Poem About Quilts

I found this cute little poem this morning on FaceBook and thought I would share.
In this photo is my Grandma Baisden, marking a quilt!
In that far back-bedroom
without no heat in,
Granny pulled those quilts
way up to our chin.
Two little brothers,
each by my side,
were tucked in snug
like they were tied.
We could hardly breathe—
there was more than one,
each so heavy,
seemed like a ton.
There was no tossin’
or movin’ ‘round—
those quilts held us tight
like we were bound.
From the time she tucked us
‘til mornin’ light,
we were warm as puppies
on a three-dog night.
I could see the moon
thru’ window shinin’
as I crept off to sleep
with no tears or whinin’.
For ya see I favored
Granny’s warm ol’ quilts,
an’ I’d dream of playin’
on skates or stilts,
‘Cause life was peaceful
an’ without a care—
safe an’ secure
as we lay there.
Back in that bedroom,
way down the hall,
where under those quilts
we moved—not at all.
‘Til Granny released us
when she opened the door,
an’ our feet felt the cold
when they hit the floor.
I’ll remember Gran’s quilts
‘til my dyin’ day,
an’ wish I was still sleepin’
in that cozy way.
Author~ Don Garris
Raleigh County

Playing With Fabrics & A New Notion!!!

Well, I’m just tickled pink to tell you that I was able to get a fancy new rotary cutter!
If you remember – a couple weeks ago I told you about this awesome new rotary cutter I tested out and watched a demo for at Quilt Market.  Above you see the new Olfa “Splash” rotary cutter.  Not only is it a beautiful shade of aqua, it cuts like a dream and still has the same great quality that I love about Olfa Cutters.
(Also pictured above is my awesome new BOM I received from Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop – I just love their BOM’s – always great fabrics and always enough fabric to get the job done!)  

Isn’t it pretty!

Here you will see the major improvement to this new rotary cutter.  The shape of the handle.  Instead of the standard flat handle, there is now a gentle curve and it fits and feels so good in your hand.  
The new cutter also has the same great “quick change” blade system that I love!  And this cutter is for right handed or left handed folks!
Yeah Olfa!  You did awesome with this new notion!
Be sure and ask at your local quilt shop or favorite online quilt shop for the new Olfa “Splash” rotary cutter – you will not be disappointed!
And I have not talked much about Miss Bella lately.  Here she is in all her funny glory.  She was sunning herself in my kitchen window and watching the birds and our newest pet – Miss Dalilah came up next to her! I snapped this picture at just the right time – they appear to be kissing!  How cute is that!
Have a great weekend everyone!

A Quilt My Daughter Made

My daughter decided last week to make a quilt for her teachers wife that is due to have a baby any day now.  She drew out her own pattern and selected fabrics from my stash!  (shown above)
And here is the finished quilt!  It’s about 36″ square and I think she did a wonderful job!
She wrapped it all up and was so proud of herself.  It is being delivered today! Ashley is 14 years old and has taking a basic sewing/quilting class about 2 years ago.  Her skills get better and better!

Take Your Child To Work Day & Book Review!!!

It’s take your child to work day today! So my daughter stayed home from school and is working here today! She’s busy running the copier right now then she will be assembling patterns and packing a few orders that are waiting to go out today. I think I’ll take advantage of having a helper today and have her ride her bike to pick up lunch – SubWay maybe?? That’s an easy and close bike ride! Hmmm, what else can I add to her to-do list today! I’m loving this!

So far on FaceBook I’ve gotten a bunch of suggestions as to what activities to have her perform – my favorite so far has been – pay the business bills from her allowance!  LOL – now that would be a learning experience for sure for her!!! Another favorite suggestion is to have her design a new pattern!  How fun would that be – I love that idea!

So far, my daughter Ashley is running the copier like a pro!  She’s folded and assembled patterns before, but never invoiced or packed orders – I’m sure she can handle it with supervision of course!

Ashley is 13 years old and very intelligent, thoughtful and caring.  When she approaches a project she is so focused on that one thing – un-like me, where as I tend to bounce a little here and there because my mind is always running in 100 directions!

This is Ashley on her first day of kindergarten!

Here’s Ashley when she was about 9 years old.

Here is a more recent photo of Ashley while we were on vacation!

I sure wish the High School my son attends would participate in Take Your Child To Work Day – 2 helpers in one day – could you imagine!  I would love that! If you would like more information on this special “holiday” for the kids check out this website:

Now on to the book review – Little Miss Kathie from Inspired By Antique Quilts blog gets me in so much trouble with all the wonderful books she tells me about.  Here is my latest acquisition:

The new Liberated Medallion Quilts book by Gwen Marston.  I love it!  I’m a huge Gwen fan – and would love to attend one of her retreats!  This book is so inspirational!  This book has wonderful photographing, information and patterns!

If you would like more information on the book or to order it visit Gwen’s page here:

I’m off to see what other jobs I can line up for my daughter!  I’m enjoying this “boss” thing – I could really handle this everyday!

Have a good one everybody!