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Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day to remember the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of the United States of America in the last 200+ years.  Flags should remain at half staff until noon in their memory.  Sadly, very few homes in my neighborhood flew the flag this weekend. Hope you enjoyed family, friends, and good food. Some stitching/sewing time, too.

A few more quilts from Quilt Market.
Each one of these log cabin blocks is about 1". Yup - an inch or maybe a tad more. I love tiny blocks like this.

The colors on this quilt are brilliant. The Designer has a sense of humor, too.

 One of the new kits at Woolkeeper.com

New Wool Bundle

The geranium "biokovo" ground cover is blooming.

Waiting for my favorite lilies of the valley to bloom.  These tiny flowers give off such a tremendous scent.  Despite its' diminutive look, all parts of the plant are poisonous to people, cats and dogs.  So mine grow in a spot where doggies can't get to them. Love stitching them, too.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

To Market, to Market We Go!

I just returned from a wonderful trip to Pittsburgh, Pa. for the Spring International Quilt Market. Pittsburgh is a city of lush, rolling green hills, rivers and bridges. We had rainy days so the photos look gray.
During Market the convention center is alive with creative energy. I got so caught up in this haven of visual eye candy that I forget to take pictures even when it was allowed.  Here's a few.

Some photos from Edyta Sitar's booth. Once again, she has some gorgeous fabric, patterns and quilts coming for us. Oh, and even a children's book complete with a quilt pattern.
I saw many, many lovely new fabric lines. One that really inspired me was American Made Brand by Clothworks. It is a line of 50 gorgeous cotton solids that is all made and even grown here in the United States.  It was wonderful to see an All-American fabric.

There was apparel of all kinds,
 A few of the many stunning quilts.

I bought a lot of beautiful wool for Woolkeeper and was able to take some home with me.

I ordered yards and yards of hand-dyed wools that will soon be coming in the mail. Happy, Happy!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

It is the 100th Anniversary of Mother's Day!  In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed a measure establishing Mother's Day as the second Sunday in May. Moms come in many different packages. Today we honor that person who was there for you and made you feel safe, loved, important and special.

The children's book I always think of on Mother's Day is Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. The theme is the cycle of life. I cry every time I read it.

I would sing my favorite lines in the book to my kids.
"I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living,
My baby you'll be"

What's New at Woolkeeper? 

 Three New Kits

Another Wool Bundle

Valdani Thread

Don't my furry stitching pals have a rough life?

Hope You are enjoying these Spring Days. Some lovely blooms I'm appreciating - some inside and some outside.