I thought I would share this with you all, we had a wonderful time at the retreat. Show and tell was amazing.


Have a wonderful holiday season,

Happy quilting,



Had a great time at the Jane Stickle retreat in Shipshewana Indiana. I am sending you a smile box of our Show And Tell. I hope that you all have a wonderful evening.

More later,

Happy stitching,


Cabin retreat

Went to Cassopolis for a quilt retreat, we all sew in a cabin For five days, such a great time had by all. We also spent a day and went into town to Shipshewana and did some shopping.

A lot of the quilters that attended the retreat we’re working on the bulls eye quilt,, I have my pieces all cut out and I’m going to take them to the retreat in Shipshewana this month and work on mine.

The show and tell was absolutely wonderful, here are some of the quilts that were shared.

There’s nothing like going on a great retreat with wonderful friends. Have a great evening. Happy stitching ,


11,604 pieces

Good afternoon,

I don’t think I’ve ever made a quilt with half square triangles until now, I definitely have learned a lot in doing so, I don’t know why I thought they were easy to put together and would take up no time. So when the time came to work on a half square triangle quilt, I thought why not 11,604 pieces. It is finished, it took approximately five months, I didn’t work on any other piecing projects. I will say I have a lot more respect for people that work with half square triangle quilts.

My next challenge is to do a quilt with 15,000 pieces and then some day one with 20,000 pieces. I’m not sure why, just another adventure.

I am taking a block of the month this year, something very unusual for me which I am really enjoying. It is through a quilt shop called A Different Box of Crayons. It is the study of color and we are using different fabrics such as silk, upholstery fabric and waive so in it with cottons. The two pictures below contain the first three months, I cannot wait for the next month, the fabrics are such a treat.

I’m also doing their pincushion challenge, just having so much fun with it, it is instant gratification to finish something.

I am also working on this Baltimore quilt, 42 blocks and a beautiful border, going to be a long-term project. Love the appliqué.

All the patterns are full sized and come in a box for the Baltimore blocks.

I also worked on the Crabapple Hill embroidery stitches for February.

Just loving all my projects right now. Hope you are finding something special to work on.

Happy stitching, Rosemary

Good morning,

I don’t know where November or December even went, Life certainly has been busy. We are ready for the holidays here, we won’t be having any snow this year, would rather have a little bit of snow on the grass then to see green.Finished my Forest park friends just in time for Christmas. Can’t wait to see my grandchildren playing with them.. it was really a fun project to work and one a month was very doable.

I am working on this quilt with my Shipshewana quilt retreat group, this will be the second quilt that I have made with over 10,000 pieces. It has over 5000 half square triangle units, Love the process but they do take a lot more time to make then I was thinking. I certainly have my choice of projects to work on here.

I would like to take this time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I hope that your New Year is filled with much love and many finish projects.

Happy stitching,


Smile box of Jane Stickle quilts and show and Tell 2018


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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,