Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Vinnie's First Reveal!

Right before we left for the beach I decided to load Baby Rose on Vinnie and start quilting.  Within an hour I totally suprised myself and finished it - all freehand!  Well....I must admit that first it is a small quilt, and second - stippling and outlining are pretty easy, but for me this is an accomplishment, and it makes me feel confident to load the other quilts in waiting!

It makes a perfect topper for our dining room table!

Here is a close-up of the center.  There wasn't much room but I needed to anchor the wool applique, so I ditch-stitched the tiny border and then lightly outlined the applique.  Had I been a tad more practiced, I might have squeezed another row of outlining in, but that's another quilt and another day! 

A few of you guessed that the photo in my last post was the Spruce Goose!  We visited the Evergreen Air Museum in McMinnville, OR on our way out to the beach last week.  Mr. Squash and I were there right after it opened in 2001 and had not been back since.  The Spruce Goose is housed inside this enormous building along with lots of other planes depicting aviation history.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Spruce Goose, Howard Hughes had a contract from the US Military to build a large, sea-plane type carrier for WWII.  It was made entirely of wood and painted to look like metal.  Unfortunately he was unable to fine-tune the plane for flight before the end of the war.  The plane was taken apart in pieces from its previous home in Long Beach, CA and reassembled in McMinnville.
This is the tail of the Spruce Goose - it's nearly impossible to take a photo of the entire plane in one picture!  The DC-3 in the foreground of this photo is the first plane I ever flew on many years ago.  Mr. Squash flew on them when he was in Peace Corps in Nepal.  He likes to tell the story that they were so rickety it sounded like someone was foot-pedaling the plane down the runways!

I love how servicemen in WWII named some of their figher planes after their wives or girlfiends!
Don't know if Marilyn here was a wife, girlfriend or the famous Marilyn Monroe!

Our last stop on the way home from the beach was Boersma's in McMinnville - where I purchased Vinnie!  Wow - what a treat!  Everyone was at a quilt show in Portland that day - we were the only customers in the store at the time.  The counter gal gave us a personal tour of the entire building including the fantastic longarm classrooms upstairs!  I could have spent hours (and lots of dollars) in the fabric area, but my studio is stuffed to the gils right now.  However, Mr. Squash bought me this really neat lunchbox kit of Collection for a Cause - Hope - by Howard Marcus.  It's just perfect for our bedroom and I might just make it next!  I love the lunchbox - slightly larger than the kind I carried to school as a child and perfectly sized for picnic lunches for the two of us!

29 comments:

ferne said...

Great quilting job! What's next?

Ulla said...

Congratulations to you and Vinnie on the first official quilt reveal! You did a great job. The fabric kit with the lunchbox looks pretty too.

Sharon said...

Great job, isn't it fun!

Cheryl said...

Congratulations on your first finish on Vinnie!

Karen said...

Your quilting is wonderful! Looks like you and Vinnie will have a long and productive relationship!! I love the lunchbox quilt kit (how sweet of your husband to get it for you). The air museum looked like it was a lot of fun, too.

AnnieO said...

Fantastic first, Candace! How exciting.

The Spruce Goose was in Long Beach for a long time--the only history I really know of it was that it only flew once! How fun to visit it again 10 years later.

I love the Collections for A Cause lines--they are all so beautiful.

Shakerwood said...

Fabulous job! Anything with wool . . . .

Lynn said...

We are kindred spirits when it comes to fabric selections. Just love it and your quilting also!

Stephanie said...

Baby Rose is so pretty. Congratulations on your "first" quilt. There'll be no stopping you now. I didn't realize the Spruce Goose was no longer in Long Beach. What a gorgeous "lunch box" quilt. Afterwards you'll have a pretty tin to store things in.

Cindy said...

Baby Rose is a beauty for sure ! Colors are scrumptious and what a nice job on your quilting!

Loving the treat Mr. Squash got for you while at the quilt shop.

lpnjam@aol.com said...

So nice that you quilted something for yourself first on Vinnie....after a few more projects you will have that first piece to compare your skills against. Isn't the quilt shop to die for. I was there not long ago and went crazy downstairs where the sales fabrics were. It was great. Enjoy Vinnie. I have ordered Bella from Jack and can hardly wait, I am so excited.

Quiltingranny said...

Candace:
Please stop by for a chance to win a Moda Charm Pack:
http://quiltingranny.blogspot.com/2011/03/moda-charm-pack-giveaway.html
I know you would put it to great works!

Mary said...

Woo Hoo! It looks great! Now, on to more. We're going to bug you to show us each and every one you finish!

Linda said...

Congratulations, Candace! Quilting is just beautiful!! What a wonderful first quilt on Vinnie!! I love the quilting!

Pictures are so cool. Sounds like you guys had such a great trip!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Yaaayyy! You did a great job! Well, you and Vinnie did a great job. :-)

Love your lunchbox and all the yummy stuff inside it!

Jackie said...

You're doing so good! I love the understated echo quilting around the applique. Just the perfect amount! Baby Rose looks wonderful on your table.

Fiesta said...

Candace, your quilt is stunning. Congratulations on such a great finish.

Barb said...

I thought I was going to have to send the paparotzie out to get a photo...but you finally shared....

Just awesome!

Karen said...

Oh, I do like that center applique block.

Anne said...

I love, love, love that quilt. You did a wonderful job on the wooly part. You're a natural! I saw the Spruce Goose when it was in Long Beach many years ago. I didn't even realize it was in McMinnville. Gonna have to make a trip there. Mr Squash has good taste in giftys. Way to go Mr. S.

QuiltSue said...

Congrats to you and Vinnie on your first finish. You've obviously built up a great relationship already.

Carrie P. said...

Well, you should be very proud. You did a great job.
Looks like a great trip. We went to the air plane museum in DC last year. Pretty neat to see such a variety of planes.
Great kit in the lunch box.

Louise said...

Nice job on the machine quilting for Baby Rose...
I just showed my husband the information on the air museum. I think that is a road trip in our near future. Do they have other planes as well other than the Spruce Goose..? Kevin loves air museums.

Kim said...

"Vinnie" has turned out to be an excellent co-quilter. Glad you made it back from your get-away trip without mishap - but how tense those early hours had to have been. Whew! Good that you had time for the tours and a bit of shopping. Aren't you guys about due for some fishing?

*karendianne. said...

What a lovely post. I really really LOVE what you and Vinnie made for the table. Beautiful!

LuAnn said...

Your quilt looks great and it's perfect on your table. Nice job quilting it! Love your lunch box kit, too!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

hi....thanks for stopping by my blog! you do two things i have always wished i could do. fly fishing and quilting!!!

Karen said...

I was here earlier and didn't leave a comment, so now I will! I love your finish; as always, a beautiful quilt!
The museum reminds me of the Smithsonian, which I visited in high school. There must be an aircraft museum in Colorado, I'll have to check that out.

Corrie said...

Your topper is darling. Great colors.