Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Ring in the New Year!

We have a couple of days left, but since I am off for a bit of vacation in the woods, I wanted to go ahead and send new year's wishes out to everyone.

As I ring in the new year . . .

I look forward to heading back out to the quilt trail; visiting friends old and new; and signing and celebrating the book! I have lots of great events scheduled already--Tennessee, Illinois, and North Carolina in the spring and Wisconsin in the summer--with many visits to Georgia quilt guilds throughout the year! What fun--and the planning has just begun!

I hope to meet in person more of the folks I have "met" online these past couple of years. Drop me a line if you'd like to host a signing, and I'll see if we can make it happen.

Meanwhile, I hope good things are on the way in 2012 for all of you and those whom you hold dear.

Happy 2012--Let the bells ring!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas-y Beauty!

I shared this one last year, but I can't help it. This is just an incredible barn quilt--which happens to be at a Christmas tree farm. Add to that the fact that the owner is a gentleman with a lovely white beard, and you've got yourself quite a stop along the quilt trail.

If you're ever in the vincinity, this is just one of the wonderful quilts along the trail in Vinton County, Ohio. Well worth a visit!

Has anyone else seen a Christmas-y quilt? If so, I'd love to see--and share--it. Email to

I hope everyone is getting into the holiday spirit; I am ready for my first day of vacation! Happy times to all!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Contest Winners!

Congratulations to Quiltaholic and Kess, who are the winners of my calendar giveaway! It was so wonderful hearing from those of you all over the country--and the world. Some had heard of barn quilts but had no idea where the closest one might be; others had never heard of barn quilts at all!

The quilt trails most mentioned were Tillamook, Oregon (which I wouldn't have expected) and Lake County, California. California is closest to the overseas folks--maybe worth a side trip when you come to the U.S.

Thanks again to all who stopped by; Happy holidays!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holiday Quilting Fun!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways How about some holiday quilting fun--barn quilt style? I am participating in a "blog hop," which probably rings a holiday bell for you quilters. If you click on the logo below, you will find a site with dozens of quilting blogs, each of which is featuring a quilt-related giveaway!

As for me--I am giving away FOUR of my incredibly beautiful barn quilt calendars, to four of you who respond. Here are a couple of pages. You can see the fabulous cover and the rest of the images in the box on the right side of the page:

How do you win? Add a comment below telling us which quilt trail is nearest to your home. If you have seen a quilt trail--that's easy enough! Note that you must respond with a URL or email address to win!

If you haven't, visit and check out the map. Once you have found a quilt trail close to you, post a comment telling us where you live and where the quilt trail is. Don't worry, I'm not going to check Google Maps to see whether you are correct!

The giveaway will last until Saturday, the 17th, when I will randomly select a winner from those who responded.

Have fun, check out the barn quilts, and then click on the link to visit all of the other bloggers who are participating in the holiday fun.

Happy Holidays!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Holiday Stars are Twinkling!

Well, the first round of holiday stars was a lot of fun! Let's see how you all do with this batch. As with last time, all of these wonderful stars are located within the same state--can you guess where?

Those who guess correctly by Thursday noon will be placed into a drawing, with a fabulous (if I may say so) barn quilt calendar going to the winner:

Send me your answer via email to or respond in the comments below.

I think maybe this batch will be more difficult, but let's see. Good luck!

Don't forget barn quilt holiday goodies. I have gift cards that you can present, redeemable for an autographed first edition of the book. And of course, a barn quilt calendar is perfect for the quilter who has everything!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Holiday Stars--and a contest!

Here we are with the holidays upon us, and I have run out of themes for barn quilts. Red and green--did that one. Trees--yep. Snow--those were beauties! But what about this year? After a bit of pondering and looking through photos of barn quilts, it struck me that--hmm--so many quilt patterns are stars of some kind. That has a bit of a holiday connection, doesn't it? SO here we are--HOLIDAY STARS!

Since it is the season for giving, one reader who correctly identifies the state in which all of these barn quilts reside will receive a 2012 calendar. Email your answer to or comment below. At noon on Sunday, I will draw a name from the correct answers and send a calendar to the winner. Here you go!

If you think you know where these shining stars can be seen--let me know--only one answer per person--and a beautiful calendar might be yours.

In addition to calendars, remember that I have gift certificates for autographed books available for Christmas giving--perfect for any quilter! Click on the book cover for more information.