgot her name, but she lives in Cross City where we have our little cabin.

Another one she made is the French Rose quilt.

And another she made is the Fan quilt.

Another one is her Rail Fence.

Red Dog quilt.  I sat beside this lady on your left and really liked her.

Yep, you are right, forgot her name too.  I am horrible at names.

This lady loves horses and has made several quilts with horses on them.

Her Trip around the world

 This one is still unfinished but was my favorite one of all.  It was beautiful.  I want to do this one.

Wonky Stars

I must say that I enjoyed these ladies immensley.  And hope to visit again sometime soon.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Our little Hide-Away-Cabin in Florida

Our Little Hideaway Cabin
Cross City, Florida  Our home away from homeLocated on highway 27, 19,and 98.  A very small laid back town, 15 to 20 minutes from Horseshoe Beach.
Preparing to leave.

We fixed this lot to accomodate our RV, then eventually we bought an 8X12 Storage building.
The small storage building became smaller and even smaller when I decided to put a sewing machine in it to do my quilt designs, etc.  His side of it began to shrink even more so.......
We bought another one, 12X32 storage shed.  It was totally unfinished inside and looked kinda like a barn.  He moved me out of the little shed.  We finished the inside of this shed, insulated all over and paneling all inside.  It really begin to look good.  We did a little at a time because, hey, we are retired and can do that, yeaa.
We went ahead and put down linoleum, bought a little electric heater with logs in it made by the Amish. on the left with the TV sitting on it.  We did not want to put a lot of money in this cabin.  So we set out going to auctions, etc to get the things we needed.    Note my quilting corner.

Of course we needed something to sit on.  Went to a furniture store (new and used) to look for a sofa.  Found a new Laura Ashley sofa and wanted it but did not to pay that much.  We told the salesman we wanted to look at the used sofas.  Found a Laura Ashley sofa just like the new one and it also looked new but much less expensive.  Bought it and this is it.  The little rocking chair in the center of the floor is one I got at an auction down here for $35.00  El cheapo

The Air Conditioner was given to us by my brother and sister-in-law, works great!

The fridge we bought 2nd hand, works good and has ice maker.

This commode was given to us by the neighbors, Ron and Penny across the street.  They had just replaced it with a new handicapped one.

Shower curtain was also given to us by my sister-in-law Pat.
The water heater did not come cheap.  My DH built the shelves and small hanging rod in the bathroom.

We were shopping for supplies at Lowes in Gainesville.  My brother and sister-in-law Pat were with us.  She found this $2,000.00 double vanity, corian top for$200.00 and change.  The top was cracked but I knew Pop could fix it.

This is the kitchen section.  Pop built the cabinets, bought the stove at an auction, friends, Pat and Donnie bought the garbage can and a Hair dryer for the bathroom while they were visiting with us.  Some more neighbors Jane and Richard gave us the double kitchen sinks here.  Other friends down here gave Pop another double kitchen sink to put in his outside kitchen when he fixes it.

Our microwave (going out of business sale) and toaster oven (second hand store) the rolling cabinet from Wal-mart.

There is room for the table and chairs inside, but we always move it outside when we come down.  It gives us more open space inside.  We eat outside when it is not too hot,

Pop added this big porch at a later time, with the help of my brother.  This is his favorite place.  His sits and reads relaxes and meditates here.  Normally we have a gentle breeze because the gulf is only about 20 minutes away.

Another view of our porch.  We sat out here last week until almost 12 O'clock playing dominoes with Jane and her Richard. (Neighbors)  Such a relaxing place.

Another view of the porch.

The short tree on the left is our Myers Lemon tree.  Has a few lemons on it this year.

 Our picnic area in the front yard.

 We were here in May and found an Oak Snake half way on this tree and his head and half of his body on the ground,  Pop got it with the hoe and would not kill it saying it was not venomous.  I have not been close to this tree since.  I am so horrified of them.

 Another view of the yard and cabin, located along the Nature Coastal Line area of Florida

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Double split four patch, A cute easy block for you!

Start with 4 squares 5 " ea. place 2 lights and 2 darks catie cornered to each other and sew together into a 4 patch as this one.
Cut this block into 9 pieces as above example. Measure 1 1/4 inch from center seam on all sides and cut without disturbing fabric block if possible.

Leaving center unit and 4 corners in place, rotate the center blocks on all 4 sides 1/2 of a turn and should look like the next pic.

Chain piece these blocks together to keep blocks in place.

Sew 1st column to 2nd column, then sew the 3rd column to the first 2.
Your block should look like this one.  Now isn't that pretty?  I am thinking this unfinished block should measure 8 1/4"

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