Well, there hasn't been any sewing happening around here, but we went on a fun "field trip" yesterday to Pella, Iowa.  It was founded in the 1850's by a group of 800 Dutch settlers looking for religious freedom.

We toured the working windmill that the town built in 2002.  Very cool.

And toured a bunch of old homes in the Historical Village.  My big question was "Why are old sofas so short and small?  Were people so much smaller?  Smaller homes?  The 1890's sofas were "modern sized."  Any one know?  

I loved the colors and patterns in this carpet.  Wouldn't it be a great inspiration piece for an applique quilt?

I love this log cabin with it's flower garden!  But I just have to get something off my chest:  Why do people insist on having crazy quilts in pre-1880's historical homes?!?  Don't they know that crazy quilts weren't made until the 1880's and that it is going to bug me to death and that I will have to tell my children that the quilts aren't right for the time period represented?  And thank goodness that no one else was in the cabin or else they would have had to hear about it too....  Anyway....  :)

 Pella is a wonderful little town with beautiful architecture and we had a great time visiting.  My children even pointed out a cute little quilt shop!  Then moaned when we went in.  Aleah gives it (or leaving it?) two thumbs up.

I hope you are all having a great summer!  And Happy 4th of July to everyone in the United States!

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