Friday, April 7, 2017

Welcome to week #5 
of the
 Summer Farmhouse Threads
 Mystery Quilt Blog Hop!!

Here is week #5
Baskets, Flowers, and Stars
Don't forget that these blocks are set on point!! 



click here to order the kit for this block

I hope you have been following along and enjoying the  mystery blocks!
It's not too late to get started!! 

All you have to do it visit each designer's blog on their designated Friday......
click on the link that they have set up for you and print out the pattern!! 
Kits are available from their sites. 

Here is the line up:














We are just starting to get some spring weather around here 
and are so happy to see the flowers
 coming up and the trees starting to bloom!! 

Summer won't be far off and it will be fun to have this 
project going when it gets here!! 


Happy Stitching!! 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Happy March!!! 
Spring is on it's way and with the winter we have had it just can't come soon enough!!


The birds are busy outside these days and I have been busy inside working on new designs that will be coming out later this spring. 

Here are a few other things to watch 
for in the mean time!! !!

LOOK WHATS COMING!! 


First off I am so excited to tell you about my
 new book coming out this July!! 
I have been working with Martingale/That Patchwork Place putting together a wool applique book filled with great sewing themed projects!! 

Pre-orders are now available on my website 

Next....

Summer Mystery Quilt Blog Hop
 by 
Farmhouse Threads and Friends

Starting March 10 for 13 weeks a group of designers
 will share with you a free pattern to
 complete a Summer Mystery Quilt. 

Each week, one designer will post their pattern
 to make a patriotic themed quilt block using
 wool applique on cotton fabric. 

The patterns are free for you to download and print.
 Check the schedule below.

 Each pattern will be available at the website or blog
 provided on the date scheduled.

All of the designers will offer kits for sale
 on their website and there 
will also be a finishing kit for sale at the end of the hop.

Please share our blog hop with your friends and have them follow along!! 

March 10 - Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads

March 17 - Shawn York, Rusty Crow Quilt Shop

March 24 - Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings

March 31 - Geni Gaston, Woolen Willow Designs

April 7 - Debbie Busby, Wooden Spool Designs

April 14 - Joyce Weeks, Geoff's Mom Pattern Co.

April 21 - Kathi Campbell, Heart to Hand

April 28 - Linda and Donna, My Red Door Designs

May 5 - Joan Grenke, Bits and Pieces by Joan

May 12 - Gloria, Vicky and Heather, Olde Green Cupboard Designs

May 19 - Laurall Arestad, Simply Put Plus

May 26 - Kathi and Taylor, The Cottage at Cardiff Farms

June 2 - Finishing Instructions from Farmhouse Threads

Lots to look forward to so get ready to start stitching some great wool applique designs!! 
Happy Stitching!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines Day to you all!! 
I stitched up some little love notes for you!! 
 It's been a long winter here with lots of cold, windy,
 icy, and snowy weather.
 I always look forward to the middle of February as a sign that 
Spring is right around the corner!!
 I actually saw some green daffodil stems
 starting to poke out of the ground.
I LOVE that!!! 
 Also.... I want to say Thank You to all of you for the continued
 LOVE and support you send my way!! 
 Each of you are so special! 
It's fun to share our love for stitching together!! 



 Share a little love with someone
 and
 let them know you care!! 
Happy Stitching!! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Home for the Holidays Blog Hop is underway....
It's always  fun to be involved in the Blog Hops that 
Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin plans and organizes!!

A BIG THANK YOU to STACY!! 

If you are new to blog hops WELCOME!!! 

Today is day 6 of the blog hop
 and I do hope that you are enjoying each day reading the FUN Christmas facts and vintage pictures
 that Stacy is sharing on her blog ......then hopping over to  that days featured designer to read what they have to share, checking out their special recipe,and downloading each project for some fun Christmas stitching!!! 

Here's a cookie recipe that you can get your
"hands" right into!!!
Growing up my family moved almost every summer and my mom tried to keep things to a minimum    so there was not an abundance of stuff to move all the time. She was not a collector of knickknacks and clutter. But one thing I remember seeing each year come out of the boxes
 at Christmas time was a silly little elf.


I am not sure what ever happened to the old thing after the passing of my parents but the tradition seems to be carrying on....

I don't know if you have heard the story of the Elf on the Shelf but it is quite the story....
Each December 1st the Elves comes back from the North Pole to live with a family and watch over them for Santa....The children give the elves names and each morning the elves have moved to a different locations during the night. The kids have so much fun finding their elf and seeing what mischief they might have gotten into......
Our kids have named their elves "Mistletoe" and "Percy".
Here is a picture of Percy hanging out with my old spools!! 
Hope he doesn't tangle my threads!! 


 Last year when I was invited to go to Australia to teach with Gail Pan at her workshops I designed a little elf for the ladies to stitch. I have been saving it to share sometime here in the US and have decided this is the perfect opportunity. The ladies in Australia where so lovely and I have such fun memories with them!! We had approx 140 ladies in two different workshops making elves!! 
That's a lot of elves.....and elf parts.....


This little guy has the option of putting wire in his arms
 so he can wrap his arms around anything he wants!!
 Give him a name and let him watch over your family this Christmas Season!!

You better be good.....He might tell Santa on you.....


Click for pattern
I loved reading about Stacy and her Grandmas Gumdrop Tree....here are a couple of patterns that might be just what you're looking for is you love GUMDROPS!! 



Happy Stitching!!! 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Happy October

October....my favorite month!! 


I love the fall, and October is the month 
that it seems to be 
in full swing...
the trees changing colors, leaves falling, 
the days shorter, 
it's back to school, family dinners, pumpkins, 
and it's my birthday month!! 

As a kid it seemed to me that going trick or treating was
an extension to my birthday.
 I was born on October 27th and loved that we all had costumes 
picked and were just waiting for the 
anticipation to go door to door and get candy!! 

The worst thing was the PLASTIC masks we wore with the 
elastic string around the back of you head
 pulling at your hair
 and the sweat building up between
 your face and the mask!! 

Such memories.... 


One of my favorite memories is of my mom making those 
yummy, warm, colorful,sticky popcorn balls
 wrapped in wax paper!! 


Today starts the first of several days of the Hall-o-ween Blog Hop
Stacy loves Halloween and has some fun treats for you!!! 


FYI...I love Candy Corn!!!
 I know you either love it or hate it!! 
One time my grandmother bought me a whole brown
 grocery bag full of candy corn and left it on
 my front porch for me!!
 Don't you just love grandma's!!
 I know I love being one!!  

This year the kids have their costumes all picked out!!
Addison is going to be a COWGIRL
Hailey is going to be a TOY SOLDIER
Emma is going to be ELSA
Olivia is going to be a DOCTOR
Lincoln is going to be a PIRATE
and Hazel is going to be a PUMPKIN

Here is a sneak peak at Hailey....I ended up making a Toy Soldier jacket for her....
It's going to be fun!!! 


When we got married in 1976
 one of our favorite movies was Young Frankenstein! 
I can't even say how many times we watched
 it but if you have time watch it this October....


So if you made it through all that....
like they say....good things come to those who wait....
My October Blog Hop Project I have to share with you
 is this cute little Frankenstein neck pocket.
These are fun and fast to stitch up so you can still make 
them before Halloween gets here!! 

Click here for pattern

Oh...and don't forget to tuck a treat inside!!!

Happy Halloween to all of you!!
BOO!! 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Welcome to my day to share in the
Farmhouse Threads & Friends
 Harvest Mystery Quilt Blog Hop!!

Thanks to Rhonda
 for
 organizing such a fun project!!
The projects have been amazing!!

Last week Shawn York from The Rusty Crow,
shared her adorable
 Apple Basket Block!!

I think I look forward to the apple harvest the most!!
We have a tradition of taking a drive out the gorge to
Hood River,Oregon and spending time in all the  fruit orchards,
stopping at so many wonderful fruit stands and buying the fresh harvest!!!! 

 Apples, corn, pumpkins, wheat, and pears,
what garden would be complete
without a friendly scarecrow or two!!

 Kathy from Heart to Hand and I are working hard at keeping
those crows away from the harvest!!
She shared an adorable scarecrow a couple of weeks ago!!
So many fields, so many rows,
now you have two cute scarecrows!!
click here for pattern

Kits have SOLD OUT!!


Thursday, July 14, 2016

It's Day 7 of the 
Buttermilk Basin Summer Blog Hop! 

I am so excited to get to share with you today!! 


 As a kid, summers meant moving for our family. 
I know it sounds crazy...but we moved every summer
 and to me as a kid it always seemed like an adventure!! 

We didn't often get to go to summer camps, 
 but we did spend a lot of time with our immediate family
 getting our new home set up and when we were finished
 we went on camping, fishing, and beach trips. 

Now.... as a NANA I love spending time in the summer with the grandkids!!

A fun summer activity with the kids is having a lemonade stand!! 
I think I probably buy most of it and end up with a belly full of lemonade!! 


My good friend Joy has a lemon tree and when we visit 
we always get to pick fresh lemons and bring them home!! 


There is nothing like Fresh Squeezed Lemonade!!!





Now..... if you are going to a Summer Potluck
 you might want to try these 
BBQ Meatballs!!



My friend shared this recipe with me and it's a new favorite here for sure!! 


It's so fun getting ready for these blog hops!! 
Choosing a recipe...... cooking it up....taking the photos!! 
Then getting to sample the goods!!! 
YUMMY!! 

You know the old saying...
When Life Give you Lemons,,,,Make Lemonade??? 

Well my project is a spin off of that....

When Life Gives you Lemons....SEW!!! 

What's better than that!!
A little stitching can brighten those cloudy summer days!!!

Here is a little Lemon Pincushion
 and 
Needle Keeper 
for you to sit on the porch, 
 sip your lemonade, and stitch away!! 





and if you still want to stitch more....make a lemon coaster!!! 


Happy Summer!!