Sunday, December 13, 2015

Botanical Album Sew Along - Month 3

Month 3 - Mountain Laurel - Red
Mountain Laurel - Red (D1)

Where on earth did December 2015 go?  You might be wondering what happened to Month 2! Well, let's just say I have misplaced the craft box that holds my enlarged month 2 pattern and all my cut outs; I've searched high and low..(sigh).  So... for month 2 I'll have to go get my page re-enlarged at Staples and start that one over. 
In that same box was this month's cut outs, but luckily not the pattern!  The good news is that I managed to get this month's block done this weekend.  The not so great news is that I was in a hurry and I actually did this block BACKWARD.  I didn't panic - after a few deep breaths that is. Those that have done this one know there are many pieces. I decided to just go with it and slightly modify what I had; I tried to get it as close as possible. I figured it's December, I should really be focused on family and the reason for the season so I wasn't going to give up or worry about the quilt police with this one.  I'll call this my persistence block - ho ho ho....
There's still time to purchase your pattern through the quilt museum and join the sew along journey with everyone...
VA Quilt Museum - Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt of 1858
Aunt Reen's Place
Collector with a Needle
I hear the VA Quilt Museum is just a few members shy of 500 for the year!  Consider becoming a member with a small donation and keep this historic building going and keep quilting alive.
Until Next Month's Block...
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Candle of Peace

Quick note:  I just wanted to share the block I made for my local quilt guild.  It's called the Candle Of Peace.  May everyone have peace in your heart this holiday season and throughout the new year.

It's a Glade Commercial, but this song is in my playlist and it brings a smile to my face every time I play it! ENJOY!!  (...Fill the air with joyful noise, ring the bell and raise your voice, let there be peace on earth....)

Follow the link to see the full blog post....

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Tuffet101 | Nov 3

There are 4 more Tuffet-teers in the Northern VA area!  Kelly Ann's Quilting in Warrenton, VA hosted this class and they ladies were truly delightful.

Below is a quick little video and some pics from this class.

As always, I can't explain the joy and excitement felt when a student works so hard to complete one of these Tuffets.  It's fun, easy once you have the instruction, and truly one of a kind.


Have a happy day!

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

TUFFET 101 Teaching Day Complete!

This week has been JAMMED packed with preparing, learning, and fun.  I had to share the outcome of today's TUFFET 101 class that I taught at Oh Sew Persnickety in Haymarket, VA.  There were 5 students and they each created their own masterpiece. 

I can't explain the joy and excitement I feel when a student works so hard to complete one of these Tuffets.  It's fun, easy once you have the instruction, and truly one of a kind.

Congratulations to the newest Tuffet-teers!!  Enjoy this quick little video...

Have a great week and Happy Sewing.

Next Tuffet Class will be at Kelly Ann's Quilting in Warrenton, VA... Wouldn't you like to make a Tuffet Too!

I am an independent instructor and travel to many locations; if you're interested in a class for your group or quilt shop, please contact me directly:   Now scheduling for 2016.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Betty - A Dream Come True

05 October 2015 (4 of 99)


A Dream Come True (Letter from North Carolina, March 1933)
I have actually been to NC several times!  My dad grew up there, I have fond memories of spending summers at the beaches, and Kent & I had an anniversary celebration at the Biltmore Estate Inn; so many times I can't seem to recall them all.
This letter made me smile as I read it.  I mean, I never played in church or at weddings, but I did teach myself to play to the piano and I could play Christmas music pretty good!  I grew up singing in a choir, either at church, at school, or just to my imaginary audience in our basement; so I have always loved music.
When she spoke of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata", it brought back memories of many nights studying for my degree!  I seemed to study and retain information best when I'm listening to classical music.
Some of my favorite memories were from high school, when our music teacher would take us to the Kennedy Center for a field trip; I could sit and listen / watch the musicians for hours.
What's Happening Today?...
  • The SUN came out and I was so confused I had to go out and just stare up at the sky!  It had been dark, cold and rainy for so many days it was becoming a bit dreary.
  • I was sad to learn that our baseball team (The Washington Nationals) fired the entire coaching staff today!  Honestly, it was pretty sad.
  • We had pizza burgers for dinner; prepared in the crock pot and delicious....

Until the next block!
Happy Sewing. :-)

current layout for this quilt..

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Botanical Album Sew Along - Month 1

October 2015 is here and I'm over the moon excited about beginning the Virginia Quilt Museum's Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt (SVBAQ) Sew-Along!!  If you haven't checked out the details, follow any of the links below to read more about the project. 

VA Quilt Museum - Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt of 1858
Aunt Reen's Place
Collector with a Needle
I am currently a member of the VA Quilt Museum and knowing that my small contribution helps keep this historic building going, along with keeping quilting alive; it was well worth the investment. As a member I attended the Homecoming event for this beautiful quilt and met a few members of the family (click here to read about the quilt). 
To enjoy a snippet of the event, follow the link below to the local news.
This month we were instructed to prepare three Pineapple blocks.  Pineapples are known for hospitality and to let others know they are welcome.  What a great block to start this adventure with; I mean everyone is welcome to purchase the pattern from the museum and everyone is welcome to sew along each month to recreate this 1858 quilt!  Happy quilting...
Here are my first blocks from this sew along...

I'm doing my quilt in batiks and it will become our new guest room quilt.
Currently, I have collected batiks from:
  • Oh Sew Persnickety - Haymarket, VA (The Background Batik)
  • Suzzie's Quilt Shop - Manassas, VA
  • The Scrappy Apple - Winchester, VA
  • Web Fabrics - Purcellville, VA
Until Next Month's Adventure...
Happy Sewing,

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

AUNT - One Day at a Time

03 October 2015 (3 of 99)

It was a pleasant surprise when another block was posted so soon after the first 2!  It's Saturday morning, still dark and rainy, so it was the perfect time to conquer this block.

This block was name just for me!! I'm an Aunt!  hahah; I know there are a bunch of "aunts" out there, but I love all my nieces and nephews a bunch and now they are starting their own families.  I still see them all as young kiddos learning about the world but reality is they are all grown up teaching me things!  :-)

#8 Aunt

The heading for this block is: One Day at a Time (Letter from Indiana, January 1933)
I have never been to Indiana, but my birthday is in January!

My thoughts on her letter was really to take one day at a time.  How many times did you hear your parents, an adult, that little voice in your head, or spiritual leader say that?! I've probably heard it a million times. Do we really take one day at a time? Is that even possible?

Personally, I KNOW I should live for today, get done what I can and tomorrow will take care of itself but it's difficult in these times (2015) not to prepare for tomorrow.  I mean there's a lot to think of and worry about these days and if you don't think ahead you'll be unprepared and left behind.

It's almost like a riddle, making me chuckle a little.

Is there anyone that truly lives solely in the PRESENT day, not thinking of tomorrow?  I was raised hearing to prepare for the future, your actions today will make you who you are tomorrow, BUT not to let your past define your future, and of course "there's always tomorrow". 

Honestly, this was a short note to the editor, however is actually a deep subject that I am sure could generate long, thoughtful discussions.

So, until the next letter and block, I'll leave stating that I will TRY to remember to enjoy the day I am living at the moment and not focus so much on the what ifs of tomorrow, BUT I know that I am prone to always think ahead, so how about I'll just TRY...(chuckle)

What's Happening Today?...
With all the local wineries being overcrowded today, we found ourselves at a little place called Upper Crust in Middleburg, VA.  It was a bakery / deli and nice find on our way home.  Once home, we decided to watch PITCH PERFECT 2 on demand and settle in for the day.  I was in choir and madrigals from 5th grade until I graduated HS, so I'm drawn to any tv show or movie with singing.  Singing is good for the soul.

The final song of the movie was Flashlight and it sort of reminded me of this sew along and many other things in life.  You can do good things on your own, but when you embrace everyone's uniqueness and strengths throughout all generations you can accomplish great things.  (SPOILERS - in the movie it was the current group, along with the former Bardon Bella Alumni singing together  that took them to a win)

Here's to everyone being at least one person's Flashlight along this journey we call life...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Becky & Bonnie - Farmer's Wife

29 September 2015

Why not start ANOTHER project?  I joined the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sew Along. This will be my first real patriotic quilt.  I'll try to post pictures of all my blocks along with corresponding letters as they would be relevant today or based on what's going on at the moment.

This is a sampler quilt based on inspiring letters to the Farmer's Wife Magazine from farm women of the Great Depression.  The former Farmer's Wife Magazine is now known as the Farm Journal.

This is the first week and the assigned blocks are #12 Becky and #16 Bonnie.


The heading for this block was: Quit Merely Existing (Letter from Nebraska, March 1934)
I have never been to Nebraska.
Like her title, many days it seems like I'm going through life just existing, worrying about the state of our country, bills, losing weight, washing clothes, straightening the house, what's for dinner, worrying about where I'll be in the next 10 years and so on (you get the idea)...Well, I don't always just worry about getting through the day, month, or year (ok, well maybe I do), but I do try hard to ensure that those close to me know that I care about them and am thankful for their love, time, and experiences we share.  I think my biggest fear would be to exist without my spouse, I mean no relationship is perfect, but I really try to ensure he knows how deeply I love him.
My favorite thing is the smell of fresh cut grass, and all the silly things that my spouse does to make me smile; I actually pause to enjoy the sunrise or sunset and watch how it interacts with the clouds.  Some days I just sit on my front porch and listen to the water fountain.  Basically, as I get older I really try to appreciate things that would normally have gone unnoticed growing up; for instance, as I was driving today I noticed that someone had placed a blue bird cut out on a rail fence and had the flag flying next to it - it was just a farm along a road in the middle of nowhere, but it was a pleasant sight. 
If it's just a cup of coffee or the entire day, take a moment to really live, do something out of your normal routine, and maybe you'll find an energized heart and a quick smile...


The heading for this block was: Rain for the Soul (Letter from South Dakota, June 1934)
I have never been to South Dakota.
It's interesting that I assembled this block today, it's POURING down rain and I think it's suppose to rain for a few days.  Fall just began and it's a transition time with rain, wind, cooler mornings, leaves trying to change, some leaves not knowing what season it is and just falling from the's a time where things die off and the scenery changes. 
My take away from this letter is the same from this woman back in June of 1934 - "Only faith in God and a strong determination to look for the good side and wish everyone well has kept the soul from becoming a heap of dust." -excerpt from Farmers Wife 1930's book.
Although times may be difficult and there appears no relief, stop and look for the good in even the worst things is all we can try to do.  I mean there must be a reason we get a flat tire the very day we can't be late for something, right?  :-)

Happening right now (9/29/2015):  The iHeart Radio Music Festival is on TV and most of the music is good; well it's good background noise anyway, however I have to say... announcing Kayne West as the next President of the United States really makes me take pause as to where this country is headed.  It's become a country that doesn't care much for patriotism, fiscal responsibility, and being a community; it's turned into special interest groups, ever raising taxes, greed, and singers thinking they know how to run an entire country. My heart is heavy with sadness for this country and I am praying that this sew along and the use of patriotic fabrics will be my positive productive therapy; keep me grounded.

I pray common sense will prevail. I am especially thankful I am able to budget for fabrics and enjoy this creative community of wonderful quilters!

Have a blessed week!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Feeling grateful...thank you HomeFront Girl

I play the lottery every week and although I haven't won yet, I'm going to hit the big one someday soon! This isn't about winning the latest lottery for millions of dollars, but it is a post about winning the lottery of a completely different nature.

Not too long ago, a friend and I went to visit Melissa at the Quilts of Honor booth at the Prince William County Fair.  I bought a few raffle tickets knowing I probably wouldn't win, but the $$ was going towards a good cause.  This group relies on donations to obtain fabric, batting, and quilting for quilts to provide to veterans and the piecing is all done by volunteers.  A LOT OF LOVE GOES INTO MAKING EACH ONE....

(I'm most familiar with the East Coast Quilts of Honor; to contact them, click here)
The mission of Quilts of Honor is to bestow a universal symbol and token of thanks, solace, and remembrance to those who serve in harm's way to protect and defend our lives and freedoms. Quilts of Honor are made by the loving hands of countless volunteers who wish to thank those who have served so that they know their sacrifices are appreciated.

Well, one day I received a message that I WON a set of yankee candles.  You're probably thinking candles aren't really that big of a deal, right? First of all, I was so dog gone tickled I won anything, it could have been a roll of TP!  But seriously, when I realized what these candles represent, I really think I won the jackpot!!

These aren't just any Yankee Candles, they were designed by a local artist, Gabby of HomeFront Girl.

MORE ABOUT HOMEFRONT GIRL: (click on this quick Youtube video to learn more)

"She is a wife, a mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, fiancee, girlfriend or a friend.  She is anyone who has ever loved someone serving in our military and "shared her Hero with the rest of the world".


Support Our Troops

Give Thanks for Heroes That Never Stop Giving
Gratitude Never Out of Style

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and don't forget to thank a service member, including your local police officers and fire fighters... They are the ones keeping us safe...

Thinking of my dad, my father in law, my nephew, veterans, all those currently serving in the military and their families and friends that support them.  Take a moment today to reflect on what you're thankful for...


Monday, September 14, 2015

Washi Tape, Tea lights and tiny bags...

When you get a call to help out...well, that's what you do!!! 

I made sweet little shower favors for my niece's baby shower.  I saw an idea in Pinterest (of course) and just went with it. 

1.  YOU NEED CANDLES...I bought a bag of 100 tea lights at the party store (the kind with the silver liner and they don't look so decorative; but that's OK... we're going to make them pretty!)

2.  GET SOME WASHI TAPE...most craft stores have this and they come in ALL sorts of patterns and colors. I picked BLUE, because IT' A BOY!

3. ADD the tape to the tea lights..

4. Place them in a cute little bag.  I chose 2 per little blue bag because they are going into a bag with a bath sponge and bath gel with a tag that says:  From Ashley's Shower to Yours

Viola!!  1/2 way done with the favors.  

You could do this for party favors, teacher gifts, as thank you gifts, or WAIT!! Maybe I'll make myself a few!! HAHA

Until next time..Happy Sewing!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Tuffets & Baseball

N A T S, Nats, Nats, Nats...whoo!!  That's what is chanted at the Washington Nationals baseball stadium when they want the crowd to cheer on the team to a win.

We've been going to the new stadium since 2008 and I've even considered looking for a small condo there since we have season tickets for the next few years.

My love for baseball inspired this latest tuffet.  Ode to the Nats...


I am thinking of doing another one using the 10 year patch and maybe different fabrics.

Hope you enjoyed this little sports tuffet story as much as me! 

Look for classes coming to a local quilt shop or guild near you!  You can also inform your LQS you REALLY want to make one of these.  If you happen to mention my email info to them (, well I would be tickled pink and be very appreciative.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Little Tuffet Pin Cushion...BOO!

Just in time for Halloween; this is my first Little tuffet pin cushion. I got a kit, cut a few festive strips of fabric, found some drawer knobs, a little button and this is how it came together.

There are a few lessons learned and modifications I'll make for the next one, but overall this is a fun project for all ages and took about 3 hours; which means most could probably finish sooner!  Hah

Kits soon available on my website:

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fabric Sneak Peek

I can not confirm or deny what these luscious batiks will transform into, however I had to share!!   More colors coming soon...

All to be revealed Oct 2015...

Sunday, August 16, 2015


Farm Girl Fridays Week 15:

So... I'm getting a little later start then most, but these blocks are so addictive that I'm sure to finish them all by the end of the year!

I actually did Block 1 for Week 15 as my very 1st block from the book... here's a reminder of what it looks like:

WK15 - block 1:

LORI's Block, from page 50:
Lori's Block from the blog:

Here's my block:  I made this block during the Sew Sweet Retreat with Susan Emory and used fabric from the sodalicious line, purchased from Kelly Ann's Quilt Shop in Warrenton, VA.

WK15 - Block 2:

LORI's Block, from Page 51:'s my version of this block... I used a variety of fabrics that were sitting my IKEA CD rack in the Orange section.  As you might notice, there are a few KAFFE fabric pieces in here!!  And the leaf is from the VAN GOGH line, which is one of my favorites right now.

Lisa's Block

Also, check out the Facebook group that anyone who is sewing these blocks can join!  Just ask to join and then you can share, ask questions, etc; just click JOIN GROUP:

Facebook Group:  FRESH Farm Girl Vintage Chicks

Lori Holt's Bee In My Bonnet blog:

Block schedule posted on Fat Quarter Shop:

Off to start Week 16! 
What blocks are you working on?

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I'm Back...Happy Wednesday!

There will be a few back to back posts coming up; mainly because I just got over a 2 week illness of some sort!  Summer sickness sings sour songs! (Say that 3 times fast)

Well, lots of exciting things coming up in the next few months and I can't wait to share them with you, but for now I have to share this short story:

A family member stated that I was hard to buy for; I paused....and then I laughed and laughed and laughed!!!

Now some might say that's just R U D E, however I got such a chuckle out of it because there should be no doubt...I love:
  • Fabric
    • FQs, 1/2 yd cuts, YD cuts, bundles, anything, any color, quilter's quality fabric - this leaves never ending options for anyone.. I mean, you can't have too much fabric, right?
  • Notions
    • rotary cutters, rotary blades, Best Press, rulers, etc...there are WAY too many to mention
  • Thread
    • I LOVE THREAD!!  I really love AURIFIL Thread, WT50, but hey, I'm not too picky
  • Music
    • I listen to music while I sew; all kinds of music.  ITUNES cards, a new CD, etc.  If you think I'll like it then Coolie-O, I'll love it - well except for acid rock...I do not love that
and the list goes on...well...HONESTLY, I prefer just to spend time with people, that's the best gift there is because that creates a memory; I can't misplace memories or forget where they came from.  So, the gift of your time is the most cherished gift of all.
We didn't realize we were making  memories, we just knew we were having fun.: Good Quotes, Time Favourit, Make Time To Make Memories, Childhood Memories Quotes, Can'T Having You Quotes, Make Me Smile Quotes, Long Time Friends Quotes, Fun Time Quotes, Make Memories Quotes
I have to get back to sewing and collect my thoughts for all the exciting things coming up.
What's on your TO DO LIST?   I need to come up with 10 UFOs for our upcoming Guild Meeting, create a block of the month, get going on my Farm Girl sew along, and start making plans for future adventures.
Have a blessed rest of the week!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage

These are my first 4 blocks from the Farm Girl Vintage book....

Apron Strings - p.8

Kettle's On! - p.39 (Week 12 sew along)

Kitchen Window - p.41 (week 12 sew along)

Out To Pasture - p.50

I belong to a local FB group that is open to anyone sewing these blocks to share, ask questions, etc; just click JOIN GROUP:

Facebook Group:  FRESH Farm Girl Vintage Chicks

Lori Holt's Bee In My Bonnet blog:

Block schedule posted on Fat Quarter Shop:

What blocks are you working on?

Have a great day!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Don't you love surprises?

I LOVE surprises!   Especially when they come from special friends.   A huge shout out to Lynnion who thought of me when she saw this fabric.  What shall Journey and I make with this??

Journey loves surprises too!! (He's my gnome that is my travel sidekick)

Love love love...