Friday, September 11, 2015

Chattanooga AQS Quilt Show


Chattanooga here I come, right back where I started from music-notes  

I have been waiting a whole year to make it to the Chattanooga American Quilter’s Society (AQS) quilt show.  Couldn’t go last year but it is back next week (Sept 16-19 2015)  Yippee -  Read more about it here

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

My New Sewing Room Cabinet

sewing cabinet

Found a cabinet at OP Jenkins furniture for storing fabric in my new sewing room.  It is white oak and has several large drawers.  It also has glass doors to keep dust off the fabric.  It even has lights in the top that come on by touching the hinges.  It looks old but it isn’t.  I thought about going with white bookcases but I just couldn’t do it. I’ve got some of my fabric in it, but it not a drop in the bucket really.  I need to “un-cutesy” the top shelf and put fabric in it …

fabric hutch

Like the huge measuring tape on top?


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Blogiversary Winner

I asked Geff to use a random number generator  to pick a number for the Blogiversary winner that corresponds to a numbered list of readers. Honest to goodness the first number it generated was his!  We had to disqualify him, just because.    The second number it picked was Elizabeth Smith, a.k.a  (affectionately known as)  - Sister-Aunt Libby.  Hooray – Rah – Da da.  Libby, email and let me know whether you would like an Amazon gift card or a Fall themed homemade item.


Friday, September 4, 2015

Acts of Kindness

   Oliver Houston Herrell table

I was so fortunate to be the recipient of a tremendous act of kindness.  The way it came about is sort of a long story… 

I attended a Jennings family reunion back in 2007 that  focused on the life of William Jennings the brother of my great-grandmother Sarah Jennings.  At this reunion I met many distant relatives including  Merrill Raber and Stan Brunk, two of William Jennings's grandsons.  They have written extensively about the Jennings family so I thought they would enjoy a blog post I wrote about a crazy quilt made by my great-grandmother Sarah Jennings.  They did enjoy the post and I enjoyed talking with them about family. Stan asked me about my great-grandfather Oliver Houston Herrell (husband of Sarah) being a woodworker.  Well, it turns out that Stan had two tables given to his mother Ann Jennings that were made by my great-grandfather Oliver Houston.  Stan lives in Colorado and said he thought they belonged with the Herrell’s in Tennessee.   He offered to ship them to me and insisted on paying for the shipping himself!  I couldn’t believe my fortune.  Not only the fortune of receiving family heirlooms but also being reminded of the goodness in people when the news constantly highlights the bad.  

Well, the first one arrived today and I just love it.  It is walnut as were many of the pieces Oliver made.  It is just the right size for a small coffee table in my living room.  Odd, I didn’t have a coffee table because I had been looking for years for a small, antique one.  I guess it was fate (and one very kind relative :-)   THANK YOU STAN! and I will take good care of it.

"How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” ― William Shakespeare