Monday, December 22, 2014

We're home - What an adventure!

We have returned home from our 18 month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wisconsin.  There is a link for my mission blog on the upper right.

Here we are about to cross the Mississippi and leave Wisconsin on our way home.

As usual I found great delight in the artwork of the sky.

This was taken as we entered the Salt Lake Valley four days later.

Our ward decorated our yard with yellow ribbons.  
It's so good to be home.

I quickly got out some blocks I had made from scraps right before we left and put them together for a friend back in Wisconsin.  It isn't the prettiest quilt I've ever made but it was made with love and it will be warm. Merry Christmas Todd!

Another view of the fascinating sky with lenticular clouds floating over the Wasatch Front.
I never get tired of looking up.

Today we went to the airport and picked up our son who is in the army and came home for Christmas.   My DIL came ahead and has been here 3 wks.  She was anxious for him to come (as you can see).

As far as quilting goes, I've tied a flannel quilt for a granddaughter for Chirstmas and assembled another top from scraps that I cut out before we left as well as the other tied quilt above.

I've got a lot of cleaning out to do.  It's amazing after living for 18 mos. with so few posessions - how much you can do without.  And since getting home I've discovered I HAVE TOO MUCH STUFF!

The new year will include getting rid of unwanted items, catching up on my genealogy, refurbishing our worn out home, and setting up the quilting frames.

I can hardly wait!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

On the road stitching

When we go out of town to help the missionaries (which has been 3 days a week for the past two weeks) we have to go and come through Milwaukee traffic on the highways.  It makes me so nervous to see the red of the brake lights ahead and I physically put on my brake (on the passenger side) or let out a "OOOH!" before I know it.  Well, that makes my husband nervous so I've discovered I can sew these hexies while we are doing the stop and go of rush hour traffic and it makes us both more relaxed. 

I've got a little more done and wanted to show my progress.

This is a picture of a completed quilt in the hexie design I'm doing.

A couple of weeks ago I was able to snag a kit with "The Sprit of Christmas" fabric in it.  I love the stripe fabric and found this picture with it used as the border.  It's a beautiful quilt. The picture was unlabeled - if you know who the maker is please tell me.

I felt the same way Paulette did in this post when she shouted "Start the CAR!" when I found this kit. I'm looking forward to planning a way to use the fabric because (of course) I'm not going to make the quilt the way the kit intended.

We've got a full week this week with deliveries to Green Bay (lamps, box springs, desks, and blankets), and two zone conferences.  Next week we train our replacements - time is moving fast.

Robin/Sister Booth

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Isn't this barn block great?  We went to Gresham Wisconsin on Wednesday and the block is found right in the middle of town. So appropriate for this time of year, don't you think?

It has been such a joy being on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints here in Wisconsin.  One of the pleasures is to find these blocks unexpectedly around a turn or hidden in a niche of the forest and corn fields.

I went to a quilt store on our P-day yesterday.  It is the "Ye Olde Schoolhouse Quilt shop in Cedarburg Wisconsin.  What a treasure.  There are cottons and wools, patterns, books but the best part for me was the staff.  I'm not usually someone who converses much with people I don't know but the ladies at this store are my friends.  They are so warm and interested in what you have to say or what project you are working on.

I've been in stores where the lady behind the cutting counter makes me feel like I'm intruding on her precious time or she begrudgingly cuts a fat quarter like I'm causing her to loose money.  I've also been in stores where the clerks are so superior to the plebian customer that they make me question my choice of thread let alone matching fabric.

I was fortunate to arrive as one bus load of shoppers was just leaving and before the next bus load arrived.  I had the whole shop to myself.  I was able to purchase some Jo Morton browns, a Quiltmania magazine (that is hard to come by here) and a kit with The Spirit of Christmas line by Judie Rothermel from about 3 yrs. ago.  I always regretted not getting some of that fabric and "Voila" I found a kit with all the pieces of that line but one.  That one, a green, was found on the bolt in another area of the store.  My head is spinning with all the ideas for that fabric.  I won't be making the exact quilt that the kit was compiled for - it was a free pattern anyway.

Our mission is quickly coming to a close.  It will be great to be back home in Utah, see my family, and enter my sewing room again.  But, I will miss the barns, the gorgeous trees, and long lingering sunsets, and especially the association with the young missionaries.  The are so valiant and eager to share the gospel.  Yes, they get discouraged, but there is always a smile on their faces.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hexie star completed

Finally I have something quilty to share.  I bought a hexie punch at JoAnns and have been punching away at those little subscription postcards that are found in every magazine.  They are just the perfect firmness and flexibility for this project.  It has taken over a month to get this much done but progress is one step at a time after all.  (As long as you're going forward)

This project is in the Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine.  Spring 2013  Stars in the Garden
Only I am using 1" hexies compared to the 3/8" hexies the pattern calls for.

I didn't realize till I was done that I've repeated colors in a methodical way; pink from the flower in the middle, maroon from the sprigs in the pink, peach from the center of the flowers in the maroon, and then I repeated another color from the center for the outside border.  I just picked out what I liked from my stash - who knew I have such complex things going on behind my eyes.  I was just trying to get contrast.

I'm going to try and keep that in mind as I make the other stars.

But, lest you think I haven't any more barn blocks to share - here are two more.  We went to Chilton and New Holstein (yes, we're in Wisconsin) this week and saw this unique block.

I don't know the name of this block but I think it has something to do with swallows or maybe doves.  I've always loved a red, white, and gray theme.  The house I lived in till I was almost four was gray with white trim and a red door.  It must be implanted on me for life.

Our adventures will take us to Janesville and Prairie du Chein this week.  I will be REALLY surprised if we don't see more blocks on barns.  Southern Wisconsin has them everywhere.  And, of course, Shawano County west of Green Bay has them around every turn. (Look at my left sidebar)

Hopefully it won't take me a month to finish another star.  But, if it does............. then I'll have two completed.


Friday, September 12, 2014

I found a place to buy barn blocks

We went to Sturgeon Bay WI.  It is located on the thumb of land that juts up into Lake Michigan from Green Bay.

It is a fun artsy area.  I would love to come and spend a summer or fall with my paintbrush.

It is the first place I have seen quilt blocks for barns that were for sale.  What a treasure!


Sunday, August 31, 2014

It's me again with more barn photos

This pretty little block was on the front of a residence.

And then the same block was across the highway on the side of the barn.

These pictures were taken East of the Monroe area in Southern Wisconsin.


We saw this group of migrating cranes in front of the  barn above.

Wisconsin is having their biggest quilt event of the year in Madison this week.  It is Quilt Expo.

Wouldn't that be nice to attend?


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Nice surprise~

We traveled to Escanaba Michigan this week and saw this sweet block as we traveled south of Bonduel.  I think the soft green of the building really accents the block.

I put my blue and white quilt away.  It isn't finished - just the small outside border and binding.  But I get frustrated because I don't have much time to work on it and when I actually do have some time I'm so emotionally exhausted that all I want to do is hold still.

I'll get back to it when we get home.  It should only take a couple of days to finish.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wisconsin nature and quilts

Unusual cloud formation

Red breasted woodpecker (female - I think)

Early spring in a glade

This is a brand new book.  It is on pre-order here.  I love the color choices and the fresh shading and subjects.  I have admired the Baltimore quilts for years.  This has a flavor of Baltimore that tempts me.

Oh well, four months from now I can spend more time doing things quilty but for now I'll just dream.


Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July quilting style

What could be more patriotic than a barn block from Shawano County, Wisconsin?
Have a Happy 4th!!!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I love to Quilt

I just reread this post on the Repro Quilter blog.

I enjoyed reading it again and was reminded that it's okay to love my craft.  I've decided to stop feeling guilty about my stash and just enjoy it.

 I often feel like I need to cull my pattern and book collection.  But, sometimes when I can't do much actual quilting (like right now) I gain so much satisfaction and pleasure by getting the patterns out and renewing the desire to make those special quilts.

As long as I'm making forward progress in my quiltmaking it doesn't matter if I never get around to quilting all my tops.  The joy I gained by sewing them is the important thing to me.

There's a part of me that doesn't want my children to have to figure out what to do with my treasured cloth and sewing when I'm gone.  That's just downright silly and a terrible way to exist (not to mention depressing).

I can hardly wait to get back to my sewing studio, breathe in all the color and clutter, and just delight in the fact that I know how to sew.


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