Archive for July, 2008


Published on July 31, 2008

The grasses that grew so profusely in the fields during our wet spring are now very dry and they are home to billions and billions, and probably more than that, of grasshoppers. A mild winter (temperature-wise), with a deep snow pack that protected grasshopper eggs, has resulted in a grasshopper plague here of epic proportions. A [...]

An Old Fashioned Christmas — An Answer

Published on July 24, 2008

Okay everybody I hear that you are anxious about being able to have the pattern for An Old Fashioned Christmas. In answer to your questions I am going to be completely honest.
When I first started to publish books and patterns there were only a few designers who were working with applique. A new book or [...]

Sisters Weekend

Published on July 22, 2008

This past weekend my sisters and I got together for our annual weekend retreat. This year I got to have it at my house. We are all separated by many miles. With all of our busy schedules we don’t seem to find many opportunities to get together.
Many times when friends or family get together for a [...]

Retreat Report

Published on July 16, 2008

I have just returned from Michigan where I spent the weekend with like-minded quilters working on their own versions of An Old Fashioned Christmas quilt. It was lovely.
The facility was luxurious and the staff very accommodating. (It is going to take some adjusting to sleeping in a “regular” bed again. The beds were “just right” [...]