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Thursday, March 28, 2013


Hi Everyone,

This will be a short post.  For those who haven't heard, my husband had to rush our 10 yo German Shepherd (Jessie) to the emergency vet early Tuesday morning--her spleen had ruptured due to a cancerous mass (apparently a very aggressive cancer) and she was bleeding internally.  My husband had to make an on the spot decision as to surgery or euthanasia.  She would also need a transfusion. The vet didn't think she would survive the surgery so my husband had her put down.  This is the second dog in less than 6 months.  Jessie had just seen her usual vet less than 3 weeks ago and no cancer was apparent at that time.  I know he made the right decision, but it has still been hard.  For the first time in my life I am living in a "pet-less" household.  My boys have not noticed she is gone yet, and we haven't said anything.  I know that conversation will take place eventually, I pray I have the right words to say.

Since I have not been sleeping well this week, I have not been able to get up early and into my sewing studio before work (and my boys get up!) as is my usual custom.  My husband was understanding last night when I said I needed to get downstairs.  I just needed some alone time.  I used that time to get caught up on my AOM orders (they should be in the mail on Tuesday) and get started on my BOM 3--it should also be in the mail on Tuesday.  Here is the pic of mine:

I will have respectfully disagree with Accuquilt that this is a beginner block.  It has a "Y" seam.  That is not something you put in a beginner block.  I have also NEVER had to square up parts of the block before I sew them to other parts and with this one I did.  I also don't have to square up the finished block, and this one, I tried, without much success.  When I mail these out, I plan to offer people "practice" blocks with scrap fabric if they are interested.  I wish I had practiced on something else first.  I will also offer to mail my BOM members more "pieces" if they have to rip something out too many times and the piece is distorted.  This is a "zinger" as my Mom would say.

I did try to pic out fabric that represented Spring--I do think we are done with the snow days.  I know, I know, I said that last time and then we got 7" of snow.  Really, I think Spring is on the way now!

I will be on Spring Break next week.  I am having my wisdom teeth pulled out on Wednesday, so I will not be blogging next week.  Pain meds and technology should not be mixed! lol

I hope to have a fabric line picked out for the Civil War BOM by the time I blog again--probably in two weeks.

Until then, keep quilting!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Patches and Pieces Quilt Guild Show

Good Afternoon Everyone!
I had a BLAST at the show I was at this weekend!  I made alot of contacts, received several custom orders (my favorite!) and had a great time catching up with the other vendors.
I didn't get to see many of the quilts--believe it or not, that is a good thing!  That means I was really busy!
Here are a few pics of my booth and the quilts.  Enjoy!

Well, I have tried twice to upload the rest of the photos.  I will save them for later.

Please take special note of the crossword puzzle quilt.  I have been granted permission to make this into a block of the month.  If you are interested ( with no obligation!) please leave me a comment or email me your contact info.  At this point, I can't give a cost estimate, it depends somewhat on how many join and what fabric is chosen. My email address is:  Please let me know if you are interested in a traditional black/white quilt, thirties (like pictured) or civil war repro.  I'm not sure if I will start this one next or the one I already had planned.  If so, then maybe I would start this one in the fall.

until next time, keep quilting!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

IQSCM Quilt of the Month - March 2013

Hi Everyone,

Well, I think the snow is done with for another year.  I like the snow days, not so much the cold weather that comes with it.  So I guess I'm ready for the warmer weather. Sure gonna miss those snow days, though. ;)

I subscribe to this listserv through the University of Nebraska Lincoln and once a month a I get an email with a quilt and it's history in my inbox.  One of my undergraduate concentrations was in history, so of course, quilt history is a favorite of mine.

Quilt Of The Month

Here is the article for this quilt--over 10,000 pieces!  wow!

Medallion Quilt
Made by Bertha Neiden, Lincoln, NE
International Quilt Study Center, Gift of Max Neiden and Sylvia Jacobs, 2008.017.0001

Photograph of Bertha Neiden, 1914. Courtesy of Max Neiden and Sylvia Jacobs and families.
March's Quilt of the Month comes from our newest exhibition, "Posing with Patchwork: Quilts in Photographs, 1855-1955," guest curated by Janet Finley, author of "Quilts in Everyday Life, 1855-1955: A 100-Year Photographic History."
Bertha Neiden of Lincoln, NE, made this 10,222-piece quilt between 1909 and 1914. Bertha was a seamstress at downtown Lincoln’s Miller and Paine department store, and the quilt’s wool fabrics may have been scraps from the custom clothing she sewed for the store. It also may have been from cloth she brought with her when she immigrated to the United States from Russia.
The quilt won a purple ribbon at the Nebraska State Fair in 1914, where this photo of Bertha and her quilt was taken.
Bertha Neiden was born Bayla Schuchman in 1888 in a Jewish village called Gorodish, near Kiev in Russia. When she was 21 she immigrated to Montreal, Canada, with her father and sisters and shortly thereafter moved to Lincoln, where some cousins were already living.
Bertha and her husband Louis raised their sons and daughter in Lincoln, and her children remember her teaching them the importance of quality clothing construction, telling them that “the inside should look as good as the outside.”
Clearly, Bertha was a perfectionist when it came to sewing.

The website this was taken from:

I encourage you to subscribe to this if you like quilt history. 

Keep quilting!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Good afternoon, everyone!

I took an entire day to myself yesterday and spent it putting my BOM's together. It was so nice to work uninterrupted--no phone calls, no sippy cups, etc.

I was also able to mail them yesterday, too!--you should receive yours soon!  Here is a picture of mine:

I realized after the first block that a "scant" quarter inch is what is need to get the block to 12.5"  If you are not super picky about the finished size, I recommend using the same size of seam (on my sewing machine the 1/4" line is actually larger than a 1/4")

Keep quilting!