Friday, November 15, 2013

A Very Personal Post

I have been thinking about this post for some time and today I'm going to do it. I want to share some of my favorite things and show you some of the blessings that fill my life.

My first activity of the day is to make a cup of coffee and then I come to a favorite spot of mine.

In the room that used to be where I did my sewing, we have our computer and other things and my reading spot. Surrounded by a few of my favorite books and a little ambiance I have my Bible reading time. A couple of years ago I committed to reading through the Bible each year. I am pleased to say that I have kept this commitment.                 I can see in this picture that we should consider painting! Pretty Boring.

After the reading and the coffee, I start my day. Some days that includes walking with my friends Karen and Gloria. Gloria and I began walking together at the mall about 20 years ago.  She has seen me through various struggles and lots of happiness over those years. Karen joined us a few years later and we have been laughing and commiserating ever since. I cannot imagine how anyone can live life without faithful friends to see them through difficult times. They are a treasure to me.

Other days I go to work or go teach or the really awesome days, I get to stay home and sew. I am really a home body and never get tired of being in this house. My husband has worked all the years we've been married and has made it possible for me to do lots of things that I love to do. If it weren't for him, I could never have have my Quilting B experience. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't be able to have my Studio that he made and I certainly wouldn't be able to stay home so much doing what I like to do. He has supported me and taken care of me and that is a treasure to me.

I love my red door that leads into the studio. 

We are moderate gardeners and I love my little maple tree...

that is just across from the giant maple tree that sheds these beautiful leaves. 

our backyard is a jumble of old findings and flowers. It is a peaceful place to be in the summer.

My studio has become a haven. A place to have friends come and sew. A place for classes. A place to sew by myself and look around at things that I love.  Here are a few of my favorites.

In our class this Tuesday we made these crows! They are charming.

We used coffee and black paint and brown shoe polish to give them an old leathery look. We are doing a snowman next time. 


Pattern is by In the Patch Designs and class will be December 10th 10-2

My daughters.

It is so interesting to see how our children grow and who they become. As much as we might like to mold them into who we'd like to see them be, they have their own way of growing and if we let them, they are probably right. Ginny, helped me on weekends when I had The Quilting B. She came and made cookies and we would sew together and laugh a lot. She brought sunshine into Saturday. She and Darren have a lovely home now and they are terrific hosts. We do Christmas at their home and it is always cozy and warm and they have the most amazing Christmas trees! They are treasures.

Jennifer now lives in The Netherlands with her new husband Hugo. They are making a life together far away from me and I think that is a good thing. They have a home that is full of light and the makings of a loving and considerate family. Skype has made the whole living far away tolerable! We can see each other and yak and do what we always do including bickering now and again. She helped me a lot when she worked with me and has always supported what I choose to do. She and Hugo are treasures.

Carrie and Sylvia. What a pair! I was given a huge blessing when Sylvia was born. She delighted my mother and everyone around her. She has a sunny disposition and chats easily with everyone. She is growing into a beautiful, talented and brave woman. Much of that is a credit to her mom. My Carrie was a very young mom and amazingly enough was brilliant at being a mother. She is an art teacher and a life teacher. Another two I'm their mom! I do see mainly the good in them all.


Yesterday at Nancy's home several of us gathered to sew and to eat! Nancy fixed a warming delicious soup and she made this table quilt too. She gave us the pattern to make one for ourselves. I have one block done! She is an inspiration. I'm pretty sure she doesn't sleep. I always come home from this group filled with new ideas and wanting to make more. Friends are full of encouragement as well as inspiration.

One of the ladies brought this cutie made from 1 1/2 inch squares. I loved it so much that I came home and made three of them. Someone also had a thread catcher and after much searching I found a pattern and made this

Pretty, useful and fun!


At our church there is a saying that we are Blessed to be a Blessing. I think that is a good life lesson. We are so blessed to be living in a great country, a beautiful state, a diverse city and for most of us, comfortable homes. We have family and even though we have serious troubles sometimes, we enjoy many things. And those of who love quilting, have the added benefit of fabulous quilt shops, beautiful fabric, and extraordinary friends.  I have all that and more. 

I love to have these kindred spirits in classes and at my home. I would like to add one more opportunity for those of you who would like, to come to a new time of getting together. This is for any of you who would just like to know each other better. Be a better friend. Be an apprentice to Jesus. I invite you to come on Friday December the 13th at 10-noon. I will serve you lunch and tell you my -- in progress--vision. I know that I have been given a warm happy place in my home and want to share. No cost, no agenda, no conditions. Just friendship. You are invited.

Thanks for reading my blog. Thanks for being my friends. You make my life richer and lots of fun.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Chilly November

A couple of Friday's ago, my friends Karen and Gloria and I went to the Quilt Show in Aurora.  This is my favorite time of the year and my favorite Quilt Show.

I love all the old quilts and most of them are hand quilted. It was a beautiful show and here are some of the things we saw.

Our destination.

I thought this little quilt was so charming that I came home and made one.

This old wool quilt makes me want to go to thrift shops and look for old suits to cut up.

The fireplace in the old house in back was blazing and there were cookies and cider. Also lots of misc. things to buy . I love the herb garden and in the wash house there were many lavender items that the herb society had made. I brought home some herbal salve for my dry feet and a small herb pillow to put inside of my bed pillow. Ahhh, sweet smelling dreams!


Our last Spargonian class was really special. We had lots of ladies working on beautiful projects. My pictures don't do them justice, but you get the idea.

Pin keeper in progress and Firefly Sewing Envelope

Red Clover

Imperial Blooms

Imperial Blooms

Imperial Blooms

Awesome pincushion

We had a great day. Consider yourself invited to join us on the 4th Saturday of each month from 11:30-2:30 at Pioneer Quilts. You will be amazed at the creativity in the class and you will be inspired.

I have new listings on my Etsy shop. Here is the link:

Hope you might take a peek! 

Girl Gang is on the schedule for next Monday November 11. Come sew with us at Pioneer Quilts. 


Studio Classes 

Next Tuesday November 12th from 10-2 we will be making a Big Crow Pincushion. Email me for more information. I will have a light lunch for you. 


First Friday will be December 6 from 10-1. You can work on most any project. Some of us are doing wool  projects and some doing piecing projects.  


Saturday December 7th from 10-2 will begin a series of classes using  Buttermilk Basins Live Simply series. 

This is the background and then there are smaller quilts to add to the top.

This is one of several. You can see them all at:

I would be happy to order any of the patterns that you need. Let me know


On Tuesday December 10 we will make a pincushion snowman. 10-2 Let me know if you would like a picture.

All the classes at my Studio are $10.00 and that includes lunch!! Gotta keep up our strength.


I am going to schedule a beginning quilting class soon. I would love your input on what days and times would work for you. I would like to try a Sunday afternoon from noon to 4. Would that work for anyone? We would begin with the tools of the trade and work thought measuring and then sew a small quilt. We will talk about batting, put our quilt together and bind them. I am happy to do an evening if that would work better. 

These chilly days are great for staying in and stitching. I enjoy it so much. I am finishing up a few things for Christmas. Hugo and Jennifer are planning to come in December so that is great to think about.


Wisdom Words...As the busy days of  November and December roll over us, take time to notice the joys of the season. There are wonderful smells that are special to this time of years as well lights and food and friends and family. Slow down and B R E A T H E. It doesn't have to all get done. Be grateful for what you can do and don't fuss over the leftovers!

Thanks so much, Betty   home phone 503.761.3772, cell 503.680.7436