Lancaster Co. – Block 6

Block 6Lancaster Co 2


Lancaster County 6 is ready to download.

I have a bad case of the “should have’s.” I should have handled that better.  I should have just been myself.  I should have listened to my gut.  It’s hard to get over a case of the should have’s because the only way to get rid of it is to acknowledge that you made a mistake and promise you’ll do better if given another chance.  Up until yesterday, I wanted to find a hole to crawl into and wish it all away.  But as I came to terms with it and realized just where I went wrong and how I could do it much better if the same situation ever appears at my doorfront again (and how I hope it does appear) the embarrassment slowly dissipated.  And the lesson learned could finally reveal itself.  I’ve learned how important it is to stay true to who you are.  The whole mess came from me trying to be someone else – someone I thought I should be more like – while if I had just stayed authentic to myself, I would have been embarking on a new journey right now.  But I missed the boat – or the plane, train, or automobile.  There’s nothing wrong with trying to improve yourself – to be a little better version of yourself day to day.  But stifling the genuine you is a no-no.  I’m getting to the point where I can be thankful for the lost opportunity because it’s opened my eyes, so I feel good about that.  I’ve kept a daily gratitude journal since December of last year, and writing in it really helps to put things in perspective.  As I go back through the pages, I see the things in life that really matter, the birth of my first grandchild, and the daily reminders that God loves me and knows who I am.  If I can just remember who I am, it will be all right.



Pattern Shop

I’m so excited! I’ve added a pattern shop to the site where you can download the center block for Lancaster Co (called Folk Heart Fraktur – $10.00). You’ll also find Sycamore Rose here, where you can buy the pattern for the full quilt for $25 or only buy individual blocks for $2.50/each. You can pay via credit card or Paypal. Just click the link at the top of the page. I’ll be adding more quilt patterns as they are completed. I’m waiting on the fabric for one – yummy civil war reproduction fabrics. Don’t you just love when there’s something to look forward to in the mail?

It’s been positively spring-like here in Southern California. Almost too warm, but so beautiful. All the hills have greened up and it’s just gorgeous everywhere! It won’t stay green for long, but I’m loving it all up while I can.


Lancaster Co., Block 3

Block 3 Lancaster Co 2

A new month means new beginnings and gives us another chance to work on the resolutions made in January.  I’ve been hard at work on the goals I set this year but admit to losing steam in the last week or so.  But something about turning the calendar page has fired me up again and I’m ready to give my all.

Lancaster Co., block 3 Lancaster County 3 is ready to download.  It’s really a sweet little block.  The center block for the quilt can be purchased at

Happy Stitching,


A Beautiful Quilt

Elizabeth Palmer Austin sent in this photo of the gorgeous quilt she made using the Sycamore Rose blocks.  Her interpretation is stunning!

Sycamore Rose - EPAustin

The work is exquisite and I can (and do – lol!) look at it all day.  Thank you so much Elizabeth for sending it in for everyone to enjoy!

I’ve been busy working on a tutorial for a needle turn applique technique that I’m growing to love.  It uses minimal marking and cheap full-page labels.  I will post it as soon as it’s done.


Lancaster Co., Block 2

Block 2 Lancaster Co 2


Lancaster Co. block 2 is up and ready for download.

We have been enjoying getting to know our new granddaughter, Kimmi.  She is a doll! Absolutely perfect, and with four baby-hungry Aunts to attend to her, she is loved a ton.  We just can’t get enough of her.  Unfortunately, we just found out that she and her parents will be moving almost 2000 miles away in April.  They’ve received a job opportunity that is too good to miss out on.  We are devastated that they will be so far away, but so excited for their opportunity.  So, we have to get all our love and cuddles in while we can.  And then Skype as much as possible after that.

For now, though, we are overflowing with family and it is wonderful!  My brother and parents are here from Texas and it is so lovely to be able to wrap my arms around my Mom and hug her tightly.  She is a saint.  My angel mother.  And I’m so grateful to have her close enough to hold for a little while.

I hope you have fun stitching block 2.  And I hope you’re surrounded by loved ones that you can kiss and cuddle.

Happy stitching,