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Happy National Quilting Day

If you ask my husband, he will tell you that I consider every day to be quilting day, but this is the official National Quilting Day.  I went on a road trip with 3 friends to Warsaw, MO, which is a small town north of Springfield where we visited 3 stores where we all made sure to support the local economy.  Then we went to this bar-b-que restaurant that has probably been there since the 1940's.  Had wonderful food!  All in all a fabulous way to spend a sunny Saturday in March.

Added by Janet/MO on March 18, 2017 at 5:32pm — 6 Comments

Another finish

A few years ago I hosted a swap with the Machine Embroidery Buddies group & chose owls as the theme.  Eight of us participated so I ended up making 2 blocks in order to have enough for a wallhanging.  I made the block that is the center of the 1st row and the block of the owl wearing overalls in the bottom row.  After all if you live in farm country in Missouri, you need an owl that wears overalls right?!  It will hang in my newly repainted office once I get a new curtain rod to hang it…


Added by Janet/MO on February 20, 2017 at 12:10pm — 11 Comments

List of winners from the 2017 Road to California quilt show

I have not been to this show since the year 2000, but after seeing these pics, I sure wish I could have gone this year!  Wow, these are some gorgeous quilts.  I do have to say that my favorites are the whole cloth quilts though.


Added by Janet/MO on January 27, 2017 at 5:46pm — 6 Comments

Barbara Brackman's blog

Barbara posted an interesting blog post the other day that has really hit home for me.


I expressed concern about the quilting community when the price of quilt shop quality fabric jumped from about $8.00 per yard to $10.00 a few years ago.  Now it averages about $12.00 per yard.  The cost of a spool of 100% cotton thread…


Added by Janet/MO on January 2, 2017 at 7:01am — 6 Comments

Happy New Year

I wanted to take a minute & wish everyone a very happy and safe 2017.  This past year has had its challenges for many of us, but to be honest, that is life.  It ebbs and it flows.  I managed to reach my goal of getting the vast majority of my unquilted tops quilted, bound and labeled along with some projects I started & finished this year so I'm grateful to have been able to do that.  My goal for next year is to get out a project I started piecing or appliquing, but never finished…


Added by Janet/MO on December 31, 2016 at 8:15am — 7 Comments

Happy holidays to all of my Connecting Threads friends

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.  Ours is going to be kind of quiet this year.  I hope to be able to spend quite a bit of time in my sewing room.  We have gone from below zero temps to predicted temps of 65 on Christmas Day.  More like spring weather than winter!  But I'm sure it will get freezing cold again soon.

Added by Janet/MO on December 24, 2016 at 2:25pm — 4 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving Day

I want to wish all of my American friends a very happy & safe Thanksgiving. 

Added by Janet/MO on November 24, 2016 at 6:28am — 3 Comments

My latest wool applique finish

My friend Dawn Heese with Linen Closet Designs has started designing cute little projects that resemble shopping tags.  I bought this one & another one that looks like a bouquet of tulips from her at a quilt show a couple of weeks ago.  I just really felt the urge to get this one done.  It is about 14" x 22" and doesn't require any quilting as it is fused to the backing.  I have it hanging on the wall in my kitchen right now, but this pic shows it laying on my sewing room floor.  These…


Added by Janet/MO on October 20, 2016 at 6:17pm — 6 Comments

Hurricane Matthew

I hope that none of our QWU members are experiencing problems due to the severe hurricane that is hitting the east coast.  If you are, here is sending positive thoughts your way that you don't sustain any injuries or damage to your property.  I can't get over how some people refuse to evacuate when there is a storm of this severity heading their way.  At least with a hurricane you have enough time to get to safety.  That is not always the case with a tornado. 

Added by Janet/MO on October 7, 2016 at 3:07pm — 3 Comments

The cutest t-shirt I ever saw

My husband had a dr's appointment at the VA Hospital in Columbia MO today.  On our way out to the parking lot, we started talking to 2 employees who were also leaving.  One of them was wearing a t-shirt that had the best phrase on the back & it fits so many people today.

                                       "The results of your IQ test came back negative".   

There are so many people I would have to give one of those to. …


Added by Janet/MO on September 28, 2016 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

Don't believe "them" when they tell you that retirement is supposed to be quiet & peaceful

As some of you know, my daughter & her 2 boys live with us. The boys are 15 & just shy of 17. I swear the 17 yr old is an accident looking for a place to happen. He is the one who broke his right ankle on Super Bowl Sunday while playing ball with his dad & his brother. Now today he decided the genius thing to do was ride in the back of his friend's pickup.  Needless to say, his friend was going too fast around a curve on a gravel road & Mike was flung out.  The 3 other kids…


Added by Janet/MO on September 22, 2016 at 4:07pm — 13 Comments

Thanks to everyone who voted for my tablerunner

Sadly, I didn't win any of the prizes, but I enjoyed making this tablerunner anyway.  I very much appreciate the votes that all of you gave to me.

Added by Janet/MO on September 20, 2016 at 6:47am — 8 Comments

Please vote for my entry

A couple of weeks ago I uploaded a pic of a tablerunner I entered in to a contest sponsored by Nancy Zieman of Sewing With Nancy fame. The voting starts today & goes through Sunday.  I sure would appreciate all of you taking a minute to go to www.NancyZieman.com/blog and voting for my entry. I believe it was entry #43.  Winners will be announced on the 20th so I will let you all know if I won a prize. Here is a pic of it:…


Added by Janet/MO on September 13, 2016 at 6:38am — 12 Comments


I saw a message on Facebook the other day that Nancy Zieman (Sewing with Nancy) was sponsoring a contest based on tablerunners that remind you of fall.  I have lots of fall fabrics so I decided to whip one up and enter it.  I believe the voting starts on the 13th & winners will be announced on the 20th.  The blocks are machine embroidered designs from Molly Mine.…


Added by Janet/MO on September 3, 2016 at 11:52am — 6 Comments

latest finish

My guild always holds a quilt show at the end of September.  The theme for this year is anything reminding you of the 1930's.  Although I didn't start this little quilt (22" square) until after I ended up with a torn retina in my left eye 4 weeks ago, I managed to get it pieced and hand quilted.  I will probably add more hand quilting later, but it is due on Tues so I did what I knew I could get done.  This will be hung as part of a challenge exhibit.…


Added by Janet/MO on August 6, 2016 at 12:51pm — 16 Comments

Another finished quilt

In my quest to finish all of my tops that are twin sized or smaller, I have finished my 2nd one for this month.  I'm calling this one "Pathway to the Stars".  Most of the blocks were made by members of my guild in 2013 after my name was drawn to get some friendship blocks.  I provided the pattern & the fabric & 15 ladies made blocks for me.…


Added by Janet/MO on July 24, 2016 at 8:34pm — 8 Comments

adorable gift from Rachel Libby

A couple of months ago we decided to start a monthly UFO challenge in the Piece Around the World group.  Various members volunteered to make a goodie to send to the person who won that month's challenge.  Fortunately I won for June and Rachel Libby was the member who volunteered to send the prize for that month.  She stitched out the seahorse on her embroidery machine.  However, it was stitched in such a way that I had to color in the background using markers that she also sent along as part…


Added by Janet/MO on July 10, 2016 at 9:59am — 5 Comments

quilt for my DIL Louise

My 44 yr old DIL Louise has just been diagnosed with breast cancer.  This was found during a routine mammogram so it is very important that we all get our boobies checked once a year!  Just by coincidence, this was the next quilt in line to be quilted and it was the perfect one to make for her.  The blocks were part of an internet swap I did about 10 yrs ago.  I had finally assembled them in to a top several months ago.  After I show at my guild meeting next Tues, it will be sent on its way…


Added by Janet/MO on July 8, 2016 at 8:02pm — 11 Comments

Latest UFO finished

As some of you might recall, I made a vow to get as many of my older UFOs quilted, bound & labeled as I can this year.  I finished another one yesterday.  This is made from blocks I received in an internet exchange several years ago.  We had to choose a block that represented fall.  The blocks could be any size we wished so long as they were divisible by 3.  I love the challenge of fitting different sized blocks together.  This quilt had the additional challenge of having 13 blocks.  I'm…


Added by Janet/MO on June 15, 2016 at 5:34am — 8 Comments

Happy Memorial Day

I want to wish all of my friends in the US a very happy Memorial Day.  Please take a moment to remember why we celebrate Memorial Day. If you are traveling, stay safe on the highways.

Added by Janet/MO on May 30, 2016 at 7:20am — No Comments

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