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Happy fall,

I cannot believe how fast the seasons seem to be passing by, pretty soon it’s going to be the holiday season. I haven’t made much progress on the ironing board, really would love to get those bindings done.

I always think of the story of the Elves and the Shoemaker and how when the Shoemaker goes to sleep the Elves make the shoes, wish they would come and bind my quilts. I am really thankful that my daughter will help me. If you wonder why I always leave everything on my ironing board it’s because I really like to use my ironing board and if things are piled on it they tend to get finished faster.

I have had two big finishes, at least the top is finished and to me that is a finish. I had two big projects I was working on this year, the Lancaster diamonds and the Rotherfields gray quilt, happy to say they are finished.

I was introduced to a shop called Primitive Gatherings at the AQS show this summer. I fell in love with everything in that booth, I bought something every day and since have ordered other kits and patterns. So many things to look forward to working on next year, so excited about working on some smaller projects, like a whole new world.

I love this time of the year, I love the cooler weather, the pumpkins, all the colors, doing fun things with the grandchildren. Just wonderful after the hot summer.

Take some time to just go outside and enjoy the beautiful sunshine and cooler temperatures. Maybe even do some stitching outside.

Also enjoy the pictures of my quilts.

Happy stitching ,
Rosemary

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Good morning,

I cannot even tell you how much fun I had last week at the AQS show in Grand Rapids Michigan. It was like a whole new world, I discovered two booth that I absolutely loved. Primitive Gatherings and Lori Smith patterns.
Bought some wonderful kits and patterns. Just have really fallen in love with anything wool. Arrived home to order more patterns and thread. It is just time to switch to working on some smaller projects as everything I have always made seems to be king size.

Being truthful here, I spent a lot more time at the vendors that I did with the quilts. I am enclosing the smile box of the AQS winners and a special exhibit, Stitch like an Egyptian. The only thing I was disappointed in is that there seemed to be less quilts and vendors than the last couple of years.

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I will get you caught up on my projects later on in the week. Hope you enjoy the smile box, have a great week stitching.

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Dear friends,

It is been a busy summer, haven’t even found the time to keep up on the blog. It probably means not much is getting accomplished in my sewing room. Lol . I really love having extra time with the grandchildren not being in school.

The AQS show is coming to Grand Rapids Michigan, it will be the third year. I am really looking forward to it as always. If you’re going to be in town during the show, let me know. Ryquilter1@msn.com

Here is a site if you’d like to look up information.

http://www.experiencegr.com/aqs/?gclid=CLzQzuPliMACFYk7MgodjxoAdQ

Not much work has been done on the ironing board, all those quilts that need binding are still there. There is something new under the board if you really look.

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I started another project, spiderweb blocks, I took my pattern from the Quilt Block Bible book CD, Mills and stars and used that to foundation piece the spiderweb blocks. I made my blocks 14 inches, what fun , would love to make one for all of my grandchildren. I saw Bonnie Hunter piecing one on quilt cam one day and thought that I could use my scraps up for that. I don’t think it made a dent in the scrap bag. LOL

Are you a list maker? I have never made a list, this year I am making a list for next year. Want to finish up some things that I started this year and start on a couple new things but I also want to set a goal that in 2016 To. start on smaller quilts. Almost everything I make has to be over hundred inches square and I really finally want to make smaller ones. :) For those of you that know me you probably are smiling, but this time I am serious.

Enjoy the month of August, hope to see some of you at the show in Grand Rapids.

Happy stitching,
Rosemary

Good evening,

So hard to get back into the groove of things after being at a wonderful retreat. Had such a great time, can’t wait for another retreat. It was just so much fun and inspiring and so great being with so many wonderful people.

Just an update on the ironing board, it is not empty right now. As you know my ironing board has been filled with projects that were slowly put together, now the quilts are starting to pile up because they need binding.

I am not sure why I do not like putting on the binding. It is so close to being finished. Enjoy the photos.

Happy stitching,
Rosemary

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Almost all of these were unfinished projects that I started in September.

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The red work quilt was one of my daughters projects that I finished

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Here is my prairie Rose Jo Morton block of the month, on the back of it I put all my different signature blocks that I had, blocks from dear Jane, Beaver Island, Jo swap and even some Civil War swaps.

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Another great day today, hanging out with friends at a retreat is the best. Today we went to visit another quilt shop.
Common Threads
109 N Mill St, St Louis, MI
(989) 681-5082

I have always wanted to start making smaller quilts, everything I seem to make is over hundred inches square. Being on the retreat and seeing some smaller quilts and miniatures I was really inspired.

There were plenty of small quilts in this shop, I asked the shop owner if it was okay to post pictures of the shop, if you’re ever in St. Louis Michigan, it is a great stop.

Happy stitching,
Rosemary

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Having a great time at the Quilted cottage in Saginaw at the retreat. What a great idea, they called the retreat, sleep at home retreat, it runs from Wednesday till Saturday and you go to the shop to sew from 10 o’clock in the morning until 9 o’clock at night but you go home to sleep.

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Some of us worked together on the Pam Buda market day.

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I brought home the wonderful new collection of the snowbird fabrics. I can’t Wait to work with them, just love them.

Finished three jellyroll quilt for Christmas presents. Two of them are pictured below. More tomorrow.

Happy stitching,
Rosemary

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Good morning,

I am up in Saginaw Michigan at the Quilted cottage quilt retreat.

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Having such great time visiting with friends , lots of laughter and plenty of fun. Such a beautiful place, the staff is amazing, a machine quilter on-site that does beautiful work, beautiful selection of fabric, absolutely everything you need.

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This store has a special exhibit of my book and quilts from the book this week.
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We are actually getting some sewing done, more photos later in the week.

Enjoy your day today, hopefully you will find some time today in your sewing room.

Happy stitching,
Rosemary

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