Great Grandma’s Quilts

Thought I’d share my three quilts that I received from my Grandma McDonald’s side of the family (my mom’s mom).

My Grandma Mac was born in Lynch, Nebraska and was immediately adopted by Daniel Boon & Ella Myrtle Park Chambers, also of Lynch (by way of Windsor, MO).  Boon and Myrtle adopted four children ~ not sure if she could not have children or that they just wanted to adopt.  

Myrtle Park Chambers was born in Windsor, Missouri in 1888 to James & Sarah Lydia Bishop Park and died in Lynch, NE 1962.  In 1905 she married Boon Chambers in Clinton, Mo and they then moved to Lynch, NE where Boon and his family homesteaded in 1890.  They moved a couple of times between Lynch and Missouri but settled in Lynch and both died there.  

We’re not really sure when Great Grandma Chambers made her quilt ~ but there are a lot of feed-sacks incorporated in it, so I’m guessing 1920-1930.  It’s a full-size (or double bed) quilt and from what I was able to gather in one of my quilt books, the pattern is called BLOCKADE. Grandma Mac said this quilt was machine pieced and quilted on her mom’s treadle sewing machine.

Myrtle’s mother, Sarah Lydia Bishop Park, was born to William Henry and Susan Adams Bishop in Franklin County, Missouri in 1869. She died in Lynch, NE in 1955. Lydia married James Wallace Park and lived in Missouri until James’ death and then moved to Lynch, NE after marrying George Earl Douglas (both of them are buried in Lynch).

The year Lydia’s daughter,  Ella Myrtle Park,  was married she hand appliqued onto four large (36″ square) muslin blocks a Princess Feather in green and red.  For some reason she never made those four blocks into a quilt.  My mom ended up with the blocks and in 2001 she decided to quilt them as four separate wall hangings…one for my sister, me, grandma,  and herself.  She bound them with a dark green binding and then hand quilted all four sides of the Princess Feather.

I also have a great Dresden Plate quilt (full-size) that was hand pieced and hand quilted by my Grandma’s biological grandmother, Grace Walker…also of Lynch, NE. We are guessing it was pieced around my grandma’s birth in 1916…but could have been well into the 20’s. This quilt also includes feed-sacks…and appliqued onto green fabric with a yellow backing. She hand quilted tiny 1″ diamonds/diagonal lines. She was definitely a great hand quilter ~ itty-bitty stitches!

I guess I come by my love of quilts and quilting naturally! 😀

süp ~ soup, salad, sandwiches…

Sorry about the double post for today ~ but my coworker and I just had lunch at a wonderful place in downtown Reno.

süp ~ soup, salad, sandwiches at 719 S. Virginia Street…for all us “old-timers”, it’s the old Luciano’s place. 

Soup (süp) n. A liquid food prepared from meat, fish or vegetable stock combined with various other ingredients and often containing solid pieces.

This is where we began our dream with the simple yet diverse dish shared in every culture around the world. It can be a brilliant beginning to a fine meal or a satisfying meal on its own. We hope you enjoy the joy of Süp! Christian & Kasey Christensen.

They’re open Monday-Saturday from 11am – 4pm and closed on Sundays.

It’s a small restaurant with about 7 or 8 tables that sit 4 people. When you go in,  you order at the counter and then they seat you. Due to it’s size you can grab a “I’ll Share a Table” placard. They have six soups a day, along with five different sandwiches and five salads.

We both ordered a half Pesto Turkey sandwich with a cup of Chicken Tortilla soup. It didn’t take too long to get our plates ~ and it was a delightful surprise! Not only did we get the HUGE 1/2 sandwich and our nice size cup of soup, but a small side salad and a homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookie!

The Pesto Turkey was made of real turkey! House roasted turkey breast, pesto spread, provolone cheese, avocado, tomato, romaine and sprouts layered between fresh jalapeno jack bread (which was from The House of Bread on California Street).

The Chicken Tortilla soup was loaded with chunks of chicken, black beans and corn…very tasty with just the right amount of kick to it.

The salad was romaine and baby greens topped with Gorgonzola cheese (my favorite!), strawberry slices and some type of creamy vinaigrette.

If you’re in town ~ go visit! Excellent lunch! Great service! But get there when the doors open at 11!  Busy, Busy, Busy! 

Taking the Plunge!

Well ~ am taking the plunge into the blogwaters…wish me luck! 

 I’m not sure why I started an online journal…maybe because all my friends have one.  I usually post all my pictures up on webshots ~I’m nv_michelle, by the way ~ but thought I like to be able to describe more about them and what was going on at the time.

 Today started out bright and early at Dr. Jane’s office…she had to poke me with lots of little needles as I killed my hand over the weekend making Panoramic Sugar Easter Eggs.  She is “putting a band-aid” on me until I suck it up and go get my carpal tunnel fixed via surgery.  Just had my gall bladder taken out in October and I really don’t want to see the inside of a hospital for a long time.

 As I said above, the reason for the doctor’s visit was due to the opening of the Sugar Egg Factory last Friday.  I took the day off and headed to my Mom’s house to make sugar eggs.  It’s been 4 years since I’ve made them last ~ it has been exactly 4 years since I adopted Leo-Monster, my bengal kitty.  🙂  Dr. Destructo.  (I’ll post pictures of the critters later).

 Friday we made shells for 31 large eggs and 13 small eggs.  Along with flowers, swans, bunnies, chicks, suns, crosses, and fences.  Spent the whole day up to my elbows in sugar and merengue powder!  Sticky, Sticky, Sticky!

Sugar Egg Shells and Flowers drying

Saturday was putting all the critters inside and putting the tops on ~ left early (12:30 pm) as it started to snow big ole wet snowflakes.  Big sigh.  So tired of it snowing down in the valley…it needs to stay up in the mountains for the skiers and our water reservoirs, dang it!

Sunday morning I skipped church and went back to mom’s house to finish up the eggs. 

Soooo…what do you think?  Pretty, eh?!   Selling them for $15/large and $7/small ~ check out my Sleepy Cat Hollow etsy site.

3 Sizes of Sugar Panorama Easter Eggs