Banner Day book – on sale

display ideas for inspiration

Runner for Summer and a star pillow and flag shelf pillow . . .










It’s the season – for flags and all things red/cream/blue!  I just love this time of year, especially the tributes to those who have served and who are serving.  This is why we have our freedom and are so fortunate to live in the USA.

adorable sunflower pincushion to make for . . . ?

It was decided to offer a special on my ‘Banner Day’ book from June 14th through July 4th.  This is a great opportunity to add this book to your collection.  Originally $27.00,  during this promotion it is $18.00 plus shipping (shop here beginning Thursday, 6/14!).  There are a total of 16 projects in the book and some of them can be seen here.

Hurrah FQ Bundle, did you get one last year?


I published two books last year and they took a lot of my storage space, we are working on a new book, there is room, but . . . isn’t ‘more’ better?

The sale price will be in place in the ‘shop’ later tonight or early tomorrow morning.

I had a good time arranging all the patriotic items I’ve collected for the set shots in the book, it brings back memories of trips, because I like to brings things home, don’t you?  The things trigger memories for me.

Enjoy Flag Day through the 4th of July, I’m thinking of cookouts and friends as part of this time of celebration.  The College World Series starts soon in Omaha, more summer fun for those attending, Russ watches the games on TV in the comfort of the family room and AC.



Pfaff foot

This is what the Pfaff foot looks like that I bought yesterday, thought you would like to see it.  You know the picture is worth the words from the previous post.

Pfaff foot

Works Great!

Happy stitching!!

June 30th – old Blog will be gone

My old Blog will disappear into  space June 30th, never to be seen again.

If you have tons of free time and want to check it out, you have 20 days left to do so.  The link on my Blog home page will also magically disappear!

I’m getting ready to fly to NY on June 18th to work on more fabric for ‘us’, will be gone a week, no posts that week, unless I can figure out how to post from my iPhone?? !!!

Russ and I went to the Farmers Market in Omaha Saturday morning, we bought organic mixed salad greens, spinach, beets, radishes, broccoli, asparagus and a catnip plant for the kitties (seems the plant we had didn’t revive this spring).  At the grocery store we bought leeks, red pepper, lemons and limes.  We went to the fish monger and bought dry scallops to sear and serve with risotto we made for dinner.

This evening we will have a mixed green salad, leftover risotto and pre-cooked shrimp from the fish monger.  It is that time of year, one could almost be a vegetarian.  ‘Almost’, as there is nothing quite as good as a grilled hamburger, or steak, or pork loin, or chicken breast, oh well never mind the vegetarian part.

The other reason for the trip to Omaha was to pickup the new to me 1/4″ foot for my Pfaff sewing machines.  This foot has a wide behind that sits on both of the feed dogs, the right edge jogs inward just in front of the right feed dog to have the illusion of the old quarter inch foot.  Does sew nicer with the new foot and the rear atop both feed dogs.  I have 4 Pfaff machines that needed the new foot.  Sometimes we have all 4 machines going on a Sewing Saturday so I needed one for each.

I’ve been checking out the pictures on the Stitchers Group of the Pincushion exchange – so many beautiful and creative pincushions and the accompanying gifts that are amazing and some yummy.

Have a very enjoyable Sunday!




Kansas City, MO – a few people I talked to

Will begin with this one, had to bring one of these tee shirts home, wouldn’t you?

Lots of great places to eat here! Trust me on that one!!! Yum.

Val from France, I met her when she lived in Illinois, she is a charming lady and now a long arm quilter!

Karen Styles from Australia, her shop is called Somerset Patchwork and Quilting, Melbourne, Victoria

Linda took me to Karen’s store when Russ and I were there.  Karen loves reproduction also, Karen has a beautiful BOM – called Mrs. Billings’ Coverlet.   I bought the pattern. You can see it here:

Linda, Jo and Betsy - friends and sisterhood

Above . . .  Linda is our friend from Australia, Betsy is our friend from Texas.

Karen Mowery's book with KC Star - A Bountiful Life

I’m so happy to see Karen’s reproduction quilt in the KC Star booth, of the famous ‘Bird of Paradise’ quilt that is in the collection of the American Museum of Folk Art in New York City.  Karen did a wonderful job recreating this quilt so you can make one.  There are full size layouts for the blocks, making this book easy to use.  True to the antique quilt, it is a summer spread, meaning not quilted, but backed and bound.  Gorgeous for the wall or bed.

Have a wonderful day and hopefully some stitching time.


After Market!

First a little booth tutorial.  First thing we do move the boxes and props into the convention center, find our booth and stack them up in the middle.  Second we hang the drapes (have to order another set of steel poles and top sliders to do this as we can’t pin to the drapes already there.  Then we determine traffic flow and where the feature quilt will be hung, that determines where to place the table, then drape the table.  I also use bed risers under the table legs so it is easier to write orders standing.  The booth stays like this until after Schoolhouse the next day, then the quilts can be hung and the space tweaked.  I don’t drag a lot of extra stuff to Market anymore, because it is ‘us’ moving it in and out of the convention center.  It can be hot in May and it can be hot in October, sweaty hot.  OK, I’m a wimp.

I jokingly call my booth a booth in a bag, even though there are props.  We are not hauling in major furniture, well I used to, been there done that, this works nicely.

birth of a booth

Looking good! Almost done. Phyllis on the left, Cindy in the middle and Sheri on the right.

I had another picture of them working, but it was of their backsides, so I was kind and asked them to ‘smile’ and snapped this pic.  Much nicer to see their smiling faces!

Friday morning before Market opens - this is it!

What's on the bench? Some of this will be new individual patterns, later this summer.


I do have a picture to share of my Schoolhouse – room was full.  It is always fun to talk when there is an audience.

Jo's Schoolhouse - room was full, some were standing along the wall, I think they can see better standing than sitting.

Here is a picture of my friends (Sewing Saturdays and more) – these are the ladies that help me make things happen.  Mary had a conflict and couldn’t come to Market, so Mary is missing.

My friend Mary Ann from California comes to Market, she is the official JLW person to talk to in my booth.  Mary Ann runs the JLW Club at In Between Stitches in Livermore, CA.

Left to right - Jo, Mary Ann, Cindy, Phyllis and Sheri.

One more thing . . . someone had a birthday during Quilt Market . . . .

Dinner at Lidia's in KC, this was the special dessert for the birthday boy.

Yes, birthday boy . . .

It's Russ !!!