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.