Tuesday, November 19, 2019




This new collection is inspired by the works of Gene Stratton Porter, an environmentalist, naturalist, nature lover & photographer from the 1800's who was indeed ahead of her time.  Gene early recognized the importance of the preservation of the wild lands & beautiful wildlife of our country.

In this grouping you see light, wispy wildflowers waving in the wind, subtle greens, earthy browns, blacks & intricately detailed twirling vines, all reminiscent of the beautiful wildlife she so valiantly fought to conserve.  Added are shades of pinks & neutrals to enhance our quilt projects.

This collection is delivering to shops in the US soon!



Wonderful borders

And here is the  new Block of the Month quilt, written in nine sections & ready to begin BOTM projects after the first of the year! 

Shops can still order fabric from P & B
and patterns from me at 712-362-3022

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving at your house!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Temperance Blues with Cheddar!

Greetings from (dare I say) sunny Iowa!  Sunny for now anyway!  I hope this finds you preparing for a wonderful Easter holiday with your friends & family!

Little Sunburst Quilt

While Sue was sewing the LeMoyne Stars last month with the French Paisley Collection, I was still playing with the Temperance Blues & added a dark cheddar to the fabric mix.  Using a set of Cindy Blackberg's stamps for the sunburst templates, it really went fast . . . another small quilt!  I'm planning to do a little hand quilting on this one; always nice to have a quilting project in a hoop!

I love it!  Hope you do, too!  

Last month I offered a fat-eighth bundle of the French Paisley grouping to a follower who made a comment and that bundle will go to Comment #3 from Regina.  If you would email your mailing address to me at ecook@yourstarnet.net, I will get your bundle into the mail as soon as possible.  Congratulations, Regina!

Today let's have lots more follower comments about my little sunburst quilt and I will pick a number & send a fat-eighth bundle of the Blue Temperance grouping to them.  Sorry, no international winners because of postage, but I still love to read your thoughts & comments.  Let's have more comments this month and I'll pick 2 winners!

Have a wonderful Easter and don't forget to leave a comment, if you are a follower within the US!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

French Paisley Collection

Hello from snowy, windy Iowa!  Another blizzard on its way for the weekend!  Yippee, skippee!!  However, it does give us lots of wonderful quilting & sewing time!

Just thought I'd show you some beautiful daffodils that must be blooming somewhere! ☺

I want to quickly share my latest fabric collection, French Paisley, with you.  The main paisley piece is available in brown/blue/tan, Prussian blue/red/tan, and brown/red/blue.  You can see all of the collection right now on the opening page of my website!😊

French Paisley brown/blue/tan
French Paisley blue/red/tan

French Paisley brown, red, blue
Lots of pairings can be made with the paisleys in this grouping with many backgrounds, medium florals, & stripes to mingle with them. 

My dear quilting friend Sue Bish (wanting to get her hands on some of these) quickly offered to hand piece some little 4" LeMoyne Stars & sent them to me - 12 within the week (actually there were 13 - and she had to battle the wind & snow to get them to the post office)!  She did a spectacular job fussy cutting the fabrics in unique ways adding so much creativity to the stars!  

Such a help that was!  Aren't they sweet!  Forever in your debt, Sue!

Using the brown/red/blue large paisley for alternate blocks, I had quick fun putting together this sweet little quilt.  Doesn't it look like a little quilt right out of the 1800's!

I have some fat eighths of this wonderful collection & would love to send one to a lucky quilter who has been following me!  Please make a comment here & sign up to follow me -- I may draw your name!  Be sure to follow me so I can let you know when you win the bundle!  God bless --

Saturday, January 19, 2019

I Learned How to Use my Needle Threader!

I am so excited!  I learned to use my automatic needle threader this morning!  I cannot tell you how many times I have looked at the threader on my machine & said to myself "I can do this!"  only to fail & go back to my sewing!  How depressing & such a hit to my intelligence!

Well, this morning I was reading blogs & came across the blog of Patchwork Plus which shows wonderful pictures of the exact procedure to be successful at this endeavor!  What I discovered, thanks to Patchwork Plus, was that my threader was not coming far enough to the front to actually put the thread through the hole of the needle, so there was no way that I could be successful.  Well, it works now & I am tickled about it!  What a wonderful way to begin the year!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Patchwork Plus, & here is the link for those of you who may still be fighting this technique!

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