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Big Give Away coming the end of June!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July Stars and Stripes
Week two

Winners of Give Away
Mary's Grab Bag
Christmas Challenge


Bridget Wilson for our  USA follower
Mouse from England for our International follower

We are thrilled to have such a great response to our giveaway and to meet so many new stitching friends, please keep coming back because we will be having more fun giveaways in the future.

Mary's Grab Bag/Quilt Show

I recently had the pleasure of attending two quilt shows.  The first show was held in early May and hosted by The Northern Star Quilters Guild in Danbury, Connecticut.  This was a large show with over 300 quilts displayed which included bed quilts, traditional quilts, hand and machine quilted, and art quilts.  I was in quilting heaven!

I attended the show with my friend, Grace, who displayed a quilt of her own design called "October Sky".   Her quilt was entered in the Art-Small category. They all measured less than 20 inches on each side.  Autumn is my favorite season and I loved her entry.

The show also had a wonderful boutique with over 30 vendors.  It was a great place for cross stitchers to shop for fabrics as many of the vendors sell the fabric in fat quarters.  One can never have too many fabrics in their stash and lovely Moda fabrics came home with me.

This past weekend I attended another show presented by The Milford Valley Quilters in Milford, Pennsylvania.  I brought my husband to the show and he enjoyed it as much as I did.

Please be sure to read the descriptions for the quilts that I posted.  These quilts were extremely beautiful but the story behind them is what pulled at my heartstrings.

The quilts that follow are just a small sampling of the talent that was displayed at both of these shows.  If you have the opportunity to attend a quilt show, please go and support these talented men and women.  You will be in awe at the talent and originality of these artists.

  Northern Star Quilters Guild Show
Grace's beautiful quilt

The photo does not do this quilt justice.

The detail on this quilt was amazing

Lovely sentiment on this block

Brilliant colors

close up of quilting

Such a cute fox

A quilters shopping paradise!

The Milford Valley Quilter's Show

            Made and quilted by Dorothy Decker, designed by Barbara Adams of Blackbird Designs                  

A Single Bud

The raffle prize for 2018 from the Milford Guild.  I will be taking chances on this beauty.

Gorgeous applique work

Christmas Challenges

RJ - I stitched another Prairie Schooler Santa.   This one is patriotic and from 2002.   I used my own choices of over dyed threads and stitched it on 35 ct. cocoa linen.  I'm enjoying all of these Santas and can't wait until I finish them and have a completed set.   I've got my dough bowl ready for that day.

Such fun patterns to stitch.

I used over dyed threads instead of the called for thread colors

Prairie Schooler Patriotic Santa
35 ct. Weeks Cocoa linen
over dyed threads of my choice


Mary -  North Pole Express is a sweet, though unrealistic, stitch from Little House Needleworks. A polar beer pulling a sled???  I still think it's adorable and I really enjoyed stitching this pattern.  I'm so glad RJ suggested this challenge.  Now, my tree will be adorned with pretty new ornaments.

North Pole Express
by Little House Needleworks
complimentary chart when you buy the selected threads
mystery linen
Next week will be our old ornaments made new.   Hope to see you.  Mary and RJ

  One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation evermore 
                                                 Oliver Wendell Holmes


  1. I come from a long line of quilters but the bug did not bite me. I am definitely a stitcher. Those quilts are truly works of art. Thanks for sharing them with us. Well if a polar bear can pull a sled then my two black bears on Smoky Mountain Christmas have a friend up north.:) As always I love yall's blog and overdyed flosses really perk up Prairie Schooler projects.

  2. Gorgeous finishes, y'all! Mary, that LHN is on my to-stitch list, as well as the companion piece. Now you've made me want to pull it out and get going on it! ;O) Thanks for sharing the beautiful quilt pictures. Such artistry.

  3. I think the A Single Bud quilt is so wonderful! And so are both of your finished Christmas pieces. :D

  4. What lovely ornaments you both created! I have stitched the PS Santa one and keep looking at the Mary's polar express one to purchase. What fabulous quilt photos you shared, Mary! Congratulations to the winners of your giveaway! Enjoy the weekend.

  5. Oh my....those quilts are amazing! Lovely stitching....and a polar bear pulling a sleigh is perfectly fine in my mind! :)

  6. Beautiful Christmas pieces♥
    Congrats to the winners!

  7. Oh another Christmas in July, i love your pattern. Both of them are great.
    Thank you for all those picturs, so many wonderful and beautiful Quilts - amazing.
    Big hugs, Martina

  8. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful quilts from the shows.
    Your little Santa is very nice.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. Congratulations to the winners! Such beautiful quilts!!! I love that PS Santa. I did him in a large count and he is framed. The Polar Express is also a fun stitch.

  10. I don't quilt but I do enjoy a quilt exhibition, especially when the quality is as high as that one.
    Love your "unrealistic" ornament too, since when did realism trouble our designers? Out of proportion animals, giant plants and more sentient snowmen than a Frozen convention LOL

  11. Congrats to the winners!!! Mary, thanks for the quilt show visit; I don't quilt but appreciate all of their loveliness. RJ and Mary, your Christmas projects are both adorable. I love the polar bear pulling the sled, who says we can't be imaginative! :)

  12. Anazing quilts, the fox is adorable. Your Christmas stitches are great.

  13. This is a lovely posting. One thing caught my eye........those beautiful, ornate embroidery scissors with the PS Santa.

  14. Hi Mary and RJ,
    Thank you for yet another wonderful post full of inspiration! It really made me smile! Oh my goodness the quilts are just beautiful...the one that touched my heart though was the UFO left in a shoebox. I am so glad it was finished! I also loved the heart with the embroidered friendship saying!
    RJ...thank you for stitching a prairie schooler Santa! I have always loved these guys and now I want to stitch them too! He looks just adorable!
    Mary I love your Little House Ornament as well! Just beautiful!
    Sending lots of hugs and love to you both!

  15. Unrealistic it certainly is, but I rather like this sweet design. One of the great things about reading blogs is the wonderful inspiration and seeing charts and designs that are new to me. x

  16. I love that cute polar bear! Two beautiful ornaments again in this post.
    Thanks for sharing those quilts, I don't quilt but love admiring them and the stories behind these are very moving.
    Congratulations to your winners!

  17. ohhhh my :) thank you for picking me :) love the quilts especially the one finished by another quilter .. love the ornaments too .. haven't got that one yet .. love mouse xxxxxx

  18. Congratulations to the winners!
    How adorable quilt fox!
    Love your Santa, RJ! Mary, your polar beer ornament is adorable!


  19. Beautiful, Suzi.

  20. I am so excited. I found your blog through another blog's sidebar. I am following now. I have gone back to read all your posts.

  21. It always amazes me the intricate work people do with quilts! They are all so beautiful.

  22. Those quilts are beautiful! Learning to quilt is on my bucket list and hopefully I will get to it soon! I figure if an 11 year old can do it, so can I!

    Love both of your Christmas ornaments. RJ I have always loved the Prairie Schooler designs and this one is no exception!

    Congrats to the winners, enjoy your goodies!!!

  23. The quilts are amazing and both of you have lovely finishes!

  24. The quilts are fabulous. When I first saw a quilt at a show I was blown away. I don't think you really appreciate them until you look closely at them in real life. They are outstanding.
    Love both of the Christmas pieces.

  25. Oh, such fabulous quilts! Even though I am not a quilter, I've always been so interested in the whole process of quilt making and the stories behind them.

    Love both of your ornaments. PS and LHN are two of my favorite ornament designers--just never get tired of stitching them.

    Congratulations to your giveaway winners--I'm sure they'll be thrilled! Enjoy your weekend, Mary and RJ!

  26. Lucky you, Mary, to be able to attend such great quilt show. 300 quilts, how impressive. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful pictures. My favorite would be Birdsong, all these birds are just amazing.

    Prairie Schooler is one of my favorite designers and I love all their Santas a lot, particularly the yearly ones. I have them all but haven't stitched a single one yet, it's a shame. The day should definitely have more tan 24 hours and the additional hours would be dedicated to stitching only.
    Such a lovely LHN design, it's just adorable, and so beautifully stitched and finished.

  27. Gorgeous Christmas stitching! I love your choices, and your stitching is lovely :D

  28. I am so excited. I found your blog through another blog's sidebar. I am following now. I have gone back to read all your posts.