The Cottage Journal 10.23.2022

Counting down to the Quilt Show – less than a week away! In addition to my brochures about long arm quilting and custom quilts, I’ll have ornaments, pocket prayer quilts, bird houses, and redwork penny squares for sale at my table. And I’ll also be showing quilts from my Making Do Project! Hope to see you there!

The Cottage Journal 10.06.2022

I’ve been very busy in the studio these days – working on several client projects that I will share at some point – but today, my mind is on my oldest grandson Damien, and my mom. Sometime during my childhood, mom wrote music to a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson:

The Swing
How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
Rivers and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside -

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown -
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

She would sing as she pushed her children higher and higher. I still hear her voice. And my heart becomes so full when I see my boy flying just as high.

The Cottage Journal 09.07.2022

Longsmith Cottage has expanded – into the garage-turned-workshop, and has hired a new employee – aka husband Mark – to offer a new product – A Quilter’s Birdhouse! He has made up a few for the Quilt Show in October. Love the wood-burned quilt blocks on the front. They are classic blocks called Ohio Star and Churndash. Mark did such a good job on these, I may have to give him a raise!

The Cottage Journal 09.03.2022

Oh my goodness it’s September! I’m working on a couple of customer T-shirt quilts this month, but have managed to make up a few Christmas ornaments and two little trees to display them on for the Quilt Show happening at the end of October. Each unbreakable ornament is a soft pillow, with a pocket on the back to hide a gift card, Christmas greeting, or even a small sweet treat.

The Cottage Journal 08.10.2022

It has always been my intent to do a “Christmas in July” but I’ve never been able to pull it off. Although I am a planner and list-maker by nature, somehow I can’t wrap my head around Christmas while in the throes of long days with temps in the 90’s and grandkids complaining that there’s nothing to do… lol!

But this summer is just a wee bit better. So it’s not July, but August. And the kids are FINALLY back in school. And there’s a quilt show planned for October, where I hope to not only exhibit but also be a vendor (for my long-arm quilting services and custom quilts). And to have a few goodies for the show, I have this idea to make some embroidered Christmas ornaments with pockets on the back to double as gift card holders. I’ve got the embroidery done – now to figure out the rest. More to come…

The Cottage Journal 08.02.2022

To get to our house, from the main road off the interstate, you make a turn onto Pleasant Grove Rd., then another turn onto Pinson, and another one onto Owens Lane. My favorite turn is the first one. There are two farms with pasture lands on either side of the road and we have come to recognize and look for the cows (and one donkey) who graze there every day. Four-year-old Keanu exclaimed one day – “Look, it’s Donkey Hodie!” (check out PBS Kids for the talking donkey…) Well, the name stuck – although in my mind, I see it as Don Quixote and somehow it is very fitting.

So no surprise then, to find myself standing in the roadside ditches to stay out of the way of traffic, with camera in hand, trying to capture the essence of this new place we call home. These two photographs now grace our hallway.

The Cottage Journal 08.01.2022

When I was in elementary school many moons ago, our first day was always after Labor Day. I think it is still this way in some areas of the country, but not here! First day of school is fast approaching – next Monday, August 8th. We’ve amassed large quantities of school supplies for both grandsons and stashed them in the office – Damien is going into 4th grade and his pile is on the right of the credenza – Keanu is our PreK-4 student and his stuff is on the left! I just finished sewing a fitted sheet for his nap pad with a small matching nap quilt – although he has not taken a nap all summer long so I’m not sure how nap time is gonna go, this year! Wish us luck!!!

The Cottage Journal 07.28.2022

My flannel project is done. for now. I still have some yardage of different flannels in my stash, but the flannel scraps are gone. And I am tired of working with flannel – granted it is warm and fuzzy, but after six flannel quilts, I’ve got some sewing machine cleaning to do – lots of that “fuzzy” is left behind!

The Cottage Journal 07.26.2022

The fifth flannel scrap quilt! One more to go, and then I’ll have some drawer space for more fabric – LOL!

The Cottage Journal 07.22.2022

I just finished the binding on this 4th “flannel scrap” quilt! This one took care of burgundy, gray, and pink flannel scraps in my stash.

On to my browns/dark greens/golds… the drawer is almost empty!