Monday, February 20, 2017

New possibilities.....




.......are offered with the beginning of this new week.  It's exciting to think about isn't it?  Moment by moment our life unfolds.

Many of my quilts have returned home after enjoying their travels.  I wish they could report back to me what they observed and the comments they heard.  Some of them are hanging out in France waiting for the show in Nantes.  What an interesting life they lead.  The ones I show today are letting you know they are available to travel again if there is a shop who would like to give them room and board far a few weeks.  There are also some new items which will be made into kits, hopefully during this new week. 


This is a new design, Flowers From My Window.  I will begin making the kits for this during this new week.  It should then be on my web site by next week.


Follow the Sun is another design that is being held for the Primitives of the Midwest which will be held at Quilter Station in
Kansas City, during this upcoming August.


This table runner called Patriotic Bouquets, will be available next week also.  I will be making kits for this also.


Many of you asked about who designed this quilt.  A very thoughtful and kind reader of this blog emailed me the information.  It can be found in the Collection one quilt book by Kimmel/Branock/Patek.  Now hopefully it can be found.  I would certainly love to get my hands on one!


I See Stars.....can be found under large pieced quilts.


The Story Teller......one of my all time favorites.  It will be found under the same heading.  How I love the simple Nine Patch.


Gathered In Time.....another favorite......found under the same heading.


The Bird Tree.....Plant a green tree and perhaps the birds will come.  This pattern can be found under Applique wall hangings.


Set Your Sails.  I love 2 colored quilts, and this looks nice out during February as it looks great with Valentines d├ęcor.


Life Is A Patchwork, stitch a little bit of loving care, sew together with some kindness, let the sunshine everywhere.  Choose a pattern for your life's work, add some fun along the way.  life is a valued patchwork, keep it precious day by day.  This can be found under applique wall hanging.


Ahh!  Bunnies and spring go hand in hand, and it reminds us to live in the sunlight.  :-)  Living In the Sunlight.  This pattern can be found under applique wall hangings......or it could work nicely as a table topper.  I have a couple of kits left for this, and I have more fabric ordered to make more.


Prairie Bouquets....applique table toppers.  The kits are gone and I will not be making more.


Hearts All Year Long.  This is wool on Cotton and I have kits left of this one.


Winter Berry.  Wool applique, table toppers.  The kits are gone and I will not be making more.


Garden Angel.....I have a few kits left of this one.


This Is My Country.  I will be teaching this at the retreat in Roosevelt, Utah which I will be attending in March. I have a few kits left and will be making more once the fabric for the border arrives.


A new Design called Black Birds and Bittersweet.  This pattern as well as the kits will be held back and available after I have taught it at Primitives of The Midwest.


It is wool on cotton.


Parlor Table......and I do love this on my kitchen table during the summer months, especially June and July.  By August I'm starting to anticipate the change of the seasons.


Mattie's Quilt.....my I really had fun making this one.  I always love making them look old.


Piecing the pieces...the light plaid is one of Bruce's shirts.  It pays to shop for your husbands shirts.




Gathering Honey......I have kits for this, but some of the fabrics have been substituted but still pretty.

"When we feel love and kindness toward others, It not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace."  -Dali Lama

Sending you off into this new week, hopefully with a smile, a spring in your step and joy in your heart!  :-)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Maya Angelous...




Today's post will be the words and perspective of Maya Angelous.  I haven't sailed the seven seas, but her words resonate with my heart, and so I want to share them with you.

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.
Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.
The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.
I've sailed the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I've seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.
I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I've not seen any two
who really were the same.
Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.
We love and lose in China,
we weep on England's moors
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores/
We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we're the same.

Have a marvelous week-end my friends!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

I am not one to complain......




......about the weather, but I do believe our trees are being tricked into budding a bit too early.  We have been enjoying unseasonably warm weather.


Today I will post the remainder of Mimi and Diane's quilts.  I do recognize this one as an old Buggy Barn pattern.




The star quilts are two different flavors of a Buggy Barn pattern.










This is from a pattern of pine called Seeing Eye to Eye.


This one is a bit fuzzy.....it is a Primitive Gathering's table runner.


A charming watermelon quilt.






This concludes their trunk show.  They are quite the accomplished quilters.


This is my very dear friend Nannell and her table mat.  She brought it to share with me because it is one of my patterns.  I love the colors she has used, and her work is always lovely.


A close up peek.

"Money has never made man happy, nor will it.  There is nothing in it's nature to produce happiness.  The more of it one has, the more one wants." -Benjamin Franklin


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Since I am writing this on Valentines Day.....




....and you will be reading this the following day, I hope you've all created warm and cozy memories of the day.  My husband has a planned something special for this evening, so I am patiently awaiting for the occasion to arrive.  My heart is telling me that I chose my Love and still love my choice!


This is a quilt which I made at a retreat many moons ago.  I still love it and enjoying pulling it out of hiding every February!  The pillow is a pattern from a Kindred Spirits book.


This is a new design which I have completed.  It will be called Flower's from my Window.  I will be making kits for this one.


This is a new table mat, Follow the Sun.  I will be kitting this also.


Another table runner just bound at the retreat.  I will call this Patriotic Bouquets, and I will be kitting this one also.


I am busily stitching on this new design with autumn in mind, but still living in the moment!  :-)    I plan on kitting this one also.....I've not come up with a name yet.  I am always open to suggestions.  I will kit this one also.  I have made several stacks of
supplies just waiting for when the patterns are completed and I can start the kits.


A close up peek.


I am back to the quilt show of Mimi and Diane's, which I started yesterday.




Both of the girls love Halloween quilts and they had several to share with us.










This one is from a pattern I designed many moons ago.  I will finish up with their quilts tomorrow.
"Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.  Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.  Let me not pass you by in the quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow."
-Mary Jean Irion