Three Mennonite Quilting Sisters

Three Mennonite Quilting Sisters
Polly, Julia, Barbara

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fundraiser for Virginia Quilt Museum

--Barbara Posts-- 
What fun I had on Saturday. I was privileged to do a fundraiser for the Virginia Quilt Museum.

  Folks could meander through the house visiting all rooms where quilts were on display.

Pinwheel Spin

Whirling Stars

Quilts in hallways,

back porch,



and even in bathrooms.

Explosion of Sunflowers was displayed on the front of the wood shed.

Power Play was on the clothes line.

Glowing Splendor was on the front porch.

Sawtooth Digest

and Star Shuffle were in a tree.

And this is what you saw when you came in our back door.

My back door is always my front door where my family and friends are always welcome.
I didn't show you all the quilts but maybe I can do another open house some day.
My dear husband parked cars and made people feel welcome and directed them where to go.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Posted by Barbara

Last weekend my good friend and co-worker, Linda invited me to join her at the Extra Ordinary Women's Conference in Lynchburg.

We had a lot of fun and were inspired by well known Christian artists.  In the end we got to see and hear Sarah Palin.

Here are a few of the Quilters Guild of the Bluegrass ladies in Lexington Ky. who took my class Chinese Checkers this summer.  It is always a delight to see finished quilts.

Carla is working on "Star Spin" quilt at Patchwork Plus.   

Autumn has done a lot of the mowing this summer.  I am amazed at how fast the yard can be mowed with the zero turn.

Benjamin and Autumn tuning up.

Next weekend I will be doing an open house in my home for the Virginia Quilt Museum.

 On Saturday, October 22, 1-4 pm I will open my home for a show
of  quilts. There will be quilts that have been featured at the

Paducah Quilt Show, Quilt Odyssey, Mid-Atlantic and Hoffman

Challenge as well as quilts from my book “Star Struck

The tour includes refreshments and
the cost is $15 per person.
Call the VQM at 540-433-3818 or email them at 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Wise Old Owl

--Julia Posts--
A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?
I made this quilt block for our PTQ's "Birds At Home" challenge.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
--Psalm 19:14

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Barbara Posts

Grilling chicken for Hannah and Mikes wedding along the banks of North River. 

Timothy Yoder trying his had on Melissa's cello.

So glad to have Parla home for a few days.  Rebecca and her friend Abe.  Saturday morning all my chillins were home for a brunch along with some other special folks.

Benjamin and Melissa changed their wedding date to January 28.  They are excited about moving the date up 84 days.

Christian listening in on all the chatting going on in the living room.

Autumn with her friend Jesse.

Timothy and Dianna.  So glad to have them in our home over the weekend. 

Rebecca and her two good friends having a cup of tea before the wedding

Mike and Hannah's wedding day. For more pictures go to Hope's site.

An official testing to see who likes Cline apple butter.

Cline grandchildren.  We got together Sunday for a cookout since Parla was in from Canada

Special people with special friends.

Kathy just finished hand quilting "Amish Grace" for me.  I have always wanted to piece a quilt using all solids.  In piecing I used my diamond chain which runs between the sampler blocks and around the border.

A close-up of Kathy's quilting.  I was so pleased.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Back Into Sewing

 This is a comfort top Mother pieced for sewing circle.  Notice the motorcycles.  She will take this to sewing circle and they will knot the comforter for a needy family.

 While I was at mothers I started a scrappy quilt.

 I will be making two of these quilts.  This quilt has a white border.  I plan to make a second one and use another color for the border. 
In the lower left hand corner of the quilt I have cut out four blocks.  These blocks are placed below the quilt.  I will continue cutting and placing until I have the complete quilt done.  Go to this  earlier post
and this post and see where Autumn made the same quilt.  Posted by Barbara

Monday, August 15, 2011

Mother & Emily

--Julia posts again--

Mother made an amazing 100 squares of velvet for me while she was here to visit.IMG_2674
The fabric is not just velvet alone, but anything that shimmers & glistens, brocades, or something that pleased my eye. Thank you so much, Mother. And thank you to each of you for your choice of setting the squares. We chose the zig zag effect in the diagonal setting. I appreciate each of your thoughts and input in this matter.
Mother was a trooper while she was here. Some days I had to work and she just loved staying here , relaxing, reading, and sewing in the quiet of the day.
My Mother & I!IMG_2677
And then it was time for her to go home. We met my sister, Emily and shopped at a quilt shop in Ackerman and then zeroed in on the thrift stores along the way home. Emily has been bit by the "quilting bug" and it's great fun watching her put together fabrics. I love her taste. We decided to use a few of the same fabrics and each make something and not let the other see our end product until we both have them finished.IMG_2683
It's been a great week!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mother Comes to Mississippi

--Julia Posts--

I'm so glad to have Mother here for a week. My sister Emily brought her down from Virginia last Friday. See our adventures here on my other blog. Now she is sewing strips of velvet to make small blocks for me.

Today she is working on the turquoise and then we have some green yet to add to the mix.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Polly's Posting

Polly's Posting

Part 2:  Knoxville Quilt Show

 I have so many pictures of my time in Knoxville that I hardly know how to begin.
These first three are still of our time in Lexington.
Barbara had a lot of her small quilts tacked to the wall the evening we gave our power-point-lecture.

This is a very special quilt.   Barbara was telling the ladies how she was facing a deadline in her book and just HAD to get a quilt completed.  So on labor day she enlisted the help of her three daughters, and with four sewing machines running all day they got this top completed!
Now I wonder which of the three will inherit this quilt!  There just might be a battle!

That evening I also showed my "Dresden Doodle".  Not sure what the four fingers are all about but I do know what that scared look is all about.

On to Knoxville!
We didn't do much sight seeing because our time was spent at the show.   However we did take in the skydome and had a grand view of Knoxville from the air.

I think one of the most special honors went to Julia.
AQS chose her quilt, "Ezekiel Saw Da Wheel" to print on their advertizing mug!
This quilt was in the show and is currently on a two year tour traveling to various museums, guilds and shows.

One of the highlights of my time was being able to take an all day class by Karen Stone.   I have admired her work for many years now and it was so special to see her quilts upclose and personal.
This quilt is called "Clamshell"  and has won awards.   I LOVE it!  That is Karen on the right.

Detail of her work.

I loved the way Karen had so many demonstrations throughout the day.

Partway through the day mother, June, Coleen, Julia and Claire peeked into our class.
Mother, Coleen and Claire checking out the details.

Here are some other quilts she had in class for us to see.

Saturday Morning I woke up with butterflies in my stomach!   We were on the program.  Oh me oh my!  How did this happen?

It went well but I was sooooooooooooooo glad when it was over!

Part 3 will be on some of the details of the show quilts.
I came home and hit the road running.  Tues. and Wed. were corn days for me and both my girlies are gone.    Mark and Tim were great help tho!  70 bags in the freezer!