NaNoWriMo 2020…….

National Novel Writing Month started off with a bang for myself this morning. 5,506 words written. Those characters are coming alive!!

Just 45,000 more words to meet my goal for the NaNoWriMo competition.

Badges earned today!!
Other badges earned today! You go girl!

Coffee, soft instrumental music, the dogs keeping me company as I typed away and a beautiful fall view out the window as I worked.

I got this! ūüėé

Time For A Change……

Greetings, from Wild Wonderful West Virginia!

I haven’t written on this blog for some time. Those of you who followed me on FaceBook and Instagram – pretty much the same. I had taken a break from all social media. I had been checking in and reading things here and there, but I didn’t post.  The QuiltersRidge page on FaceBook has already been shut down and my personal page will remain.

My life has changed in so many ways in the last five years. Some good, some sad, some horrific changes, and some so absolutely fantastic moments in the past five years —- but all have led me to where I am today. I still love living in the mountains. I’m still doing a little sewing here and there, for myself personally.  I will no longer be designing for the public. 

My website offering all of my published designs will be closed by mid-November. Any designs of mine will only be offered on Etsy.com as PDF downloads.

This blog is in the process of transferring over to my new website. I’ll post the new link here when it is ready and I invite all my friends and post followers here on the blog to come and visit my new landing spot.

While quilting will always be a part of my life, I need a change. I have had a burning desire for something different. I will be using my new website and blog to share my journey to becoming an author. Sure, I’m already an author as some of you know, I have several published quilting and/or rug hooking books already, 

and I’ve been blessed to be a part of a few collaborated books that have been published…..

Warm Up To Wool
The Splendid Sampler 2
Scrappy Quilts

and I’ve been so fortunate that my designs were chosen to be published through the years by two of the best magazines in the Quilting Industry….. here’s a few from American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine and also Primitive Quilts and Projects! (to see all my designs that were in these two excellent magazines you can follow this link to my website, while it’s still available online — Quiltersridge.com

Heartspun Friendship, June 2019, American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine
Mama’s Leftovers Summer 2019 – Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine
Blue Moon of Kentucky, August 2007 – American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine
Two Piece Puzzle, April 2010 – American Quilting and Patchwork Magazine
Cinnamon and Nutmeg February 2009 – American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine
Sew Many Strips – April 2019 American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine

but I have a story to tell — several actually. To be honest, I’ve always had a story to tell. I’ve always had a quizzical and adventurous mind. Always asking why and what if. Always imagining characters and stories to go along with my quilt designs.

I have always loved reading – almost every genre. I’ve enjoyed adventures through the words of some fabulous authors. I’ve learned new things. I’ve met a few authors. 

My What If — is now leading me to write my own novels and adventures.  Actually, I have been writing on the first novel in the series for a few months now and I’m enjoying my time creating wonderful characters in a world partly imagined and but mostly real. The setting of my first (in a series)  novel is here in West Virginia, a small wonderful town named Lewisburg in Greenbrier County. My main character Grace, has found herself moving back to her childhood home in Lewisburg and her journey is…….well, I’ll tell you more about that later!

I have no publisher, no agent, no nothing at this time except a document with thousands and thousands of words. I’m so very excited and curious about where this next adventure will lead me.

Won’t you join me on my journey to becoming a published author? The year 2021 will be the year I search for an agent who can represent me and find a publishing house that will be a perfect fit for my novels.

I will post links to my new website soon. The blog will be on the webpage and I’ll post on it every now and then. I will be doing an overhaul on my Instagram and Facebook accounts also. 

I hope you will continue to follow me. I have so much to share. You’ll be invited into my world, I’ll share photos of my cabin in the mountains and the little town I now call home….

Ariel View of Kermit, WV – my town – I live way over to the left in the photo in the mountains!!

the gorgeous views I have from my mountaintop home,

Big Laurel, Kermit, WV

share my writing space, probably still share quilting adventures and projects I’ll work on for myself. There’s my gardening to share. I love to cook — so don’t be surprised by recipes I may share with you that are some of my favorites!

My fur children, Dalilah and Daisy (the dogs) who share their home with Hank and Hazel (the cats).

Winter of 2019
Fall of 2020

I’ll for sure be sharing tons and tons of photos around Lewisburg and surrounding towns in Greenbrier County —  and probably some historical facts.

I’ll introduce you to Grace and probably Jake, and of course, you have to meet Aunt Lou and Uncle Joe. Then there’s Walt – oh my he’s a character you won’t want to miss and you’ll never forget him. And then there’s sweet Mary with a heart of gold and Miss Wanda who tells it like it is and has the most hysterical spinster life……….But I’ll just stop there for now. Oh, but I cannot wait for you to meet them all!

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Be nice to me or you’ll be in my next book!
(I just love this quote!!!)

Splendid Sampler 2 Day!!

Welcome to our blog! Today is my day on the Splendid Sampler Sew-a-Long and above you see my block, Majestic Mountains which can be found on page 33 of the Splendid Sampler 2 book!
I’ve enjoyed quilting along with everyone on the Splendid Sampler group on Facebook for the past several months and hope each of you has enjoyed yourself also!
I love being surrounded by beauty and peace. That beauty includes gorgeous fabrics to spark my imagination, beautiful scenery in the Appalachian Mountains where I live and work and sparkling people with phenomenal personalities. The mountains where I live inspired my “Majestic Mountains” block for The Splendid Sampler 2.
When you are prepping to make this block, trace your templates very carefully and cut directly on the sewn lines. I also recommend you lay out the quilt block pieces in each row prior to sewing them together Рthis will help to sew them in the correct order in which you want them to appear. 
I also recommend you lightly draw your 1/4‚ÄĚ sewing lines on the back of each shape. I enjoy doing this with my block because it gives me a reference line to follow when I pin my pieces together prior to using the sewing machine. But the biggest reason I recommend this – when you draw your 1/4‚ÄĚ lines on the wrong side of each of the fabric shapes – you have now given yourself a spot on each of the shapes to easily match up to its partnering shape and ensure you have lined everything up correctly!! ¬† For example:
Notice how I have laid the fabric shapes on top of each other in the photo above? Also notice the white ‚Äúhands‚ÄĚ pointing to the upper and lower points of the triangle shapes? These are two excellent ‚Äúpoints‚ÄĚ you will match up on the top and bottom fabric shapes. Use a pin and insert it through the top fabric entering right on the ‚Äúpoint‚ÄĚ where the drawn lines neat on the top of the shape and then also do the same for the points on the lower portion of the top and bottom shapes. Once pinned – Sew! Repeat this for each of the shapes and you will have perfectly matched shapes!
To thank each of you for following along on this fun Sew-A-Long we have a special treat for you today!  We are offering 25% off of all of our patterns on our website from now until April 27, 2019.  Visit our website at:
and use coupon code:  splendidsampler
The code can be used as many times as you like from now until it expires.  (please note if you order printed patterns that we need to ship to you Рplease know it may take us up to 5 business days to ship your order Рwe live very remotely in the mountains and we do not have a postal delivery route. With that being said РPDF file patterns are faster for you to access!)
Here are today’s four blocks introduced on The Splendid Sampler Journey:
Cath Hall: Stars Above
Tammy Vonderschnitt: American Spool
Jane Davidson: In The Hoop
Tara Baisden (me): Majestic Mountains
Have a wonderful Day!

Splendid Sampler II Blocks and Sew-A-Long

Today I wanted to update my website and upload all the photos of the blocks we have created for The Splendid Sampler 2 Sew-A-Long so far.  We are 3/4 of the way through on our Sew-A-Long that is happening on FaceBook right now! But you can always jump in at any time and stitch along with us!
We are one of the designers included in this book, our block Majestic Mountains can be found on page 33.¬† And here it is…….
 Our Majestic Mountains Block from The Splendid Sampler 2 Book
This is the original block in the book using the colors provided for the original quilt.¬† I’m remaking this blocks in reproduction fabrics to blend with the rest of my quilt blocks I have made so far on this journey!¬†
Get ready for picture overload – here our the blocks we have sewn so far!

I hope you enjoyed viewing all of our Splendid Sampler 2 Quilt Blocks!
I’m off to sew a few more blocks from the book – enjoy your day!

Little LeMoyne Star Monday & Mrs. Miller’s Apprentice Quilt

I had a nice relaxing weekend hand stitching some more Little LeMoyne Star blocks. These little hand-pieced treasures are addicting!¬† I also worked a bit more on the layout for my stars and so far, I’m happy with it.¬† I need to tweak my measurements just a tad bit more, but I really like it so far! I’m using a set of quilt stamps for the actual LeMoyne Star blocks, but the layout (the pink fabric around the blocks in the center of my photo) I had to draw myself.¬† I’ll probably upload it to my website to share with those of you interested in it after I’m sure I have the measurements exact for templates!
This morning I worked on my Mrs. Miller Apprentice BOM. I am so in love with this fabric line by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics.¬† The name of the fabric line is the same as the BOM – Mrs. Miller’s Apprentice.¬† Gorgeous shades of blues and creams and ivories. This fabric line is available in quilt shops now.
This is going to be such a gorgeous quilt and I look forward to participating in this year long project! If you haven’t made any of Pam’s creations – her company name is Heartspun Quilts.¬† Her directions in her patterns are phenomenal and she uses excellent graphics in the directions also!

                                                                

I also downloaded a book recently that peaked my interest.¬† For those of you that don’t know – I love to read. I have many different favorite authors, but this past weekend this book by Patricia MacDonald really caught my attention.¬† So far – I love it!!! The Girl In The Woods is the name of the book and you can click on the amazon link above to read more about it!
And I almost forgot to post about our Splendid Sampler II blocks!  Some of you may follow me on FaceBook and Instagram Рbut if not Рhere are my blocks from this past week 
Are you making the Splendid Sampler II quilt?  

                                                           

If you haven’t already purchased your copy of The Splendid Sampler II book – just click on the book image above and it will take you right to Amazon where you can purchase a copy of the book and even the kindle version (which is awesome by the way!)
I think I should do a blog post this week and update all of you here also on all the blocks I have completed for The Splendid Sampler II quilt.¬† I am part of a Sew-A-Long on Facebook and we post our blocks every week as we get them done! It’s “sew” much fun!
Have a wonderful Monday!

New Patterns Designs and Other Ramblings….

We’ve been busy working on several new patterns and we finally finished everything up late yesterday and have them all available on our website!
Introducing ~ 
(links to each pattern on our website is directly below each photo!)
And as a gift for my blog readers, you may use a special code on my website to receive 20% off any of our patterns – PDF and Printed versions!¬† I’ve made the code good from now through January 31, 2019. The code is ~
 QRDBLOG2019 
(all capital letters and just like you see the code typed above)
Discount Codes are easy to use on our website – once you are ready to check out, just click on the “Check Out” button on the shopping cart page.¬† You will see the screen in the photo above.¬† All the way to the right of the screen where that black finger is pointing on the picture is where you enter the discount code!
Patterns #439 Р#443 you might have noticed are all done in the colors of blues, creams and browns.  I used a beautiful new line of fabric that is shipping to your favorite Quilt Shops this month!
This is Charlotte c. 1860. Carrie Quinn, owner of Pieceful Gatherings Quilt Shop in Fox River Grove, Illinois is the designer
The shop has fat quarter bundles available for Pre-Order on the website, so here’s a link to hop on over and check those out:
Carrie designed this quilt shown above called Charlotte’s Medallion and she has it on the shop website available as a Block Of The Month Program¬† Here’s the direct link for that:
Carrie also designed the quilt shown above called Charlie’s Star Puzzle!¬† Isn’t it amazing!¬†¬†
On Little Bits pattern #444 I used all fabrics from another of my favorite designers ~ Pam Buda.  
She has her beautiful fabrics on her website in yardage and layer cakes ~ layer cakes are perfect for the Little Bits pattern ~ follow this link
But ~~~~¬† shown above is another game changer in our fabric loving worlds ~¬† 6″ rolls of her lovely fabric.¬† Oh my goodness, I’m in love with these!¬† You can order these fabulous rolls (which also work with the Little Bits pattern perfectly!)¬† here at this link:
And I’ve blogged about her newest book that she wrote before but I must show you again:
I cannot tell you have much I love this book.¬† If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure and order it. It is a must have for your quilting library.¬† It can be found here:

Little LeMoyne Stars

After taking several days off from blogging after my 31 straight day blogging challenge this past December РI wanted to blog about something fun and interesting. Plus document on my blog several photos I have been sharing on FaceBook and Instagram!
I’ve been enjoying being a part of a group of quilters online¬† that are piecing LeMoyne Star blocks!
If you do a little search on FaceBook or Instagram using the hashtag littlelemoynemonday ~ you will be entertained by many, many photos quilters of all talents are posting.  
I myself am hand-piecing my little LeMoyne Stars.¬† I have a temporary plan to make a bed size quilt with my little 3″ finished blocks. I’m still working on the layout to see if I can make it work, but I believe it just may be do-able!
There are so many excellent photos that many of us are sharing on Instagram of the journeys we are on as we hand piece these little stars.  Actually, I should correct myself in saying that to include everyone Рthere are some that are making stars in larger sizes.  Come and do a search for #littlelemoynemonday and maybe join the peaceful bliss of hand piecing!
I am using quilt stamps for my blocks. These are special little stamps that I press onto an ink pad that is safe to use on fabrics and completely washes out, then I press the stamp on the back of my chosen fabrics.  And like magic Рthere are my cutting and sewing lines! The stamps I am using for this particular project  ~ you can view in the upper right corner in the photo below and you can also see the ink pad I am using:
Here is a better photo of the actual set of stamps I am using:
This particular stamp set is called “LeMoyne Star Small” and is item # CRE0152. For those of you in the USA – they can be ordered on the following two websites (the second link is also an actual quilt shop, so those of you within driving distance of Winfield, Illinois can just hop on over there and grab a set of stamps!)
There are a few other quilt stamps available besides just the brand I’ve mentioned already – and I’ll get to that in a second.¬† I want to point out my favorite thing about this stamp in particular – it’s clear, which means I can see through the stamping area – right to the fabric I’m stamping on.¬† I can pinpoint different shapes on the fabric if I am wanting to “fussy-stamp” my templates!
Now, here is another quilt stamp company that also offers a huge variety of see-through stamps

The link is just above to see this gals beautiful work and her awesome quilt stamps!  She has a ton and she is so nice!  I enjoy following her page on FaceBook and Instagram as well, Her photos are so entertaining and gorgeous!
Another personal favorite quilt stamp company is:
I have several of Cindy’s stamps and love them.¬† Back in the day when I used to sell tons of fabrics on my website and traveled to vend at quilting shows, I sold her stamps and had fabric clubs involving them.¬† Some of you might remember that!
For those of you that might want to follow along and make a few Little LeMoyne Stars but may not be interested in the quilt stamping world and lean more toward templates (which I love also!)¬† Here is a fabulous pattern and template set. This pattern has actually started a bit of a “frenzy” in the quilting world with many of us following along on what has become know as the make¬† “Star-A-Day Challenge”
And lastly another of my favorite (I have many) ways to prepare fabric for piecing.¬† InkLingo.¬† This awesome website is full of different shapes and patterns that delight all quilters.¬† This is a unique type of program as you print the templates right from your at home printer. You can read more on the InkLingo website (linked below) but basically, you prepare your chosen fabrics and “feed” them into your printer instead of paper!
Linda Franz is the creator of the InkLingo system and there are so many different shapes and sizes 
available, not only for the LeMoyne Star but several other favorite quilting patterns!
Well, that’s all for me today, I’m off to finish some pattern writing – we have 6 new patterns coming out this month and I have some machine piecing on some other new projects I’m working on!
I invite you to leave us a comment also!¬† We had a few issues with our commenting system and I think I have it fixed now – so test it out for me if you wouldn’t mind!
**** I need to drop a little hint for an upcoming surprise also!¬† I can’t quite let the cat out of the bag yet – but we have a fun and fabulous Quilt-A-Long to share with you very soon!¬† So get your rotary cutters ready to go because we are going to be cutting into our stashes very soon – together ~~~ now how fun will that be to all “Quilt-A-Long” on a project that is fun and simple and quite pretty if I might add!
Have an awesome day!

Day #31 Zig-Zag Snowflake Pillow Tutorial

And here we are on the final day of my self-induced 31-day blog writing challenge.  I hope you have enjoyed these last 31 days in which I have shared many of the free Christmas and Holiday tutorials I was able to find online to share with you.  If you missed any days, feel free to search back through our blog!
And last but certainly not least we end our challenge on a high note with this fabulous tutorial from quilting friend Pat Sloan.
Such a cute and clever design. I love the use of the red and aqua fabrics also Рtwo of my favorite little more modern colors added together.  These adorable snowflake pillows will see your winter decor through the remaining weeks of winter.
I wish you warmth and happy stitching.
I’m not going anywhere though. You didn’t think I’d just walk off and leave you after 31 days straight of blogging again now, did you?
I’ll see you soon folks, I need to go type some more words into that book I’m working diligently on!

Day #30 Mr Snowman Trivet Tutorial

I just want to make these little Trivets and have them resting on my side tables in my living room, on my nightstand in my bedroom, on my kitchen table and anywhere else!¬† These cute little things just add a quick smile to my face. Isn’t he adorable!
So quick and easy to make also and only uses small amounts of fabric!
Enjoy this free tutorial from our friends at Connecting Threads. And while you are on their site – be sure and check out some of their gorgeous fabrics!