Do you or someone you know have Multiple Sclerosis?

Some of you know I work for Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, and Multiple Sclerosis is one of the disease states that is in our “Center of Excellence.” I am working on a square for the quilt, and hope you will as well. Stay tuned, and very shortly I will share my square with you. Please consider participating! It is another way that quilters can do what they love to raise money for a worthy cause.

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Online Stalkers

I added Google Analytics to my arsenal of blogging tools about a month ago. The results are very interesting, but one in particular is kind of eerie. Using Analytics, you have the ability to see what keywords people have been using to get to your website. For some reason, there is one set of words I never expected to see be in the top for drawing in visitors: “Caron Mosey Family.” This begs the question, WHY?
I never put anything online that I feel any hesitation about posting. I enjoy sharing my love and joy for my family with my online friends. But SHOULD I share it? Does our family have a stalker? Is there someone out there who is keeping watch over what we do? Or are my fellow quilters just curious?
To set you at ease, nobody in my family is a celebrity. Other than my oldest son who happened to land on a Sam Bernstein commercial, we are not on TV, in the movies, or in politics. We are not rich. You cannot profit from us. There is nothing to get… even if you squeeze! We are a close-knit family, and intend to stay that way. You can’t marry into the family – we are all taken and will remain that way.
So those of you searching for the “Caron Mosey Family” on a regular basis, make yourself known!

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The Prize Babies – 1888

This is one of my favorite antiques in my home. My mother-in-law was an antique dealer, and she gave me this one Christmas years ago. On the back is a label that says “The Prize Babies” copyright 1888. It is a CHROMOLITHOGRAPH. You can read about the process that is used to create something like this here and read about the creator, Louis Prang, here. I don’t know too many people who can resist a picture of an adorable baby. This is on my wall just above another adorable baby… my first grandchild, Jacob.

When Jacob was still in his Mommy’s tummy, I made him a little quilt with dog houses on it. It was hand quilted, and it had all my love, heart, hopes and prayers stitched into it over a period of about seven months.

This “Country Barns” quilt was made for my first baby, Sean, in 1977. Sean is Jacob’s Daddy.
Who makes quilts for other “prize babies?” You know, those adorable babies of celebrities? I was sitting here looking at my “prize babies” and wondered what the quilts of celebrities look like. Who makes them? What do they look like? You just know that they will be great… probably hand quilted and flawless. Can you find pictures of them online? So I did a search. I didn’t have luck. Can you find some?

I challenge you to spend a few minutes and look for baby quilts for famous babies. If you find some, let us know by posting the website address in the comments area below. It would be great if you could include photos on YOUR blog and link to them in the comments! Let’s see what we can find! (I’ll keep looking, too!)

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Caron, Where Are You?

I’ve had a few people email me and ask me if everything is alright. You’re right…you haven’t heard from me in awhile! Summer has taken over my life and my bird garden. Can you see the birdbath in the picture? It’s almost totally hidden by the Artemesia!

So, what have I been doing? Hmmmm. Here’s a glance at a quilt border…

and a quilt block to go in my basket quilt.

Four days ago I joined SparkPeople. I need to be healthier, thinner, and gorgeous for my baby’s wedding next spring. So it’s about time I did something!

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Last weekend Dean and I met up with Loren, Margaret and her parents to look at a house they wanted to buy. It is gorgeous, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Everyone gave it a big thumbs up, and on Monday they put in an offer. Tuesday, they got the word they were hoping to hear: YES! They are so excited, and so are we. They close on the house in about a month, so I need to work on the muscles in my arms and back. Sounds like a moving party to me!

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New Quilters – So Much to Learn!

Do you remember when you first started quilting? I remember it seemed like there was SO much to learn all at once, and I saw so many beautiful quilts and wanted one every bit as beautiful.

My mom was a very accomplished seamstress. Starting when she was about fourteen, she sewed much of her clothing… and mine! Her wedding dress and coat to wear over it (New Year’s Eve wedding in Michigan), my snow suits and dresses… Until she passed away two years ago, she had only one sewing machine – a Singer Featherweight. It is now in my possession.
When mom first taught me to sew, she gave me a piece of notebook paper and sat me down in front of her machine. She had me sew on the straight lines with an empty needle, and encouraged me to watch the pressure foot, not the needle. In time, my lines became more straight. I was only about eight years old, and sewing on the paper became very tedious. But I learned, and today I can sew a good straight line.

What did you learn first when you began quilting? Please leave your comments in the space below, and cast your vote on the poll to the right.

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