The Cottage Journal 03.18.2020

I’ve just finished the first quilt in what will be a series of three, for the Easter season. For Lent, I decided to give up buying any new fabric, and so these quilts will be made with fabric from my scraps and stash. This first one is called Good Friday.

My inspiration came from the Crown of Thorns quilt block used in this quilt dated 1936, made by Anna Miller Yoder of Garden City, MO. The block represents the crown made of thorns that Jesus wore before and during his crucifixion.

My modern version is purposefully more graphic and chaotic, with “thorns” covering the entire quilt. I find respite only when I rest my eyes on the “crowns” themselves – of my Lord and my God.

The Good Friday Quilt by Katie Longsmith / Size: 80″ x 96″ / Crown of Thorns quilt block / Flames quilting design

Lady of the Lake

gift cardLast night, family and friends came together at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church to celebrate my niece’s 40th birthday.

I made Ashley a throw-size quilt with matching pillows.  The quilt block is called Lady of the Lake.

the empty cup

Happy Saturday!  I’m sitting here with my hubby, drinking coffee while blogging, at The Empty Cup Coffee Shop in Knoxville, TN.  This is a most wonderful, nonprofit, laid-back kind of place to spend a Saturday afternoon!  All  proceeds from The Empty Cup go toward funding adoption.  I was invited to have a “Pop-up Party” here, for My Comforter weighted blankets.  Since most children seeking adoption carry some kind of trauma with them, The Empty Cup is a perfect fit for My Comforter weighted blankets – especially our new line called Comfort for Kids – fun and affordable, kid-size and kid-friendly!


Hope your Saturday is great!

Yellow Bells

Yellow Bells – that’s what a dear friend, who introduced me to gardening many years ago, called forsythia. And another dear friend, many years ago, gave me tiny shootings of her forsythia, to plant here at the cottage.

It’s a gray and rainy day, on the first of March, but I don’t dare to be gloomy when my yellow bells are so cheerful!


The Greenway

is not green – yet.  After almost a week of overcast skies and a lot of rain, we had an afternoon of sunshine and warmer weather in the 60’s today.  I guilted encouraged Mark to get out and take a walk with me on a greenway close to our home.  He would have preferred to stay home on the couch, watching the Daytona 500, but he was a very good hubby and did a brisk 3.5 mile walk with me.  The river was beautiful, due to the late afternoon sun and yesterday’s rain. (AND, we made it home in time for him to see the end of the race!)

9.4 pounds, 20 inches long!

Welcome to the world, Keanu Christopher Mapp – with a birthday on February 14th, he is Nana and Papa’s very special valentine!


our new addition

No, our grandson has not yet arrived.  I’m talking about a new quilt for our bedroom!  I think we’ve had the same cream and brown quilt on our bed for maybe 4 or 5 years, so this new one is a welcome change.  Windmills for spring!

Happy Birthday Kristen!

My oldest stepdaughter, Kristen, turns 31 years old today!  I made her a lovely My Comforter weighted blanket for her birthday.  Comfort and love to you, Kristen, today and every day!

36 weeks and counting

Well, Brittany has her “go” bag packed and sitting by the front door.  She is SO ready to have this baby!  I think Damien is ready too – he wants his mommy back (the one who can pick him up and run and play with him on the floor).  I know Jarnarvis will be happy and relieved when baby #2, Keanu Christopher, makes his entrance.  Brittany has developed a few health conditions that make her high-risk, and Jar is hovering closely.  Mark and I are ready too, to be grandparents all over again.  We are so blessed to live close enough to experience “daily life” with our kids and our grandkids.

I finished Keanu’s quilt and gave it to Brittany yesterday.  Damien has (again) inserted himself in the photo shoot, pretending to take a nap on his brother’s blankie!


We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of a second grandson.  He is supposed to make his appearance into the world in late February, but all of us, especially his mommy (Brittany), are hoping that he doesn’t wait so long.  I keep thinking “Any day now…”

Brittany works with another nurse who is also pregnant, and due in April.  Today, their coworkers are giving them a joint baby shower!  I made a cute little baby quilt for Brittany to give to her friend, for her baby girl.  The nursery colors are gray and turquoise, and the theme is arrows.  I hope both momma and baby, Emerson Kate, like it.