Thursday, August 4, 2016

Finally - At Long Last - It's About Time!!!!!

I'm finally finding a minute or two to blog.  I've been promising myself (and Tammie and Rosie and Pep) that I would for about two weeks.

Things have just kept happening since I last posted.

The baby chickens got here.  The guy playing "king of the waterer" is a small rooster - see the red stripe down his nose.
They're all so cute  and pretty fragile when they first get here so they take some attention if they're going to grow up and give us lots of eggs - not the roosters of course.
Zoie brought over an Araucana rooster last year so I ordered 3 pullet chicks for him this year.

And of course Cullen and Quinn are here every other weekend - here they're playing with the "bokkens" (Japanese training swords) Pops got for them - outside implements obviously.
Their father (Max - who is very active in the RST - Renaissance Sword Theater) commented that Pep got to pay any hospital bills.  Hopefully there won't be any :)

And then there is our new cat Rufus - kind of half kitten - who thinks that its a priority to sit on someone's lap at least twice a day and get petted for at least half an hour. 
Someone dumped him. He showed up after a thunderstorm, soaked, matted, bedraggled and covered with ticks. After a visit to the vet to get the matts shaved out, tick and flea meds applied and "tutored" (neutered) we had a very expensive free cat who settled right into the house.
I think I may have mentioned that last time but it's worth repeating.  He is such a joy!

Of course Spike and Dobby have to have their twice daily walks which fits right into my doctors prescription for healthy living.  Here Spike gives a ride to the barn to his favorite butterfly.

This week we're having a BOGO.  Buy a kit for the Garden House pillow and get a free pattern for the "Watermelon Days" quilt.  You can get the pillow by clicking here. Or just order the  pattern if you already have the pillow kit.

I promised the recipe for Pep's Watermelon salad.  It's simple but delicious.

Peel a watermelon and cut the inside into cubes.
Mix with mint leaves and crumbled Feta cheese.
Drizzle with Balsamic vinegar.

Easy, peasy but very refreshing on hot summer days.

We're also having a sale this week on Flock Party - both the kit and the BOM to give you plenty of time to get one ready for Fall and Thanksgiving.

And since we kind of skipped over July we're having a "Christmas in August" special this month with the 1/2 price book Up on the Rooftop - one of my favorites

But before Thanksgiving or Christmas we need to have Halloween.
This is our new mini quilt Jack Stack which will be shipping to our club members as soon as the Fern Hill fabric gets here.
If you want to join the club and get 15% off of Jack Stack and all Mini Quilt offerings you can email Tammy at and she'll put you on the list.

For now, keep quilting :)

And you might want to sign up for our email list to keep up on the specials just in case things get this hectic again.  I hope not but you never know.  :)

Monday, May 2, 2016

We kind of missed April ....................

A lot of it was spent going back and forth to Kansas City.
Since Pep works at a hospital there, that's where we go when he gets sick.  He was having trouble breathing one night so we made a trip to the emergency room..  They liked him so much they kept him.

Then Tammie decided that he couldn't outdo her and she got sick too.  Both of them were off work for almost 3 1/2 weeks and that left Rosie and I to hold the fort.  Even Rosie was off for a week.

I didn't get sick - Yay!  
But boy was I busy!!!!

And a lot of it was fun.  
April must be "visitors month".
My first visitors were Margaret and Mark Lehmann from Poland - really delightful people.  They brought me this awesome Polish pottery and Mark was fond of Zoie's monkey hat when he was in the loft.  
We had such a great time chatting about quilts and fabric.

My Fern Hill Precuts came along with the yardage for the quilts I was making.

The  border and corner of the Fern Hill BOM,

Bits and pieces of Holly, Jolly Christmas

and a corner of Pumpkins and Pinwheels.

Rosie and I found some time to work in the garden - Pep's Swiss Chard got planted along with the Romaine Lettuce, and pepper plants, cucumbers, corn, pole beans along with some flowers - impatiens, phlox and salvia.
We could cut and package the Mystery Quilt kits but it's been ages since I ran the office computer and too much has changed.  We needed Tammie to do that and she was busy being at the hospital getting IV antibiotics for 14 days.
She said to tell you all that Blocks 2 & 3 will go out together this month.

Back to the visitors - 2 sets of Missouri Bluebirds came to the feeders - the second set are on the ground under the bench.  They are so beautiful.  
I wonder if I can get Moda to get me fabric that color of blue.  :)

And one morning about 6:00 after it had rained most of the night, Dobby started barking and barking.  When I looked out the window there on the front Porch was another visitor - a totally soaked cat, his long hair all matted and full of ticks. He was VERY hungry.  
I won't talk about people who dump animals out in the country because I don't use that kind of language on my blog.
The cat's name is now Rufus and he is pretty much a kitten.  After a $250.00 trip to the vets, he has settled in nicely (without the ticks) and shows no inclination at all to want to go outside again.
Here Sunny (our Sun Conure) is telling him that he's not welcome in his house.

Luckily applique is very portable.
After the Fern Hill tops went off to Lori for quilting, the trips to the hospital and doctors offices were filled with American Eagle - getting ready for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.
You can get a kit by clicking here.

Be sure to subscribe to the email list.  As we slowly get things caught up we'll  be sending emails about our specials for Memorial Day and the 4th.

Meantime - 
Keep quilting ladies.  :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Almoooost Spring

But not quite!

Here's Dobby standing on the edge of one of the beds with Grandma Laird's (Audra's) iris.
He still can't understand why it's ok to walk on some dirt and not ok to walk on other dirt.
He's a pretty good boy though so he humors us.

Come May - or maybe April this year, this is what the iris will look like.
This September - even with getting ready for Market - I need to take some down to Max and Valerie's house to plant.  And since both of them are working full time and going to school full time, I probably ought to plant them too.
Cullen and Quinn can help.

This is my Audra's Iris Garden BOM.  
I know I'm getting ahead of myself but  since I'm already ready for Spring, I brought it down from the loft to put on the back of my chair.

And while planting things really wouldn't be wise yet, we can always do the flower thing on our quilts.
The pattern for Audra's is on sale 50% off until March 17th.  
To order one, click here.

And this is our Garden House Pillow - a smaller garden project.  
The winner of our kit is 

alas i do not get fons & porter on my local PBS but i like to make small projects as they are quick finishes and nearly instant gratification!
Sorry you don't get the show but at least you will get the kit.  
Please email Tammie at or call her at 816-632-7632 and give her your shipping information so we can get your kit out to you.
If you weren't lucky enough to win the kit, you can still have one by clicking here.
Happy quilting and have a great St. Patrick's Day. :)
Patek is Czech but Laird is Scotch/Irish, you know.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Precuts Winner and a 2nd Chance

First, I want to say how much I enjoyed reading your comments each night.  Such a wide variety of gardens and experiences.

Ok - Now for the important stuff.  
The winner of the Garden House Precuts was #53 - 

I volunteer as a master gardener in my south Texas county, and this Saturday we start our spring program teaching children how to grow vegetables. It was so rewarding last fall watching them dig up their potatoes, and hunt for their green beans (which blended in with the plants so well.)


What a wonderful experience for you Lyn, and for the children you work with.  I'm afraid all of my master gardening is done with bulbs and perennials, mostly on quilts.
If you will email your information to Tammie at or call her at 816-632-7632 we'll get your precuts out to you.


right after I posted the drawing for the precuts, I found out that our local PBS station KCPT will be showing the segment of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting that I'm on, this Saturday, February 27th at 7:00 A.M.

One of my sons commented that quilters must be early risers.  
Could be I said - but more likely we all have DVRs :). 

Anyway, to celebrate we decided to give away a kit for the Garden House Pillow.

So here we go with making comments again.

I thought it would be fun to comment on making small projects and why you like them.  I personally think they're great even thought I usually make much larger quilts.

Tammie suggested that I could have you comment on how much you like to take naps.
Pretty good idea.

So anyway, make a comment on either subject or just say "hi" and we'll do another drawing  a week from Wednesday and post the winner.

Have a great week ladies.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

We're all Sick of Snow and ready for a change

And to help us along my latest fabric line "Garden House" is shipping to your local quilt shop this month.

And this is Grandma's Garden, a wallhanging or tablerunner that I designed using it.
You notice my "garden" still includes quilting :)
I'm not quite ready to stay outside and work in the garden all day.

A few months ago I met Patrick Lose in Iowa to film a segment of PBS's Love of Quilting.  It was great fun and those segments are starting to air now.

Check with your local PBS station for times that they air.  I think I may have already missed the show in Kansas City but they assure me that they
 repeat so we're taping them all.

This is the Garden House Pillow that we worked on.  If you want the pattern you need to get a copy of the magazine. You can find it at your local quiltshop, wherever quilting magazines are sold or go to

If you want a kit you can order one from me by clicking here.

Now for the fun part.
Leave a comment about gardening (can be potted plants in an apartment or a field full of flowers or veggies) and you'll be entered to win the Garden House precuts.
We'll have a the Random Number Generator pick a winner and announce it next Wednesday.
Good luck ladies.

Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 is Off to a Good Start

With the shipment of the last block of Winter Solstice

along with the stop border and outer border.
They should go out between the 15th and beginning of February, depending on quilting and photography (there will be a better jpg of the quilted Winter Solstice once it's back)

The quilt was inspired by my view out my kitchen window on a foggy, snowy winter's day - kind of what it looks like today.

And in the spirit of moving on .....

we're looking forward to April showers instead of Snow showers.
Parasol Princess is on sale through the 16th.

We're pretty big wusses here and the cold got "old" quickly.  :)

And to continue in that spirit, our book on 
Special this month is Garden Dance

I'm not ready to mow grass again yet though.  :)

And speaking of gardens,  this is a sneak peak of the 2016 Mystery Quilt - 
Little House in the Big Garden.

I think we have a few openings but supplies are limited so get in touch with Tammie asap if you want in.  All of the information is on the side bar to the left.

That's all for now.  Have a great January.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Its Beginning to Look ......

A Lot Like


I'm not sure about "Every where you Go"
But around here at least  :)

Our latest Table Stand quilt - 2015 Holly Tree Lane is sitting on the desk behind my chair and the tutorial on the Ornaments is up and live.  You can watch it by clicking here 
and buy the tree header for your table stand and the kit or pattern by clicking here.  
It's 15% off today and tomorrow only because of the tutorial.

Jake's busy with finals this week and next but Zoie is coming over tomorrow afternoon to help Pops find our Christmas tree in the front pasture

and the Angel Tree Skirt is ready and waiting.
Color is so hard to show sometimes.  The background for the angels is a dark teal print but it looks dark brown or black in the jpg.
Anyway, you can get a kit or pattern for it by clicking here.
The tree skirt was originally a pattern in The Winter Book but it is out of print so I did it over as a pattern when we got a few requests for it.

I also worked up The Winter Quilt as a pattern for the same reason and it's on the website as a pattern also.  

Coxcombs and Pomegranates, the mother of Hawthorn Ridge is on the bed

and Sleigh Bells is hanging in the foyer.

Now for the tree and some grandchildren ---
We're getting there :)

(The patterns for all of  the quilts are on the website - just click one of the "here's")

And of course there's shopping, wrapping and baking still to do.  
And more stitching.......