Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Thankful Thursday - November 18th

Another week filled with things to be thankful for! 

#1  The opportunity to run away, unplug and get rested and refreshed.  Though it was only for two nights, the time away was worth every bit of effort it took to get there.  

We sat, we talked, we walked some, we watched the light on the canyon walls shift... we read, we watched the dog wander and pace trying to find the perfect spot to settle down and enjoy gnawing on an antelope leg she found in the area... we napped, we slept almost 12 hours both nights and we woke to beautiful sunrises.

We viewed the incredible artwork of the Master Artist.  The sunsets and sunrises were beautiful.  I just kept snapping pictures because with every few seconds that passed, the colors were changing and seemed more brilliant and bright.  Here's a little slide show of the show on Sunday night...

I enjoyed reading from the Laura Ingalls Wilder book that I bought while visiting Mount Rushmore.

  News of another grant approved... this one with enough to cover the cost of the printing of the Pieces From The Past Book and the display frame for the quilt.

#3  The opportunity to promote the book with an interview on the local radio station and a book signing event at the local library

Sadly, this book does not include the patterns for the quilt.  When I obtained permission to use the vintage Kansas City Star patterns it was granted specifically that the patterns be offered in a digital format at no cost to the participants of the sew along.

It does, however include all of the letters, family stories, history, and recipes.

If you are interested in a copy of the book you can contact me at and I'll let you know the best way to send payment.  Cost is $25 plus $5 to cover postage within the United States.  International mail requests may be possible.  But, again, you will need to email me at the above address.

#4  The completion of the last rows of our Camping Journal Quilt...

I stitched the Badlands Block and the Mount Rushmore block while we were away.  All I need to do now is embroider the names of the locations and the dates of when we visited the various places on the sign blocks.

Thirty-four blocks representing our six different trips and seventeen different overnight stays were added to our "Journal."  What fun we have had!  Each overnight stay has a block to represent something we saw or did.

It is now time to settle in for the winter and get back to quilting... 

I still have a pattern test to get done!  Thankfully, the designer is kind and understanding. :)

What are YOU thankful for?

Leave a comment... I love to correspond with you via email when you comment.

May you see the abundant blessing in your life!


Linking with:

To Do Tuesday at Texas Quilt Gal
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Stitch Sew & Show at Life in the Scrap Patch
I like Thursday at Not Afraid of Color
Put Your Foot Down at For the Love of Geese
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Off The Wall Friday with Nina Marie
Brag About Your Beauties at From Bolt to Beauty
Peacock Party at Wendy’s Quilts and More
Friday Foto Fun at Powered by Quilting
Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts


  1. Your camping journal quilt is fantastic, Melva! What a wonderful way to commemorate so many good times! :)

  2. Your camping memory quilt is quite awesome! How many different techniques, and which ones, are used to make your blocks?

    1. The signs are all FPP and the bulk of the other blocks are EPP patterns from Fiona Sandwich. I have designed a few of my own blocks when she didn't have a pattern that I desired. Some of the blocks also have some embroidery embellishment... like the tarantula's fuzzy legs. ;) Thanks for asking.

  3. Your camping journal is so awesome! Your piecing techniques are really showing in this quilt and they are impressive. It's nice to be able to get away for a few days, isn't it?

    1. So nice and it was much needed. Come mid-winter we may have to pretend we are camping and allow ourselves to go to bed early and sleep 11-12 hours here at home. :)

  4. Wow , thank you for sharing the slide show! It really cheered me up on a gloomy morning! Snow and clouds here to day in Alberta! No time for quilting today, lots of errands. Thank you again for sharing that beauty! Stay safe and sew on !

  5. So many great likes. The camping journal quilt. Hurray for another grant! Oh I so envy your sleep, not often do I get a chance to sleep like that with animals, work, etc. Awesome slide show, lovely views while camping. Now to settle in for the winter.

  6. I love your camping journal quilt. It's so unique and has quite the memories!

  7. I love that camping journal quilt! How nice for a trip away, even if it was short. Congrats on the grant!

  8. I am thankful for wonderful quilters and writers such as you. Your quilt is amazing! Thank you for linking up and sharing your wonderful top.

  9. what a great memory quilt you are creating, so original! What am I thankful for? A roof over my head that does not leak, a dear hubby by my side and a sweet kitty both who love me and I love them back. Peace and quiet, away from too many neighbors, a good nights sleep.

  10. I loved your slide show, felt like I was right there. Congratulations on the grant! Your camp journal is fantastic - what a keepsake!
    Thank you for adding your post to To Do Tuesday!

  11. Your trip sounds amazing!! but your camping quilt - that is so amazing!! all those memories stitched in there!!

  12. Seems like you had such a lovely time! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  13. I love your camping journal quilt!
    I am thankful for God’s blessing of creativity and for the leisure time I am free to invest in quilting.