New Cutting Template and Goodies in my Online Shop!

I needed a cutting template that I could find AND was the right size for cutting my pincushions. I had one made! This acrylic ruler in lime green is a great hand size, 4″ x 10″. It’s 1/8″ thick for cutting, not for quilting ruler work like most of my rulers.

I work on a small cutting table and mat next to my machine, so this fits nicely on the cutting mat. Most pincushions are between 3″ and 7″ in size and this manages to cover those cuts. Find it in my online shop for $15.

You can see here how I create that little pincushion top. I’ve piece it ‘crazy quilt’ style and then square it to my liking. If you’ve been waiting for my online pincushion class, you can find it here.

Now, let’s talk about scraps, FEEDSACK scraps in particular! I’ve just returned from 4 days on the road, between Kansas and Tennessee, stopping at most antique stores along the way. Did you know that antique shops are probably the safest places to go right now? There are not many folks in them and masked up, I feel very safe. FYI, they are also the best restroom stops along the highway!! Again, no one using them! OK, now you know my secrets.

Anyway, I bought about 30 feedsack bags and was able to buy duplicates of quite a few. Due to requests and popular demand, I’ve cut up loads of scraps and squares and I’m offering ‘feedsack scrap bags’ in my shop as well. They sell out fast, but I load at least 5-10 everyday. Check back if you don’t see them in stock. Each bag is a variety and will change with each posting.

Maybe my favorite shop of all time is Artichoke Annie’s Antique Mall, on the east side of Columbia, MO. I find loads of antique linens and feedsacks here on a regular basis, it’s only 2 hours from me and I can get there maybe every 2 months or so. Many of the feedsacks I’m sharing came from this booth! How lovely is this photo!!?

I have also been trying to organize and do some purging in my studio and closets. Collecting linens and quilt tops for years has given me way too much, so every now and then you’ll find treasures I’ve picked up along my journey in the online shop. I am parting with things I know I’ll never use and hopefully some of you will benefit from my travels and collecting (cough, cough…hoarding) adventures.

Have a great weekend everyone. I hope you can find some time for sewing or quilting amongst the leaf gathering. I know I’ll be doing some of that task this weekend. Enjoy the beauty of fall if you have it where you live!

Coming Soon to Morgantown, West Virginia!

I’ll be visiting Morgantown, WV, April 12 & 13, for the West Virginia Quilters, Inc. We will be meeting at the Hampton Inn for 2 days of quilt fun! The workshop on Friday, “Quilting Vintage on your Domestic Machine”, is full, but they are taking names on a wait list. On Saturday, all are welcome for my talk, trunk show and demo on the long arm, “Quilting Vintage!” See their website for more information. I’m super excited to visit that area of the country!

Need a New Suitcase??

Travel | February 26, 2019 | By

YES, this may seem like a strange post coming from a quilter, but you guys, these are the BEST SUITCASES EVER!! I travel A LOT and put a lot of miles on my luggage. I bought this set of 3 hard cases about 2 years ago on Amazon. I liked the thought of a hard case so if there was anything wet or sharp, it wouldn’t penetrate a cloth suitcase and touch my quilts. On my last big trip overseas, the largest case broke a wheel and cracked the case where the wheel is attached. I took my time writing the company because hey, that takes time out of my quilting day! ūüėČ

Yesterday, I sent a picture and a short note about the wheel. By the way, there is a 2 year warranty on this luggage!!! I had a quick response that they would refund me $70 for the large case, since sending it back would be inefficient. Score!!! I paid $139 for the set almost 2 years ago (2 more months before my 2 years is up!) and used it hard. I plan to buy another set with the $70 refund because I LOVE these suitcases!!!

This is how my dear case looks these days. A little beat up, but what a good travel companion it has been!

PS. If you have AD blocker on your computer or phone, this link may not show up that I’ve posted above. They are called, Coolife luggage, 3 piece set. (affiliate link)

Coming soon to…..Lawrence, KS; Concord, NC; Sandy, UT; and Evans City, PA

Don’t miss my local quilt guild, the¬†Kaw Valley Quilters Guild¬†annual quilt show, held in Lawrence, KS, April 7 & 8, 2018. I’ll post the flyer so you can see more about it and the location. YES, we have our quilt show at the Toyota dealership. It’s held in the the most fabulous space, their detail shop! Absolutely immaculate, large, and full of great light. We can also fit a large amount of quilts, about 150 will be hanging, along with a wonderful silent auction, vendors, boutique of members stash items, and our featured quilter, Leslie Campbell. I’ll be there all weekend, running the silent auction and selling my¬†notched rulers¬†and regular¬†rulers at a vendor table. Holler if you see me!!!

I will also be traveling to Concord, NC, to speak at the Carolina Longarm Association, April 13-14. We’ve got a full 2 days of events. The 2 page flyer is below that gives the details and contact information.

In May, I travel to Salt Lake City, UT, for the¬†UQSM¬†show. I’ll be teaching May 2-5, 2018. This is a wonderful show in Sandy, UT, at the Mountain America Exposition Center. You can find my list of classes if you look up ‘instructors’ on the website.


The first of June, I’ll be traveling to the Pittsburgh, PA, area for a talk, trunk show, and classes at the¬†Little Foot Quilt Shoppe¬†in Evans City, PA. They have a whole weekend of fun planned, starting with a trunk show and catered dinner on Thursday evening, May 31. I will be bringing along my favorite heirloom quilt for all of these trips.

Alrighty, that’s it for now and should keep me busy enough! Hope to meet you at one of these venues!


Where I’ll Be Speaking…..

Lectures and teaching, Travel | September 25, 2016 | By

Good morning! I’m often asked where I’ll be speaking.¬†Unfortunately, I don’t have a calendar on my website (need to add!) and I’m not terribly organized in the paperwork department ūüėČ HEY, I just want to quilt all day!

Here are a few places I will be in the upcoming months. On October 17, I will be doing a lecture, trunk show, and demo at¬†A1 Sewing Center, in Wichita, KS. Later that evening at 7 pm, I will be in Pratt, KS, to speak at the Pratt Area Quilt Guild, 619 N. Main. October 13, at 7 pm, I’ll be in Grand Island, NE, at the Prairie Pioneer Quilters guild, held at St. Leo’s Catholic Church. That next morning, October 14, I’ll be in a private home for a group demo (email me if you are interested).

November takes me to Tampa, FL, for a big, week long event. Here is the flyer and you can contact Melissa for more information and for sign up.


After this I have a couple months of break to work on my own big project. The big start of 2017 for me is Australia in February!! YES, that’s right, I’ll be teaching for¬†Handi Quilter Australia! I am super excited and a bit star struck with all the fabulous quilters that will be presenting and visiting.

That’s it for now. I hope I’ll meet you somewhere on the quilt road!

“Quilting Vintage Linens” on QNN TV!!!

My Own Quilts, Travel | November 9, 2015 | By

Watch Quilting Vintage Linens on

Quilting Vintage Linens

It’s finally here! I filmed this episode, “Quilting Vintage Linens”, for QNN TV, with Jodie Davis this August. Waiting is hard! This particular show is called, Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show, and is filmed at the Handi Quilter headquarters in Bountiful, Utah. What a fabulous place filled with wonderful people! It would be like the Willy Wonka factory for quilters ūüėČ This is a teaser segment since QNN is a subscription only, online site. I think for quilters it is worth every penny. Always my go to internet site for all things quilting!

The hubs and I took a gorgeous, two week road trip through Wyoming, Colorado and Utah, for this big adventure.


You can’t find any nicer people than at the¬†Handi Quilter¬†studios in Utah! The educators and staff made me feel right at home and took care of EVERYTHING!


The crew, hair and makeup (yup, that helped!), they all know how to do what they do and are great at their jobs!


Yes, that’s¬†Joe Cunningham¬†lurking on the side. He was filming after me, so he was hanging around visiting while Marie Eldredge pinned on my backing. Marie is a fabulous Handi Quilter studio educator, who together with the other educators, made me feel like a rock star.


Vicki Hoth, quilt know all and machine know all, she is one fabulous lady!! They filmed 6 quilters in 2 days, so their schedule was a hectic and crazy one. ¬†A few other quilt “celebs” filming were Stephanie Palmer,¬†Late Night Quilter, who is a super creative soul. Stephanie creates with four kids at home!! Maybe that’s why she’s called the Late Night Quilter! She has also just launched¬†The Quilter’s Planner. Check her out!

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Also, Christa Watson at Christa Quilts, a super creative lady that does her quilting on a sit down machine. Check out her new book Machine Quilting With Style.


I couldn’t have done any of it without my CEO, Carry Everything Officer! What a hubs! He carried everything, waited for me, drove me, and anything else I needed, he did.


What a fabulous adventure and opportunity this was! Thanks to everyone who supported and followed me along this tremendous quilting journey. Experiencing the unexpected always makes life fun!

Coming To Oklahoma City, October 16!

Travel | October 8, 2015 | By

12088556_10205137427456280_3553327678456008563_nThe Stitching Post North Store

2630 W Britton Rd
The Village, OK 73120

BEST I-70, Central Kansas, Antique, Fabric and Food Stops!

Travel | July 12, 2015 | By

This may be a long post, I have a lot to talk about! Our 4th of July weekend involved a few stops on our way. I know how much “fun” it is to drive across Kansas. Maybe you would like to know my favorite stops for food, fun and antiques! This is my drive from Lawrence, KS, to Russell, KS. Here we go!


Just 25 miles west of Topeka is¬†Grandma Hoerner’s. This is where we stop for $1.25, fresh brewed gourmet coffee, snacks and chocolate covered ANYTHING (scoop your own!), and the BEST bathrooms on I-70! I would dare to say, beautiful bathrooms.



Always super nice folks to help you find anything you want, visit and ask where you are headed. On weekdays, you can watch their small factory through glass windows, while they make jams, jellies, and a little bit of jarred everything. They are quite a production! Yes, that IS my forever handwork of hexies on the right!

From here in Alma, KS, we can make it to Wilson, about 2 hours west. Now this is a tiny town. According to the 2013 census, the population was 763. For me, this is a super stop! Can’t say the hubs thinks so, but I could spend an afternoon here. If you’re hungry, stop first at one of three restaurants. “Made From Scratch”¬†is nothing fancy, but simply good diner food. Save room for their pies! Saturdays they have German brunch, made from all things white! Dumplings, gravy, bread, you get the picture.

made from scratch

Next is “Grandma’s Soda Shop” on the main street of Wilson. They do old fashioned sodas. My favorite is the Orange Ice Cream Soda! They have the usual cafe food and burgers, with the best Bierock around these parts! If you aren’t familiar, a Bierock is a bread filled pocket of hamburger, onion, and cabbage. The best German food I know!!


Finally, there is the Midland Railroad Hotel for dinner; but hey, you can stay there too.  Then you CAN do a whole day in Wilson! This is a local favorite, quaint old limestone hotel.

midland hotel

Now that you’ve had food or an ice cream soda, you’re ready for the shopping!


First visit Jeanne at ¬†Grandma J’s¬†shop. She is open Friday and Saturday, but call and she’ll meet you there if she can! Make sure you have plenty of time to visit and meander through her shop. It is FULL of treasures! As her card says: antiques, treasures, fabrics and crafts. I needed some silk thread, she had it!



Jeanne has years of quilt knowledge and was very sweet to let me take pictures. She talked about a quilt guild group coming to visit. Half of them went to lunch while the other half shopped. That’s one way to shop a small space!


Her prices are incredible, batiks $8.50! She’s also got some unusual fabrics ūüėČ The $3.50 clearance closet might be my favorite!


When you leave Grandma J’s quilt shop, go visit the next Grandma, Granny’s Junktiques! Yes, lot’s of Grandma’s in this town!


I hope you can see the phone number on the door. If you go, call first! She’s open when she’s not at an auction ;). This is another small space with a LOT of stuff. I head right to the back, where you’ll find the 25 cent room! I once spent $5 and gave her $10 and said keep the change. Seriously a treasure trove! The 25 cent linen shelf is where I go.


There is currently another shop opening next door to Granny’s. I’m sure she’ll be open when Granny is open!

Another terrific lunch spot is in Dorrance at the “OLD 40 Bar and Grill”, about 5-10 miles west of Wilson. This is my destination spot for lunch if it’s Friday. You can enjoy their special, Open Roast Beef sandwich. Really! Does this look like a sandwich? This is simply pure, old fashioned like your mama made, GOODNESS!


I am seriously impressed with the waitress when she looks at me and says, “you don’t want bread, right?” Whoa! She says, “I don’t remember names, but I know what you eat!” I will mention my dad lives a few miles from Dorrance, so we do eat there every chance we get. Make sure to get the HALF order. That’s what this plate is, and I think it was $6. They also have a grill with hamburgers and such; but c’mon, isn’t this what you really want!!?


Alrighty, if you aren’t in a food coma at this point, move on down the road to Russell, KS, 18 miles west of Dorrance. If you take the main exit into town, HWY 281, head north. The first stop is Encore Antiques and Collectibles on the left side of the road. It’s a huge place, you can’t miss it!


Again, I head to my favorite linen stash! This one is unbelievable, and I’ve found lots of treasures in this spot.


I know you’re getting tired at this point, but don’t leave until you go to downtown Russell and visit the beautiful shop of¬†D. Palma & Co. Mercantile. Follow HWY 281 north until you get to Wisconsin (6th street) and turn left. You’ll see main street ahead. Turn right and there you are at D. Palma.


I’m biased because it is owned by my cousin, Tim, and his partner, Dylan. Super friendly atmosphere, affordable prices and above average selection. I always find linens or quilts here. If you visit, tell them Kelly sent you! Last year the hubs found a hat he HAD to have! He thinks it’s his tough guy hat (he has to work really hard at not smiling!).



Maybe this is the last stop for today! Whew, that was some great shopping and good food! If it’s midday and you need a coffee, walk down the street to the Espresso coffee shop. If it’s late and you’re hot and tired, head north down main street to Waudby’s, the local bar and grill. Great hamburgers and a must try are their pub chips with cheese dip! YUM!

I hope you’ve had a good time in Central Kansas! I was a little long winded on this post, but I am always on the hunt for fabulous food and antiques. If you have a favorite route in your state, leave me a comment. I also love a good road trip if it includes these things! Thanks for following along!

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