Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Home again, home again, jiggity jig.

After a week of workshops/programs beginning in northern IA (Quiltmaker's Shoppe) then trekking across southern WI (Millhouse Quilts & Lodi Valley Quilt Guild), Lois and I thoroughly enjoyed a few days of sewing/shopping while camped at The 2nd Story over The Quilt Sampler in Spring Green with my good friend Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts (http://www.heartspunquilts.blogspot.com/) We tied up our trip with a giant bow at Patches & Petals Quilt Shop in Belleville, WI on Sunday afternoon. We were greeted with the most glorious homage to KT in their front window display - thanks so much to Lynn, Sue, Adrianne and all the staff and quilters who made us feel so welcomed. We left mid-afternoon with hail/tornado/high wind warnings all around us - we even passed a group of storm chasers in a field -  but made it to Des Moines, IA for the night unscathed. Lovely week with lovely shops, quilters and friends.

If you're like me, when you have a chance to shop hop, you try to have a list of what you "need" and end up buying everything else, too. I really don't need fabric, but love to collect other Moda designers charm packs. I've recently started hunting for charms for my 6-yr-old grandaughter, Aleece. She loves to lay out the squares, rearranging and petting them, talking to them and making up stories about the fabric as she goes. One of her favorite designers is Sandy Gervais (http://www.piecesfrommyheart.com/)  so I try to find one of her charms each season as a treat for Weese. The latest is Lollipop which I'm sure she'll adore. Another fun charm pack is Max & Whiskers by Basic Gray. Weese will go nuts for the puppies, kitties and fish prints - too fun! Just one more way to justify my obsession. The basket was a must have from a delightful shop in Lodi, WI, Cottage House Primitives. It's full of wools, rugs, furniture and all things wonderfully prim. It will hold brochures and charm packs perfectly for market.

My entire decorating scheme for Easter this year (in 2 weeks - yikes!) is adding these cool chenille carrots to a couple of bunny Williraye's already on my shelf. Simple, primitive, done.

Since I missed last week's Charming Thursday, we'll post this Lucy's Feather Bed this Thursday and the next charm pack in the series on Monday when the winner is announced, then again next Thursday to "catch up".
See you then!


  1. Love the basket display and those carrots are a nice idea for decorating.
    A friend sent me chenille making supplies, now I need to try it.


  2. Chenille carrots ... what a neat idea :) and fun decorating idea. I really like the look of your basket and all the contents. Welcome home and what a nice trip you must have had! Thank you so much for sharing!! Have fun with Weese!!

  3. The carrots are so cute! I love the idea of charm packs for fun little gifts for kids - I will have to get some for my niece who just adores all my fabric!

  4. Love the basket! The carrots are TOO cute!

  5. Loving the basket filled with delightfuls! Oh those carrots....darling!

  6. Turning your G-daughter into a fabric-aholic at such a young age...LOL, too funny. She'll end up with a house full of fabric, like me :) We need more G'mas like you. So many kids today have no idea how to sew. I go into my local church schools on special days and teach the boys and girls how to at least sew a straight line. Most can't even thread a needle. They love it...maybe some will become quilters :)

  7. We all gotta do what we can to pass on the addiction! I admire that you volunteer to teach kids to sew. I hope to have time to do that someday. For now, I'll just concentrate on my own grankids.

  8. I'm so glad that you missed the main part of those storms. My grandniece also likes to play with arranging and rearranging squares and pieces of fabric - of course sometimes she wants to cut diapers for her dolls. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com