More Quilt Show

In this blog, I will just show pictures taken at the show.

The snow looked real
I didn’t realize that this was a vendors panel. I didn’t buy it.
I like this one

The blog will go on with Elvis, Kathryn Jenson White and my favorite quilt.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

At the Quilt Show.

When we arrived at the quilt show, there were more photographers and videographers awaiting us. We enjoyed their company as they saw the show with us and took pictures and sound all the way. I enjoyed watching the people watching us.

The show was amazing. There were so many beautiful quilts. I didn’t take pictures of all of them, but just took pictures of a few that I really liked.

After seeing some small quilts, I spotted a Dear Jane. There was more than one.

A light one
A dark one
one with intertwined hearts
A wool Dear Jane made by Kathryn Jenson White

There were a lot of picture quilts.

I like the reflection in her glasses
He looks old and sad
This is better viewed from a distance
Powerful women
cute little boy
There were several made with this method
This one had a lot of controversy. It was well done. The hair was 3D
So sweet It had a racial statement at the top. I cut it out of the picture.

There were a lot of statement quilts. I didn’t take pictures of that type of quilt.

A great stash buster.

I had to take this picture. Most of my friends know that I don’t like ladybugs. We had an invasion of ladybugs in Maine. They bite and eat holes in varnished furniture.

Continued on in the next blog. There is an Elvis exhibit and a Kathryn Jenson White exhibit and then other quilts that I liked.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Continuing the Adventure

We arrived at Lake In Wood Resort in Narvon, Pennsylvania. It is a gnome themed resort.

There are 200+ acres, They have a lake, hiking trails, fields, boating, fishing, basketball, shuffleboard, volleyball, playgrounds, a pool complex and much more. There are 240 sites. It is a Sun resort.

Along with the campsites, there are many little buildings with fun names. Jean stayed in the Red Barn and I stayed in the Green barn. We had a connecting door between us.

Each of us had a golf cart to drive around the resort. Neither of us used the golf cart. Webb did the golf cart driving and took us where we needed to be.

As you can see, the sites are far apart and in the woods.

A basket of goodies was on the table waiting for us.

Views inside the cabin.

Views outside the cabin.

We ate in the Gnome Café the first night. Because we were near Philadelphia, we had a Philly cheesesteak. It was a little different that the usual Philly cheesesteak as it had an Amish sweet sauce . Very different and tasty. Another new recipe to look up.

All the Lake In Wood employees were very happy, caring, and joyful. Dogs are allowed in this resort. All dogs must be on leash, even on their sites. There is a fenced in dog park where they can run with other dogs. I wish, now, that I had taken more pictures of the different sites and gnome statues all around the place. It was a fun place.

The next morning, after sleeping on comfortable beds, we went back to the Gnome Café for breakfast.

After breakfast, we went back to Philadelphia to the quilt show.

Continued in the next blog.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

This is a real adventure

I live in a Sun Community. During one of our community meetings, they presented the My Jump program. My Jump is a non profit program that gives seniors something that is on their bucket list. When it became my turn to talk, I said that I wanted to take a train trip to a quilt show and take my friend and neighbor, Jean, with me. A month later, I received a phone call telling me that I had won. Then, Covid hit and the trip was postponed for over a year. Finally, the trip was arranged. Prior to the trip, we had many zoom meetings to let us know what was going on and how things were going to happen.

We went to Philadelphia to Quilt Extravaganza. There is so much to tell you, it might take three or four blogs. I will be forever thankful to Sun and My Jump for this wonderful trip. I will remember it always. Abby, who is the community manager, and Erica, who is the sales representative went with Jean and me.

We left on Thursday morning. The four traveling companions were driven from Concord to Boston South Station in a beautiful, big, black car.

David was our driver

David drove us to South Station and we boarded the Amtrak for Philadelphia.

We were met in Boston by Logan who was our videographer for the duration of the trip. We had many cameras on us for most of the trip. Even a drone above us at one point. We were like movie stars for a few days. Notice the microphone on Logan’s camera. Most everything we said to each other was recorded. Not that we ever said anything earth shattering.

Views on the way down.

Traveling first class is awesome. Before boarding, there is a lounge where you can wait. All kinds of snacks and drinks are available. Red caps take care of the luggage and escort you to your seat. On the train, there is a choice of tea, coffee, and assorted drinks. A little cup of assorted pretzels appears on your tray. You can order your lunch from a menu.

Jean had a fruit and cheese plate. She said that it was perfect.

I had chicken and rice with curried vegetables. It was excellent. The vegetables were crisp, not soggy. The noons were warm. The blueberry, lemon cookie was delicious. I had never eaten curry before. I’m going to add it to my menu at home.

We were met in Philadelphia by Webb, who is the My Jump coordinator. Our lodgings were about one hour away. During the drive, we saw several different sides of Pennsylvania. There were row houses that needed a touch of love. Also big, beautiful mansions that had perfect landscaping. Then we came to small towns and farm country. The Amish farms are big and beautiful. There was corn, potatoes and other produce. Cows and horses were in the pastures. Everything seemed to be neat and tidy.

Finally, we came to narrow, winding country roads where the trees created a canopy over the road. We slowed down and stopped for two adult and three baby deer. We had arrived at our lodging destination.

To be continued in my next blog.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Not Quilting

Actually, I am doing a little quilting, but nothing is finished enough to talk about. The one project that I’m working on was much bigger than I expected and I’m still working on it.

In the meantime, I have made a tote bag to take on my trip. I used the pattern for the Wow Bag. It is named appropriately as when people see it they most always say “wow!!!”.

I’ve had this pattern for a long time. I checked the Internet and it is still available.

Once you figure out how to make it, it is very easy and goes together quickly. The designer says to read all the instructions before you begin and she is right. It’s put together a little bit different than most tote bags. I was able to follow along until I was putting the zipper in the bag. The instructions clearly said to put it on the bottom. I didn’t and had to do a little unsewing and resewing. I made two bags. The second bag was made in half the time that it took me to make the first. I plan to make more Wow Bags in the future. It’s a great way to use the large print fabric that you don’t want to cut into little pieces.

The Wow bag is great for shopping at a quilt show.

It has a front and back pocket between the straps.

It has another strap which covers a zipper. When the zipper is opened, the tote bag becomes a double size duffle bag.

The duffle bag strap is long enough to fit over your shoulder. Now, you can buy many more items at the quilt show.

I used the colorful fabric to make a small pocketbook and a change purse. The pocket book has a skinny strap that can wrap around the duffle bag strap. The change purse will go inside the pocketbook along with card holder that I intend to make this week. The Wow bag and a small suitcase will be all that I need for the trip.

The Maximillian Sunflowers are in blossom. They are perennials. Somehow, they self seed all over the place and like to be in the front row. They are so pretty. I just let them go where they want to go.

My neighbor has the most delightful garden. It is beautiful. One of her sunflowers grew taller than her house. I’m trading my rose campion seeds for some of her giant sunflower seeds. If you look close, you can see three bumble bees on the flower.

Another one of her flowers is an avocado thistle.

I’m having new flooring laid in four of my rooms. I’ve been taking items out of closets and moving things out of the construction zone. The rest of the house looks like a disaster area. The project will take about one week. Fortunately, the sewing room floor was replaced a few years ago. Miss Molly and I can go there and have a great time. Maybe I will be able to finish something. There will be no housework for a week.

Then, when the project is finished, I can be selective about what I put back. This is a wonderful way to downsize.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Dear Jane

The 12th row of Dear Jane is finished. It is much easier to work on small quilting projects when the weather is hot. Two blocks of row 13, the last row in the quilt, are pieced. I will put piecing Dear Jane aside for a while and concentrate on something else.

I’m adding the row to the body of the quilt in the evenings while I watch TV. When that is finished, I have the bindings of two large bed quilts to tack down. It’s amazing what one can accomplish when you set your mind to it .

My friend, Jean, and I are going to a quilt show in Pennsylvania in September. My community was bought out by Sun Community. They sponsor the My Jump program. My Jump is a program where a member of the community is given something that is on their bucket list. We had a community meeting. Everyone there said what was on their bucket list. I said that I wanted to go by train to Oregon to the Sisters Quilt Show. My request won. Unfortunately, because of Covid and the wild fires, we couldn’t go to Sisters, but plans are being made to attend Quilt Extravaganza in Pennsylvania. It still is unreal that we are going on this fabulous trip.

We’ve already been interviewed on video. The videographer came to my home and videoed my sewing room and some of my quilts. Jean was videotaped at the Community Center. We’ll go from Boston on Amtrak. While there , we will stay at a Sun Resort. I’ll take lots of pictures to share on the blog.

There are several people involved in this trip. Jean and I want to give them a gift so I made several embroidered wall hangings. Jean is tacking down the bindings. I used Donna Dewberry’s embroidery patterns for this project.

After I finished making the embroideries, I had a pile of scraps that was leftover. The scrap bin is full, so these scraps have to be made into something and not stored away for future use.

The scraps were cut into 1 1/2″ strips. They will be the start of a new quilt that has 3 1/2″ nine patches. I’ll just make the nine patches and decide how to set them later. I’m starting a new mini quilt that uses 1 1/2″ strips and the leftovers from that project will be added to the nine patch quilt. I can sew the nine patches together when I want an easy project.

The cutting instructions have come for this year’s mystery quilt. I may cut the pieces, or I may wait until the block instructions come and cut the fabric then, I have until next month to decide. It’s interesting to see other people’s fabric choices on the blog.

Have a great day and happy quilting.


Just Thoughts

It has been a very nice day. The sun was out and it was warm. Now, a little rain is falling so that I don’t have to water the gardens this evening. The gardens are beautiful in spots. This is the year to observe the gardens and make plans for next year. I have been out weeding and found that there were more weeds than flowers. I’m sure that the weeds will come back, but for now, the plants can grow and fill in the spots.

The Concord Monitor had an article about a Butterfly Bush that was named “Miss Molly” . I had to have one and found it in a local nursery

The Butterfly Bush is living up to it’s name. There was a butterfly on the bush this evening.

The day lilies are beautiful.

This flower looks like Queen Anne’s Lace, but it is really second year carrots. I like to leave carrots in the ground for the flowers the next year.

Coneflowers. I plan to add different colored coneflowers next year.

I have several plants of Allium. Next year, I’ll divide them so that they will be in more places in the gardens.

This is a bright spot in a shady garden.

There are many green tomatoes on the tomato plants. I noticed a zucchini that will be ready to eat next week. The greens are ready to be picked. I didn’t think that the vegetables did very well, but I have all I need along with the vegetable truck that comes into the community every Saturday.

One of my neighbors had a party last week . Several of my other neighbors were there. We had good food and good fellowship. We met to watch the Night Blooming Cereus open. The NIght Blooming Cereus blooms just once a year and then dies.

It was fascinating to see the flower open up. We watched it shutter and then it opened a little. The flower did this several times until it was fully open after dark.

Plans are being made for my trip to a quilt show in September. One of my neighbors, who just happens to be one of my best friends, and I won a trip to a quilt show in Pennsylvania. We are going down by Amtrak. A videographer was with us today to begin the process. It was fun to have a bed quilt show with some of my quilts. Miss Molly was very good to have other people in the house. She thinks that anyone who comes is there for her.

I haven’t been sewing much lately, but I have finished the top to a baby quilt. I used the leftover scraps from the last two quilts that I made to make nine mile a minute blocks. I added a black and white striped fabric. It makes the other fabrics pop. I learned this trick from one of my students in a mile a minute class.

This quilt will go to a baby girl. It is next on the list to be quilted. I may have to wait for a while because the Maine Virtual quilt show starts this week. I have signed up for some demonstrations and other things.

In the meantime, I’ll still working on Dear Jane in the evenings. Someday, it will be finished.

Have a great day and happy quilting.


I blame it on the heat wave. After I had the wonderful vacation at York Beach and Moody Beach, I decided to finish a few projects and start a few more. It was hot and humid. I don’t have central air conditioning, but have two little area air conditioners. They work fine in one room, but take a little longer to cool the air.

I filled one with water and ice cubes and placed it on a double stacked plastic three drawer unit. A fan was on the floor to blow the air throughout the room. I started to sew before the air was cool. The pieces were sticking to me and falling on the floor. I would sew a row and use my friend, Mr. Seam Ripper, to unsew and sew again. Piecing was not going well so I decided to finish the last of the 23 day sewing room declutter. What could go wrong with that. The last item on my list was notions. I gathered all my stuff and began to organize. The pins and needles are in one drawer. The scissors and rotary cutters are in another drawer. Everything was going well until the top three drawers fell over. Everything fell on the floor. All the pins, needles, scissors, rotary cutters, and everything else that was in the top three drawers. Also the air conditioner with its ice and water. I cleaned up all the ice and water, left the other stuff on the floor and went into the living room, put my feet up and read a book for the rest of the day. I did go back the next day and reorganize again. Now the 23 day declutter is finished. I found things that I forgot I had. Fabric to go into the many quilts in my head. All is well. Needless to say, the drawer units are no longer stacked.

I have finished the Stay At Home Pandemic Round Robin top. Unfortunately, I forgot to sent the instructions for the last Guild newsletter, but I will send them for the September one. .

SAHPRR Instructions

Center – any block that you want. Row 1 – flying geese. Row 2 – triangles Row 3 – squares. Row 4 – diamonds. Row 5 – piano keys. Row 6 – stars. Row 7 anything goes.

I used scraps from my stash for this quilt. I read the other day that you’re not supposed to call your fabric a stash. It sound too much like trash. It is supposed to be called your fabric collection. You can have some fabrics in your permanent fabric collection. You don’t have to use your fabric just because it’s there.

Four quilts have come back from the long arm quilters. The binding was sewn on in the evenings while watching TV.

This is a Round Robin made with members of the Guild. The ladies did a wonderful job. This is one of my favorite quilts.

This is a block of the month bed runner. It is bigger than most bed runners, but I like the colors. It will go very nicely in my bedroom.

This is an older sampler quilt. It might have been a block of the week quilt.

Mystery quilt made with 5″ blocks makes a queen size quilt.

It’s amazing. This quilt is the same mystery quilt pattern made with 2 1/2″ squares. It is wall hanging or baby quilt size. Different colors and size of squares make it very different.

My July 3D Mini quilt top is finished. It is 14″ square. I’m enjoying this project very much. I can make one in a day and quilt it the next day and it’s done. No UFOs with 3D quilts. This is the fifth one in this project.

Have a great day and happy quilting.


I have had a vacation. It was wonderful. I didn’t have to think about meals, gardening, quilting or any of the other regular chores. Miss Molly went to her favorite place, her wonderful Vet Boarding kennel. She loves it there and pouts when she has to come home. I do feel thankful that she loves it and wants to go right in the door and leave me behind. I know that she is well cared for.

I did take a quilt that needed the binding sewn down, but it mostly stayed in it’s bag.

The first few days were spent at York Beach. I love York. My family went to York when I was very young. After I was married, my husband and I took our children to York. It was like going home. There are so many nice memories there.

We had no set schedule. I stayed with one of my daughters who rented a cottage that was within sight of the beach. We ate out, including breakfast. We found the most delicious orange cranberry muffins in a take out not far from the cottage. Two other daughters and a son in law visited during the day. Sitting on the beach, under an umbrella. and watching the surf and other people was relaxing. I had forgotten what it was like to do nothing.

Of course, we had to go to the Nubble and Browns for ice-cream


This seagull stood on the monument and posed. It waited until I took the picture before he flew away.

After a few days, I went to Wells Beach to a time share with another daughter and son in law. It was a short walk to Moody Beach. While there, I took my shoes off , rolled up my slacks and walked in the water. It was so much fun.

Now, I’m back home, just in time to go to the VQF virtual show. I’m so glad that I decided to attend. I’ve signed up for two lectures. Kimberly Einmo’s lecture was last week. She talked about sewing rooms. She has a wealth of information. The other lecture is next week. I keep forgetting to see the vendor demonstrations. The one that I did attend was cancelled.

.Therehe show is set up very nicely. You can see the whole quilt, the back, and a close up. There is a larger picture of the whole quilt at the bottom. There is a section with the first place ribbon winners. Also several other exhibits. It took me a while to figure out how to access the vendors. With one click, you can go to their website and order on line. The events of the day are on the home page every morning. The youth group was shown receiving their Janome sewing machines from Dave LaValley from the Bittersweet Fabric Shop in Boscawen, N. H. It is well worth the $5 fee. The show will continue all next week.

Now that I’m home, I have to get back to the garden. The weeds wait for no person. There are still a few seedlings to transplant.

I also finished the June 3D mini quilt. . It looks complicated, but in reality is very easy to make. It’s all straight sewing. It was machine quilted.

Now, on to other things. Tacking down bindings for 3 quilts, quilting a baby quilt and other UFOs . and more Dear Jane. They are all in a big basket waiting to be finished from the top down. Then, I can fill up the big basket again.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Still Decluttering

Day 14 of the declutter challenge is furniture. I started quilting with my machine on the dining room table. It had to be removed for each meal. Then I had a very small table where I could leave my sewing machine. As my children left the house, I graduated to a room where I could leave the table. Now in my new home, not so new now, I’ve been here 13 years, I have a very nice sewing room. The carpet was taken up a few years ago and Pergo was laid. It is so easy to clean up now. But, I still had the small sewing table which had a small dropleaf table next to it to hold the larger quilts.

It was time to do something about the sewing room furniture. Many hours later, after lots of Internet search, I chose a Kangaroo Joey. It was the right size, It had a dropleaf in the back that would hold a large quilt. It had four drawers. It was everything that I dreamed a sewing table would have.

I ordered the table online from She Sewing Tables. It is a company in the western part of the USA. I was able to chat with Sheila while ordering it. I ordered a few addons. It was personal shopping. I knew before I ordered that it would arrive in five boxes and would have to be assembled. Before I ordered, I asked my son in law if he would assemble it for me. He agreed to do that so I quickly ordered.

My neighbors brought the big boxes into the house for me. I’m very grateful to live in a wonderful neighborhood.

My son in law and my daughter spent a day assembling the desk. It is a perfect fit for the space in the sewing room.

The little dropleaf shelf on the right side was not listed in the description, nor was it listed in the assembly instructions. It was a bonus. The notion drawer unit that I already had fits under there as is it was made for that space. There are large rollers on the unit. It rolls easily to lift the large dropleaf that is on the back.

I recently got four quilts back from the long arm quilters. One is king size. It was a pleasure to sew the binding on that quilt. The table held it without it dropping on the floor and pulling. It’s relaxing to hand sew the bindings down in the evening.

Now, that declutter #14 is finished, I will do another declutter – notions. That will take a long time as I have boxes of notions in two different rooms. My goal is to confine them all to the sewing room.

This is one of the four quilts that was quilted by a long arm quilter. It is a round robin. In the package that I sent around, I placed two blocks, some fabric and the border fabric. There were instructions to not use the border fabric in the blocks. It was included just for color choices. The small sashing was part of the striped border fabric. I had a 1 1/2″ piece left over after making the sashing. The ladies did a wonderful job piecing the blocks . Gail brought this quilt to life with her quilting. I’m keeping this one.

My climbing rose is outdoing itself this year. The colors are beautiful. I can see a quilt with several shades and tints of green and pink. Also a touch of gold. Inspiration is everywhere.

Have a great day and happy quilting.