Saturday, June 18, 2016

Birthday Suppers-Friends-Quilts


 We celebrated two birthdays recently.
  Abe Rittenhouse's birthday.

Rebecca celebrated Abe's birthday by having his family,
 Terry and I for a wonder supper.

 Melissa celebrated Benjamin's birthday by having family and friends for supper. Benjamin (far left). 
First cousins with their little ones.
Benjamin and Rowen     Ryan and Sophie     Mike and George
 
 Autumn and Rebecca came home for the weekend.  
I just love when my children come home.
Autumn and Rowen
 
As A Quilter
Susan (second from left) is a technical editor for C&T Publising from Idaho.  She has edited all four of my quilt books.  This past week I had the privilege of meeting her in person along with some of her friends.  Thanks Susan for a wonderful time!
 

I  spent the day with my mother and some of my sisters quilting.  Polly is working on a quilt that will be in my new book. By the way the picture in the background Mother painted over 50 years ago.
 
 Mother-Polly-Me-June

Could this picture be a quilt inspiration?   At the Homestead in Hot Springs VA.

I confess, I made the quilt before I saw the Lattice.

  
Halfway done quilting my Zig and Zag quilt.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Planting Mums and Quilting

I had the privileged of taking a van load of old order Mennonites to help a family plant mums.  I myself had never done this job before so it was a learning experience for me. We first dumped potting soil into a trough and added water then mixed the soil with our hands.

This is how the mum plugs come. 

We filled the posts with the soil and planted one plug per pot.

Watered the plants.



We loaded the planted pots onto the truck.  The children where a great help.

Then we placed them on black plastic that had a watering system. 650 mums latter.

Terry helped our son Ben (right) put a new roof on his house.

Abe and Rebecca (daughter) moved into a new
 home which needed some painting. 
 

All moved and settled into their new home.

Life as a Quilter
I just finished quilting this quilt "Through the Lattice" for my 
new book that will be released the end of 2017.  I tried a little something different for the border.
 

Mother and I went to the Valley Brethern-Mennonite
 Heritage Center for a quilt turning. A quilt turning is a 
stack of quilts laid out on a bed and then the lecturer
 talks about each quilt.  These were quilts from the Shenandoah Valley from Brethren and Mennonite background.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Special Quilting Announcements

I am honored to have my  table runner Summer Sizzler featured in Quiltmaker magazine  July/August issue.


MAQ 2016 Registration is Now Open!


 July 15-17, 2016 Mount St. Mary's University Emmitsburg, MD

 There is still room in this Twirling Swirling Dance class.  Sorry but Star Chain class is full.

Enjoy your summer!


Sunday, May 1, 2016


Thanks for joining the fun of the blog tour.  This is the last stop of the blog tour for Amazingly Simple Triangle Stars book.

Here is a short video clip I want to share with you so you can see just how simple it is to piece this block which can make all the quilts in this book.

 Visit the blog stops listed below to learn what the book is about and get a glimpse of my life as a quilter, teacher, wife and mother. To have a chance to win the book make  a comment at each blog stop. C & T Publishing is giving away one Amazingly Simple Triangles Stars book at each stop. Winners from other countries will receive an e-book. Here are the stops on the tour:
  C&T Publishing- April 25   
Bonnie Hunter-Quiltville - April 26  
Pat Sloan -The Voice of Quilting- April 27   
Julia Graber -  April 28  
Canton Villiage Quilt Works - April 29  
Connecting Threads - April 30  
Barbara H. Cline-Quiltingal - May 1 
   
To enter the drawing leave a comment and let me know if you see the 18 triangle blocks in the table runner below. Leave me an email address so I can contact you. I will be giving away a book and also the table runner pattern "Let's Party".  This table runner is also made with the same triangle block.  This quilt will be featured in the magazine Quiltmaker July/Aug. 2016.
This tour is closed Sunday, May 8 midnight.
Here is where you can purchase a signed copy of the book Amazingly Simple Triangle Stars.