Monday, March 23, 2015

Doll Class Quilts

I started this earlier and it crashed and I lost all that I had written. Maybe a sign to rethink. I wanted to say a few words about Cultivating.

  1. To cultivate is designed as to prepare land to grow something or to nurture and cause growth, either literally or figuratively.
    1. An example of cultivate is when you prepare land to farm on it.
    2. An example of cultivate is when you cause carrots to grow.
    3. An example of cultivate is when you work to create a friendship and help that friendship grow.
    4. An example of cultivate is when you decide to learn about wine so you can expand your appreciation for it and learn to more deeply enjoy the taste of it.
I like the definition. We cultivate all kinds of things.  

I love flowers although I'm not a very good gardener. I don't like bugs and I really don't like dirt under and in my fingernails. I love snowdrops and look forward to seeing them each year.  

We have a few lettuce plants that weathered the frosty weather and I love to eat those young leaves.

Herbs are coming back and I can't wait to go to the nursery to get flowers to fill my pots.

These are fun things to cultivate. I like the idea of cultivating a space for quilting. Getting things together, finding new beautiful fabric, meeting with friends for inspiration. All cultivating our skills.

Like cultivating our friendships. It's easy to be too busy to put in the time that it takes to make good friends. I love spending time with groups and stitching together. This is good cultivation but to make long lasting great friends, it takes extra time having fun together, laughing, sharing and sometimes crying. These are the precious things in life. Works with having close families also.


My friend Leigh has been busy making some beautiful quilts. She sent me this picture and I want to share it with you.

Oh, those little yoyos!


Now to our class. Nine ladies came on Saturday to begin our Doll Quilt class. We are making doll quilts in any pattern that suits us.

When everyone arrived I had done a little decorating to the room.

Some of my little doll things.

For lunch we had tea and small sandwiches.

Sandra brought some of her old doll quilts and a couple of special dolls.

Aren't they wonderful?  More.....

Now for a few pictures of work in progress. 

MaryAnn did a great job of hand quilting.

Hand piecing a small strip quilt.

More hand piecing.

It was a fun day and I think we will all enjoy our finished projects. Some of us purchased small doll beds to display our quilts on. It will be fun to see how much we have progressed  by our next class. Thanks to all of you who came. I had a great time.

Until next time.....keep on quilting!

Betty Anderson


Trial run

I want to send blog posts when I go on my trip and this is a trial run to see how well I do.

New things in the backyard.

I loved snowdrops.

OK. here goes. I'm planning to send another posting later today of our first doll quilt class. So this is it for now.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Yaaaa, Spring is almost here

My Dutch kids have been here visiting for the past three weeks and now have gone! It was great having them here and has given me a chance to spend time with the lovely Nora. Here are a few of my favorite pictures,

All of us girls were shopping on Hawthorne and stopped for Crepes and Nora was keeping us all giggling.

More later....we had such a good time. She changes each week. Wants to crawl and loves to stand up holding onto your fingers.

A couple of weeks ago  Pioneer Quilts was kind enough to host a group of Primitive Quilters that share on a Facebook group. We had a nice time and I took a couple of pictures of people at my table.

Brenda and Julie

This sweet lady was showing us the coolest bag made from screening.

Kathleen and Susan

It was fun stitching with everyone and seeing what all they were working on.


Oh, another look at Nora!!

Carrie and Nora checking out our cat Henry.


Here is the schedule for the next few weeks. April 22, my friend Karen and I leave for our European trip and I want you all to know when I'll be here for classes and when they will resume.

This Saturday March 21 is our very first Doll Quilt Class. You are invited to come from 10-4 with lunch included for $10.00. We will be picking out fabric and patterns and talking about doll quilts and maybe do a little hand piecing or hand quilting. We have a great guy who is making doll beds for us and you can check them out to see if you'd like to order one.

Sunday March 22 is Open Sew Sunday from 11-4. Lunch included, $10.00

Saturday March 28 is Spargonian Day. This is the last time that it will begin at 11:30. When it resumes we will begin at 10 and you are welcome to stay until 4. Lunch included, $10.00

That Sat. the 28th you may come from 10-11 if you have been in the Prairie Women group. We are finishing up this group and if you want to come we will have a few snacks and share the quilts that we have been making.

Thursday April 2  is our Fall Class from 10-4 You can pick any fall or Halloween project to work on. I have a Reets Rags to Stitches project in mind and can't wait to see what everyone else is going to do.  Lunch included, $10.00

Friday April 3 is First Friday from 10-4. Bring whatever project you are working on. Advice and help is free. Encouragement and ooohhhs and aaahhhhs are free tooo.  Lunch included, $10.00

Friday April 10 is Reets Rags to Stitches Day from 10-4. We are having fun picking our Reets projects. Some of us are finishing her BOM and will looking for our next adventure.  Lunch provided, $10.00

Sunday April 12 is Open Sew Sunday...same as above.

Monday April 13 is Girl Gang from 10-4. We gang of girls have been working on long term projects for a long time. You can bring whatever project you are working on and stitch with us.  Lunch included, $10.00

Thursday April 16 is another Maggie Bononami Day. We just had our class for this month today and I will include a few pictures below. Lunch included, $10.00    10-4

Saturday April 18 is the next Doll Quilt Class ...same as above.

That will be the last class until I return from my trip. 

This first class on my return will be the Doll Class on Saturday May 16th

A suggestion or idea for a doll quilt.

Pam's quilt from our Prairie Women group.

Another in progress

a Maggie project of Susan's

A beauty!!

So cute, this is from our Prairie Women group but would make a great doll quilt also.

Nancy brought a wonderful selection of her dolls.

Isn't she divine!!

Diana's kitty

And from today's class

Marlenes' Maggie heart



I ordered one of the doll beds for Nora to have on her first birthday. Jennifer decided she would need a doll and some clothes. So here is Nora's doll Effie and her first dress. My grand daughter Sylvia, embroidered her face.

And one last picture of Nora!!


If you happen to like French things you might like to check out       Really pretty

I learned about something I don't think I knew about...Pen Wipes. The ladies were talking about this in class today and you can learn about them at    Parvum Opus

Hope that works.

Until next time!! Betty
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