Last week During my travels, we took a class at Pieceful gatherings quilt shop in Illinois. What a delightful shop, such a wonderful fabric selection, store was filled with great sales staff and the class was so much fun. The teacher was Irene Blanck from Australia. We worked on her quilt Eva Grace.

Here are some pictures of her beautiful show and tell.

Have a great week, getting ready to prepare for Shipshewana retreat in a couple weeks. Happy stitching.



Shop Hopping

Spent this week with friends and had the chance to go to eight different quilt shops. Going to give you a quick tour, it is amazing how different each shop was.

Fox farmhouse quilting in Lowell Indiana

Carton cartridge quilts, Valparaiso, IN 46383

Thimble quilts, Lockport Indiana

Roberts sewing center, Crest Hill Illinois

The Quilt Merchant, Winfield, IL

A box of different Crayons

Pieceful gathering quilt shop, Fox River Grove, IL

I’m so thankful that All quilt shops carry different things. Have a great evening, happy stitching,


Good evening,

Thought I would take a minute and post pictures of my Kingfisher hexagon quilt. It was so much fun to work on, I loved making the hexagons. The fabrics were certainly out of my box and sometimes after I’m drawn to the reproduction fabrics in a shop I am now drawn to some of the brighter fabrics.

Spent today refolding fabric in my Storage unit and tried to pick out fabric for some future projects. Here is the before and after picture.

it is amazing how much a little organization makes it easier to pick out fabrics for other projects . I hope you have a great weekend and find time to work on a special project. Happy stitching, Rosemary

Future projects

Happy day,

Have you ever started let’s say six quilt projects at the same time, I am just so inspired lately that I figured why not. It never hurts to start new projects, what is another UFO in a sewing room anyways. 😊😊

The first project I want to start is a Baltimore album quilt , it is taken me a while to figure out which one I really want to do. I’m sure this will be a 10 year project, but I’m really looking forward to that though. The one I did choose has 42 16 inch blocks, and the border has about 2000 pieces to appliqué. It is just so beautiful and should finish 107 x 119. It is the Samuel Williams Baltimore album quilt.

I love how the patterns come folded in The box. If any of you have the patterns and are willing to sell them, please let me know. (Ryquilter1@msn.com) I have some friends that are looking for the patterns. If you are working on it or want to start working on it, would love to hear from you.

I love this English paper piecing pattern, can’t wait to start working on these pretty plates.

I love the Wickersham album quilt, another long term project, as there are 61 appliqué blocks and 20 half blocks.

I have a project picked out in Brigitte Giblin’s new book and another project in Margaret Mews’ book.

I have always wanted to make the Jane Austen quilt just like the original, so that is definitely on my list.

I also have a antique quilt that I really want to reproduce and I am in the process of finding the owner. It’s a pretty big list and you know I just figured why not start all of them. Even if I just make a block here and there, I heard it’s going to be a long winter in Michigan anyways.

Enjoy your Sunday, will post again soon.

Happy stitching,


Catching up

Good evening,

I love the fall weather, I am hoping that we have some wonderful cooler days as I watch the leaves fall. Halloween is around the corner too and it is one of my favorite holidays with the grandchildren.

Finished my pentagons and hexagons, loved using the pillar for the border. I just really love English paper piecing, so much fun and so relaxing.

The blocks around the center are from Di Fords Primarily Quilts, that wasn’t the original plan but after working and finishing the center, they just seemed to go together so well. It ended up finishing 115 in.²

I love working on the birds of liberty, still doing one a month but I just love the way they’re coming together. It’s going to be a large quilt, I believe about 105 in.²

The Forest Park friends is another project that I’m trying to do one a month, three more left to work on and they’re turning out so cute. Plan on putting them in a large baskets for the little ones to play with.

I know that some of you are doing the Kingfisher hexagon sewalomg, here is the link if you want to find out more.


Four more hexagon diamonds to make, I have really enjoyed it, I think I’ll be sad when it is finished but I’m sure that they’ll be plenty of other English paper piecing projects to work on.

Love these elongated pentagons too, not sure how I will put them together but I thought joining them and making a floral border around a future quilt.So thankful for my quilting, it amazes me even after so many years, there are so many quilts that I still want to make. I am so inspired by so many things. My next post I will share with you what is on my list to start.

Have a great evening and keep stitching,


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Dear friends,

Summer is coming to an end, and I don’t think I will mind this year, we have had so many hot and humid days. Too many I think.

The best news that I have to share is that I became a grandmother again this month. Naomi Rose was born a couple weeks ago and is doing very well. I think someday she’ll be happy to be sitting in my sewing room. Such a blessing, we are so happy to have her as part of our family.

So just to update you on my projects, I finished the every day best quilt that I started on Mackinac Island. I really enjoyed using the brightly colored fabrics, something I normally wouldn’t use but lately I seem to be drawn to them.

I’m almost finished with my 3 1/2 inch basket quilt, I have about 40 more baskets to complete and add to the top and the bottom and then another smaller border. It will finish over 100 in.², just not sure what the final measurement will be.

Started another project, it’s the Kingfisher stitch along. I started when they were almost finished but it’s so much fun to just sit down and work with the hexagons and again I am using brightly colored fabrics.

This quilt still needs a couple borders, looks like it’s time to do some more work with hexagons and pentagons.

I am trying to finish up some of my projects, somehow I was so inspired by so many things and that definitely has caused me to start too many things all at one time. My list is so long of the things I still want to start. Here is a photo of my Forest Park friends, really enjoying embroidery, four more to go.

Spent this week at the AQS show in Grand Rapids. So many beautiful quilts, will work on getting a smile box finished next. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend,

Happy stitching, Rosemary