Ready for Hand Quilting


The Woodworker was a big help on Thursday and packaged up my “Feathered Cheddar” quilt and took it to UPS for me.  It is now on its way to Shipshewana for the juried quilt show.  This show had strict requirements about how to ship your quilt – instructions which included a plastic bag, pillow case, photograph pinned to the quilt, etc.  Highly unusual, but then I haven’t submitted a quilt to a juried show in… many years!   Wish I could attend the show!  If you go, please let me know what the show was like.FlintArtFair

We are off to the Flint Art Fair sometime this weekend.  The timing depends on the weather.  It’s much cooler than most years, something I greatly appreciate.  I don’t do well in the sweltering heat.  I’m on the lookout for jewelry this year for some reason. 

I spent a little time each night during the past week preparing my Spools quilt for hand quilting.  It is now ready, and I may begin stitching this weekend as well.  I’m excited to see how it turns out. It’s not a big quilt – more of a lap quilt size, but it was designed as a wall quilt for a certain someone who doesn’t know it’s coming.  I think it will be a big surprise when it arrives.

I hope your weekend is wonderful!

A huge improvement! Thanks, Honey!


This picture is pretty blurry.  It was taken last September through the window and screen of our sliding glass door that looks out on our back yard.  You can see we had some visitors, which is why I used my Blackberry to take the photo.  Do you see the bench in the photo?  If I had a more clear picture for you to look at, you’d see that the wood was getting all rotten, the wrought iron was looking dismal… and it wasn’t very inviting to sit on.


Jump ahead to this morning.


This is the same bench.    The Woodworker asked me about a month ago what I wanted for Mother’s Day, and I asked if he could replace the wood in my garden bench.  It was easier said than done, but he IS “The Woodworker.”  He also painted the bench a soft mossy green, and love it!!!  We took the truck to his workshop downtown Flushing and I helped him bring it home.

Now to work on the garden.  It needs flowers and less Artemisia.

You can click on the photos to enlarge them (but the top photo will still be blurry).

I bet you wish YOU had a talented Woodworker living in YOUR home.  Sorry, mine is spoken for!

Three Little Questions for Quilt Guilds


1. What does your quilt guild do to bring in new members?

2. Do you encourage younger members to join?

3. How do you help new members/quilters?


Would you please leave a comment below with your ideas.  If you’re not in a guild, please feel free to share any thoughts that you have.  This is called “group brainstorming,” and your thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated.