Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pennies In My Garden

You've seen my pennies...

And you've seen my flowers...

You've seen my stitching progress...

Now it's time to share the whole quilt...here it is...Pennies In My Garden! It's been in the Des Moines Show (2nd place ribbon), it's been to South Dakota and it will go to Lee's Summit, MO with me on Thursday so that others can see it in person! I will be glad to hang it on my wall very soon for the winter months!

I've been so busy, it's taken a while to finish the pattern! It's ready now thank goodness! The finished size is 72" square, just the right size for a large wall hanging or a bed topper. This quilt can be positioned on the bed straight with the mattress or on the diagonal for a different look! I'll be offering partial kits if you are interested. They will include a background similar to this one. Unfortunately this exact background is no longer available, but the background I've chosen is pretty close, and just as beautiful! The kits will also have a variety of wools for the pennies totaling about half the amount needed for the pennies. The pattern will be sold separately. This will give you a good start on a scrappy collection of wools for this quilt. You can add more wool or cotton in whatever proportion you prefer to finish off the quilt! Shop HERE at TraditionalPrimitives.com today to pre order your kit! I'm taking orders and you will get your kit in a few weeks time. The wools may vary slightly as I order more, but they will all blend well. Hand dyed wool is always a bit different with each order.

This picture below shows the original quilt on the left and the wools and brown cotton background I've chosen for the kits. The wools in the picture are slightly brighter than they are in person. The kit totals 3 & 7/8 yd of brown background and 5/8 yd of wools.

Head on over to my store and reserve your kit today!

If any of you will be going to the Lee's Summit Quilt Show this coming Friday and Saturday, Nov 1 & 2, I will be there selling my goodies! Please come see me!

Happy Halloween Everyone! Have fun with the ghosts and goblins!!



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Great Time Teaching in South Dakota!



This was the view outside the classroom for the weekend in Ft. Pierre, looking over at Pierre.

My former home was just on the other side of the bridges near that house you can see in the trees to the left! It was such fun seeing a few friends from the past and also meeting many new friends. When you spend several days with quilters we all feel like we are buddies at the end of the weekend class!

Driving over it was raining on the right...

And partly sunny on the left!

One thing about South Dakota is that you can see for miles and miles. We used to watch the storms roll in a good half hour before they would reach us! By the time I stopped for gas, the weather had changed and the wind was blowing so hard I could hardly stand up. At least it was not the huge snow storm they had the week before! I was glad to arrive safe and sound for the beginning of the weekend!

I stayed with my friend Liz. She loves to decorate for the seasons! Their home is a craftsman style...so charming! Look at that Frand Loyd Write window treatment she made. If you look closely in the end table to the left, she has other seasonal quilts stashed for easy access when it's time to change the decor. There is another one out of view on the right side of the room. I thought that was very smart! Makes it very easy to change quickly!

This is another pretty fall quilt on the other side of the room... and yes, the only thing out of place in the room is my makeup bag and shoes you see! Haha! I love that she is using a treadle table as decor in her living room...I need one of those to go with my Memaw's old sewing machine! This may sound dumb, but I never thought to use one of these tables as a table near chairs... I always imagined a machine table as a stand alone fixture and I've never had room for one. With this way of thinking perhaps I do have room!

This small quilt hangs over the dining table area.

Here is the beautiful quilt on their bed. Such soft and subtle colors and beautiful quilting! The basket quilt at the foot of the bed is very charming and she came up with that basket herself! She's also dabbled with the Japanese fabrics as you can see from the other small quilt on the bed. They are ready for cold temps on their way!

This cute little witch hanging is one that I remember from when I lived in Pierre. It's hanging in their bedroom for this Halloween season! She loves fall and Halloween!

The spare bedroom was so cute! As you can see, she has a wide range of style! She is not stuck in one box! How wonderful to have such a wide range of style!




Wish I had time to have gotten into that cabinet full of quilts! How beautiful this room is! I had a wonderful time seeing her and her husband again...so fun to catch up with old friends!

The class went great. Everyone learned a little something and went home with a new take on English Paper Piecing. The way I teach it, I hope that everyone will find a way they like to work with the fabric and paper. My way is not always what someone else likes to use and that's great as long as we can find a method for them to enjoy EPP! I've gotten several notes from students who are telling me they are hooked! Even the quilter who has used her method for years and years was excited that she did in fact learn a few new tricks! That was wonderful! I am learning that it is so rewarding to teach others and I'm looking forward to sharing what I know with others in the future! If your guild needs a teacher please think of me. I am really enjoying sharing what I have learned!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Take care,



Thursday, October 10, 2013

My Stash from the Quilt Show

Ahhh, it's always fun to rest up after a big show and go through your new stash!

The first thing I bought was these two beautiful Broderi Perse fabrics...one has the BP, the other coordinates! It made me think of my Australian blogging friends... They do love the BP technique. I may have to make another as it' seen a while since I did this technique.

These are my new books! One has lovely ols quilts for inspiration. The next is an instructional book about rug hooking...which I WILL make time for one of these days! And the last is a new book from Paper Pieces. Those ladies sure know how to have a good time! They are so full of energy!

This is a few of the new fat quarters I found. Why is it I always feel the need to have MORE when what I have won't fit in my cabinet as it is!?! I will need to do some more rearranging soon!

This is from the shop that comes every year and brings the fabric samples. It is such fun to stand around the table every morning and root through the big pile! We are all smushed around the table digging like crazy ladies, passing across to someone who is looking for something we found! It's great fun!

This sample will be perfect for my middle daughter's first apartment! Her colors are taupe, black, eggplant and white. An eclectic mix is what she's going for and this will fit right in! There is enough for a wall hanging as well as several dresser toppers and small pieces for her bed side table.

And here's the loot from the last day...a book showing the wonderful miniature exhibit at the AQS show and a few new wire hangers, along with some beautiful yarn. Yarn?!? I a not a knitter, but we do have a loom, so I will get to making a new scarf this winter. Wish me luck! Oh, and there are some tiny buttons in that pile too!

My bags are packed again for a trip to SD this weekend! I'm so excited to have the honor to teach in my old stomping grounds at the Stately Stitchers Guild Weekend Retreat! I have learned so much from some of these ladies, back when I was a new quilter. I look forward to hugging some necks of good friends that I have not seen for many years! I also look forward to meeting some new friends as well...these folks from South Dakota are very special people. So generous and good! Below is a shot of some older quilts I'll be taking for the trunk show. I sure hope everything fits in the car!

Thanks so much for following the new blog. I appreciate each and every one of you! I'll be posting a few more posts to send people from the old blog to this one, so thanks for your patience with that! Have a great weekend and I'll post some pics of the big event in SD next week!

Take care,



Monday, October 7, 2013

AQS Quilt Week Part 2...What A Great Time!

Here is the shot from the windows above...look at all that space for shopping and quilts!
The Special Exhibits were so wonderful.  Below is a picture of the modern quilt I liked the best. 

This exhibit was about The Caohagan Quilts.  These quilts are made by people who live on the Caohagan Island.  They sell these beautiful quilts and receive income from the revenues.  They are all so happy and cheerful!  As my friend Mary said, "They just make me smile"! 

And this is one of the quilts from the Masterpiece Exhibit, made by Velda Newman who came to speak and teach to our guild a few years back.  Isn't this an awesome quilt!

There was also a special exhibit of Pat Campbell's quilts.  She certainly was talented and our quilt world will really miss her.  Bless her soul.  


This one below was one of my favorites in the competition side of the show.  I'm sorry I didn't get a better picture or a picture of the label so I could give the maker credit.  It was stunning though!
 This one below, called Blue Denim, was made by Julee.  See that Honorable Mention Ribbon?!  She was so very excited!

 And this one below, made by Karen won Best Hand Workmanship!  Yowza!  These two ladies are in the same small group and stitch every week together.  How exciting for them to win ribbons in the same year!  And yep, I am very proud of them!

There was also a miniature exhibit that was outstanding.  We were not allowed to take pictures, but I did buy a book showing all of them.  I will love looking at it in the future!  Miniatures are so beautiful. 
Thanks for looking at all of these pictures!  Wish you could have come!!
Take care,

Sunday, October 6, 2013

AQS Quilt Week...Part 1...The Des Moines Quilt Show...

Well, the week was a good one for me!  Lots of fun to be had at the quilt show this week!  Lots of beauties on the Des Moines side!  I am so proud to know many of the ribbon winners.  They are a talented bunch!  I'm also proud to know the non ribbon winners too!  We have a talented bunch in our guild.  I know the judge must have had a tough time choosing the top quilts.  Wish we could have given ribbons to all!
 Julie's and Mary's Blue Ribbons!

Sandy's...who says she is a new applique lover!  She did good getting second place!!

Vicki...wish I knew her...I love this flag quilt!

And Terry...love this modern look!

Many beautiful small quilts and minis!  (That's my English Paper Piecing Sampler in the top right corner!)  Look at that darling baby face...so cute!

Here's Chris' beauty in the center, and Patty's on the left!

And another modern one made by Brenda...yummy!

This is an art study quilt made by many talented quilters.  Each color is a small quilt, hung together to make a larger display.  Very nice!

Here's a few more beauties, also made by ladies I am proud to know!
Our raffle winner happened to stay around to see if her name was picked!  It was fun to see her so excited to win this quilt!  She was from a few hours away and decided to stay until the drawing...just in case!!  I know this quilt will be loved forever...
These are highlights from the Des Moines Area Quilter's Guild side of the show...next post...AQS highlights!
Take Care,