Thought I would send some more close-ups of the costumes and answer some of the questions.

The exhibit features 36 costumes worn during the first four seasons of Downton Abbey. Exhibit runs through January 8, 2017.

The History Museum

808 W. Washington St.

South Bend, IN 46601 

Phone: 574-235-9664

Email: info@historymuseumsb.org

$14 Adults

$12.50 Seniors (60+)

Elegant afternoon teas are offered on a variety of dates while Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times is on view at The History Museum.


Downton Abbey Exhibit

We had the chance of a lifetime to see the Downton Abbey exhibit in South Bend Indiana 


Just absolutely loved it, the costumes were just unbelievable. Thought i wold share some of the photos  with you.

Happy Quilting, 


Good morning, 

It seems like the fall season is moving so fast, it soon will be time for snow.. I don’t mind the winter months because there is plenty of time for working in my sewing room.

This year I decided it was time for some re-organization. My quilt room is 10 foot square, I have always worked out of the closet pulling fabrics, it has always been frustrating. Every time I work on a new project, it seems like I have to re-organize my closet.  My husband suggested I get a couple more storage units from IKEA. It took about five days, but so worth the time to be so organized. The first unit is full of just my reproduction fabrics. And yes it made me realize how many fabrics I really have.

The second unit is filled with novelty and other miscellaneous fabrics

 The last unit I moved into our computer room that has all my published books and other supplies.We found these Tupperware at IKEA also. The Tupperware are full of scraps, just love them, they are stackable and actually have wheels on them. .Feels great to be so organized and to be able to see my fabric, I can’t wait to get to that sewing machine. Hoping that you find some special time to stitch today. Happy quilting,


Fall is here

Dear friends,

I love when the weather gets cooler and the leaves start turning colors and begin to fall, it is one of my favorite times of the year. It gets busy with the holidays but there always seems to be more time to sit down and stitch. I am ready to design something new, something with many pieces. I’m going to use a bolt of cheddar along with a 21 pound bag of my scraps, and yes that is a lot of scraps. 

I just finished my Temacula block of the week, I did not add the final two borders because right now it is the perfect size for a baby quilt and our family is expecting a new grandchild in December.I also finished my sweet Surrender quilt, I changed the border and added a solid border, I just thought it framed the quilt. It is a small quilt for me, I think it measures around 70 x 75.  I keep trying to tell myself to think smaller as I have so many full size quilts already in my collection. 

I’m also currently working on a variety of embroidery projects. When I first started quilting, I love doing embroidery, used to go to red work club and everything. I stopped doing it because it really bothered my hands with the MS and all of a sudden this past year I was able to pick it up again. I think my daughter and I have five or six different projects going at one time.

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather today, will be posting more pictures soon. Happy quilting, 

Good evening, 

I really don’t know where the summer days have gone, they just have gone really fast. There hasn’t been a lot of time for sewing, but plenty of great time with the children and grandchildren. 

One of the finishes I have is from a book called Small pieces, Spectacular quilts. The name of the quilt is called fourplay. I changed the size and added some more blocks and the quilt finishes 108 in.² and has over 3200 pieces.

I had fun using an older pillar fabric as the border.

Another finish is my version of the splendid sampler group. It finished at 75 in.² and has 49 blocks. The splendid sampler group will continue until next February, there will be 100 blocks total but I chose to finish mine early. 

I am still working on my sweet surrender quilt, working on it with a group of ladies from Shipshewana, approximately 20 of us. We are a little over halfway finished.

So it is time to start something new, I chose the small world quilt except mine will not be small. The original is 33 x 52 and mine will end up being 104 in.² by enlarging the block size,  adding new elements and repeating the original blocks. It is going to be a really fun project especially because I will be using these brightly colored new fabrics 

I hope you’re finding a way to stay cool for those of you that are experienced this hot and humid summer. Hope you enjoyed the posts, more soon.
Happy quilting,

I went to the AQS show with my daughter, she is intoquilting  as much as I am. We had a blast at the vendors, if you notice in the picture there are two of many of the items because we bought projects to work on together. I think it is the first time I went to a show and didn’t buy Civil War fabrics. Everything I bought was out of the box for me, lots of bright and beautiful fabrics that I can’t wait to use.

Good evening,
 It is so awesome to have an AQS show in your own hometown, I enjoy it every year. To be able to see the beautiful quilts and all the wonderful things that the vendors bring, truly wonderful. Here are some of the winners. This weekend I will update my progress and what i purchased at the show.

I hope you’re finding plenty of ways to stay cool,
Happy quilting,