Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sunday Quilting

Sunday I had a marvelous day quilting at the Ellen Peters' studio in Laconia, New Hampshire. This is a small quilt for me, as it is only about 64" by 74" but I do love it! Here is Ellen, helping me to find just the right thread color for the quilt. We chose a pretty golden beige.

Here I am, ready to start quilting!

The quilting was all freehand and I just got into a medium sized spiral pattern and went to town with it. I  hope that you can see some of it here.

There was enough of the two yard hunk of the red border fabric to be able to bind it with the same fabric. I got the binding all prepared and stitched onto the quilt and now I'm in the process of hand hemming it.

Here's a look at some of the 16 patches that make up the body of the quilt.

Love those Civil War reproductions! These were 2½" squares that I sewed into four patches and then joined them into 16-patches. I made 30 of them and then sewed 6 rows of 5 blocks.

The Tuesday before, I brought in a huge bag of scraps that I had scored from Freecycle's local chapter. an elderly quilter was downsizing and offered the whole bag for free if you would come and pick it up. The Sunshine Club had a field day divvying it all up between us, LOL!

Today, my Farmer's Wife group met and our hostess, Camille served delicious blueberry scones from Panera. Yummmy! Here's what was going on there. These are Dawn's beautiful Lucy Boston blocks.

Sue was doing an applique block of the month and it's looking terrific!

Camille was doing an authentic Herbert Hoover presidential election historical stitchery project with very fine embroidery stitches. whoohoo!

My dog, Miss Emma Lynne, and the two kitties, like to amuse themselves by nibbling the tender young shoots of the new grass.

 Happy stitching!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sixteen Patches

Finally the fix has come about for a windows Photo acquisition wizard problem so that I can upload photos again!

The newest project has been to furiously piece 2½" squares into 16-patches. I have been happily sewing them together for about a week. Now I have 36 blocks that are all pressed and starched.

These are all Civil War reproductions and they are very merry all together. My plan is to put them together and put slab borders onto to them in a lovely red.

The warmer weather has come to the north country at last and we welcome it to take away the old brown snow.

Happy sewing!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Thank you to all my friends and readers for their concern about my not having posted in so very long.

We were hacked but things seem to be straightened out now, I hope and pray!

Husband Wonderful and I are well and so are Miss Emma Lynne and the two kitties.

Thank you again for your patience with me!

Happy sewing!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Blessed Be!

A big storm and a few days accidentally locked out of my accounts has made this an exciting transition!

It is sad to admit how dependent I have become on the rich life on the internet, but none-the-less, my life is great again now. Big "Thank you's" are going out to my Husband Wonderful, my Plow-boy!

As you can see in the above photograph, there are great big semi tractor trailer trucks that whizz along my street. That is exactly why I am delighted to only allow Miss Emma Lynne to race around in her fenced exercise area. Here, below, you can see her all tuckered out from her romping in fresh clean snow!

As for the quilting news front, not much was accomplished here at Park Hill Farm. Quilts are stacked up as we use and launder them for both warmth and comfort. Here is an old one that was in the way:

The maroon flannel backing, which came from a local thrift shop, is soft and snuggly! I had used up an orphaned block for the label back when it was done.

Buried underneath, sure enough, was my lovely stack of Log Cabin Lunacy blocks, completely untouched this month. I laugh to see them, still nicely starched in their pile, waiting patiently for me to resume work on them.

Although I love making big beautiful quilts, my little hut is quite cluttered and dingy in the interior views.

My dining room table is heaped with his tools and toys and my fabrics, hats, and bags.

Clutter abounds in the dining area, filled with tote bags of quilts in various stages of completion!
My plants grow so fast that often I choose to give away rooted cuttings on the local chapter of Freecycle.

My home is truly happy havoc!

Blessed be!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Quiet Neighbors

It might sound morbid, but right across the highway from where I live, there is a small cemetery. People are buried there with the dates of their lifetime carved upon their stone tablets.

Only one neighbor, that I know of, has deeded rights to be buried there with her husband when they pass. God pray that is many long years from now!

It is enclosed by tumbled down rock boundaries, as New Hampshire is still known as, "The Granite State."

Friday, February 3, 2017

Rest & Recreation

Stay well.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Happy First

The calm before the storm affected me in odd ways.

My lovely pancake breakfast, served with drizzled mini-morsel chocolate chips was as delightful as ever, in the circle of friends at the Senior Center.

Although John joined us for the meal, he chose to skip the quilter's group called The Sunshine Club.

After waiting for brief moments, Madam Secretary joined me in the Conference room.

She took the minutes and I do thank her for that.

At my request, Madam Secretary took two photographs of me; one with,

And one, without, my readers.

With no quorum, we adjourned so that I could hurry along to the Farmer's Wife in Milton, New Hampshire, United States of America.

More fruitful was the aftermath of snow removal and clean up!

Love that Plow Boy.

God bless.

Sunday, January 29, 2017


Some of my regular readers are aware that Husband Wonderful & I job share Animal Control Officer duties for the town. It is a labor of love. We help to re-unite lost pets with their respective owners. Sadly, there are a few times when a beloved owner of a pet has passed away into the Great Beyond.

Most of these tales are of brief temporary transitions into a new place where the pet is loved again in a stable home.

Whatever happens, we do our very best.

May God bless.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Cryptic Tally Ho

Storms that deposit layers of ice are always far worse than any storms of plow-able snow. Think of sunny times in the past with dear friends and shopping instead!

Maureen Timmins and Jenny Doan in Missouri, USA

Big huge "Thank you's" to the staff at Footprints Quilt Shoppe, here in New Hampshire, USA, for their willingness to snap our picture!

Likely every woman admires another, and new ideas are born as we merrily bounce through the universe. Credit is always due.

Happy sewing!

Post Script:

Best wishes are going out to this wonderful pair of friends, too!

Get well,  soon!
 Happy quilting.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Winter Fun

Survive your slippery driveway.


Think Spring.

Eat ice cream.

No polar bears were harmed while I used this big napkin to eat it all up.

Happy quilting, too!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Penny's Longarm Quilting

My powers of imagination often run wild with me. Pop up ads on the internet show very naughty ladies and some are scantily dressed, oh my! I pretend that I am their fashion designer and I make amends to their costumes for them.

But this blog is about big beautiful quilts, all soft and cuddly. Whether my quilts are old or new, large or small, for sale or all worn out from years of washings, they are always about good quality.

This young lady was never in any of my Girl Scout troops, but Penny is hard working and industrious. Here below, you may see her displaying a recent creation of her own.

She has invested in a longarm quilting machine and has great prospects of paying her bills as the orders roll in to her business.

Her quilting is always attractively priced, too. If you have quilt tops to be done that are not antiques, for she does not do those, imagine these prices:

Wall $25
Baby quilts $35
Lap quilts $45
Twin $55
Full $60
Queen $70
King $90

These prices are for pick up and drop off at the local Concord, New Hampshire location, but overseas shipping must be calculated. Please call to learn about the waiting list. Cell: 603-486-8081 on Eastern Time Zone: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm and even on Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Thank you for looking!

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