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About Me
I am a mystery writer who quilts or maybe I'm a quilter who writes mysteries. My 7th "Quilted Mystery" has just released, Murder by Kindness: The Gift Quilt which is available in hardcover and on Kindle. My debut book--Murder by Serpents: The Mystery Quilt was released in November 2007. The sequel, Murder by Artifact: The Murder Quilt released November 2009. And Murder by Music: The Wedding Quilt in November 2011. Murder by Vegetable: The Baby Quilt in 2012. Followed by Murder by Sunlight: The Charity Quilt and Murder by Gravity: The Coffin Quilt .Each one includes "clues" for a mystery quilt.

I have been quilting for 27 years now and continue to be totally addicted to it. So many quilts, so little time. I enjoy hand quilting and find it relaxes me although I am slow. My sewing machine and I have a "non-compete" clause so it does not do the quilting. My new machine claims it can teach me to be able to use it to quilt simple things. We'll see.
My Website (not your email address)
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, hand quilting, embroidery, gardening, other
My pets are awesome!
Grace a Catahoula/Karelien mix is Queen of our house. We have a new-used Australian Cattle Dog/Rat Terrier named Ocho.

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Off to quilt retreat

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 11:36am 4 Comments

It is time for our Springtime quilt retreat. I have loaded the car with enough projects to last for three years of steady working. We will have to wait and see how much I actually get done in 4 and 1/2 days. The motel where we go loves us. We aren't whiny. We clean up our own messes and we welcome people to come in and see what we are doing. So far we haven't found a way to explain why we laugh so much.

Spring fever

Posted on March 23, 2017 at 11:00am 4 Comments

Our totally unusual winter with the HUGE drifts is moving into spring. The last of the drifts in my yard are not very spectacular anymore. Now they are small and covered with dirt that has blown in. I am developing "garden fever". It is a very common ailment. Yesterday was so bad that I cleaned the garage (okay, half of it) so I could set up my seed sprouting spot.

It is still weeks before the "last freeze", or not. We might be done with the severe cold but we have a long history of…


Weird wild winter

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 11:11am 8 Comments

I live in what is referred to as "high desert". Our altitude is about a mile and we normally have little rain so almost everything that grows requires irrigation. Snow is a visitor. It will show up and then leave a few days later. Not THIS winter. Holy moly, we still have snow on the ground from about a month ago. It…


Win a Jackalope (toy)

Posted on December 11, 2016 at 7:41am 7 Comments

I am blogging on Annette's site. http://annettesnyder.blogspot.com/

It is the end of the 50 states blog tour. Leave a message and maybe you will be the lucky winner of a genuine, toy jackalope. The jackalope is the legendary cross between jackrabbits and antelope. Are they real? No one is quite sure about that

Survived quilt retreat

Posted on November 2, 2016 at 10:46am 8 Comments

I love quilt retreat. I am not smart enough to take a reasonable number of projects to work on. No not me. I fill the trunk of the car with my machine and boxes of UFO's. This year though I did a pretty good job of focusing on the applique borders for a long term project. My goal is to get them sewn onto my center so my BFF can help me baste it before she scoots out for the winter.

Next week is my deadline. Ooops, I'd better get back to work.

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At 3:36pm on September 1, 2016, Amanda Best said…
Sorry to have missed you Barbara, I did have to work late on Saturday and I was bummed that I couldn't make it, hopefully it was successful, fun time for you!
At 4:53am on January 13, 2016, handstitcher/IL said…
Thank you for your kind comment on my crazy quilt! Working on it really helped me as I was coming to terms with the loss of my mother as I knew her. I'm so glad you like it. I've been saving the key for a long time, I just needed the right project for it.
At 4:41pm on June 16, 2015, Megan/Australia said…
It's just a sample I'm reading so will look to read them in order. Thanks for the information.
At 4:27pm on June 16, 2015, Megan/Australia said…
Have started reading the Coffin quilt mystery
At 7:52pm on May 23, 2015, LKC said…

I make charity baby gifts. After going through the mess most of the extra is stuff given to me by my Aunt, interior designer. I had to move from the basement to the attic-bonus room at the same time losing my eyesight for about six months. Sewing has been much slower. Since I was not to have my head down or could I move anything heavy; my sorting was slow and even more slower on the sewing when I was able to go to work again to help pay the three surgeries on my eyes. I hope I will not have to have another on the right eye, but it may be the only way to see out of it. Going blind is not fun

At 4:55pm on May 19, 2015, LKC said…

What beautiful quilts you make.

We must have the same grandmother. Only my grandmother (108) gave her quilts away as soon as she made them, I quilted many of them for her. My mother (89) keeps everything. Does make baby quilts and give them away. She did make two strings quilts this past winter. I think I am cleaning my mess for I am not ready to clean out mom's sewing mess and if I bring any of it home where will I store it?

At 7:08am on January 23, 2015, Cheryl A said…
A new book. Awesome. You have been busy. I'm enjoying a bit of sunshine and warm weather in Florida for a few more days then it's back to winter reality. But spring is on the way and I have lots of quiltsy things to do when I get home. Hope your day I has no bumps in it.
At 6:14pm on December 8, 2014, Prairie Quilter/NE said…

We do have skunks...and porcupines (usually dogs learn early on to steer clear of those), coyotes, bobcats and, thanks to our local Game & Parks, mountain lions.  (No they're not native.  Same with the elk.)  We were sure wishing for a dusting of snow that day so we could have at least tracked her.  No vultures this time of  year, but the crows should alert us to anything dead.  Tell would just like to find her - dead or alive - just so he knows or could figure out what happened.  Not a good mystery to have.  Hope all is well out your way.  Have you had much snow?  We've had bitter cold and wind, but no moisture.  

At 6:01pm on December 8, 2014, Prairie Quilter/NE said…

So far, she hasn't been found.  At this point, Tell is certain she's dead, but I'm still holding out hope that she'll make her way home.  (DH) Todd has searched and searched, along with Tell and - amazingly enough - the neighbors as well.  Thanks for caring.  It's been pretty somber around here, but you know these men, they suck it up and take it all in stride.  

At 3:06pm on December 8, 2014, Cheryl A said…
Hi Barbara, it was nice to have a whole day to be in my quilting room. It is not too often that I get to have that.hope you had a nice time in Long Beach. Thanks for reading my post. Have a great evening.

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