Photos for Future Quilts

One of the side benefits of traveling is the photos that could be adapted for quilts. While all of these wouldn’t be suitable, some could be cropped and become wall quilts.

Pikes Peak outside of Manitou Springs, CO. It’s 11,115 feet and you can see forever.

View from free camping spot just north of Buena Vista CO in middle of Rocky Mountains.

Reservoir at same location.

Even in this harsh environment flowers bloom.

Beau’s planning our route.

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My Queen Bee is exhibiting and selling quilted pieces at Appalachian Therapy in May. I made a quilted wall hanging using a pattern of a horse’s head by Toni Whitney which I’ve made before. This time I made a stormy sky using commercial sky fabric and Neocolor Colored Pencils. I also added a hill of trees in the distance.

I made this before but it just had a frame and no background behind the horse. 

I like the second one better.

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Beach at St Augustine

We started heading in the direction of home because of doctors appointments. Stopped at North Beach Camp which is right across the road from the beach.

It was nice to take long walks. Beau’s first time in the ocean and he loved it.

Our rv was under a canopy of trees.

At the back of the campground is the saltwater North River. The wind was blowing Beau’s ears.

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Heaven (To My Husband)

Our next stop was in Dade City FL at Travelers Rest. It’s a clean and neat place, mostly permanent and semi-permanent residents with a large field for transients. Never thought I’d be considered transient. There are a lot of park models, a few older homes, and some permanent rvs. But there is a 9 hole golf course, lovely pool, dog play area, and very friendly people. In the winter the field is full and a million activities.

Golf is $12 for all day. Here’s along the cart path with our rv in the background.

My first round was awesome. Had my first birdie-a 263 yard drive to the green. At this hole I was putting with my back to the gator. Craig was making sure he didn’t move.

The have 911 call boxes along the course and if you call 911, a siren goes off in the community and trained volunteers are there in 3-4 minutes.

I was fascinated by a family of Sandhill Cranes.

And Beau chases these

He loved the dog park.

Craig wondered what club to use for this shot.

Cypress trees

Craig found a flag that lights up at community garage sale

We just might return in January to escape to warmer weather.

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A New Adventure

While quilting will always be my first love, a new adventure is stimulating and exciting.  So we bought a Class C motor home and are taking our “shake down cruise.” Have found a couple of things that need fixing and have learned a lot. But mostly this is us.

Happy and relaxed. Except for Beau!!!! He’s not a good rider and the first day I was ready to adopt him out. Luckily the 2nd day he was better but still needs to improve.

I made the mistake of trying to drive too much in a day. From here on out I’ll try to make the days shorter.

First stop was at Jasper Lake Campground in Hardeeville SC. 

Clean and spacious and fortunately we simply stopped and were level. You can just barely see the lake behind us.

Next day, we drove to Dade City in Florida which is east of Tampa in the middle of the state.  Pictures of that wonderful place next post.

Thanks for dropping by and don’t despair, quilting will find its way into this new adventure. I promise!


BOM for February

I have been occasionally working on Ashley’s and my quilts but the nicer weather and some other “stuff” have slowed my progress.  That’s okay.  I’ll get it done.  This is my first BOM but knowing me, I’m not surprised.





Did you see the bird that flew into the picture?! I found him in the middle of some yardage.  Must have been nesting.  He’s from my birdbath quilt.

Comparison side by side


Two quilts, same pattern, both blue and white and they really look different.

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The Quilt Show BOM

I subscribe to The Quilt Show where you can watch episodes, much like a quilting TV program, on your computer. For a long time, I thought it was too expensive for what you get.  Now, having watch the programs for a year, I feel it is well worth it if you are looking to be inspired or to learn a new technique.  I have learned so much.

One of the benefits other than the video, is the Block of the Month that is offered free to subscribers each year.  This year the quilt is designed by Sue Garman, a very talented quilter and designer.  Unfortunately Sue recently passed away.  I’m sure she has left a big hole in the quilting world and in many people’s lives.

I decided to do the BOM.  However, as I often do, I changed it from multi-colored to blue and white.  I have wanted a blue and white quilt for my bed and decided now was the time.  I know I need to have lots of different fabrics and values of blue.  I hope this will be successful but only time will tell.

I added to my work by deciding to make a second one in dusty blue and off white for my stepdaughter, Ashley. The feathered star was January’s work.  The inner star and the halo (small triangles that circle the inner star) really shine in Ashley’s block.





Mine, not so much.  But my fussy cut inner star is so me and the flowered center too.



Here’s the 2 blocks together.  (Ignore the applique on top.  That’s a post for another time.)


It will be interesting to see if they continue to be different or if they become similar.

If you are a regular blog reader, you know I take a lot of pictures of Beau, my miniature poodle.  He and my husband were sitting in the quilting room while I was working and apparently, Beau was so bored he drifted off to sleep!


You should see Beau now.  He had a major hair cut.

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