Thursday, July 17, 2014

Weddings and Mennonites

As I am sure all my readers know, August 1st our son is getting married to his long time girlfriend.  We are all excited.  Ever so often we have dinner and sit outside at his fire ring going over all we have to do.

It is getting close now.  Her gown has been altered and ready, his suit, my dress, flowers, etc.  It is just to do all the odds and ends.  We will leave for PA early Wednesday so we have plenty of time to set it all up.

Now the next day our nephew is getting married.  I asked everyone's opinion as to which quilt to give them as a present.  Well, with lots of thought, research, and help from all my fellow quilters.  I decided to give them this quilt:

See his wife to be is Mennonite and our nephew is going Mennonite.   I learned there are different orders of Mennonites.   She is old order from Ephrata,  PA.  I learned that Mennonites are a branch of the Christian church,  with roots in the radical wing of the 16th century Protestant Reformation.   Part of the group known as Anabiptist (because they re-baptise adult believers)

(Our nephew Shawn, and his fiancé)

Mennonites got their name from Menno Simons,  a Dutch priest who converted to the Anabiptist faith and helped lead them.

The Mennonite were of German heritage.  The Amish separated from Mennonite in the late 1600's.  Known for their plain dress and complete rejection to modern technology.   The both came to America in the 1800's, first settling in PA.

Anyway to make a long story short, unlike the Amish, they have electric, they do drive vehicles (but everything on the vehicle must be black, bumpers, grilks, etc.)  They dress plain, with plain darker colors (not bright colors nor prints), their head dress is smaller, and they have interest in English outside the church.  (Amish are a tight community in themselves).  

So knowing all this, I know they will use this quilt.  They are not into the bright colors nor the newer, brighter fabrics.

It is going to be a very busy weekend.  After their wedding our son has a gig planned with his friends.  We will be going to listen to him and the others sing.

Look out.....their will be lots of pictures.

Two weddings.....oh, lots to do....later,


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Help, I need your Opinion

HELP, I would love to have your opinion on this.  

You see, my son is getting married on August 1st in PA.  So we have a lot to get and organize.  It isn't easy, getting it all together living 956 miles away.  But my son and his fiancĂ© are troopers and all is getting done.

My problem is my nephew is getting married the next day.  (Gonna be a busy weekend)  Well, I would like to give him and his wife to be, one of my quilts.  But it seems as we each have a different opinion as to which one.  We have no idea as to what their colors are.  The only thing we do know is he is marrying a Menonite girl.  (and she is sweet, a school teacher)

I would truly appreciate your input as to which quilt you think would be appropriate.

First,   is:  
"Buzz Saw",    79" X 83"

Second, is:
 "Proud Honeysuckle"   79" X 79"

Third, is:
"Scrappy Batiks"   72" X 78"

Last but not least...
Forth, is:
"Wonky Stars"  60" X 72"

Ok, these are the four that each one of us picked to give as a wedding present.  I only wish I had more time to make a special one just for them.  My family says one of these will be perfect.

NOW, which one do you think I should give them?

Thank you all for your help.  Now I got lots of table toppers that I am making.  Then I need to find a dress.  Oh, then to make a silk pouch.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Busy, Busy, Summrer

What a BUSY summer so far.  We not only are getting ready for our sons wedding in August, but have been busy with our dear Amish friends.  See, we drive them where they need to go.

My husband drove 6 adults and 10 children to up state WI.  As you can imagine there was not enough room for me.   What a cool place he was in.  It reminded him of were we are from in PA.  They went to a wedding.  Unfortunately, he could not take any pictures.  But he sure learned a lot.  

Unfurtunately, a week later "grandma" passed away and he had to take them all to a funeral in MI.  At least she got to see her youngest granddaughter get married.

Me, well, I was as busy as a bee.  I have been going with my future daughter-in-law to find a gown.  (Oh, she found a beautiful one)  since then we have been going to the lady that is altering it for her.  Tomorrow we pick it up.  Oh I also found a dress for myself.  YEAH!!   I think that was harder than finding her gown. 

I also got some beautiful fabric to make 30 little table toppers for her and one large one for the bridal's table.  

So off I go to get them done.  I never knew there were so many things to think of and do.

So till later....


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Come join me on my "PICNIC"

A BIG thank you to Mary Winegar and Madame Samm for all their hard work and for coming up with this great idea of having a picnic.  "THANK YOU"

Now...come see mine.....

(First...let me remind you, I think out of the box)

Remember Sally?  Well, she decided to enjoy the sun, the warm summer breeze, beautiful flowers, hear the birds singing, etc.  So she packed her basket with fabric, sissors, cutting mat and her quilt book with a pattern she wants to make.  Oh, a sandwich and lemonade. 

See her basket of goodies?  (You can't have a picnic without ants. )

Here is Sally.  (Looks like the bees want some of her lemonade)

Now this is only her pre-picnic.  See she got a phone call earlier from her boyfriend.  He wants to take her out later that evening.  But what she don't know is he wants to take her to the beach to watch the sunset.  I did get a peek at his basket.

Oh look, he is going to bring the crazy quilt she made him and is that a red rose I see?  Gee I wonder what he is thinking????

Hope I didn't bore you too much.   Now it is time for me to pour my glass of lemonade and find a comfy spot.  Come join me and see who else is having their picnic today.  

Thursday June 5

(Here is the rest of the schedule)

Friday June 6

Monday June 9

I sure hope you are enjoying yourself as much as I am.  I love picnics!


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Me, May and my Buzzsaw

I want to appoligize to to my followers.  I know it has been a long time since I posted and I am very sorry.   May was a rough but happy month.

I had to let my Web site go.   :(     That also ment that my email address was lost.   I had to get a new one.  Well that was the easy part.  I had to change Google, e-bay, etc.  So I sat with my coffee and I notified all the different sites and programs, I was google eyed to say the least.


My new email:

But, I did get some quilting in.   I purchased these green and tan prints  (I even found one that matched in that had a little red in) at a really good price, having in mind the "Buzzsaw" block.  Ah, my next project.

With them I made 2 1/2" X 6 1/2" strips.  (half of white and half of printed fabrics)  I also cut 2 1/2" squares.  These I sewed diagonal on the top corner.

From these:  I sewed 4 together,

Now I have lots of 6 1/2" squares, so it was time to sew two of them together:

Then I sewed two of those together to make my 12 1/2 inch block:

I made a total of 42 - 12 1/2 inch blocks.  (Buzzsaw)

I carefully sewed all the  blocks together
trying not to have two the same fabrics close.
I then quilted it in an all over feathered pattern.  

Total size is:  71" X  83"

This is a very busy month, not only loosing my email but then there was Mothers Day,my Brother's Anniversary, then my Nephew's Birthday, then OUR ANNIVERSARY (oh my, it was our 39th ...hard to believe how time flies)  Then MY Birthday,  (guess I can't say I am 29 anymore)  Plus, we got company from PA for a week and was helping my future daughter-in-law hunt for that special wedding gown.  WHEW!!!   (We did find a beautiful gown which is now being altered.  Can't you tell, I am all excited?)

REMINDER....don't forget "A Perfect Picnic"  hop starts on June 2nd.   There will be lots of fun going on.


 So till then.....

To get special designed quilts or to see my gallery, check out my site at:

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mothers Day - Say it with Batiks

First and formost....I want to say HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL THE MOTHERS our there.  It is their day to shine.  And if you ask me....they should have more than one day to be reconized for all they have done for us!!!

I am very proud of my mother.  She worked very hard all her life. She is the youngest of  a family of 6 sisters and 8 brothers. Grew up during the depression.  Her father left her mother before she was born never to be seen again.  So her mother raised them all herself.   She is now. the only one left of her family, and is  88 years young (has all the average ailments an 88 does) but she is a fighter and doing good.


"Thank you so much mom,
 for everything you have done for me."  

                            Thank you Graphics

I know it has been a long time since I had posted anything.  I have been so busy around here to say the least.  May is a very big month for me.  It was always the month that I have mu fun walking in the greenhouses, picking flowers for my beds and to put on my porch.  I love my flowers and flower beds.  I always have a wide array of flowers around here. (from Roses to Petunias, oh, and a garden.  Love my tomatoes)  Then there are 4 birthday's this month in my family, besides mine.  And 3 anniversaries.  (including our 39th Anniversary)   Then there is Mothers day.  Well, that is actually an easy one.  See, we live in TN and both of our mothers are in PA.  They are in need of anything and neither care for flowers, so we order them a pizza.  They both love it.  They don't have to cook and we get their favorite toppings on.  And is something they look forward to.

                                          2 Large 14" Pizzas

Oh, could I eat a slice about now.  See, they have pizza down here but not at all what we are use to.

Our Anniversary....Well that is to be determined as to what we will do.  Every year for 38 years, he has gotten me red roses.  So, I know I will get them but as to where we will go.  I do not know as of yet.  He always surprises me.  But I do know we will have fun.

Anyway.....before this month began, I had gotten lots of Batik fabrics.  Some we exchanged in our quilt guild last year and some I just, well, guess you could say I horded it though time, lol.  I took a picture of this quilt a long time ago, but it was made of Greens and Golds.  I am so sorry that I did not get to write the designer down.  I do hope they forgive me.  Anyway, I made it in my Batiks, plus added a little twist to the stepping blocks..

It was mostly done with 2 1/2 inch HST;s and 2 1/2 inch squares added on to 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch strips.

It was easy to make..
I did an all over feather design on it.

                                This is suppose to show the quilting done on the back.  But I don't know if it is the camera, me or my glasses.  I don't think it showed up well at all.

And here it is:   

Total size is 70 1/2 " X 80"

OK, I am off to another party this afternoon, and also have 2 quilts in the making.....Never a dull moment in this house.

Till later,


To get special designed quilts or to see my gallery, check out my site at:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Time is really flying by.  It is almost time for the Paducah Quilt Show in KY.  Oh, Boy!!! 

It starts on Wednesday and runs through Saturday.   (April 23rd - 26th).  Oh, and I am going!!!
  Leaving early Wednesday morning with some of my friends.  We are making a day of it and I can't wait. (can you tell)

I do hope everyone had a great Easter. We have no little ones around our house anymore.  (Our grandsons are in the state of Washington, but we did get to talk to them.)  I remember when I was little,painting eggs on Saturday and having an egg hunt with the neighbor kids.  Then getting all dressed up on Sunday morning (oh, and getting yelled at cause I still had stain on my fingers, lol)  Oh, and remember getting the little colored chicks??

I seen this on Facebook and just had to share you.

But on another note it is sad to say that the What is your "Super Power"?  hop is over.  Thank you so much, Pauline and Madame Samm for all your hard work in bringing this all together.  I had so much fun.  We have so many talented, crafty people out there, don't we? (In case you have missed any, you can go to either of their sites for the full schedule.)

While checking everyone's Super Power, I was asked to make a quilt for my future daughter-in-law.  She wanted me to make her father a flannel quilt for his Birthday.  She wanted it in Black Bears for collects anything with Black Bears.  So I called a shop up in Alaska.  They had all kinds of Black Bear prints( plus many other wild animal prints).  I got two panels of Black Bears, green pine trees, and then mini Bear paw prints.  I made all my blocks 10 inches square, fussy cutting the Black Bear printed panel.  Then machine quilted an all over Oak Leaf print.

OK, I am sure you are all wondering which names were chosen for my giveaway.  Again, I want to thank  Cathy Dettlaff  for her generious gifts.  (If you haven't gone to her E-Bay store yet.  Please do.  She has some really great products at terrific prices.  And let me add that she will ship whatever you order, same day.)  

 So without further ado:

For the1/2 yard cut of Candy Fabric.....


The Winner is:    Heidi  of  Banks of Frog Creek....

And the 1 yard of Thermore Ultra Thin Batting......


The Winner is.......Casey  in Canada.

CONGRATULATIONS   to BOTH of you.....I will be sending an e-mail to you shortly to verify your winnings.

Now, I must get some things finished and get ready for the Quilt Show....


To get special designed quilts or to see my gallery, check out my site at: