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Field Trip

August 8th, 2008

A little field trip to Pomeroy Living History Farm near Battleground, Washington. Please keep your arms and hands inside the bus at all times.

Pomeroy Quilt Show

Last weekend was Pomeroy’s 13th Annual Quilt Festival, and it was MAGICAL! The theme this year was butterflies. My friend Karen (queen of the butterflies) was the featured speaker, and I was her Vanna quilt holder at her Saturday performances (ok, not a *performance*… a speech slash lecture slash show-n-tell… but since there was a stage, and I happened to be on it… well… it became a performance). Sit down. Buckle in. Hold on.

Pomeroy Quilt Show

Quilty bliss.

Pomeroy Quilt Show


Pomeroy Quilt Show

I’d like to add some aqua paint or drape a quilt on this tractor. Silly me… it’s not decoration, they actually use this tractor. It is a tractor, right?

Pomeroy Quilt Show

The fresh picked beets were calling my name. And some sour cream. And some herring.

Pomeroy Quilt Show

The fence is not to keep the farmer in, it’s to keep me out. And the deer. Nibble. Nibble.

Pomeroy Quilt Show

Outside of the blacksmith’s barn.

Pomeroy Quilt Show

Inside the blacksmith’s barn. Much fun was had during a round of Let’s Tease The City Girl. Ok, so I don’t know the difference between horse shoes and shoes worn by loggers - but I CAN navigate the L.A. freeway system with one eye closed.

Edited in: A priceless comment from Karen, “Now, I have to tell the story of the blacksmith shop. There were some horse shoes with big cleats on them hanging on the railing in front of us. I asked the blacksmith why they had cleats on them. He said it was to help give traction when they were logging. And Miss Monica added, “I bet it helped them climb the trees!” Ahh, the visual image of those horses climbing trees……..

Pomeroy Quilt Show

I heart chickens. I sure miss my mine, especially at times like this.

Pomeroy Quilt Show

Entrance to the big barn, greeted by my favorite flower (I love how the dahlias match the quilt).

Pomeroy Quilt Show

Inside the big barn, this quilt knocked my flip-flops off. I’m a sucker for solids.

Pomeroy Quilt Show

Outside of the big barn… an occasional aroma in the air would remind us these guys were there.

Pomeroy Quilt Show

Lunch time! We could eat in the “farm cafe”…

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or we could dine in the tea room. Karen treated for tea. Though I had an Americano, because that’s how I do tea. I also skipped on the Strawberry Soup. Wasn’t really my thing. Had there been some Belgium waffles under it, and whipped cream on top… then yes I would have devoured it.

Pomeroy Quilt Show

Time to clear the scone crumbs off my chest… it’s show time.  A little pre-show PR with Debbie and Karen.

Pomeroy Quilt Show

Karen’s presentation was “Depression Era Quilts”. Karen is always entertaining and informative. She’s the Mike Rowe of the quilt world. Quilty Jobs.

Pomeroy Quilt Show

Every now and then I see a vintage quilt that just sucks the air right of me. This is one of them. Not only was it beautiful, but the workmanship was exquisite.

Pomeroy Quilt Show

The hexes are so tiny and so sweetly fussy cut. I imagine this took decades to make.

Pomeroy Quilt Show

If you look at this photo in super-size-me… look at the binding on the gold quilt - and you can see the binding size’s relation to the scale of the hexes.

Pomeroy Quilt Show

A wonderful day, with wonderful friends, wonderful weather (overcast… love it). Hard to end the field trip… more photos to see (and no funky piggie smells) here.

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48 Responses

  1. The fabulous Joanna allegedly said:

    This looks like the most glorious day ever! Quilts, beautiful gardens, yummy food - it just doesn’t get any better than that!!

  2. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    Isn’t it interesting what she did with the flower garden quilt and the colors?

  3. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    Your photos are truly wonderful, they really show exactly what we were seeing…..fab!!
    Good job, Vanna!!

  4. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Really wonderful photos! Wish I could have spent the day with you guys, it looks like a blast.

  5. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    Monica, You captured it beautifully.

    Now, I have to tell the story of the blacksmith shop.

    There were some horse shoes with big cleats on them hanging on the railing in front of us. I asked the blacksmith why they had cleats on them. He said it was to help give traction when they were logging. And Miss Monica added, “I bet it helped them climb the trees!” Ahh, the visual image of those horses climbing trees……..

  6. The fabulous Kris allegedly said:

    Oh, how fun!!! Quilty Heaven, with Karen & Monica angels floating around! Wish I was there….

  7. The fabulous brigette allegedly said:

    gorgeous quilts and what a beautiful setting. thanks so much for sharing with us!

  8. The fabulous Lori allegedly said:

    What an incredible set of pictures, the flower garden quilt is so wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  9. The fabulous Lynne in Hawaii allegedly said:

    Great pictures! Loved all the butterfly quilts! I must say though…a farm is a farm and they DO catch the attention of your sniffer. Sure glad this isn’t smellivision! LOL! Looks like you had a really fun trip. Mahalo for sharing!

  10. The fabulous jen duncan allegedly said:

    What a super trip Monica. I love all the quilty pictures. Thanks for taking us along!

  11. The fabulous cathleen allegedly said:

    These pictures are gorgeous. Can’t decide if I love that rose arbor picture or the quilts the best. It’s all so lovely to behold. Must have been total eye candy for you to see all this for real. Thanks for sharing them.

  12. The fabulous Nanna J allegedly said:

    I enjoyed the trip immensely, but I was a bad girl and kept sticking my arm out the bus window. You can’t take me anywhere!
    Your photos are lovely. You captured the simplicity and beauty that is the Pomeroy House. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful day!!

  13. The fabulous Jennifer Klages allegedly said:

    Great photos - I totally felt like I was there with you. Gorgeous quilts, yummy food, great gardens - sounds like a perfect PNW summer day.

  14. The fabulous Adrienne allegedly said:

    Oh, I wish I had been there. I haven’t gone to this quilt show for a couple of years and I can tell I don’t want to miss it again. It’s such a great setting and a wonderful display for quilts old and new. It would have been fun to run into you there.

  15. The fabulous jess allegedly said:

    I actually have a hexagon pattern, and now I am completly inspired by that quilt, like you it completly took my breath away! thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

  16. The fabulous Nanette allegedly said:

    That was such a fun ride, I want to get in line and ride again! Wheeeee. Of course these quilts were right out of a page of “quilts I would love to have”. They are darling. The best one is the grandmother’s flower garden but I would squish them all and hug them if I could. The farm is lovely. This is like a post through time. Thanks Monica. And horses in trees - what a visual.

  17. The fabulous Anyone Can Quilt allegedly said:

    Oh it’s all so beautiful! The quilts are so amazing and to get to see them in such a charming setting…sigh. I’m putting this on the list for next year!

  18. The fabulous *emilie* allegedly said:

    how nice ! i would have loved to come see this !

    beautiful quilts, adorable location.. and the piglets !

  19. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    OH MY GOSH!!! What an incredible setting for a quilt show! I love it~
    And, yes Monica, that is a tractor. No aqua paint~
    I love the quilts lining the fence and the garden. I want my garden to look like that all the time. Okay, for starters just a little of the time would be okay…with the piggie smells. That’s alright by me!

  20. The fabulous Tammy allegedly said:

    How fun! I’ve got to put this on my calendar for next year!!

  21. The fabulous Selena allegedly said:

    It’s like a quilter’s dream going through each photo. Just stunning.

  22. The fabulous Angelina allegedly said:

    If I had seen that quilt in person it would have begun a life of crime for me. So it’s good I wasn’t actually there. How gorgeous!!!

    I love that era of quilts.

    Great tour. Your chickens are doing great. But you know, and I know, that you are going to have to have chickens again at some point.

    Those pigs are super cute.

  23. The fabulous Deb allegedly said:

    I am so thrilled to have stumbled across your blog. This is one of the best sites I’ve come across in ages. The quilts are outstanding and I so enjoyed my stay here. I’ve added your site to my blog roll and will be back again for sure!

  24. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    Love that GFG quilt. It is stunning. And so tiny. Unbelievable amounts of patience went into that.

  25. The fabulous Ruth allegedly said:

    **jaw dropps to the floor**

    Wow - That looks amazing, I so wish I could go to somewhere like that.

  26. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    Amazing! Love all the featured quilts especially the smooching hohoho! Hah! BTW, a big MAHALO. Keep on eye da kine!

  27. The fabulous Tanya allegedly said:

    Every picture is just gorgeous!! Looks like a fun time.

  28. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    It’s almost like being there!

    Not so sure on the herring but I love me some fresh beets. Especially with a little black pepper and goat cheese.

  29. The fabulous amy allegedly said:

    I love your blogsite.. and I was telling my daughters to look for a doll for me to take with me since they live so far away and one called me and told me about a website… and there were triskits relatives, and friends… o geeze so cute. please don’t think I am copycatter… but I have to take someone shopping with me.. thanks Amy

  30. The fabulous Adds allegedly said:

    I passed on the Tree of Happiness to you xx

  31. The fabulous Busy Little Quilter allegedly said:

    OMG!! What beautiful pictures! I love quilts with barns and gardens; they just seem to go together.

    It looks like you had a great time. The bit about the horse shoes and loggers was adorable. It sounds like something I would say. :)

    Thanks for sharing.

  32. The fabulous Em allegedly said:

    What a fun day. I loved the quilts. Makes me wish once again that there were more hours in the day to spend quilting. Have a great day! Em

  33. The fabulous June allegedly said:

    What an awesome and certainly inspiring day you had. The quilts are amazing.

  34. The fabulous Hunnybunny allegedly said:

    Quilty Jobs, LOL! I love Dirty Jobs, I can only imagine my eyes getting glazed over watching quilty jobs. I love the quilts they are all beautiful. My friend got married over the weekend and her brother’s girlfriend made her the most beautiful queen sized quilt with machine quilted butterflies. It was yummy, and perfect for the butterfly themed wedding. I was good and left it in the gift bag. Now to see all these beautiful quilts…
    Why must you torment me??!! Ahh, sob, sob.
    Ok I’m done, thank you for the pretty post!

  35. The fabulous julie allegedly said:

    Fun, fun, fun!!! Loved all the quilts…but really loved the little piggies asleep on their sides…kind of reminds me of someone…:) hehehe!

  36. The fabulous Jaime Compton allegedly said:

    It looks to me like you were able to visit a little peace of heaven here on earth. I’m not into quilting, I do admire them, but if I was there I would have been in LOVE with them.

    Thanks for showing us such beautiful things!

  37. The fabulous Cathy allegedly said:

    Fabulous photos of such fabulous quilts! Thank you!

    Cathy :)

  38. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Wow! That was an awesome trip Ms. TourGuide. And thanks for not slappin’ my hands when I reached out the window and fondled that GFG. I couldn’t help myself. That was a once in a lifetime chance — they don’t come along like that everyday! I say we make one. A TourGuide quilt-a-long. We can grow old together makin’ that quilt.

  39. The fabulous colleen morgan allegedly said:

    Wow ! what a great day you all had, wished I was therebut alas I am in Australia, Byron bay to be exact. I have made 2 butterfly quilts as wedding gifts…i was told once that butterfies represent a new begining, they were both well received. One in Sweeden the other sydney, so I am sort of international. Your blog was well written and took me there..thank you

  40. The fabulous Sandra Brigden allegedly said:

    All I need is a couple of hours notice and I will follow you like love-sick-teenager to any event. I will keep camera, comfortable shoes, note-pad, and water-color pencils in the “you ain’t leaving the house without me BAG” next to the back door.

    So if you don’t mind questions about everything, having some old lady who thinks that not only is quilting is an art form but it is close to …..(some things need to be deleated so not upset any one.

    So where does the line start(is there a bathroom near)I have my little chair, lap quilt, latest quilt magizine, a piece of UFO which needs hand- work done and my big cup of coffee.

  41. The fabulous Sally allegedly said:

    I loved the tour, Monica. Your photos are gorgeous; the commentary is even better. I’m just sorry there’s no pic of you being Vanna.

  42. The fabulous Wendy allegedly said:

    Something about quilts on fences and old barns is so appealing to me, I can look at these pictures over and over again…I love it!

  43. The fabulous Connie W allegedly said:

    Oh, Monica, what gorgeous photos!

  44. The fabulous kathleen allegedly said:

    Lush gardens and beautiful quilts together, how could you not be in bliss! Wow, what a fun day and gorgeous photographs!

  45. The fabulous Sue McG allegedly said:

    Tea, quilts, farms, fussy-cuts, pigs, barns, chooks and flowers - thank you Jen Duncan for leading me here :)

  46. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    Somehow I missed this post. Love the quilt show. And yes that is a tractor!! LOLOL

  47. The fabulous Patricia from Argentina allegedly said:

    Your photos are amazing!! I really enjoyed looking at them… Thanks for bringing colour to our lives!!
    Best wishes!

    Patricia (from Argentina)

  48. The fabulous sewkatiedid allegedly said:

    I just found this hexi quilt researching them and it is amazing!

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