If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Giving Thanks - Thanksgiving

Well tomorrow is November and that means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Thanksgiving is a time to remember all we are thankful for. But it can also be a time of giving back to someone else, that is what Tie One On Day
is all about.

"Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty." EllynAnne Geisel
Four years ago, I noticed that Thanksgiving was talked about in terms more commonly associated with stress, than joy. I remembered my mother’s absolute love of Thanksgiving, as a day more than anything else of sharing and gratefulness. So I created National Tie One On Day™ as an annual opportunity to return the "give" to Thanksgiving by sharing our good fortune with someone in need of a kind gesture
National Tie One On Day™ has nothing to do with purchasing anything special or even driving!
Participation is simple. On the day before Thanksgiving, November 23rd this year, pause in the preparation of your own meal, wrap a loaf of bread or other baked good in an apron, tuck a prayer or note of encouragement in the pocket, and tie one on…an apron, of course! and deliver the wrapped bundle to someone without your bounty… a neighbor, friend or family member in need of physical or spiritual sustenance, a bit of recognition or just a kind word.
I know it to be true that whether you live in a high rise apartment building or on a quiet block, no matter which direction you walk out of your own front door, someone deserving of a gesture of kindness is close by.
National Tie One On Day™ is a win-win, for the participant and the receiver. By embracing National Tie One On Day™, you will make someone else’s day brighter.
For More Information, email
EllynAnne or call 1.719.545.5704 

From now until Tie One On Day I will post aprons pattern you can make along with recipes for bread and baked goods that you can add to give with your apron.
So I am hoping you'll to join me in giving back a little something to someone else.


I've added this to Amy's site

Sunday, October 30, 2011

One plus One, Makes Two

I was walking this morning thinking about the things I'm blessed with, then I read my daughter's blog and she had this posted and I though how right this quote is.

One of the blessing I have is I'm going to be a Grandma for the first time and not just one child but twins. It's a double blessing.

Just think of all the quilts, knitted items and other things I can come up with to make.

Till next time

Friday, October 28, 2011

Blue and White Quilt

I was not blogging when the Blogger's Quilt Festival was last spring so I'm entering one of my quilts for the first time in the Blogger Quilt Festival Fall 2011. This is exciting to enter a quilt and not have to take or ship it and have to put a label and sleeve on either. This could be habit forming.
Since I was not on top of things, I do not have pictures of this quilt being made.
The pattern is a Winding Way, which intrigued me. All those curves was a learning experience.
I love two color quilts and especially blue and white. I'm a quilt maker more than I am a collector but I do have a few antique blue and whites and I'm always looking for more. But I do love making my own.

My good friend Pam and shop owner of Sager Creek quilted it for me and did what I love, just a traditional pattern. I love the look, perfect.

I hope you like my quilt enough that maybe you'll try making one of your own. The curves were not that bad and especially when the pieces were cut on  an accurate cutter (?) It goes together so much easier.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Day Three and Last Day

Boy, can't believe that this was the last day, I was just getting into the hang of it. Had a very nice room and comfy bed so being ready by 7 am was easy today. We have 3 shops today and then back to Sager Creek. Our first stop was the Quilt Sampler in Springfield, Missouri. Yes, it is owned by the same person as the one in Tulsa, Oklahoma and this time I did get pictures.

This  I believe is Newman, their shop dog. Pam and Cliff at Sager Creek have a shop dog too. I get pictures of Bentley to post.

Love this Log Cabin variation by Kaye England

My friend Linda H. is making this quilt, really sweet one.

They have a big shop, so their displays were very photogenic.

This shop is the only one we visited that had such a large selection of quilting stencils.

Now we are on to our next stop and lunch at Block by Block in Carthage, Missouri. The color of the fall foliage was just starting to turn but at the courthouse square in downtown Carthage it was lovely.

 This one is on the someday list.

 They had a nice selection of samples with space to take some really nice shots.

Now it's on to our last shop and a really nice shop in a old downtown location, it is The Rabbit Liar in Rogers, Arkansas.

Mary is the shop owner and in Halloween costume.

I took quite a few shots of the inside but mine did not turn out well enough to show. I'll have to go back and take new ones to show here someday.

Have a picture to share that I had taken in Higginsville's shop where Wanda was signing something and her friend Sandy wanted me to get a comic shot of her hinny but what really made the shot funny was Sandy's expression. What do you think?


Hopefully till next time ladies, I really enjoy meeting and getting to know them all. It is right that quilters are fun, friendly, kind and just down right good people.

Till next time

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Day Two of Bus Shop Hop

We had to get up early and be on the bus at 7 am so we could be at the first shop by 8:30. We had 4 shops to hit and our first was at Prairie Pieces Quilt Shop in Emporia, Kansas. It was a fun shop, the owner Sue (on left) and employees had these aprons on. And they were really into the decorating for the Halloween
We were told the the bathroom had been acting up, and to tell a bus load of women that, can be an issue, seeing how that was always the first place to go for most of us. They said they had lost their plumber,
They had a good selection of embroidery items and patterns

From here we on back on the bus to  Stitch On in Lawrence Kansas, (home of Barbara Brackman) didn't see her. Did see a group of protesters for 99.9%.
This shop had gift items in front with the fabric and patterns in the back of shop. Reminded me of what the shop in Rogers, Arkansas use to be a few years back. Had a great selection of cross stitch patterns and thread.

Then we we're on to Quilter's Harvest In Higginsville, Missouri. It was a nice little shop and I was surprised to see that they had Comos embroidery thread, it is not common here in the states., at least from my perspective. Did not get a lot of pictures of this shop. 

They did have when you first walk in on the wall a "Dear Jane" style quilt done in Halloween fabric.

Then we we're on to our last shop for the day at Stover Quality Quilts in Stover, Missouri.

 They have in this shop a work area where hired quilters, quilt on a system that was developed decades ago. Very interesting to watch. The machine are stationary and the frame are movable, being that it is suspended from the ceiling

At each shop they would feed us, 2 shops would have a snack and one would do lunch and the other would do dinner. This shop served us dinner, it was a very good dinner especially since we were hungry from having a light lunch.

From there it was on to our hotel room in Warsaw Missouri. Arrived there around 8:30pm, a very long and fun day of shopping. Boy was my budget shot. And I still one more day to go.

Till next time

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Big Thank You

Look what came in the mail today from Deborah at dandelion house.
I won a giveaway a couple of  weeks ago and these are the cards I won.

These are very lovely, Thank you.
I just love fall and I'm not sure if I can part with these

Till next time

Bus Trip Shop Hop

Well I tried to send a post from my phone and it did not work so now I'm home, rested for a day and I'm rearing to go. It was a lot of fun and wonderful to see so many quilt shops I have never been to. I was what they called the bus "mom" and there was 33 of us on our bus. I was able to get pictures of most of the 11 shops we went to.
Friday was our first day, and we left Sager Creek Quilt Shop in Siloam Spring, Arkansas at 6:45am and had 4 shops to go to from Tulsa Oklahoma up to Witcha Kansas
Our first stop was the Quilt Sampler in Tulsa. I was not awake enough to be thinking because I had forgotten I wanted to take photos of all the shop to show, so I have none of this shop.
Then we drove on to Guthrie, Oklahoma to Sooner Quilts. They had a very large flannel, 30's and western sections.

I apologize for the pictures, sometimes the fluorescent lightening interfered and then sometimes it just wasn't big enough to get a good shot. Knowing we were all coming (500 total) they would have a lot of merchandise out, making it at times kinda tight.

Next shop was Completely Quilts in Ponca City, Oklahoma. This was a very nice shop with a very large selection of embroidery thread for your machine.

This shop was hard to get photos, a tad small and very full. Amazing how much they had.

Then our last stop for the day was at Hen Feathers in Wichita Kansas. They had a little of everything, especially a very neat collection of chickens.

I wanted this Chicken so bad.

Well that was just a very small taste of those 3 shops and  have 8 more to go. I will post day 2 later.

Till next time
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