End of Summer Quilt Sale!

Picture2Yes, I know – summer ended almost 3 weeks ago.  But here in Tennessee, we’re just now beginning to enjoy fall weather, with temps in the 50’s at night.  The meteorologist (weather person) on the news this morning advised us that summer weather was still hanging on for a couple of days, though.  So to call the quilt sale an end of summer sale is not really too far-fetched.

If you’re in Nashville, stop by the Gaslamp Antique and Decorating Mall – the Longsmith Cottage Quilt Shop is on the corner of Tulip and Walnut Streets in the Gaslamp Too location at 128 Powell Place.

25% off on select quilts – original prices ranging from $30 to $200.  Don’t miss it!

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Call of the Wild

I’ve been patiently  waiting for Chip’s birthday.  He is a dear, dear family friend, and late this summer his mom Carroll commissioned me to make a very special My Comforter weighted blanket for Chip, for his birthday on October 7th.  We collaborated secretly on just the right fabrics, and I finished it a couple of weeks ago.  But I didn’t dare post pictures of it until today, for fear of spoiling Chip’s surprise!

Chip has an affinity for foxes.  And he (along with his wife and his mom) live on a mountain in the middle of one of North Carolina’s beautiful forests. So when we ran across this gorgeous fabric panel of a fox and mountain ridge from the Call of the Wild collection by Hoffman Fabrics, Carroll and I knew it would be perfect for him.  Happy birthday, Chip!

The Avengers

I worry sometimes that my 4-year-old grandson Damien is exposed to too much violence in this world.  He already talks about the “good guys” and the “bad guys”, and he wants to dress up like Spiderman for Halloween (for the second year in a row).  I think part of this fascination with superheroes and the like is a desire for control in our lives, sprinkled with a little bit of fairness – and maybe just a little bit of that “you’ll get yours” feeling to boot.

I just shipped out a really fun My Comforter weighted blanket, composed of Thor on the front and Captain America on the back.  Needless to say, this customer is a big fan of the Avengers!  Each side features a large fabric panel of the superhero, with a surrounding border of corresponding comic book strips to make up the extra large size.  I think that this customer will be in the Avengers’ mighty hands to control that anxiety and provide peace and security!

Poppa’s Birfday

This past Friday when I picked Damien up from Pre-K, I told him that today was Poppa’s birthday and that we were going shopping for a cake and presents for him!  At 4 years old, Dami is working on the concept of time – yesterday, tomorrow, etc.  He looked up at me and wanting to make sure he understood, he said “Nana, you mean it’s Poppa’s birfday NOW?”  When I said yes, he started to get excited.  In the car on the way to the store, I heard Damien thinking out loud: I hope they have a Ninja Turtle cake for Poppa – he likes Ninja Turtles… 

We ended up with a Hot Wheels cake, a birthday card with a dog wearing a cowboy hat on the front, and two bubble guns as Poppa’s present — all picked out by Damien.  Poppa had a great birthday party!

Marks birthday

My Summer Vacation

On this first day of fall, I think it’s only appropriate that my journal entry is all about what happened to summer.  As my 4-year-old grandson would say (with his arms stretched out in wonderment), “where’d it go?”  Well, hmm….where DID it go?

Let’s see, in May there was a weekend of yard work at my sister-in-law’s home, and then two weeks recovering from the poison ivy that Mark and I both contracted.

Dami at the beach1We recovered just in time for a quick trip to Virginia Beach the first week of June.  It was Damien’s first time to see the ocean!

shopRight before we left, I set up the Longsmith Cottage Quilt Shop in the GasLamp Antique and Decorating Mall here in Nashville!



And when we got back, I finished a custom quilt for a client in New Hampshire.


We hosted Dami’s birthday party in late June, and also celebrated our daughter’s birthday in July.  The last two weeks of July were spent outside in the back yard, thinning out our day lilies and giving away over 20 big bags full of them to neighbors and friends.

…all the while completing My Comforter weighted blankets for clients in Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota.


And in August, Damien started Pre-K!  Nana (me) has had the privilege (really) of picking him up from school each afternoon and playing with him til Mom gets home from work.

But August mornings found me making oodles of My Comforter weighted lap pads and blankets for foster parents attending a Foster Family Conference held the first week of September.


Oh – almost forgot! – I also managed to keep up with the “Quilts of the Month” – (although I’ve failed miserably to write about them!)  In June, I made a Honeycomb quilt, and for July, a Court House Steps.


August’s quilt is called Red-Winged Blackbirds.


OK – I realize there’s not much “vacation” in this litany, but at least I know where summer went!  Now on to Fall!