Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Mecklenburg 1775
Little by Little, Cynthia Bradford
Needlepoint Silks
Stash Linen (Birds of a Feather, Sparrow, I think)

When I began doing research on Grandmother Bessie's family, one of my challenges was the spelling of their name.  Grandmother Bessie spelled her maiden name Shults.  When Grandfather, Johan Velten "Valentine"  immigrated from Germany to Pennsylvania he spelled his last name Shultz.  Here are some of the reasons for changes in name spellings:
  1. Immigration agents and census takers could not correctly spell the last name
  2. The last name could not be correctly pronounced and was spelled the way it sounded
  3. Improve employment opportunities
  4. Fit better into the American Culture
The last name Shultz has been spelled forty different ways!  Forty different spellings--yes, it has made research challenging.  Here are some of the more common spellings I have found:  Schultz, Schulz, Shulz, Schulze, Shults, Shoults.

Another sampler to add to the Grandmother Bessie needlework wall.  There are several pieces in contention for the next project.  One is Family Record by Kathy Barrick modified to show Grandmother Bessie's family.  Lancaster County Coverlet by Threadwork Primitives a quick stitch to give me some instant gratification,  Garden Maiden by La D Da a housewife for Sister Bonnie, and PA Sampler by Carriage House are also contenders.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

She's Back

Look who's back from the long armed quilter--Grandmother Bessie's Heritage quilt. 

The label will say:
Grandmother Bessie's Heritage Quilt
Pieced by Betty, her Granddaughter, Nashville, TN
Machine quilted by Susan Shay, Smyrna, TN
Binding by Dorothy, her daughter in law Sevierville, TN

The names on the quilt represent, Mothers, Daughters, Granddaughters, Sisters, Nieces, Daughters-in-law, Sisters-in-law, Aunts, Friends and Neighbors

Susan, the long armed quilter did a fabulous job with the machine quilting.  The quilt is as pretty on the back as it is on the front.
Grandmother Bessie died in 1995.  I miss her:  her laughter, her steel blue eyes, the smell of baking biscuits coming from her kitchen, her stories about family.   I think about her life experiences and her wisdom.  Her birthday is September 29.  

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Flag of Valor

Flag of Valor
Minick and Simpson

In 2010, Moda challenged designers and quilters to join together for Quilts of Valor.  Minick and Simpson joined the challenge and designed a quilt which they called Flag of Valor.

While cleaning my stitch den, I rediscovered my red stars and some of my favorite red and blue fabric.  Let's not talk about the state of the stitching den or the year Moda issued the challenge.  Let's talk about another unfinished project on its way to being finished.  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


At the last Homespun Gathering reunion, Shirley and Lori were working on their unfinished projects.  They chose twelve projects and assigned a number to it and once a month they draw a number and work on that project.  Sounded like a good idea and I thought I might give it a try.

Merry Christmas
Threadwork Primitives (Nan Lewis)
stash linen and NPI silks
Whew!  Thank goodness my 2015 Christmas ornament is stitched and finished.  Last year at the Beat the Heat event I purchased some velveteen   The velveteen combined with some overdyed R & R cinnamon chenille made the perfect match for the ornament.

Love Never Fails (Freebie)
The Primitive Hare
Betty, the finisher is just the best!  A valentine small to add to the dough bowl.

La D Da's
Grandmother Bessie was one of five sisters and La D Da has had some great releases for needlerolls and needle books.  The Hog Wild Blue one is for Grandmother Bessie (she had blue eyes) the needle roll on the left is for Sister Maggie and the basket weave needle book is for Sister Kittie.

Emila Poole
Stacy Nash
Stitching those little X's was a challenge.  Stacy's book, My Name is Lydia gave some great directions for stitching the X's.  My X's are far from perfect and definitely have the primitive look--practice makes perfect, time to get out my doodle cloth and practice, practice, practice. 

Coxcombs, Currants and Rose
The Goode Huswife 

Milk paint and elbow grease transform a paper machie box into another nesting box.  The design will be mounted on top of the box with some twisted cord.

Whaling Ship
Stacy Nash
I found a carrier at The Olde Mercantile in Clarksville and am going to line the bottom of  the carrier with  Whaling Ship.  Hmm, maybe a whale scissors fob would be a good addition.  (The Primitive Hare just released one which I think might work.)  Or a long pincushion with an anchor, a mermaid and octopus.

So nice to complete projects!  There are more in the works which I hope to complete before the August gathering. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Southern Festival of Books

Yes, its that time of year again!  The Humanities of Tennessee has announced the authors for the Southern Festival of Books. 
Who's on my list?  Kimberly Belle, The Last Breath, Matthew Guinn, The Resurrectionist. Tim Johnson, Irish Girl, Bridget Lancaster, Cook's Country, Robert Morgan, Gap Creek, and Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisters.  With more than 250 authors scheduled for the event it will be difficult to choose which author to hear. 
Here is the link to the Festival http://www.humanitiestennessee.org/programs/southern-festival-books-celebration-written-word:  If you enjoy reading, attend a book festival--and don't forget the food trucks. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

About those Hexies

It's hot!  The summer heat is driving me indoors!  This is Deb's hexagon Grandmother's flower garden.  The finished pieces are 1".  With the hot, hot weather, I have returned to my hexagon project.  There is something very relaxing about hand sewing.  Am making progress on my first star, I will reveal the first star soon.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Bloom Days

Whew!  It has been hot with lots of humidity!

So far, the flowers have been loving it.

In spite of the cold winter, the daylilies prove themselves to be dependable.

The rains bring a mixed bag--good for the flowers and good for the weeds.  The mosquito's have been vicious.

When I haven't been pulling weeds, I have been working on completing and finishing projects.  

I keep telling myself to enjoy the summer because I could be complaining about the cold temps snow and ice.  We humans are never satisfied!