Friday, September 15, 2017


"Old Town" Fabric Shop is located in Chillicothe OH
and you should make plans to visit soon!
Owners are a Mother/Daughter duo
Cindy Henderson and Kelly Henderson Battistin.

They tell me the building was an original stop
along the Erie Canal...they have updated the shop yet
 this brick and mortar shop screams history,
antiques mixed with all types of quilting fabrics
INCLUDING modern fabric!

This quilt and modern fabric caught my eye immediately!
This line by Corey Yoder is called Lulu Lane 
Others fabrics in this display include Corey's Prairie line
 as well as other delightful prints!

I could NOT stop drooling over the selection of 

How about some Cotton and Steel?

Need thread, zippers or buttons...right here!

And like I said a mix of antiques and modern!
this display is amazing!

Oh yes, lets not forget the Sale Area!

Lotta Jansdotter (my heart be still)
found in the sale stacks!

and most important...
my friend Andrea Aldredge works here!
She is an amazing modern quilter in her own right!

 Next time you consider a road trip for great fabrics,
wonderful quilt shop staff, in a 
quaint town with good restaurants and a lovely park...
Old Town Chillicothe is the place to go!

If you are shop hopping, I would be remiss not to 
mention another quilt shop in Chillicothe
"Creations Sew Clever" 
owned by Rita Fishel, also a good friend of mine!
Read about that shop here!

The magnificent autumn colors of Ohio
 will soon fill the hills and valleys of Chillicothe!
Grab your denim jacket and infinity scarf...
Who wants to go?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Summer is almost over butt it was such fun 
participating in the Summer Sun Swap on Instagram.
My secret partner was @sboots812 Suse Boots

I searched my stash to find her favorites colors
Chose this paper pieced pattern 
"Emerald Seahorse" 
If you like it you can buy it here on Craftsy


Found a cute Chevron Print in my stash for the backing.

Enough for Binding and Corner Tabs

It was a challenge to paper piece as some of the pieces 
were sew TINY!  The block was small as well
so I added the border to meet the swap size requirements.

The "one" extra needed to be something 
that represented me or where I live
and non-sewing related.
I added some note papers from Lotta Jansdotter,
cause I love her fabric
AND a bookmark...come on...
I could never do just one extra!
Of course, I made the card too!

And my maker was Susie Boots~and this is what I received.
An adorable turtle(s) mini with a small zipper pouch
and some Maple Syrup from New Hampshire!

Thanks to @sparklestash who was the swap mama
and kept this swap organized and moving well!

I hope you have had a great summer...
if you took a vacation
...tell me where you went!

Friday, September 1, 2017


I worked at Nationwide Insurance for 20 years
and Kim Kidwell was my bestie then and still.  
This day...she stepped out of her technology role into
"Mother of the Bride"
and oh no, don't sit her down before the bride enters...
she walked her daughter down the isle!

Alex married Dannie Montague
and I was there will my dancing shoes on!

What a lovely couple!

Talk about a beautiful bride!

I have lots of quilts and knew that would be their gift.
But which one? After asking Kim what colors
they have in their home, she stated no specific color scheme.

So I took a chance on this double size quilt
made with Amy Butler fabric in an older pattern
called Between Friends...yes it was made some time ago
but it was in storage and never used!

I used the text function on my Bernina 740 
to put the label right on the front of the quilt.

Their thank you card indicated I made the right choice!
So the next time someone asks you 
"What do you do with all those quilts you make?" 
The answer is...the future will decide...

Saturday, August 26, 2017


Loleen is the winner! 
Thnx everyone!

Recently, Cindy Pieters (Stitchin At Home)
asked me to test her newest quilt pattern!
and of course, I did!

"Squared Off"
Once you read this post
you will see my quilt top and Cindy's finished quilt.
Leave a comment and be entered in a giveaway 
to win a (digital) copy!

If you follow the pattern fabric requirements
the whole process is quite easy...BUT ME...
I think outside the fabric rrequirement box
 to use stash I already have on hand. 
Sew I have to think more and be deliberate about
where I use the fabrics I have. 

For instance...instead of one fabric for the background fabric
I used the same fabric in TWO color waves.  
Used two color ways for the cross pieces
I kept the same color fabric for all the small triangles (pink)
and the center squares (green)

This pattern is easy to make, there is a lot of chain piecing

There was also a lot of marking sewing lines on 
the BIG triangle pieces
so you can sew on the small triangles pieces.
  "Work Smarter, Not Harder"
Make templates, with markings to guide you thru 
repetitive steps, quickly and easily!

Per the pattern marking instructions this template
helps me center and find the 4" and 5 1/2" lengths needed
for sewing lines.

The top little triangle gets pressed downward over the card.
That pressed line is where you line up and sew
a small triangle on top of the large piece, RST

Next I lined up the 5 1/2" measurement along the bottom
 and LEFT side of the template
The top triangle now gets pressed down for a sewing line.
Once all these are done/sewn
I repeated for the RIGHT side.

Here you can see the pressed line.
Line up the small triangle along it
Sew 1/4"  - EASY PEASY!

Once all triangles are sewn...
trim the seam allowances to 1/4" and press

All the chain piecing, trimming and pressing is done!

Time to assemble and sew the blocks!

All blocks now on the design wall 
I love the two color waves!

All sewn and this makes a great size lap quilt
I am deciding if I want to add a border.
I'll decide once I know where this charity quilt will live!

Its a very cute, fun and easy pattern
that looks difficult. 
I will say the triangles were the hardest part
because of all the biased edges...
they can stretch if not handled carefully!

This is Cindy's "Squared Off" Quilt...
IF you can't wait to win it...

you can buy it here on Craftsy!

To enter the giveaway...
Just leave me a message and tell me where you live!
Winner of "Squared Off" digital pattern
will be drawn at random on August 31st

Thursday, August 24, 2017


I don't believe I have ever seen a bride as beautiful as 

Shannon (McElhatton) 
and her handsome hubby, Rick Coil
I was so thrilled to be invited to their May wedding.

I have been friends with Shannon's  Mom, Linda Craig, 
since early 70s and Shannon was just a little girl.
Look at these beautiful ladies now.
I think Linda looks like Cybill Shephard!

 When there is a wedding...I give quilts as gifts.

I made this large lap size quilt.  
The pattern is NOVA from the book, Scrap Basket Surprises.
The stars were made with 2 1/2" batik strips from a guild swap  
and the PURPLE border made it all POP!

Ends up...this became the perfect quilt for the Coils.
 Keep PURPLE in mind...

 Look at the PURPLE bridesmaid dresses
and look at colors of the flower bouquets!

My Thank You Card said 
"the quilt was the best gift they received and 
they would cherish it forever!"

and here it the Coil home!

QUITLS will always be the best gift ever!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


For the past 15 months I have been volunteering as an usher for
CAPA (Columbus Associaition of the Performing Arts)

The Nutcracker, performed by The Columbus Metropolitan Ballet, 
is a traditional event at The Ohio Theatre, Columbus, OH

The two CAPA Volunteer Coordinators, Janet and Sheri,
 have their hands full keeping, managing about 700 volunteers
and making sure there are  60 ushers/per show/for the 6 week run!
(plus all the other holiday shows)

I decided to thank them in my own way and
put a Nutcracker smile on their face.

It began with these fabrics pulled from my stash.

Quilted with some simple wavy lines.

sewn and labeled 

into wide open zipper pouches
(made at the Spring retreat in Amish Country)

I couldn't wait til the Holidays, so I presented them
 at the August Volunteer Appreciation luncheon !

Needles to say....they had Nutcraker smiles from ear to ear!