Saturday, July 7, 2012

Your Fourth of July Stories and a trip to Wisconsin

Well......I had the best time reading all of your comments and stories about your favorite July 4th celebrations!  If you haven't read the comments from my last post, please take a moment to do so.  They are Independence Day snapshots of how we celebrate all over the US....just wonderful!!  Thank you for taking the time to share your memories!!  Now....for the contest winner......

Congratulations to Doniene!!! Here's what you won.......

It's summertime, of course, and time for Lightning bugs to fill the night air.  Do you remember being a kid and running around at night catching Lightning bugs? This jar is filled with a little string of Lghtning bugs that glow and flicker from a battery nestled in the lid.  All the effects of this summer ritual, none of the running around to catch them!  Perfect for your picnic table, kitchen counter, or anywhere you'd like to add a dash of summer!  I thought it was so cute!!  Hope you like it Doniene!


Last week I had the pleasure of visiting with the wonderful ladies of the Lodi Valley Quilt Guild in Lodi, Wisconsin.  On my way, I made a few stops.  The first was to my favorite local quilt
shop, The Quilt Merchant, where I teach and feed my stash regularly.  I had a new and surreal experience there....seeing my new fabric line, Heart of the Prairie, on the shop shelves!  What a thrill!!  Unfortunately, I couldn't stay too long as the power was knocked out for the whole town as they had a terrible storm the night before, which explains the darkness in the shop.  Bummer.....good thing I'll be back there in a few weeks!

Next stop.....J.J. Stitches in Sun Prairie, WI.  If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know how much I love this shop....and shop owner, my dear friend, Julie Hendricksen!  I'll let the photos speak for themselves.  See anything you on the shop link above.

Naturally, I found a few items I absolutely needed! Then....on to Lodi for a guild presentation that evening. I spent the next day with this delightful group of women who were so fun to be with!! 

Thanks to everyone at the Lodi Valley Quilt Guild for inviting me!

In my next post, I'll be hosting the Show-N-Tell from my
first Pocket Patchwork Sew-Along quilt called Busy Work!

I'll also annouce the winner of a Fat Eighth pack of my
Heart of the Prairie fabric!

I know most of you are suffering with this God awful heat, so hoping you're
somehow staying cool and enjoying the summer.  We're due to have a cool front
come thru tonight, bringing us from a high today of 100 to a cooler 79.
Bring it on!!!!!



  1. Love all those quilts. What a great shop. I like how they have a part of the bolt of fabric hanging out.

  2. Congratulations to Doniene- what a sweet gift to win.
    As for the quilt shop- may I have one of each, please??
    Oh the inspiration....

  3. Congratulations to your winner! I can't imagine the thrill of seeing your fabric on the shelf, Pam! Love that quilt shop - let's see -- if I start sewing now, do you think I can make all those quilts, because I want to make each and every one!? I hope you can beat the heat soon!

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! What a sweet summer decoration!!! I am so excited!!!!

    I agree - I LOVE ALL the quilts!! Gave me lots of ideas for sure!!!

    We too are suppose to be cooler here in Texas - so thankful!!


  5. Love your blog! I'm having a giveaway today!