Utah Pioneer Day Fabric Friday and gifties

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Do you know Lurline from the quilting world down under? If not, you should. Definitely.
The very sweet and talented Lurline sent me a lovely gifty this week. Unexpected really. She blogged about making it for a special someone but I dared not to hope it was me.
Lurline has been making wonderful pincushions and showing them on her blog. I've been admiring them.
And she sent me this Pink Lady! What a beautiful apple. Thank you so much Lurline. It has a very special place on my little display of pin cushions I love too much to stick with pins! Lurline makes wonderful stuff. Go say hi to her. Those quilters down under are so incredibly talented. Lurline is involved in an amazing block of the month.To kick off my Fabulous Fabric Friday I wanted to show you some little bits of fabric that I am using for a wedding quilt for a very special girl. Shhh. I would show you more but it is too lovely to expose too much too soon. I purchased the fabric on the bottom of the pile from Kimberly. She has a great vintage fabric online shop. I go there just to browse at least once a week. Everything is tempting. Kimberly also has a blog. A wonderful blog. And Kimberly very generously sent some fabric gifties along to use in the quilt for the bride and groom. Thank you so so much Kimberly. If you only knew how many times I looked at the fabric before getting it!
Another gifty to show for FFF is this winter village scene from . . . who else? Flora! I have one more project to make with my left over Christmas cottages. And I'm going to use this winter scene fabric. Thank you Flora! I'm going to be really sad to finish my Christmas exchange block projects when I am done with them. But when I get them out at Christmas think of how happy they will make me.
Now I have more vintage fabric to show for FFF today. This is some fabric I got from Donna Flower when she had a sale last month for past customers. I allowed myself some vintage extravagance because I am planning pattern projects around them.
Here is another Donna Flower find. Can you believe this! I've also been visiting this fabric regularly before snatching a bit.
More vintage Donna from her sale. I wouldn't of course, but I would wear this fabric every day I love it so much.
Does anyone remember me complaining that I was out of this fabric? It is vintage fabric I've had for quite a long time. I've used it in project after project. Well this is really a new piece of this fabric. It isn't in as good a shape. And it is a different texture - more of a bark cloth than a cotton. Not quite as nice as its lovely sister from my stash. But I'm not complaining because I got it on the super cheap. Right after I said "wah I want more". I found it! Sometimes we are just in the right place at the right time and this was it. It is a little worn, but still in very good condition. Now I hate to cut into it!
My gosh I hope my kids don't see this "after picture" from their pioneer trek posted on our blog. They will kill me. Candace told me not to miss the opportunity to get an "after picture". Thanks so much for the advice Candace. Someday they will thank me for capturing the moment, I'm sure. Some of that color is sunburn but most of it is dirt. You should see their feet. I took pictures so they could remember. I have to tell you I was worried about blisters in Mason the most but he didn't get any. And he trained in his new shoes the least. Laurie and Jamie had so many huge blisters I couldn't believe it. And Laurie has a huge sunburn blister on her ear. They had a good time though and it was a very growing experience. They cannot understand how pioneers could walk like that day after day after day after day from the Midwest to Utah with only as much food per day as big as a fist. The kids showered, ate and promptly all fell asleep.

Today is Pioneer Day in Utah. It is a state holiday when we remember the sacrifices of those that went before us to create a lovely state to live in and a rich heritage. I have a precious pioneer heritage on my mother Freda's side. Here is a photo of my grandparents, Peter and Delecty Freda's parents. And here is a photo of Delecty (my grandmother) and her family. Delecty has her arm on her mother's shoulder. It was Delecty and Peter's families that made the long trek west. I'm very grateful my my kids had a chance to appreciate that for a few days.

-nanette
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34 comments

angela said...

I literally laughed out loud at the after picture! You should put the before and after side by side. I love it! Very cute!

Julie said...

You have the best fabrics!! I can't wait to see the quilt you are making. That pin cushion adorable. How sweet of her to send it.

Love the after Trek photo. I'm glad your kids had a good time. I know I was born in this era because I am a wimp. We have so much to be thankful for.

We love Pioneer Day. We went to the parade last night in Bountiful. It was great!! There are lots of activites to do today, too. Glad to see that the sun is behind a few clouds!! Have a nice weekend. Julie

Annette said...

I love the after picture. Shows they had a really great time.

Darlene said...

The after picture is wonderful - they will appreciate it years from now. :-) And, they will now appreciate the sacrifices others made for them. I know you're very proud of them.

Cute, cute pin cushion from Lurline - she's incredibly talented.

And, you know how much I love all the vintage fabrics you always show.

Elizabeth said...

Your Fabric Friday makes my week. I love peeking into your stash - thanks so much for sharing with us.

It looks like your kids had quite an adventure. What a great opportunity for them.

Des said...

Oh the after picture...........worth a thousand words.............love it!!

Stephanie said...

You have a knack for finding great fabrics...I LOVE the polka dot lamps.

Kim said...

What a great experience for your kids. I know they will cherish their experiences from the trek.

I love all of your fabric and the gifts from Lurline are gorgeous.

sarahmurray said...

I love comparing the before and after photos! I hope they had a blast, they look so tired. Your fabrics are gorgeous as always, and Jamie's quilt turned out great! Well done you brave girl, I'm sure she loves it. x

Deborah said...

The after photo is priceless! I love the black and white winter print. Is there selvage information on the piece?

Jan said...

I had to LOL at the "after" photo!!! That one is truly priceless :) Sounds like they had a wonderful, exhausting journey! Love all the fabric too and what an adorable little pincushion! Have fun sticking that one :)

Carrie P. said...

Great fabrics. I love the before and after picture. The after picture shows them looking pretty worn out.

Janet said...

The after photo says it all, what a great experience for them. Lurline makes the cutest things.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

The after picture is just too good. A picture is worth a thousand words they say!!
Lurline is so kind, what a darling pincushion!!
Again, I am wiping the droll off my keyboard, I so enjoy your Fabric Fridays, and you found more of your favorite, what a happy day. Enjoy your weekend!!

Mel said...

Wonderful surprise, fabrics and pic!

Tracey M. said...

mason kinda looks like a zombie. :) i am glad they got to experience that, but even more glad i went the week with showers. x0x0x0x

mau said...

What happened to your daughter's long skirt?? Poor kids they really look drained out, they must've had one good time.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

So interesting learning about Pioneer Days and the trek. (looks like it was mighty hot)
Thank you for the lovely mention! I'm glad I could help to add to your amazing fabric collection. :)

I love all your fabrics, especially that blue square flower one.
And that adorable pin cution...CUTE!

Kimberly :)

Vicki said...

I still remember the delicious leftovers (plain old potatoes and eggs) I ate as soon as I got home from my pioneer trek. And washing my hair 3 times in my shower. I'm so glad they got back safe. See if you can get them to write in their journals about it, if they haven't already.

Sherri said...

What wonderful gifts from Lurline...and I bet your kids had an amazing trek! Happy Pioneer Day!

jen duncan said...

Oh my word. All thoughts of fabulous vintage fabric flew out the window when I saw the picture of the kids! It's probably a good thing that you are "very grateful" because I think you are possible the ONLY one in the house who is grateful! LOL. Well, at least now they can say they did it!
(LOVE those fabrics, and thanks for the links!)

Dawn said...

How nice of Lurline to send you such lovely gifts!! The picture of your kids is priceless!!

Holly said...

funny pictures I didn't recognize the kids where the same at first I thought six different kids. I hope they recovered they look tired.

Rumi said...

Lurline is lovely isn't she! Very cute pincushion.
Your kids look tired! I'm sure they will look back fondly on their trek---once the blisters and sunburn subside.

Jackie said...

Okay, I have both posts up, your newest and your last. This way I could see the before picture and the after picture together for comparison's sake. Oh my gosh, no wonder they ate and then went to sleep. They don't look as happy in the second picture. Funny! By the way, I just love all your fabric goodies this week. So you!

pratima said...

So good to know that they had a great time. They look so very tired though...
Lurline's pincushion is so cute and cheerful.
Awesome fabrics, like always especially the kitchen ones :)

Living on the Spit said...

So glad they survived!!! What a crew and look at their poor faces!

Love all the fabrics, but I always do!

amy smart said...

Nanette, I have been laughing out loud at these last two posts. You did an amazing job with the Eagles quilt. You are an amazing mother. :) And the before and after Trek pictures are PRICELESS!

And thank you for clarifying about the polygamists! :) I happened to catch the end of Oprah interviewing the Polygamists this week and I shuddered to think how many people thought they were Mormons.

Jackie said...

What a wonderful experience for your kids. It probably put a lot of things in perspective for them and made them realize just how fortunate they have it. I think it would be something for all teens to do. Frankly, most of us adults probably could use it too.

Cheryl said...

What a great opportunity for your kids!! Always love to look at your fabric..and great goodies too!

Muddling Through said...

You might want to hide that photo of your kids. :) Seriously though, those are some of the memories they'll look back on and remember fondly.

Love the gifties!

Candace said...

What a riot Nanette! Thanks for doing this - what a motley crew they are after their "ordeal" - but so terribly cute! I love what Jamie did with her skirt - I'm sure there was a pioneer woman or hundred who did just that in the heat of the day!
Cheers!

belinda said...

Aaughh...those poor lil chill-dees!
What pity-full looks!!

Yummy good fabrics too!!

jacquie said...

love that "after" picture! made me giggle! had a ball looking at all your amazing fabrics. these are the best posts!