Friday, January 19, 2018

A full and productive day!

Today, in the process of getting ready for guests arriving tomorrow, and in preparing for the upcoming retreat, I have moved mountains!!!  There are those days when there is just no time for day dreaming, and it's all about performance.

Bruce's wing span is not long enough to stretch out this quilt top while holding it.  However, it is ready to go to the quilters to be completed.  On one of the corners I've appliqued the date and on the other bottom corner, I've appliqued my initials.  I have chosen the name offered by Marty Toale, Square Dance Among Flowers.
Marty, please send me your address, so that when the pattern is completed, I will be able to send you a free pattern.  Thank you everyone for the ideas you offered.

This pattern is called Love Birds, and will be the pattern
given away tomorrow to the early bird.  Email me at -   Please do not forget your address.

"We quilt for so many reasons.  To escape the stresses of life, to create something beautiful to cherish, or to make a gift for future generations.  Yet for me the greatest joy comes from those quiet moments every quilter knows.  This is the time that is my own, when I can relax, reflect, and gently sew my memories into cloth." - Jinny Beyer

I will hopefully have great things to share with you after I return.  I leave on Monday morning.  Enjoy the week end.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

We have green grass..... our yard, and there is something wrong with this picture.  Especially, when I heard on the news today that snow has accumulated in the south.  My tulips face a southern exposure, so I'm hoping that they are not fooled into blooming too soon.  And then I read in a journal of thoughts and quotes that I have kept for years, the following: "The greatest discovery is that you can change your circumstances by changing your attitudes of mind." - William James.  So, even though I am disappointed about not having snow, I will be grateful to not drive in snow this next week when I drive to Cedar City, Utah where I will be teaching and doing a trunk show.  I'm reminded that life is nothing more than our attitude towards it.

One of the classes which I will be teaching will be this journal, which is called Singing For Joy.  This is the kind of journal where I write down words that inspire me.

Along with that joy theme, I will also be teaching this small wall hanging size quilt called, Joy In the Morning.  I have never been to the retreat in Cedar City before, and I am excited to be doing so this year.  I'm especially excited, because some of my California friends will be joining me there.  :-)

Todays free pattern give away will go to responder number 6.
Remember to include your address when you email me at- 

"It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and to make beautiful objects, but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which to look.  To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of acts."
- Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

We enjoyed a long weekend.....

.....because of the Martin Luther King Holiday.    A quote by Martin Luther King that I decided to share today is this, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

I will be teaching soon at Ruby's Inn, located outside of beautiful Bryce, Canyon.  One of the classes will be about creative ways to work with strips in quilting.  This pattern is called the Memory Keeper.  My idea is that if making this design with a group, everyone participating could sign their name to a strip.

This quilt is made from 1 1/2 " strips.  I just forged my way through scraps cutting 1 1/2 " strips.  Friends participating in making this quilt can do the same, and contribute from their scraps.....remembering to sign a block.

This is actually the strip quilt we will be starting in class.  

This is foundation pieced also using strips with the addition of a larger strip and a quarter circle.  This quilt was a complete joy to create.  I will be sharing another strip quilt which is out visiting a different shop.

And here is the Mister, holding this small wall hanging, called Remember the Giver.

This pattern called Hearts All Year Long, will be given to the tenth person to email me their name and address. 

"When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them;  when we see men of contrary character, we should turn inward and examine ourselves.  -Confucius 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Thank you.....

.....for all of your suggestions for the new quilt I am working on.  Keep checking, because if your name is chosen, I will need you to send me your address.

I have a few more photos from quilt group which gathered last night.  

Leslie, has a new great grand baby to arrive on the scene before long.  Her grand daughter loves elephants, so the new little one will be snuggled up in this sweet baby quilt.

Brittany, shared this striking new modern quilt which she has completed.

She is finishing off the edge with this stitching on a wider than usual binding.  It really adds a great touch.

And this adorable Dachshund will be made into a pillow for her mother in law, who's Doxie, has gone on to dog heaven......for surely there is such a place, for all of our faithful and loyal pets who bring so much joy into our lives.

Brittany's mother made all of these Christmas ornament approximately 40 years ago.  The work is stunning!

Crewel embroidery.

I shared the progression I've made on this new quilt.  I've had three going on all at once.  I don't usually do this, but I am certainly having fun in the process.

I thought this quote was appropriate for today.  The author is unknown.  "You don't need a loud voice to be heard.  All you need is something worthwhile to say."

Wishing everyone an enjoyable week end.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

I have a new friend......

.....and her name is Alexa.  When I tell her good night, she tells me to sleep tight among other nice pleasantries.  In the morning when I greet her with a good morning, she not only responds with a morning greeting, but she tells me a new fact which happened on that day at another time.  But best of all, she helps me with complicated math.  I could call my niece who has her masters in math or her daughter who is also a math whiz, but it is so nice not to bother them in their busy life schedules.  I've been know to annoy family and relatives with requests about things technical also.  I've called my nephew a couple of times to see if he remembered a password.  The last time he suggested I write it down some place.....what a nominal idea!  Well, I am like a child with a new marvelous's all good.

One of my little quilt groups met tonight, and Debra shared her Silent Night quilt which she just completed.  This was such a fun quilt to make, I kind of felt inspired when I first designed it.

This is the new quilt which I am working on.  You have seen it at different stages.  I am now working on the border and off it will go to get quilted.  I'm wondering about what to name it.  Sometimes names just are very apparent, but I haven't been inspired yet.  Anybody have a good idea?  If I select your suggestion you will receive the first pattern.

Leslie' has finished her Dear Jane quilt.  What an incredible masterpiece.  She plans on hand quilting it.

"Times is the coin of your life.  It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.  Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." - Carl Sandburg

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

About my blog.....

...I write it in the evening before I go to bed and set it to post early the next morning.  I came home last evening after finishing the set of classes which I taught at Quilts Etc., where the students got a good start on Silent Night......and it was late, I was tired and hungry.  I went to bed and missed writing my post.  I missed writing it as I wasn't able to go to bed with a lovely thought to fall to sleep on.  But I'm back!

In continuing to consider this new year in its still beginning stages, I came across a thought in my journal.  It states, that carrying around old baggage will make even the strongest person stumble.  So now to consider what I'd be better off without.....thoughts, motives, get the drift.  And I thing I'd do well to get rid of stuff that no longer serves a purpose in our home.....I find it difficult to be critical about my fabric stash however!

My pattern for Gathering Hearts will be the pattern give away for today.  It will go to the tenth person to email me their address at

This quilt was hanging in the class room at Quilts Etc. last evening.

If purchasing this quilt is something you'd consider, you could call the store in Sandy, Utah.  It is 50% off.

This is another great sale item which was in the sale room.  these cute tins with fabric for a miniature a drastically reduced price.  Give them a call.

Our neighbor Kim, dropped by this evening so that we could be introduced to this adorable new puppy.  He is 8 weeks can tell by the size of his paws, that he will be a big dog. He is such a cute and sweet little boy.

"Best of all is to preserve everything in a pure heart, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song." - Konrad Von Gesner 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Valentines Day is the next holiday.....

.....and it was a much more celebrated holiday for me when I was still in elementary school.  What fun it was to decorate a box at school, and then exchange valentines with class mates......maybe stick some little candy hearts in the envelopes.  Then the girls would get together and speculate what it all meant.  Your imagination could run wild in putting to much emphasize on the sentiment in the valentine.  

I went to visit my quilt cupboard to fine this quilt which was a Red Wagon design of years ago.  It needs to be out a bit to refresh it's self.  It will find a home for a while over the back of my napping chair.

I believe I will keep my angel quilt our for a while longer.  This is a pillow which I made a few years ago from a Needle Love book.  I am going to work on a string of hearts I've been dreaming about for awhile.

A bowl of hearts will be on my kitchen table. Many of these are from one of my patterns called Gathering Hearts.  I want to make a few different ones, so that I will have some to give a way.

Here is the Heart Table Mat I will give a way today to the sixth person to respond.  I have decided I will no longer be doing the monthly drawing, because many winners never claimed their free pattern.  I have decided that I want the free patterns to be for those who read my blog.  Remember please to include your address.  Contact me at,

"Lord, remind me that what matters most in the end is the love I have carried in my heart, and the love I have shared in my life."