Loving Autumn

October 10th, 2016

No spring, nor summer
beauty hath such grace
As I have seen
In one autumnal face.
---John Donne


The peony leaves are more beautiful than usual in amongst our agriculture/sewing sculpture.
Hi, I’m sorry to be so tardy in e-mailing you. I started sending e-letters in 2007 and have never let a month lapse in sending some message. Recently I began to wonder if any one of you was missing my letters or were happy not to get emails. I know I’m getting lots of political polling information and will be glad when that ends in a few weeks.
Yesterday I received this message from a special customer in Arizona. If you have attended our QIC Day in the Country you may remember Joan. She was the one with oxygen, really sweet, never failing to complete the projects and so determined to make it back here year after year.  It was lovely to hear from Joan.


Mexican Train

Here is what she wrote: “I'm missing the newsletters. Have you stopped them? I may never get back to Bozeman, but I do like hearing what's going on. At age 80 our traveling many miles has slowed down a great deal. I'm still quilting and knitting but it too has slowed down. I am quilting the "Ewe"  pillow and the Mexican Train quilt and enjoying them. I am sorry the quilt shop closed but I understand.  It can get to be too much.” Love,  Joan

As many of you may have guessed this hasn’t been the best year for us. I had no idea I would miss QIC- it’s friends, customers, of course the wonderful staff, and all of it so much. In January, after many years of good health for Bill, 2016 became the year of medical challenges. In January Bill developed cancer of the urinary bladder. Surgery and post-op treatment began in February and continue to the present. In August after returning from travels to the east for nieces’ weddings and feeling sluggish/short of breath when exercising he went to a cardiologist for an echo stress test, followed by cardiac catherization. The test results demonstrated five (4 with 95% blockage) arteries that required bypass surgery. With that news we quickly made plans for surgery in Billings, MT.  Luckily Bill had avoided a major heart attack.

The September 1 surgery went well. Bill was hospitalized for 6 days. Our son Paul, daughter-in-law Emmy and I were able to stay with our dear friends, the Schaer’s who live near the Billings Clinic. Our daughter, Anne came from Denver and was so helpful.  Her husband has had serious heart issues and she knew just how to help out. On our return to Bozeman, our parlor became the recovery room with a rented hospital bed and a bathroom right down the hallway.

Bill is a good patient and understands the medical issues of course. I am not a good nurse. Our first outing was a 4am rush to the Bozeman Hospital Emergency Room. No driving the car for Bill so our time has been spent with medical appointments and eventually cardiac rehab sessions. I learned about the wonderful walking trails surrounding the hospital and enjoyed the beautiful fall days walking while Bill was in rehab. Friends brought us some wonderful food and I realized how much Bill helps out. I found myself putting a lot more miles on our Subaru than I had in the past.

Bill resting on the front deck.

At the beginning of this week we returned to Billings and were pleased to be dismissed from the surgeon. Bill was given permission to drive. He still must not lift anything heavier than 5 pounds. We learned that a six pack of glass bottled beer weighs 8 lbs. We were told that up and down days are to be expected. Mending will take months but the upside is that years have been added to Bill’s life and we feel so blessed. The surgeon commented that many of his patients are alone, with no one to care for or about them. He complimented us on our longstanding marriage with promise for years to come.

No killing frost yet!

Many of you know that I love autumn. I’ve written about it so many times in the past and my quilt collection certainly leans toward the rich colors of decorative pumpkins and gourds and leaves contrasted by the evergreen colors. Today is October 7 and still no killing frost at our place. Last night was a crisp, cool night as I pulled and topped the kohlrabi. Some of the beets and carrots remain in the garden. The cosmos are beautiful.  And I have the cabbage covered and plan to make cabbage rolls. I freeze the cabbage rolls and we enjoy them for winter lunches.

Here's a recipe from my Soup's On cookbook that sold out years ago:

Deb's Carrot Soup

1 tablespoon margarine

1 large onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

2 pounds carrots

6 cups chicken broth

1/2 teaspoon salt

ground pepper and hot pepper tobasco sauce to taste

1/4 cup fresh dill, reserve a few sprigs for garnish

In stock pot, melt margarine. Saute onions and celery lightly. Add carrots, broth, salt, pepper, hot pepper sauce, and dill. Boil 40 minutes. Puree in food processors. Serve immediately with dill sprigs as garnish.



And a few seasonal items we have available for you to purchase:

Friendly Trick or Treaters Runner

This is a pattern I developed to be either a seasonal table or bed runner. You can complete it in no time at all. 22” x 52”. Includes fabric for top and binding, pattern and antique prints.  40% off the regular price! You can also get the pattern alone for $9.50.
Order by replying to this email (especially if you're local to avoid postage) or following this link.



Crabapple Hill Top Hat Jack  

For some reason  Halloween patterns and fabric were never very popular in our shop. This Crabapple Hill one was an exception! Order by replying to this email or follow this link.


Pumpkin Rug Punch 

8” x 12”. Includes Pattern on Monk’s cloth and wool yarn. This project ranks high among those I have designed. The finished project can be attached to one of our custom made stools specially priced at $11.99. Order by replying to this email or follow this link.





If you don’t know how to rug punch you can purchase one of our rug punches with complete instructions on teaching yourself to rug punch. Order by replying to this email or follow this link.


Punch Needle Rug Hooking Techniques and Designs by Amy Oxford  $24.99. I could get rid of many, many books but this is one I will always keep in my library. It provides inspiration for many things—life in general. Sometimes I just pick it up for a boost for the day. Order by replying to this email or follow this link.


Nine Little Piggies Quilt

53 ½” x 53 1/2”. Includes pattern and fabrics for quilt top and binding. My design that made the cover of The Quilter Magazine! Hurry to get the last kit! Order by replying to this email or follow this link.



Past. Present. Inspire.  by Barclay Butera

Barclay Butera is an interior, lifestyle and product designer. This book was very helpful when we were redoing our parlor. The wonderful rooms are a sight for sore eyes. 30% off regular price! Order by replying to this email or follow this link. 


Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint Workbook

Paint and sketch, stick and collect, write and reflect---this book is a creative journal for all of your colorful thoughts and design inspirations. I looked over it again and again when refreshing the Bunkhouse. 30% off regular price! Order by replying to this email or follow this link.