Seasons Greetings!

We had Christmas yesterday at my mothers, it was a very nice day, visiting, eating and then of course TV distractions.  We normally come to our home, but it is easier on mother to stay home and stay warm, logical solution this year.

This evening we go to our friends home a few miles west of Nebraska City, their grandson is our godson and Jordon is now 18, we have been friends for a long time, it is always nice to be a part of their Christmas.

On Christmas day we will go Russ’s side at Donna and Henry’s (Donna is Russ’s sister), this is also a long time tradition.  We are blessed to be able to celebrate Christmas more than once every year.  Missing the trip to Kansas this year, we will make it work again next year.

I want to wish you Happy Holidays, safe travels, lovely gatherings with family and friends.  Mostly a Very Merry Christmas from Jo and Russ and the furkids, Socks and Chloe, Tigger is with us in spirit.



And the winners are. . .

Congratulations to the winners of Old Country Store Fabrics Morton Masterpiece competition!

Over 6,300 votes were cast and the favorite quilt for the “People’s Choice” portion of the competition is Geese in Jo’s Garden by Lauren Devantier of Amherst, New York!

Geese in Jo's Garden by Lauren Devantier

Geese in Jo’s Garden by Lauren Devantier

A panel of judges representing, The Quilt Museum at The Old Country Store, and Andover Fabrics announced the “Judges’ Choice” winner. Congratulations to C. Jean Horst of Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, for her winning entry, Jo-motion.

Jo-Motion by C. Jean Horst

Jo-Motion by C. Jean Horst

More on S’mores

I want to share this beautiful picture in APQ, the ‘beauty’ shot of the S’mores quilt.

Beautiful setting featuring the S’mores quilt, photography by APQ magazine.


WOW, is the best word I can come up with.  Makes me want to go out and buy a camel colored chair, make a rust pillow, or maybe buy one, then artfully drape the quilt.  Guess who would be in the middle of the quilt?  Chloe!

My reality is that I plan to hang it on the wall in the den when I watch (actually listen) to TV while I stitch.  Maybe I’ll spend more time in there?  Looking forward to the quilt returning home, especially since I have a place for it!

I’ve heard many are starting this quilt, I’m flattered, but I know you will love it when you are done.  I selected the sashing fabric first, then a stack of fabrics was selected to make the blocks, we cut out quite a few block sets, then rearranged the sets to use three fabrics instead of two fabrics.  As the block making progressed, we cut more pieces and fussy cut stripes to add sparkle. As the blocks were made, they were placed (pinned) on the design wall atop the sashing fabric to see how the quilt project was ‘reading’.   Was a very fun journey, as I do love playing with fabric.   I’m sure you will enjoy yours when done!




Christmas time . . .

Made a decision yesterday . . . so here it is:  will be closed from December 20th through January 2nd so we can enjoy some holiday time with our families.  Any orders placed on our website during that time will ship beginning January 2nd.

Thanks so much!