Hand Quilt Along: Take 3


3 weeks has flown by but I have made some progress and the pattern is beginning to take shape on the back side of this Goodwill find. I have totally abandoned the quilt stand for  hoop and lap.


Because this quilt project is so large and massive I am almost embarassed to write that I have the corners wound up and bound with pony tail hair bands…


I have never been a fan of purple but this ‘winter quilt project’ is taking me into spring and I am falling in love with the purple square centers of of the wedding ring blooms.






3 weeks for each update posting and in 3 weeks and I will be retiring from 20 years working at one of our local high schools as a para educator in special education coupled with an additional 10 years as a special needs para at the elementary level.

My how 30 years feels like 3 weeks


This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah,  SusanJessicaSherryNanette, Sassy, Edith, Sharon and Bella.


Quilts: Love For Her Family Was Her Legacy

March 8th was International World Women’s Day and the month of March is Women’s History Month. I was reminded of these important days by a blog post at the beginning of March by Amy Cohen @ https://brotmanblog.com

So many strong, inspiring, beautiful, creative, empowering, courageous women in my life came to my mind; that I found it impossible to focus on just one or come up with something I wanted to post to celebrate this important day. If I listed their names and the affect on my life I would not be able to stop writing for every woman I have met along my paths journey has shaped and formed me. From the tiniest negative to most empowering positive. We are truly the sum of who, what, when and where on our path, from everything we have read, to every conversation, or visual impression we have seen.

But today on FB, a very dear friend, Mindy Coppersmith, of close to 55 years of friendship, shared a post that said “share me”

A Legacy of Quilts 



“Margaret Hubl passed away last July in Nebraska at the age of 89, but it’s safe to say her legacy will continue to live on.

You see, Hubl was a quilter. While some people make quilts as an afternoon pastime, she made them to communicate her love for her family.”

by Brittany Loggins / / Source: TODAY



The entire article can be read here https://www.today.com/news/family-honors-grandma-s-memory-displaying-all-her-quilts-her-t108586

It’s all about the love we share along our path……


HAND QUILT ALONG: in the snow

This morning we woke to a light dusting of snow. I was so sure we would escape the rest of this winter without any. We had a little heavier snow fall back in November but the following weeks and months had me in only a heavy sweater, scarf and gloves. I never really needed to bundle up and brave the elements.

Snow: the perfect time to bundle up under a comfy hand stitched quilt; so I decided to take my quilt along project out into the backyard to capture my progress. It’s been slow going, perhaps because the weather has been so mild and has called me outside to tend and ready the gardens. I did get one full wedding ring stitched and have moved on to capture and stitch the joining ring.



I have abandoned the quilting stand and prefer to quilt with the hoop on my lap.


This close up actually alerted me to stitches pulling out. I need to go back and fix this.


Look who was across the stream watching me



In light of this weeks senseless tragedy, I would like to repost something that I read on Bella’s page. It spoke volumes to me in so many ways. Not only do quilts connect us to nature as in photo’s above but they have a profound affect in connecting us to the human story. Thank you Bella for permission to repost from your page.

“Our quilts have the potential to connect us with others. We can add a message to them as Mary did, then share the message with all who will listen. We can donate them to a charity and help someone else in need. We can make quilts and give them to a homeless person who might have nothing but what is on their backs. As quilters, we are creators and all creators have the potential to change lives. Mary has inspired me to do this and I hope she has inspired you too.”

The QR Code Quilt



This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah,  SusanJessicaSherryNanette, Sassy, Edith, Sharon and Bella.

While I Wait For Spring

While I wait for spring, I spent an afternoon strolling through Chuckanut Bay Gallery & Sculpture Garden. One of my favorite spots to get my dream and color fix on….



This burst of color reminds me to get in full gear with my winter quilting project, get her done (is that possible?) so that I can get outside and in my garden.


Life in a Log Cabin

Who doesn’t love a log cabin ~ patterned quilt? Truly one of my favorite patterns yet I have never attempted it. There are so many variations with wonderful names like Barn Raising, Pineapple, Court House Steps, it would be silly to even try and name them. It’s all about the shadows created by the block strips that matter with these rustic masterpieces.

Just it’s name Log Cabin has me picturing a huge field stone built fireplace a glow with flame. A braided handmade rag rug on the floor with an old ladder back chair or rocker front and center. I think of wood cutters, the massive chopping log, axe ready at attention to preform. I think of a metal framed head & foot board beds with down stuffed quilts resting on top.

Recently I found this wonderful book at our local Goodwill store. Like the pattern names themselves, endless, so are book selections, however there was something about this book that caught my eye. I think now it can be summed up with the wonderful two photos representing the ‘Log Cabin’ Quilt



Seeing this picture of the logs of this cabin, the play of light and movement within the logs themselves, along with the quilt below, really tied this all together for me.





Hand Quilt Along: First Post

This will be my first post to the

Hand Quilt Along 

Thank you for welcoming me into the group. It’s hard for me to believe I have been hand quilting for over 40 years now. I was taught by two beautiful woman from Oklahoma, Alma Wall Ayers, and Wynotha Wall ~ sister-in-law’s. My first 2 quilts I pieced together by hand but had them machine quilted; from then on…..a purest at heart and home.

done in the mid to late 70’s that’s Alma peeking out in the corner and me

Finding  the ‘Hand Quilt Along’ group through following the blog, lovethosehandsathome by KerryCan,  https://lovethosehandsathome.wordpress.com

I was instantly inspired. That’s what I needed. Inspiration and the push to get going on a project I had sitting for the last 2/3 years, begging to be picked up every time I passed by.

Here is my project, a wonderful hand pieced quilt top that I found at our local Goodwill. I picked it up for $3.99. Yup, I could hardly believe my find. I felt like a thief buying it and couldn’t get out of the store fast enough.

When I look at this top I see someones dream discarded and I wonder the reason. What life’s event left it unfinished and then finally discarded to a Goodwill store? This top feels worn and tired to me. The material swatches look like older prints and I am not a fan of the purple and white anchoring squares for the rings. But I am ready to continue with this project and stitch life back into this quit top ~ it’s time for its beauty to shine through


This Wedding Ring quilt top was entirely hand pieced and was in relatively good shape. The white has some yellow shading. The solid blue rectangles in the ring were done in a burlap-py type of material with quite a few spots where the sewing had pulled apart and was fraying. I had to do a considerable amount of repairing before I could begin. I am using a solid dark blue flat sheet for my back and polyester batting. The top is quite large and I will be reducing it’s size. I hope to be able to salvage some the pattern to make a pillow or two. In getting this ready to start I realized why I haven’t begun to quilt this. Sheer fright…I have no workable space for laying out a quilt this side. To assemble the 3 layers I set it up on top of my queen size bed, running over the sides; nightmare, but I got it done.


Above is a Frank Edmunds Quilters Wonder Quilting Hoop Frame with stand. I usually quilt with just a hoop on my lap and thought with this project I would give something with a stand a try.




Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah,  SusanJessicaSherryNanette, Sassy, Edith, Sharon and Bella.

The Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. Please contact Kathy if you would like to join along.

Genealogy and Quilting are 1st cousins 3x removed

Two of my passions are Genealogy and Hand Quilting. I have never really thought about the similarities until today. I have been blogging my families history for a couple of years now, although, I have been doing family researching for over 15 plus years. I have been hand quilting for over 40 years.



Hand quilting is an art form of the past, carried forward and kept alive by those of us who continue this form of quilting. (sewing machine not allowed)

Genealogy is the art of digging into a families past and bringing it forward, keeping the memory of those who came before us alive.

Both hand quilting and genealogy cross the barriers of time and connect the generations.

I am generation connector.

A quilter might ask, where did this quilt block pattern originate from? Just as the family researcher might ask, where did the family originate from?

Quilts reflect social history, what the times were like? Census records record and reflect the times and history of the our ancestors. Both reveal a history rich in cultural attitude and bring the past to life.

When I am deep in genealogy research it is easy to be transported to the time of my ancestors. Like this famous painting done Anna Mary Robertson Moses (September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961)

The Quilting Bee  ~  Grandma Moses 1940 – 1950 


it is easy to see how the two are truly one…the art of hand quilting and genealogy go hand in hand (no pun intended.) Who were Grandma Moses’s parents? Did she have siblings? Are they depicted as children in this painting? Are those aunts and uncles, cousins, all gathered together? Had she watched her mother and aunties quilting round the frame? The questions are endless as is genealogy and quilt patterns and styles…

They all tell ‘our’ story.