Friday, November 28, 2014


I have an interior decorating business and I understand BLACK FRIDAY! I'm not open as I work from home and I am staying home unless I am desperate. No way am I standing in line for anything today. My sister wants me to go to Joann's with her and I'll venture out even though I know that the line will stretch to the back of the store. Maybe mid morning or afternoon it won't be too bad. I do need to get about 2 yds of fabric for Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt! I have three color options and I"ve been waiting to see the size of her HST to choose which way to go. One of them is thrown out as some of the fabric patterns are too large to cut into 2.5 squares. Now I'm down to two options, hers or mind. I have this pretty lime green and turquoise and white fabric with chairs on it. The chairs have pillows in stripe and polka dots and little grey birds sitting on and by the chairs. I think this would be a beautiful quilt and since I am a decorator and I sell chairs I love the fabric. However, I"m having difficulty assigning all the colors to her clues. The other option is completely scrappy like she suggests and I have lots of stash scraps I can use. I would substitute purple for the pink. After seeing her clues today, I'm leaning toward that option. I will look at them both later on and make that long awaited decision! I made her Smith Mountain Morning quilt in reds and greens at a retreat this year! So loved making that quilt!
This is me at the retreat with my blocks on the Wall! What fun I had! My purpose for posting this blog today is to learn how to post a blog with pictures and to add the gadget on the side bar! Practice makes perfect and I might even be getting the hang of it. Carol

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Turkeys in the oven, haven't cooked one in years as my sister always does the cooking. However, this year she had surgery and now has a bacterial infection that won't go away. So I am cooking and taking the dinner over to share with them. They only live a few miles away. Hoping your day is a beautiful one. It is a lovely day here in FLorida! No snow and sunny! Love it here! Adding a photo of the Row along quilt I made with Lori Holt. It was sew much fun and wonderful for her to share! Check out her blog Carol

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I've been wanting to become a regular blogger and I just get busy with Decorating and my clients and I don't get to it as often as I would like. I'm going to make a concerted effort to start writing interesting things and posting interesting pictures. I think I stumbled into hosting a blog round up of sorts called We Support You! It has to do with supporting breast cancer. This past year, I made a quilt to donate to my church, Holy Trinity Lutheran, to raise funds for Breast Cancer. I think it earned quite a bit and the person who won it just lost his wife to cancer, just a few days prior to the drawing. I hope he finds comfort in it.
This quilt was so much fun to make! And so I thought I would start early to make another for next year. Hopefully, I will get the hang of taking pics and posting them! Carol

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

In Transit

Okay, okay, I don,t have any pictures but I am determined to become an accomplished blogger. I am still on vacation in Tennessee but this coming weekend, I am jumping into blogging and participating in a block swap. Mi'll be catching up on my sewing after two weeks of vacation! Today this is a practice blog. My husband and ! Went to Maine for a family get together after the death of his 99.5 yr old aunt. He graciously allowed me to stop by 3 lovely quilt shops. One shop had 10 or more blueberry themed fabrics and I bought fat quarters of each to make luggage tags for my guild board. The Maine blueberry is the state,s fruit and grows on low shrubs, is very small and quite tasty. Then over labor day, we had a planned trip to Tennessee with family. They left yesterday and today, we are visiting the Smoky mt national park. Home tomorrow and will see our doggies. Back to work but I will start planning my retirement in the next two yrs and amping up a quilting. Usiness. I hope to be able to make a bit of money on quilting instead of giving everything away. Until later, carol

Monday, April 22, 2013


I've been sewing projects to go bags from lately. It's not an easy bag but after 4, I've figured it out! Held a guild workshop Saturday to teach it!

Friday, March 1, 2013


Lori from BEE in my Bonnet is hosting a Barn Quilt along where every other week she will post a new barn quilt block pattern. Just wanted to share a pic of the side of the Village Quilts shop in Lancaster, PA. My sister and I visited there in 2012 on a geneology mission. Across the street from Village Quilts was an amazing quilt shop that was literally bursting with quilt fabrics. It was owned by two AMish sisters, the top floor serving mostly the general public and bottom floor offering fabrics and notions for Amish clothing. The prices were fantastic as well and there was no sales tax. I guess the Amish are exempt from sales tax on fabrics used for clothing and quilts, etc. I bought a few pieces of fabric but there was so much, I was a bit overwhelmed. Check out Lori's blog. SHe has amazing tutorials. Carol

Sunday, February 17, 2013

February Already?

In spite of my best intentions of posting regularly on my blog, it hasn't happened. January found me sick for most of the month and there have been some personal and family issues to deal with. But, I have continued my sewing and quilting and lurking on other peoples blogs. I've joined a couple of block of the month programs and added them here. This year I'm president of my local guild and I've created a "president's challenge" where each month, a square or strip of fabric will be distributed among the members and they will be asked to create a block with it and bring it back. February's challenge was of course, the log cabin. I gave out a colorful 5" square of fabric and they are supposed to create a 12.5 inch log cabin block and bring it back. The blocks will then be put together to make charity quilts! Won't that be fun? I can't wait to see the finished blocks. All participants name will be put in a hat and whosever name is drawn will win a prize! Until March, maybe. Carol