Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Quilt for Maggie

Maggie is my oldest niece and I finally was able to give it to her this weekend when she visited!  The quilt has been finished for a while but I wanted to give her the quilt personally.  She is busy most of the time, working on her degree and also has a great job in the science field.
She picked out the fabrics, etc. and I was happy to make it for her!
Simple but hand quilted and I hope she enjoys it in her condo!  Love you gal!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Wishing you and your families a happy and blessed holiday!
Hugs, Mickie and Seamus

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


I've been using this blog for many years.  It started when I babysit my granddaughter and I wanted to share photos and anecdotes about her and our life with the poodles.  We had three poodles then, and Helena was not yet in school.  It is shocking to me when I think about the fact that she will be 12 years old in a few months.
Life changes.  I don't feel comfortable posting photos of the kids on the internet anymore and to be honest, we don't see them as often because of our schedules and theirs.  My business has grown from being a lecture every few months to actually having to schedule time off in order to develop more programs and catch up on things at home.
I'll always post now and then on this blog.  But I want to focus more on the work related blog.   Part of the reason for the new blog is that many guilds have requested that I offer a blog for them to follow.  Additionally, I need to concentrate more on my research and continue to focus on writing. The new blog will be launched December 1.  I'll post a reminder of that when it is up.

Hope you are all doing well and having an easy (and warm) autumn!  Hugs, Mickie

Monday, October 26, 2015

Last tomatoes, winter on the horizon...

I've picked the last of the tomatoes and have been gradually been putting the garden to bed for the season.  There is a lot going on here (my husband's health) but will wait to post about that later.

Nothing cheers me up more than acquiring new quilts.  I struck gold at a local auction last week when I got a day off just to myself (a rarity these days).
This is an Amish quilt from Lancaster County, circa 1905.  I can't photograph the quilting too well but believe me it is a beauty!  Anyway, I just wanted to post something before the end of the month.  Hope everyone in blogville is doing well.  Hugs and hugs!

Friday, October 2, 2015

The apron, the poodle and a wonderful weekend!

Don't ask Seamus about last weekend.  He was a bit miffed despite all the company we had visiting!  Dear Jessica and Peter came up for the weekend.  They wanted to get out of Philadelphia during the Pope visit and spend some time with family.  We had a great weekend!
On Friday Jessica had another sewing lesson--this time with my friend Carol who taught her how to make an apron, we had a wonderful day!
Working away...except SOMEONE wanted to be in the middle of everything which kept Jessica giggling...
 Seamus is very attached to Carol.  She accompanies us on our evening walks and he can always rely on her to throw the ball except when she is explaining how to sew an apron....
 Adoring looks at Carol....
 When one tactic doesn't work, try another...
 The finished project!!!!
Peter had picked out a great movie for us to watch on Saturday night.  It was a perfect "mom" movie called "Chef."  If you haven't seen it, I recommend it!  It was very heart warming and funny!  
Other things are occurring here and will be keeping me busy during the next few weeks.  More updates about that later...
In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

On the Road Again...

I started back on the road again in August and been to various groups to lecture.  It's a busy few months for me but I wanted to check in just to say I'm here and okay.   I'm sad to see summer fade, isn't everyone?  Despite the heat and challenges of keeping the garden hydrated, I've enjoyed my outdoor time and so has Seamus.
Tonight I'm headed to Mt. Laurel, NJ to give my "Storytime Stitches" lecture to a quilt guild.  This quilt is one of two "Pussywillow" quilts I own; I have it in this aqua and also in pink.  The pink is going with me tonight.  
I see Seamus slowing down this summer and I'm also trying to keep him happy and occupied.  He's almost 9 years old and it pains me to see him out of sorts.  Perhaps it was the high heat, perhaps he was bored, but he seems most happy when we have visitors to the garden like Katie and Natalie and the Pom-Poms (one is pictured here).  I haven't had much time to even keep up with the blogs but I have next week off so I should be able to read up on everyone's fun during the last few weeks.  Hope you are all staying well and enjoying the cooler weather!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Summer is fading...but not the heat.

The days maybe getting shorter but we're in the midst of a heat wave here in eastern Pennsylvania. The first thing I do these days is take Seamus to the park to get his ball game on before the sun is totally up.  It's searing for him and his coat is a bit longer than what I would like--but we are awaiting his new groomer to finish up her grooming school in the next week or so.  
I'm sewing upstairs in the early morning because by noon, it's too oppressive to be in the attic.  I am getting some things done and am taking three quilt tops to the machine quilter today.  I have three variations of black, grey, and yellow completed.  The first you saw here.  The second is a gift for someone who checks my blog, so I'm not posting a photo of that one (it's her birthday present).  I made hers the biggest so she could really cuddle up in it this winter.
I had a lot of scrap fabric left and I knew I would most likely never use it so I made this "good to the last drop" quilt.  I just used as many of the scraps as I could.  It's very random but it was freeing to just assemble 8 inch blocks and keep moving.  Afterwards I found I could make a medallion of sorts in the center.  I thought that I would use the piece as a backing but my girlfriends veto-ed that and said no, quilt it like a regular quilt.  I'm interested in seeing what it looks like when I get it back from Terri, my quilter.

Hope you are staying cool and having a wonderful summer.  It will be gone before we know it so enjoy it while you can!  

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Summertime highs have finally arrived to our part of Pennsylvania!  I started the week doing some inventory of my quilts including the quilt that features this block.  Now it is too warm in the attic for inventory so I'm cutting fabric for future quilts.  It passes the time until we can go out and play in the garden.  Seamus doe NOT like the heat and has to be coaxed to take a walk these days.  We get up early (very early) and head to the park to walk and play so he gets some exercise.
How do you keep cool in the high heat?