Smile box from Hawaii

Good evening,

Here is my smile box from photographs we took in Hawaii, it is rather long but if you want to think of beautiful weather instead of the snow, it is perfect.

Happy stitching,

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On our way home after spending a couple weeks in Hawaii, we had the chance to visit quite a few quilt shops. I learned a couple of years ago when we visited Alaska, the shops were full of novelty animal fabrics and batik fabrics, A lot different than we see in the shops in Michigan. The shops in Hawaii are full of such cute novelty Hawaiian fabrics and plenty of batik fabric.

The first shop we visited was called Kapaia stitchery, just such a great shop, loved the variety of fabrics, bought the postcard kit there. Shop owners were so nice.










The second shop we visited was called Vickys fabric, I also bought a kit there, was really surprised that one of the fabrics was designed just for the shop. Such friendly people.









Another store called fabric mart had fabric we would see as far as novelties go, it is really hard to control yourself when you see such beautiful fabrics and not bring home the whole store.










Sew special was the largest store we found, almost like shopping in Shipshewana.











Another really cute shop is called the Maui quilt shop, it is small but don’t let the size fool you, it is just chock full of wonderful things






On our way home and when I return I will do the smile box of our entire adventure.

Happy stitching,

Happy new year, I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. This holiday season it seemed more busier than normal, a lot more things to do, more wonderful family events and now it is time to get back to that sewing machine.

I had one more quilt on the ironing board that I needed to finish and that was my Lancaster diamonds, finished putting the binding on tonight. So I am ready to start on some new things.






I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to be working on this coming year, I have so many things that I want to do and for reason I am having a hard time choosing two or three to get going on. I am working on Sophie’s garden which is my first wool project and I really like it. It is the first time also working with Japanese taupes. Appliqué pieces are ironed on, still need to add the buttonhole stitch






I did quite a few blocks of the month projects last year so I’m taking a break from them but I am going to doing Barbara Brackman 6 inch stars on Wednesdays,

Hope that you are enjoying the beginning of the year, hope your year is filled with many blessings, much love, good health and finished projects.

Happy quilting,

Merry Christmas,

I cannot believe that December is almost over and the holidays are upon us. I would like to wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas holiday week. I hope you’re able to find some time to relax and maybe even work on a special project.

I am so thrilled that my ironing board is almost empty, working on one binding and have one more left to go on the ironing board and next year I will be able to actually use it.

Going to be starting off the new year starting new projects, I have finished almost all the things I had started. It’s always so exciting when January rolls around and there is so much snow on the ground and you can’t go anywhere so I head to my sewing machine.

Christmas shopping is done, presents are wrapped, tree is decorated and I am ready.

So excited about working on different things next year that I am having an end of the year sale.


Right now if you purchase the Civil War Anniversary Quilt Book you will receive Quilts from the American Homefront book free. The same deal goes for the CDs, purchase one CD the other one is free. Only these two titles are included in the sale. Two books and two CDs will fit in one priority mail envelope. The offer will run until January 4, 2015.

If you place your order through the website, I will send you a corrected PayPal notice or total if you’re paying by check or money order.

Email me if you have any questions. ryquilter1@msn.com

Enjoy your holiday season, I look forward to sharing new projects with you after the new year.

Happy stitching and happy holidays,

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,


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