Our guild started a charity many years ago for the local hospital. We make baby quilts for all of the babies that need to stay in the neonatal unit at the hospital instead of going home. The proceeds of our quilt show also go to this charity to provide $, gas cards or food vouchers to parents that must travel to be with their babies as much a possible.

So when I post about doing a raffle quilt or two, this is what I do it for. :-) And yes, the journalist had the number of baby quilts correct 1300 a year approx. And yes, our guild members are amazing!

One of the local news stations did a story – http://www.wzzm13.co…story/19022363/

Annie’s Star quilt…custom, freehand quilting.




A few of blog posts ago I wrote about Pat’s daughters organizing a gallery show of her quilts. Maris and I went to the reception last night and it was wonderful! So many people! Many of whom didn’t know a thing about quilting, but loved and were fascinated by the quilts. Pat was just glowing. What a terrific event.

The Acorn where the reception was held. It was a cold, snowy night and that made the entrance look so much more inviting :-)



Pat and her handsome husband, Bruce in front of the first quilt I quilted for her




It was quite crowded when we got there. I had to wait until later in the night to be able to actually get the quilts in the picture!






Peaceful Cottage had the starring role at the front of the show.


On the machine today

Kathy’s Rail Fence variation – Lots of saturated Phillip Jacobs and Kaffe fabrics…




Off the machine today…

Annie’s Star quilt…freehand custom – Hobbs 80/20 batt – Superior Omni and Bottom Line threads (BTW – I am not campaigning for Hobbs or Superior. I often have people ask what threads and batt are used on a particular quilt so I am trying to get in the habit of posting that info :-)  )





NQR – Our new painting

For several years now Maris and I have been buying a painting every year as a gift to each other. It’s gotten to be a fun objective when we travel. We visit galleries in different towns then go to lunch or for drinks and talk about what we’ve seen, what we liked, what we loved.

Earlier this year I commissioned a painting from Cindy Fleischer. She is an artist from Saugatuck, Mi and my cousin. I didn’t give her much direction other than we tend to like things with a little “edge” to them. Not too sweet or too pretty. Then I showed her some of the things we had collected and as an after thought mentioned that we (Maris and I) are both drawn to moon lit or stormy types of things. I figured if I didn’t personally LOVE it, well….she is still family and a terrific artist and I can appreciate it.

So she sent me a photo on facebook the other day and asked what I thought…I LOVE it!! I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I LOVE it and it comes home today!

On the machine today…

Getting a start on Annie’s Star quilt…Look at that interesting tan space in between…I wonder what I will stitch in there ;-)




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