Monday, June 6, 2016


May went by in a blur.  While all that travel was great, I am now glad to be home and able to do some sewing and teach local classes for a while.

Just so this is a bit about quilting, here is The Splendid Sampler block # 31 I took with me to work on while in St. Louis:

I didn't get much done but it will eventually be finished.  It's been many years since I've done hand embroidery--this takes me back to my childhood and samplers and kits from the 5 & 10 cent store.

We went to St. Louis for grand-girl Stella's first birthday.  It was so much fun to spend time with her and our son and daughter-in-law.  The party had 30 folks and it was the only day all week with rain so we were indoors most of the time.  There were 4 babies, 3 year old twins, and lots of adults.  Here are just a few snapshots of the excitement:

We were there 4 days and each day she was more familiar with  us. It was wonderful to hold her, read to her, feed her, and love on her a bit.  They will be here in two weeks for a family wedding, then we get a week with her in August at the beach.  

Today I got a photo of Stella in one of the dresses I made for her--so glad it fits:

Our garden will soon be producing, tomatoes and peppers, AND, in a few weeks, blackberries:

Friday I'll be teaching the Antique Rose Star at Patches & Stitches.  This is a fun class that can be sewn by hand or by machine, or some of both:

Now to search for the top of my studio table--it has to be under all this stuff somewhere.  Each time I came home I dumped stuff on it.  Only being home about 10 days in May the studio is quite a mess.  And since I want to sew, I first have to clean up. I'm behind on The Splendid Sampler, Circa 2016, Westering Women and a few other things I've been trying to get back to.  A personal retreat with my best quilting friends later this month should help me play catch-up.

Let's Quilt!



  1. Looks like you had a blast celebrating with Stella! The dress you made is perfect! And so adorable!

  2. Stella is adorable, and so is the dress you made for her. Tomatoes and peppers, 'love them both. Esp. fried green tomatoes, lol. SO glad you had a nice trip, and are back at home. Hand embroidery, not a favorite to actually do (arthritis), but it sure is pretty artwork. I admire it a lot.

  3. Your granddaughter is soooo cute! And so lovely in the beautiful dress you made for her. She is so lucky to have had such a nice visit with her! Is she the one you were making the beautiful folk art quilt for?