Saturday, July 19, 2014

Great Travels...Good to be home! And Give Away Chance!

We're back home from a trip across the country to visit both sides of the family for a few weeks! It's so good to see away from family makes you try to cram everything you can into a 4 day visit! We had campfires, fireworks, shot rockets high in the sky and chased them across the far, played cards and of course, we ladies did a little shopping in Downtown Bucyrus, Oh. These paintings are so beautiful, added to old downtown buildings to warm up the area and bring in tourists.

This first picture depicts Lady Liberty holding a wounded soldier, signifying respect we have for our brave soldiers. It is absolutely stunning...

The next painting is next to a park and the painting is of the city itself, many years ago. It shows the view you are standing in as you gaze at the painting and also shows that agriculture and industry have influenced the area. What wonderful artists to create such masterpieces!


We went to my husband's church and hanging on the wall is a quilt given to the church in honor of his parents. You can't really see it, but quilted in the bottom border of the quilt is their names. The makers did a wonderful job!

I also took a little road trip to Sandusky, OH to visit a new quilt store! M&E Quilt Shoppe is right on Market Street and is a wonderful shop! What a joy it was to meet these two friends who decided to open the store together. They really have a good thing going!

Lots of displays...and a beautiful check out counter. You can't see too well in the picture, but they glued buttons on the front of the counter to add a few swirls to the front. It is really unique!

Very cool fabric shelves. One of the owners said her father used these ladders long ago to work on this very building. She came across them, added some plant hangers to the sides and is now using them in her store! How cool is that?

If you are ever in the area, be sure to stop in to see these ladies! They are lots of fun and have a great selection of beautiful cottons and wools. And now they are carrying many of Traditional Primitives patterns as well. I'll be sending quilts their way for a trunk show ASAP!


We saw the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile as we passed through Indianapolis. Years ago, when my kids were in elementary school, we saw this fancy mobile while staying in a hotel in Omaha. And I have a tinly little whistle of an Oscar Mayer Weiner Whistle in my box of my favorite toys...somewhere in the basement. Brought back some fun memories!


Ginger had enough of the bucket seat and climbed into the back to lay on some of our soft sided suitcases! Do you see her?

I managed a wee bit of sewing while away from home. Here's a few more sneak peaks of the next quilt I'm working on! This quilt will have elements of English Paper Piecing and Appliqué. It's coming together nicely, but I need a bit more done before I can show off the actual blocks...


I really can't wait to show you this new quilt! I hope to show you next week! It is wonderful to be able to create again after being so busy for months! It is so exciting to have a project you just can't wait to pick up and get to work on!

Don't forget to go back a post or two to find the give away post! I'll be drawing in a few weeks for that cute little sewing box! I've found a few things that fit inside and I'll be sending it to someone who lets me know they have shared my blog on their sidebar or copies me in on an email as they share my blog with other quilters. I'm trying to grow my blog a bit, so help me out if you care for a chance to win this cute little box filled with a few goodies! Thank you!

Take care and thanks for stopping by today!




















  1. It looks like you had a wonderful trip and those murals are beautiful.


  2. You packed a lot into your vacation, Missie! I'm looking forward to the big reveal of your new design... those two pictures are a real tease!

  3. I love that fruit of the spirit quilt! Love it!

    There are murals painted on the sides of buildings in the small town where I grew up ... I need to get a couple of photos of them the next time we go out there.

    And I can't wait to see your new design ... what a tease you are with those two peeks.

  4. Hi, Missie! Just found your blog thru a post on Faeries and Fibres blog. I love EPP and appliqué, so this new quilt sounds very intriguing! I've shared your blog info with a friend, who also enjoys EPP.

  5. Looks like a great trip. When my kids were little we got to see the Oscar Mayer truck. Pretty neat.

  6. What a wonderful trip. I laughed at Ginger finding a more comfy spot to ride. She is so sweet.
    Those paintings on the buildings are awesome and that shop looks fantastic.

  7. Amazing artwork and what a great way to make buildings or featureless walls look luciously interesting.
    I love your new applique finger tool and that starch pen is nothing short of inspired!
    I must surely have missed this particular post somehow but will certainly make mention of you on my own (small) blog
    and hope I havent missed being included in the draw - but hey ho, this is always such a great blog to pop in and out of.
    I've been an email follower for quite some time and am always in awe of what you accomplish