New Book Review – Deck The Halls by Lynda Hall

I just received my copy of this wonderful book Deck the Halls: Quilts To Inspire Family Traditions written by my friend Lynda Hall.
Wow – I love this book!  Look at this cute project!
This is on my must do list along with several awesome quilts in the book!
 Here’s a picture of some of the projects taken at Fall Quilt Market in the Kansas City Star booth!
Great book – a must have – add this one to your Christmas wish list for sure!

Here’s a link to Lynda’s website where you can order the book:

Primitive Pieces by Lynda


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!


History Repeated

A new book arrived and I’m in love with it!
The quilts in this book are so wonderful, I’ve sat drooling over each of them for days now.  Oh – I need more hours in the day to get everything done I would like to accomplish!  
Here’s a description of the book and a link to our website if you would like to order a copy of the book for yourself!

History Repeated: Block Exchange Quilts by the 19th Century Patchwork Divas

by Betsy Chutchian & Carol Staehle
Making a quilt is easier than you might think when you gather some friends and exchange blocks. Let the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas show you how.

Inspired by their love of antique 19th-century quilts, this Texas-based block exchange group recreates these quilted treasures of the past with 1800s reproduction fabrics. The group’s co-founders, Betsy Chutchian and Carol Staehle, have assembled a captivating collection of quilts from past block exchanges.

Ranging from the simplicity of the Double Nine-Patch block to the more challenging Carolina Lily block, there is a project for every skill level among this book’s 16 classic quilts. Each of the chapters features detailed block instructions that you can easily adapt for your own block exchange as well as one to three setting options for completing your quilts.

And for those who prefer to make the quilts individually, each setting option also includes all the necessary block instructions to help you successfully complete the projects from start to finish.

To give you even more setting and color palette ideas, most of the chapters include an inspiring photo gallery of additional quilts by the Patchwork Divas.

8 1/2 x 11 inches, 112 pages, softcover, full-color.

And more pictures of a few of the projects!!!