Friday, December 22, 2017

Winter Wonderland.....

....let's try again.  The person who's name was selected for this pattern forgot to include her address, and has not responded with it.  So this free pattern will be given away again tomorrow.  And speaking of Winter Wonderland, this finished quilt was sent to me today.

Janice Grygla, sent me this picture today, commenting that it her favorite quilt which she has made.  Thank you Janice for sharing this with us! :-)

Embroidered Quilt from 1710 - 1730.  This was an exquisite piece, and as you can see , very fragile in places.  So discussing this with Mister Bruce, he brings up a good point, when was the needle that would be used for this fine stitching invented.  And how about all of the various shade of thread.  It is all rather mind boggling to me.  But I know these women had the desire to create beautiful things just as we do today.

Now this is an intriguing quilt.....mad entirely from buttons, attached to cloth.  Not very conducive to napping.

Sweetheart Friendship quilt, created by Mary Elizabeth Shelty.

Julie and I met these two awesome women at the retreat sponsored by Blackberry Primitives this past Oct.  Vicki is on the left, and Lana on the right.  I know if we lived closer, we could be stitching buddies.  I am looking forward to the next retreat.

I was pleased to meet Maggie Bononimi for the first time.  I have admired her work for years.  She is the first designer who ignited the desire to work with wool.

I do not remember who the creator of this gorgeous sewing pouch was, just that it was absolutely beautiful!  I most likely will never make this, but that doesn't mean I'm not inspired by just looking at it.

I wish all of you a joyful Christmas. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

It's snowing......

......and I'm delighted!  Snowflakes falling is simply magical!  That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it!

I've had this snow pillow out nestled here in this reading chair.  This is where I start my mornings.

Tidings Of Joy!  This is the pattern that will be mailed once again to the early bird who has never won a pattern.  Up in the right hand corner of this pattern is written, "And the angel said to them, Fear Not for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy."

Here the pillow is hanging out in this corner chair in Nantes, France.  For those of you have purchased my book produced by Quilt Mania, you will find it there.

I'm taking you back to the History Study Quilt Museum.  When we were seeing several of  the archived quilts, many of them were kept on these shelves, that pulled out.  We were treated to this amazing crazy quilt master piece.  The date, 1877.

Perhaps the maker was a cat lover, as I am.

The quilt was an ongoing process until 1912, when it was completed.

A sprightly rooster!

A beautiful clutch of pansies.

It was named, "MY CRAZY DREAM.

She certainly went on quite adventure in her dream state!

"And give thanks where you can give thanks, for nothing is better."
-Father Vincent

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Winter Wonderland... todays give away.  Once again for those who have never won a pattern before.  It has been so very exciting for me to see where the pattern's are all going.  It is my way of thanking all of you who follow along with my blogging.  Your appreciation is the force that continues to keep me blogging.  Contact me at 

Winter Wonderland.....we continue to wait expectantly for our winter wonderland.  Let it snow...let it snow....Let it snow!!!

Joy In the Morning.....will be an ongoing class which I will be teaching at Quilts Etc.  It will be a joy to gather every other week to progress on this quilt.  Also a wonderful way to forge friendships and create good memories!

Today, I am back at the museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.  On my last visit, Blackberry Primitives arranged for us to have a behind the scenes tour.  We were shown some very old quilts which are archived there.  I wish I remembered the exact dates, but take my word for it, some of these were not only very old, but quite fragile.

On this lovely piece, All of the circular flowers were stuffed.  I was so inspired by seeing the artistic creativeness of all of these quilts.

This quilt was the most inspiring of all for me.  I guess that is why I have so many pictures of different sections. The dog in the center was stuffed, and stood raised above the quilt.

Velvet was used for some of the different elements in the quilt.

I especially fell in love with all of the leaves, especially these created on the black background.

I loved this sweet flower most of all!

"Technology is nothing.  What's important is that you have faith in people, that they're basically good and smart, and if you give them the tools, they'll do wonderful things with them." 
-Steve Jobs

    On this note,  who knew that in the wrong hands this technology can be devastating.  It is all about integrity in using what technology has given us.  I love the friendships, encouragement, inspiration we can share and enjoy because of the internet.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Stars and Holly Berries

Pine and Holly Berries is the pattern which will be given away today.  I'm continuing with the same request.  I'd like the pattern to be received by someone who has never won a pattern before.  Once again the pattern will go to the early bird...... email me @

Yesterday, we had the celebration of life for our friend who passed a couple of weeks ago.  It was a beautiful tribute to who he was.  We were all deeply touched my his influence and I was too emotionally strung out last night to write a post.  However, it is amazing of what a nights rest will do for a person.  Today the sun is shining and with it, is an opportunity to live life fully and to find joy in this day.

I want to share with you some of the handiwork of the talented ladies from one of my quilt groups.   These are photos, from a previous meeting, but so worthy to be shared in a post!

Jennifer, is sharing her Amish Grace quilt top.  This pattern can be found on my web site.

A study in Gray. I did not attend this particular evening, as I was most likely traveling.  And, for the life of me, I can not recall this lady's name.

This gorgeous applique masterpiece was created by Julie.....absolutely stunning!

Marilyn, had this applique beauty to share.

This is the cover of a Sewing bag which Kerry created.  So cleverly stitched, right down to the caterpillar creeping along one of the leaves.

And, this is the needle keep which she also made.

In making this simple applique design, Kerry created an amazing colorful quilt.....and the back of the quilt is fabulous!

By painting this quilt design on a wooden board, Deborah made this clever pumpkin.

Deborah made these reindeer for two of her nephews, using their hand prints for the antlers.  What a wonderful keepsake for both of them.  Deborah is extremely creative and talented.

Liz, who's lovely home we gather in monthly, shared her Amish Grace quilt completely finished.  The quilting is just perfect for this quilt.

And, Liz finished her Yes We Can quilt top.  This pattern can also be found on my web site.

" To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour."
- William Blake

The advise given in the paragraph before this quote, wrote about slowing the flow of life, using the gift of time consciously and to set priorities that support and strengthen our intentions. I am already considering my goals for the new year which is fast approaching.

Keep a happy heart my friends!!!:-)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Snow Buddies..... the pattern for give away today.  Same request, the pattern should go to someone who has never won a pattern.  It will go to the early bird!  Email -

Snow Buddies.

This bag, was made for me by my very dear friend.  I received it last evening when our quilt group met. What a lucky and happy lady I am today.

There was a pincushion exchange and this is one of them.

The scene on the opposite side, was just as sweet.

Here is another pincushion which was received with a happy heart!

And these 2 wee pin keeps place inside antique salt cellars.

After enjoying a scrumptious meal of homemade soup, warm bread sticks and a yummy salad, we had our show and tell.

I shared this quilt, Remember the Giver.

And this new quilt which I am working on.

Vickie shared these 2 vintage quilt tops which she purchased at an estate sale.  We decided she hit the jack pot!  She bought the 2 tops for $15.00.

Julie, share this quilt which she just completed.  It is just waiting for the binding.  Stunning!

Valerie, shared this completed quilt top from one of Cherie Payne's patterns.  We loved it.

This is the Bee Happy quilt which Valerie is working on.  It is a pattern, by Lori Holt.

Kerry, brought this soft and beautiful quilt.

The background for the quilt did not disappoint.

Leslie, is nearly finished piecing her Dear Jane quilt.  She is planning on hand quilting it.

Here is the quilt which Leslie just made and has named it Lucy's Quilt.  She will be teaching this at the quilt retreat coming up in February at Bryce Canyon.  She is also hand quilting this.

I returned home inspired, and a bag of home made ginger snap cookies which dear Vicki gave me!  All is well on this front!

"Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot." - Hansa Proverb