A Relaxing Christmas

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Nothing like laying around doing nothing…


We had dinner at my in-laws and played with their cocker, named “Summer.”   Summer was a show dog, and won U.S. National “Best Puppy” designation.  She’s now 1.5 years old, and the family pet.  Such a sweetie!

I did a little quilting, but not much.  Hopefully more today!

Hope you are having a great weekend…

Merry Christmas!

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May you have fun opening your gifts!


May you find a good place to rest when you need a nap!


Just keep an eye open so you know what’s going on.

Merry Christmas!

Busy Quilting

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I’m not ignoring you… on purpose.  I’ve been working at finishing up Feathered Cheddar, decorating for Christmas and trying to keep my head above water. 


I may not be back on here until after the holidays… if I’m not, I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Quilty New Year!     tree

Lois K. Ide: Quiltmaker

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Sometimes people enter our lives, and we are all the better for it.   Lois Ide was such a person.  I “met” Lois when I was doing research for my first book, “America’s Pictorial Quilts.”  Lois was a talented quiltmaker from Ohio, and we carried on a penpal relationship about quilts, family and religion for many years.  I was sad to learn that Lois passed away recently just 10 days after her husband.

From her obituary:


“BUCYRUS: Lois K. Ide, 90, of Bucyrus, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at Altercare of Bucyrus.

Lois was born June 3, 1920 in Swanton (Fulton County), Ohio to the late William and Olive (Foote) Kyper. She married Carl J. Ide on June 12, 1943 at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Columbus.

In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Dr. Carl J. Ide on November 20, 2010…

Lois was well known locally and nationally in the quilt world through her published writings in several books, as well as through her lectures and workshops. Her quilts have been shown in several museums including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and she has donated quilts to the Ohio Historical Museum in Columbus where they are still on display.
Lois enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and sharing her artistic abilities with others.”

When my family was preparing to move to a new house shortly after the book was published, we received a package in the mail from Lois.  She made each of us a Christmas ornament  – a Christmas goose – to hang on our tree, which we do every year. She wrote a little note on the back of her business care, which to this day I still have.

Lois2  Lois1  ornaments

Thank you for your friendship, Lois.

You can read more about Lois and her quilting in America’s Pictorial Quilts, published by American Quilter’s Society, copyright 1985, Caron L. Mosey, pages 23-24.

I Love Hand Quilting!

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My favorite thing to do is sit and hand quilt.  Through the years, I’ve done most of my quilts by hand.  2010 Longway


I’m nearing the end of “Feathered Cheddar” and looking forward to putting a binding on it.  While I’m quilting, I’m dreaming of the next hand quilting event… what should it be?

Bill’s blog over at Wonky World is causing me to consider an “intense quilting event.”  Check out the last few posts of his beautiful antique Album Quilt.   Oh my, my heart is singing!  While I love the album style applique, it’s the quilting that has my attention.   Just look at how close that is!