A Little of This and That !

"Iowa" weather has been beautiful and we have been enjoying sitting on our veranda. The "Hummingbirds" are starting to arrive--- so much fun to watch!
I have been involved with a few 2020 swaps. Received this darling doll quilt made by
 Lora Congdon.  As you see, my little Dutch Doll (Marka) claimed it right away!
In exchange, I made this little (snowball) quilt for Lora.
Wendy Montreuil. Check out her lovely blog!  Wendy created this darling bird pin cushion for me and-----
I created this pin cushion for Wendy. What a fun swap!!
I have been rearranging my shelves on my pie safe in my sewing room--- also did some dusting!
Kathy Tracy (Doll Quilt designer and author of many small quilt books) hosted
 a spring 2020 Doll Quilt Swap. My partner was Sharon Browne.
Sharon made a pin cushion and needle keeper for me. They will be put to good use!! I made this little doll quilt with a few extras for Sharon. These are her favorite col…

A Visit With You!!

Thinking about you my "blogging friends", praying that all of you and your family's are okay during these trying times. 
The last few days I cleaned up our pantry, refrigerator and one closet...told myself.."done!! So, decided to bring out a few "Easter" things--- Thought our entry needed "Miss.Violet" to perk up our home! Placed a little birdie to brighten the mantel. I retrived from my sewing room closet this star quilt that I started 20+ years ago..I had finished sewing the blocks, had sewed , sandwiched and basted----period!!! I decided 3 1/2 weeks ago that I needed to finish and started hand stitching. Ta-ta done!! 
Last of all--- know we are all looking forward to the first sites  of tulips, right?  Found this giraffe with a tulip in it's mouth and wanted to share with you!!
Take care!
Hug's, Carolyn

A Little Of This & That!!

This small quilt is a Kathleen Tracy design "Crosses Morning" from one of her books titled "Prairie Children and Their Quilts". It's in the works as I am quilting it now-----this is one of my U.F.O.'s!

Check out Kathleen Tracy's blog post which she wrote, when Marge Pearson, Linda Meyers and I attended a "Cabin Fever" retreat in 2012 at the Grout Museum, Waterloo, Iowa. We had a great time!  Click on this link.
Finished and mailed 40 "Star" reproduction (civil War) blocks. Barb Vedder, quilt maker, designer, teacher and blogger is hostess of "The Star Swap 2020". Click on:    Check out her Star Swap 2020 for tutorial.
Looking forward to receiving 40 blocks from other swappers.
Up for making the new "Farmhouse Love" which my friend Karen Walker designed? Karen, is a pattern designer, lecture and has trunkshows.  She has…

Twas the Night before Christmas!

And all through the house..... Decorations appear with delight! The sideboard has pictures of our family and.....

Our table is set! The mantel is sparkling  .....and the Christmas tree is decorated with family charms Baked Gumdrop bread and is ready to serve....
......looks like somebody couldn't wait!
When I was 5 we received a Christmas card with a poem inclosed, my mother read it to me, then taught me to recite it. My nick name was PENNY and thought it appropriate hear it goes.... Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in the old man's hat, if you haven't got a penny, a half penny will do, if you haven't got a half penny...then ......"God Bless You". .....and it all started with a Family.  Merry Christmas Hug's,  Carolyn

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Finished the pilgrims just in time! Special greetings for you and your family♥️ Creating a few yo-yo trees for my dollie I made.
Received this adorable snowball doll quilt from a swap from "Lori" . She used vintage fabric. My dollies love it!So do I!!!  "Lori" and..... ....this is what I made for her and.....
A needlekeeper too! Picked up a few baby chicken feeders at a farm supply store...  perfect fit as a pin cushion and notions holder. A great gift for my sewing buddies! Shhhh....don't tell.😊 Having Thanksgiving with our family and I know "pecan pie" will be available! God Bless you all and HAPPY THANKSGIVING  Hug's, Carolyn 

Gardening, Strawberries, Quilting and a Special Heart!

Flowers are ready to plant!
Finished and watching them grow!!
Hosta's are loving this weather!! We just returned from the "Stawberry Patch" they are ready to freeze---you know we will sample a few of them first!  Our "Hand quilting group" at Church has basted and marked design on this beauty today and ----it's on the quilt rack ready to quilt! This quilt will take up to a year to hand stitch. The border is of applique flowers that is placed on two sides of the quilt. Getting ready to hand quilt!
We are enjoying fabulous weather as we sit on our veranda with sunny sky's and in the 70's!!!

Our fern is loving it's space!! Lois, my friend made the special heart with a note attached saying:    "I Need A Home!! Please report me as found" and placed in a special place for someone to find. And sure "enough"  someone did find it and reported it on "I Found A Heart". Click on this website above and find out more…