Sunday, June 27, 2010


Thanks to everyone who participated in my REVISIT THE 60s contest!!!!!

I have randomly selected TWO winners from all the comments! Winners will receive fat quarters from Rural Jardin!!


The envelope please....

Nancy - commented on June 20th at 2:12PM
The Bay Area Homs - commented on June 18th at 11:19AM

PLEASE send me an e-mail ( telling me your address so I can mail you the fat quarters!!

This was so much fun for me.....let's do it again!!!!! Keep watching my blog - I think I need to REVISIT THE 50s!!!! I was a kid then - but what wonderful memories!!

Have a GGGGGGGGGGGGREAT Sunday!!!!!!


Thursday, June 24, 2010

REVISIT THE 60s!!!!!!!! Part Ten

HIP HIP HOORAY - what FUN this has been!!!!!!!!!

The 60s was a decade dominated by war - the effects of Vietnam (although not a world war) were felt worldwide. The 60s was the start of showing that people can effect politics. Student demonstrations began. JFK became the 35th president and he was assassinated in November, 1963. These are events we will never forget. It was 1969 when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. WOW!!!!!!!!
The smiley face became popular! Women wore mini skirts and leather boots - men wore paisley shirts and bell bottoms. The innocence of the 50s turned into the hippie generation. It was a decade of change (but, aren't they all?). I have mostly great memories of the 60s....I loved the music, the movies, the television....I loved the innocence! I walked to school...I played in the streets most nights...there were NO cell phones or computers....we had only about four TV channels and TV was BLACK and WHITE (at least for us it was!!)...we actually KNEW our neighbors and those kids were our best friends!! I'll never forget the innocence and the happiness that was the 60s!!!
This has been GGGGGGGGREAT fun and I hope you enjoyed our trip down memory lane!!!

COMMENT to be eligible to win!!! I will pick two winners of the Rural Jardin fat quarters this, keep watching and STAY TUNED!!!!!!!!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

REVISIT THE 60s!!!!!!!!! Part Nine

My, how time flies!!!! PART 9 of our 60s celebration!!!
If memory serves me, men started out with short almost "crew cut" hairstyles in 1960 and by 1965 or so, we were growing it out a la The Beatles. It wouldn't be long before really LONG hair came into vogue.
It was easier to find womens hair styles of the 60s...check 'em out!!!
This has been FUN for me....stay tuned....more nostalgia to come....and please comment to be eligible to win the Rural Jardin fat quarters!!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

REVISIT THE 60s!!!!!!!! Part Eight


This is an easy, peasy post....I'm a child of the 60s (although I also totally recall the 50s, too!!!). Since I graduated from high school in the 60s, I identify and remember the 60s quite well! We were glued to the TV in the 60s, so here goes.....just a few of my TV memories!!!!

Remember, just comment to be entered in the drawing for the Rural Jardin fat quarters! And, I'll talk to you again tomorrow!!!

Sit back with me and reminisce . . . . . AHHHHHH, nostalgia!!!!!!!!! They don't make 'em like this anymore!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

REVISIT THE 60s!!!!! Part Seven

Fun and Interesting 1960s Facts!!!!

1960 1969

President Dwight Eisenhower Richard Nixon

Vice President Richard Nixon Spiro Agnew

Dow Jones Average 680 952

Cost of a new home $12,500 $15,500

Unemployment Rate 5.5% 3.6%

Average ANNUAL Household Income $5,300 $8,500

Cost of a Gallon of Regular Gas $0.31 $0.35

STAY TUNED....more tomorrow!!!! Don't forget to comment to be entered in the drawing for the Rural Jardin fat quarters!!

All for now! Have a GGGREAT Monday!!!


Saturday, June 19, 2010

REVISIT THE 60s!!!!!! Part Six

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Come on down!!!! Johnny, tell them what they are playing for!!!!!!!

"It's a nice selection of Rural Jardin fat quarters from The French General!!!

I'm having such fun with this 1960s walk down memory lane....there will be TWO winners! All you have to do is comment on any (and ALL!!!!) of the REVISIT THE 60s!!!!! posts!!!!!!! Easy.....Peasy.......WINNERS will be selected randomly AFTER I have satisfied my 60s cravings!!!!!!


Today...Broadway in the 60s! I love New York....and it would have been amazing to see these plays on Broadway in the 60s!! These are classics that we all know and love....

I wish you a GGGGGGGGREAT day!!! MORE tomorrow.....and remember, any and all comments result in a chance to win some Rural Jardin fat quarters!!!! YOU must STAY TUNED for more 60s FUN!!!!!!!!


Friday, June 18, 2010

REVISIT THE 60s!!!!!!! Part Five

PART FIVE, already???? TOO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I want to show you a picture of the Rural Jardin fat quarters you could WIN!!!! But my camera is not available today - so, you'll just have to keep coming back, OK??

I am having a ball remembering the 60s with you! We've covered lots of territory already. Today's topic - some of the cool wheels from the 60s!!!!!!!


Nothing to answer today...just share a memory from the 60s....and you'll be entered in the drawing for the fat quarters!!! ALL comments result in an entry!!!

It's Saturday!!! YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!! I had a class last night at ThimbleCreek - I made dinner and we sewed until midnight! It's ALWAYS fun!!!!! Tomorrow is Father's Day! It will be a relaxing day with a nice dinner out with the family.

Hope you all have a GGGGGGGGGGGREAT weekend!!!!!!!!!! Talk to you again tomorrow - with more 60s memories!!!


REVISIT THE 60s!!!!!! Part Four

OK, the 60s can claim some of the GREATEST movies ever!!!! Three of the top movies from the 60s are you remember these outstanding movies???

Now, can you share with me another great movie from the 60s? "extra" entry in the Rural Jardin fat quarter giveaway!!!!!

I'm having so much fun with all this 60s trivia!!! THANK goodness....I still remember all this!

S T A Y T U N E D for more 60s nostalgia..............same time, same bat channel!!!!! Talk to you again TOMORROW!!!!!!!!


Thursday, June 17, 2010

REVISIT THE 60s!!!!!! Part Three

OK, this is officially FUN now!!!!!

Here's a favorite TV show of mine.....what's the name of the show?

And, for an "extra" entry in the Rural Jardin fat quarter giveaway, what is the character name of female lead?

OMG....this black and white photo REALLY dates this show for me. THIS is vintage television and oh how I loved it!!!!!!!!

Back tomorrow with more 60s memories!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

REVISIT THE 60s!!!!!!! Part Two

OK......EASY one today!!!!!!

Remember, you can WIN the French General Rural Jardin fat quarters just by commenting!!

I have MORE memories of the 60s to share with YOU!!!!

So................please STAY TUNED!!!! Don't touch that dial.....visit again TOMORROW for more 60s memories, OK??

We can't revisit the 60s without mentioning these two legendary bands!!!!

Didn't I tell you this was E A S Y ????????????? How young they all look!!!!!!!!!
Talk to you again tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PS...extra credit (TWO entries in the drawing to come for the fat quarters!!!!):
What late night TV talk show host does his show from the same theater where the Beatles made their American debut????


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

REVISIT THE 60s!!!!!!!!!!! Part One

There was a group on Good Morning America this morning - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. I had NEVER heard of them and they have many hit CDs and are (supposedly) very popular. This made me start thinking........will Grace Potter and the Nocturnals someday be a legendary band like the Beatles or The Rolling Stones? I think not. But then again, my parents were probably equally stymied with The Beatles. Time marches on........

I am a product of the 60s - and proud of it!!!!! So, I thought it might be fun to relive some of the FUN of the sixties. Recently I received reminders of the 60s from two "Gazette" readers.

(SIDEBAR - For those of you not familiar with The Gazette, I write a weekly newsletter for our quilt shop, ThimbleCreek. You, too, can read the weekly news - go to to sign up!) ANYWAY, I want to relive some of my memories of the 60s with YOU!!!!!

KEEP READING my blog over the next several days....I'll visually remind you of the 60s. EVERYONE who responds with a comment will be entered in a drawing for a group of fat quarters from The French General's Rural Jardin new fabric line. I'll share pictures of the fabric later.....but you can win a NICE selection of fat quarters just by reliving the 60s with me!! I'll pick the WINNER when I'm through reminding you of the 60s!!! Probably 10 days or, keep reading my blog and keep commenting so you'll have more chances to WIN the fat quarters!!!!

For TODAY....this is one of my FAVORITE singers....she had a great gravelly voice - a real rocker!! Who is she?????

NOW, STAY TUNED......tune in tomorrow for more 60s FUN!!!!!


Saturday, May 15, 2010


We're going to Minneapolis this next week! Spring Quilt Market!!!! YAYYY!!!!!!!!

We haven't been for a while and feel it's time to check out what's new in the world of quilting. I'll share some pictures when we return......

Here's a picture of what Quilt Market actually looks like from above!
Literally hundreds of vendors showing their newest products - NEW fabric lines to look at, NEW patterns from the top designers in the country, NEW books and notions, and lots and lots of quilt shop owners checking it all out!!!

We're excited!!! Have a terrific weekend and I'll talk to you again soon....


Thursday, May 13, 2010

T H I N K P O S I T I V E ! ! ! ! ! !

Now, THAT'S the ticket!!!!!!! Don't water the weeds!!!!!!!!!
Your thoughts are the seeds!!!! I have sooooo many seeds in my head - I need to get them out and make them grow into something REAL!!!!!
Think positive thoughts and have a most awesome Thursday!!!!! I have lots to share with you - so PLEASE stay tuned!!!!!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Wisdom From Peanuts...........

AHHHH, the wisdom of Peanuts:

Linus: "I dread getting old....I don't want to wear bifocal teeth."
Have a FABULOUS Thursday!!!!!!!
Stay tuned for yet another Halloween quilt!!! I'm on a roll here, Charlie Brown!!!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


We've been up in the mountains for a ThimbleCreek retreat - what FUN!!!!

I have selected a RANDOM WINNER for the Ichabod Hollow contest.

Drumroll PUHLEEZE!!!!!!!!!! The winner is LAINE!! You posted your entry on April 27th at 6:53AM...please send me your address (you can e-mail me at and I will send you the Ichabod Hollow pattern as soon as it is ready to go (should be sometime in June!). Congrats!!!!!!!!!!! And, thanks to everyone who responded to the Baby Boomer TV quiz!!!!!

I invite all of you to check out our website,
AND, I further invite you to sign up for my weekly newsletter!!! The Gazette has become a part of me and I thoroughly enjoy meeting with all my readers via the newsletter EVERY Tuesday!! Sign up TODAY at our website!!!!!!!

I shall return SHORTLY!! In the meantime, PIECE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Monday, April 19, 2010

BABY BOOMER TV!!!!!!!!!!

Here's Ichabod Hollow!!!!!!!!!!!! WIN this pattern - see below!!!!


It's time to C E L E B R A T E Baby Boomer TV!!!!!!!!!! What are these VINTAGE TV shows??? I will pick a WINNER from all CORRECT entries - winner will receive my NEWEST pattern as soon as it is available!!!! Ichabod Hollow . . . . this is a NEW block of the month at ThimbleCreek! Call the shop to sign up! It's a 6 month block of the month starting in May!

We are off to a shop retreat - back NEXT Tuesday!!! I'll pick the WINNER then!!! Stay Tuned for MORE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!


HAPPY MONDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's another week - full of opportunities!!
Here's a great quote to get you going:

Fear less,
Hope more,
Eat less,
Chew more,
Whine less,
Breathe more,
Talk less,
Say more,
Love more,
And all good things will be yours!!!

Have a most TERRIFIC day!!!!!!!


Sunday, April 18, 2010

H A P P Y S U N D A Y !

It's a BEAUTIFUL day in the neighborhood!

E N J O Y your day!!!!!!

Friday, April 16, 2010


I don't know who said this, but it's one of my favorite quotes:

If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time, not tomorrow or next year . . .

Today should always be our most wonderful day.

So, go out and enjoy TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Talk to you again soon,


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Something's Coming!!!!!!!!!

Could it be? Yes, it could.

Something's coming, something good,

If I can wait.Something's coming, I don't know what it is,

But it is gonna be GGGGGGGGGREAT!!!!

What's the name of this legendary movie?

Talk to you again SOON....