Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Missouri Star Quilts.....

....has it's home in Hamilton, Missouri.  It is a sweet little town that consists of several quilt shops all under the umbrella of Missouri Star Quilts.  Jenny Doan, the gracious dynamic lady which Diane and I are pictured with, is the focal point of this company.  She is know for her amazing tutorials.

Loved this sound advice hanging in one of the 8 shops.  each shop is dedicated to a different style of fabric.

We quilters have discovered this.  Quilting and creating has seen us through many a difficult time in our life.....Oh!  if our quilts could talk.

Wrinkly is what you get after living out of a suitcase!!!

All of the stores were well arranged and easy to see what was available. They specialize in precuts.

"I am not what happens to me.  I am what I choose to become."
-Carl Jung

Monday, September 18, 2017

So happy to be home again.....

......after enjoying an amazing journey with 44 other women whom I admire, I feel inspired and ready to get back to work.  The tour I was on was presented by Down Under Diversions.  Our two fabulous tour guides are from that part of the world, Australia and New Zealand.....thus the name.  My traveling buddy, Diane Ward and myself flew into Dallas where we were met by all of those participating in this trip.  Our bus driver was an accommodating, and pleasant gentleman who was quick to take care of us.  Our first stop was Magnolia Farms.

The Silos were the first thing to catch our eye when we arrived.

The next thing that caught my attention was the garden by the front entrance to the market......just beautiful!

I have always appreciated these words about gratitude.

On this list, what I enjoyed most was the bakery!

While browsing through the market, I appreciated all of the sound advice.

I believe I'd enjoy this unique and shiny set of wheels.  The hauling capacity would serve me well. :-)

Here are Diane and I so very pleased with our morning purchase!

Later the second day after visiting a quilt shop called Cabbage Rose, where they treated us to a delicious lunch, as well as beautiful fabric, we set off for The Pioneer Woman's Mercantile.  
All of the pictures from that stop I posted on Instagram and forgot to take them on my I pad.  However, it was all wonderful, especially the breakfast!!!  My pancakes were served with 3 flavors of butter and 4 amazing flavors of syrup.  They were, Maple, vanilla cinnamon, salted caramel, and orange clove.  Oh Yes, I sampled them all, and I'm here to give evidence that they were all amazing!
I sat at the back of the bus, the best place to observe all of the joy and laughter spreading through the bus.  I relaxed and enjoyed the fact that nothing was being expected of me, and I just felt gratitude that I was traveling across country with lovely women!  And by the way Oklahoma is a beautiful state.  It had many more trees than I had ever imagined.

No special quotes for today, simply enjoy the advise in the photos I've posted.

Friday, September 8, 2017

More from Quilter's Station....

I was able to take a few photos of the inside of the store and trying to pass by the quilts which were off limit.  Hopefully, you will get a feel for this wonderful store.

I took a picture of this quilt because it is my design.

The fabric and wool selection was fabulous!  And there were all kinds of country style home accessories to purchase.

Fall leaves......they are coming....just around the corner.

What a great divider box.

Autumn's Welcome.

 What a great mail box.

We have both pumpkins and snowmen....but we were experiencing the heat of summer.

Gorgeous wool.

This is truly an inspiring store....warm and cozy and a very helpful staff, eager to help you.  Everything you would want in a quilt store.

Because I was out and about most of the month of August, I never had the drawing for the second Wednesday of the month.  And Now it is September.  It often seems like I'm playing catch-up!  I will be gone for the second Wednesday of September as I will be leaving on the 11th for a 6 day trip.  I will now focus on August....better late than never. The names selected are- 
Don Coates
Anna Gibson
Pamela Mitchell
Contact me with your address and pattern selection.  Sweet and Simple book is off limits.

My  Friend Karen sent me one of her favorite quotes, and it is a good one!  "Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have of trying to change others."

-Jacob M. Braude

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Quilter's Station

Quilter's Station in Lee's Summit is a destination quilt shop.  There were many quilts hanging for over the top inspiration, however, I was not allowed to photograph them.....:-( sorry!

One of the classes offered was needle punch, taught by Shawn Williams, of Threads That Bind.  These are some of her fabulous designs.  I was inspired.  Julie and Karen took the class and shared what they learned with me.  So now I have my needle punch stuff out and am working on a little design.  There are just not enough hours in the day!

I was impressed with out nicely the designs are finished.

I had several of Shawn's other designs downloaded to be on todays blog but somehow in the process, they disappeared....so that's that!  Obviously something is a bit off.  I really do have a love-hate relationship with computers.  I hope I have better luck tomorrow.

"Mistakes are the portals of discovery."  -unknown

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Oh! September.....

....How do I love thee....You are the gateway to Autumn and sweater weather.  My daughter Katrina loves September as I do.  She chose for September the month to be her wedding month.  She could harvest her honey and supply all of her wedding guests with a little jar of honey, proclaiming how sweet love was.

You are probably wondering about my disappearance.  I've been home waiting to share with all of you faithful blog readers, but my computer went in to some sort of rebellion, and refused to work.  After being in the shop for over a week, it is now back cooperating a bit.  We continue to figure out a few snags, and seem to be gaining ground, little by little.

My last travels and adventures were centered around teaching in Kansas City at the retreat by Quilter's Station called, Primitives of the Midwest.  My traveling companions were two of my quilter friends from California.  They flew into Salt Lake City, and the next day we set out on our road trip.  We had a joyful memorable trip stopping at quilt shops,  spying every Dairy Queen and interesting shop along the way.  Antiquing was near the top of our list, behind quilt shops and Dairy Queen! :-)

Before starting out, Karen Whitmeyer's daughter, sent her mom the email listed below......
It doesn't matter how old you are, buying snacks for a road trip should always look like an unsupervised 9-year-old was given a $100.   As you can see the possibilities for the road trip were limitless, except for the time we had until we were do to arrive at the retreat.   And during this travel time, there was the eclipse to contend with.  Suddenly a Marriot hotel we stayed in on the way was over 3 times the money on the way home.  It is not that we didn't want to see the eclipse, but we decided to change our route home and traveled on I-70 going through Colorado, which turned out to be a blessing, because it took us to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Denver.

The main objective of this trip was for me to teach at The Primitives of the Midwest at Quilter's Station in Lee's Summit just out of Kansas City, Kansas.  These are the 2 classes I taught.  Both Julie and Karen were in my class, Gathering Bittersweet.  Karen just about completed hers, as she wants to teach it at her shop in Saint Marcos, California, called Grand Country Quilter's.  Teaching at this retreat was a marvelous experience.  I have kits available for both of these items.

This perfectly lovely package of thread was a gift sent to me from Kathy Brown of 'The Teacher's Pet.' www theteachers-pet.com

This is a beautiful set of wool threads for me to use in my projects....and I am so thrilled and anxious to try them out.  What a kind and generous gift from Kathy!  I am so in love with the rich mellow colors.  wwwtheteachers-pet.com

My Quote for today comes from, Neil De Grasse Tyson.  "For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more about the world than I knew yesterday and lesson the suffering of others.  You'd be surprised how far that gets you."

Tomorrow I will begin sharing all of the experiences from this trip. I feel so happy to back and connecting with all of you. :-)