Shipshewana smile box

Good evening,

We had a very unusual snowstorm here this past week, I was thankful that I spent the week in Shipshewana at the dear Jane retreat.

Had a great time. I came home with plenty of ideas, new fabrics, and many great memories, Smile box is finished, it starts out with shopping at Yoders, then Erica’s and then Lollys. Just in case you see something you like and want to order some fabrics.

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I would also like to take this time to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving holiday with your family.
Happy stitching,

The following pictures are what I showed for show and tell .









Good evening,

Seems like it’s been forever since I have posted on my blog, I just don’t know where the time goes sometimes. October seemed to flyby and now it is time for the holiday season. I am looking forward to heading down to Shipshewana for another quilt retreat also. Great time with great friends. I will make sure to send some photos and post a smile box.

Finishing up projects and still working on some binding, my goal is to have the ironing board clear by the end of the year. One of the projects I just finished is my Di Ford Mystery quilt.




So many options for great things to work on for next year, just really hard to decide. I am really excited about the new you’re starting and designing a new project, not sure what it’s going to be, just processing I guess.

Had a great Halloween season this year. Looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas. They say we are going to have a really bad winter here, which will mean more stitching time.

Enjoy your weekend, hope there is time to work on a special project.

Happy Quilting,

Very limited book sets

October will be here tomorrow, cannot believe that September is over. Time seems to fly by as we try to work on our projects with the busyness of the season. I love the cooler days of October, I love to watch the trees with the changing leaves, I love taking the grandchildren to the pumpkin patch and carving pumpkins, I think I love everything about fall.

I am working very hard to keep up on my projects, Starting to get new ideas for new projects but also finishing up all of the old. Starting to make a little bit of progress on the binding on the quilts on the ironing board.

Today I gathered with some refugee women from Africa who did not know how to use a sewing machine, with very few words in English, it was so much fun to sit down to teach them. Even though I couldn’t understand most of what they said, it was so much fun to hear them chatter back-and-forth in their language as they enjoyed learning how to use a sewing machine. The smiles on their faces were priceless. They were so proud of what they accomplished, just a great afternoon.

So now to tell you about the book sets, Joann fabrics along with my Publisher has published in very limited number a set of quilt books. There are three books in the series, they are called, stripes and square block sampler quilt, triangle block sampler quilt and Star blocks sampler quilt.


Each book contains 25 blocks from the Civil War diary, Civil War love letter, and the Civil War anniversary quilt books along with instructions for piecing the block and the project together.

I have approximately 10 sets for sale if you’re interested, each set costs $38.97 for all three books. Just drop me an email. Ryquilter1@msn.com




Enjoy your day today and I hope you find some time to stitch.

Happy stitching,

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 ,









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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.


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.


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.



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,

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,


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





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












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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