Bless the beasts and the children

Yesterday morning, my sister Ann sent me a text that read “I awoke this morning with this playing in my head! Bless the beasts and the children

The song played in my head the rest of the day as I packaged up an order of six My Comforter weighted blankets for a foster mom and her five foster kids. Blessings.


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!

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!  The Cottage Quilt of the Month for May is in honor of all of our moms, complete with soft pinks and butterflies!  It measures 72″ x 68″, and is quilted with a bell flower design.

Roses and Rising

On Good Friday, my son-in-law surprised me with a bouquet of white roses.  Over Easter they fully opened, in all God’s glory.

white rose1


The Birches

I think this quilt would be categorized as modern — big 9″ blocks, and very graphic birch trees.  I originally planned to use a boxy, straight line type of quilting pattern on it, but when I asked Mark’s opinion, he chose this one, with dense curvy leaves.  The spiky veins of the leaves give it some great contrast. I’m so glad I asked him to weigh in – I love the finished quilt!


We are an Easter people

When my mother died several years ago, my sister-in-law Therese sent me a sympathy card with her handwritten message inside: “remember – we are an Easter people”.  Her words not only comforted me, but gave strength as well, to my faith in God, and Life, and Love.

Happy Easter to all my loved ones, and many Alleluias today and every day!

I worked on this Easter quilt during Lent, and finished it just a few days ago.  I modified a “Crown of Thorns” quilt block pattern, making it a bit simpler, to allow these beautiful fabrics to do all the talking.  The quilting pattern is made up of swirls and points.




No, I’m not talking about those delectable (so bad they’re good) neon-yellow sugar covered marshmallow chicks that are stocked on Walmart’s shelves this time of year.

Mark and I were in the Tractor Supply store today and came across a “tub-o-chicks”, complete with a red heat lamp, chicken food, fresh water, and a SALE sign.  Only a quarter for a little chick!  A salesman was helping a mom and her children who came up and said, “We’ll take 4, please.”

When my dad was young (in the 1930’s), he worked in the neighborhood post office, and every spring, boxes with air holes that emitted tiny “peep-peep-peeps” would come in.  They contained spring chicks mail-ordered from catalogs and shipped out with enough food and water to last the journey through the U.S. Postal Service.

I was fascinated every time Dad told us that story, and of course, I wanted a few of those chicks myself.  Today, as I watched the mom and her kids crowd around the cardboard box that they had brought to take their chicks home, I could hear Dad telling the story.


Flower Power

Well, the irises made it through the snow and look at them now!

Mom’s irises


April Quilt of the Month

It’s April 1st, and NO JOKE – I have our quilt of the month completed and ready to show!  When Mark saw this one, he said – ummm…except for the green, I don’t get it….

OK, here’s the translation.  The green in this quilt is vibrant – like the green we see in the new growth in spring – and it is mixed with the gray and black that we see in the stormy and overcast skies this time of year.

There is only one block used in this quilt, with one running horizontal and the next one running vertical, reminiscent of a traditional rail fence block.   My block has 3 “rails”, and each of the rails has one or two “snowballed” corners, meaning I’ve added a triangle or two to the ends of the rails. snowballed rail fence

The pattern reminds me of a formal garden, with boxy paths and gray concrete statuary.  (Check out the back.)  But this early all we see is green, rather than color from any flowers blooming yet.  And finally, the quilting pattern is clouds and raindrops.

 So here it is: April Showers in the Garden.