Friday, August 16, 2019

My magic ball......

I am seeing a sports medicine Doc, and he has me rolling the Lacrosse ball on my sore areas on my lower back and hip.  I'm hoping for some magic!  It is my first acquaintance with Lacrosse.

On our trip we drove through a bit of beautiful Colorado.  The day before we had wandered through parts of New Mexico that were dry and not much to see...…..quite desolate.  

So we welcomed this beautiful contrast.

Notice the red roof down in this picturesque valley.  With our imagination, we had a quilting retreat scheduled down there!

"There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul." -Victor Hugo 

Have a great week end.  Summer is speeding by.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A quilt store we visited.....

…… in Minneapolis, Kansas.  The store in called, No Place Like Home.  The story behind the name is, Karalee, the owner and her husband moved from Minneapolis to Utah to raise their children, and then returned to Minneapolis, Kansas.  They love this Kansas town so much, they returned.  We found the town very inviting as we drove through.  Cute houses, and a great quilt store.  I always gage if I could live some place, by the proximity of a quilt store.

We were passing all of these wonderful houses, when I decided to put down my sewing and capture a few of them on my I pad.


This one was our favorite!

127 Main Street.

The porch wrapping around the side of the house would accommodate some front porch sitting!

The store was large and spacious and full of beautiful fabric.

Quilts to provide inspiration.

Jo Morton fabric.

Whatnot Club by Kim Diehl.

Karalee's sewing station while at the shop.

A place to entertain the little ones..... notice the red shoes on the door mat of the house.

My fabric purchase from the sale fabric.

Before leaving, our friend Karolee, discovered that the owner of the store was also a Karolee.  They posed for a photo.  We were so delighted with this stop.  On to Kansas Troubles!

"I think we're here for each other."
-Carol Burnett

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Free Shipping......

I forgot to mention in the comments I made about where you can purchase the design wall someone asked about.  The source has commented that she has free shipping.

I am kind of making these days the lazy days of summer.  After being gone so long prior to now, I'm finding myself spending extra time reading.  I do sew some every day, but I do not feel motivated or pressed to accomplish something every day.

Karen Whitmeyer at Grand Country Quilts has taught a class on my design called, Cottage Garden.  She does beautiful work.  I took a few close ups of her work while I taught there.

She has taken my design and made it extraordinary!  Now they will soon be starting a class on the potholder quilt.

"Friends feed each other's spirits and
dreams and hopes; They feed each other with the things a soul needs to live."
-Glen Harrington-Hall

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A bright new day.....

Know this: You can start over each morning. 

An inspiring thought for a new day! :-)

I will take you back to the retreat and share with you some of the amazing stitchery patterns by La-D-Da.  There are always designers of cross stitch at this retreat.  In this photo are 2 of Shawn Williams punch needle designs.  I love it all.

Her designs were all so very tempting...…. one of each please!

Awake my soul and Sing...…. what a beautiful sentiment.

A few designs for Halloween were available.  As for me I purchased the one called Virtue.  Not too big, and hopefully not to difficult.

Aren't all of these just so charming and lovely.  I hope I'm able to get the ones I purchased, completed.

"The way is long - Let us go together.
The way is difficult - let us help each
other.  The way is joyful -let us share it. The way is ours alone - let us go in love.
- Joyce Hunter

Friday, August 9, 2019

Enjoying cooler weather.......

……. plus we had a visit from my nephew and his wife who live in Washington state near the Canadian border.  We shared much laughter and good foods, and caught up on each others life.  What an unexpected pleasure it was!

About the design walls..... I will give the information that was sent to me.  Martha Settles in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa makes them.  Her web site is,

This is a marvelous new table runner created by Maggie Bononami.
I LOVE it.  Grand Country Quilters in San Marcos will be selling kits for it in the near future.  If you are interested, give them a call and they will put you on their list to receive one.  Their number is 760-471-1114.  It is just spectacular!

This is on my to do list!  So many beautiful things to make and so little time.

Their shop is not large, but it is one of my favorite.  I love the warm cozy feeling that abides.  And I love all of these women so much!

The classroom is not large, but we managed to have 14 of the finest working on The Blockade Quilt, which was a design inspired by an old quilt Barbara Braakman shared in one of her Civil War books.

In no time, the ladies were finishing their stars, and we started hanging them on the quilt.

This is one of the acquisitions which Julie found at the first antique store we stopped at.  How sweet is a simple nine patch!?

This quilt was in excellent condition, and all hand quilted.

The back wonderfully displays all of the beautiful quilting stitches!
There is something quite amazing about hand quilting.  I think it would be so lovely to gather around a quilting frame with friends and spend a day of hand quilting.

I don't know how many of you have read, 'Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall.  It was published in 1907.  I found myself browsing through it once again, as I've been sorting through books.  I've managed to part with several, but it hasn't been easy.

Anyway, I want to share an excerpt from the book. "Some folks has albums to put folks' pictures in to remember 'em by, and some folks has a book and writes down the things that happens every day so they won't forgit 'em," says Aunt Jane to her niece.  "Honey, these quilts is my albums and my di'ries ...There ain't nothin like a piece o' caliker for bringing back old times."
The book was written just the was Aunt Jane would have expressed herself.  A great read.