Sunday, May 22, 2016


With our list in hand AppleJack and I sat off with our things to be accomplished:  Apple Store (my phone died) Macy's lingerie department (someone should have prepared me for the serious price increase in a decent pair of undies) Williams Sonoma for cookie dispenser, baby blanket for a friends new baby, lunch at The Picnic Cafe, new blooming plant to brighten up the dining table, etc.

To avoid the gosh awful bumper to bumper, horn honking, hand jester traffic, we often take detours and side roads.  When I saw these barn quilts hanging on these out buildings, AppleJack slammed on the brakes and we jumped out of the car to take a closer look.  I'm a sucker for HST's.

One man's trash is another man's treasure.  Someone with an appreciation for the past had been collecting advertising signs.

Does anyone remember purchasing this brand of gas?  Or paying this price for a gallon of gasoline?

How about this one?  This one is beginning to show its age.

This was a real blast from my past:  a Farmall tractor.  Growing up on a farm, I learned to drive a tractor before I attended school.  Whether it was hauling hay, picking corn, or grinding feed there was always work to be done.  Our Model H Farmall tractor was a work horse!

Farming was hard work and we were sometimes treated to an RC Cola and a moon pie.  Anyone remember these?  I treated myself to a glass of fruit tea and chess pie from The Picnic.  Sometimes it's good to choose the road less traveled.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Just one Star

Minick and Simpson
Just one Star

Look who is back from the long arm quilter and just in time for Memorial Day and Flag Day and Fourth of July.

Every quilt has a story--In 2010 Moda and Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson challenged quilters to make "just one star" for the brave men and women who have made great sacrifices for our country.  

From AppleJack, my Father, Grandfathers, uncles, cousins and all the way back to Grandfather Shultz who was in the Revolutionary War there are many men in my family who have served to protect and defend this country.

These stars are for them.  Once again, Susan, the long armed quilter did a fabulous job with the quilting.

For the backing, I found this fabric which told the story about the Battle of Gettysburg.  Such a sad story, a reminder about the Uncle and Grandfather who fought in this battle.  Because of all the wording and photos in the fabric it was a real challenge to match the pattern for the needed width.  Once again, I'm glad I took the time.

I did not have enough length in the Gettysburg fabric so off to my stash.  The red fabric reminded me of the colorful sashes the officers wore around their waists and the darker fabric is photos of the officers.

Just One Star so much work and so worth the time and effort.

It is a rather cool day in Music City--temps in the 60's--perfect quilting weather.  I'm cracking the whip on myself to get the North and South quilt set, change the decorations from spring to red, white and blue, pull weeds, and a trip to Holly Lobby and. . . 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Blackberry Winter

Cathedral Windows from the Shaker Museum

We are having Blackberry Winter in Tennessee.  Blackberry Winter is a cold snap which happens in the late spring when the blackberries are blooming.

The nighttime temps are quite low and AppleJack sends me searching for an extra quilt to throw on the bed.

There is nothing like sleeping under a quilt

Sometimes when I am matching designs in fabric for the backing I ask myself if it is worth the extra time and effort and then I look at Harry Tyler's lion.

I ask myself the same question when I am making HST's

Tumbler quilts 

Today, another day of Blackberry Winter, I will keep warm by sewing together the many blocks of my North and South quilt.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Shopping Paducah AQS

Did I do some shopping while I was in Paducah for quilt week?  Why yes, Yes I did, just ask AppleJack.  There are vendors, many vendors, there are venues, many venues from the Convention Center to the Bubble to downtown to the Rotary to Hancocks and many other places in between so many venues.  One of my favorite vendors is Primitive Gatherings.  Seeing fabric in person and looking at fabric on line just isn't the same.  

This is Lisa's (Primitive Gatherings) Frivol--can't wait to start this project.  Lots of HST's in this project and Thangles was also a vendor.

I must have thought my fabric stash was getting low and needed some replenishment.  Not!  

There was wool and wool patterns.  Couldn't wait to get this project started.  Am learning to use Steam-a- Seam paper.

More wool patterns.

Found this fabulous toile fabric from a vendor in the bubble--will be great fussy cut panels.  They had a fabulous booth, should have done more shopping at this booth

Yes, I enjoyed Paducah--I can now mark this off my bucket list.  The show is big, huge in fact it is almost to big.  There were many vendors and booths I wanted to visit but there were so many people it was difficult to look and shop.  The show covers several city blocks and there is lots of walking.  Even though there were many food vendors--there were long, long lines.  When we went to Hancocks, the men's rooms had been moved outside--Port-a-Potty.  The Port-a-Potty was being freshened up aka hosed down.  AppleJack said he wasn't sure if he was using the bathroom or taking a swim.  For all quilters, AQS Paducah is certainly something to see and experience.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Yellow Creek Quilt Designs

One of the vendors I met while I was in Paducah for quilt week was Yellow Creek Quilt Designs.  WOW!  These ladies are amazing!  I first learned about sisters, Vicki Olsen and Jill Shaulis through the Primitive Quilts magazine specifically the Spring  2013 issue.   Yellow Creek Quilt brick and motor shop was a former bank turned post office turned quilt shop--looks like a fun place to visit.  Hmm, might be a long road trip, they are in IL and me in TN, but oh the fun places I could find in between the two stops

Photos do not do this quilt justice--the hexies are tiny-- 3/8" tiny!  Seeing their beautiful star hexie quilt was motivation for me to begin working on mine again.

My hexes are 1" finished--they seem giant sized compared to the 3/8" size.  Sewing the hexies  is addicting.  They make a great portable project to carry in the car and work on during lunch or while waiting for appts.

The Kindred Spirits book is Yellow Creek Designs first published book by Kansas City Star and yes this book was one of my first purchases.  They also have some beautiful fabric and are getting ready to release a second book.  If you like making miniature quilts, check them out.

Saturday, April 23, 2016


Yes, this is a quilt.  Isn't it amazing?

This is the center medallion from a quilt.  Can't believe it was not a prize winner

Absolutely beautiful and quilted to perfection.

Does anyone else ever look at a quilt and ask themselves "Why can't I quilt like this?"

Please excuse the horrible photo, one of the miniatures.  I'm guessing the total size of this quilt to be approx 12 inches.

Talk about color

I didn't know you could do these things with fabric

or this 

So many beautiful quilts

Creativity and skill all working together

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Baking for Two


Since there is just the two of us--AppleJack and me--baking at our house is a challenge.  Most  recipes are written with six to eight servings in mind.  While the first serving is warm, tasty and delicious, the second serving is a nice left over, servings number three, four five and up and not so tasty and are either not eaten or left forever on the hips. 

While making an early morning run through the grocery store, I spied this magazine at the check out counter.  I am a sucker for magazines at the check out.  Those clever marketing people get me every time.  Last fall during the Southern Festival of Books, I listed to Bridget Lancaster who is part of America's Test Kitchen--she was warm and funny and delightful.

Yes, the magazine went into my shopping cart and I am enjoying reading each and every recipe and can't wait to smell some wonderful aromas coming from our kitchen.  Two servings--let me know what you think.  And. . . like with all the Test Kitchen magazines, they have some wonderful tips are improving your baking skills.