Thursday, April 18, 2019

Goin to Lancaster !

NO - not me !!!

One of my quilts -    remember this one, it's called "Annabelle's Wedding Feast"

Annabelle was just accepted into the Mancuso Lancaster Show - they are having a "throwback" competition, meaning you can enter quilts made over a wider time span than the usual three years.  so, Annabelle gets another chance to travel !!!  She thought she was retired  - - ha ha. 

Lots of people ask how i did the center of the quilt - so I'll let you in on the secret.  When I first made the quilt, I stitched a quilted medallion in the middle - and it just wasn't good.  It looked awful.  So I put the quilt aside for a year, waiting for an idea......... finally, I remembered something my quilting mentor, Cindy Needham had done - add some special vintage lace or a doily - - and voila !

So how did it get to be that lovely peach color, you ask ?  Well, there are three doilies.  The bottom one is the biggest, and the outside ring of lace is all you see of that one.  The second doily, on top of that, is smaller, and is a peach color.  Then the third one goes on top, and provides the lovely lattice look with the peach peaking through !

Annabelle is very excited to go to Lancaster - after all, every quilts thinks Lancaster is their Mecca, don't you think ???

Now to get her nicely packaged for the journey - my favorite task (not)...




Sunday, April 14, 2019


Yes, once again I am participating in the Hands2Help quilt drive........  Today is check-in day -

and my h2h quilts are both finished... yippee.... in fact, they are in the dryer just at this moment, having gotten a final wash last night.

And here is one of them - all made from scrap 2.5 inch squares, which I cut out of remnants from other quilting.  I love this pattern - I'm sorry i can't tell you who the designer is - I have just seen it around the internet.  UPDATE - as one of my gentle readers pointed out - it's "Film at Five", and you can find it on  I'm so glad to acknowledge the designer ! 
It's fun and not difficult.  In the original style the outside border is bigger, but i just got tired and finished it this way !

Happy Sunday and Springtime to all !


Friday, March 22, 2019


Well, it's been a while since I posted............... and here I am, with the same quilt I posted about six months ago...............FINALLY FINISHED !!!

And - drum roll...................
a Judge's Choice ribbon from the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Virginia !  Oh I am always so touched when a judge picks MY work as their personal favorite.......... thank you, judge Bobbi Bergquist !!!

 A lovely and generous quilter I met on the internet was going to the show and took this wonderful photo of my ribbon, and of the quilt hanging in the show .  Thank you, Constance !!!

I named it Sunday Pearls, because it made me think of crisp white linen, patent leather shoes, and a single pearl necklace, all dressed up for Sunday church. 

I am such a happy quilter !!!


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Progress , but Still a Ways to Go...

Progress ??  Yes......  This tatted linen runner is now bound, the edges are finished, and I am just working on the details - some machine work still to go as well as more beading.  Moving forward, one stitch, one bead at a time !

Keep on quilting,


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Progress on the Tatted Linen Piece

This tatted linen piece is turning out to be lots of fun to sew on...  I love the contrast of the crisp white with the nice taupe linen.

I put some lovely feathers in the arc shapes down the edge and around the corners.

 and started working on the quilting in the linen on the sides and corners.  (disregard the blue pen - it will wash out)

Now I'm working on a nice design to go in the center of each circle.  An antique milk-glass button will go in the center of each of these designs.

AND - since I just must have something bright and fun going at the same time... a round robin i am doing with some quilty friends.  A friend started the bottom row, and i added the flying geese.
 and some tiny log cabins - logs of 1 inch.....
WHY?  I have no idea........... because I can, I suppose. 

Enjoy the last days of summer !


Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Word for the Year is NEW

oh, I had SO  much fun starting a new linen piece today...

This is only ONE of the fun things going on in my life right now.

I am proclaiming a "new start".

New goals............ new activities........... new ...  well,  LOTS OF NEW.

But for today, just a new piece -  and I'll show more details soon.


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Finally Finished


This work was begun about 2 years ago - and thee beads turned out to take WAY longer than expected !!!  Oh my aching back I am glad it is done .

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