Tuesday, January 17, 2017


....on a Jet Plane.  Alaska Airlines had an unbelievable black Friday special before Christmas.  For just 116.00 dollars I bought a round trip ticket.  The Road to California is starting this next week end, so I could not pass up this deal.  "The better part of one's life consists of his friendships."  Abraham Lincoln.  I'm looking forward to reconnecting with friends and I have many things prepared for stitching.  I will be gone for one week, but I hope to have pictures to share with you when I return.

Here is another shop which we meandered through.  As you can see there were all sorts of interesting things.  And by the way I really enjoy this type of shopping.  Not a specific objective, just seeing if I find the something that I can't live without! :-)

This striking, beautifully quilted quilt of course caught our eye.

I admired woody the Woodpecker.

The unique and unusual.......

I found room for this box......you see I could fill it with wool which I purchased at the Woolen Needle.  I am using it as a bread box.

We enjoyed scrounging through a garden shop and admired the eclectic garden art.

My daughter Abbie and I love goats, so he caught my attention for sure.

Here is the Cow which jumped over the moon.

Mixed into the variety of stuff was this old quilt made from velvets.
"Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong." - Peter Mc Intyre


Monday, January 16, 2017

Traveling through Iowa......

A comment from one of the readers of my blog, has informed us that there is a great quilt shop in Hills, Iowa.  I guess I had better get out my map and find just where that is at.

This is the Bed and Breakfast we stayed at during our visit at the Amana Colonies.

It was one of the original homes.  It was a quiet restful place.  It was Fall while we visited so we were not tempted to use the pool outside in the back.

It was early Fall and very few leaves had began their transformation into the Autumn colors which make this area so very beautiful in October.  In fact while we were there we dodged in and out of cloud bursts.

I would definitely recommend staying here.  It was not over priced at all.  The bathroom was large and very sparkly clean with a walk in shower and then there was a large Jacuzzi tub for two in our room.  I didn't try that out however. 

This couch with the old quilt was in a sitting room just outside the room.  There was a closet full of movies for our viewing pleasure.

Of course there needed to be a close up of the quilt.

This photo was taken of the area at the end of the kitchen where we enjoyed a very scrumptious breakfast.

I loved the original wood floors and the exposed brick walls.

Warm and inviting!

Yum!  A cinnamon muffin hot from the oven, with fried cinnamon apples over the top.  Egg and sausage scramble, fried German potatoes, and fresh fruit garnish.  A most hearty start to our day.

Before leaving, we discovered that the lady who managed the B & B and who lives in the home, had just started quilting.  She was pleased to share her first quilt with us.......pleasant memories.  I hope for a return visit.

"The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety."
-Felix Mendelssohn

Friday, January 13, 2017

Our visit continues....

While in college in Iowa, I visited the Amana Colonies several times.  Fall was my favorite time to visit, so for old times sake I was happy our visit was in the autumn time.

We browsed through the villages and shops all day long, and it was a very nice way to spend a day.

This circle of broom grass was beautiful.  If you remember the rooster which I had on my blog yesterday, this is what his tail was made from.

We visited a perfectly lovely quilt shop in the Main Amana, and for the life of me I can not recall the name.  The store had a great section for those who love to do counted cross stitch.

The best journey always takes us home.  Very sweet.

I fell in love with this quilt which was hanging on the wall.

The hitching post from days of yore.

This was an exceptionally enjoyable antique shop to meander through.  We were regretting that our car was full, and that we were not pulling a trailer. :-)

This was an amazing antique pull toy.  It was calling my name.

When you take this tour through Iowa, remember that just beyond the Amana Colonies is the Amish area.  This is the settlement of Amish which Sue Bender wrote about in her book Plain and Simple.  And then not far up the road is Wheaton Woolens.  You might remember that I blogged about our glorious visit there on a previous day.  So fly in to Des Moines ladies, rent a very large van that will hold all of you and set out for an adventure which you are sure to enjoy.  On Monday I will write about the Bed and Breakfast which we stayed at.  Now, I wish you all a very warm and relaxing week end.

Today I will leave you with some beautiful written words from a novel which I recently read...."They had fun together these days, they really did.  It was as if marriage had been a long complicated meal, and now there was this lovely dessert."  I do not remember what book it even was, but as I'm reading if there is a phrase that is just too lovely to pass over, I jot it down. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

More from the Amana Colonies....

I will continue with the tour, but first I will show you the project I completed today.

This is needle turn applique on cotton.  I am waiting for inspiration for a name.  When I visit France in April this is one of the projects which I will be teaching.  I will be kitting this one.  I will be teaching it again at The Primitives of the Midwest which I will be teaching at again in August.  After that retreat the project will be available to the public.

Now more from our adventures visiting the Amana Colonies.
This sign reminds me how much I love red.

There was a plethora of awesome chicken things.

This means we must find more time for stitching and creating.

Thank a farmer,......Yes! in deed.


Our visit was during the Autumn, and the villages were festively decorated.

This charming fellow ready to strut his stuff, is made from all natural things.

Yum.....cheese at the Country Store.  Plus, delicious squeaky cheese curds.



There I am in the mirror caught taking a picture.

"One of the things about getting older, so many moments aren't just moments, they are gifts.  Life is a thing to celebrate." -unknown.