Saturday, October 20, 2018

Silver Plume

Remember our trip on the train?  Well - while we were there we learned about a town called Silver Plume . The buildings were amazing, and old. And the history!! I always think I could live in the olden days, but in reality - I sorta like electricity!

Check out this one - what do you think it sold back in the day?

Silver Plume was founded in 1869 near the rich silver mines west of Georgetown, CO.  Only a couple of buildings were built in 1869.
By 1872 Silver Plume had become a town of around 500 residents, with a thriving commercial district. The town continued to grow as the silver industry boomed in the area, reaching over 2,000 residents before 1893.

Many other legends abound about the small "Living Ghost Town". One involves a citizen from the mining days, Clifford Griffin. 

According to legend, Mr. Griffin came from the state of New York, where he was raised. Griffin became engaged in New York, but his fiance tragically, and mysteriously, died the night before their wedding. Her death was contributed to unnameable "natural causes", and to escape the painful memories of his beloved, he moved to Colorado with his brother, who eventually became the owner of the 7:30 Mine (named because their day shift started a generous hour later than the other mines, who started at 6:30 AM).

Brewery Spring - the Brewery burned in 1889

Clifford became the manager of the 7:30, and was much loved by his miners for his kindness. 

According to local legend, every Christmas he bought all his miners a goose for their families, and every Fourth of July, he paid off every bar between Silver Plume and current-day Bakerville 4 miles to the west, so his miners could enjoy their holiday without spending their family's money. Not only did he take care of his miners, every evening he provided them with entertainment as well. Since he could not bear the daily sight of his men with their wives and families after his tragedy, he spent a great deal of time near the entrance to the 7:30, which sits about 1,500 feet  above the town of Silver Plume. Every evening he would sit near the edge of a nearby cliff and play his violin. Due to the incredible acoustics of the valley, the entire town could step outside and listen to his concerts.
Methodist Church

One evening, after a particularly beautiful recital, the residents heard a gunshot. Assuming the worst, the miners of the 7:30 raced up the trail to the entrance, and there they found Clifford Griffin, shot through the heart, in a grave he'd dug himself. A note in the nearby Manager's Office told the tale. It asked the residents of Silver Plume to leave him where he lay, because that's where he'd experienced the most happiness since his wife died. Not only did they follow his request, the town erected a 10-foot-tall Gunnison Granite monument in his honor, directly on top of his grave site. The monument can still be seen today, on the cliffs directly in front of the 7:30 Mine.

Disaster would strike the town in 1884 as a fire destroyed most of the business district, with damages said to reach $100,000 and several lives lost. With the local mining industry still enjoying prosperity, most of the town was rebuilt.
Disaster would return in 1899, but this time in the form of a giant avalanche. Newspapers reported that on February 12, "two mighty avalanches, combining into one, swept down Cherokee Gulch carrying away a dozen or more mine buildings, cabins, and machinery, and causing great loss of life. How many dead bodies lie in this great mass of show and debris will not be known before spring. Eight dead bodies are now at the morgue."

Many of Main Street’s false-front buildings were erected immediately after Silver Plume’s disastrous fire of 1884 ( like that below)

Former Silver Plume School

This is a  two-story, four-classroom, 1894 brick schoolhouse, where classes were last held in 1959. A sign proclaims that this school, is a “State of Colorado Standard School Approved Class.” Today the building is the George Rowe Museum, named for an eighty-seven-year resident of Silver Plume who donated much of the memorabilia inside. 

Silver Plume Jail
This is the Silver Plume Jail.  it was built in 1875. One of the Chief tenants was Jack McDonald, a scotch irish miner and previous owner of the 730 mine. The jail closed in 1915

Friday, October 19, 2018


Whoot Whoot
I got a surprise package in the mail - and I LOVE it!!!

Julie over at Julie K quilts sent me a prize from her Log Cabin Loonies giveaway!!! How awesome

Now I really think I should make a log cabin quilt out of them too!!!

Aren't they pretty???

I don't normally get fabrics in these colors - and I Love them!!

I thought that my table was not doing them justice - so you get a few more pics!

Oh my!

What is that??
Where were we?
Are you ready for all of my travel posts?

I have been a few places recently...
and I am just now starting to catch up....

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Clue #6  ( Essentially the same as Clue #1 - but in a different color way)

You will use your Dark #2 and your Light in this clue
So in my case –BLUE  and White

LIGHT :  White:
Cut  4  - 3 inch wide Width of Fabric ( Wof) Strips

From these strips :
Cut 24 3 x 3 inch squares

And 24 companion angle pieces

I never know what to call these – I think they should be called geese – so that’s what I will refer to them as.  You cut your first one, then rotate the ruler to the other side and cut another – you need 24 of these pieced.

Dark #2  ( BLUE)
Cut 1   -  5 ½ inch Strip  WOF - Sub cut into 6     - 5 ½ inch Squares
Cut 3  - 3 inch Strips WOF

Cut 24 PAIRS of the Wings using your Easy Angle Ruler  ( JUST LIKE YOU DID IN CLUE #1)
I take my strip and fold it wrong sides together., you could also fold it right sides together, but I like to look at the pretty side.   Place your ruler as shown, and cut along the ruler.  Flip your ruler over, and cut on the straight edge.  

You need 24 Pairs of Wings.

Using one pair of Wings, and one of the Geese, Pieced 24 Blocks like this.  I add the right side first to all 24, press, then add the left side to all 24.

They should measure 3 inches by 5 ½ inches.  

Most of them I get right on if my seam allowance is correct – sometimes I need to trim a little on the top.

After you have your 24 Geese made – you will lay out the block like so:

And sew them together.
After the rows are sewn I press – the 1st and 3rd out, the middle in like shown

And when you are all finished – you should have 6 of these Dark 2/Light  Stars measuring 10 ½ inches each.

I will also have this as a pdf in my craftsy store as soon as I can

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Log Cabin Loonies

Yay - I made some progress  on my scrappy Log Cabins

I started them and then drew a blank as to the way I should do the colors of the scraps, and if I would have enough, and it set me into a panic -I needed chocolate STAT....

after a teeny little bit of chocolate .. I figured it out.

Just DO IT and see what happens


Here is where I am:

There are 20 blocks I believe... or maybe not - but that is what I counted pre chocolate ;-)

On Wednesday over at Julie K Quilt blog she will host a link up to a lot of other quilters making the coolest Log Cabin quilts - and it is fun to go get inspired - so just do it  - ha ha ha

Also linking up to
Love Laugh Quilt: Monday Making
Oh Scrap at Quilting is more fun than housework
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up quilts
DWM at Small Quilts and Doll QUilts
Moving it forward at Ems Scrap Bag

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Throwback Thursday and catching up

 I might have taken a trip - and I might still be a little behind the curve - but you all understand right? 

I was cleaning out photos, and uploading new ones ( from my trip) and I found these on my phone:

and you know - I think I have enough strings and 9 patches to make another......

this was on my phone too
but now it looks way different
I made ( forced really) my boys to help me rearrange
I took just a little more space ( ha ha)

and I found this one - one of my favorite scrappy quilts. and funny story - it was on the rocker, and a boy was goofing around - when he opened his soda - it exploded all over.... and hit my quilt.  A lot of my quilt..... but guess what? It washed out just wonderfully and now we are snuggling again.

Alright  now back to downloading photos and prepping for next weeks Mystery MOSAIC Clue... hope you are following along and having fun!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Clue #5
Grab your leftover strips cut from the last clue and

LIGHT 2 ½ inch strips:
Cut 24 : 2 ½ x 6 ½ inch pieces
Cut 24 : 2 ½ x 8 ½ inch pieces

Dark #2 ( Blue in my example)
Cut  24 :  2 ½ x 4 ½ inch pieces
Cut 24  : 2 ½ x 6 ½ inch pieces
Cut 24  : 2 ½  x 8 ½ inch pieces
Cut 24  : 2 ½ x 10 ½ inch pieces

Take your 4 1/2 inch piece from Clue #4 and we will add to it as so:

You will then create 10 ½ inch Quarter Log Cabins Sewing just like the diagram

You will have 24 of these blocks – they should measure 10 ½ x 10 ½ inches

 Now on to the next clue!

today is a travel day for me - so I will pray that the Pdf file gets uploaded to Craftsy first thing - but... if not - keep checking - it will be there when I am in wi-fi range ;-)

Here is the direct Link:
Clue #5

PS - If your a little behind - Katy is using an accucutter - and here is her post:

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Mystery A8 MOSAIC Clue #4

Clue #4
Cutting Instructions:

Dark #1  ( Red in my Example) Cut 5 -  2 ½ inch Strips Width of Fabric (wof)
Light ( White in my example) Cut 11  - 2 ½ inch strips wof
Dark #2 ( Navy in my example) Cut 18 – 2 ½ inch strips wof

 Step 1:

*Take 2 of your light strips and cut 24 – 2 ½ inch Squares – set the rest aside – you will need it ;-)

Step 2:
*Take 2 of your Dark #1 ( RED) Strips and cut 24 – 2 ½ inch Squares

*Use the leftovers and remaining strips cut  24   - 2 ½ x 4 ½ inch pieces

Step 3:
Sew your 2 ½ inch Light square to your 2 ½ inch Dark #1 Square

I put my light on the left, and the dark on the right to stitch. The piece will measure 2 ½ x 4 ½ inches

 Step 4: Add  your 2 ½ in x 4 ½ inch dark #1 piece to the top

Clue #4 is now finished – this piece should measure 4 ½ x 4 ½ inches Square 

 Save the other strips you cut – they will be used in the next clue ;-)

I will again have a pdf at the Craftsy site

Monday, October 01, 2018

Log Cabin Loonies.... I am giving in

Oh I am just giving in... ha ha!!

Julie over at JulieKQuilts  started a log Cabin Loonies project - and I have been watching, and seeing all the quilts that others are working on.... and dreaming....

and then I started a little bit of organizing. Just a little bit, I don't want to get carried away!!
and I found a bage of scraps that had been gifted to me

I sorted and pulled the colors

 and now this pile:

Is turning into this pile:

and if time goes my way - I will start some log cabin blocks for fall!

Didn't want you to think I was playing too much Hooky and goofing off in the mountains. ;-)

Happy October!!!

Thursday, September 27, 2018


I might have played hooky yesterday and headed up to the Top of the Rockies

and again - I might have taken a million photos

But I will start with these - because you need to drink this in....

and know that it was SO quiet your ears were searching for noise

and it was SO peaceful you wanted to tippy toe to not scare anything

And those mountains in the distance?

we hiked until we were even with them

it was AWESOME

Linking to:
Wandering Camera

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


From your Dark #2 ( Blue in my example) we will cut the following:
Cut:   8   - 1 ¾ inch strips Width of Fabric
Sub Cut into:
12 – 8 inch x 1 ¾ pieces
24 – 6 ¾ x 1 ¾ inch pieces
12 – 5 ½ x 1 ¾ inch pieces

You will need these – plus the Dark #1 strips you cut in Clue #2

Grab the blocks you made in Clue # 2 and add your Dark #2  - 5 ½ inch piece to one side of it
You are then going to go around the block adding the Dark #2 layer just like you did in Clue #2

                              The Dark #2 round will measure 8 inches Square.

Now we will add the Dark #1 strips that you cut in Clue #2 – same way as we added these – just like a log cabin.
Start with your 8 inch red strips

You should now have 12 of these blocks measuring 10 ½ inches

Pat your self on the back!! See you for Clue #4

Again this clue will be in PDF form in my Craftsy store - And I will link it as soon as I can!