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!