Friday, May 19, 2017

"Spirit of Christmas"

What a fun week so far... I've been working on some designs for our K & K Company... and finishing up our projects we are teaching at the "Spirit of Christmas" Retreat in North Carolina!  (by the way.. .it's only a full days drive from Jacksonville... no air fare if you choose to enjoy the drive... lots of fun places to stop and visit too... we took 2 days and had a blast).  This is your one chance to "hang out" with this awesome ... FUN... group of designers!

Farmhouse Threads - Rhonda McCray (coming all the way from CALIFORNIA!)
Geoff's Mom Patterns - Joyce Weeks (coming all the way from UTAH!)
Kiss Rug Hooking Designs - Katie Puckett  - Jacksonville, FL
Olde Green Cupboard Designs - Vicky, Heather, Gloria  - Jacksonville, FL
Primitive Gatherings - Lisa Bongean (coming all the way from WISCONSIN)

You will experience the "Best Christmas Memories Ever"!  Then you can take all of your projects, patterns and experiences home with you and share with your family and friends.  We'll be stitching, sharing, eating, laughing, decorating, singing (well.... maybe not on the singing part), resting and having a wonderful time together.

Please join us - fill out your registration form today - send in with your deposit and get your name on the attendee list!  Honest... you do not want to miss this!! 

Here are some "teasers" for you!!!!!  

Don't you love this Santa??  He will be yours... with a surprise inside!
I wonder what's under this birdie applique???  Can you guess?

This Snowman mitten is adorable?  What will we use him for?

Hmmmm.... snowman or poinsettia?????  Which do I like the best?

OMG!!!!!  I can't decide... do I like the  black & white panda.... or the brown one?  eeeeekkk!

Popcorn and cranberries???

I LOVE GINGERBREAD MEN!!!!  hmmmm....  I wonder what we shall do with these
cute little fellows????  You'll have to attend and see!!!

Okay...there you go.... enough teasers....!!!  Sign up with us and come for the time of your life!  You will be so full of the Christmas Spirit you won't be able to stand yourself!  hahahahahaha!  Plus, you will also leave with a binder full of the most wonderful ideas, projects, recipes... that you can use for years and years to come! 

Go to and sign up today!  The Spirit of Christmas is waiting for you!

Gloria, Vicky, Heather, Lisa, Rhonda, Katie, Joyce..... 
PLUS we have Donna, Dayle, Wynette helping us with all of the festivities

I've decided.....

Good Morning Everyone!

Well.... I have to tell you a short story... !  As I lie in bed this morning I was quickly reading my Facebook to see what exciting things were posted last night... and there was my friend Lisa Bongean telling us all about her summer block of the week .... my mind was amazed.  This woman never stops... she's amazing!  However, that is not where my brain stopped... it was a statement she made to me one day when we were chatting on the phone.  I'm not quite sure how it went but it surely struck home as I got out of bed, grabbed my freshly brewed coffee (which my sweet honey has ready for me each morning....he's so wonderful....) and walked into my studio!   Let me just say..  eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!  I swear it looks like a tornado hit!  Here's what I see  (without pictures.... too embarrassing!)  My desk appears as though someone snuck in and dumped their entire world on it.  I have projects half started everywhere... clay, sewing, wood carving, boxes of items to be put away, wool I'm cutting for block-of-the-week kits, projects I'm working on for our Christmas retreat, binders half opened, catalogs, half done projects everywhere... do you all get my drift?  Is this your sewing studio too?  Please tell me it is!  ppppplllleeeaaassseee!!!! 

Well... back to my original thoughts (I swear I have ADD in my old age!) Lisa said to me.."Glo, let's face it - you are the creator - the thinker - the designer.... I am the finisher - I implement and finish.  You know...that really struck home this morning.  THANK YOU LISA!  I've made a commitment this morning to stop all of this silliness and FINISH things.  It will be so hard... you know why?  These are all of the craft things I either love to do... or have on my list to do (whether it's begin or finish)  Ready??  It's a long list!

Quilt (piecing, applique, projects, you name it)
Wool (applique, projects... again you name it!)
Rug hooking
Cross Stitch
Wood Carving
Clay molding
Basket Weaving
Covering boxes and making wool lids
Making "critters" like Heather makes
Making vintage Santas
Making wax cinnamon ornaments
Hand embroidery
Making "hexie" items
Block of the Month collections (which I haven't even started)
plan special events, retreats...
and on... and on... and on....

We are trying to "purge and merge" and it's the hardest thing I've ever had to do... I guess because I love it all!  Know what I mean?  Do you all have these same symptoms I do?   Then... there is this word that I can't seem to use when asked to help or do things.... it's a simple word... one I don't like to use very often... guess what it is? 


I just have the hardest time spitting out that word when it comes to something I really, really want to do, make or design.  But you know what... I'm going to use it when I tell myself that's it's OK to say NO... but only when I've thought through the process long enough!  HA!!!   Oh... and on the other side of my studio is VICKY... and let me just say... she's just as bad as I am!  Two ADD chicks in one room... OMG!  It's simply a friggin' disaster!!!  I truly hope I have not passed this deadly disease on to my daughter!  She too is ssssssoooooo talented as many of you know ! However, she does seem to specialize in her wonderful "critters" she makes.... here are just a few....  All can be ordered...
Make sure you go to her Facebook page - Mohair Bears & Friends by Heather Lynn.  Just sent her a personal message and she'll let you know the price for each.  My favorite (at the changes often...) is this adorable SKUNK!


Okay... now that I've gotten all of this all my chest... it's time to get busy!  One section at a time... one project at a time... I will conquer!  Lisa... keep me on target... pester the crap out of me and make sure I'm "on target"!  You are my inspiration... HUGGERS TO YOU!

Chat with ya'll soon... I'll keep you posted on how I'm doing .. (very nervous about all of this...)


Friday, May 12, 2017

Summer Mystery Blog Hop

Glad to see you all "hopping" over to our site to see what we've created for you during the Summer Mystery Blog Hop fun!!

It's our turn!! Gloria designed a fun patriotic summer block to go along with the rest of the mystery blocks.... Who can resist this sweet adorable little bird as it's enjoying the yumminess of some delicious watermelon... 
Kits available for purchase - $15 - postage included

Click image for free pattern

Monday, May 8, 2017


Good morning everyone!

What a fun weekend we had....!  Vicky and Heather were at the Tree City Quilt Guild quilt show with a booth of fabulous jewelry.  Vic was so excited when she got home that she got to see gals she hadn't seen in ages.  It was so much fun for them to visit with everyone! 

I stayed home with my hubby and we had a fun day with Lexie and Isabelle (Vicky's littlest granddaughter)  What a pill the two of them are together!  So sweet...and they were both very good and had a great time playing together.  Isabelle has a little pink bike so each time her Uncle Jack took the doggies out for a walk she would get so excited .... she could ride her bike along with them.

I also finished the directions for our Mystery block-of-the-week!  Our block will debut this Friday... It's an Americana theme... hope you like it.  the blocks so far have been absolutely wonderful.

Then... I worked on a new series of Christmas ornaments for our K & K Interiors Co.  We have quite a challenge this time... they would like us to work on a series of Candy Canes, Snowmen, Santa, Angels, Cardinals, Pinecones, and I can't even remember what else.  So needless to say, my artistic brain is fast at work.  It does help me fall asleep at night.... I just lay there and try to think of new ideas and before I know it... I'm out like a light.  Then...when I first awake in the morning.... I'm right back where I was.  Funny thing though... I can think so much clearer in the morning on great ideas.  It just goes to show...when you're is your BRAIN.

We're also working on getting the rest of our retreats for this year filled to capacity with fun gals that want to have a blast, rest, relax, and renew themselves.  We have Camp Blanding in July and September, Missouri Star Quilt Co in October, and "Spirit of Christmas" after Thanksgiving! you can tell... we are a bit frazzle-dazzle here. 

If you haven't had a chance to read about Missouri Star and the Christmas retreat... please do so!  We have flyers on the website you can click on... we work so hard to find fun places and projects for all of you and we invite all of you to attend.  Every quilter deserves to treat themselves to a get-a-way retreat... it will invigorate your spirt, creative mind, give you new friends, and lots and lots of memories. 

Today... I am tackling the garage!!!  If you don't hear from me in several weeks... please come to my house and look for me - I could be buried out there somewhere and no one will find me.  hahahahahaha!!  We are organizing (for the 1000th time) and trying to get a better control on all of our "stuff".  You know what all of that is don't you.... just like in our sewing rooms.  UGH!!  let's don't talk about that!!!!

Chat with ya'll soon!  Gloria

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Missouri Star Quilt Company Retreat!!!

Don't forget to sign up for our fantastic trip to Missouri Star Quilt Company Retreat!  We are gonna have a blast... with 2 free days for shopping and/or site seeing.... sewing... laughing.... eating.... and sharing good times together.  We already have 32 of us going and have room for only 5 more gals!

Now is the time to apply and then watch for those savings on flights into the Kansas City, MO airport.  From there we can take a shuttle (info to come) right to the retreat house.  You will not require a car rental if you want to save those pennies and spend in the quilt shops right there in little Middleton, MO!  Plus... they have fun restaurants we will be chowing down in! 

Then the last 4 days we are at the retreat - Missouri Star takes over and we all get to enjoy their fun demos and classes.  Go to and find out more!  Look for the tab on the right side of the main page.  Here are the wonderful projects we will be working on!  I can't wait.

Gals from all over will be with us... Florida, Colorado,  Texas, Tennessee, Ohio, Wyoming, Georgia,  Pennsylvania, Michigan.... so if YOUR state is not represented... get on the band wagon and join us for a super-great time! 

What a great family, a great town, and a great shop! Look what's happened in the life from a mother that just wanted to sew to a super business woman with the support of her family.... be sure and watch the video on our website!

Call us 904-742-1100 or email if you have questions.

Hope to hear from you soon!   Gloria, Heather & Vicky