Thursday, July 21

Quilts and Tractors!

It has been a long time since I posted to my page. Life has been very busy. I have not posted to my blog since the passing of my mother but the time has come to get back to blogging and sharing the quilts we enjoyed so much. 
I am participating in a quilt show at the 25th Anniversary Allis-Chalmers Tractor event in Hutchinson, MN. It's called the "Orange Spectacular"!  For those of you that wonder about the name, it's because Allis-Chalmers tractors are painted orange. If you want more info, check out this link....

The event will be held at the McCleod County Fairgrounds and so tomorrow, I will head west and I will share my quilts and my program that I call "A Legacy of Stitches". I am really looking forward to it. Start time for my program is 1:30 p.m. Would be nice if it weren't so hot but I have everything organized and I'll be in a building with A/C so I'll be cool while I share my quilts. My dad would love this event that combines tractors and quilts!!
Sharing my quilts..ones that I have made, some that have been given to me, family ones that were handed down to me and many that were bought at farm auctions by my mom and dad,'s something that I really enjoy. I began sharing the stories and photos of all those quilts when I started blogging in May of 2008. It was a way of easing the pain of my dad's passing. You can see the photo of him with a quilt we called "the Puzzle Quilt" because it was a real puzzle to figure out it's construction. I'll have that quilt with me tomorrow. There will be over two dozen large quilts that I'll share and a dozen or so small quilts, pincushions and pretties. And, I have that pincushion doorprize to share and four free pattern hand-outs, plus copies of my "A Legacy of Stitches" poem (you can find it on my blog, too). It will be a good afternoon for quilters!

Now with all that said, I wanted to share that this will be one of the last times that I share my quilts. I have some health issues and I don't quite have the same stamina I used to have. I need to readjust my quilting plan. And so..........For the next several years, I'll continue to share my quilts every October in my home town of Lehigh and at the Lehigh Historical Society. My brother, Doug, is an awesome helper as is my cousin, Patty! And then, here in Henderson.........I'll be sharing a quilt or two every year in a class and perhaps in occasional displays at the Henderson Library. I have always loved my library and the Henderson Library is one of the best!!! I have booked the date of Saturday, November 5th for my first quilt class that will feature one of the vintage quilts in my collection. I am pretty sure that is Deer Hunting Season Opener but I call it Open Season on Quilting! I'll have that quilt with me tomorrow, too. I'll share more info soon on time, date and cost. In the meantime, who knows? maybe I'll see some of you tomorrow?!

This is the photo of my dad with the Triangle Puzzle Quilt that some of you may recall from my first blog post back in May of 2008. 

Here is the link to the post of my dad with the Puzzle Quilt!

With this new post, I hope to jump back into blogging again. However,  I am not sure that I will ever blog as much as I did in those years from 2008 to 2012.  It seems that the words of my last post are prophetic........"To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose........."  Here's to blogging again and the joy of quilting!


Monday, February 8

Seasons of life.......

A little over a week ago, we got a call that my mother, Mary, was having some serious health issues. She has been in the Care Center since falling and breaking her hip almost three years ago. She did fine for awhile but these last few months she grew more and more frail. On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, she passed peacefully. Her season of life on earth ended and she has gone home. Some of her last words to me were "please take me home". One never knows.........did she mean take me home to the home we knew as children? or take me home, Lord? She was tired, lonely for my dad and her family that has gone before her. She is at peace and all is well. Her funeral will be later this week and we will celebrate her life. She lived 87 years and that is a gift.

I really will get back to blogging regularly one of these days.......there is a time for everything. Just not time right now. 

Tuesday, January 26

Catching up!

Christmas was just one month ago. Time flies too fast! We had a lovely Christmas celebration and I was going to post pictures the weekend after Christmas. However, on Christmas Eve I felt a sore throat coming on and by Christmas Day I knew I was getting a good cold. I barely remember the days between Christmas and New Year's Day. I started getting better but not really well. It has only been the last week that I finally feel that my head is clear and I no longer have a cough! And so, I decided it was time to pack up the Christmas decorations so I can make way for some sewing projects. Before I do that..........I'll share my mantra/words for the year because they are important to this post. I get so busy that sometimes I don't stop to just "be". I am going to be less busy this year and just "be" a whole lot more. So the words to guide me in that mission..........Revisit......Reflect.......Refresh! Yep, I am going to revisit a number of activities, projects and plans that I did last year and simply never had time to post about. I'm going to reflect on them..........maybe some plans or projects will never get then I'll have to hit my "refresh" button. LOL!  Anyway, this year is all about just "being". Yes, just "being". I need to relax and I started that plan at Christmas. I just didn't plan on getting sick right after Christmas. Anywho.........I set the relaxing mood at the dining room table with this scene.................

I have never bought real flowers for my Christmas table in all the years we have been married but this year I bought a small bouquet of red roses and they added such a lovely touch to the table that I am going to do this next year. My husband is not a "flower guy" so last summer I decided that I would buy flowers for the table every time I went to the grocery store. It's a small splurge but I decided that I'm worth it at my age. LOL!

Our Christmas Eve dinner has become sort of a tradition.......Steve cooks a great big ham and I make potato soup. It is my son-in-law Daryl's favorite! The soup was thick and yummy......we actually didn't need bowls.

And our dessert was fudge that I made and all these delicious cookies made by Katie and family at Collette's daycare. By evening's end over half the tray of cookies was gone!

Addison had fun handing out all the gifts...........

 everybody got something that made them smile. Here's the "Tool Man" at our house..........
 and son Devlin is smiling because he loves to play pool and that little ornament features an 8 ball. I always find such fun stuff at the local thrift shops!
 Jacob was happy with a movie that Devlin got him .......

 and Addison loved her Monster High doll from Devlin.
 and I got the giggles over this gift's containers of Chips Ahoy cookies from son, Devlin. He and Steve know that I cannot pass up these cookies when I am at the grocery store. Addison took the photo and it's a little fuzzy but so funny.

Then there was this gift for me from Collette, Daryl, Jacob and Addison. I unwrapped the package to find this note.........

I could see it was fuzzy socks, just what I had asked for but then, tucked between the socks was .........

Mr. Hooper!!! And why did I get Mr. Hooper? Well, when Jacob was little he liked to play with the Sesame Street house and characters that Collette got for Christmas when she was five years old. One day, Kaiser, who was quite a naughty puppy, did a really naughty thing and he ate Mr. Hooper! I was so sad. So, Daryl got the idea to go on E-bay and look for a Mr. Hooper to replace the one that Kaiser thought was so tasty. Once again, I found myself laughing and it was just so fun. That Sesame Street set was a Christmas gift in 1974 and now, all these years later, it's complete once again. So, that's just a little glimpse into our Christmas.
Today, I packed away the last of the decorations and made notes of plans for next year, because after's just 11 months til Christmas! Sewing projects are in my plans for Tuesday. I have so many unfinished projects that there is no shortage of stuff to do in my sewing room. ;-)
Stay warm, stay safe on those highways if you are out in this snowy, icy weather. And if you are in warmer corners of the world......stay cool!

Sunday, November 1

And the dark of night comes early today!

Yes, today is the day we got that hour back, you know......the one we gave up in the Spring when Daylight Savings Time kicked in. I never really bought into DST and I would be happy if it would just disappear and we would not have to worry about setting clocks forward or backward. But........that is not going to happen. What is happening? Well, I am here blogging. I keep saying I am going to blog more regularly but this past year has been the busiest and one of the best for family times and volunteer projects and there was just never enough time for blogging. I miss doing my regular blog posts, though. I began blogging in May of 2008 following the passing of my dad. It helped me through that time of grief and beyond. It doesn't seem possible that he has been gone for seven years. It seems like only yesterday that he was still here. I think of him so often when I am doing projects or we are enjoying some family activity that I know he would enjoy. When I go home to visit my mother, I take things for "show and tell" and we share treats and pictures and good times. A few weeks ago, I was remembering some special times in the fall of the year. It's my favorite season. Yes, I dearly love the Christmas season but autumn warms my heart. I love the colors, the sound of the leaves as they rustle down the street, the smell of bonfires, and even the early darkness as we head into the winter season. It was with those thoughts that I sketched a little design for a pincushion and needlecase set. You may remember that I shared a pincushion back in January - just go Here and you can see that first pincushion.
Here is the little autumn themed pincushion set I designed and titled "Autumn Nights"............

Patterns for the designs are posted in my Pincushions and Pretties group on Facebook. You'll find the group here......

and also in my Wooly Buddies group, also on Facebook now.........

This was a quick and easy little set to make. That said, took me a week to do it just because I was busy with some volunteer projects that had to be done. You could easily make this in an afternoon or evening of stitching.
Stitching the applique pieces….Position pumpkin shape on one 5” square of woolfelt, tacked lightly with glue stick. Stitch the pumpkin piece, then add stem, leaf and vine. I chose to stitch outer edge of pumpkin and stem in blanket stitch. Leaf and vine were done in a stem/outline stitch. I mark these lines with a silver gel pen, then stitch. 
For the needlecase, fold a 5 x 8” piece of wool or woolfelt in half, then position moon on front of needlecase piece. Tack in place, then stitch. I used blanket stitch but a simple overcast stitch would be fine, too. I added stitch lines for the eye and mouth. 

I used Heat’n Bond Lite and ironed it to the reverse side of cotton fabric, peeled the paper away and pressed the cotton fabric to the inside of the needlecase.  Next, position a 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangle in center of folded case and stitch along left edge. Stitch around edge of needlecase with blanket stitch. I added a felt star but in future, I would add a cute star button!
I "auditioned" several colors of Perle cotton that I thought I might use to stitch around the pincushion and the needlecase. In the end, though, I chose black and I liked that the best.

To complete the pincushion, place the finished square on top of remaining square and stitch around outer edge. I leave a 3” opening across the bottom. I make small bags from scraps of knit fabric and fill them with the crushed walnut shells. Cut a 5 x 8” piece of knit, fold it over and stitch on both sides. Turn inside out and fill with crushed walnut shells (about one cup, don’t overfill!), then machine or hand-stitch to close the opening. Stuff this into the finished pincushion “shell”. Get it just right, then finish stitching along the edge of your pincushion and you are finished! 

Hope you have enjoyed this project and "mini" tutorial. Next up is a Thanksgiving themed pincushion. I bet it might have a turkey theme.........just maybe!
Have a great Monday and an awesome week!

P.S. Here is the pattern page that you will find in my stitching groups.............

Friday, October 2


Yes, it's me. I have had the busiest, but the best summer in years. There was little time for blogging. My last post was about computer problems and those were solved the day after I posted. But then a flurry of activity just kept me from the computer. It was all good. I will catch up on all that goodness when I return from the quilt show in my hometown of Lehigh. If you are anywhere near my hometown this weekend, please stop in and say HELLO!

Here are two reasons for my busy, happy summer. Daughter Collette and son Devlin are pictured at her annual Little Stars daycare picnic in June. Her daycare was making a transition from a downtown location to a new, renovated space in the old Mankato Fire Station. Collette and Devlin worked together this summer just like they used to play together as kids.  We all got involved. Steve helped with computer and phone set-up, I made treats. :-) More pics will follow of the new space and all the other summer activities that we all enjoyed.

And now, my car is packed full of quilts, aprons, and other pretties and we are headed to Iowa. Devlin is driving and is going to be my "muscleman" for setting up the quilts, along with my brother, Doug. My energy level isn't what it used to be and let's face it......I will never get any taller and it really helps to be tall when hanging quilts and stuff. ;-) I will have lots of pictures to share when I return. Have a great weekend!

Sunday, June 7

Computer Problems!

This past Wednesday morning, just a few hours after I posted that I was going to share photos and fun stuff..........guess what? we got a rather lively thunderstorm and quite a bit of lightning and it appears that it zapped our router for the computer. My husband tried all sorts of technical things that day to resurrect said router but it was not to be. So, he called to order a replacement..........and it's "out of stock"! On Friday, he went shopping to see if he could find one locally but none in stock. But, he did find one that Office Max ordered up and it will be delivered by Monday or Tuesday. And they gave him free shipping. Nice touch! I am typing this from his computer which he somehow hooked up to an old router but it doesn't work to have more than one computer on it. This technical stuff is a real pain. I would have had to call the Geek Squad for sure. LOL! Hopefully, he will have the computer up and running soon. I am really missing the daily check-in for e-mails, blogs and Facebook!!
Hope to be back soon with the promised photos!
P.S. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Tuesday, June 2

What a great day!

Today was my birthday. It was awesome! It was relaxing and refreshing, just the day to get me inspired to get back to my blog. There has been so little time to blog these last months, so many things going on and no time to share. However, that means there are fun things to share and now I have time. There are pictures and projects just waiting to see the light of day. If I had remembered to charge my camera battery, I could load pics and share them now. That will have to wait til tomorrow. Here's a little peak at some fun that took place this past Sunday. I took this photo with my tablet. I'll share the story in my next post on Wednesday evening!
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