Block of the Month!

Hear ye, Hear ye!

Dust off thy sewing machines and sharpen thy rotary blades! (I don’t why I’m talking like this!)

Starting next week, Wednesday the 5th, join Jenny once a month to make a block a month and end up with the cutest Halloween wall hanging just in time for the greatest holiday for all. Come to the retreat center and sew with her live and in person or follow her online a few days later. There will be 8 classes: 7 block classes and 1 for embellishments.


The pattern used will be Home Is Where The Haunt Is Pattern for Kimberbell Designs. This pattern is so versatile! It can be made with primitive fabrics or with something more wild and modern and end up super cute either way!

To sign up for the retreat visit:

Need more information? Send Jean an email at

I dare you to scare someone today!


**Due to a snow storm headed our way, we have decided to reschedule the first class that would have been this Wednesday.

The new class will be held Wed, Feb 12 at 10:00 a.m.  Registration is ONLY $10! and participants can bring something to share for potluck lunch and stay and sew until 4 p.m.

Show and Tell…

I got this email recently from our friend Loretta.

Her words:

‘This Tonga Nature Wing and a Prayer quilt was a BOM from Missouri Star Quilt Company last year. I signed up late and they sent the first 5 blocks a month at a time, but then sent the rest of the kit all in one box !! Yikes !! Well, that scared me and I didn’t work on it for a while. Then I started again and did the center piece and stopped again. Whew. Gotta get this finished because I absolutely fell completely in love with it . . . sooooo, I picked it up again and went full force and ta da !! The quilt top is fully assembled. I am not saying it is wonderful, but to me it is magnificent !! Oh, the kit is all batiks and also included backing/binding fabric !!
The pattern is quite detailed and has a lot of piecing work involved, but the color choices for this kit are fantastic and really “makes” the whole thing in my eyes. I would not hesitate to do this quilt again because the instructions are very easy to follow and they offer time/fabric saving steps up front for a lot of the piecing.”

Check out her beautiful work….It’s just stunning Loretta.  What marvelous work you did.  You are proof that digging in and finishing up even the most intimidating projects are worth it! Thanks so much for sharing with us all!

KC Star fun!

I’ve been having a great time working on the Kansas City Star Quilt!

This is a quilt pattern that is provided free through the Kansas City Star newspaper on a monthly basis.  They do a new one every year and the patterns usually have a historical link of some kind.  I’m really excited to see the new blocks each month.  I’ve been using the provided fabrics from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, and watching Amy’s (our resident applique specialist!) sample blocks closely, and working hard to try to stay at least close to on time! Hahaha!  I’m already two months back since the May block just came out 🙂

These blocks are done in period style fabrics, I’m thinking it would be pretty cool to see one done in brights just for the fun of it!

This is my January Block


and  February’s


and March


April and May are still in the bag.  😀

I’m working on it, but it’s exciting to know that when I’m through I will have a serious treasure, that would have been quite an ordeal to attempt if I was picking up the pattern as a whole and trying to do it all at once.

Not impossible

I know 🙂 but very intimidating!

Broken… But still BUSY!

It’s been awhile! My leg is still broken, but I’m not letting that stop me. I’ve been keeping busy with lots of projects. Here are some pictures of just a few of them.

The baskets are part of the Bunny Hill applique Block of the Month series. Aren’t they darling?! I’ve also been working on the Kansas City Star Block of the Month. (top left) The picture on the bottom left is a new charm pack pattern we got in called “Poppy Day” by Pieces from my Heart. I made mine with a Sweet by Urban Chiks charm pack.