Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I have been following Ann Hermes' blog ever since I started blogging on in 2008 (or sometime around then).  She and a group of other bloggers are still blogging and reading each others blogs, so I feel like I know her, even though we have never met in person.

Her book, Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases and Other Small Treasures, has just been published and I just received my copy!  I have barely cracked it open for a short peek and decided I had to blog about it.  I can't wait to read it all!  It's available from Ann or on

Front cover

Back Cover
After just flipping through a few pages, I can tell it will be very interesting and informative.  I'm going on a trip to Minnesota for a family reunion and will take it to read on my flights!

If you visit Ann's blog, you will see the many quilts and vintage fabrics she has made and/or collected as well as other items she makes from the fabrics.  She is definitely a multitalented woman!

In between moving, etc. I managed to make 32 flying geese for this pattern by Crabapple Hill.  I think I worked on the embroidery panels for at least a couple years, so now, I would like to finish it before Thanksgiving, if possible.  I need 32 more flying geese for the border, then I just have to make the blocks in the middle sections!

Here are some of the flying geese that are completed.  I can remember the day when I just dreaded making FGs, but after many years, the task has gotten easier.  That's always nice.  I guess practice does make perfect - just as my old piano teacher used to say!

BTW, we have all our belongings are now in the house, but not in the actual rooms as we are keeping them clear for the carpet to be put down tomorrow.  Our furniture and boxes are in the garage, shed, bathroom and on closet shelves.  The kitchen is taking shape and most of the cabinets have been cleaned, so we are making progress.  The living room has been painted and really looks great!

Thanks for all your good wishes!


  1. Yay for stuff being IN the house! I still dread making flying geese. The more I make, the nosier they seem to get...their little points end up in the business of the next goose...

  2. I know you're glad to have everything at least in the house! Soon you'll have it all in place, and will have those 32 geese finished too. (I assume you are using Eleanor B's ruler???) ---"Love"

  3. Looks like an interesting book!
    I have had the same experience with flying geese. What I used to dread isn't so bad anymore.
    How exciting to be getting your carpet and then get settled!

  4. I often make headless geese. LOL I am getting better, but it still not my best thing to sew.
    I am happy that you have all your stuff at least in the house. It will go fast once you get all your new carpet in tomorrow. The furniture!!! Yeah somewhere to sit. And kitchen coming along so you can eat. It will be 'home' before you know it.

  5. You must be so glad to at least have all you belongings there at your house! Hopefully the carpet will go in quickly so get can finally get settled! That is a very pretty quilt in the pattern photo. I look forward to seeing yours! Your new book looks very interesting. Enjoy your trip and family time!

  6. Ann's book looks like it would be a feast for the eyes.

  7. Welcome to your new house! I hope the carpet installation is going smoothly so that you can finish settling in.

  8. Not even moved in and you are leaving already! lol Enjoy your family reunion!

  9. Thanks for the kind words about my book. I hope you enjoy reading it on your trip!

  10. I love your blog! It's interesting read about you and your quilt.
    Could you tell me how to make flying geese? I'm a principiant qui l'iter and there are many things that I don't know how to do!
    Greetings from Sicily!

  11. Rina, I hope you check back to my blog, because you are a "no reply" commenter and I can't reply to your comment with my answer. I use the no-waste method of making flying geese and here is the link:

    If you check Lori's blog, humble she has directions to change your comments so people can reply to them. Thanks for visiting my blog.