Monday, October 24, 2016

Steamship Arabia

We love the museum in Kansas City, Missouri dedicated to the Steamship Arabia -- a ship that sunk in 1856 loaded with cargo to outfit shops and homesteads along the Missouri River. The museum is the amazing story of how this steamship was raised from a farmer's field and its contents carefully cleaned and displayed for the public. To keep this quilty, keep an eye out in the pictures for bolts of wool fabric (!) along with other sewing and household supplies. Warning, this is photo heavy.

Yes, all of the items shown above and thousands more were preserved in the silt of the Missouri River! If you ever get a chance to visit Kansas City, this privately held museum is a must see. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Charlotte's Sew Natural

I've taken a little time out of my schedule to visit quilt shops in Missouri and Kansas and came across this darling shop -- Charlotte's Sew Natural. While the word "darling" may imply something little, this shop is anything but that! Three buildings connected together that include two that are full of fabric, books, ruler, patterns, and batting and one that holds gifty boutique items. Did I mention extra friendly staff? A fabulous find! Here's what greeted me when I arrived:

If you're ever in Newton, Kansas and have a few hours to spare, I highly recommend a visit to this shop! I know I plan to be back.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Happiness is...

Sometimes it's the smallest things in life that make us happy -- a great cup of coffee, a phone call with a friend. Sometimes those things are a bit larger, like cupboards in the hallway!

The hallway leading to our back yard formerly housed a piano, but now has new sets of cupboards. I am very happy, particularly that there is room for some of my upcoming patterns.  Woo hoo!

Two more days to finish prep for Quilt Market as my husband and I leave for Kansas City on Saturday, then I head to market from there. I just got the okay from the video production editor on which quilt to use as a backdrop while I film a binding demo. Wish me luck!