Sunday, October 9, 2016

Summer's over - a little sadness.....But Fall is here - a lot of gladness :)

We had our first September Fest in the loft....

Here are a few pictures I took while we were there......

and of course, being the blog savvy person that I am

I forgot to have pictures taken of the visitors and me....

I was probably too busy talking :):):)
Anyway, it was lots of fun and great to meet so many people.

Down in the chicken yard everyone is settling into their new homes.
Zoie loves chickens and had found an Aracauna rooster (Frankenfurter) and a Silky rooster (ObiWan) on Cameron's Swap Shop. Talking me into giving them a home wasn't a hard sell.  
This spring when I got my usual Buff Orpington chicks I was able to order 3 Aracauna pullets for Frankenfurter and when the girls got big enough last month,  I moved them into their own house and yard.  We can't wait for Spring and the blue/green eggs. 

I've looked all summer for a Silky hen and I'm sure there are some around but on a trip to Jamesport (a nearby Amish settlement) we found a Bantam hen and two chicks just the right size for ObiWan.
He certainly seems content.

My newest fabric line samples came in too and now I start each day with Appliqué.
These are blocks from Rufus in the Garden, a BOM that will show at Fall Market.

And this is Coral Bells - both the fabric line and the quilt.  The applique on this one was mainly done by my friend Amy Gertz but I did get to embroider the bird's eyes :)
Obviously there isn't time to do all of the appliqué on the quilts but I try to get a little something on each one.

Fall calls for a new Tablestand Quilt - - -

obviously called "Punkins".
You can order it by clicking here

If you join the Table Stand Club you can get 15% off of all Table Stand quilt kits, stands and headers.
You can join by emailing Tammie at

Fall is here and Market is not far off so "back to work!"

Keep quilting ladies.  :)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

September Fest 9-22 thru 9-24-2016


It's Finally here and it isn't raining.  
My husband would add "Yet".  
I would say "Thank God".

Anyway, I hope you can come.  If you can't we'll add a free pattern to any order we get in the next 3 days to try to take care of our "online" friends.  There's also a kit for the little quilt -21" x 24" in our store by clicking here.

If you are coming, here are the directions from I-35 and from Hamilton.

If you're coming from North or South on 1-35 go East on Highway 36 for approximately 1 1/2 miles to Sale Barn Road. Turn right on Sale Barn. If you're coming from Hamilton on 36 it's about 10 1/2 miles from Hamilton to Sale Barn Road and you turn left on Sale Barn. Take Sale Barn south for approximately 6 miles (it turns into Buck Road somewhere along the way but just stay on the same road headed south until you come to a T - which is Last Dr.). Turn right on Last Dr. & we're the first house on the left- (look for the balloons)
Come up the drive to the barn. :)

Hope to see you soon.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

First Ever Jan Patek Quilts September Fest 9-22 through 9-24

But first, lets back up a little.
You may or may not have noticed that I haven't blogged much this summer - nor have I done a lot on Facebook.  Here's why.
I spent the summer making (along with Amy and Marie) "Over the Meadow and Through the Year" out of my fabric line "Fern Hill" and Betsy Chutchian's fabric line "Hope's Journey" - both for Moda, of course.  And I not only made the quilt but I made most of the blocks twice because........

At the end of August I went to Des Moines and filmed 12 Episodes for a McCalls Quilt Along.  I believe it will be available at the beginning of December.  I'll keep you posted.

For now, this is one of my latest quilts - Fern Hill, 76 x 80.  It's a 12 month BOM and should be available at your local quilt shop now - along with the fabric of course.  The fabric shipped this week.
We are offering it as a kit in our store and we're offering it two different ways.
You can buy the kit for the whole quilt (it will include all patterns and fabric for all 12 blocks & binding) - or - you can buy it in 4 installments of 3 blocks each. To buy the whole quilt click here.  If you wish to purchase it in installments, please call Tammie at 816-632-7632 or email her at  We will charge your credit card when each installment is shipped - and of course you have to commit to buying all 4 :).  (There may be some substitutions.)

Now for the First Ever Jan Patek Quilts September Fest -- 9-22 through 9-24-2016.

Come shop in the barn - in the loft and outside weather permitting - and meet Jan.
Kits, books, patterns and fabric, fabric, fabric.
You may notice those are the same dates that Missouri Star Quilt Shop is having their Birthday Bash.
Missouri Star and the Doans are about 20 minutes down Highway 36 from us and we are great friends.
Stop on the way to their Birthday Bash if you're going
If not, just come see us.
Our address is 10170 NW Last Dr.  Cameron, Mo.  Google it or email Tammie at for directions.  If you get lost our phone # is 816-632-7632.

We don't have a regular quilt shop with all of a quilt shop's feature.  I am mainly a designer and normally only sell a few things online.   I thought it might be fun this year to have an event for a change and get a chance to meet a lot of you.  Please do remember that this is my home, and a working farm with gravel roads and animals.  :)

Hope to see you soon.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Finally - At Long Last - It's About Time!!!!!

I'm finally finding a minute or two to blog.  I've been promising myself (and Tammie and Rosie and Pep) that I would for about two weeks.

Things have just kept happening since I last posted.

The baby chickens got here.  The guy playing "king of the waterer" is a small rooster - see the red stripe down his nose.
They're all so cute  and pretty fragile when they first get here so they take some attention if they're going to grow up and give us lots of eggs - not the roosters of course.
Zoie brought over an Araucana rooster last year so I ordered 3 pullet chicks for him this year.

And of course Cullen and Quinn are here every other weekend - here they're playing with the "bokkens" (Japanese training swords) Pops got for them - outside implements obviously.
Their father (Max - who is very active in the RST - Renaissance Sword Theater) commented that Pep got to pay any hospital bills.  Hopefully there won't be any :)

And then there is our new cat Rufus - kind of half kitten - who thinks that its a priority to sit on someone's lap at least twice a day and get petted for at least half an hour. 
Someone dumped him. He showed up after a thunderstorm, soaked, matted, bedraggled and covered with ticks. After a visit to the vet to get the matts shaved out, tick and flea meds applied and "tutored" (neutered) we had a very expensive free cat who settled right into the house.
I think I may have mentioned that last time but it's worth repeating.  He is such a joy!

Of course Spike and Dobby have to have their twice daily walks which fits right into my doctors prescription for healthy living.  Here Spike gives a ride to the barn to his favorite butterfly.

This week we're having a BOGO.  Buy a kit for the Garden House pillow and get a free pattern for the "Watermelon Days" quilt.  You can get the pillow by clicking here. Or just order the  pattern if you already have the pillow kit.

I promised the recipe for Pep's Watermelon salad.  It's simple but delicious.

Peel a watermelon and cut the inside into cubes.
Mix with mint leaves and crumbled Feta cheese.
Drizzle with Balsamic vinegar.

Easy, peasy but very refreshing on hot summer days.

We're also having a sale this week on Flock Party - both the kit and the BOM to give you plenty of time to get one ready for Fall and Thanksgiving.

And since we kind of skipped over July we're having a "Christmas in August" special this month with the 1/2 price book Up on the Rooftop - one of my favorites

But before Thanksgiving or Christmas we need to have Halloween.
This is our new mini quilt Jack Stack which will be shipping to our club members as soon as the Fern Hill fabric gets here.
If you want to join the club and get 15% off of Jack Stack and all Mini Quilt offerings you can email Tammy at and she'll put you on the list.

For now, keep quilting :)

And you might want to sign up for our email list to keep up on the specials just in case things get this hectic again.  I hope not but you never know.  :)

Monday, May 2, 2016

We kind of missed April ....................

A lot of it was spent going back and forth to Kansas City.
Since Pep works at a hospital there, that's where we go when he gets sick.  He was having trouble breathing one night so we made a trip to the emergency room..  They liked him so much they kept him.

Then Tammie decided that he couldn't outdo her and she got sick too.  Both of them were off work for almost 3 1/2 weeks and that left Rosie and I to hold the fort.  Even Rosie was off for a week.

I didn't get sick - Yay!  
But boy was I busy!!!!

And a lot of it was fun.  
April must be "visitors month".
My first visitors were Margaret and Mark Lehmann from Poland - really delightful people.  They brought me this awesome Polish pottery and Mark was fond of Zoie's monkey hat when he was in the loft.  
We had such a great time chatting about quilts and fabric.

My Fern Hill Precuts came along with the yardage for the quilts I was making.

The  border and corner of the Fern Hill BOM,

Bits and pieces of Holly, Jolly Christmas

and a corner of Pumpkins and Pinwheels.

Rosie and I found some time to work in the garden - Pep's Swiss Chard got planted along with the Romaine Lettuce, and pepper plants, cucumbers, corn, pole beans along with some flowers - impatiens, phlox and salvia.
We could cut and package the Mystery Quilt kits but it's been ages since I ran the office computer and too much has changed.  We needed Tammie to do that and she was busy being at the hospital getting IV antibiotics for 14 days.
She said to tell you all that Blocks 2 & 3 will go out together this month.

Back to the visitors - 2 sets of Missouri Bluebirds came to the feeders - the second set are on the ground under the bench.  They are so beautiful.  
I wonder if I can get Moda to get me fabric that color of blue.  :)

And one morning about 6:00 after it had rained most of the night, Dobby started barking and barking.  When I looked out the window there on the front Porch was another visitor - a totally soaked cat, his long hair all matted and full of ticks. He was VERY hungry.  
I won't talk about people who dump animals out in the country because I don't use that kind of language on my blog.
The cat's name is now Rufus and he is pretty much a kitten.  After a $250.00 trip to the vets, he has settled in nicely (without the ticks) and shows no inclination at all to want to go outside again.
Here Sunny (our Sun Conure) is telling him that he's not welcome in his house.

Luckily applique is very portable.
After the Fern Hill tops went off to Lori for quilting, the trips to the hospital and doctors offices were filled with American Eagle - getting ready for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.
You can get a kit by clicking here.

Be sure to subscribe to the email list.  As we slowly get things caught up we'll  be sending emails about our specials for Memorial Day and the 4th.

Meantime - 
Keep quilting ladies.  :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Almoooost Spring

But not quite!

Here's Dobby standing on the edge of one of the beds with Grandma Laird's (Audra's) iris.
He still can't understand why it's ok to walk on some dirt and not ok to walk on other dirt.
He's a pretty good boy though so he humors us.

Come May - or maybe April this year, this is what the iris will look like.
This September - even with getting ready for Market - I need to take some down to Max and Valerie's house to plant.  And since both of them are working full time and going to school full time, I probably ought to plant them too.
Cullen and Quinn can help.

This is my Audra's Iris Garden BOM.  
I know I'm getting ahead of myself but  since I'm already ready for Spring, I brought it down from the loft to put on the back of my chair.

And while planting things really wouldn't be wise yet, we can always do the flower thing on our quilts.
The pattern for Audra's is on sale 50% off until March 17th.  
To order one, click here.

And this is our Garden House Pillow - a smaller garden project.  
The winner of our kit is 

alas i do not get fons & porter on my local PBS but i like to make small projects as they are quick finishes and nearly instant gratification!
Sorry you don't get the show but at least you will get the kit.  
Please email Tammie at or call her at 816-632-7632 and give her your shipping information so we can get your kit out to you.
If you weren't lucky enough to win the kit, you can still have one by clicking here.
Happy quilting and have a great St. Patrick's Day. :)
Patek is Czech but Laird is Scotch/Irish, you know.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Precuts Winner and a 2nd Chance

First, I want to say how much I enjoyed reading your comments each night.  Such a wide variety of gardens and experiences.

Ok - Now for the important stuff.  
The winner of the Garden House Precuts was #53 - 

I volunteer as a master gardener in my south Texas county, and this Saturday we start our spring program teaching children how to grow vegetables. It was so rewarding last fall watching them dig up their potatoes, and hunt for their green beans (which blended in with the plants so well.)


What a wonderful experience for you Lyn, and for the children you work with.  I'm afraid all of my master gardening is done with bulbs and perennials, mostly on quilts.
If you will email your information to Tammie at or call her at 816-632-7632 we'll get your precuts out to you.


right after I posted the drawing for the precuts, I found out that our local PBS station KCPT will be showing the segment of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting that I'm on, this Saturday, February 27th at 7:00 A.M.

One of my sons commented that quilters must be early risers.  
Could be I said - but more likely we all have DVRs :). 

Anyway, to celebrate we decided to give away a kit for the Garden House Pillow.

So here we go with making comments again.

I thought it would be fun to comment on making small projects and why you like them.  I personally think they're great even thought I usually make much larger quilts.

Tammie suggested that I could have you comment on how much you like to take naps.
Pretty good idea.

So anyway, make a comment on either subject or just say "hi" and we'll do another drawing  a week from Wednesday and post the winner.

Have a great week ladies.