Category Archives: Quilting

Quilt Shop Tour: Farmer’s Daughters Quilts

A couple weeks ago, Kelli and I visited the Amish to the south of us, stopped at the quilt shop and took a flying run to Cedar Rapids to visit my niece Jody while she was in the hospital.  I’ve told you about all it except the trip to the quilt shop.

Some of you might remember Lou Ann’s Quilt Garden and Retreat.  It’s was in Oelwein Iowa and that’s the location that we held the retreats.  We have long loved Lou Ann and knew that she was thinking of retiring but wanted a buyer for the shop and retreat.  At one point, Lou Ann had even asked Kelli and I if we were interested in it.  NO WAY!!  I am not a business woman at all!

We had heard the shop had sold and wanted to take a look.  It’s now called Farmer’s Daughters Quilts and Retreat Center.  You can find their website HERE.  We were hoping we might get a chance to meet to the new owner but…she wasn’t there.  We also wanted Georgie to have her first trip to a quilt shop.


Inside, this is what greeted us.  Oh…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.  I told the gal in the shop that it was my first time seeing Lori Holt’s fabrics in person.  The gal working was shocked.  She figured being we sew as much as we do that we are in quilt shops all the time.  Seriously, we are not.  In this last year I’ve been to more cross stitch shops than quilting shops!!  I never have been a big quilt shop goer.  I have lots of fabric already.  I sure was tempted by these Lori Holt prints though.


I went back to the prints several times but left without any.  Someday When Georgia is a big girl and gets a big girl bed, I want to make her a Farm Girl quilt.  There’s a sequel to the Farm Girl Vintage book and I already have it on pre-order.  I can’t wait to get it.

There were fun things in the shop…


Lots of cute little spots decorated up with goodies.

I love the checkerboard quilt… Continue reading

Adding to the Fleet..another 15.

Remember I told you about meeting up with Mary Jo and going to the quilt shop?  (Read it here if you missed it)  I had purposely left the house early for our meet up so I could hit up the thrift store before we met.

I got a couple things….
…a box of attachments and a Soup and Stew cookbook.  Kramer never liked soup and stew.  I did.  I guess now I can make it.

But the thing I’m most excited about it this…. Continue reading

Quilt Book Review: Bowl Me Over

Martingale Publishing sent me THIRTEEN book to review.  I never have to review all of them…just the ones I like.  Here’s the first review I’m writing.

This isn’t really a quilt book but it’s crafty and fabric and really, really good so I’m leaving it in the Quilt Book Review section.  The book is Bowl Me Over and the author is Debbie Busby.

Martingale - Bowl Me Over (Print version + eBook bundle)
Since I’ve been cross stitching I’ve been wanting to do a little more decorating.  I’m not a decorator at all and I’m not a cleaner.  For some reason I always put decorating and cleaning in the same mode so I just haven’t decorated.

There have been so many things that have tempted me though.  Things like three tiered trays…big bread bowls, baskets.  All of those sort of things have really been on my want list lately.  Making some of the things in this book would be PERFECT for them.

Many of the projects use wool scraps but many don’t too.  All of these could be made as pincushions as well as cute decorative pieces.  Check some of them out….

Martingale - Bowl Me Over (Print version + eBook bundle)
I like these that are done of the black.

Martingale - Bowl Me Over (Print version + eBook bundle)…but I like these even more…. Continue reading

Blast from the Past: Quilts from August 2009

I’m starting up a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  Kalissa and I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts.

Today’s Blast from the past features the quilts I made in August of 2009.  I was really busy quilting then.  At the time I wasn’t working a “regular” job.  I was keeping up with my Making Learning Fun website.  You can find that HERE if you’ve never checked that out.  I used to take children’s books and make early learning printables that went the books.  I loved the job and still maintain the website but found I needed more of regular paycheck so I went to doing childcare and the blog.  I would work on the website for part of the day and do what I wanted the rest of the day.  I loved it.  We lived at the old farmhouse at the time so the pictures are fun for me to look back and reminisce over.

Anyway….onto today’s post.

quilt-now
This is from Heather Mulder Peterson’s book Living Large.  If you are a quilter check out the book….I’ve made several of the quilts in there.  The quilts are all layer cake (10 inch square) friendly, which I love!  The quilt was made from a fabric line called Cotton Blossoms by Thimble Blossoms. The full blog post about it is HERE.

Next up I made a quilt for my great nephew Micah.
micah-quilt
I had found a sheet at the thrift store and loved the trucks on it.

micah-nameI fussy cut them out and then sewed solid pieces of fabric to them.  This was so fun to make.  It’s one of the first improv quilts I made.  You can read all about the quilt HERE.

Kelli made this next quilt… Continue reading