Monday, February 27, 2017

Once again..... we are at the beginning of a new week, and I wonder where last week went so quickly.  Message to self......self, slow down and savor!!

We had a full day of shopping at the Amana Colonies, and I will share more today.

Oh my!  There were several treasures tucked away in here.

This little hedgehog beckoned me.

Quilts just begging to be loved and claimed.

I love this pattern.

Splendid.......I love red and green quilts in general.  Does that come as a surprise?

A summertime Lovely.

Now, we are at the quilt store.  Sorry, I do not recall the name.  These colors are just exciting!

This is for lovers of the sea, lakes and streams.

Little wool projects.

Fabric panels.

This quilt was created with pretty cheater cloth.

My latest, quilted and bound.  This week I will begin working on the pattern.

A close up corner.  I was kind of sad when this quilt came to it's conclusion, as it was such an enjoyable process.  Friends have asked me to bring it to Nantes when I go.  It's pretty large, I will have to pack light!

Another pile of fabric waiting to be the first to email me if you thing you could use them.

"Everyday is a gift and not a given.  So live tomorrow today, and say goodbye to yesterday."  -unknown and shared by Janet Wells.

Friday, February 24, 2017

This is more like it!

It has been snowing throughout the day, and that is what normally occurs in February.  I'm happy about this turn around in weather, because first of all I enjoy winter, and wouldn't want my tulips to be fooled.

More from our shopping day in the Amana Colonies.

There were all kinds of chickens....

...many were very life like.

There is even a pig hanging out under the chair.

Lovely antique dishes...

......and picnic baskets and all sorts of thrifty goodness.

The basement was chucked full!

There were several interesting cupboards.  Alas, they wouldn't fit in the car.

A wonderful old baby pram.

I recognized this having grown up on a dairy farm.

Something for everyone.

Not certain what this is.

Tucked in the middle of it all was this quilt.

I thought this Birdie Bar delightful!

Lynette Disrud shared this quote.
The Real Work
"It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have come to our real journey.  The mind that is not baffled is not employed.  The impeded stream is the one that sings.
-Wendell Berry

Have a happy hearted week end!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

My Heart Overflows..... a result of all of the wonderful soul food that came as a result of all of your shared quotes.....I will be passing them on to all of you.

I have a few more lovelies from the Country Sampler, in Omaha, Nebraska.

I particularly was drawn to the quilt on the right.  Just a simple design but quite sensational sashed with the black.

 Now, I am back at the Amana Colonies.  This was a marvelous shop, it was just full of goodness.

There were bunches of antique quilts, just waiting to be rescued.

Log Cabins......I love them.  One of my favorites.  Parts of this one was in rough shape.

Quite an adorable owl......more from this shop tomorrow.

Sixteen 5 inch squares from Diamond Textiles for the first person to email me at -
This quote was shared by Linda Ward.  "Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose."  -unknown

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Life just seemed to pass me by yesterday.  That is what happens when I get too busy.

I decided that today I would start out with my quote.  I read first thing every morning while I enjoy my cup of morning coffee.  I read this bit of wisdom this morning and decided to share it.

"Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he's been robbed.  The fact is that most putts don't drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are most often dull than otherwise.  Life is like an old time rail journey...delays...sidetracks, smoke dust, cinders and jolts.  Interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling burst of speed.  The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."

- Gordon B. Hinckley

I'm back bouncing around through my downloaded photos, and have this amazing utility quilt.  Basically just denim with a bit of color here and there.  I've often considered making a quilt like this for picnics and such....and having a section that includes the zipper, where you could have a safe place to tuck away car keys etc.   

This would remind one of a Gees Bend design.

The quilt was hanging in a hallway so I couldn't get a straight on shot.

This quilt was hanging in the Country Sampler in Omaha, Nebraska.

What a great cozy quilt for when the occasion calls for
something to be produced quickly.

Several different winter scenes surrounded by random placement of fabric.

We were visiting there proceeding Halloween, and I am always delighted by this witchy quilt that has been around for a while.  You can see some samples for other creations going on in this lovely shop.

For you stitcher's who love to embroidery here is a Redwork Sampler.

A soft, beautiful creation by Miss Rosie's.

Unfortunately because of my travels, I've missed the second Wednesday drawing for the month.  Today, I offer this pattern for the first person to respond with a quote which has inspired you.  Send to,

Enjoy the moments!