2018

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February 24th, 2018

February Greetings

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April 23rd, 2018

Surprise! An-Eletter!

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December in Review

January 12th, 2016

How are you doing? I really enjoyed our home this holiday season. Usually I’m really ready to get the decorations packed away, give the poinsettias an instant death and enjoy the snowman season. Due to the sale and honestly, the doldrums I didn’t communicate with you much. Kristin is up for helping with the e-letter and I am anxious to share what’s going on. Stand by!
 
I thought you’d enjoy a few photos of what has been going on the last couple of weeks. Also I found a couple of great quotes including this one from Mary Oliver:

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
 
And another one:   
 
"And now, let us welcome the NEW YEAR, full of things that have never been."

The Cookie Exchange Day was so special with Jack and Rose here telling us all about the Gramma and Grandpa Go To Yellowstone Park book. Some people thought the day was bittersweet because it was the last one.  Please—it wasn’t the last one. I love the day and think it is a gift I give to our community.

 


 


Take a look at the wonderful art Rose created for the book. I’m busy embroidering and hope to get the 12 embroidery designs together so that I can email you next week. I know you’ll want to make a very special quilt for someone very, very special. This one may be for a great grandchild who I hope doesn’t arrive for quite some time. I put my great grandchildren quilts in the closet with a note (just in case I’m not around when one of the is born). No I don’t think it is morbid!

We’re definitely not expecting great grandchildren for a very longtime. Over the years I have continued to create quilts for publication and the shop even though  the grandchildren had grown too old for them. Of course I have made quilts for great nephews and nieces but there more quilts I wanted to save and the closets were overflowing. Then I remembered a baby shower I had attended years ago. At the shower the new mom was opening gifts very carefully wrapped in tissue paper and placed in shirt boxes and marked from Great Grandma. I thought it all was so sweet and asked where great grandmother was. Oh, she’s been gone for years!

 

My friend Wendy and I painted Christmas Barn Quilts.  Don’t you love Wendy’s?




There was a very long line the last day of the sale.  Everyone was enjoying themselves and were very polite about sharing the ends of the batik bolts.



Even shop gals, Bev and Carol had a fun time. 

 

Chris Fastnow was our very last customer. She still found some beautiful fabrics!

 

 

 
After we closed up the shop Bill helped us drink a toast to the NEXT CHAPTER. We ordered pizza and I made a salad from a new recipe I really love. 

 

More scenes from the "after party." Enjoying each other and chatting about those last couple of crazy days.

Here is the salad recipe. It's so easy and very tasty!

PEAR AND ARUGULA SALAD WITH GOAT CHEESE AND WALNUTS

4 T. olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 ripe pears, such as Bartlett or Anjou, cored and thinly sliced
6 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
1/3 C. walnuts halves, lightly toasted

In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and lemon juice.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.  

Place sliced pears in a large bowl. Whisk the olive oil and lemon juice again, and pour over pears, tossing gently to combine.

Add arugula and toss to evenly distribute the ingredients.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. Arrange on a large platter or divide evenly between 4 salad plates. Garnish with the crumbled goat cheese and walnuts.

Makes four servings. 

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Our website is still fully functional and there are items in our shop to be sold plus all the future projects we'll have to offer you. Here are a couple you won't want to miss out on:

  Grab Bag of Patterns. You can't beat this: 10 patterns for $10! We'll put together an assortment of 10 different kinds of patterns including table runners, embroidery, original QIC patterns and lots of quilts. Order by following this link

 

 Sew Crazy for Ewe: We love wool projects and sheep so this pattern is perfect for us! Available by following this link.

 

 


 


Take a look at the wonderful art Rose created for the book. I’m busy embroidering and hope to get the 12 embroidery designs together so that I can email you next week. I know you’ll want to make a very special quilt for someone very, very special. This one may be for a great grandchild who I hope doesn’t arrive for quite some time. I put my great grandchildren quilts in the closet with a note (just in case I’m not around when one of the is born). No I don’t think it is morbid!

We’re definitely not expecting great grandchildren for a very longtime. Over the years I have continued to create quilts for publication and the shop even though  the grandchildren had grown too old for them. Of course I have made quilts for great nephews and nieces but there more quilts I wanted to save and the closets were overflowing. Then I remembered a baby shower I had attended years ago. At the shower the new mom was opening gifts very carefully wrapped in tissue paper and placed in shirt boxes and marked from Great Grandma. I thought it all was so sweet and asked where great grandmother was. Oh, she’s been gone for years!

 

My friend Wendy and I painted Christmas Barn Quilts.  Don’t you love Wendy’s?




There was a very long line the last day of the sale.  Everyone was enjoying themselves and were very polite about sharing the ends of the batik bolts.



Even shop gals, Bev and Carol had a fun time. 

 

Chris Fastnow was our very last customer. She still found some beautiful fabrics!

 

 

 
After we closed up the shop Bill helped us drink a toast to the NEXT CHAPTER. We ordered pizza and I made a salad from a new recipe I really love. 

 

More scenes from the "after party." Enjoying each other and chatting about those last couple of crazy days.

Here is the salad recipe. It's so easy and very tasty!

PEAR AND ARUGULA SALAD WITH GOAT CHEESE AND WALNUTS

4 T. olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 ripe pears, such as Bartlett or Anjou, cored and thinly sliced
6 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
1/3 C. walnuts halves, lightly toasted

In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and lemon juice.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.  

Place sliced pears in a large bowl. Whisk the olive oil and lemon juice again, and pour over pears, tossing gently to combine.

Add arugula and toss to evenly distribute the ingredients.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. Arrange on a large platter or divide evenly between 4 salad plates. Garnish with the crumbled goat cheese and walnuts.

Makes four servings. 

*****************  

Our website is still fully functional and there are items in our shop to be sold plus all the future projects we'll have to offer you. Here are a couple you won't want to miss out on:

  Grab Bag of Patterns. You can't beat this: 10 patterns for $10! We'll put together an assortment of 10 different kinds of patterns including table runners, embroidery, original QIC patterns and lots of quilts. Order by following this link

 

 Sew Crazy for Ewe: We love wool projects and sheep so this pattern is perfect for us! Available by following this link.