Sunset - June 2, 2020

Sunset - June 2, 2020

Friday, December 4, 2015

A gentle afternoon...

....such a gift at this time of year in our part of Wisconsin. Here it is early December and the temperature reads 46....sunshine, a little snow carpets the walking path as we gather greens - balsam & long needle pine. I don't take for granted living on 40 acres, that a stroll outside brings me an endless supply of fresh cuttings. Our fur babies run around in circles, falling over each other and scoop mouthfuls of snow with their tongue as they follow me out to the potting shed. How convenient it is to have the necessary tools, floral wire and a wide work space to assemble simple swags. And especially warm enough to do so without frozen fingertips!

Two bundles - for our two side lights on the garage and another bundle to be placed on my old sled by the driveway (goodness - that sled must be an antique now considering my age)

Have been doing some secret sewing and can reveal one item which was given out yesterday at our Liberty Ladies quilt history study group.

From Lorraine Olsen's book Little Lone Star Quilts....she has a great and unique method for paper piecing small quilts.

I chose cheddar and some of the fabrics that our group has exchanged over the years - the little quilt finished to about 22" square. Too late I noticed the border fabric had definite direction in the print - but at the 11th hour, it has to remain.

As we opened gifts, this was the treasure I brought home...also a piece filled with memories of previous exchanges and including conversation prints - dear to my heart.

Now as the sun sinks lower on the horizon - 3:00 on this gentle afternoon, I can get back to the next gift which must be completed soon. As the sewing machine hums along, my mind will be going over preparations for my brother's arrival in 2 days and getting ready for next weekend when we have the Celebration of Life for our Dad.

Wishing each of you gentle times.




  1. Touching post! Nothing makes the season better than fresh greens. You made a beautiful quilt and received an equally beautiful quilt

  2. How fun how fun to be able to go out in the back 40 and pick your evergreen boughs. I like your notes to yourself in your heading. It's a good reminder to us all. Sharing special times with friends during the holidays or anytime for that matter, is high on my list. Looks like you gave and recieved a beautiful quilt.

  3. I feel like I spent a pleasant afternoon with you, which is a welcome change from my afternoon of putting up the outside Christmas lights in freezing temps. : )
    Your little Lone Star quilt is outstanding. Takes my breath away! Looks like you received a little beauty, too.

  4. How fortunate to have the acreage for you and your furbabies to wander and gather greens and inspiration. We too are due for some 50 degree days that will be much appreciated. I love the little lone star quilt you made, thanks for sharing the book source.

  5. I can almost smell those pine needles. It does sound very gentle compared to our hot, sunny weather at the moment. The little quilts are both adorable, and I think the border print adds a "making do" charm to the quilt. You must have a talented sewing group.

  6. Wonderful that you have a Potting Shed and a property with enough natural greens for decorating! Your small Lone Star quilt turned out spectacular. And just love the little quilt you received in exchange as well. Always a special blessing to be part of a talented group of quilting friends.

  7. What a lovely post.
    I can just about smell the fresh cut pine. Thank you for sharing the little quilts, each so beautiful and heart warming.
    Thank you for sharing!

  8. Lovely post. Your greenery is beautiful. So festive!
    Your lonestar is gorgeous. I don't see the direction on the border print. I'm sure the recipient was thrilled.
    Wishing you peace, love and joy!

  9. Thank you for sharing. Your lone Star quilt is lovely, as is the one you brought home. Hope we can catch up in person soon.


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