Tuesday, September 4, 2018

I'm back...!

It's been a long time... over three years.  After much consideration, and encouraging words from family, friends, fellow bloggers, and in particular a cousin who lives in Maryland, (you know who you are, Barb) I'm going to blog again, about the simple pleasures of piecing fabric scraps into small quilts, and other fabric wonders.  I'm still addicted to mini quilts... mostly because I lack the patience for large projects.  

There have been a few changes since I last slapped away at my keyboard, preparing a post... the two biggest being, I moved, but still in central Iowa, staying close to my daughter and son and their spouses, grandchildren, quilting peeps, and non-crafting friends alike.  I travel back to my home state of Wisconsin as often as I can.  It still has a strong pull on my heart.  And, I retired!  But that doesn't necessarily mean I have more time... I've just found more to do!  

Mini quilts made over the past years grace the entryway to my home.

Future posts will also include multiple ramblings and pictures of counted cross stitch projects, as I rediscovered my fancy for putting a different type of needle, and a different type of thread, to a different type of fabric, resulting in mini's of another kind.  In truth, I have been cross stitching more than quilting in the past 2 years, and loving every minute of it!

A 2017 project, Oktober Feast by With Thy Needle and Thread... stitched on 36ct Legacy linen over 2 threads
(NOT a typo for October; actual pattern name)

When I stopped blogging in 2015, my Stars in the Garden hand sewing project was still in the works.  The first 3/8 inch hexies were hand stitched together in January 2014.  I'm happy to say it's one project that I finished!

Framed in a simple dark wood frame, this hand pieced project was completed in February 2016.
Design by Vicki Olson and Jill Shaulis of Yellow Creek Quilt Designs, and featured in
Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine, Spring 2013 issue.

Since completion, Stars in the Garden has been displayed in my home with a real sense of accomplishment.  (I say this because I have SO MANY projects that DO NOT fit into the accomplished category.  Some things never change!)

That's it for my first post in my second-time-around of blogging.  It's time for me to blog surf, visit old blogging friends, and discover new ones!  Pouring a fresh cup of coffee... heck!  I'll just bring the full stainless steel carafe and park it next to my mug, my computer, and me!!! 


(If you are interested, I'm on Instagram.  Search for kindredquilts.  My account is private, which means you will have to request to follow.  And if you have an Instagram account, I would love to follow you!)




  1. I was so happy to see you pop up in my Blogger feed! Welcome back. I look forward to additional posts.

  2. So good to see you posting again!
    Wow, I love your display of little quilts in your entryway!
    Your Stars in the Garden looks wonderful! Maybe I will finish mine one day, but I used 1/2" hexies. I think it will be too large to frame and hang anywhere in my home.
    That tiny cross-stitch piece is very sweet. :)

  3. Welcome back - lovely post and I'm happy to see you in my feed. I'm on IG so I'll see you there too.

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  5. Yes - so glad you have returned!! Your blog is eye candy for the quilting soul - so many lovelies!! Retired you say...bet you are all ready wondering how you got things done when working...but guess what? Being retired means the days seem to be fuller than ever. Love all the colors you work with and oh my those hexies are fabulous.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Pat. And you are right about retirement... I'm busier than ever, but wouildn't have it any other way!

  6. Ditto all the above comments! So glad to see you back.

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