Category Archives: Quilting

Quilt Shop Review: Merry’s Stitchins

Last Saturday I decided I couldn’t stand to be in my house any longer.  The boxes that were stacked up here were getting my nerves.  I hadn’t told you all that I needed the mail situation to change.  I was nervous to say anything and didn’t really know quite how to go about changing things.  Kalissa was driving home from working an overnight shift.  She called are we were chatting.  I told her I didn’t know what I wanted to do that day.  I knew I should stay home and tackle the mess but I really wanted to just get out of the house.  Then Kalissa said, “What could you do today that would make you happy by the time you went to bed?”

Hmm.  I told her to have this mail all taken care of would be my ideal.  She said well stay home and do it.  I just couldn’t.  I was so needing a break and time away to think it all through.  So…I wrote the blog post telling you all about the changes in the mail program.  Find that HERE if you missed it.  I scheduled it for the evening post.  I sent a copy of the blog post to our three daughters.  I asked them for their opinions…away I went.

As I drove away from my house I could feel the stress of it all lifting.  Whew.  I finally did it.  I went and shopped at the Amish settlement near Hazelton, Iowa then cut cross country to Merry’s Stitchins near Jessup Iowa.


As I drove I decided I was going to buy a wool kit if I could find one I liked.  I’ve seen several cross-stitchers pick up wool projects lately.  I’ve done several wool applique projects in the past and would love to do one again.  I really wanted to make a pillow for my dough bowl.

They had some cute wool things…


I liked this Welcome Sign but …
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Quilt Book Review: A Scrapbook of Quilts

Here is a redo.  I posted this last week but the photos didn’t show for many of you and you were so disappointed.  I redid the photos and am hoping that this time they work.  I’m so excited about this book and really want to share it with you.  The orange and blue quilt…I REALLY want to make that!!

Here is the post…
I am in love.  What has caught my attention…and my heart?  This book…A Scrapbook of Quilts by Joanna Figucroa and Carrie Nelson.


You can’t say I didn’t warn you if you want to quilt along with me, because I am going to make a couple of the quilts in this book.  I’m trying so hard to pound out some UFOs and then this book and Scrap School, are going to be my focus.  I am so tempted to throw the UFOs aside but, I can’t.  I’ll feel too guilty…but maybe, maybe I could slowly work on one of these and still work on my UFO quilts.

Have you seen the book?  I have lots of pictures for you.  The book is super fun as the two authors, Joanna Figucroa and Carrie Nelson teamed up to make an amazing book.  There are pincushions, pillows, and quilts all in one book.

One thing I like about the book is that the gals take a block…and then they both make a different quilt with it…or a pillow…or a pincushion.  Check out the spool quilt and the spool pillow…and the spool pincushion.  SO CUTE!

I love Carrie’s version.  It’s the one with the nine patches in the center of the spool in the picture below… Continue reading

Where We are Published: American Patchwork and Quilting

Remember those crazy first months of the year when we had a whole bunch of quilts accepted by American Patchwork and Quilting and I was sewing like a crazy fool??  Well, first came the Halloween Hoopla quilt that was in last month’s magazine.  Now it’s our Christmas quilt.  Here it is…


You can find it in the December 2021 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.

This one was fun to make and was actually pretty quick to make.


These are the clips from the magazine.

…and these are the clips from my house.  I love the magazine pictures but I love my home pictures even more.  Here it is hanging off of my porch.


Blog readers have told me that they like hearing the back story on what inspired me to design a quilt.  I’ll tell you a big about that… Continue reading

A Quilt Along??

I really hadn’t done many quilt alongs in the past but I did have a great time over the summer participating in Lori Holt’s Red Sampler Quilt Along.  I ended up with a great quilt after everything was finished too.


It did drag on a bit and I was really ready for it to be done by the time it was all finished.

I’m currently doing the American Quilters project.  This one is really dragging along for me.  With only making one block a month, it’s a little slow…but, I am so excited for the finished project that it’s making the slow pace worth it.

I’ve learned to do it a bit more my way and making three blocks every three weeks.  It seems a little less slow that way.

Now I heard about an upcoming quilt along that has me so tempted to jump in.  Do you remember… Continue reading