Take a look at our new sign. Happy New Year! We’ll reopen on Jan 2!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. My kidlets stayed still long enough to get a quick photo on Christmas Eve. I’m so incredibly blessed to have them in my life.  We got a new sign installed Christmas Eve! It was the present I’ve been waiting on for weeks and it looks great. It should […]

A Playdate with triplets- tigers and human plus a kanga and an ocelot!

I am still on a complete high! Last night I surprised my kidlets with an early Christmas gift. They had no idea where we were going as we headed to Southern Indiana last night. I told them it was a surprise and they guessed we were going to play laser tag. They also thought we […]

My Kidlets Are Now Freshmen!

This morning my kidlets “graduated” from 8th grade and are now Freshmen! I’m so proud of them. All three got straight A’s, Presidential Academic Awards and high honors. They are WAY smarter than me and I couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments.

BirdMan’s Ky State Fair Ribbons

You’ve seen the ribbon haul from RocketMan and GooseyGirl… now for BirdMan’s ribbons!  He won third place for his Rainbow Escape quilt which he quilted with a freehand flower design on my APQS Millennium. He did such a great job! This is the quilt that is in this month’s edition of “The Quilter” magazine. For […]

BirdMan Has Been Published!

I’m so excited! As I was crusing through Facebook this morning I saw that someone had posted a photo on Claudia Pfeil’s wall. BTW- if you don’t know who Claudia Pfeil is, you are missing out. She is a master quilt artist from Germany who will blow your mind with her quilting. I’ve included a […]

Circus With The Kidlets

grannycircus

Recently we went to the circus and we typically go every year. I just love it! When the kidlets were small it seemed like every year we’d always have at least one sick kid during circus time. Thankfully this year they were all healthy. We got there a little late and the circus had already […]

Scrappy Batik and Sewing with My Boys in the QJ Studio

Boys sewing

Amy is a relatively new quilter who made this massive scrappy batik quilt. I think it measured 115 x 120 or so. It was a very, very big quilt. But isn’t it lovely? I think the thing that pulls it all together is the black and white striped inner border. I love how bold it […]

BirdMan’s Heart

A few weeks ago our family parrot, Apollo, passed away. He was a Green Cheeked Conure with personality to spare. His chosen human was BirdMan and I know how much my son’s little heart has been hurting. In English class at school he had to write a poem. His first poem was a silly one […]

Adventures in Dollywood

All those weeks I didn’t post over the summer were full of plenty of adventures. One of them was our trip to Dollywood. I had never been to this theme park and while it is on the small side, it is FULL of fantastic coasters and lots of fun, smaller rides. It was super hot […]

The whole family got ribbons at the Ky State Fair!!

I am so excited!! The whole family got ribbons at the Ky State Fair this year in quilting!! GooseyGirl won first place, a blue ribbon, in the Junior Division, Quilt Block category! She also won first place in the Junior Quilt Division AND got the “Best Quilting Award” in the junior division. Her quilt got […]

I’m back and 7th grade has begun!

Well, that was the longest hiatus I’ve ever taken from blogging over the last 6 years. I really needed the break. We’ve been swamped and I’ve simply been trying to keep my head above water for the last month. We moved into our new home. The kitchen is almost finished with the remodel. We went […]

BirdMan became a Second Class Scout!

BirdMan got back yesterday from a week at scout camp. His brother wasn’t interested in joining so this is kind of his “thing”. He is away from his siblings and scouting is just for him. Kinda cool, eh?  Sometimes it is hard being a triplet so when you find something that only you like, you […]

My sons win at MQX East- a national Quilting Competition!

APQS Millennium

This week is the always awesome MQX show in Providence, Rhode Island. You may remember that my kidlets decided to enter the show this year. Here is a post showing RocketMan working on his entry, BirdMan finishing his entry and GooseyGirl showing off her skills. Well…. Rocketman won 4th place with his “Playing with Fire” […]

BirdMan’s Quilting Entry

My kidlets have decided to enter a national quilting competition. The prizes include a Wii, digital cameras and MP3 players. I’m pretty sure that the prizes they are giving away had a lot to do with their decision to enter. BirdMan started with a great focus fabric that centers on birds which I got from my friend […]

Anna’s Garden Checkerboard and a Triplet Halloween

  Anna brought me this beautiful garden checkerboard quilt. She wanted it custom quilted and we picked out the motifs she liked for each square and border. Dont’ miss the miter she painstakingly crafted with the rose striped fabric on the outer border. I know that must have taken time to get right. It is […]

A Visit to the Land of Lincoln

The kidlets, my mom and I got the opportunity to spend some time in Springfield, IL. I was there to do some machine demos for American Professional Quilting Systems (APQS). While there, we toured Lincoln’s home, museum and tomb. It was fascinating. I really enjoyed seeing his home. The museum was tremendous. The kidlets favorite […]

KY State Fair Ribbons for the Whole Family!

Tonight we went to the KY State Fair to check on our entries! I even had a dream last night about the State Fair (what a geek, eh?) The first entry we checked was GooseyGirl’s pastel bird drawing. She drew an oriole. The drawing itself didn’t win a ribbon but it is in a very […]

Birdman’s Favorite Cat

The Photoshop class I’m taking is beginning to wind up but I feel like I’m just getting started! First off, I love trolling through all my old photos. It has been too long since I’ve done that. It also reminds me I need to take more photos because these kidlets are only kidlets once, right! […]

Burning the Edges of a Photo

Quilters are visual people, no doubt about it. One of the best tricks a quilter has to enhance a pattern is careful color selection and placement. It is always heart breaking to me to see a quilt where the piecer has obviously spent a lot of time and effort to make a well crafted top […]

Brothers Goofing Off Makes My Heart Smile

I’m gonna put up Nonnie’s finished quilt in a bit but right now I wanted to share my Lesson 2 of the Photoshop class I’m taking from Jessica Sprague. It is all about using brushes in Photoshop! I wish she had Dreamweaver classes, too!  Anyone know of good online Dreamweaver classes? I’m so excited! Quilted […]

My Triplets Turn 10 Today!

Happy 10th Birthday to GooseyGirl, RocketMan and BirdMan! Quilted Joy Blog Stop by QuiltedJoy.com for design inspiration, quilting options and pricing on new or used APQS quilting machines.

Nature Inspiration Interlude

I know I’ve been quiet this week on here. RocketMan tested positive for Flu A yesterday and has been home from school all week. BirdMan was sick too but is feeling better and is back to school. So while I don’t have any quilty eye candy to share with you today. I do have eye […]

APQS Rep Rally; BirdMan & RocketMan Sprout Feathers

I just got back from a week in Des Moines at the APQS Rep Rally. I took a full week of classes and two days of maintenance training. I can now field dress any APQS machine!  Plus, I got to meet so many artistic, friendly folks. I had a ball talking to Pat Sloan at […]