Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Trip and suprise from daughter!

Had a great Saturday day trip with daughter Leah.
Paul Bunyan and Babe look fresh in their new coat of paint.  

We'd planned to go to a neighboring town of Bemidji, (the home of Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue OX) to an Art in the Park show, lunch out and bum around. Then she said she had a surprise stop for me. Of course, everyone likes surprises! We stopped at the Headwaters Quilter's Guild Quilt Show. It was wonderful. The show "theme" began with a glimpse of the beautiful quilt designed by Laurie Aaron Hird from her book, "The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt" (Letters from 1920's farm wifes and the 111 blocks they inspired). The quild featured the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt, which was raffled off. It was beautiful, and we missed taking a picture of it, darn. Apparently Leah or I were not the winners, as we haven't been called. We listened to readings of entries from readers of the Farmer's Wife magazine from 1922 that had written in answers to this: "If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in the light of your own experience, want her to marry a farmer?" One of the answers was from Mrs. S.O., from Mille Lacs County, MN: ...And so, folks, I want my daughter to marry a farmer, a good man, upright, steadfast and true, with visions of the farm-life-to-be in his heart. Then hand in hand, they can work to make their dreams come true, and she will know the happiness I have known. I could not ask for more.... wouldn't you have loved it if your mother had written that for you! I would have! We listened to other letters being read as we walked through looking at all the quilts. Then we stopped and visited with the lady that was doing the readings. She was dressed up in vintage clothing, sitting in her rocker reading to everyone.
Here are a few of the many quilts we saw.
Love this table runner of sun flowers. 

I also really liked this one.

Cute wall hanging of canned goods all lined up.

This was my favorite.

This was Leah's favorite.
The note on this card said that she made this in one weekend!  Wowsa!

There were so many pretty quilts, that it inspires you to go home and start a new project.
The month of August, there is a quilt show at the museum in Park Rapids.  I'll be sure not to miss that.  Someone asked if I was going to exhibit something, but everything I've done recently has been given away!
So far the pictures loading the old way for me.  So I'll keep doing as I was.  We had a nice shower this morning, and now comes more heat and humidity!  Keep cool everyone.


Sharon said...

Wow those were all beautiful and it would be hard to judge a winner.
That was a nice surprise stop.
It is extremely hot and humid here and things are really starting to dry up.
Thanks for sharing

Country Gal said...

They are awesome ! Sounds like a fun day ! YUP hot, humid, scorching here as well havent had rain for about 4 weeks. Have a good day !

Sweet Tea said...

I would have enjoyed hearing those readings. Ienjoy that sort of thing. The quilts are beautiful. The third one you photographed was my fav.

Far Side of Fifty said...

That one that you liked..My Mom is doing one very similar..and it is really pretty..it is sewed all on paper..it is hard for me the non sewing person to explain it..but I thought it was way cool.
The one Leah liked is very pretty also..oh and that Sunflower table topper..wow! :)

Anonymous said...

I didn't win the raffle quilt either. But we both picked the same quilt as our favorite. Joan and I are entering quilts in the Blueberry Festival for fun. Maybe we'll see you there.
Nancy F.

Country Whispers said...

What a nice surprise stop for you and so many beautiful quilts.
Not to mention the letters that they were reading.
Awfully hot here too!
Just trying to stay cool.

Jennifer said...

It was a nice surprise and the quilts were beautiful thanks for sharing.

Lynda said...

That's one of the neat thing about moms and daughters - - - they know what the other one likes.
On your favorite quilt, all those little long triangles are separate pieces of fabric, aren't they? Amazing patience to do that.

Sybil said...

What a lovely day out you both had, The quilts are magnificent..do you think most of hem were sewn on a machine ,, or were they all made by hand ? I made a few many yeras ago but nothing half as much as good as they are...certainly not show quality. !! There is a wonderful museum in Bath called the Aerican Museum and they always have a wonderful display of quilts and I just love going there...
Hope that the weather has cooled down a bit for you...if not coudl you please go out and blow it our way !! I will do similar here and blow you some cooler weather
Love Sybil xx

Mildred said...

Oh what fun! Thanks for sharing these colorful and unique quilts and I love the sunflower table topper.