Monday, April 18, 2016

Springtime Adventures

I have more adventures to share... My last post stopped at the quilt show in Ballwin, MO. I didn't mention that we stopped at my parent's home on the way from Dallas to Ballwin for a quick visit. So great to see both doing so well after some health issues recently! The weather was great and we even spent a little time on the porch. Much different weather than Iowa was experiencing had we been home.

We've spent some time with our daughter and my hubs' family in KC and had a good time at Top Golf (fun!) and shopping at the Plaza. Brought back lots of memories from when we lived in the area way back when.

Doesn't this beautiful tile make you think of William Moris fabric? So pretty!
We were home a few days and then made our way to Augusta, GA for a visit with our kids there. They managed snagging some Masters tickets so we had the pleasure of visiting this lovely event.


We also took a kayak ride down the Savannah River canal and that was lots of fun. I was surprised I enjoyed both events so much. Two things I'd never done before!

Our daughter and husband were great hosts for us! Here they are just before he had a Volunteer Firefighter meeting. Aren't they a cute couple?! We had a wonderful time visiting them.

All through the traveling I've been stitching on new designs whenever possible. Quilt Market is around the corner and will be here in a matter of days! Lots of stitching was done in the car while driving across the country. This little project is made from Old Cambridge Pike fabrics. The colors are so pretty...just my style with a bit of old mixed in with the traditional. The background is one from the line called Concrete. I don't think it's meant to be a Primitive fabric but I love it for a Primitive look!

And this started out very plain, but when I added some stitchery look how much it improved! Sometimes we have to go with the flow. I thought this little quilt was all done, but turned out it wasn't until I added the stitchery. This would be just as pretty and much quicker if the branch and leaves were wool. Hmmm, I think I need to do that on the next one!

The FB group I mentioned a few months ago for Gardens Of A King is rolling along and I promised I'd show you my blocks I make alon the way. Here are the blocks I've stitched so far. I'm not keeping up with the group but I'm doing my best to prepare and make at least one before each post. It's going much quicker than the first time around for sure. Just as much fun to stitch together the second time around! The picture below shows my progress so far. I've chosen bolder colors for the second quilt. It will have more of a latter 1800's look vs the early 1800's look of the first quilt.

And of course I left the blocks on the floor, so look who promptly found the blocks to lay on! She does this every time...

Here's a tease for another new design I'm working on. It is all Applique except for sewing the background blocks together. Very quick Applique on this quilt. It's been fun to do needleturn's been so long Since I've done Needleturn Applique! These look like men's ties laid out like this but that's not what they are! These are all Moda fabrics and blend together so well. Fabrics from several collections all mixed up together!

And now I'm stitching up the borders for the last step. At least I think it's the last step. Like I mentioned earlier I never know until I'm finished when the end of the quilt is. Sometimes I keep adding parts as I design.

I made a short road trip to teach at a wonderful shop in Pella, IA called The Quilted Windmill. We worked on this little wool Applique pattern called Tulip Time and the group seemed to enjoy it. This is a beginner project with the option of very simple or a bit less simple, but still simple style to stitch.

If you ever pass through central Iowa be sure to stop by this shop. They have a bit of everything and have so many cute samples hanging in the shop! Here's a bit of eye candy for you!

This cute quilt is at their check out counter! The town is Dutch and they have windmill themed attractions all over town. The spring Tulip Festival is in a few days. I hope to find time to run back over for the festival. Full of Dutch clothed folks and tulips galore!

Recently a relative and her friends from NE came through town on a bus trip from the Chicago Show. They stopped at a local shop and I met them up there for a quick visit. Her frien Lynette pulled out a little notebook with some fabric to match up with while shopping. I thought this was a great idea! Small enough to have in her purse. Very organized! Thanks for the tip Lynette!

I'll be speaking and teaching in Keller, TX this week with the Bear Creek Guild. The class will be all about English Paper Piecing and of course the main focus will be the unique method of basting English Paper Piecing with Starch. Is so rewarding to teach my method to ladies who struggle with English Paper Piecing because it makes it so very quick and easy! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Leave a comment below and visit my online shop if you'd like-

Traditional Primitives

Take care,




  1. You have really been hopping from one place to another!
    Your daughter and her hubby are a very cute couple. : )
    Your second set of Gardens Of A King blocks are really beautiful. You can tell you have done a good job when they get the nap of approval. *LOL*
    The Tulip Festival sounds like fun--I hope you get to go and can share photos.

  2. Looks like you been having a good time. The new projects do look very much like men's ties, so much so that it made me think of the box of ties from a young man we lost tragically. I've always wanted to make something for his mother but had yet to see the perfect project. I think yours may be the one, so hope it's ready soon. Love what the embroidery did for the project you added it to.

  3. Lots of wonderful adventures and family time. There is nothing like kayaking, a nice way to enjoy sights too.
    Love the new designs you are working on, can't wait to see all of them.


  4. Dear Missie,
    seems you have been around the world, so much fun activities and wonderful stitching. So great to spent time with our children and see how well they are doing.

  5. Great pictures - and yes, here in Texas we are definitely into Spring. In fact we just skipped winter (except for the leaves falling off the trees) So just waiting for the heat. Enjoyed the post!