Last Friday I took a vacation day to have an extra long weekend. I wanted to head south and visit with Melinda of Merry Wind Farm. The reason for my visit was Oliver.
You see, Oliver is one of Melinda's furbabies. Last fall when I posted that I had purchased this picture, Melinda commented that it looked just like her Oliver, so how could the picture not go to her? There is an uncanny resemblance :)
That was a great excuse for a visit. It is a delight to spend time with her and to drool over her house and gardens. She lives in a 200+ year old home filled with antiques and her handwork. She is an excellent quilter, rug hooker and sampler maker. She has dozens (and dozens and dozens) of HUGE reproduction samplers she has stitched over the years. She puts me to shame :) The rugs she hooks are big, too. Isn't this one wonderful??? Here she is with Oliver and little Bella.
We did a little antiquing but of course ran out of time before we ran out of shops to visit :( Anything I really wanted to bring home was more than I was willing to pay, so I didn't buy much of anything.
But look what I came home with. A reproduction Quaker sampler she stitched. What a kind, generous soul. How lucky I am to call her friend.
She also gave me this little stack of pillows made from old quilt squares. Look in the bottom right corner of the middle one and see how the maker pieced that block to not waste any fabric. Waste not ~ want not.
We have been having delightful weather here on Ohio's north coast. I've been busy in the yard and hopefully will have some pictures to share soon.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)