Westward Ho or Can You Hear Me? Part 3

A Restored Log Cabin

We went on an excursion recently to parts west of our home. Our destination was a restored log cabin hidden amongst the trees in a quiet part of Missouri. The purpose of our trip was to relax and unwind with family and friends.

I began telling the story of our adventures in two earlier posts part one and part two. With so much to share I decided to divide up the recount into multiple sections. As the title above states, this is part three.

Cabin From A Distance
Cabin from a Distance

Next Stop…Hamilton, MO

After leaving Liberty, the home of Angela Walter’s Quilting Is My Therapy Fabric Store, our next stop was Hamilton. Hamilton is the home of Missouri Star Quilt Company. I’ve mentioned them often in my blog posts as one of the vendors I purchase fabric from. MSQC has a major presence in Hamilton. Their complex includes numerous buildings; each containing a different grouping of fabrics. On the exterior of some of their buildings are gigantic murals depicting various quilting themes as well as the life in small towns. Here is a photo of two of them.

The first shop we visited was their main store.

MSQC Storefront
Missouri Star Quilt Company Main Building

Inside were samplings of the inventory stocked at each of their locations. Also available was a map identifying where each of the buildings were located.

MSQC Brochure
Missouri Star Quilt Company Brochure

After choosing which shops I would visit we decided to pause for a quick lunch. The restaurant we ate at was right outside MSQC’s main building. While there we enjoyed a delicious deli sandwich along with a scrumptious chocolate muffin brownie. As you can see by the bite taken from the brownie we couldn’t wait for our sandwiches to arrive. We just had to get a sample. Funny thing about the brownie was that the outer surface was so crunchy I couldn’t bite through it. Believe it or not I had to ask my husband to take the first bite. 😋

As you can see from the above photo of MSQC’s brochure, on my list of shops to visit were the:

  • Batik Boutique
  • Backing & Trims
  • Machine Shed
  • Modern and
  • Penny’s Quilt Shop

Of course leaving without a stop at Man’s Land (the shop specifically set aside for comfort) would be inexcusable. Somewhere along the way I got separated from my husband. I wasn’t too concerned because I knew we would eventually meet up in one of the shops. We were also in contact via text message so it wasn’t too hard to keep track of one another.  We also both use the Find Friends app on our phones so that made it even easier.

At one point I texted him to find out where he was at. This is his reply:

Man’s shop…thought you’d like pictures

I replied:

I’ll come when I’m done

meaning I would meet him there.

He replied:

and then there were these chairs…!

He was really thrilled to find the comfy chairs. LOL! These are the photos he sent me.

5 Shops

I had a great time browsing through my five designated shops. Of course I would have to also admit that I didn’t exactly stick to the plan. I strayed from the path ever so slightly. How could I pass up on peeking inside the adjoining buildings?

Did I Buy Fabric?

Now you are probably wondering if I left without purchasing fabric? I’d be lying if I said I did. I’m registered to take several classes during the summer and late fall of 2018. The first is taught by Pam Beal called Minimalist Design, Maximum Impact. Before leaving for our vacation I received the class supply list in the mail. Pam works only with solid colored fabrics. My inventory of solids is pretty dismal because I lean toward bright, bold prints. Penny’s Quilt Shop was filled with solids from several different manufacturers. I grabbed several solids to use in the class.

Solids from Penny's Quilt Shop at MSQC
Solids from Penny’s Quilt Shop at MSQC

The other two classes that I shopped for are the Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s Double Wedding Ring Improv and Susan Carlson’s class Fabric Images. I’ve been trying to settle on a color theme for Victoria’s class. I figured MSQC would be an awesome place to start. Susan’s class supply list called for lots of BIG, bold prints. The prints that I currently have aren’t necessarily large. Once again why not look for candidates while in Hamilton. I came home with all sorts of new fabrics all ready for my classes.

Bold Prints from MSQC
Bold Prints from MSQC


A Little Tula Fun from MSQC
A Little Tula Fun from MSQC

For some reason I qualified for two free charms for purchasing fabric. Don’t know why, but I’ll take them. I think they are kinda cute.

MSQC Charms
MSQC Charms

Our time in Liberty and Hamilton, MO went so incredibly fast. I’m sure if we could have set aside more time we would have. As it was we left at 6:30 in the morning and didn’t return until almost 7:00 p.m. Not wanting to miss out on too many of the adventures at the cabin we chose to do it all in one day and not extend it by staying overnight in a hotel. If I had it to do all over again I would do it exactly the same.

Thank You!

I think it is time to call it quits for today. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit today. I’m so glad that you were able to stop by.

Talk with you soon!





Westward Ho or Can You Hear Me? Part 2

A Restored Log Cabin

We went on an excursion recently to parts west of our home. Our destination was a restored log cabin hidden amongst the trees in a quiet part of Missouri. The purpose of our trip was to relax and unwind with family and friends.

I began telling the story of our adventures in an earlier post. With so much to tell I decided to divide the post up into multiple parts. As the title above states, this is part two.

Cabin From A Distance
Cabin from a Distance

Liberty, MO

Midway through our week we traveled further into Missouri to visit two fabric stores. Now who would think that a visit to fabric stores would be on our itinerary? 😁 Why, me of course!! The first one, located in Liberty, was the home of Angela Walter’s shop, Quilting is My Therapy.

Quilting is My Therapy
Quilting Is My Therapy

Upon entering the store we were warmly greeted by one of the employees. After obtaining permission to photograph the stores interior, I took advantage of the opportunity to capture these pictures.

I’ve been a follower of Angela’s blog for many years. Since the opening of her shop, I’ve been wanting to visit. Being so close made the opportunity finally possible.

Angela’s fabric store is a quaint little shop located in the heart of Liberty. From my photos you can see that the shelves were nicely stocked with an array of modern fabrics. I enjoyed browsing through her selection of fabrics and notions and even chose a few to add to my own collection.

Quilting Is My Therapy Purchases
Quilting is My Therapy Purchases

At the urging from my husband I added one of Angela’s tee-shirts to my shopping bag.

QIMT Tee-Shirt
Quilting Is My Therapy Tee-Shirt

Visiting Angela’s shop was an enjoyable and worthwhile experience.

Before leaving Liberty we made a quick stop at a nearby coffee shop. The store called Hammerhand Coffee looked inviting from the outside. Leaving Liberty without acquiring a warm cup of Jo was absolutely unheard of.

HH Coffee
Hammerhand Coffee

While I didn’t take photos of the interior, you simply must take my word for it when I say that the interior was just as charming as the exterior. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee filled the air with its pleasant scent. We purchased a cup of coffee to warm us as we traveled to our next destination.

As we left Liberty we lamented at how nice it would have been to spend more time exploring the town’s amenities. Unfortunately we were on a tight schedule and couldn’t extend our visit.

Next Stop…Hamilton, MO! But not today! Ha, Ha! I’ve already taken up plenty of your time and besides I kind of enjoy making you wait. So, this is where I’m calling it quits.


Thank You!

Thank You so much for taking the time to visit today. I’m so glad that you were able to stop by.

Talk with you soon!





Westward Ho or Can You Hear Me? Part 1

A Restored Log Cabin

We went on an excursion recently to parts west of our home. Our destination was a restored log cabin hidden amongst the trees in a quiet part of Missouri. The purpose of our trip was to relax and unwind with family and friends.

Cabin From A Distance
Cabin from a Distance

The restored cabin, originally built decades ago, was disassembled and moved from one side of a lake to another. With all of its pieces carefully put back together, along with the addition of modern day conveniences, the restored log home provides shelter and comfort for a growing family. It was hard not to be enamored with the history of the building, the logs, and character.

I side view of one of the logs

When the process of reassembling the log home was complete their remained several unused pieces of wood. A decision was made to convert them into benches for the front porch. The Benches were delivered during our visit. This is a glimpse of one of the benches.

A Bench
A Bench Fashioned from Leftover Log Cabin Logs

Yucky Weather!

The weather outside was a mixed bag of rain, wind, and clouds along with an occasional teasing glimpse of sunshine. Not exactly what we had ordered; these days the weather leaves much to be desired. As if to thumb our noses at the chilly temperatures, and ever so present falling precipitation, we donned layers of sweaters, coats, hats and gloves and went outside to explore the wonders of the property.

Our feet were protected by waterproof footwear to keep the soggy earth from spoiling our fun. We spent hours traversing the terrain enjoying the early spring sights and sounds. Among the sounds heard were the rain as it fell upon the leaves, the muffled noise of twigs breaking beneath our feet and the squish, squish of the rained soaked earth as it moved beneath our feet. Also heard was the monotonous sound of water spilling over a bank.

More Texture


I walked around the log home several times taking in the surroundings. The landscaping is simple and easy to take care of; which is important when you would rather enjoy your visit than spend all of your time doing chores. On one of my many circles around the outside I spotted this rock. The natural markings caught my attention. The two, richly colored orbs on either side reminded me of eyes and the peach colored indentation in the front looked like a mouth. Combined together to me they resembled a fish.

A Fish?
A Fish or Just A Rock?

This is a view of the rock from the side.

Side View
Side View of Fish?

So what’s your opinion?

A Swing Set

During our visit we also helped to build a swing set and climbing tower for the youngest members. Being able to complete 3/4’s of the structure was quite an accomplishment given the amount of precipitation that fell.

Swing Set

Thats All For Now

We had such a great adventure at the restored log cabin and with so much to tell I simply must divide this post up into several pieces. It wouldn’t be fair to tell you the whole thing all at once; your eyes would glass over and your mind would go crazy. So for now…bye from Missouri!

Brother and Sister
Mr. B, Ms. A and Beaker the Energetic Corgi

Thank You!

Thank You so much for taking the time to visit today. I’m so glad that you were able to stop by.

Talk with you soon!





Project Quilting Season 9 Challenge 9.1

For years I have been reading about and watching the activities of Kim Lapacek over at Persimmon Dreams. She is a local gal who has her fingers dabbling in multiple adventures. One of her many ongoing events is the one she calls Project Quilting. Kim recently launched Season 9 with a new set of challenges. The first one is called Challenge 9.1 Home Town Proud.

After sitting in the observation box for far too many years I have decided to give it a try. Chosen for my inspiration is the Rotary Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin. I have been a volunteer and admirer of these gardens for many years. The spectacular display of color and artistry is evident from the time you enter the gate and throughout the entire grounds. Being a huge lover of flowers and their rainbow of colors, it only seemed natural to choose Rotary Gardens for the focus of this piece.

To begin my quilt I first had to think about the design and the colors I would use. My love of bright and wild colors certainly had to play a role as well. While thinking about the design I remembered Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s book 15 Minutes of PlayBack in December I announced my intention to use that book in a series I’m calling 32 Projects.


As I browsed through the “32” I found one that reminded me of a flower. Being able to “kill two birds with one stone” seemed like an awesome idea. The block I chose is the Sawtooth Square.

The primary fabrics I chose were these


Using the instructions in Victoria’s book I was able to create this 18 1/4″ x 18 1/4″ mini quilt.

PQ-Season-9-Challenge-9.1-Flower Garden
PQ-Season 9, Challenge 9.1 Flower Garden

The back of my quilt looks like this


My first Project Quilting challenge piece is now finished! I had a great time creating my new piece. I hope you like it as well!

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me! See you soon!




AQ # 28: Buttons Update

The original post for this quilt was shared on 10/18/17. Since that date I have diligently worked to add the finishing touches. This project was among 15 other candidates awaiting the same outcome. On 9/28/17 I wrote a post announcing that every last one was done!! The accomplishment was definitely reason to celebrate.

Buttons, with it’s very small size of only 7 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ was very easy to polish off. If you remember, the teal border was already in place. Left on the list of steps to do were:

  • creating a sandwich,
  • quilting,
  • facings, and
  • a label.

The first layer of the sandwich is the tiny AQ # 28: Buttons quilt top. Beneath the art quilt is a layer of Warm & Natural batting. Next to that is a piece of white cotton fabric. Taking into consideration the miniature stature of Buttons there wasn’t any need for elaborate quilting. Anything above and beyond the simple straight-line pattern would have been overkill. To make certain the quilting blended with the fabric as much as possible I used a coordinating thread. The quilting took very little time. Just a few zips here and there and it was done. The unfinished edges of the quilt were enveloped in a facing of white fabric. The quilt’s identifying details have been recorded on the back.

This is what AQ # 28: Buttons looked like when it was completed.

AQ # 28_ Buttons (finished)
AQ # 28: Buttons All Finished

I think AQ # 28: Buttons is, “Cute as a button.” 🙂

To sign off without sharing links to the other eleven completed projects would be cruel. 🙂 You will find them listed below.

Out of the 16 completed projects we only have four left. This has been a long but rewarding journey. Be watching for the next installment.

Thank you so much for visiting!