Monday, November 24, 2014

AAARRRGGG It's Almost Here!!

First things first. More pictures of baby Nora. I have been remiss in sending you pictures of my favorite baby.

Nora and Sophie the giraffe!

Lady of Leisure

Nora is 4 months old.

I must say she is pretty cute. I talked to Jennifer this morning and Nora was is evening in The Netherlands. Nora is doing great and learning to imitate her mother. We will miss them this holiday season but I look forward to seeing them in the spring.


I have so many pictures to share with you. First I will list the upcoming classes.

Thursday December 4   10-4 Maggie B class

Friday December 5    10-4   First Friday class

Monday December 8  10-4  Girl Gang

Thursday December 11   10-4  Reets Day

Sunday December 14  11-4  Open Sew

Saturday December 27  10-11 Prairie Women
Saturday December 27   11:30-4  Spargonains

Sunday December 28  11-4  Open Sew

Wow, that does it for 2014. If you have questions about any of the classes, please call me at 503.680.7436 or email at   

Would any of you be interested in having a class during which we would make Quiet Books for babies? I want to make one for Nora and I think I need the inspiration of others to get me going. I have some supplies gathered and even have a video of some suggestions for pages. Let me know you thoughts.

And now the pictures.

Sorry we didn't hold this up for a better view. This is Leigh's doggie quilt. Oh so cute.

Mary Ann's Reets pin cushion.

I love Sharon's faces.....not Sharon's face!

We love Reets Rags to Stitches patterns.

You can tell we are smitten.

We love things in progress. I am amazed at how much we get done on our sewing days.

If you aren't familiar with this ladies' site, check out

This pattern was a new find at N W Quilters Expo in Reets booth.


I think this is a Maggie 
B pattern



Isn't it beautiful!

You may have seen Mr Turkey in progress before, here he is in his glory!

There is no end to what we want to create.

Between Maggie Bononami and Reets, we have been very busy.

Here are just some of what we worked on in our Pin Cushion Class. You are welcome to join us.


OK, I don't want to tire you with too many pictures. I hope your plans for Thursday are going well. My grocery list is getting longer and longer. Lots of fun to plan and nice to gather with friends and family. We have so much to be thankful for.

At Grandma's House
I like the taste of turkey
Any time throughout the year
But it never
seems to taste as good
As when Thanksgiving's here.

Could be it's all the trimmings
That are cooked with it to eat-
But I think it's
eating at Grandma's house
That makes it such a treat!

~Author Unknown 


A Turkey Speaks
I have never understood
why anyone would
roast the turkey
and shuck the clams
and crisp the croutons
and shell the peas
and candy the sweets
and compote the cranberries
and bake the pies
and clear the table
and wash the dishes
and fall into bed
when they could sit back
and enjoy a hamburger.

~Author Unknown 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

blustery day

How are your Thanksgiving plans coming along? Loren is going to smoke a turkey for us. We will have our dinner in the studio. I think we should have "mini" Thanksgivings all through the year. Even though world news is awful and our country has lots of problems and sadness, there are always many things to be thankful for.

I want to thank those of you who come to class and spend your days here sewing and sharing thoughts and daily life. It is a pleasure to learn more about how you view life and what matters most. We have many things in common and yet we are so uniquely made. I appreciate you spending time here and the richness you add to my life.

I am thankful for my supportive family. My girls are always encouraging me and even though we don't have the same taste, they seem to like how I spend my time. Loren is always helpful to move things or hang up things or take them down AGAIN. He makes me things and has allowed me to follow my bliss!


I have so many pictures to share. I may break this posting up into two separate times. There are so many projects to share with you. I am going to first list the classes that are coming up this month. I hope if I group them together it will be helpful.

Most classes are from 10-4 and are $10.00. The Sunday Open Sew days begin at 11.

This Friday November 14 is our Reets Rags to Stitches day.

Pincushion Class is Thursday November 20

Prairie Women and Spargonians Saturday November 22

Sunday Open Sew November 23  11-4

Thursday December 4 is Maggie B day ( Maggie Bonanomi projects)

That takes care of this month, my next blog will have the class schedule for December. If you have a class suggestion, I'd love to hear it. If you have a small group that needs a place to meet, I'd like to see if my studio would work for you.

From our last Prairie Womens Sewing Circle. Many are working on this quilt. It can be made with as many feature blocks as you like.

A marvelous "show and tell"

Next we move on to the Spargonian class. Sue Spargo held a class in Sisters Oregon and this is what they embellished.

The always wonderful Firefly Sewing Roll

As you can see, this is a very busy group.

Continuing on with more Spargo projects and Halloween cuties:

On an Open Sew Sunday we worked on a variety of things. Here is Turkey Lurkey. He is a handsome fellow.

Love that Maggie B design.

As you can see, we have the most talented groups of ladies. If you would like to start a particular group of your own, just let me know.


I just got to talk with Jennifer by Skype and was able to see Nora smile at her daddy! She is four months old now and is such a cutie. I'll ask Jennifer to email me a picture that I can put in the next posting!

I'll write the rest of the news and pictures that I've captured in a day or two. Enjoy your week and keep warm. It seems a little taste of winter is on it's way.

Betty Anderson
The Quilting B
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*****I now have the Square up little app that I can attach to my phone. I can now take credit cards. I am ordering more wool and  more perle cotton. I'm open to suggestions of what you'd like me to get for you.

Thanks for reading and I'll be back soon.

Wisdom words for today:

Relax, Breathe, Notice beautiful things, Love your family.