Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Spring is Really Here!

At our house spring really isn't really here until my husband gets out the corn planter and works long hours until the corn is all planted.  I help with all the odd jobs Dean doesn't have time to do.  I have been known to pick-up parts, seed, fertilizer, drive tractor, and even assist fixing farm equipment.  Last week I even learned to calibrate the sprayer--a far cry from quilting!!!  I did time a Singer Featherweight--does that count?  Even with all the work and stress on the farm it is worth spending time with my husband getting the job done.  How many women can actually say that they can work with their husband and enjoy it?

One thing about spring I always have to remind myself is to slow down and appreciate the small things such as a sunset on our farm.  Maybe this picture would make a pretty landscape quilt.  I'm ready to branch out of traditional quilting and do something different.

I have another quilt to share that my Mom made this winter.

Thanks Mom for sharing your quilt.  You can see her wall hanging in person at the 34th Annual Sauder Quilt Show.  Check out their web site at

Chicago's now a wonderful memory.  Thanks Linda, Jenny, and Mom for such a fun trip.
And yes Jenny is Quilt Crazy Gal Jenna Louise, my younger sister.  She has some pretty neat stuff on her quilt blog.

Happy Quilting
Kay Lynne

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

This and That

The last six weeks have been very busy at our house.  I flew down to Florida for a week last month to spend some time with my parents and husband's parents.  We had a really great time.  Mom and I hit up all the quilt shops in the Tampa/Zephyrhills area.  I haven't found a quilt shop that I didn't like.

Above are the parents that I've been blessed with.  Thanks for letting me come and visit.  I had a great time!

We also went to Tarpon Springs shopping and I bought a Greek dress!
Lois and I also went to an antique shop and had a great time.
  Jenny, my sister, and I have been playing phone tag, email tag, and airplane tag all winter.  When I flew down to Florida, I seen her at the airport coming home from Florida and I flew the same airplane back down to Florida.  I'm sure glad that we spent time together at the Chicago Quilt Show--thanks Jenny.

All good things come to an end.  I came back home and helped my husband remodel our bath room.
We took out our old bathtub and put in a new one with a new tub surround.  We actually had a good time doing it.  It also showed us that you can do something when you put your mind to it.

 The tube is in and we did it all by ourselves!
The bathroom is now almost finished except for a wallpaper border and some trim.

I even tiled a back splash for something different.  I'd like to do another tiling project--maybe something with a quilt block.  Spring is in the air and now it's time to get to work outdoors with our farming projects.

I just have to share my Mom's One Block Wonder quilt.

Happy Quilting

Kay Lynne

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Chicago International Quilt Show

I enjoyed two wonderful days with my sister, mom, and aunt at the International Quilt Show.  I took lots of digital pictures, which I love looking at later and sharing with friends that couldn't come.  My sister and I even enjoyed a class together at the "Make It University".  We made a domino necklace together.  Thank you Jenny for talking me into doing something fun!


There were so many amazing quilts that I've seen, but one that stuck out in my mind is the beautiful quilt with a bridge.  The quilt is named "Crossover".  This beauty was made by Cookie Warner. 

Doesn't this quilt make you feel that like you're there!  I picked this picture to share because it reminds me of our quiet little farm where my husband and I have raised our family and have made many wonderful memories.  Many thanks to the quilters, vendors, and organizers for putting on a great show inspiring us to give more of ourselves.  I found many new inspirations and new products to try.  Here is a sampling of purchases that I've made.  I've been mostly a traditional quilter for the last 28 years and now I want to try out some new things.  A special thanks to all the vendors that loves quilting as much as I do and freely sharing information on new products that make us quilters more creative.

We also found that all good things change.  Next year the quilt show will be at Cincinnati, Ohio.  So goodbye Chicago--we love you!!!  Cincinnati--we will be looking forward to next year.

Happy Quilting

Kay Lynne

Saturday, April 3, 2010

There's Too Many Bunnies Around Here!

Here's a bunny quilt that I made about 10 years ago when I worked and taught at a local quilt shop.
I both machine quilted by stitching in the ditch and hand quilting around the hearts and in the sashing.  The buttonhole stitch around the hearts were done with my sewing machine.

This is what I've done all week--decorating goodies for little and big kids alike.  What a blessing it is to see young child walk out of the bakery with a smile!  Now I'm ready to move onto Spring flowers and hopefully all these bunnies will stay out of my garden!

My sister and I visited the local Easter sand sculpture this afternoon.  The sand art is really beautiful.  If you want to see more sand sculpture pictures go to

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

Happy Quilting
Kay Lynne