Thursday, June 7, 2012

A return to normal???

SEW...what is normal?  After a dismally sad early to mid May, the second half of the month impoved greatly, thanks in part to attending Quilt Market in Kansas City, followed by a fabulous trip to APQ in Des Moines.  Being with friends and surrounding myself with quilts and quilting talk helped lift my spirits so much.  Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers and such kind words on the passing of my dad. Below, you will find some of the things that made me smile...

Who doesn't LOVE looking at antique quilts?
Quilts from Mulberry Lane booth

Quilts from Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Blue Hill Fabrics booth

Linda, Jo and me

those Quilted Crow girls,
 Leonie Bateman and Deirdre Bond-Abel
Look at those happy faces!!!
Leonie has their new book in her hand...
Elegant Quilts, Country Charm
It is a Martingale publication.
Fabulous book girls!

Turn your head on its side to the left please...taken with my phone.
My Lone Star at the Kansas City Star exhibit.
Great exhibit of quilts by The Star's authors.
Put your head back on its side to the left for the next 2 photos....blame the photographer!

My Hourglass quilt from History Repeated

Carol Staehle's Pinwheel from History Repeated

The little dresser...a sweet treat from a recent antique show.
A step toward normalcy...

And finally, what I did this morning..froze 4 quarts of green beans from our garden.
Back to normal.

Before I close, I've been asked to do a little promoting...
I'll be teaching two classes, the T Quilt from Gone to Texas and Wheel of Fortune from
History Repeated  July 27 and 28 respectively at
Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!
the New Braunfels Area Quilt Show in
New Braunfels, TX
please visit
for more details.

Watch the blog and I'll do my best to let you know where I might be.
Due to the health concerns of my family, I've had to re-evaluate travel and bookings for a while,
so catch me where you can...

Stay tuned for a preview to my 'Wrappers' line from Blue Hill Fabrics.
Hopefully it will arrive this month.

Ok, last  happy Quilt Market, the shop where I work and teach, Lone Star House of Quilts, was named a Top 10 Shop and will appear in the fall issue of APQ's Quilt Sampler.
Congrats LSHQ!

Until next time...
My best,


  1. Betsy, your photos bring back wonderful memories of our time wandering the halls of market. So glad to hear life is starting to return to normal. Keeping you in my thoughts!!

  2. Thanks so much for the peek at the antique quilts. Loads of inspiration in just 2 pictures! I`ll be looking for your new fabric line :0)

  3. From viewing the pictures, I can see why you found things to make you smile. I enjoyed the view of the antique quilts.

  4. quilts will lift your spirits all the time. thanks for the inspiration.
    those beans sure do look good. our garden here in MA is just starting to sprout up and out, as are the weeds. if the rain ever goes away maybe we wont have to hoe as much. (yeah right)
    checked out your blog your kitty pals are adorable. check out mine when you get a chance. I am a new blogger
    have the best day you can.

  5. Love the photo of the doll crib and doll quilts. Did you wind up buying the little dresser or is that a photo of your own collection? Love to arrange things like that in a corner somewhere! Love collecting antique doll quilts. Take a peek at some of mine here

  6. Where can i find Gone to Texas quilt pattern featured in the last Quilting magazine? Is it in the History Repeated book?
    Thank you