Calendar BOM

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After one whole year of designing and making a calendar quilt block for every month, the year is now complete!  Each block has been available online FREE for at least a full month (some for the entire year).  While the blocks are no longer available free, they are available at a very affordable price if you missed one (or more).

January February
Januaryblock Februaryblock
March April
March April
May June
Mayblock JuneBlock
July August
September October
November December

All blocks are copyright 2010 Brookside Creations and may not be made for sale. 

To purchase one or more blocks, go to Paypal and sign in.  Click on the tab that says SEND MONEY.  Enter into the email address space.  Click on the tab that says PURCHASE, and check GOODS.  Enter the amount of the purchase you are making:

1 block = $4.00
3 blocks = $9.00
6 blocks = $12.00
12 blocks = $15.00


Send me an email at and let me know which blocks you would like, and provide me with your email address and full name.  

Within 24 hours, you will receive an email from me (Caron Mosey) with your attached block patterns in PDF.  Please include your email address and full name.

Add this email address to your email program so that your order won’t end up in your spam folder:

Randomness in Blue

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BlueLily Blue Lily

AtticWindows Attic Windows

BobsQuilt2 1985 Bob’s Log Cabin

DSC01565 Loren’s Rail Fence

DSC01929 French Star

DSC02292 Loren and Marge’s Quilt

LadyLady of the Lake

I guess I do like blue after all!

Preparation for Hand Quilting

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I refuse to crawl on the floor to pin my quilts for hand quilting.   Here is what I do:



Take 4 of these babies (made by dear hubby Dean)


Add 4 long pieces of highly-crafted wood and fabric strips






Clamp them together into a rectangle or square using inexpensive C-clamps found at any hardware store



Layer the quilt sandwich on the frame by pinning in place on the attractive fabric strips, above


Make good use of tiny brass pins and pin the sandwich approx. every 4 inches across the entire quilt DSC02950 DSC02951

Roll quilt as needed to reach the center

Unpin the sandwich at the wood all the way around, then put everything away until the next quilt top is ready!

Put quilt sandwich in my quilting hoop or beautiful quilting frame dear hubby made (for which I no longer have room to use).

Voila!   No more crawling on the floor or spreading the sandwich on my dining table.

Quilter’s Coffee Mug

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In time for tucking into your favorite quilter’s Christmas stocking!

It’s the Ocean Waves coffee mug!

Mugs are available November 15th by special order only.  Each mug comes with 6 Ocean Waves postcards and a bow made from a piece of the same fabric that is in the quilt, along with a card of description that describes the original quilt.

Michigan residents:

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Shipping in USA only


MI sales tax


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All other U.S. residents:

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Don’t forget to include your name and mailing address

when you place your order!

Bloggers Fall Quilt Festival 2010

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Amy, thanks again for sponsoring this fun festival!

For this festival, I chose to pull out a quilt I made years ago, as it’s one of my favorites!

As a child, my father read to me every single night before I went to sleep.  One of my favorites was a poem by Robert Louis Stephenson called “Windy Nights.” 


Windy Nights
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Whenever the moon and stars are set, 
       Whenever the wind is high, 
All night long in the dark and wet, 
       A man goes riding by. 
Late in the night when the fires are out, 
       Why does he gallop and gallop about? 
Whenever the trees are crying aloud, 
       And ships are tossed at sea, 
By, on the highway, low and loud, 
       By at the gallop goes he. 
By at the gallop he goes, and then 
       By he comes back at the gallop again.

WindyNights1The quilt is done in appliqué, with hand dyed fabrics, cotton, satin and embroidery.   Close-up It is hand quilted and was made in the late 80’s.

Photos are clickable to see a larger image.

A Quilting Update

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I can’t begin to tell you how much I am enjoying the quilting process on this quilt!  Because I’m home for awhile recuperating, I’m getting in a lot of stitching time. I hope you can see where the stitching is completed.  Because of the solid fabrics, the feathers show up so nicely.  It is being quilting in the same blue as is in the quilt, even on the orange areas.  Click on the photo to enlarge.

You’ll be seeing less of me…

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Over the next year, my friends, you’ll be seeing a lot less of me.   And a lot more. 

Say what?

I mentioned recently that I had weight loss surgery.   On October 18th, I had the Roux-en-Y procedure.  There’s a fantastic explanation on this procedure here, but I warn you it’s pretty graphic. 

Why would someone do something this drastic?   For many reasons.  First, let me dispel a few myths.

  1. People get fat because they choose to.   Absurd.  Nobody wants to be overweight.
  2. Genes don’t make you overweight.  They sure do contribute to the mix!
  3. All you have to do is stop eating.   Guess that explains why at 1000 calories I still gained weight.
  4. Emotions have nothing to do with weight gain.    Also absurd.   They have so much to do with being overweight.
  5. Having weight loss surgery is the easy way out.   OMG, no it’s not!   This is certainly not easy!   This is major surgery, and life-changing.

Let me explain.

I was adopted at 6 months by a loving, thin couple.  My weight became a problem in my junior year of high school, when I worked at a Girl Scout camp in Michigan.  I over did it on peanut butter and honey sandwiches, eaten during times of stress.  I gained 5 pounds that summer.  Then, when I became a mom, it really hit and was a life-time struggle.

I should tell you that I know my birth parents.  On my maternal side, everyone is large, and has been for generations. 

I’ve been on every diet you can name and have gone in and out like a yo-yo,  I’m tired of being overweight, tired of being unhealthy, and anxious to be more active in my older years.  I opted for this surgery to give me a chance at life.  Someone commented recently on this blog that the surgery was “just for weight loss.”  It’s not.  It’s for so much more. 

My surgery was on October 18th.  And already, I feel so much better!

Until you stand in someone else’s shoes, you can’t understand what makes them tick.  Why am I posting this personal information on this blog?  For only one reason.  Somewhere out there in blogland, there may be someone who desperately wants help losing weight.  They may need to talk with someone who has been in a similar situation.  And I’m happy to talk with anybody who is looking for options and help. 

Periodically, I will post my stats so that those who are curious can see how I’m doing.  Also, each month, I will post comparison pictures of my loss.  I’m so excited about this!  And I’m anxious to see the changes that are coming. 

If you know someone interested in going this route to help them become healthier, please send them to this link:

It is the website that has been my lifeline to information that is going to transform my life.