Another quilt top finished

Marge's 2011 Block of the Month

Marge brought in her 2011 block of the month quilt this morning. It is very cute. She plans to donate to the Sue’s Cancer Quilts Group.


Bad weather brings time to quilt

Snow at my house last week

Last week at our house the snow started falling Saturday night after I got home from work and  continued falling thru Wednesday.  So on Sunday I quilted my mom-in-law, Connie’s quilt. She was given a quilt top years ago made by one of the family members in Missouri and needed it quilted. With two days home I was able to finish quilting it and added a binding. It turned out nice.



 Connie’s Quilt

I also had time to put my 2011 block of the month together. I really like how it turned out.


2011 Block of the Month
Now you know what I’ve been doing.  How about you?
Happy Quilting!!!

Back by somewhat popular demand

Dianna's Scrappy Quilt

Bert’s Twelve Days of Christmas
Alice’s 2011 SW WA Shop Hop Quilt
Arleen’s Dresden

I have had several of my customers ask me about my blog. Yes, I am serious. Yes, I’d like to blog on a regular basis. Yes, I do have exciting things going on in the shop. But, sometimes, most times I am tired and out of words by the time I sit down to blog.  I am going to PUSH myself and TRY to blog on a regular basis.

Right now I am smack dab in the middle of doing inventory which totally stifles my creativity. Luckily, my ladies bring creatitvity and inspiration to me.  Enjoy some of the show-n-tell that I have seen lately.

So I am back by somewhat popular demand.

I had read this before but a very wise friend of mine gave this to me at Christmas…

Many people walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints on your heart. To handle yourself, use your head, to handle others, use your heart. Anger is only one letter short of danger. If someone betrays you once, it is his fault, if he betrays you twice, it is your fault.Great minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.  He who loses money, loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; he who loses faith, loses all. Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. There is no beginning or end. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that’s why we call it the present.




A sampling from my friend Dianna’s quilt

Hello fellow quilters. It has been a really long time since my last blog posting. I have spent a few months catching up with family members. Having the quilt shop is a wonderful thing for me, but it also takes a good amount of time. Since I purchased the shop I have had less time for my family. I love the shop, my customers and quilting, but I love my family even more. My shop is still for sale and because it hasn’t sold, I believe that this is where I am supposed to be. Now on to what’s happening…
October 21st-30th is our 5th Annual Southwest Washington Shop Hop. The fabric is gorgeous!!! My block is cute!!! I can’t wait to see all of you. The shop hop hours are 10-6 Monday-Saturday and 11-4 Sunday.

A Beautiful Sight or Two


This morning as I was driving across the Tilton River Bridge just outside of town, I looked down and there was an eagle fishing.  I feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place.  Sorry about the fuzzy picture; I think I need a new camera.

Speaking of beautiful sights…

Arleen's hand quilted paper doll quiltLast week Arleen brought in her hand quilted  paper doll quilt for a great-granddaughter.  The doll clothes are backed with flannel so they can be put onto the dolls on the quilt. 

As you can see, we had fun with this quilt.

Carolyn’s Quick Fix

Carolyn's Quick Fix


A while ago, my customer/friend Carolyn came into Sugar ‘n Spice and asked for a quick fix.  Fabric fix of course. She picked up some Fandango charm packs and a Layer cake.  We picked out a pattern for her and home she went to get her fix.  This is the quilt she made.  Isn’t it beautiful!

This year has been another interesting and busy one for me.  It amazes me that I have had Sugar ‘n Spice for 5 years. Thank you so much for letting me serve you and for your wonderful support. As most of you know I am ready to move on to something new and wish to sell the shop.  I don’t know where this “new” thing will take me, but I am ready for the adventure.  Apparently, the adventure is not quite ready for me as I have not found a buyer for Sugar ‘n Spice.  I know there is someone out there just waiting for this opportunity. It has been a great business and I have made so many friends. Each day here is filled with interesting and inspiring visits and heaped with awesome show-n-tell.




Whew, a few projects done a couple yet to finish

The tree is decorated for  The Festival of Trees donation, the stockings are finished and given away, and the Peter Pan Quilt is, beautifully quilted by Sue Smith at Diamond Quiltworks, on display at the Roxy.  Yay!!! I still have some things to sew before Christmas.  I am making a quilt for my aunt to give her granddaughter for Christmas. It is a very fun quilt with lots of bright colors and of course lots of pink.  I plan to quilt it myself.  Today I quilted my fourth quilt.  I am getting better, it is a growth process and hence not so comfortable.

Chance drawing tickets for the tinkerbell quilt above are available at the Art Gallery, Sugar n Spice and a few shops around town. Proceeds will help fund our children’s theater projects. 

So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land.
Peter Pan

Where do the days go?

Shop hop is over. 305 people participated at Sugar ‘n Spice which made it an awesome shop hop. Now on to holiday projects.  Visions of gingerbread are dancing in my head. Yes, gingerbread is our theme for the Festival of Trees donation tree.  At home I am making Christmas stockings for my grandkids, daughter & son-in-law. I am also working on a donation quilt for our children’s theater with lots of 4″pinwheels.  It is super cute and worth it. So I think I just answered my question.  The days go by in a blurr of fun projects. Check out the cookies I just found.  they won’t be on our tree, but there are cute.

Gingerbread Yoga Cookies

Baked Ideas Gingerbread Yoga Cookies    

Southwest Washington Fall Shop Hop

I have had several calls asking my shop hop hours.  I will be open 10-5 Monday thru Saturday and Sunday from 11-4.  These are my hours for shop hop only, October 22nd – 31st.  My regular hours are Tuesday thru Saturday 10-5.

I just finished my quilt and it is GORGEOUS!!!  I like pink and for years I dreamed of having a pink and gray master bedroom and bathroom.  The pink and gray is no longer my most favorite, but this fabric, this quilt is beautiful.  I hope you will like it, too.  I am not showing a picture of the quilt here, because I can’t wait to see you. You’ll need to come to the shop to see it.  I really am very happy with how it turned out.  I had a plan for setting the 20 blocks, but that didn’t work out.  Yesterday I had all of the blocks finished when my friend Kim came in and helped- no chose the setting and border fabrics.  Thanks so much Kim.  I was a bit lost and discouraged, you lifted me up.

Fall Shop Hop Preparations

My goal today: 1. Finish 200 shop hop pattern & fabric handouts 2. Sew 2 more shop hop blocks.  I have 184 handouts and 3 blocks right now.  I should make it.  The more I cut  this fabric the more I like it.  I need to get all 20 of the blocks sewn and then I can decide on a setting.   Too many ideas and options are running around in my head. 

This is for the shop hop October 22-31, 2010. 

 Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.~Henry David Thoreau


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