Time Travel

There are some places like Chicago that I like to visit even in the winter,
there are many fun things to do there.

The weekend escape sometimes bring out the little kid in me.

When evening arrives, quite often my last stop for the day is the Art Museum. Not only to warm my body, but also to warm my soul with beautiful images.

As you get lost in the long hallways of the museum, it almost begins to feel like time travel.

You never know where you might end up!

The images, small or large, take you into a different world and time.

One minute you are on the beach almost able to feel the gentle breeze on your cheeks,

and next you are quickly reminded of the cold weather outside.

Your senses are awoken with images that you can almost taste.

And with another glance you are inspired with an abundance of colors.

The peace and quiet of the museum allows you to travel in time to pleasant memories of warm, sunny, afternoons in the park.

Don’t get distracted and focus on the little things,

stand back and allow yourself to enjoy the full picture.

Almost like a mirror image as we stand in front of it,
some of the paintings are a reflection of what we really like and how we see ourselves;
sitting, stitching, and daydreaming of new projects!

The impact of these images is so strong that sometimes I just need
to sit for a bit and take it all in.

Another hallway, another exhibition, another art form.

Taking a different shape.

The makers expressed themselves with needle and thread instead of a brush and canvas.

With a clear message on some of the work,

we have the chance to peer into the thoughts of the artist.

Or sometimes the message is simply hidden in the stitches.

Up close,

or from far away,

in repetition,

white on white with quilting stitches,

or a burst of color that pulls you in,


and closer.

This simple art form is quilting.

Even for a short time, this visit took me away and allowed me
to escape to a wonderful place,

Who knew I would find so much warmth in this cold and windy city!

Thank you for traveling with me, these images are from a past visit and I
wanted to share them with you as these quilts are no longer on exhibit.
Don’t hesitate to visit your local museums as you never know what you might find!

Happy Quilting!

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2015 Designer Mystery Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to Laundry Basket Quilts!
This blue house quilt is made using our Homestead pattern, I just made 2 extra house rows, didn’t use the applique rows from Homestead, then offset each row by ½ a block when sewing the rows together.

We are located in the country and enjoy the simple things in life.

While I always treasure the beautiful spot that I live and create in,

I also enjoy traveling to many fun places and crossing all kinds of bridges.

One of my favorite cities to visit is San Francisco – not only for the delicious chocolate,

but especially for the beautiful houses! These “Painted Ladies” were the inspiration for my block in the 2015 Designer Mystery Block of the Month.

To find out more about this 2015 BOM, click here or on the photo above.

There were a total of 12 wonderful Moda designers that took part in creating mysterious blocks for this beautiful quilt. Follow the blog hop today and visit all of them!

Bonnie and Camille
Me and My Sister
Primitive Gatherings
V & Co.
Kate Spain 
Bunny Hill
Pieces From My Heart
Pat Sloan
Minick and Simpson
Fig Tree Quilts

Click here or on the image above to take a quiz this Fat Quarter Shop Quiz to find out which Mystery block you are!

I hope that you decide to join us on this fun ride!

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Happy Quilting!

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Sticks and Stones

Every fall, before the cold weather hits Michigan, we try to fit in one last visit to our favorite spot on the big lake (Lake Michigan).

For no reason other than to play a little bit,

maybe go for a walk to spread our wings,

pick some sticks,

and stones to enjoy this special place.

The off-season colors and images of Lake Michigan have provided inspiration
for my latest fabric collection “Sticks and Stones” from Moda,

along with many wonderful Quilts and Patterns that I have made from them,

Butterflies, Little Butterflies, Milky Way, Butterfly Pillow, Sticks and Stones, Wishing Star.

This quiet time on the beach is perfect to spread a quilt,

sit for a moment,

and enjoy your surroundings.

The views are spectacular,

with many hidden surprises! :)

Some are more hands (and nose) – on with the nature,

while others wait in the surrounding peace for nature’s light show,


I feel so blessed to be inspired,

have the chance to capture those special moments, and share them with you!

Happy Quilting!

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