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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Spring into Spring

Starting the day with appliqué 

I'm working on the front of the 
May Basket Tablestand.
Done - now on to the back.  

Tablestands are some of my favorite little quilts,
especially the backs as they are usually
four 6" squares.  I started doing them just 
because of the 6" squares on the back.  
I should be able to show them to you next week.

I hope everyone had a good Easter weekend.
We decided to leave the coconut off of the
bunny cake this year for a change.
The weather was warm enough that 
he didn't need it to keep warm. :).

Gardening on the deck has begun in Ernest.

This year I cheated a little and got some lettuce 
plants at the greenhouse.  I planted a row of 
zinnias (small ones) behind then and they've already 
started sprouting.

And besides my herbs and succulents
I planted a few more zinnia seeds 
in the teapot for a splash of color.

This is Hovering Hawks and Peonies by
Denise French and the design of this
quilt has a little story.

I originally saw a picture of a full size quilt with
this border and these blocks.  It was in a book about
quilts of the Mormon migration.
I decided to make a wallhanging using the designs from
the picture so I drafted the blocks and drew out the borders.
And let me tell you those Hovering Hawks blocks 
weren't easy to draft - at least not for me.
Somewhere in this process a quilt magazine asked me
for quilt designs and I submitted this one, telling them
that it was an adaptation of an antique quilt.
They published the quilt but somehow forgot
to say it was an adaptation of an antique quilt.

Luckily after an outcry a different magazine author
wrote an article defending people who went to the
trouble to work out patterns from antiques so we all
could enjoy them.

But I made double sure after that when I sent patterns
from antique quilts that the publisher would verify
that it originally came from an antique.

I still really like this little wallhanging and thank you 
Denise for doing such a beautiful job on it.

   And if you're not on our email list,
get in touch with /Tammie to see how to join.
We're having a really special Easter sale kit this week.
See you next week ladies.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

And It's Officially Spring!!!!!!


Starting the Day with Appliqué 

Still working on the center block 
of the Blockheads 3 Quilt

And doing a little multitasking --
for July, no less --
"Eagles and Stars."
As soon as I get the eagle appliquéd 
in place, I'll do the arrows and
olive branch.  This eagle is a 
star print from my stash - 
the second eagle is a dark
blue grunge fabric.  
The two large Circle/Star blocks
have the same background with
multiple squares of stash fabrics 
and Holly Taylor fabrics 
from her Violet Hill line.

The Little Lavender Chicken Bird is finished 
and both the pattern and kit are 
available in the store.
You can get to the store by clicking

And I was sent this awesome little
chick quilt but I've lost the piece of paper
that I wrote the quilters name on.
She saw my little quilt on Instagram 
and made her own.
If you see this dear, would you please
send another picture and your name and I'll
try to remember to post it next week.

Speaking of next week - it will be April.
In fact tomorrow will be April.
Our vintage book for April is going to be
Festival of Life.

Meanwhile you might want to 
find a copy of
Tiny Treasures by my friend
Kathy Schmitz for Martingale..  It is awesome 
and just chock full of pictures, drawings and
embroidery information.
You need a copy.  You can get
one by clicking here.

One last thing and then I have to 
get back to sewing.
I decided to do a summer sew along with 
Moda and Martingale using Susan Ache's 
book Sampler Spree..  It starts in June, 2021.
I've wanted to make a purple and cream quilt
for a long time and I think this will be it.
Come join me as I fulfill a bucket list. 
I suppose I should warn everyone 
that I may sneak in an appliqué block or 2
if there aren't any in the book.

Keep Quilting.  

If you'd like me to show your quilts on the blog, 
send jpgs to
Thank you and
see you next week ladies.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

And another Blockheads Wednesday.

 Starting the day with Appliqué 
- quite a few of them before the
center block is done.

It takes me about a day and a half to 
applique a set of stems and leaves
and the flower of course.
The stem with the "yellow rose of Texas" 
only has a couple of leaves but the flower takes
quite a bit longer than the lavender one so
it even out.

On a side note, Pep and I (and my sister Nancy)
got our 2nd Covid shots last Saturday.
Yay!!!!! - Soon we get to see our son Max 
and Cullen and Quinn.
BUT somehow I lost a day.

I usually write my blog posts on Tuesday and
schedule them to go up early Wednesday 
morning. I just realized it was Tuesday so this
is going to be really short.  
I've been thinking it was Monday. 

If I didn't goof it up, our kit on sale this week is 
Grandma's House.

Its 20% off, I hope,
If I did goof it up and you want it to help me celebrate 
getting to see my kids again, 
just email Tammy at
and she'll take your order.

Max slept for 36 hours after he got his shot and I only slept  
most of Sunday afternoon so I guess I was pretty lucky.

Here are a couple of quilts of mine that
people have sent me jpgs of.

Sophie & the Rose Trees by Suzanne Steil

Spring Break by Lizzie Dillingham

Thanks Ladies, they're great!  :)

See you next week and
Keep Quilting

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Happy Blockheasds Wednesday

 This is the center of my Blockheads 3 Quilt.  I designed it for my ladies that 
love appliqué.  My Blockhead blocks are mainly 8" blocks so the 
center is  cut 27 1/2' x 27 1 /2 (finished size 27" x 27").  Three 8" finished blocks 
with 1" finished sashing on each side and the top and bottom. It will grow with 
8" blocks and sashing  out from there until we have used all of our blocks.  There were a few blocks that were only done in 12" and 4 of those will be the corners with a 1" stop border and 12" borders. ( I think -I'll let you know more next week after quite a bit of sewing. )

Meanwhile it is Spring even if Colorado sent us some of their leftover winter weather.

The kit on sale this week is the Tablestand Bunny Hop for
20% off and
the Vintage books for March are the patterns
Sunshine on my Shoulder and 
Patchwork Garden, both for the price of $14.95 (2 for the price of one)
You can go to our store to purchase any or all by
clicking here

This is my Front Porch BOM done by
Lizzy Dillingham .  Great work Lizzy, I love it.

If you want to see your quilt made from one of my patterns on my blog, 
just send it to and one by one, I'll post them 
on the blog.

And they don't have to be big.  
I just love this little birdhouse block made
by Your Quilt.  Doesn't it just say "Spring"?

Well, I'd better stop chatting and get to work - that center block is going
to take a minute or two.  :). See you next week.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Spring brings all sorts of goodies

My little chicks have all
grown up and the hens are laying profusely.
Its a rule around here that if 
you come to visit you have to 
take a dozen eggs with you
when you leave.     

Very shortly some of the hens will 
go broody and there will be more chicks.
That means that the Lavender Orpington
and Silver Laced Orpingtons needed to be 
moved to houses with covered yards due to an
abundance of Red tailed hawks in the area.
They don't bother the adults but babies disappear
rather quickly if the yard isn't covered.

Moving chickens is easier said than done.  
They don't herd well at all and resist 
being caught and carried. 
Usually, you can only have one rooster per yard
but the Orpingtons all get along quite well.

Back inside I'm working on the center
for my large Blockheads 3 quilt
 for my appliqué followers.
The center is a 27" x 27" block.  
Besides a background it still needs
lots of leaves and 3 lavender blooms.

This week I'm showing you 2

                                                            Birdsong quilts by Nancy Craze 

                                                                and her sister Laura Denson. 

Awesome quilts ladies, thank you.

If you'd like me to show your quilts on the blog, 
send jpgs to
Thank you and
see you next week ladies.


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Saying Goodbye to Winter - we hope

People have asked if I 
decorate with my quilts.
The answer is always 
a definite YES.

Since it's 63 outside it about time
for the house quilts to change from winter to
spring so I thought I would
show you what things look
like at the end of winter.

My couch has 
"Trip Around the Cabin"full of
warm, soft homespuns and lots of 
stars around a center block with a cabin.
And of course you need a couple of 
angel pillows - one homespun, one print.

My chair - where I appliqué each
morning and evening, not only
sports a winter quilt but sits in
front of the desk sporting the Winter
Tablestand Quilt.

Snowmen abound on the mantel
from after Thanksgiving until March.
The rifle is my husbands and is a replica of
a Baker Rifle - a muzzleloader and the first 
rifle adopted by the British, used to defeat Napoleon.
No quilts here but

around the corner in the foyer I always 
hang a large quilt.
This is one of my winter favorites
"Winter Solstice".  It is 73" x 80"  
and was a Mystery Quilt one year.

The Mystery Quilts are some of my
favorite quilts because one block or
set of blocks goes out each month.  
That means I get to appliqué most of
the quilt myself.

At the end of the hall going to the back
bedroom there a space for a small
quilt to hang over my mother's bell
cabinet.  It holds small quilts now and
a few of mom's bells.

This is my sister Nancy's room.
She mainly takes care of the chickens
now since my arthritis is so bad.  She loves 
"Homestead" a Mill Creek Garden
quilt with a chicken house and 3 
Lavender Orpington chickens. 
Orpingtons are an English breed, are
great egg layers and you really can get lavender ones.

So these are "Little Lavender Chicken Birds"

On my bed is "Jan and Pep's Marvelous 
Adventure" - our 50th Wedding Aniversary quilt.

And this is "Little Lavender Chicken Bird" mini
quilt that will hang in the hall starting next weekend.

It will be a busy weekend and a fun one.

Have a good one, ladies.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Happy Blockheads Wednesday

I'll always think of Wednesday

as Blockheads Wednesday so

that's what I'll say from now on.

Now, however I'm working on 

the 2021 Mystery Quilt and 

"Starting the Day with Appliqué".

This is Block 3 of "Bees, Birds and Baskets".  

Come join us by emailing Tammy at

The temperatures are coming back

up - it was 60 degrees here yesterday

afternoon after days registering a high 

of -3.  While it was so cold we filled the

bird feeders twice a day.  This is the small birds

feeder up close to the house,

and these are the two on further out.

(My poor big house I got at Country Threads

one year has a battered roof from getting

knocked over so much by raccoons. We finally

started going out at dusk and setting it on the ground

so they wouldn't ruin it.). 

We scatter feed on both the large bench and 

around the birdhouse.

This is Midnight, my sister Nancy's cat.  
He follows her around like a dog and we all
love him.  And unfortunately he is a great hunter.
That is just fine with me if its mice - but not birds.

The middle feeder sits on concrete
blocks on both sides.  
From where Pep sits to read he could see
Midnight go in-between the blocks, be very still,
and grab a bird that came too close.  
Then he brought it to the house
to give to us.  It was still alive so we got it 
and put it in a box to warm up. When 
we let it out later   - it flew away.

We couldn't count of that kind 
of good luck again so I had to come
up with something else to do.  The birds
really needed that much food 
and that many feeders

First I stopped leaving food there 
but needed another feeder.

Here's the new feeder we cobbled up
in the front.  And the great thing is
that I can see it from the chair where I appliqué.

So now I can watch birds in the kitchen and 
the living room.  :). Thanks Midnight.  

This is "Living the Good Life"

the Mystery Quilt from 2019.

I'm not sure what happened but

somehow we never got the pattern or 

kits in the store.  

Well they are both in there now and 

you can go to the store to get one 

by clicking here.

           I thought each week I would start showing 
                                                       you a few quilts people have made using 
                                                         my patterns or elements of my designs.  
I just love seeing what people have
done with them and thought you
            might like to see them too.                     

This is an awesome log cabin by Janet Hedberg. 
She's pulled designs from quite a few different patterns.
I love it.
And this is the Stinson Family Homestead by Denise French.
She said that she'd never appliquéd a pig before.
Georgie Farney and Russ Stinson were our neighbors 
and with the good old Missouri red clay, Denise,
that probably would have been how Santa got 
a sleigh full of toys out here.

If you want me to include a quilt you've made just
send a jpg to Tammy at

I'm going to borrow a tip from Country Threads 
and ask you to attach a piece of paper with
your name on it.

That's all for today. I'm going to get off
of the computer and go to the loft after lunch
to start working on my Blockheads 3 quilt.

See you. next week and
Keep Quilting. 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Snow and cold and No heater :(

We did indeed 
get the Winter Storm.

This morning I opened the door to
let the dogs out, 
Elizabeth stuck her head out and
turned around and came back in.

Dobby - our Welch Corgi - has 
quite a bit more fur than a bulldog,
so he went out.  Elizabeth finally did too,
but only after I grabbed my coat and earmuffs 
and went out first.

The first things we did was go
out back to the bird feeders and 
load them up.   When the day starts 
out at 9 degrees, we have to fill them twice.

This is what the living room looked like 
for two days - only with the door closed.   The
wood burning stove sits inside out fireplace. 
Mice had gotten into the heat pump - they
fried themselves but they fried the switches
on the heat pump too so we heated with wood for 
2 days.  And Pep and I only got to sleep for 2 hour 
stretches so we could load up the stove to keep it going.

This is a space heater that helped a little

And here's what helped a lot.

This is "Living the Good Life" our
Mystery Quilt from two years ago.

I sat in my chair and dozed and sewed
on the binding.  

Anyway.  The heat pump is fixed now and 
both the pattern and the kit for the quilt will be in the
store later today now that I finally finished it.
Its been hanging over the railing in the foyer all
of this time because I forgot to do the hand sewing on
the binding.

And this is the back of the Winter Tablestand 
that I'm working on.
Right now - I'm off the the beauty parlor.
Have a good week ladies.