Sunday, December 27, 2009


This was one of my favorite cards I received this year. It was from one of my husband's coworkers. It was created by NuArt.
"Peace on Earth"--wouldn't that be one of the best presents. I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

Also, I am having a Year-End Clearance sale at my website. Lots of fabrics have been marked down. Stop over and check out the bargains.
Just click on the link located on my website and start shopping.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

My grandson made this cute little turkey at preschool. We are so thankful for him. I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoys time with family and friends.

I love this quote by Erma Bombeck:

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. --Erma Bombeck

I also wanted to let you know that my sister is giving away some great items on her blog. We all love free stuff. Just leave a comment with your favorite color and quilt pattern and they could be yours.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New bundles arrived!

Lots of new bundles and kits from Robert Kaufman have arrived. I will try and get them entered into the website this week.

Monday, November 9, 2009

I Love Fall!

I just love the fall trees!
I have one Hydrangea out of 8 that has not stopped blooming. The other seven are dying and this one still thinks it's summer!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Wool Pincushions

I found a wonderful lady named Ellen in Port Angeles, WA that makes these fabulous hand-crafted pincushions. She even sent me a small gift. The cute little bunny on a vintage spool of thread. How cute is she? Thank you Ellen for the thoughful gift. I LOVE IT!
Sorry, the bunny is not available for purchase, but you can find the other adorable pincushions on my website. Since these are all handcrafted, it takes a little longer to get them back in stock. Some variations will occur when reordering.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Butchart Gardens Canada

My husband and I just got back from Seattle, WA celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary. While we were there we took a ferry to the Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, north of Victoria in Cananda. I believe this must be what Heaven looks like. It was absolutely the most beautiful world-class gardens. The purple flowers were my husband's favorite. It is definitely a must see. I am in love with the island and would love to live there.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Holly Jolly Snowman Kit by Moda

Just arrived in the store is a prepackaged kit by Moda with fabric by Kathy Schmitz. Kit includes Winter Welcome pattern by Coach House Designs and fabric for the 50" x 54" quilt top and binding. Backing not included. You will need an additional 3 yards for backing. You still have plenty of time to get it done before Winter arrives!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Heart tablerunner

I finished the tablerunner yesterday and used up the rest of the fabric from the quilt. I squared up the heart blocks to 9-1/2" and cut the white and red squares at 3-1/2". I hope to have both of them quilted this week. Kits for the shop are almost cut. Pattern for heart block and quilt is from Kwik Scrappy Heart.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Stayed up late!

I stayed up late last night because I was determined to get this heart quilt done. It was late and I made a couple mistakes, but it is done! One block was too small so I just added an extra strip. I decided I wasn't going to redo it and when I laid it on the floor I think it looks really cute! Anyway, I am cutting some kits for it this week and will try to get them on the website. I had extra fabric left.....So, today I think I will come up with a tablerunner to make. Two projects in one kit--how cool is that!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Mark Lipinski's Top 75!

Mark Lipinski has a magazine call Quilter's Home. In this issue he has listed his top 75 websites that ever quilter should visit. I am slowing working my way through the list. I was so honored that he chose my website as #20 on his list. Thanks Mark!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Quilt Calendar 2010

The new Quilt Art Calendar is out for 2010. This is a beautiful engagement calendar for keeping track of those important appointments. Klaudeen Hansen has found some of the most beautiful quilts from quilters all over the nation and has featured a different quilt each time you turn the page. I had the pleasure of machine quilting one of my favorites for Pat Current of Apple Valley, MN. Her beautiful Mariner's Compass quilt was chosen to grace the pages for the week of March 29th through April 4th. Congratulations Pat! The calendar comes with a spiral binding so it lays flat and is printed with 7-day spreads. It also has plenty of room to write notes. This would make a great gift for any quilter or for yourself.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Take Care of the Future

These cute bags have just been added to our website. They are made from recycled water bottles and you can recycle them again!
They are great for lunches or used as gift bags. You can wipe them clean and there is a inner pocket for a beverage.
Cute designs by Patty Reed.
11.5''H x 10''W x 4.75''D

Monday, May 18, 2009

Love Antique Quilts!

Oh my gosh, I love antique quilts! I just recently purchased this quilt top off ebay! It is in perfect shape. I am also a huge fan of scrap quilts!, of course, it said buy me all over it. I love to sit and look at all the wonderful fabrics. I also appreciate how the quilters back then always made do with what fabric they had by piecing their scraps together as you can see by the close up picture. I need to do this more often, but as a quilter we always love that excuse to run out and buy more fabric.

I just got in lots of new patterns by Bonnie Blue Quilts. These are great patterns to use up some scraps and if you love reproduction will find them twice as nice.

Monday, May 11, 2009

I am not sure if you have seen this video on, but what a hoot! It is called the Mum Song. Take a listen:


Thursday, April 16, 2009

If you get melted chocolate all over your hands...

If you get melted chocolate all over your hands, you are eating too slowly. ---Author Unknown

We just got back from America's Heartland, Nebraska, over the Easter Holiday. I had to bring home some of my favorite chocolates from Baker's Candies. They are the best and they go so well with quilting! I am not sure if there will be enough to last before I finish my next quilt. I will just have to call and order some more. If you want some too, here is their link:

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

50th Anniversary Sampler Quilt

My parents are celebrating 50 years together over the Easter holiday. We decided to make them a quilt to honor this special occasion. My sisters, niece, and my daughter each made one or two 12-inch blocks for this quilt. We used fabrics from LakeHouse and I quilted it with an all-over butterfly and flower design. I decided to add six stars to the sashing in the center to represent their six children. Congratulations to Marlus and Wayne! My dad was a farmer until he retired. I come from a talented family. My mom was always a crafter and taught all five of us girls how to sew. My brother even made a shirt once. My dad was always making things from wood or jumping in to help with our 4-H projects. Many of you have probably read my "About Me" page on my website and know that the store was named after the small creek that ran by our house. What a great place to grow up. I am sure my parents are reflecting back on all these years, and like me, realize how special they are.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

I found a link to some interesting videos about this holiday. Enjoy!

Click here!

Monday, March 2, 2009

It's Raining, It's Snowing, It's Dark!

It rained all day on Sunday morning in Canton, GA. The rain had turned to snow by Sunday afternoon. This is exciting since we don't see much snow in Georgia and I have been missing it (sometimes) since we moved from Minnesota. It was great until about 4 hours later and our power went out about the time it was getting dark outside. So...what do you do when the power goes out? First, you realize how much you depend on it and then we decided to play cards with my grandson. GO FISH was his game of choice. He was having a great time and commented, "this is like camping inside." After a few rounds of GO FISH we all decided since there wasn't much to do and it was really hard to see by candlelight, that going to bed would be the best thing to do in this situation. Our power did finally arrive back on sometime during the night. This morning while writing this blog, I realized it’s hard to truly appreciate something until it’s gone. They always manage to get the electricity to come back on (thank goodness), but there are lots of things in life that can't be brought back after they are gone. Let's appreciate them.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day and fun weekend! Yesterday, my husband sent me these flowers (he's the best) and we went out to a nice Italian restaurant. Tonight, we get to spend the evening with my adorable grandson. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Enjoy!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Mitten Mitten

My girlfriend in Minnesota just sent these adorable mittens to me in the mail. She goes to thrift stores and buys old wool sweaters. She then felts the wool by washing and drying it. Cuts out the mittens and lines them with fleece. They are the most comfortable mittens and so darn cute! The buttons on the cuff are perfect! You can find the pattern here:
Stripes or dots or sparkling white,
Mittens in winter fit just right.
Wool and cotton, maybe leather-
Mittens warm us in cold weather.
In rainbow colors and darkest black,
Mittens fit in a pocket or in your pack.
Thumbs alone, fingers together,
We love mittens in the cold, cold weather.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Incredible Gripper

I just love these new grippers. The Incredible In-Between Grippers just arrived in the store. The star under the rulers is a sample I am working on for a new table topper kit. It looks pretty easy, so I hope to have it completed soon.

Scrap Quilt for Auction

I finally finished this donation quilt for our quilt guild. It is going to the Historical Society in Canton to be auctioned off. The pattern is from Bonnie Blue Quilts called "Second Hand Clothes." What a great way to use up your scraps. Members from the guild helped make the blocks and I quilted it with an all over design.