Monday, September 22, 2014

Historic Church of 1776

Recently my sister and I had an opportunity to visit Baton Rouge and saw a sign for a historic church in St. Gabriel. Since we both love churches and I had not seen this one, we decided to "visit."  

The problem with visiting is that the church is closed and going inside is not an option.  Another problem was the gloom and rain.  We didn't even get out of the car.  I snapped a few photos from the window and got fairly wet doing that.  In the end, the pics aren't as bad as I expected.  Ten minutes after arriving we were back on our way.

The new church near the historic one.
Still, I am glad we took a few minutes to go by.  I'd have been pretty upset with myself if we hadn't, and I have a great memory of spending time with Angie.

The historic marker near the church explains when the church was built.  Begun in 1774 and finished in 1776 the church is as old as the nation.  However, it was not part of the United States until the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.  

After some research, I can tell you that the doors and windows are in the lancet style--having a narrow, sharply pointed arch.  I can also tell you that finding information on such a door is not easy, but that's a different post.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Baton Rouge, hop down to St. Gabriel Church.  It won't take much of your time, but it is worth your while to see such a pretty, little historic church.  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: QuiltCon

I've been watching the QuiltCon lecture series on Craftsy,  It's interesting, inspiring, and free!  If you haven't seen it, give it a few minutes.  You'll love seeing your favorite designers and quilters speak about their craft and inspiration.

David Butler, Jacquie Gerhing, Amy Butler, Mary Fons, Angela Walters and many others are represented in this series.  Each artist has about 45 minutes to speak and take audience questions.  Those I seen so far stand in front of a full how and speak from the heart about what they do and how they do it.  

Craftsy.comTo find the lectures, go to Craftsy and enter QuiltCon in the search box.  

Oh, did I tell you? It's free!

You're welcome!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mosaic Tile Runner~~part 2

Okay, so it's time for part 2 of how I did my mosaic tile runner.  I promised.  Time to deliver!  In case you missed it, part 1 is here.

Really this whole part is quite easy.  After cutting or breaking all the pieces, I hauled them inside and plopped everything as close to my area as possible.  I really intended to sit down on the job and work around myself.  That was a no-go: my legs and feet were just in the way.  I can't kneel, so that left me with squatting and bending.  Whew!  Was I sore!  Toward the end I couldn't squat or bend for more than a few seconds, so having everything very close really made the difference.

I had three sheets of 1 inch by 1 inch tiles.  I cut two sheets into strips one tile wide to make a border and began on one short edge by laying down the strips from corner to corner.  Then I added another strip on each side almost touching the first strips I laid down.  

From there it was really very simple: fill in the center with the rest of the tiles.  Like fitting the pieces of a puzzle, I just put down pieces of tile trying to keep the spacing at about 1/4 inch.  When I couldn't get the pieces to fit tight enough, I just found another tile in a slightly larger size.  

If things got too tight, I picked a slightly smaller size.  It helped to use the extra one inch tiles for big open spaces when I just couldn't find something to work.  Notice in the lower left corner that I have a very small rectangular piece and a one inch square next to each other.  

Originally the one inch squares were meant to add contrasting color and dots of texture, but they worked well for filling in, also.

 In the photo above I've finished putting in the tiles.  The cement glue had to cure overnight before we could add the grout.  Since we did everything on a Sunday afternoon, I wasn't home for the grout party.  I probably couldn't have bent over anyway.  

And the finished product with grout and sealer.  We got a spray sealer that could be applied right after the grout was put in.  The only thing that is left is the mopping.  

Yep, lots of mopping to get all the sand and dust off the floor, but it feels so good and the entire living area looks huge now.  I love it! And I especially love my own little mosaic rug!

If you're interested in making your own little mosaic, know that you absolutely can!  Just think carefully about how much bending and kneeling you can do before you decide how large an area you want to tile in pieces as small as 1 X 1 and no larger than 3 X 4.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Church of the Little Flower FAIR

Last weekend was our church's annual fair.   Richard and I worked both days. We generally help with the Bingo game on Saturday evening.  On Sunday we make cold slaw for the dinner.  Of course, mixing the slaw is only part of the job.  The other part is serving it!

Keep in mind that we usually have 1000 plates to serve.  That's a lot of slaw!  I don't have photos of working or fun from Sunday.  Three was no time for that.  10 or 12 people serve lunch continuously for hours with only a couple of very short breaks when we run out of food.  Of course, we laugh and joke, catch up with each others' families, visit with customers, and adore the children who occasionally pass through to give a hug to a hard-working grandma.  

 Our fearless leader calling numbers in this next photo.  Angela works hard all year long to secure great prizes for Bingo.  Some people come for hours and, actually, days to play, visit and win.  We could not find someone willing to work so hard or who could do a better job of getting prizes, workers, and everything else we need for a successful Bingo at the fair.

Here's my little crew of kids and grands playing Bingo.  There was no conflict of interest with Richard and me working and our family playing!  We openly root for them and, when I call, I tease them on the mic.  It makes for fun and transparency in volunteerism.  

 One fun, crazy gal and the cutest hubby around working.  Gotta love those money aprons.  Our fair is a typical country fair: low tech and high fun!

Children's games!  Mostly it's just kids running around, occasionally getting prizes for no reason, and making lots of noise. 

How do they not get into trouble?  Well, part of the shade has some "granny chairs" so grownups can keep an eye on whichever kid happens to be running past.  When granny gets tired, she goes play Bingo and grandpa has to sit a round or two.

One of the things I do to help out the fair is to donate a small quilt to the Bingo table.  This is the one I decided on this year.  It's a long lap quilt in blues and greens with a touch of yellow.  The idea is that the blue squares look like flowers.

I can say with a sense of pride that my quilts are a winning prize.   Players begin asking us to put it up as a prize on Saturday evening, but we make them wait for Sunday.  The hope is that people will come back to play again on Sunday if there are some great prizes available.  I missed the game when it was put up since I was serving lunches, but it's okay: I didn't donate it for the recognition. 

And so another fall fair is behind us.  That means the weather will be getting cooler and the holidays are not far behind.  The year is rolling by pretty fast.  I hope it's going well for you and yours.