Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hexie Love ~ Part 1 ~ A Finish

Eighteen months ago, I visited Yellow Creek Quilt Designs on a day trip with some friends.
You can read about it here.

I purchased their "Stars in the Garden" half inch hexie kit and couldn't wait to get started!

 Before I knew it, my first star was finished!
I was hooked!

I made progress and enjoyed each step, but sometimes I would put it down and would forget about it for a few months. 

Before I knew it all the full stars were completed and I only had partial pieces left...
When Mom was headed to the hospital, I had the quick thought to grab this project bag to bring with me. Mom and I did some color planning as to piece placement while there.
And now the big reveal!

"Stars for the Garden" is complete!
I don't consider it finished until it is in the frame and hanging on my wall lol ;)
Oh Jan! I will be contacting you soon...

If you are interested in this pattern/kit, you can find their website here and their Facebook page here.

It's funny, as I started closing in on this project, my mind started wandering to my next English Paper Piecing project. That will be in my next post.

I never do this, but I had to share the back - it really intrigued me.

Since the half inch hexies are so small the fabric fully wraps around.  I thought that it was pretty.

A close up of the back.

I have to share some happy news! 
Mom is done with chemo! We are now gearing up for the next step - radiation. 
I think that the hardest part is behind her. 
Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support! 
They are greatly appreciated!

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
~Romans 12:9-13

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A treasure of an Antique Shop!

This summer I took a little ride to check out an antique shop that I had heard about:
D+M General Store Antiques & Gardens
You can find their website here
and their Facebook page here.

I was smitten before I even got out of my car.
Not only was the shop lots of fun, there are meandering gardens and out buildings
filled with more antiques that seemed to go on and on...

Some sights were positively eye-catching

Instant collections waiting to be purchased

Displays I would love to recreate in my own garden

Wonderful graphic displays

And so many intriguing out buildings

And the gardens were so pretty - I really need to allow more time for my next visit!

Two treasures came home with me...

Some wonderful vintage zinnia fabric to remind me of the pretty gardens

And this cigar box turned make-do sewing box
with a padded fabric lid/pincushion.
I love how it was painted red.

And a fabric lined inside lid as well.
It is now housing my current English Paper Piecing project that I will have to share soon.

On the way home, I stopped at another antique mall and found this pretty inlaid wood box with a fabulous original latch. It was even better when I opened it up...

It's a Clark's thread box. The original threads were gone,
and instead it was filled with vintage sewing notions. How fun!

 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
~Romans 12:3-6

Blessings, Patti

Friday, September 8, 2017

Will you be in the area on Saturday?

If you will be near Bartlett, Illinois on Saturday, September 9th,
be sure to stop by Bartlett Heritage Days!

I'll be at the Bartlett Bazaar in Booth 85 along the Metra train tracks
with my sister-in-law and niece.

It looks like it will be a beautiful day!.

And my sister-in-law and niece are both fabulous artists.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
    to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
    and your faithfulness by night
~Psalms 92:1-2

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A stroll thru the Lincoln Park Zoo

Happy Birthday to my Dad in Heaven!
This year of firsts is rough. 
So much has happened in 2016 and 2017 that there has been no time to digest it all.

Thank goodness for our faith.
And the peace and serenity that comes from nature and the beauty of God's creations.

A few weeks ago, my oldest son took me on a tour of the Lincoln Park Zoo.
(His middle name is my Dad's first name, a wonderful continual reminder...)
I've been to the zoo countless times, but wanted to see it from his perspective.
Last summer he performed a research fellowship at the zoo
studying wild Black-crowned Night Herons.

Most of the adults have begun migrating, but he showed me where the juveniles tend to feed.
Do you see the one patiently fishing above?

He showed me the many communal nesting sights hidden throughout the zoo.

He pointed out native plants like the obedient plant.

While you can see the City peeking out in the background,
we enjoyed the Nature Boardwalk around the pond that used to house paddle boats.
They are returning it to a more natural existence.
Last summer, our son would row out to the island to take a census of the turtles that have returned to the pond. 

He pointed out the towering Cup Plants.

And the Ironweed.
He told me all the Latin names, but I can't remember a single one. :)

The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond at the Zoo is another hidden treasure.
Can you spy the Green Heron fishing in the picture above?

Even thought the Zoo is right in the middle of the City, here you feel a hundred miles away.

A wonderful way to spend a few hours with both of our sons.

And enjoy the peace of the trickling water.
Although the Zoo is known for its wonderful animal exhibits - there is so much more to see... 

And the wild animals and birds like this wood duck that have voluntarily taken up residence here are such a joy.
Mom wasn't up to joining us on our tour, but maybe next year...

People don’t light a lamp and put it under a bucket; they put it on a lampstand. Then it gives light to everybody in the house. That’s how you must shine your light in front of people! Then they will see what wonderful things you do, and they’ll give glory to your father in heaven.
~Matthew 5:15-16

Blessings, Patti

Sunday, September 3, 2017

September 2017 Offerings

I rummaged through my antique bin this month and found 
a variety of antiques to fill with velvet pumpkin pinkeeps. 
Each pumpkin pinkeep is hand sewn using wonderful hand-dyed velvets 
and each features a real pumpkin stem.

 Each Velvet pumpkin pinkeep is offered at $25 each.

Please specify when ordering:

  • Tiny pink felt baby shoe embroidered with tiny little flowers with cream pumpkin  ~ Sale pending.

  • Vintage individual jello mold with cream pumpkin ~ Sale pending.

Pumpkin Pie Pinkeeps
  • Primitive tart tin (a bit larger than last years) with orange pumpkin ~ Sale pending.
  • Primitive tart tin (a bit larger than last years) with cream pumpkin ~ Sale pending.

  • Tarnished silverplate child’s cup with orange pumpkin ~ Sale pending.

  • Royal MM Co. Solid Pewter sugar bowl with orange pumpkin ~ Sale pending.

  • Tarnished silverplate sugar bowl with cream pumpkin ~ Sale pending.

  • Tarnished silverplate matching creamer with cream pumpkin ~ Sale pending.

  • Primitive wooden dish with hand-dyed orange pumpkin ~ Sold.
 If you are interested in purchasing anything, just send me an email at:
I can send a PayPal invoice or I accept checks and money orders.

Blessings, Patti

Friday, September 1, 2017

Status & A Winner

Where does the time go?!?!
I said that I would post a winner on Monday and here it is Friday already!
And to top it off, August is over and September has arrived! 

I enjoyed reading all your comments about your vacations!

Some of you have gone on wonderful trips, others have yet to leave.
Some are staying at home, but hopefully all are stitching!
I liked those who commented, when you are retired do you still call it a vacation? :)

Thank you so much for the 46 entries in my little giveaway.
Using random.org, the winner is #7:
Connie who said "I spent my summer in the Mountains."
Connie, please email me at pgagliardi9@hotmail.com with your mailing address and I will get your package on its way... Enjoy!

While Mom was in the hospital, I decided to take a walk one day and get some fresh air.

I found this park a block from the hospital.

A few moments spent in nature is such a balm to the soul - refreshing and soothing.

I found that acorns are starting to fall.

And I loved the identification markers on the trees.

So many of you have asked about Mom.
Mom is staying with me for a bit while she recuperates from her recent hospitalizations.
She has had another round of chemo. And has had a few more bumps in the road.
(well, maybe some are more like potholes, but let's call them bumps)
The pups are doing their best to comfort and entertain her ;)

I just had to share this wonderful quilt!

It has so much meaning as each of these squares is from one of Dad's shirts!

I'm not sure if you would call this a double binding or a piping, but nevertheless it sets the quilt off perfectly! The woman that made it added this oh so special tag on the back:

Such a very special treasure!

Thank you for your continued prayers and well wishes.
Each and every one is greatly appreciated!

 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
~Romans 12:4-5

Blessings, Patti
p.s. I have been working on a little group of offerings that I hope to share this weekend - think repurposed antiques and pumpkins...