Help Needed!

Help me brainstorm!

What upbeat song would prompt quilters to “shake their booty?”

Can you name a game or suggest an activity that we could play at a quilt guild meeting? (Not 50/50, but something fun that gets people moving around the room meeting new people)

Our meeting theme in February is “Pajama Party,” so we’re looking for fun things to do… and are very open to suggestions!


Stormie and I have been busy quilting on our Feathered Stars quilt. Here are some pictures of our progress thus far.

Jan 28.2013A One of the corners… Here you see only the diagonal lines going one way.  After the entire quilt has these lines going one way, they will be crossed in the other direction, creating one-inch squares in the background. 

Once that is accomplished, each square will then be dissected creating half-inch squares.

The feathered stars have quilting in the ditch in the feathered area.

Jan 28.2013C Another view.
Jan 28.2013D And yet another.
If you click on the photos, the picture should enlarge on your screen.
Sometimes one of us gets bored and needs a diversion from quilting.  We won’t name names.

A squirrel on the hanging bird feeder outside the living room window.  It instantly becomes a SQUIRREL feeder.

Below, the view from Mom’s leather chair where “we” quilt.

12.27.2013B 12.27.2013C

The Future of Quilting Books and Magazines

In the United States, we have seen the demise of the daily newspaper in many areas of our country.  With online and televised news, fewer people see the need to purchase a daily paper.  I know in our own home, we have dropped our local paper (The Flint Journal) and only subscribe to one newspaper (The Detroit Free Press).  But the Detroit Free Press is no longer a daily paper!  It provides subscriptions for home delivery on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and offers a paid online subscription the other days.  How has this trend to reduce the printed word to an online or electronic version affected quilters?

I did a search on Google for “eBooks quilting” which took me to a Google list of over 10 pages of items.  At the top of the list is with Quilts & Quilting: Kindle eBooks. Many of these books are books by Jennifer Chiaverini (whom I adore) and her Elm Creek Quilts novels.  But there are also many books that are how-to books with patterns which makes me wonder…  would you buy a book for your Kindle or Nook (or iPad /tablet) that had patterns in it?


Do you find yourself purchasing as many new quilting books as you used to?  How about magazines (that you can hold in your hand)? Personally, I only subscribe to one quilt magazine now, whereas 20 years ago, I had four subscriptions. The large number of online sites, blogs, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. fulfills my need to look at quilts ‘til “the cows come home.”  I would rather spend my money on fabric than on paper products.


What are your thoughts on the subject?  Chime in and leave a comment below.  I’m anxious to learn what you are thinking!

Published by Caron Mosey at Michigan Quilts! 2013.
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Hell HAS Frozen Over

HellYes folks, it has, indeed frozen over.  

Here in Michigan, and in other parts of the United States, we are in the middle of a deep freeze.  Today, schools in my area were all closed due to the low temperatures.  We don’t want students standing outside waiting for the bus or walking to school in sub zero weather. 

I remember as a child attending Elms Elementary in Flushing… second grade, I think.  There was an area of the school by the kindergarten rooms that formed a little inset area; a buffer from the winds.  At recess time after lunch, we had to go outside no matter how cold it was.  The kids would all huddle together in this area to hide from the wind and keep each other warm.  We’d stand there for about 20-25 minutes shivering until the bell rang and we could go back inside.  Funny how you remember things like that!

I live in Flushing, a little town just west of Flint.  It’s a nice area with a downtown two short blocks long.  Here’s a nice picture taken just after Christmas.  

downtown Flushing

My favorite time of the year to sit and quilt is on days like today.  I can snuggle under my quilt in my chair, warm and toasty underneath all those layers of quilt, and just hand quilt for hours.  I think I’ll head over there and do just that. 

quilt night

30 Things: Number 30


30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

Oh my gosh, here it is:  the last one, Number 30!

  1. Son #1: Sean
  2. Son #2: Loren
  3. Book #1: America’s Pictorial Quilts
  4. Book #2: Contemporary Quilts From Traditional Designs
  5. Being a great elementary, middle school and university teacher
  6. Remaining a dedicated and talented hand quilter while surrounded by a movement that promotes machine quilting
  7. Being a caring individual who is accepting of people from all walks of life
  8. Someone who is not afraid to try new things
  9. Someone who stands up for her faith
  10. Someone who does her best and does the right thing… because it’s the RIGHT thing, even when nobody is looking.

There.  That’s 30 things in black and white on your screen.  It was a good exercise for me, and for many of you who faithfully responded to just about every post, I thank you!  I probably shared more than I would have without the 30 Things prompts, but that’s alright.  It was fun, made me think, and helped create a conversation between us. 


Quilting update photos on my feathered star quilt:

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30 Things: Number 29

29. What do you think people misunderstand most about you?
I love to talk to people, and I love to listen and help others.  I think I sometimes come across differently than that, but my intentions are always good.  They come from the heart. 
How can a person REALLY know another person unless they live with them day in and day out?  You can’t.  Example:  Someone I went to high school with was always very quiet and never spoke to me much, even when we were adults with children of our own.  I thought she couldn’t stand me, and wanted nothing to do with me.  I found out years later through communicating in an online social forum that she was extremely shy and afraid to talk to people.  It had nothing to do with me at all!  She’s a beautiful person, and I am happy to now be friends with her after all this time. 
What we perceive about others may or may not be accurate.  We need to put judgments aside, and assume the best. 


How do YOU think YOU come across to others?

30 Things: Number 27

27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?

OK, now these questions are getting ridiculous.  Good thing this is almost over!
I’d have to say my eyes.  Without my eyes, I wouldn’t be able to see The Woodworker.  Or my children.  Or grandchildren.  Or the ocean, a sunrise, a sunset, my animals, my friends, or the mountains.  I wouldn’t be able to quilt or knit or enjoy the garden.  Gazing at the stars wouldn’t happen, nor would watching the ducks on the river.  Riding the motorcycle behind The Woodworker would be futile, with nothing to look at. Visiting the art museum, attending quilt shows, and reading YOUR blog wouldn’t be the same. 

Yup, my eyes are my favorite body part.

OK, I don’t know what is causing this, but it happens over and over again.  It could be Blogger, or it could be Windows Live Writer, but it is REALLY getting annoying!  I write my blog in Live Writer and click to publish it, and I get this error message: 
“The remote server returned an error: (403) Forbidden.”

What the heck?  

My patience is wearing VERY thin!

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30 Things: Number 26

26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?

This is quick and easy.

JesusI don’t believe Jesus was a white man from the Bronx.  Most of the photos and drawings you see in America show Jesus as a white man.  I have seen many men from the part of the world where Jesus lived.  They look nothing like the majority of photos I see.  When did you ever see a man from the Middle East who was born there… with blonde hair?  Blue eyes? 


I could be wrong.  It wouldn’t be the first time. 

30 Things: Number 25


25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?InezandArvelShook

I never had the opportunity to meet my paternal grandparents.  They passed away before I visited my biological family in Georgia in May of 2011.  If I could, I’d like to have a private dinner with them in their old home in Young Harris, Georgia.  I have so many questions about their life, beliefs, relationship with God, family history and how they raised their children.  I understand that my grandma was a fantastic cook, and she was also a quilter.  I would hope she would cook a meal that she has cooked for her family on a regular basis, and show me how to prepare it.  After dinner, of course, we would sit down and chat at the quilt frame. 

30 Things: Number 24


24. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.

When I was growing up my father had his own floral business.  He worked 6-7 days each week depending on the time of year and if it was around a holiday. It was difficult to take vacations because 1) he was his own boss, thus he didn’t get “vacation pay.”  2) If he wasn’t at the shop, he wasn’t earning money.  After many years of that, my mother put her foot down, and we eventually took a vacation every summer.  By then, he had hired one or two people who could work in the shop while he was gone, so he didn’t have to close entirely.  It helped, but his main focus was still on his business.  My mother made most of the decisions in the family, and usually my father went along with whatever she said. As a father, he tried to spend as much time with my brother and I as he could. He read to me every night before I went to bed, and did the same with my brother.  Both Bob and I spent time “working” alongside Dad in the flower shop, and the money we earned went into our college funds.  It taught us a lot!

My husband also has his own business.  He used to work 6 days a week to keep his shop open, and had many of the same issues that my dad did when it came to taking time off.  Because he’s self-employed and the only employee, we often joke about the really bad Company Christmas parties he has.  My husband has always taken time to do things with our sons, and when he could, would squeak away from work on Saturdays to attend their ball games and other events.  But it was difficult for him to get away.  Now, he works 5 days each week, and really enjoys a “normal weekend.”  As a couple, we make most of our decisions together.  I’m proud that I have never given him a “Honey Do” list.  It has just never been necessary, as we both know what needs to be done and share most of the work.  I should add, that he also worked for my dad.  During college, he would come back to town around the holidays and dad would put him to work making deliveries.  Then when he graduated from college, he worked part-time for him and part-time for his mother in HER business.  As you can see, the small business thing is in our blood!

Flower Shop