Thursday, January 19, 2012

Folk Art Gatherings

On our way to Seattle for Thanksgiving, we stopped at Folk Art Gatherings Too in Centralia, WA. The reason it’s got the “too” at the end is because they also have a shop in Sumner, WA and that one is Folk Art Gatherings. I love this little shop right off of I-5. Mr CnW usually drops me off, goes to fill the car with gas and picks up a newspaper to read while I shop.

This year the weather was really stormy so I didn’t spend as much time as I would have liked. We just wanted to get to Seattle and out of the mess. This picture was taken during the middle part of the day. It was nasty, to say the least.


But, we made it there safe and sound, unlike last Thanksgiving. You can read about that trip here.

The shop was all decked out for Christmas and just warmed my heart.


I sure could have added to my snowman collection here, ya think?










Love this little pillow.  So cute in its simplicity.









I hope you enjoyed the eye candy from this darling store.   If you’re ever on I-5 in the central Washington area, you really should stop in.  

Back soon with more catching up.  

Hugs, Anne

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hollyhill part 2

Oh Blogger!   I guess I had too many pictures for Blogger to handle, so had to remove some before it would post.   So, this is part 2 but it’s actually gonna look like part 1…oh, you know what I mean. 

Here are the last (or first) 5 pictures.






So now, that’s the end.   Be sure and stop by if you’re ever in the area.

Hugs, Anne

Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe

Back in November, Anna, Sandy and I went to Portland so they could attend the annual event, “Homespun and Holly”, at Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe. I hitched a ride with them because I was going to be helping out Anne, who was one the 4 featured teachers. Anne isn’t as pokey as I am with blogging, and posted pictures right after she got home, so check them out here.

The shop is actually located in West Linn, Oregon which is a suburb a little south of Portland. It’s run by the wonderful Jan and her funny son, Brian. They were so accommodating and made the day so much fun. If you’re ever in the area during November you really should make a point to sign up for the class. It’s an all day “make it and take it” affair and they even provide a yummy dinner for the participants.

Now I’ll just let you enjoy the shop and all its eye candy.

Let the fun begin, right Sandy and Anna?










They even have a HOUSE in the shop. It had just been delivered and they were still working on it so we couldn’t go in, but I think it will have lots of primitive fabric and goodies in it.


And check out the fancy dancy chandeliers over the cutting tables. Now THAT’S classy!



A few pictures from the class.


This was Anne’s project. The pattern is available on her website.


Here’s Debbie Busby of Wooden Spool Designs helping out her group of students.


This was her little tree skirt project.


It was a fun event and everyone who participated really had a great time.

(Sorry, I didn’t get pictures of Terri Staats project or Karla Eisenberg’s either). Bummer! Next time.

Hugs, Anne

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Some answers

Hi everyone!  Hope your New Year is coming along just the way you want it to.

A big thanks for all the wonderful comments about my snowmen collection.   Yes, I have a lot of them, and no, I don’t know how many but that might be a fun thing for Emma and Mason to count some year.   (It might keep them busy for a few extra minutes) Winking smile

Some of you wanted to know the names of the quilts, so here ya go.

The first one is called “Whig Rose” and it’s by Betty Alderman.   The pattern was in the December 2002 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.


The quilts on the twin beds in Emma’s room were from Eddie Bauer Home and I bought them back in 2002.


This one is called “Golden Comfort” and it’s by Piece by Piece.


A few of you with good eyesight asked about the Santa quilt I was using on table.   It’s in an Art to Heart book called “Santa’s Coming” and was made for me by my good friend, Marsha. (no blog)


If you need a better view of it let me know and I’ll take a straight on picture when I’m finished un-decorating.  Right now you can’t even see it due to all the things that are on the table waiting to find a home. 

Most of the questions came about this next quilt.  It’s called “Seasons” and it’s from a book called “A Nice Mix” by Gerry Kimmel.   The little seasonal critters (bunny, pig with flag, squirrel, snowman) were original designs by Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool.  I took a class from her and she included her designs in the class.   You certainly could add your own if you wanted to but the original quilt is just the houses and trees.  


This last little wool guy was made by Janet and I don’t know the name of the pattern.  If you know what pattern it is, drop me a note or a comment and I’ll be sure and do an update.  


Speaking of Janet, thank you for your prayers and good thoughts.   She continues to recover and is now in a rehab facility undergoing physical, occupational and speech therapy.   She is healing nicely with an occasional setback, but remains positive.  No date for release, but we’re hoping it’s not too far away.   As soon as she’s better, I’ll ask her what pattern it is if someone hasn’t already told me.

Final answer is to the question “where do you store it all”?.    Most of it goes in the garage on shelves.   Mr. CnW never complains about all the work he has to do getting it all down and then putting it all back.   I guess after all these years, it’s just part of the process.  LOL   Thanks Mr CnW.  The stuff that is sensitive to the weather (candles etc) stays inside in the storage area under the stairs.  See?  Not so bad.

I have a lot of pictures of stores that I visited during the holidays that let me take pictures.   I’m going to blog about them even though it’s long past Christmas.  The shop owners were all so nice about letting me take pictures and blog about their stores, that I feel I need to give them that respect.   Anyway, I hope you’re not too tired of more santas, snowmen, angels etc because I’ll be blogging about them in the next few days.   

Hugs, Anne