Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Quilts that Make Us All Smile! And isn't that what we all want to do?

Susie Urban Decker did this darling purple cow! She took the cow out of the book which now is available in pattern.
I love how she was so original with the background, the happy face and the fabrics! You can tell she is a happy person and quilter!
Wonderful cow quilt from my cow pattern. I have the pattern done in TWO sizes! $12. 
It's a great guild challenge and people love to see them together.
This is a copyrighted pattern by Mary Lou.

Our book sold out completely so I printed the pattern. �� it will be on my new website soon. If you want it earlier, email
 Janneke Van der Ree made this fish wall hanging in a workshop I did! So fun, right? I love what Everyone is doing in wool! Soon I will have this available as a pattern. �� I will Keep offering it as a workshop as I have samples of beads, trims, buttons, shells and gizmos to make it folk art wonderful!
Lorraine Crummer took my retreat that I offer here in Spokane a few years ago. She sent me photos of her quilt that was free and easy and innovative and fun! This threatens some people but if you
Let go of negative thoughts you can enjoy a new road less traveled and see what you come up with!!

My motto is you can make your own happiness and if you want to live longer and better it's a great philosophy!

Diane Cowell made this wonderful
4th of July quilt from my cow pattern. Quite fun, right? I love it!!!

I went to the Coeur D'Alene quilters show and one of my favorite quilt shops was there. Island Quiktercfrom Vashon Island had loads of bright and happy fabrics and since Iam working on a chicken book I grabbed fabric that looks led like feathers and had good texture. Really fun! By the way Island Quilter is open again  in a new building!

My backyard changes from day to day. I get so much peace there and new ideas for happy quilts. It's a nice place to pray for friends who are ill or just come to mind. I am blessed.
My daughters birthday was this week and the same day I got done with my radiation for Breast cancer! Hooray. Now I have the rest of the summer to heal and then I am off to places to teach creativity, easy piecing and story quilts! 
My daughter and I went out for manicures, pedicures and lunch. A lovely day together!

I hope the summer is bringing blessings your way too. Pay it forward and be a blessing to someone who needs it today.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Chickens, paintings and story quilts

This week I received TEN chicks. I ordered eight and that was too many.
I am having radiation daily until the end of the month and between me and the chicks, I am pooped. And speaking of pooped these chicks eat and poop, ALOT!
Four kinds of chicks!
     So the chicks are the good news now for the bad news.
Some creepy person gave my computer a virus that now I can't even turn it on. My dear son came over and took it to his house but I have no idea when he can get to it.
I have had a hard time getting out orders and now this makes it harder. Grrrr
         If you ordered the sheep stack or the angel block of the month pattern, I cannot send them until my son fixes the computer. I am sorry. I did not need this now.
Last week I took an acrylic painting class. 
I went to Seattle which is three hundred miles from here. Diane Culhanewas the teacher. She is an excellent teacher. I always wanted to learn how to layer. I have painted with oils and water colors do now this is fun.
Here is one of Diane's paintings. Great fun and color.
On the bathroom of the art school someone did this great mosaic. Look at the details!
Blocks ofhouses
 Jewels here and there. Lovely!
If you have not tried this dip from Trader Joes you should!!! With their crunchy rice crackers it's awesome! Let me know how you like it!
John  C Campbell now has my quilt about their history. For now the plan to hang it in the Keith house. I love this quilt as it was a lot of work!

I am ending with this photo that I love! I am working on chicken quilts for a booklet and bring back a new chicken soup pattern. If you were one of the people who wanted one they are available now for $12. This lady is going into one of the quilts for sure. Stay tuned.
The quilt above is the new Chicken soup pattern. It's being quilted and then buttons will complete it. Great fun!!
    Dear friend have a good week this week and pay it forward to others. We are blessed to be a blessing and this IS the meaning of life. Be someone's joy today. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Bra Quilt and Many Blessings for Mary Lou... LIKE YOU

Well I have been through a real adventure since the beginning of the month. �� On the 7th of May I had 1/3 of my breast removed and a bunch of lymph nodes removed under my arm. Youch.
    I had two groups of friends who gathered blocks together to make me two lovely and most comforting quilts.
    Carol Heuter from Arizona sent the bra quilt to girls on My Yahoogroups friendship circle. Tami from did the lovely quilting after Carol put it together. It is washed and comfy and comforting too! 

The back is signature blocks- a lovely setting done by Carol

The borders are above and I love it. So very pretty and the cheddar is an amazing inner border.
Above is how it looks on my bed. So comfy and sweet.
Below is the quilt underneath it. That quilt was made for me by top Quilt teachers you all Know. They made the blocks and sent them to Kathy Kansier who put the quilt together. I have had it on my bed since Mark died last year. I cannot tell you what this has done for me. 
Someone sent me this little Charlie Brown cartoon. It made me smile. Hope it gives you a smile too. 
Here is a pillow that is not on my sofa and was a lovely gift. It has received so many compliments. ��

I got this beautiful pair of socks in the
Mail today. I do not know why but I adore socks! I
Opened up The socks and here was what the bottom of the pair read.
Haha isn't this fun? Made me smile huge!!
I saw this quote about optimism when I went to buy chicken items.
Above I bought this chicken coop
For chickens that are coming June 1st. I am hoping this will Give me some joy And fun. And I have chicken designs drawn up and ready the be made for a chicken book. Pretty fuN !!
The other news is that in two weeks my website will be done and even better I will be selling fabrics I use that other people have trouble finding. I plan to sell other fun things like trims and beads netc. All things I use for my whimsical and story quilts! The fabric above is just one of them. I will have new classes and samples and the cow pattern and the Moose pattern and this summer if I feel ok with radiation etc I have the Hoochy Two book and another surprise or two.
Just wanted to thank you so very very much for your kind prayers and lovely friendships. I have had the flu on top of my surgery and do not feel
Good enough yet to write (by hand) and thank you. 
My Asilomar class has filled for next year. I am teaching Christmas memories. 
It will be five days of great fun.
I am planning on teaching this year in the Fall as planned. My radiation starts The beginning of June and will last five weeks at least. I will be taking some pills also for five years. Hopefully this will be the last of Cancer haunting me and my family.
I am blessed and thankful for God's many blessings. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Asilomar Christmas Workshop and the BEST Meatloaf by Dawn that you will ever eat! Straight from Heaven!

So I am offering a Christmas class at Asilomar next year and five people have signed up to finish story quilts. I plan to have a small booklet of Christmas ornaments to copy and embellish and enjoy. I will have tree patterns and wreath patterns and ideas for both cotton and wool! 
If you would like to take the workshop it is here
Borders will be an option for this workshop.

Who made it a rule that red and green have to be colors of the holiday in December?
We will be discussing all of the sayings for around the holidays and songs and ideas for powerful words in your story quilt about the most beautiful holiday every year (in my opinion).
We will be discussing favrotie gifts you may have received or made. Great memories.
Memories from childhood or other people's memories.
We will be discussing yoyo's and making ornaments and other little tricks with rick rack and trims and great ideas for buttons and old jewelry.
As you can see these ideas are whimsical and happy and colorful and fun. Just like Christmas

Nativity ideas and what makes the Christmas story so very special. There are so many ways to get this quilt to be a keepsake for the entire family. I have a series of these that are borrowed by different pastors during the holidays. Everyone loved the stories and the embellishements which are not captured well in photos. Wait until you see what we are working on for the book!
So I had a dear friend who died of a heart attack a couple of years ago and I miss her. She sent me her most favorite meatloaf recipe and many of you have asked for it again.
Here it is. Happily. Dawn's daughter sent this to me. :0)

Here it is Mary Lou....the very best meat loaf recipe in the whole wide world...I could eat the whole thing myself...feel free to pass it on to whom ever you mom would be pleased if you did.
2 lb hamburger
2 1/2 cups of grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp pepper
3 Tbl chili sauce
1 TLb Worcester sauce have no idea how to spell it
2 cups corn flakes
1 cup milk
2 eggs
mix in large bowl with hands is the best way...I put mine in a large cake pan, 9 x 13 I think, and make a ring out of it...leaves a large hole in the middle
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes
When it is JUST about done I remove a little of the liquids so there is room for the sauce..I spoon the sauce over the top of the meat loaf and put it back in the oven just long enough to kind of set the sauce.
brown one clove garlic in one Tbl of olive oil
add 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
dash or oregano
1/2 cup tomatoe sauce
2 Tbl honey
simmer for about 30 minutes
I usually make this while the meat loaf is cooking
I hope you like it...I serve it with twice baked potatoes and it makes awesome sandwiches with some thinly sliced onions.
so the challenge is on.....let me know what you think when you get time to do it...
Dawn Tonioli..a happy retreater come home