The table runner that took almost 2 years to make….

Last Christmas we purchased a new dining room set with a longer table to accomodate our frequent visitors for dinner. After we set it all up, I decided that I needed to make a table runner to fit it. So, in January 2007 I started my table runner project. After dragging it to way too many piano lessons, park days, and doctor’s appointments, it is finally finished. Back in the planning phase of the project, I intended to make it quite a bit longer. Once reality set in though, I just needed it to be done. So, here it is!


Outdoor Quilt Show a la (baby) Sisters

Having never been to Sisters, Oregon I can hardly make a comparison.  However, this quaint little area is the city’s “old town” and annually hosts an outdoor quilt show.  It’s always the first Saturday in October which is near my birthday.  So, for me, it’s a treat to indulge in my passion in yet another way.  

As much as I love the exquisite craftsmanship that can be found at the big quilt shows, there is something sweet about being in the presence of quilts made by local artists.  I’m certainly not saying that there weren’t some quilts that I can only dream of trying to replicate.  However, those showpieces were mixed with those that were made by “ordinary folk” like me – women (and maybe men) who genuinely just love the art of quilting and do it for that sole purpose, not necessarily to enter any contests.  

I was so busy enjoying myself that I kept forgetting to take photos.  Here’s just a couple that were taken that day.


Food and Inspiration

I have to say that being able to purchase wholesome food in the open air has got to be in the top 10 list of great things to do (at least for a Tuesday morning).  Here is a photo of our loot for the day.  Sweet strawberries (organic and fairly local IN OCTOBER), perfect pears and peaches, gourmet ravioli and Italian cookies, olive hummus, tzatziki and taboulie, fresh bavarian breads, sweet potatoes, and freshly roasted peanuts!!!    


Oh, the pomegranates, aside from eating, are for dying some scarves and hankies.  I was inspired by so many great things from livenlearnnow’s blog, especially from her entry called Ink Berry Hankies.  The kids and I have been trying to think of things that we can use as natural dyes for the scarves.  This year is all about giving gifts made from our hands (in some fashion) so I thought this would be a great way for the kids to get involved in the process.  Too bad those poke weeds don’t grown in our dry climate.  I wonder if I could squish a cactus!!  Just kidding.