Thursday, April 24, 2014


It makes me sick.  It's slow in coming this year but despite all the problems that occur with the springtime, this season makes me happy.  I love being outside, despite the allergies and asthma.  I love playing with the dogs outside and most of all, I love watching things grow!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

allergies, attics and organization...

Beth and I are tweaking our Civil War program these days.  The pollen outside has awakened my asthma; so although I would rather be cleaning out the garden, I am focusing on the attic.
The challenge in a tiny house is deciding what to keep and what not.  I've already given away a number of quilts to friends who work in the quilt world.  Once in a while I regret that choice but I just don't have the storage space for all the ones I would like to keep.  Maybe my friend Linda (with a bigger house and lots of antiques) will keep a few more for me but I don't want to be a slave to my belongings.  No worries about me ever being a hoarder; I've always been happier with less.
I'm also picking out quilts and starting to pack for our Civil War Program on May 3.  
Although we are exhausted, it's been a wonderful year full of learning amazing things.  We have a full schedule in the next months but I should be able to post more...
In the meantime, have a wonderful day!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Have a safe and happy Holiday! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The four letter word: SNOW

On Monday it was in the 80s and so warm in my house, the a/c turned on for a while.  Today it is in the 20s with the windchills in the teens.  Last night we had the dreaded white stuff.  It's a pretty late time of the spring for snow:


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Go Seamus!

Seamus and I go to the park to play ball.  It's a great exercise for him and since the road is closed (due to bridge construction) it tends to be quiet.  Last week we had forgotten it might be recess time for the elementary school.  I thought the kids across the street were headed to the playground next door, and as they waited, they started to applaud Seamus every time he caught the ball....
The teachers brought the kids across the street and said it was okay to bring Seamus (the therapy dog) over to say hi.  After a series of pets for Seamus and an assurance that they didn't want to play in the muddy field we were in, we went back to ball.  The kids and teachers continued to watch, and then the kids started to do sports cheers for Seamus ("Doggy, doggy he's our man...").   I swear Seamus loved all the attention and the kids had me giggling too! 

Hope your day is full of that kind of joy!  Gooooooo Seamus!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring has sprung!

IT'S TRUE!  Spring has finally arrived in eastern Pennsylvania!  The first daffodil is blooming in my garden and the boy-dogs are enjoying games of ball again.  It's time to frolic in the mild weather!  Beth and I are still busy tweaking our Civil War program and we are looking forward to just doing some fun sewing this summer.  For now, I'll just post some photos that seem to reflect our happy mood these days!  Have a great day!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday Morning Carnage

Every morning after breakfast, the boys begin to romp around the house and play fight for about 20 minutes straight.  It always goes badly for someone...or should I say something, like what had once been a pink lamby:
I guess boys will be boys!  Have a great Saturday!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Still thinking Spring...

and not experiencing it!  Today we are expecting some snow.   I know it isn't unusual for us to get snow in March but this winter started with the cold and inclement weather way back in October so it seems like a long LONG winter this year.  So here is some vintage inspiration:

I emailed quilt kit guru Rosie Werner and she said this kit is called "bluebells" by Paragon.  I love this quilt so I thought I would share it before I put it away.
Have a happy and warm day!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spring will come...

Like it or not, Spring will come.  I for one cannot wait.  It wasn't the snow we had, or the cold we had but the number of months we had them that bothered me this year.  A winter that begins in November and extends through March is just too long.  I'm yearning for the garden--whenever the ice melts long enough for me to get there...
 I'm busy these days working on a new program with my friend Beth.  Called "Money, Myth, and Madder: Women and Quilting During the Civil War," we are launching the program at Colonial Quilters Quilt Show on May 3.  Until then, I'll probably be wrapped up with work and preparation and probably won't be posting much.
Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead tonight before you go to bed!  This little quilt top is from my Storytime Stitches program: