Friday, September 22, 2017

There are so many amazing benefits....... teaching.  Let me count the ways!  First of all it is always the warm and generous nature of quilters.  It is inspiring to become briefly acquainted with those with common interests.  I am always reminded that the world is full of perfectly lovely people!  I think back to all of the amazing people Which Bruce and I met while visiting in France, and they represented many different countries.  When asked what our favorite thing was in France, we were happy to answer...."Why, the people of course."  I love to focus on all of the goodness in the world, as it helps me to be hopeful and find joy in the journey.  My daughter Katrina often will say to me, "Mom we're at the dance"!  In other words we can't let life pass us by.

I discovered what a truly lovely lady Pam Buda is.  She lives in Illinois and came to the retreat that I attended at Quilter's Station in Lee's Summit, Missouri.  Oh Yes, I'm back in Missouri at the Primitives of the Midwest, and Pam taught 2 classes, introducing 2 of her designs. Pam designs under the name Heartspun Quilts.  She introduced her designs with the option to make the quilt with small pieces or a bit larger.  They were both beautiful.

An example of one of her labels.

Then there was SWEET Carrie Nelson, Miss Rosie's Designs.  Carrie taught these 2 pieced pillow designs.  They were exquisite.  Carrie also works for Moda.

Just a whole lot of patchy goodness!

I am not good with names, but this was a warm, sweet lady from the Bay area in California.  She and her equally sweet friend were in one of my classes.  I was so pleased to have met them and to be influenced by their kind and generous spirit.  She had made another of the teachers whom I met for the first time, Shawn Williams, design, shown here on this bag.  Her company is, Threads That Bind.  Shawn taught needle punch.

This was a darling display at the shop.

Our lunches everyday were scrumptious!  We were well taken care of.

One of the ladies who attended the retreat was from New Jersey, and this was the needle keep which she had made, and a little scissors holder.

Just so sweet!  Seeing the amazing things people make, simply makes my heart sing!  I am so fortunate and blessed.  I've been sewing most of the day and in the quietness I  have been recalling and counting my many blessings.

I guess I was teaching and did not get photos of the other talented teachers.  Dawn Shuck, of Sew Cherished and from Missouri, and Lori Kabot of Lily Anna Stitches and from Wisconsin, also were teachers.  Their projects centered around wool.  I took a class from Lori.  I made a little Christmas decoration that I will show you when it is finished.  Barb Adams and Alma Allen of Blackbird designs arrived the last day and taught a beautiful counted cross stitch design.  After recalling this event, my cup was full and running over!

"Its not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it."
-Lena Horne

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Taking time to begin decorating....

....for my favorite season, Autumn.

A year ago in traveling home from teaching in Illinois, I purchased this basket with the autumn foliage.  I decided to tuck the black cat into the front of it.

A collection of Autumn Time goodness.

This little wall hanging is now quilted and ready to be bound.  The verse, "Grow old with me, the best is yet to come,"  inspired this creation.  It also represents, choose your love, and love your choice.

The grand dogs and their mom came for a visit.  Here is sweet Annie licking her plate clean.

And her house buddie Oliver taking care to clean his plate.  This is part of their ritual and treat in visiting us.  Oh, how we love these dogs.

A dear friend sent me this sweet needle keep which she made.  What a happy surprise.

I prepared it with all of the necessities for stitching on this last trip.

My friend Leslie made me this stitching pillow for me, and I love it!  It is firmly stuffed and fits, in you lap to provide a great foundation for hand work.  Most importantly it keeps me from crossing my legs, which makes life much easier for my hip joints.

The ties on the side aid in securing your scissors in the pocket.  Everything about this is just perfect and really meets my needs.  I'm all set and feeling happy! 

"What you give a woman, she will make greater.  If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby.  If you give her a house, she'll give you a home.  If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.  If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart.  She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her."  Erik S Gray

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hamilton Missouri....

.....a few more photos from Missouri Star.

There were many amazing murals painted on the wonderful old buildings found in this town.  I do not believe there is even one stop light in this little burgh.

On the Friday we were there, It was Hamilton's homecoming.  This little town put on quite the parade.  This car carried the Homecoming king and queen.  Sweet ride!

There were 2 cute little gift shops, and this one had these beautiful mums for sale....also pumpkins and gourds.

Hamilton, was the birthplace of J.C. Penny.

This is a little project I've prepared for an opening evening class when I teach at a retreat sponsored by Prairie Point Junction in Cozad, Missouri. 

"Mistakes are the portals of discovery."

I will end here as Grandpa is here to do patterns and for I had better tend to my dinner. More tomorrow.  I will be home for a while now, and that is GOOD!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Missouri Star Quilts.....

....has it's home in Hamilton, Missouri.  It is a sweet little town that consists of several quilt shops all under the umbrella of Missouri Star Quilts.  Jenny Doan, the gracious dynamic lady which Diane and I are pictured with, is the focal point of this company.  She is know for her amazing tutorials.

Loved this sound advice hanging in one of the 8 shops.  each shop is dedicated to a different style of fabric.

We quilters have discovered this.  Quilting and creating has seen us through many a difficult time in our life.....Oh!  if our quilts could talk.

Wrinkly is what you get after living out of a suitcase!!!

All of the stores were well arranged and easy to see what was available. They specialize in precuts.

"I am not what happens to me.  I am what I choose to become."
-Carl Jung