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A Roller Coaster year so far!

Good morning all;

I hope that you all have had a wonderful New Year and a good start to the 2016 year. I wish you many blessings and joys albeit a little late now that spring is here.

I have had quite a roller coaster year so far, and as a result have been absent from my postings.

Sadly, my little sheltie, Koka got very sick in February with ear infections (vetted) and her issues mushroomed throughout the rest of the winter. She was diagnosed with many issues,…


Added by Billie Blakeney on May 24, 2016 at 6:38am — 4 Comments

More Quilt of valor projects

A couple more Quilt of Valor…


Added by Billie Blakeney on December 24, 2015 at 6:43am — 4 Comments

Christmas greetings

May the Christmas Season bring you peace, joy and happiness in the new year!

Meet "Kokapelli" or "Koka" for short. Our new addition to our family. She came to us via an internet search for shelties which led us to…


Added by Billie Blakeney on December 24, 2015 at 6:22am — 10 Comments

Some pictures of projects done!


Added by Billie Blakeney on January 10, 2015 at 10:36am — 12 Comments

Happy New Year 2015

I've tried to post in the new year with pictures of completed projects but the internet connection is so slow that I could complete another large quilt in the process. So you'll have to take my word for it that I did what I did and completed said projects w/o visual proof!

Yes, the holiday season was a busy one with other activities that address my musical interests. I participated in a local community chorus of 80 + voices with orchestra and handbells. It was an awesome concert…


Added by Billie Blakeney on January 10, 2015 at 6:10am — 4 Comments

Sad news to report

 It is with great sadness to post this here. Pam Bono was a great light in the quilting world.


Added by Billie Blakeney on October 5, 2014 at 6:37am — 9 Comments

End of July already????


Added by Billie Blakeney on July 30, 2014 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

It's June! What happened to May?


Added by Billie Blakeney on June 15, 2014 at 2:36pm — 10 Comments

April showers bring??????

Yes, it's April! Hooray! Finally a breath of fresh air with a hint of warmth. The birds sing, the grass is now turning green and I have been…


Added by Billie Blakeney on April 7, 2014 at 4:45pm — 15 Comments

Welcome Happy March!

Good Morning my dear quilting friends;

Today is March 1st. The sun is shining and the day holds much promise because I'm going to a quilt show!


I've been working on two wall-hangings for spring. One is new from Quilts and More Spring 2014 called Welcome Home. (post a pics when fully completed).…


Added by Billie Blakeney on March 1, 2014 at 4:50am — 6 Comments

Made my goal and then some!


Added by Billie Blakeney on February 21, 2014 at 11:30pm — 13 Comments

February 2014 And I'm going to shoot the ground hog!

Yes, he (Mr. Groundhog) did forecast 6 more weeks of winter and this week has the weatherman in a tizzy with pending snow storms, one bigger than the other. Kind of like pre-game entertainment in the weather industry. (sigh).

Any way, I have been busy finishing up those UFO's that I promised myself that I would do. So here they are making their debut!



Added by Billie Blakeney on February 4, 2014 at 4:02pm — 9 Comments

January thaw 2014

Good morning, dear quilting friends!

The deep freeze last week put me into the quilting frame of mind and I managed to complete a quilt top and then…


Added by Billie Blakeney on January 13, 2014 at 5:14am — 6 Comments

Finally a 'breather" from the Christmas hoopla!

Good afternoon, all!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all readers of this fine media of Connecting Threads.

Update - finally moved into our home in Pennsy and I never want to leave it. It is up in the western part of the Pocono mountains and we've seen a lot…


Added by Billie Blakeney on December 29, 2013 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

Another point of view to consider.

I thought that I'd post my two cents worth on how the economy has affected the closing of quilt shop businesses. I was intrigued by a previous post  by another reader and the many responses. Always like to read other opinions. I posted the following in response to that previous post. I believe that this is a valuable discussion, so I invite others to also post.


There are hardly any LQS in Jersey. One must go across the borders of NY and PA to find anything decent. Yes,…


Added by Billie Blakeney on October 15, 2013 at 9:12pm — 4 Comments

So much has happened in my life!

I can't believe it! It's been several months since I checked in and wrote a post. So much has taken place that my quilting passion has been put on hold for several months.

Firstly, I won a couple of red ribbons on several quilts that I entered at the NJ State Fair, Sussex County Farm and Horse show! I was hoping for a couple of blue ribbons. Guess I'll have to work on techniques sighted in the comment cards.  But I'm happy that I took home a few ribbons. I must remember that it isn't…


Added by Billie Blakeney on October 15, 2013 at 4:53am — 6 Comments

Finished Teddy Bear quilt

Made for my hairdresser to give as a gift to a friend. I usually don't commit to make gifts for others to give.

But it's done.

Queen Lizzie 18 is at the shop. It pooped out just as I was completing this quilt. :-(

Regards to…


Added by Billie Blakeney on May 29, 2013 at 3:03pm — 4 Comments

Working on new embroidery/sewing machine

I bought a Brother 6700D sewing and embroidery machine~ Why???? I already have two others!

So now I took a class on making this embroidered table runner and have joined an embroidery club that meets once a month to explore embroidery on the machines.

Here is the project:

I just have to clip the little threads that join each of the flowers and…


Added by Billie Blakeney on May 25, 2013 at 2:32pm — 6 Comments

Connecting Threads order arrived

I just got my delivery of my Connecting Threads order.

WooHOO! Great selection of fabrics (as always) and I love the tote bag kits.

I need a change from quilting and embroidering and will enjoy making those tote bags. Such a nice variety.

Thanks for offering your special deals.


Added by Billie Blakeney on May 22, 2013 at 2:37pm — 3 Comments

It's the lusty month of MAY!

Hi all;

I hope all who are in the Midwest are safe while the tornados threaten your area. I pray for you and your families. Please stay safe.


I have been very busy completing projects and starting projects.

Below are a few of my accomplishments this spring.

This little gem is a 'request' gift for my hairdresser to give. I used my embroidery machine for the center design and satin stitched around the applique.



Added by Billie Blakeney on May 19, 2013 at 6:26pm — 8 Comments

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