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Monday, December 30, 2013

Quilty block buttons

Sometimes I just love painting quilt blocks. I found these today in a sack in my studio, I had forgotten all about them.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Here is the IOWA ornament that I have made and given away...

CARLA, my cat<3

Against my wishes, we acquired a homeless cat and named her CARLA. Well like most sneaky felines she managed to get us to wait on her hand and foot. She has become my close friend and I talk to her often, she inspires a lot of my "cat" work.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Snowman ornaments 2013

We have been painting ornaments for lots of people!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Snowman buttons for Fons & Porter

Fons & Porter is about to release their Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Love of Quilting, that has my design that uses these Mr. & Mrs. snowman buttons. It has been a wonderful learning experience to work with them. I have loved everything they did of my work. Hope to do more projects like these in the near future. Stay tuned!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Here is 275 buttons that we delivered to a lady that was giving it for a gift.

How awesome.




Friday, November 29, 2013

Old, old funny redwork stitchery

I purchased this redwork block at a antique store in Osage, Iowa this summer. As you can see the gal who stitched it must of had quite a sense of humor, or else she had humorous goats!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Little Dutch Girl Stitchery

I found this little Dutch girl in a bag with it stitched.

First it is sketched out on the back of a calendar. April 1959. Then copied onto a white piece of paper, then onto the fabric. I wonder what it was going to be? A quilt block? A pillow? I will put it in a frame. Nothing went to waste. I love that.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Wooden stocking re-do

I found this wooden stocking at the local thrift shop, it wasn't bad, but wanted to re-do him and glitter him up a little.

I painted it a dark blue and then painted my snowman.

Added glitter and let him dry over night. He is ready for the season!


Friday, November 15, 2013

A Winter Wonderland

I love how Fons & Porter displayed my design in this months issue of "Love of Quilting". I am designing new ideas to send off, who knows where these buttons will go next!


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Scotty menagerie

One of my favorite things to stitch. I never tire of seeing how these pups look in different colors of fabric and thread. No wonder they've been a main stay for years.

This measures 8" X 13" each Scotty is about 3" across. Sweetie pies...


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sewing chair re-do.

I found this chair awhile back at a thrift store. I remember seeing them when I was a child and thought I would take it home and clean it up.

After a thorough cleaning, I sewed a new pin cushion seat for it, put little "tufts" in it with two strands of floss and stuck some ceramic pin tops I had made in it. Found a pair of scissors for the top and six little spools of thread that I found at a thrift store. It turned out so cute! I boxed it up along with some other goodies for my secret Santa swap and sent her off!

Hope she likes it!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Friends Gather Here

This measures only 4" X 5"
It stitches up easily in a evening. It has one house button, hand painted, prim style!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Best Friends!
"Best Friends" is a pattern that measures 10" X 12".
Use up scraps from your stash, and stitch this piece in a hour! Some seasonal basic shapes.  This will be a piece that you bring out every year! Buy extra buttons and stitch some gifts!
Visit our website: to order yours today!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Vintage Prayer Changes Everything
This is our "vintage" Prayer Changes Everything it measures 7 1/2" X 10".  Pattern with 3 flower buttons $8.00. You can use fabric scraps and a lavender floss and stitch this up in an evening, easily. Purchase a extra set of flower buttons and make one for a gift! 

Come check it out and purchase one for yourself or someone else on our website:

Friday, August 23, 2013

Holy Family Star!
        A precious holy family star ornament measures 5" X 6". Made with scraps of fabric, it can be stitched in 15 minutes and would make a wonderful addition to your tree to welcome the season! Pattern $10.00
Card of buttons only $8.00 This would be a nice easy gift to stitch and put on a Christmas present. 

Check it out on our website:

Monday, June 10, 2013

Here is one of the patterns I finished last week to debut at the Piecemakers Quilt Guild.  It doesn't take very much time to stitch up.  The fabric is available at Nancy's.  I am going to take some cards of JUST snowmen over in case someone wants to stitch up more than one.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Had a wonderful presentation at Piecemakers Quilt Guild in Missouri Valley, Ia. Last night.

What a welcoming, warm group of quilters I met and shared my life with last night.  I can not tell you how rare it is to see so many people encouraging and uplifting as this group was!  Oh the talent!  I was so impressed with the amount of projects that were completed and share, and to think they start all over again in 4 weeks!  I am looking forward to seeing many of them on July 29th at Nancy's Quilting for her Christmas in July!  I promised about 4 or 5 patterns will be one-so I'd better get cracking!