Thursday, May 11, 2017


The Penn Oaks Quilt Show 2017 is in the books! This is Stephanie's beautiful quilt that won Best of Show! Not only is it hand quilted and hand appliqued, there are 399 little teeny tiny berries in that border. Congratulations Stephanie! Did you know this quilt was also featured on Quilter's Newsletter Magazine? I am not sure of the date but it is a well deserved cover girl!

Here are some more shots of the show. I will post the quilts so you can see them all soon, stay tuned.

I know I have been gone from the blog for almost a month but I was away and taking some time off with my husband. We spent a week in Savannah GA. This is the gorgeous Basilica St John the Baptist Cathedral. I went to the Latin mass and was brought right back to my childhood. Not only was the mass in Latin but it also was exactly the way it was when I was very young, complete with kneeling at the altar rail for communion. I enjoyed it very much and EVEN remembered some of the responses! If you get the chance to see this go, the stained glass is just amazing, along with all the other art inside.

If you have not been to Savannah you will want to go. It is so charming and a very walkable city that feels more like a large town. We walked on average 3 miles a day and enjoyed it as where we live you take your life in your hands to walk anywhere. We loved our house and I am hoping to convince some sister in laws to do a girls getaway there sometime!

This was one of our favorite  places. It is called Wormsloe. I am sure this iconic picture is something you have seen before. Many wedding pictures are taken here. It was the estate of one of the first colonists and again a very charming property. It is still in the family! That driveway is over 1 mile long and the Live Oaks and Spanish Moss made it so inviting.
We took a guided tour that was so informative and made me realize I would never make it as a colonist! Way too much work trying to survive, let alone live!

I also had a visitor, Barb Vedder came and did a lecture and workshop with Calico Cutters and stayed with me. We had a good time and even got to go to Longwood Gardens, it was on her bucket list. Sorry I cut off your head Barb 😖
If your guild is looking for someone call Barb, her workshop was really good and I got lots of feedback from the students on how much they enjoyed it.

Elliott plays, the violin and trumpet

Griffin (the tall one!) plays percussion

My 2 grandsons, Elliot and Griffin had concerts this past week. It is so amazing how much they have grown! Once they get in school you don't see them as much, time is flying!

We joined a CSA this spring and summer. Look how beautiful these are! It is so much easier to go pick up the box every week than to weed the vegetable garden......

I have been sewing but not much. Now that the quilt show is over I can get back to my normal activities I hope. This applique block will be a long term project (I think I say that a lot!) to take to bees and to work on at night.
So that is a little of what I have been up to.

Happy Mother's Day out there to all you moms!



  1. WOW!~ You got to go to Longwood??!~! Lucky you. Did you see the new fountains and gardens? A friend is the director and we just love it. And you got to go with Barb Vedder? Even better!
    Love the feathered star quilt!!
    Nice to hear from you!

  2. Beautiful quilt...kudos to all who worked on this one! Savannah is on my bucket list... and I too would love to participate in a Latin Mass... isn't it amazing what comes out of our memories and brains... I'm sure I could come up with lots of the Latin responses.

  3. One of these years I will get to your show!!!! Looks like you had fun and a big shout out to Stephanie on Best Of Show. That is a amazing quilt! Wahoo !

  4. It is fun to see so many familiar faces in your show oix. Another successful time. I was in Savannah with college girlfriend reunion a few years ago. It was a great place to gather.

  5. Your pics of Savannah are so beautiful. I've only been there in the dead of winter, I'd love yo do the colonial tour. But hey-- you joined a CSA? Kelly! Have you thrown in the trowel on gardening?

  6. ha! growing up in the South I see spanish moss as a carrier for chiggers!! Get one infestation of chiggers on you and you'll know what I mean! Savannah is a beautiful city... one of the very prettiest. A great place to visit with great restaurants. Did you go to Mrs. wilkes boarding house for a meal?? Family style with the best of southern food.

  7. Sweet quilts. And lucky you to have a workshop with Barb! I've got to get her to Maine!

  8. How wonderful to have a workshop with Barb! Very fun. Looks like you've been busy in a very good way!

  9. I'm just back from Savannah and were you ever right - I loved it. Mrs. Wilkes was very fun. standing for 2 hours in the sun, worth it!
    Thanks for the nice feedback on my workshop. This way we can still be friends, ha ha.
    i'm over the moon for Stephanie and her incredible quilt. What a well deserved honor.
    Happy Mother's Day to you - you have a beautiful family.

  10. So much show and tell in this blog post!! I love all the show photos. What a treat to spend time with Barb,( so funny that you cut off her head lol) If I ever get to the US I hope I get to Savannah, it always looks so amazing. Love your bits of sewing too, always in your lovely fresh colours.


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