My mother owned a fabric shop here in Des Moines, Iowa for 25 years. I worked by her side starting at the age of 14. I studied at Drake University.I am married to my highschool sweetheart. We have two wonderful grown sons, married to lovely women and 6 grandchildren. We love antiques, gardening and taking road trips to historical towns thoughout Iowa and surrounding states.
This is the label that will be attached to the back after I transfer family signatures onto the muslin.
A friend of ours grows red/purple raspberries and yesterday I made Jam.
I processed 13 jars of "yummy" Jam! I might leave them on the counter for a few days to admire! :)
Anyone for tarts and tea?
I made tarts that were filled with the Jam
I belong to Des Moines Herb Study group and we maintain and plant two gardens at the
Des Moines Botanical Garden. Enlarge to read plaque.
This is our Herb study garden
Every Monday morning we work in the gardens. Once a month we have a meeting and potluck lunch using our crops. I have learned to grow and cook with herbs from the members of this delightful group!
In-between time I am working on another project - Liz Porter's traditional Double Nine Patch using bubblegum pink and indigo prints featured in Fons & Porter's July/August 2011 issue. As you can see I have a ways to go! :)
Today, is a beautiful sunny and cool day in Des Moines. I plan to spend the rest of afternoon outside listening to the birds singing and finish hand quilting ( Kathie Holland) scrappy strip quilt for my niece, Kathy.
Hope you are enjoying your week doing what you love!
I enjoyed participating in Christine's 2nd doll quilt swap. Thank you Christine for hosting this fun event!
Lisa's doll quilt is in the mail. I also made her a needle keeper.
I used this wonderful handy tool guild a friend gave to me a few years ago- I have used it many times for making scrappy quilts. There are 102 traditional quilt blocks in 5 sizes, each with design details and construction diagrams.
I made this little doll quilt using the block tool and attached small yo-yo's on the inner border.
I have a thing for little toy sewing machines!
These two were a surprise recently from my husband!
Below is a tumbler revisable table topper that I just finished. I was inspired by Kathie Holland when I visited her blog last week regarding her post on June 7th. I just had to make this fun quilt.
Thank you Kathie!
I placed this cheaters panel on the reverse side of the quilt..
The men in our lives are always there with a shoulder to lean on and a steady love that is too often taken for granted. Once each year, on the third Sunday in June, there is a chance to remind fathers and the men who step in when fathers are not available, that all of their quiet efforts are appreciated. To my best friend and the father of our sons "Happy Father's Day"!