And we’re off…

2016 Longmeadow

This is getting so exciting! The first block for Longmeadow will be out on October 1st. I hope to have the center block available for purchase by next weekend. My friend Lola over at The Stitchin Studio is going to offer fabric kits for each block with Civil War reproduction fabrics available through her quilt shop. I don’t know about you, but I’m itchin’ to get started. I always feel a little lost between projects.

I’m starting a Dear Jane quilt this week at the Stitchin’ Studio, as well. Can’t wait for that, too! I bought the Dear Jane bundle of fat-eighths from Piecing the Past Quilts that are perfect for the look and feel of the original Dear Jane quilt and will use one of the Butter Churn Basics for the background. I’m hoping that it will be 100% hand pieced. Some of those pieces seem awfully small and I’m a bit clumsy with my hands, so here’s hoping!

I hope you’re having a lovely weekend and looking forward to a great week ahead.


Been Busy with Longmeadow – the new BOM

I’ve been having a ball these last few days planning out the new BOM which is tentatively titled “Longmeadow” which will debut maybe in November, maybe in January.  It’s a bright and lovely, very happy quilt and it’s been a joy to design!  I thought I’d post color swatches of those used in the quilt to give you all a heads up.  I can’t wait to share the new design with you and hope it will be received well.

Color Swatch

Now that we’re reaching Autumn, it seems like a good time to review goals I set at the beginning of the year.  Well, I’m nowhere near as accomplished as I’d hoped to be by this time, but I am a fair way to completing some of my goals (or at least portions of those goals – lol).  I can see where I wasted a lot of time watching TV that could have been used more industriously. But for the most part it’s been a good balance of work and play. That said,  I’m addicted to Korean dramas, which are like American programs except they only run for about 16 episodes.  It’s really lovely, because you get the whole story: Beginning, Middle, and End with no cliffhangers as the seasons change.  For the most part, they are very sweet and a whole lot of fun!  I enjoy reading, so the subtitles don’t bother me at all.  And it’s been fun to learn a little Korean.  I don’t know enough to converse by any stretch of the imagination, but a word here and there, and I’m content.

I hope Summer has been good to you all!  It’s been very good to me.  We’re in love with our new place out in the middle of nowhere.  It really has been great!

Take care,


Lancaster Co. – Borders

fraktur - No Pane

Let’s finish this puppy up! Lancaster Co. finishing instructions are ready to download. If you’re new or just jumping in, the center block can be purchased at Patternspot.

The top and bottom red borders are cut 7.5″ x 63.5″

The left and right red borders are cut 7.5″ x 93″

Center your applique and stitch in place. Included is an alphabet (one in Reverse, as well, for those who need it) and the Numbers (reverse numbers are included in this file).

Directions for cutting and sewing sashing is included in the finishing instructions.

I hope you have enjoyed this BOM as much as I did putting it all together. It was truly a delight!

Take care and happy stitching,


Lancaster County – Block 14

Lancaster Co 2 Block 14

Yippee!!  I’m typing this from my makeshift office in the new house (otherwise known as the kitchen table or quilt central).  We finally moved into our new place.  A  good hard rain and thunder and lightning made for a memorable weekend, but we are warm and dry inside our little house.  I guess you could say we downsized since we have about a house and half’s worth of stuff stacked neatly in our garage.  My husband told someone that we moved about 83% of our stuff on Saturday and wish about 50% of that would dematerialize.  I never thought of myself as a hoarder until this move.  Now…I’m not so sure.

Here is Lancaster County 14.  You can find the center block at Patternspot (It’s called Folk Heart Fraktur).

You can find the Sycamore Rose pattern there, too.

Thank you for your patience while I get things put together during this move.  I’m sorry it’s late!  I’ll do better next time!


Lancaster Co. – Block 13

Lancaster Co 2

Block 13Lancaster County 13 is ready to download.  The center block can be purchased at Patternspot.

On the moving front, things are going well.  I packed up all the fabric almost right away and have been regretting it ever since.  I’ve got fingers itching to stitch something.  ANYTHING! And everything’s out of reach. lol  I’ve still got the rest of the sewing room to pack, however, and have been avoiding this chore like the plague.  I won’t have a designated sewing area in the new house, so it’s hard to say goodbye to the layout I’ve been blessed to have in the current house.  However, nothing is forever.  And frankly, when I sewed I most often did it at my computer desk.  In the new house, I will probably commandeer the kitchen table.  It’s in the middle of a sunlit kitchen with windows all around and a view of the surrounding mountains.  I can’t complain.  I will take pictures once we are in.  As the move gets closer I get more and more excited.  This will be our 11th move in 26 years, so we are used to being uprooted.  We get it from my husband’s side who moved every few years.  On my side…well, my parents lived in the house where I was born for about 40 years give or take.  But I’ve learned to adapt to pulling up stakes every so often.  We belong to a wonderful, large church, so even though the locations of the meetings change, the doctrine and structure does not, for which I am infinitely grateful.  To keep that constant amidst change is a wonderful thing and has been a blessing for our children.