Archive for November, 2009

Stitching with Friends!

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We had SO MUCH FUN stitching together this weekend! Obviously, this photo was taken at happy hour time . . . from left to right – Mel, Kay, Jackie, Deb, Marilyn, Kathern.  On Friday we went to Nancy Janikowsky’s Retreat Cabin a few miles southwest of Kalispell where Nancy and her friend Peggy treated us to wonderful meals, terrific lighting and a good stitching set up — and truly a terrific time!  Back home and to reality on Sunday afternoon.  Six seems the perfect number for this cabin, though we could squeeze in a 7th if another of our ‘buddies’ would join us next time.  LOTS of laughter, and incredible progress. Friends.  Life is SWEET!

Veteran’s Day

Stockings Yesterday was Veteran’s Day — and it was the day that we had lots of visitors to this Blog because of the Blog Tour Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine sponsored. So, first — our winner is Linda Dixon of Maryland. Thank you all for visiting.

I’m married to an Army Veteran, and the daughter of a Navy veteran from WWII – and thankful for their efforts, as well as all those who have served or are serving to protect our Freedoms.

Therefore, the timing was right! On Tuesday, three friends – Kathern, Kay & Deb – joined me for a delightful morning of stitching Christmas Stockings which will be filled with goodies, and sent to the troops from our area who are presently serving overseas. Aren’t these fun? ! ?

I’m in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks!

QM100BlocksCover125px It’s VERY exciting to be a part of this special issue. Keep reading to see how YOU might win a free copy – – – and be sure to visit to catch links to other designers who have participated in this issue.

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My block is called Butterfly Cabin and features fabrics from the Poinsettia group. Wouldn’t it be a divine Holiday quilt . . . you know, Log Cabin blocks have 4 directions they’ll face, allowing you to choose all sort of fabulous ways to set them together.

You’ll want to visit  www.quiltmaker.com/100blocks to see all the news!

THEN —  to become a part of the drawing for a free copy of 100 Blocks, send us an email on Wed., Nov 11 – before 5 pm Mountain Time.  Be SURE to place   ‘ 100 Blocks’ in the subject line – or it will land in the spam folder and not be seen.  Send that email to  JackieAndFriends@animasquilts.com     (We hope you noticed we’re now animasquilts.com instead of simply animas.com)

Bull River Quilt Retreat

SatLunchBarb, Marilyn & I went to Bull River in BC, Canada this weekend to quilt / enjoy with some of the quilters from Cranbrook, BC. It’s location is pristine — a beautiful valley along the Bull River. And the quilters . . . well, you just can’t find better people anywhere than quilters.
SatDinnerSalad One of the other things about going to Bull River is C.J., the chef! MY oh MY!! She’s incredible, and the treats for our tummy are beyond easy words. Not only do they taste divine — the presentation is outstanding.

SatDinnerChix So, we stitch and stitch — enjoying the aromas from the kitchen — until we just can’t stand it any longer.
SatDessert In the evening, when it become too much to bear, we simply run off to a cabin and visit over a glass of wine, returning in time to be dazzled!

You know —  life IS sweet!