Tag: Longsmith Cottage

The Cottage Journal 03.10.2021

Spring is officially just a few days away, but this week the weather has made me think we’ve already arrived. The sunshine and 60’s and 70’s have encouraged my day lilies and peonies to start their push up through the soil, and I’m seeing signs of budding leaves on the honeysuckle and spirea.… Read more

The Cottage Journal 03.04.2021

I’ve had some fun Easter egg fabric in my stash for several years. Here’s what I finally did with it!

Hippity Hop Quilt by Katie Longsmith, 2021 / Size: 44″ x 49″ / 100% cotton fabrics / Hippity Hop machine embroidery design by Embroidery Library – Easter alphabet machine embroidery by Kreative Kiwi / Bunnies quilting design

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The Cottage Journal 02.19.2021

I was looking through machine embroidery designs and came upon this one : Mightier than the waves of the sea is His Love for you – Psalm 93:4

It’s what inspired this little prayer quilt – from the quilt block called Storm at Sea to the watery-colored solids in the top.… Read more

The Cottage Journal 02.12.2021

Second in my Prayer Quilt “series” (only 2 so far, so I’m not sure that qualifies as a series yet!), this quilt was made with my daughter in mind. I gifted it to her last night.

Prayer for my Daughter Quilt by Katie Longsmith, 2021 / Size: 49″ x 49″ / vintage silk ties and new cotton fabrics / God is Within Her machine embroidery design by Embroidery Library / Cabbage Rose quilting design

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The Cottage Journal 02.11.2021

I have to-do lists but they are not written anywhere – they just roll around in my head. I know, I know – my mind gets a bit cluttered at times! These lists are of all of the different quilts I want to make. If I write them down in an official list, I fear that I’ll become too structured in my own plans to hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit.… Read more

The Cottage Journal 02.04.2021

We are parishioners at St. Ann Catholic Church, and over our 16 years there, we’ve seen quite a few families grow up, with new babies and kids turning into young adults. For the last few Sundays in church, we’ve sat across from a young mom and dad and their new little baby girl.… Read more

The Cottage Journal 01.25.2021

I just finished my Farmers’ Market Quilt. It is one of my Penny Square Quilts, complete with some fun machine embroidery in every block. I also used a vintage apple-core quilt top for the back. Read more about it (and see more pics) here!

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The Cottage Journal 01.11.2021

Happy New Year! December was a bit of a whirlwind – I was bound and determined to finish several Christmas quilts for the season, and I did, but it took every minute at my sewing machine to do so. Which means I’m behind on journaling. So here’s a recap of December’s quilts, a part of The Penny Square Project, now listed at the bottom of the website.… Read more

The Cottage Journal 11.02.2020

This past summer, I found a quilt top at an estate sale. It was simple hand-pieced patchwork, made from vintage fabrics and feed sacks that appear to date from the 1930’s and 40’s. Based on the randomness of the design, the frugal maker most likely had decided to just use up the scraps in her sewing basket.… Read more

The Cottage Journal 09.24.2020

This summer, I invested in a used (but new-to-me) embroidery sewing machine. I’ve been staring at it for a couple of months now – totally intimidated to the point of paralysis. It is a bit humbling to be a beginner at something again, after gaining so much confidence over the years in quilting.… Read more