Friday, March 2, 2012

Mystery Solved!

You can't put anything over on you folks. It was practically unanimous! The 2012 Designer Mystery Blog Hop mystery photo was of an antique Navajo Squash Blossom necklace.
It was indeed handed down to me from our Aunt Rita. She had an exquisite collection of Native American turquoise jewelry. Rita never married, but she was far from the typical spinster. She could out drink, out smoke, and out swear all of us. She was the family story teller and some of her tales were even true. Her colorful, long-lived life was supplemented at the end by selling off some of her pieces; yet there was still enough that the daughters of her siblings all got a heirloom. Aunt Rita never learned how to drive and pretty much walked everywhere she went (or bus or train for those very long trips). A life long bookkeeper, no one could stretch a dollar more. She adored Native Americans and wore her beloved jewelry everywhere she went. Most people assumed she was Native American, but she was just an Irish lass.

The winner (one of many of correct answers) was Robin - “It's a squash blossom necklace. My husband is from the area of the country where Navajos make these. My father-in-law made me some out of silver that I LOVE.”

Robin wins a Prairie Paisley II Layer Cake™ from the Fat Quarter Shop. Email us here, Robin and we'll get you that Layer Cake™

We would also like to send a Prairie Paisley II Charm Pack™ to Tracey Rampling - you can email us here also.

I'm back from a short trip from Burlington Ontario Canada. I did a little quilt Show and Tell at the Halton Quilters Guild. A good time was had by all. My uneventful border crossing was the cherry on top. I enjoyed myself immensely and the audience was gracious as I narrated my quilting adventures. Coincidentally - I speak fluent Canadian. I evened stopped for a break at the town of Ingersoll Ontario - which is the hometown of our dad.

Yep, that's the great photo I got as I drove by. Want to see the other great picture I got a little farther down the road. This one is for Bill......
What do you mean you can't see it? It's the infamous Wayne Gretzky Parkway outside of Brantford Ontario. Hey, I didn't want to slow down and mess up the great mileage I was getting. What is the Wayne Gretzky Parkway? Uh, just a road named after a hockey player. There really wasn't a lot to see on this stretch of highway unless you have a love affair with doughnuts . I defy you to drive down any road in Canada and not find one of these.
It's enough to make you crave a road trip.



Deb said...

OMG,OMG, OMG!! I missed you coming here!! I am one of your fans I would have driven to Burlington to see you at the HQG.
When will you be coming to Ontario again oh please be soon.
FYI Ingersoll has one of the best quilt shows that I never ever miss they have wonderful quilters there I hope can attend their next show.

Janet said...

Oh how I wish you would come to visit my part of Canada! I'd love to see you and your quilts in person!
The doughnuts are good but it's the hot chocolate that I go to Timmy's for :0)

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you were in Ingersoll and we didn't get together for a coffee or at least for a quick hello. I might have been at work when you came through or if not could have driven back there from Tillsonburg. I knew that you were going to Burlington and I was going to contact you and then I completely forgot and then when I saw the Ingersoll picture on the blog I couldn't believe it. If you come this way again, we will have to connect. Karen

Carrie said...

... speak fluent Canadian.

I should make you clean up the Dr. Pepper on my desk. :)

the girlfriend gap said...

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed working with one of your fabric collections from the past. Clermont Farms. I designed my Moda Bake Shop Sliced Competition entry out of it. I didn't move on in the competition for the next challenge but using the pressing pad in my sewing room will always be a delight. thank you for your beautiful designs. they make me happy inside. I love what you create.
hooray for the red white and blue!

if you have a moment you can see it here


annie said...

I love the necklace, and your Aunt'as story. Wow! Those doughnuts look so good. I've never been to Canada but would love to go someday.

Wendy said...

Hey, you forgot to mention that Tim Hortons is a coffee shop named after another hockey player! (Not just named after, he actually started them.)

suz said...

Tim Hortons donuts...mmmmm! Many years ago I took my son camping in Canada and that's when we discovered Tim Hortons. We are Dunkin Donuts people here in New England, but if Tim started a place in NH, I leave DD in a heartbeat!

Teresa Kidd said...

I am so happy I got to hear you speak at the Halton Quilters' Guild last week. Your quilts are even more gorgeous in person. You were generous to answer all of our questions afterwards. The amount of handquilting you do is truly inspirational. And you are multi-talented if you can take pictures while you drive. Thanks for visiting!

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