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Having Some Fun This Spring!

We are starting to gear up for our Quilters’ Quest Shop Hop in November. All of the shops are taking sign-ups for their buses, so if you want to leave the driving to us, be sure to get your name on one of the lists. Check out the website at

Do you want to see a little fun? Become acquainted with the shop owners who take part in the Quest and learn more about this fun-filled event by watching our video. We had great fun filming it and hope you have as much fun watching it!

Our staff had even more fun this past weekend. Elaine, one of our staffers, taught us all about boro-style needlework. “Boro” simply refers to a traditional Japanese method of mending, as well as the mended pieces themselves. The photos shown here are before and after shots of a piece that Elaine did for a bag she made. The boro stitch is essentially a running stitch but it creates wonderful texture.


Elaine's Boro project - before and after
Elaine’s Boro project – before and after



Carole and Judy enjoying the process of Boro style stitching.
Carole and Judy enjoying the process of Boro-style needlework.



Boro Needlwork Class


There was also classroom fun on Saturday when I taught a wonderful group of students hand quilting.  I set up my large quilting frame and they had the experience of quilting on both a large frame and a hoop.  I have been excited about the resurgence of hand quilting and love teaching the class.


Hand Quilting Spring Class


Spring is so beautiful! It is hard to stay inside. This year the conditions are perfect for a nice crop of morel mushrooms. I made up a recipe for stuffing for them and it turned out so good that I want to share it with you. It would be good for any stuffed mushrooms.


Morel Mushrooms Spring 2017


Enjoy the recipe and get out and enjoy the spring!

Stuffed Morel Mushrooms

3/4 cup non-fat yogurt
½ lb. Bob Evans “hot” sausage browned and crumbled
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
½ cup grated Swiss cheese
2 spring onions, finely diced
2 cloves of garlic, finely crushed

Mix all ingredients together. Remove the stems of the mushrooms and carefully wash them, leaving them whole. Using a small spoon or narrow knife, push the filling into the mushrooms, filling them as full as possible. Bake for 10 minutes in a 375 degree oven.