Thursday, June 29, 2017

Still finding inspiration....


I saw this in passing and thought it was worth sharing.


Selma, who works at Country Sampler and also makes beautiful quilts, also is an inspired cook.  She provides us breakfast every morning and also made fantastic dinners for us.  Her daughter is expecting a baby, and this is the quilt she made to provide a cuddly welcome.


The cozy flannel on the back was perfect.


Carol Hopkins share a few of her wonderful quilts with us.  The one is called Signal Flags.  It was one of our projects from last year, which I completed the top for this year.


I loved these sweet little baskets.  There are many little basket quilts out there, and I love them all.


This is an adorable sampler quilt which she shared with us.


Another sensational quilt.




This awesome quilt is made from a newly published book by Carol, Hopkins and Linda, Konig.  Unfortunately Linda dies before she was able to see the finished book.  What is especially unique about this quilt, is that all of the blocks are 4" X  5", making this quilt a one of a kind.  I purchased the book, because I wanted to take my time and study the blocks......and maybe I'll even find time to start it one day.




We were all thrilled when Jeanie once again entertained us for dinner is her lovely home.  This wonderful turkey was adorning the entrance to her home.


These beautiful delicious fresh blueberry pies were prepared for desert.....they knocked our socks off so to speak!


Simply lovely!  I love the statement it makes over the back of the chair.


Sweet....right?


Loveliness abounded through Jeanie's home.


I loved this little kitty tucked away in this basket of fabric balls ready to be made into a rug.






The land of the free because of the brave.


This unfinished star adds a special touch to the table.


More tomorrow.....:-)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer Days......



"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under tree's on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."  -John Lubbock


Joy Comes In the Morning, will soon be ready for purchase.  I gave it this name, because I had such joy waking every day thinking I could work on this quilt.  The pictures have been taken and the pattern is being finalized and I have 18 kits cut and ready to package.  What a fun adventure this has been.


I have a bit more to share with you from The Country Sampler......a simple but charming combination for this small treasure.


I fell in love with this fantastic bee skep, but alas it would not fit in my luggage or the overhead bins on the plane.


So much beautiful fabric!  


Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.  What a beautiful sentiment.




This wonderful old pickup made a fantastic planter at the Spring Green Motel where we stayed again this year.



A perfect country planter.


Someone definitely has a green thumb!

Summer Days end with glorious summer evenings.  I hope that you are enjoying your days!



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Celebrating....



This evening we celebrated Abbie's husband, Chad's birthday.  What a special evening it was.......we tucked an abundance of special memories away in our memory bank!  We always regret that our Ohio family is absent from the group.  We found many reasons to keep on toasting.....life is good.


I was charmed by this bag.....little 1/2 in strips.


This is the token bright quilt in the shop....and I loved it.  You will notice how lovely their kits are packaged.


Beauty everywhere I looked......heart pitter patter type loveliness!


I found my way down to the basement to check out the sale items.  I can see my skirt in the mirror.


I mastered the most will power in our group.....there were many temptations.





A thankful heart is what I had, to have this opportunity to visit once again at the Country Sampler, and the charming little town of Spring Green.




All of the stitcheries were beautifully framed.


This is the stitchery which we received at the retreat last year.


Some how I overlooked the 365 Lovely thoughts.  I'm disappointed because I'm sure it would have provided good soul food.


Just a sweet little quilt!

"First, learn from the past that you may be a better wife, a better mother, a better potter, or what ever your talent lies, and a better person than the generations before you.  And second carve your path straight and wide for those that follow."
-Ben Behunin



Monday, June 26, 2017

I'm back......




...and trust that you all had an enjoyable week end.....for life is to be celebrated as much as possible! :-)


I am in a special zone that I really can't begin to describe......it is some kind of warm, fuzzy, contented feeling. I wish to be always surrounded with these beautiful things.  The speak of peace and tranquility!  This is a sewing box covered with this stunning stitchery.


If you go to the Country Sampler in Spring Green, Wisconsin, you will find that they have many stitching clubs and a variety of temptations for purchase.


I would love to stitch these lovely samplers, but I do know I would require a special light with magnification for that to happen. 


The selection of stitchery projects are prevalent.......the difficult part is to choose which one to start.



You will notice that the majority of the quilts are in muted colors.











High and low, beauty abides......I needed to make several visits through the store, and perhaps I still missed some of the goodness.




"There is no situation that is not transformable.  There is no person who is hopeless.  There is no set of circumstances that cannot be turned about by ordinary human beings and their natural capacity for love of the deepest sort." 
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Have an optimistic start to your week!