Birthday Trip to the Fancy Forest


What do you give a very dear friend for a milestone birthday?  A trip to the Fancy Forest, of course!

In my October 23rd post, I mentioned my dear friend (DF) and I attended the Tompkins County Quilters Guild Traditions & Beyond 2017 Quilt Show.

While at the show, DF fell in love with a Fancy Forest quilt, designed by Elizabeth Hartman .  At a silent auction, I bid on a smaller Fancy Forest wall hanging (hoping to use it as a birthday gift for my DF) but GASP!!! I didn’t win.

What to do?  Sewing pedal to the metal of course!   I had just two short weeks to make a wall hanging, pop it in the mail and pray it arrived in time for her birthday.   After staying up until 1:30 am to finish, here is the resulting masterpiece:


Who could resist a cute little fox face with a quilted snout?


Hazel the Hedge Hog is my favorite!


DF, I hope your birthday trip to the fancy forest brings many smiles to you!



P.S.  I wrote about the backing in my October 31st post “Should Knot Be Seen”.  As you can see, I had to change out the thread colors more than once but who will see the back of this wall hanging?  Just the wall!Knots 1



Friends + Quilts = Love

Friends + quilts…what is not to love?!

I recently traveled to Ithaca, New York to visit a very dear friend AND to attend the Tompkins County Quilters Guild Traditions & Beyond 2017 Quilt Show

Every other year, the Tompkins County Quilters Guild organizes and sponsors a quilt show.  Entries are welcome from guild members and non-guild members.

There were hundreds of quilts to gaze upon with wonder and amazement.  Below are a few highlights for your “gazement” pleasure.


Love the zig zag stitch!


Bold prints AND hand quilting


Bright batiks with a dark background were spectacular


Pretty petals


Isn’t this quilting beautiful?


I wanted to bring this home with me!


This mini quilt had many tiny dots…it was exquisite!


Another one I wanted to bring home!

After the quilt show, I snapped a pic of this beautiful dahlia in my friend’s garden.  This could be inspiration for a flower quilt design…hmmmmm.


But wait, there’s more! How about this one?


Thanks for the lovely weekend, dear friend, I’ll be back!