No Place Like Home…

I am home once again after another trip to Minnesota.  My mother-in-law finally got her wish, to go home, to God and her husband and also her son.  She would have been 98 next week.  She never really internalized that she lost her son in February, which we felt was a blessing.  It seems like we were gone for weeks because a lot happened but we’ll fast forward past all that!  We had planned to leave last Saturday, but waited one more day.  We found a new place to eat in Cameron, Missouri, (Nelle’s, I think) because our usual place (Ma & Pa Kettle’s) is now an upscale restaurant and does not serve breakfast.  Our waitress regaled us and the other customers with her adventure the night before.  She was on her way home at midnight when straight line winds tried to pick up her vehicle at a convenience store (while she was in it), followed by tornado warning sirens.  She and others went into the cooler until the all-clear; she finally got home around 2:30 to an angry husband.  Whatcha gonna do?  Anyway, all were safe, but we noticed that Missouri has had way too much rain.  Planted fields looked like lakes.  We had a pop-up thunderstorm just before getting home so on Tuesday, I decided this was the perfect time to finally get back to my garden, which was overgrown with clover, miniature sedum that I missed a few weeks ago, some purple vetch and seven black walnut trees and one maple.  The local squirrel nutkins love my front garden.  I often have a nest to contend with in the spring and they plant black walnuts while the birds plant sunflowers and other seeds.  How do they do that with their tiny little feet?  So here is my circle garden almost cleared and my hens n chicks.  I am hoping that Lowe’s still has some so I can fill in the blanks, add new dirt and mulch.


Plus my still-empty pot, ready for something that will take the heat of summer.P1010378

I have been cooking something new every week.  I’ll talk about that next post.  In the meantime, I’m trying to find my place in life and hoping for no more of life’s interruptions for a few weeks but I feel like I should just have a go-bag packed.  I am so far behind now, I can never die.  For today, I think I will try to get my modern quilt challenge layered because we are expecting rain and thunderstorms from Friday through Tuesday.  We have great food plans for the weekend.  In the meantime, may good things happen to you and yours.  Please remember our fallen service members as well as those still serving both near and far.


Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at and here (previously but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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