Good afternoon,

I hope that you are starting to enjoy the beautiful weather, hard to believe that the fall season is finally here for those of you in the states. I love October, I love when the leaves start to fall and the weather is cooler.

What am I up to? I am doing a another Tumbler quilt, I have always wanted to make a quilt with 10,000 pieces, plan on doing one in 1930 reproduction and one in Civil War reproductions . My goal is to try to piece together 1000 tumblers each month. Reached the goal in October, definitely not sure that will happen once the holidays roll around in November and December. 

Plus I have put the binding on six quilts and I hate to say I have at least six left. LOL

 I bought this new book from quilt mania and I cannot wait to make a passacaglia, going to use bright fabrics, kind of out of the box for me. 

 I am patiently waiting for some templates to arrive from Australia plus I really want to finish my Lucy Boston quiltand that has kind of come to a standstill, I am hoping that next week I will get back to the Lucy Boston  quilt.

Enjoy your weekendHappy quilting,




Good morning,
I’m so thrilled that the summer weather is going to be disappearing. I love summer because I get to spend so much more time with the grandchildren because they don’t have school but I do not like the hot and steamy humid weather we have had this summer. 

I’m in the mood to start a completely new project, just not sure what I want to start which is unusual for me. I have plenty of things that I could start but nothing is really speaking to me right now.

I finished up my circle and star project that I started at the beginning of the year. 

I just love the simplicity of a simple star block. I’m also working on the Barbara Brackman stars and decided to combine them with my Lucy Boston blocks. Love the combination and when my two-year-old grandson was over and stepped on the quilts and said Wow, it became his wedding quilt. 

He is only two so he won’t be getting married anytime soon LOL

Also finished a couple Halloween project, a Halloween quilts and a flag decoration.  

And if you’re wondering if I made much progress on the pile of quilts that need binding, not much but one is actually finished.

So I hope you enjoy the fall season, it is definitely my favorite. I will send soon send pictures of whatever I decide to work on next. 

I will close with a couple of my favorite pictures from the summer, my granddaughters and I were returning on the ferry from Mackinac Island and we just could not stop laughing.

Happy quilting,


Good afternoon,

I finally have the computer problem fixed and I was able to create a smile box this morning using the pictures from the AQS show. The smile box starts with a red and white exhibit and then goes into the exhibit from the tentmakers of Cairo.

The AQS quilts are featured next, of course it wasn’t possible to take pictures of every quilt but I certainly tried to get pictures of all the winners and larger quilts. Before each quilt  there is usually a close-up and the name card so you can see who made the quilt. I hope you enjoy the slideshow, sit down with a nice cup of coffee or tea and be inspired.

Happy quilting, Rosemary

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Catching up

Dear friends,
Last week the big AQS show was in Grand Rapids, my hometown. I took plenty of pictures but I’m having computer troubles with the smile box so I’m hoping that by the end of the week I we’ll figure that out and be up to send you a smile box. It is so wonderful to have such an awesome show in our backyard.

There were 156 vendors, it’s so easy to come home with so many wonderful things and so many new ideas. Here are some of the things I purchased .  

It also made me gather all the quilts from the ironing board and around the house that needed binding and they are currently in the dining room and that is my project for the week. 12 large quilts that need binding, I’m bout to determine to get them finished before I start something new. Once I get the binding on my machine, it will be a long process turning it back by hand but that’s OK the hard part will be accomplished. It is so much easier to put the binding on in the dining room on a  bigger table.

Last week I did finish my Temecula block of the month, it was great to work on the project with friends.  

 I also finished putting together all my tumblers, over 1200 tumblers I cut out of my scrap bag a couple of weeks ago. 

The only block of the month or block of the week I am working on yet this year is the Barbara Brackman stars. Right now I’m doing two of every star, just fun to use a different fabric she picks every week.

I also am comprising a list still of other things I need to do next, I definitely have some kits and some other projects started that I want to finish.

Have a wonderful day and I hope that I will be able to post a smile box soon. Happy quilting, Rosemary

Dear friends,

It is hard to know when you are going on vacation with family whether to bring your sewing machine or not. This time I decided yes I would bring my sewing machine along. There wasn’t a lot of time because we were having so much fun doing different activities but I did manage to start on my tumblers.   The tumblers were a great project to work on when you don’t have to think and you can just put things together. I loved it. When it is finished it will measure around 110 in.² and use up all the tumblers that I cut from the scrap bag. Well maybe there will be a couple left.

I found a great quilt shop that I love going to when I go up north, it is called Hearts to Holly quilt shop and is located in Charlevoix, Michigan. Posting pictures of some of the beautiful fabrics that they have. Will post more information about the project I’m working on after I catch up from vacation

Happy quilting,


Dear friends, sorry the post went off before it was finished.
 I am amazed at how many scraps you can fit in a box and my friend in New York will have so much fun with them. Fun to share especially since I have so many scraps   So I decided to separate the rest of the scraps, I kept one box full of just strips, just so much ironing again.😃😃😃 I saved strips of various lengths and widths, I have so many strips, I would imagine there is enough for a couple of good size quilts.  I cut approximately 1500 squares that are 2 1/2 inches. 

 My guess is there are about 5000  1 1/2 inch squares.   

 There also 2000  3 1/2 inch tumblers, I for one cannot wait to put those together 

 Plus there are so many triangles, squares and others odd shaped scraps , My guess is the box holds at least over 10,000. 😊


So now all of my scraps are organized and they’re going to be all kept in these little drawers in this little storage unit I bought at Joann fabrics. Not sure what project I will start with them but even though it was a lot of work it was worth it and I will realize that more when I begin my next project using them.   

 Enjoy your weekend.

Happy quilting, 


Dear friends,
I wrote at the beginning of the week about the bag of scraps, at the time I had no idea how much of a task and how much ironing would be involved. Well the bag is empty so where did all the scraps go. 
I picked up one pile no more rhyme or reason to what is in that pile and shipped it off to New York to a friend that loves scraps 


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