Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Good Food, Good Friends, Good Fun!

Here are two more Winter Wonderland blocks....only 3 to go! I may re-make a few, but first I'll see how they look on the design wall.


A while back Barb commented here that she wanted to know where I got the pattern. I actually had to get the pattern from the designer as it was in her older archives. Anyway, I knew I wouldn't make it again, so I offered it to Barb! As a thank-you, she sent me the lovely fat quarters below from Samoa! Thanks again, Barb!
This past weekend, we were hosts to Otis and Teresa from southern, central Oregon. If you've read my Minam River Wedding story on my sidebar, you'll know that Otis married us nearly 9 years ago! We had the absolute best time with them!! Mr. Squash and I haven't laughed so hard for a long time! We had a nice gathering for a barbeque on Saturday, then Sunday, after making blueberry pancakes on the gas grill we went for some site-seeing! We drove up to the hills and back, stopped at the Farmer's Market, then found ourselves at the local Pioneer Days festival! There were Civil War re-enactments, and lots of other historical exhibits. Below was a demonstration on loading and shooting a canon.

Here they are cleaning the gun, then loading the ammunition.

They then raise their arms and shout "fire"!
You can see from the smoke after firing that real gun powder was used! The commander below told us to cover our ears and say ahhh as it fired!
We saw this old quilt hanging from one of the troop tents! It really was a very old, tied quilt! All the tents were furnished as they would have been in that era.

In one of the old cabins was this very vintage redwork towel.
Here are the "school marms" standing in front of the one-room schoolhouse. Can you imagine wearing all those clothes when it's 100-plus degrees for weeks on end and the room has no air conditioning?
This is a real cabin from the original fort!
Here are Otis and Teresa inside one of the exhibit buildings.
After being out all day, Otis serenaded us with his banjo on the patio! Mr. Squash and Otis are hugging the shade - the weather cooperated - finally - and gave us 80's and sun all weekend! We had a wonderful time and were sorry to see them leave! But we get to see their newly remodeled house next month on our way back from the Sisters Outdoor Quilt show!

12 comments:

Cindy said...

Candace, I always enjoy your posts. The reenactment of Civil War Times looks like so much fun to watch. I love that era in history so it really caught my eye.

Looks like you all had beautiful weather.

Cindy said...

Candace, I always enjoy your posts. The reenactment of Civil War Times looks like so much fun to watch. I love that era in history so it really caught my eye.

Looks like you all had beautiful weather.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, I am so glad we have air conditioning. They do those reenactments around here but we haven't been to one yet.
That towel has such a cute design on it.
Your friend Teresa looks like she could be the sister of a friend of mine.

Stephanie said...

All you need to add in your blog post title is Good Fabric and you hit all the important things. :o) Heat is not my friend--I melt!

Mama Pea said...

What a nice gesture on both of your parts! I love that fabric you got!

AnnieO said...

Your post title says it all. Glad you had a terrific time with your friends.

Barb said...

Wow, now that is something I would like to do...sounds like you had a fun day.

Trust me, that material was nothing compared to the pattern...thanks again.

pratima said...

What a gorgeous day with friends!
Your blocks are beautiful!

Jackie said...

There is nothing better than a few days with good friends having good times!

I've never been to a re-enactment though they have several that take place around here. I really need to go see one.

Mary said...

Sounds like a real fun day. I love visiting historical places, but I don't know how I would have existed in a cabin that size! I guess we are just very spoiled.

*karendianne. said...

Gosh how totally fun and neat this all is.

...and those blocks are stunning.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love your blocks. How fun is the Civil War reenactment. I just finished listening to Gone with the Wind (again).