Sunday, November 27, 2011

In A Cavern

It is funny how we get so use to a set routine and when changed, we feel in the dark, feeling our way. I did enjoy time with my daughter, son-in-law and the grands - too much food and lots of hugs and kisses. But, then home to take part in 'support small businesses in your community' weekend. I spent the rest of the holiday weekend at Howes Caverns, a local attraction. They hosted a special tour weekend as well as a Holiday Craft Fair with local artisans. There were 12 of us in a wonderful setting in their dining room. They also had some raffles and sales which funds went directly to the Flood Victims Fund. I knew all of the vendors, so was a very warm, friendly weekend. My sister in-law even came to help out - got her feet wet in the business so to speak as we have two more weekends in local communities with similar ventures. No we didn't get the cavern tour into our time table, purhaps another time.


The next FQ Star Quilt Along block with my recycled men's shirts.

My version of the ornament block for the Christmas Quilt Along. I am not fond of machine applique, and the original block had lots of small ornaments. I decided to just use my holiday scraps and make one large. I will add beading and a bow when ready to quilt.

I changed up the stocking block, too. Needs some embroidery and ribbon work for finishing.

And the new phone book arrived in the mail, so naturally that means the old one is fair game for some strip piecing play. That never ending scrap tote!!

Pretty string blocks - how I find it so relaxing to just mindlessly stitch these and find such a delight in how all those tangles of fabric turn into blocks. Oh, the little blue ones in the basket were inspired by the Orca Bay, but I am not participating in that - they will be used else where, but I have a lot of blue skinny strings!

And a thrill to find a package arrived - my candle mat swap. I am waiting to hear from Danette, so we can open them together.


Box #1 - GrowingStitches

Box #2 - KelbySews

Box #3 - PhillysBlarney


Christmas Quilt Show I need to pull my items to photo and will post for Tuesday.


"While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many." ~Lady Bird Johnson

Sewingly Yours,


  1. lovely blocks Sharon,oh cant wait to see what is in your parcel,you are a strong woman,lol,resisting the urge to open.

  2. You have been busy. Love your blocks.

    Maybe that's what I need for my scraps. I tried to sort them by color in some plastic shoe boxes. It didn't take long to fill them up.

  3. Oooo so much fun in store for you two I'm sure! Especially at this time of year gifts are always wonderful! :)

  4. Love your blocks,very beutiful!!

  5. LOL I do the same thing with my phone book! I think it's the best possible use for it, anyway. :) Your stocking and ornament blocks are so cute - love how you changed them up a little. Good luck in your business endeavors coming up.

  6. Beautiful blocks! I especially like your ornament. Thanks for the updates on the Traveling Stash. Like you, I need to get my post ready for the Christmas Quilt Show for tomorrow.

  7. wow you have had a busy few days!! I love your string blocks...I need to try that with some of my scraps too.

  8. Ooohh pretty! And you know what Sharon? I didn't think I would like doing the scrappy thing. BUT, I did some this weekend and there IS a kind of peace about mindlessly stitching strips together. I love how they turned out and will be doing it again.

  9. Pretty Blocks, Sharon. Always enjoy seeing strip blocks from your scrap boxes.
    Heard some cold weather is heading your way. Stay warm under your lovely quilts.

  10. I went to Jamesport Saturday to a craft show...wanted to check it out for maybe going there next year. Your intimate show sounded fun. I really enjoy doing things like that. Wish I lived in New York and I would hang out with you!

    Decorations are up around here (blink).

    I love how you make each block your own. You inspire me to do the same!

  11. I've been to HC a couple of times and can't wait until the kidlets are old enough to see it too. Nice job on the blocks.

  12. I love your quote today Sharon - so very true. blessings, marlene