American Patchwork & Quilting

February 2013 issue, page 54.  Note the circle under the ‘Q’ – announcing Scrappy S’mores quilt!  Actually the quilt is color controlled, the fabrics were selected to go with the sashing fabric, lots of auditioning, and was worth it in the end.

February 2013 issue

The Sashing fabric is still available, it was in my Ravenwood line, this summer it was moved to ‘Jo’s Best Friends’ to keep it in print through 2013.  Ask for it at your favorite or local quilt shop.  Sku #4890-K

“Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting®.  ©2012 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”

I really like the partial blocks to frame the quilt, a really nice finish, warm and cozy.  Enjoy!

New York trip

For those on Facebook, you saw some pictures we posted during our trip.

Update – Retreat was over Nov 11th, Russ and I flew to NYC on Nov 13th, the plan was to work 3 days, then play 3 days.  Best laid plans. . . .

Russ got the ‘bug’ on Sunday morning Nov 11th and was still weak when we left early Tuesday.  I figured he would have a couple/three days to totally recover before our free time.

Well . . . I got the ‘bug’ Tuesday night about midnight, was up most of the night in and out of the bathroom.  Called in sick, slept 24 hours or all day and night Wednesday.  Was up and down on Thursday, ate a little chicken noodle soup, there is a diner a few doors down from the hotel.

Friday, Russ began feeling like normal, I was better and went in to work about 11am, of course I slept in first.

I think the ‘bug’ has also set back the inner ear virus progress and I’m more lightheaded than I was, but it will also eventually go away (in week 7 of the 4 to 10 week recovery prognosis), in the meantime, I’m not driving and need a driver, getting to be a pain you know where.

Saturday it was lovely outside, so after sleeping in, walked a short walk to Times Square, then to Rock Plaza to watch the skating and see the tree surrounded by scaffolding to decorate it.

skating at Rock Plaza – we just watched of course!

scaffolding around the big tree – let the decorating begin!

So so nice to be out among happy people and feel the energy and vibes of NYC!  Of course I had the arm of my honey to guide me.

Some of Madison Avenue was closed off for a Street Fair – look at all the people, keep looking it goes for blocks!

look at all the people enjoying the Street Fair!

Back to hotel to rest Saturday afternoon.

Walked to a favorite restaurant for dinner, then walked over to Lord & Taylor to see beautiful windows, here are a couple of them . . .

Santa’s making a list . . .

I feel like the little girl looking in the window, in awe of the magical season.

Sunday we slept in again, then ate a late lunch and went to see the play ‘Chicago’, was really good, an easy walk and got to sit for 2 1/2 hours of entertainment!

Need a ride? Was funny to walk out and see all of the ‘rides’ waiting and hoping for passengers. We walked back to our hotel, it wasn’t far.

Monday was a work day, we flew home on Tuesday.

Wednesday Russ drove us to Omaha to my printer . . .  press check day . . .  approved!       Let the presses roll !!!!!

Happy news – we will be able to begin shipping the new books the week of December 3rd.

Thanksgiving is over, back to writing directions and think about decorating the house, does that mean I have to put away Halloween now?   🙂




Morton Masterpiece finalists have been selected

The finalists in the Morton Masterpiece contest have been announced and now we get to VOTE!  Not an easy task.  Look at these beautiful quilts.

Vote here  through December 15.

Sewing at the Orchard – November 2012

Retreat is over, first I want to thank my friends that continue to help me make it happen – Cindy, Sheri, Phyllis and Mary.  We are grateful for Chris the caterer and neighbors that will help us move the ‘store items’ to/from the Kimmel Center.  A wonderful time was had by all, other than the bug that bugged several of the ladies and my DH.

We practiced the back-basting prep method for needleturn appliqué, we hand pieced spool blocks, worked on hexagons, show and tell by Jo of new book quilts, new JLW Club, new patterns for 2013 and some pieces for inspiration, also discussions on techniques and a few demos.  Of course lots of chat and laughter, isn’t this is the bonus of handwork.

TJ Lane joined us Saturday morning with her beautiful and useful sterling silver thimbles and accessories, many silver objects found new homes in several states.

TJ is a little busy, Cindy is helping by writing up sales


Sunday morning we were joined by Stephanie Whitson (Nebraska author), she talked about sod houses and the lives of the ladies in the Great Plains, accompanied by antique quilts and tops from her personal collection.  I know you will enjoy reading her novels.

Stephanie with one of her antique quilt tops

Stephanie also co-authored with Kathleen Moore, published by Kansas City Star:   ‘Home on the Plains: Quilts and the Sod House Experience’.

‘Home on the Plains’ published by KC Star


Here are a few pictures from Retreat, enjoy!

Jill’s Hexagon project in reds, note the hexis are split!

Jill already had a spool block quilt, but stitched more blocks

Amy’s Red Variety quilt, so pretty!

Carolyn’s hexagon project

I ‘love’ Carolyn’s variation on ‘Yankee Doodle’, creative and so pretty

Donna shared a gorgeous quilt from a Lori Smith pattern.

Donna is making another Lori Smith pattern using ‘Crimson Bouquet’ fabrics, really love it, so cheery!

Sue H. has this one ready to quilt for the Holidays!

‘Sewing at the Orchard’ – November 2012

Lastly – a look at part of Jo’s store

Happy Stitching!







Here are two pictures of projects you may want need to make.  The patterns are by Pink Sand Beach Designs.   See and buy the pattern here:

new bag for my iPad!


New tote for my sewing project to grab and go, so pretty!


Perhaps you need yours in the ‘Leesburg’ blue color way or the black color way, or just like mine in the vintage color way, just love them both.  Of course you can use other fabrics.

Nancy (Pink Sand Beach Designs) will be happy to help you out with your pattern order!

Happy Stitching!

P.S. – This is our ‘Sewing At the Orchard’ Retreat weekend here in Nebraska City, the handwork retreat, besides sewing (back-basting prep method for needleturn appliqué, hand piecing, a surprise, a hand quilting demo and batting discussion, and last but not least quilts for show and tell, will be so much fun.