Category Archives: Quilting

That Flimsy Pile

One of the things that I told you I wanted to work on and get caught up on is my flimsy pile.  I told you that WAY back at the beginning of the year…before cancer…before my husband died.  I had so hoped that I would catch that pile up and have no quilts in the stack by now.  That didn’t happen.

This is where quilt tops go to live until I get to quilting them.  I still want to get them caught up.

I started out okay this year.  I had two tops that were done that went straight to the quilting machine and one that was done from the pile. But then January 24th came and we found out Kramer had cancer.  From there…everything stopped in the quilting room except for Gannon’s baby quilt.

So this is what is there that needs attention…. Continue reading

Book Review: Me & My 18″ Doll

Calling all Grandmas, Aunties, Moms and friends of little girls.  Oh my word.  You are going to LOVE this.  In know I do!!

C&T Publishing sent me a couple books for review.  After looking at the list, just by the title, I picked Me & My 18″ Doll by Erin Hentzel as the book I just HAD to review.  I was super impressed with the book.  It’s a book that every person want to buy if they sew and have a little one in their life that has an 18″ doll.

Did you read the cover?  20+ outfits, accessories and QUILTS for the girl in your life.  So the premise is that everything is done in doll size AND in girl size.  YAHOO!!  I love it.

So see the pretty quilt?  The pattern is available in girl size and a mini version for the doll.  How precious.  The clothes the gals are wearing in the photo…yep, girl sized and doll sized.

See the different sized quilts?…. Continue reading

Back to the Pumpkin Patch

Here’s something fun….have you watched this show before?  I haven’t but I’m going to…at least for one episode.

Here’s the back story….

Remember back when Kelli and I were working on getting our book published?  This one?  Read about our book HERE.


Well we drove all of our quilts to the location where they were going to be photographed.  Read the blog post about that HERE.

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The owner of the place puts on a pumpkin patch event for kids every fall.  Kelli and I didn’t get to meet the owner but we did get a chance to check out his farm.

Every outdoor picture of a quilt that is in the book was taken at the same farm.

Well I recently got this message from Jenifer Dick our editor: Continue reading

Stash Report

I got a box of fabric in the mail from Julie from Me and My Stitches.  Julie is a great Iowa gal.  I first got to know Julie through her awesome quilted jewelry…

..and later through her trunk show and then retreated with her.  How FUN!!  I love how relationships evolve!!

Not too long ago she sent me a box of fabric that was mostly civil war scraps.  I’ve kept that box all together in one spot as one day, soon I hope, I’m going to cut a quilt from it.  I love cutting as I sort scraps when I make quilts.  This box is perfect for it!

…but now for the new box.

Here’s everything all laid out.

Julie wrote in her note that she keeps a little box and fills it with odds and ends and then once it’s full she passes it on to me.  She doesn’t mind if I keep things or pass them on.  I’ve taken to do what Julie does in my own sewing room and I highly suggest it.

Take a box and put it somewhere near the door going out of your sewing space.  When you come across a “why did I buy that” piece of fabric or a notion, toss it in the box.  If you come across scraps and you don’t use scraps, toss it in the box.  If you had fabric that is left over from a project and you don’t want to sort it or keep it, toss it in the box.  Once the box is full, pass it on.  There is someone who would be happy to have it.  It’s a great way to “inactively” clean.

Julie sends her boxes to me and I LOVE it.

She also tossed in come super cute note cards.  I’ve already used a couple of them.  Aren’t they cute?? Continue reading