To all my friends and family who have become snowbirds or have moved permanently south I’m sending you a reminder of home.

Winter Sounds

Winter has been good to us so far (keeping my fingers crossed).  We did have a major snowfall the weekend before Thanksgiving – 25 inches in 2 days.  Luckily the snow began on Sunday and was over by Monday evening so  most people were home and able to stay off the roads.  Roads were clear on Tuesday so we could easily get on with life.

In many parts of the country this would be catastrophic – not in Upstate NY where it’s just another day!  I was talking with a friend in North Carolina Monday evening and she was sure that we would be snowed in for a couple of days.  If nothing else we can handle it here without blink of an eye.


Winter Sounds was published in a current issue of AARP Bulletin.  Admit it – it did at least bring a smile to your face!

There is always time to quilt!
Applique, UFO's


Well it’s January 1 – the traditional time for resolutions!  Here are two of mine – Let’s see how well I do.

1 – Add new posts at least 2- 3 times a week.

2 – Par down some of those UFO’s that seem to be multiplying in my storeroom.  I have to admit that I have some help getting started with this.  Our guild program chair has initiated a challenge that inspired me to organize my UFO stash.  She is challenging us to go through our unfinished projects and decide those that we want to complete this year.  As an extra benefit there will be a  monthly drawing and a bonus end-0f-challenge drawing when the projects are finished.

I went through the UFO pile and was surprised at how many projects are nearly complete

Here are some of the ones I will be working on:

Easy Finishes:

The candle mat just needs a backing –

Dogwood candle mat

Embroidery embellishments needed –

Old World Santa


A little more work needed:

Tops Complete – just needs quilting and binding

Autumn Table Runner


Easy Circles

Foundation Top Complete – Needs applique, quilting and binding


A bit more complicated:

Quilts Tops in Progress:

Applique/Embroidered Wall Hanging

Tops need assembly:

Halloween Throw

Seasons Quilt

This project certainly should keep me busy this year.  Wish me luck!


There is always time to quilt!

Frogs, Frogs and More Frogs

On a quest  for a present for my great-granddaughter’s second birthday, I thought of the frogs that my mother-in-law made for all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren (more than 40 in all) over the years.  I was hoping that she still had the pattern.


Not only did she have the pattern but she had one cut out and waiting to be sewn.  It took less than two hours to complete the frog – This makes the frog a gift from great grandma and great-great grandma – and so the tradition continues!IMG_1231


I was curious to see if the pattern was still available.  An online search turned up a copy on eBay for $8.  The original pattern cost 35¢ in the late 1960’s .IMG_1232

There is always time to quilt!
Kayaking, Memories

Summer in Upstate New York

Just spent 3 days last week enjoying the beauty of Upstate New York.

Last Tuesday friends invited us to join them on their boat cruising Otisco Lake.

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The eastern most and one of the smallest of the Fingerlakes,  the name is Iroquois for ‘waters much dried away’.  It was once marshland but dams built in 1869 and 1908 made the area the lake it is today.


This weekend was spent camping with my daughter and son-in-law kayaking on Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks.  It was certainly the highlight of the trip!

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There’s nothing more peaceful and refreshing than paddling a kayak on a beautiful summer afternoon.

We also saw a number of loons including these two juveniles.


The adults quickly disappear beneath the water as you approach but the youngsters are very happy to swim and frolic as you are paddling by –  and are not camera-shy.

This is one of the many reasons we live in Central New York!  There is an abundance of lakes such as these – right in our backyard!

There is always time to quilt!
Applique, Embroidery, UFO's

Back in the Grove

Now that the 2016 AQS Show is over, it’s time for me to get back to some ‘real’ quilting!  AQS asked Thumbstall Quilt Guild to organize the volunteers for the show to be held in Syracuse.  It was quite a feat to accomplish filling the more than 400 volunteer slots that they needed – but the committee of 12 guild members recruited, not only from our guild, but other guilds in Upstate NY.  We enjoyed the opportunity to host the show in Syracuse and now that it’s over, I’m looking forward to getting back to some UFO’s and of course some new projects.


I decided to begin on a project that was started in 2008.  The background for this Old World Santa was completed and the applique pieces cut, but I never did finish it.  Now the applique is done and the center quilted.  – Just have to quilt the borders and it’s ready for binding.


Old World Santa

Old World Santa

I’ve been working on my Fall table runner.  Just have to finish sewing on the binding.  – Not my favorite part.  However a bit of time on a beautiful summer afternoon earlier this week , enjoying the hummingbirds as they come to visit:


certainly gave me a good start.

Quilting Complete


Now to get back to the quilt I was working on in January.  This seasons quilt was purchased at Susannah’s in Watkins Glen in 2014.  It took me about a year to complete the embroidery blocks and I began the piecing of the blocks in 2015 at a quilting retreat there.  It was put aside when I began working on my youngest granddaughter’s graduation quilt this past March.  Now I can finally get back to it.

Just 6 more months to complete!



There is always time to quilt!