I love re-creating quilts…but when you start re-creating your own?
55 & Life to Go…this 55”x 55” quilt is a re-creation of one of the first quilts I designed as a Moda fabric designer. I know 10 years doesn’t make an antique…but I couldn’t help myself….I wanted to see this design in red & white…
Now… I may have been jumping the gun just a bit…when I made the 45 & Life to Go quilt, I was going to be 45 years old…kind of a middle of life age…but what I thought was 10 years is not quite so I won’t looking at 55 for at least another year…by the time this fabric comes out…oh, well I think that happens when you make it this far…can’t remember everything…45 was made is two sizes..55″ and 110″ so if anyone wants a king size that is the pattern they need to get…just in case you are thinking that you want this on your bed! I named this quilt because it has 45 star blocks in it…kind of like candles on a cake…but way better!
So…now almost 10 years later, ok not 10, but close enough …I have recreated this quilt in red & white…but I also have to admit..I did not actually stitch this quilt…Dawn Cornell, my friend pieced this for me…I cannot do them all…I know I want to, but it is just not possible…So I have some wonderful stitchers who can make some money making quilts for Primitive Gatherings…I did put the binding on! I’ll talk more about the quilting in my quilting post of Redwork Quilts!..
These little stars are only 5″. But strip piecing makes the centers possible in a snap!
We have kits and patterns available for this quilt! It would make a great quilt for a ladder, it’s small enough to be a wall hanging and hang on the wall…or even folded up and hung just about anywhere!
Click HERE to buy a kit 55 & Life to go!
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All Redwork Gatherings orders will receive a sticker pack!I posted earlier about these three quilts if you missed it… make sure you go to their posts and comment to win kits and patterns.
Here is the post for Long Long Way from home give-aways
Click here if you want to read about I think I’m in Love and enter the Give-Away!
If you want to win a kit for Take it Easy and I will also give away 6 patterns…please leave me a comment for what you do when you need a break..it is your stitching?, a walk, call someone…what do you do? Read what I do below…Winner will be picked at the end of the Redwork Event!
Take it easy is the easiest quilt of them all here…for a chance to win a kit and or patterns click HERE if you did not already comment on this post.
If you wish to win this kit and one of the 6 patterns I will be giving away…leave me a comment and tell me what you have learned during this time of pandemic…nothing political please…but we have time to think and I been thinking a lot…I want to know if we all think alike or are we all different?
I am trying to catch up after Jace spent the day and overnight!!! So I need to get one more post in about the Redwork Quilt…coming soon…
230 responses to “55 & life to go… another great Quilt Giveaway from Redwork Gatherings.”
What I’ve been thinking about is–I wonder if things really will change or if people will just rush back to their old ways and maybe even worse since they’ve been “caged up” for so long. Hoping for the best.
I have learned not to take things like going out to eat with friends for granted anymore!
I have learned that I like the slow quiet and alone life and also that people really still are caring about each other. Here’s to hoping it stays that way It would be a better world if it did
I have learned to shut the tv off and fill my home with music and laughter. My family all live in other states and we now text/talk/motivate/cry/complain/laugh/love so much more than we used to. I have seen so many blessings from slowing down and actually being in the moment. We have also added a more focused daily scripture study. This is where the ultimate peace is found. I very much enjoy this group! Thank you.
There are several things I do when I need a break but my favorite is going for a walk. Spring, summer and fall are the best in WI as birds are singing and animals are wandering. Winter time is a bit different but it can be so peaceful especially just after a snow storm. Thank you Lisa for providing us with such beautiful patterns and inspirations.
I really adore the red and white line. That’s my all time favorite color combo! I like all the quilts you’ve done for this line, but the Take it Easy is just my style! I’d love to win a pattern or really a kit for it would be fabulous!! Either way, great fabric line! Yummy.
I have learned that I need to take better care of myself!
I have learned that we cannot take the little things for granted and that life and family are precious. We need to plan for the unknown and be more aware that we must be prepared to survive on our own and not count on others. Such as we need to raise some of our own food learn how to preserve it for tough times. Learn how to help those that cannot help themselves. Quilting centers me and keeps me from going to deep in dark thoughts. Thank you for such beautiful patterns and all the great lessons.
I’ve learned that I like the slow and easy life and I love red and white. Would love to win this wonderful fabric.
55 & LIfe is my favorite of all these gorgeous redwork quilts. It is gorgeous! I’ve learned that not being able to travel to quilting and rug hooking events has made my work weeks seem twice as long as before! I never realized how much having those trips to look forward to helped make a very stressful ‘day job’ far more tolerable!
They are all absolutely fabulous. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
The first thing I learned was that ’55 and Life’ can be made to fit my King size bed! Woo-Hoo! I can seriously get behind that! The next thing I learned is that I am OK being at home…and not running all over creation constantly….and being happy. Guess I’m more of an introvert than I thought (my husband says I will talk to ANYONE–while waiting in line, in passing, or wherever). Who’da thunk it! Distance teaching is hard…but I am learning so much about technology that I can use with my students even in a more typical future. Apparently, I am learning a lot about a lot of things!
I have learned how much I miss my outside activities and friends….quilt club, rug hooking group and the gym.
I have learned that I really miss giving my 91yr old mother hugs and kisses! Seeing her via FaceTime and occasionally in-person ‘from a distance’ isn’t the same.
I have learned that a lot of my stash fabric can be put to better use so I’ve been making donation quilts during my stay-at-home time and it feels great!!!
I have learned how much I miss my outside activities and friends….quilt club, rug hooking group and the gym.
I have realized how blessed we are in all circumstances. How we need to share the love even if some are not loving in return. How much our Heavenly Father cares for us through whatever we are going through.
I have learned to appreciate and reach out to family and friends more and to appreciate walking and biking almost daily. Love your new line and patterns!
I have learned that you had better not advance in years without a hobby, a set of interests or skills, or having been kind enough to others over time, so that they keep in touch with you in times of need. How I have learned this is through my 90 year old mother who lives with me. Without hobbies, interests and skills, and having maintained few close relationships, she now finds this endless unstructured time to be interminable.
I hope that I will be able to sew, stitch, design, cook, read, garden, talk to friends and in general be able to happily entertain myself no matter how isolated I am.
And I have also learned that no matter how much unstructured time I have, I’m never going to use up all my fabric or finish all my wool projects!
The pandemic has made me realize how much I like to socialize and that I won’t take my personal freedoms for granted.
I was a Primitive Gatherings fan when 45 and Life To Go first came out and bought the kit. A great quilt, Lisa! I have learned to appreciate even more the collection of fabric I have accumulated over many years and have been cutting scrap quilts and finishing UFOs during this quiet time. I also appreciate my mother teaching me to sew and do handwork when I was barely old enough to be in school. What would I be doing now without my hobbies and these skills!!
Life isn’t much different right now than retirement. It has been time though to sort through life whether it’s cleaning house or cleaning out memories from the past. It’s a good time to make new priorities.
The quilt is beautiful in red and white! What I have learned…actually I have learned quite a few things. Do not take your life for granted…Learn to breathe in the fresh air. I take 20-30 mins every day to sit on my back patio and reflect on my life and meditate. Cherish the simple things and love your family and friends. Thank you Lisa for all the amazing opportunities to win some pretty awesome kits and patterns. A a HUGE thank you on all the amazing videos. It is so helpful
I so appreciate your taking the time to share your quilts and wool expertise. Loving the red and white quilts. I cut out my Tulip Triumph and have to say the lipstick red wool is amazingly beautiful color.
What have I learned during this time….how important family is and connecting with them. As I am in the “65} group my kids have been doing my shopping for me, much as I used to do for my parents…circle of life.
The other thing I have pondered is the extent of my stash…thankful to have it during this at home time.
I have learned we are strong and face challenges. I’ve also learned that community is everything!
I have learned I already have what I need – between a peaceful home and sweet family and a sewing room stuffed to overflowing!
I love this quilt!! I think it’s my favorite if the Redwork quilts so far. I have learned that I’m OK just staying home and I can cook!
Love 55 and Life to Go. With strip pieced stars, maybe I can “go smaller.” I am in that higher age group. I just learned to grocery shop on an app on my phone and drive over to PU without going in the store. It worked well and I always love a new way to use my phone or my home computer. I may be grocery shopping this way a long way into the future, to stay independent longer.
Oh my…. I’ve learned over this Stay-at-Home that I really like being home and stitching and gardening !!!! More importantly… I’ve learned that I probably will not outlive my fabric stash!!! So much fabric, so many projects… and still not enough time!!!! Stay safe everyone!!!
I have learned that “common” people, nurses, food workers of all kinds, transportation workers (how any goods/foods get anywhere) are all way more important than entertainers and professional athletes.
I have learned that my friends are dear and that there are multiple ways to keep friendship a live
I have learned that my girls are so grown up that they are taking care of me and that often THEY know better than MOM about a lot of things and are worth listening to and admiring and respecting
I have learned that everyone can do *something* that helps others – even if you spend your day in a recliner in front of the TV you can cut and bend the ends of wire for face masks.
I have learned that stitching is a refuge
I have found how precious life is ❤️ And how family is sooo important and loved 💕
What a beauty, red and white. Love the look. I have learned I have a love of this quiet time, slower pace. I’ve always been appreciative of the little things in life and this has just confirmed that. But missing those grandbabies tremendously!
Oh I love this remake more than all the others. It’s beautiful!
What I have learned….that I have enough stash to endure more months of “stay at home”, I am actually liking staying at home, and that I realize that my husband is truly a gem.
Love love the quilts ❤️ Through this pandemic I have learned how precious life and family is cherished and loved. My daughter, son in law and grandchildren have been such a great help to us over this time 💕💕
I am so glad that I have oh my crafts to pass the time! That said, I can’t wait to get together and craft with friends in our new normal!
During this pandemic, I’ve learned to better appreciate the little things…I’ve mad facemasks, baked my own bread, and have started seeds for my garden. Life is good 🙂
I find that I am calmer and sleep better with this quieter life which is helping me decide how I want to live out the rest of my life. I do miss going to my favorite quilt shops though because I absolutely love all fabric.
I’ve learned that we are a community that deeply cares for each other and willing to make sacrifices for each other…
I have enjoyed the peace and slower pace of life. I’m hoping what I’ve learned I’ll be able to carry over once the pace picks up.
I have learned how much I miss my friends and family but have come to appreciate the solitude and downtime. The big negative is I’m eating way too much and need to get back to the gym! Lol!
I’ve learned how lucky I am to have sisters and brothers who care about me. I have friends who live alone and therefore are mostly alone, all alone, at this time. I have learned the value of my sister Mary especially. We get together for daily walks and that’s saving us both I think. Stay well
I have learned to appreciate family and friends…the simple things in life, the scent of a rose, a hot cup of tea, and a dark chocolate peanut butter cup from a Trader Joe’s!
As a retired critical care RN, I have learned how proud I am of all the medical field for their absolute devotion to saving lives and helping the world recover from this pandemic. I would have been right back in the hospital working if hadn’t turned 75. I love the new red and white fabric line and I love your continuous sharing and teaching.
I am glad that I am a quilter and sewer so it hasn’t been that bad being at home. I have also learned that we really do not need many of the things we think are so important. Good health, is most important.
I have learned that my husband of 55 years and I really like each other. We let each of us do our own thing but also enjoy being together. We each have our own hobbies and interests and we have combined interests too. Thankfully we have secluded 5 acres and share a love for the woods, flowers, wildlife, freedom and life in general. We do dearly miss our kids and grandkids but know we will see them soon.
I need wind therapy. A nice motorcycle ride around the country block sets me just fine. Harley trike is just the thing for me!
I have learned I have too many ufo’s but dearly miss my family and friends, but enjoy my workouts, quilting, and thank god for my health and zoom, and Houseparty.
Another lovely red and white quilt! How will I choose?!!
I have learned to be thankful for each day, Never take for granted the most important things, my family, friends, my hairdresser. My quilting stash and social media have been a huge help during this uncertain times. Lisa, you may not realize how much you have helped me and others, so thankful for you and the extras you have done for us during this Pandemic!
God is so good!
I’ve been going for a walk with my husband when I need a break.
For me, the key to dealing with the current health crisis is to stay busy (quilting) and not dwell on the ‘little things’…as we can see, life is so short!
Difficulties facing us can be chances to see the good in others and challenge yourself to be a part of that. I am in awe at the many heroes that have toiled selflessly helping others, and I am so profoundly grateful. Like our soldiers that go to battle,they too are fighting a war. I feel so fortunate that the worst events bring out the best in many. It is a reminder to be grateful for what i have, and to put what is truly important in my life in perspective.
I’ve learned to take each day as it comes and make the best of it. I enjoy being able to spend time in my sewing room, working on a few UFO and planning out my next project. I’m drooling over the Redwork line, but decided I need to do some stash shopping first. Hoping to buy when it arrives in August.
Learn to be forgiving
I love the idea of a star representing a year….. so many possibilities!
When I need a break, I facetime my grandkids to see what they’ve been up to!
I learned stuff does not matter. Relationships and showing love is what really matters.
I have learned to go back to the basics and simplify. It is ok to slow down and take care of yourself. I am getting caught up on projects instead of running around and it’s ok.
Re-learning that I can’t be of help to others, if I don’t first take care of myself. The color red demands attention.
Is the pattern for the king size 55 and life to go available. I’ve learned that at 75 I’m happy with myself
This time of great and difficult change has reinforced my belief that there are so many caring and selfless people in our world and that there are so many who would never have thought of themselves as heroes are heroic every day. From the healthcare workers on the front line of this fight, the staff that supports their work (the cleaners and security staff) , EMTs, and firefighters, police who we think of right away to the silent army of staff at grocery stores and other essential jobs like our bus drivers, volunteers at food banks and so many others who are willing to pitch in and help folks they do not know. As a people, we have demonstrated that there is no shortage of courage and kindness and it has been so wonderful to see how many people have taken the opportunity to show what is best about being human.
I have learned that I love staying home more than I even thought I would. I love working from home & being to only have a few steps to my table after work.
I learned about STITCH and Primitive Gatherings. I learned about wool embroidery— I was already a quilter. Just looking at everyone’s beautiful projects on stitch made me feel happy and I ordered a kit to work on. Learning about something new is fun. Right now I’m working on the fall table mat from your book, Wool, Needle and Thread.
I’ve learned I was watching TOO MUCH news coverage during the day – it just gets too depressing to hear the death count each day. I echo so many of the comments made – learn to live in the moment, quit sweating the small stuff, and quilt on!
I was surprised to see the re-creation of your quilt. Earlier this week I pulled out my tub of fabric and pattern for your “45 & Life to Go” quilt and had decided that was next on my list of stash busting. I can’t believe the fabric is almost ten years old. I’m sure it’s aged enough to be immune to catching the Corona virus. LOL.
I’ve learned to relax a bit. When you can’t change the situation, you learn to adapt. Hardest part was only seeing the grands through FaceTime and pictures.
I learned that you don’t know how precious family and friends are, until you can’t see them. I learned just how important my local quilt stores are because I can’t go. I also learned the disappoint of vacations and quilt seminar cancellations. I also learned how lucky we are to be here, in the USA.
I learned how to keep the label attached to my valdani threads! Mind blown! Thanks Lisa.
Sheltering in place has changed how we look at what we often take for granted. One of the many things I have personally learned is how we all look forward to free or alone time, for sewing or just creatively thinking, am I right? Well, not being able to hug and be with your grandchildren and see other family members should never be taken for granted. We miss hugs, stories and time to just enjoy them.
Lisa, Thank you for all you and Primitive
Gatherings have being doing. ❤️😊 Betty
I’ve prayed more. Enjoyed nature, the birds beautiful songs and my dog. But most of all I thank God for the gift of my daughter, her husband and 2 beautiful grandchildren. I’m appreciating and enjoying the simple times and a non-rushed time with family. I feel blessed and more appreciative of the life I have.
Stay healthy and safe everyone!
I love 55 and Life to Go! The overall design is beautiful, but the corner posts in the border especially caught my attention! I’ve been challenged by learning how to take care of myself during this crazy time. As for many, my work and home boundaries are all topsy turvy and I’m having a surprisingly difficult time sorting this all out. Silver lining … I am learning more about myself and growing from it … as many others are.
I learned there were some corners in my house I haven’t cleaned in awhile! Yikes! I also made a lot of masks and I learned that I really, really prefer to make quilts!! Also, I bought a long arm!
Love all the red and white quilts. Hard to choose a favourite. Am grateful to have hobbies that keep me busy including a garden to wander in and smell the roses. Also very grateful for modern technology that allows me to keep in touch with family.
I have learned you can see a smile behind a mask. That the community does step up to help so much that our local food bank has had to say stop for a bit as they’re running out of storage. That watching church at home all the time is definitely not the same as being there but happy we have live streaming. My husband learned that me buying TP when it was on sale & having a couple packages of it on hand does not make me a hoarder. I’m happy for the technology we have today to stay in touch with those near & far whether they’re home or at work we can say “Thinking of you, Praying for you” without disturbing & stopping them at that moment. Once again, thank you Lisa for giving us something to look forward to & another chance to win.
I think I’ve learned that I’m ready to retire. LOL! I am close enough to retirement age that I started the when will be the right time pondering before the pandemic was upon us.While I feel very fortunate to still be able to work when all this is going on, I feel I have even more to do now – doing work stuff at home (which takes longer than doing work stuff at work), planning how to keep employees and the public safe in a very public building (I work at a Library), planning meals and cooking more at home (lots more dishes to wash), and all of the stuff at home that needs attention (and still not having time to get around to it.)
The most important thing I’ve learned – or maybe it’s what I was reminded of – is gratitude for the continued health of my family (including my soon to be 96 year old mother-in-law who lives n an assisted living facility and two grandsons with cystic fibrosis) and how the big stuff (like a pandemic) teaches us what really is important and not to make big stuff out of the small stuff.
I’m so enjoying all of your beautiful red and white quilts.
I have learned that it is harder to stay motivated when all your time is yours. Looking forward to being with my friends and family.
Your quilts are so beautiful!!
As a retired scientist I have learned we need to give people the proper, correct, true information. Most people aren’t stupid so don’t treat them that way and don’t mislead them. I am amazed at how doctors can not only talk down to people but just plain tell them garbage. Where did they go to Medical School? That’s what I have learned. I love all of these red and white quilts. Beautiful!
This is a gorgeous quilt! I have been learning a lot lately and changing my mind set. I think one of the most important things I have been learning is that there is no “someday” so instead of thinking I will start a garden, “someday” , I will start exercising , “someday” , I will eat it better, “someday” , I will declutter my house, “someday” , I stopped and really thought of I were to catch this disease, if I were to pass away from it, would I be proud of who I am, of what I have done, and in many ways I would be, but in those “someday” says I would not, so I have been doing really good with those things since this all started and I am pleased with my progress.
I’ve learned that even though I have always considered myself a “loner,” I really need people!!! This situation is certainly bringing out some ugliness, but just look at all the wonderful things people are doing for each other! It brings me to tears sometimes.
I’ve learned that no matter what Lisa is an inspration thanks yes, the red and white is to help get through this sending only good thoughts and health
I have loved the quiet and the peace. I love the slowness that life has offered of late. I love that the birds are happy and that my hummingbirds are back and feisty as ever. I have had the time to learn how to set definitive boundaries for the hard and harsh personalities in my life. I have learned that everything has a beginning, a middle and an end. I learned that my animals are very entertaining when they think I am not at home – the cats have boxing matches in the deep soaking tub – they feed things to the weimaraner – the schnauzer is quite bossy of the other three but also stirs the pot!!! I have watched our horse protect a baby deer left by mom in her field which tells me that horse and deer are friends and have each others back. I have learned that my animals have always found the joy in the life they lead and make do with what they have never asking for more. Although Bella, the cat gets in a mess of trouble when she steals a Valdani ball of thread – she doesn’t care – she plots for the next moment she can snatch one!!!
I have always counted my blessings and been a person of deep faith but I have learned how to have a deeper more meaningful conversation with God in the slower pace of life – in the quiet.
Needle and thread are never far away if not in my hand.
You are killing me with this fabric line. Love the 55 quilt. I’m trying to save up for the SBOW and couldn’t resist Take It Easy. Now 55. And the sneak peak of the wool SBOW. What have I learned. I’ve learned the value of staying connected with family and friends— even if via phone and Face book, the comfort of touch and hugs. Not to laugh at my Mammas birdie g of toilet paper when Johnny Carson joked that it wouldn’t be available. Lol. And her stories about what you couldn’t find to buy in WW2–stockings, elastic etc. Now I have my own list—hand sanitizer, yeast, paper products, Cleansers , garlic (I’m thinking garlic necklaces to ward off the virus???). And I’ve learned to appreciate the sacrifice of people who cared for the sick and kept things going at risk to themselves and there families.
When I need a break, I usually call a friend, or pick up a book~ I am re-reading lots of old ones and plan to donate them all when our library re-opens. I’ve learned to appreciate the little things, stop and really smell the flowers, and that slowing down is good. I have always combined trips when going out, and am basically a homebody, so staying home has not been much of a problem.
Learning how much we miss our family when we can’t visit them. That may sound weird, because it’s not a surprise that we would miss them. But going so long and the desire to travel and visit is hard knowing we can’t do it. Love this quilt!! So excited for this collection!! Loving that you’ve been doing two color collections!!
Such a beautiful quilt in red and white! This one always has been one of my favorites too! Staying at home is especcially good for the kids. Away from lots of pressure, they find new ways to have a good time with each other!
Beautiful quilt, I adore anything red and white! I am enjoying the slower pace of things and having the extra time to create. Having just finished sewing and donating almost 200 masks I am now looking forward to working on a quilt again. When I need a break, I head outdoors with my camera, take a nice walk in the woods and photograph wildlife. It’s migration time once again and sure to get some amazing photos. This new slower lifestyle has been lonely without family but I’m enjoying it none the less!
I have seen how differently my partner and I respond to this time of rationing and infrequent grocery shopping, and I remind myself more and more of my grandmother. I want to use less, and keep thinking that we’ll need whatever it is more in the future than we do now. John seems to be at ease with continuing our same old routines–or even indulging a bit more, because things are stressful. It’s interesting, because as frustrating as I find that, I’m pretty sure that is how my beloved grandfather must have responded to all sorts of situations Grandma found stressful. We kids thought Grandpa was the fun one–he woke us up at night to make rootbeer floats, and laughed with us when we went out so far in the ocean that Grandma was a nervous wreck. Now I have so much more compassion for Grandma, and I’m trying to see my partner through the same indulgent eyes with which I looked at my dear Grandpa. This crisis has given me a new perspective on a lot of things.
That’s very pretty. I want to learn to quilt
I have learned that we are fortunate to have so many ways to communicate with family and friends now, that people did not have so long ago. It has helped to be able to see family and friends on Zoom, etc. I have also learned that i really like not having to go someplace all the time! I do not mind staying home.
I do love the red and white quilts! And I do appreciate the videos/tutorials that you have created recently.
When I am taking a break, I like to nap, read a book, or do a little hand work with tv on in the background.
I love all the red and white quilts. I’m learning to enjoy my own company.
The colors are Beautiful,
I work at the Customer Service Desk / Return Desk / Internet Pick up at Lowe’s, So I had to work I’m very thank I have my job, I can not say how it felt being at home but thank your lucky stars you did not work at Lowe’s, I love doing my job, I am mentally wore out, Lowe’s is the only store that you could buy essentials and Non essentials.
so you can imagine how extremely we were busy.
I have learned to value people more, to love more, to forgive more.
I have always felt so blessed, but during this time I have learned how fortunate I am when I get to see family because right now I am unable to physically be with them. My kids are being super careful to not endanger my husband and I. They are first responders (3 police and 1 military). I just miss them so much (especially the little granddaughters!), but at least we have the gift of technology during these times and sewing to help pass the time. BTW the red and white just really pop in this new version of your quilt!!
I absolutely LOVE red and white quilts! Here is ANOTHER quilt kit I am going to have to get. Just beautiful! I love the design. You are killing me, Lisa, just killing me! Lol 😂
Loving this 55 quilt:) I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is patience. So much mis-information and guessing going on. Rules changing by the day. Only time shows what’s real. And most everything was out of my control. For the most part, I’m a home-body and love it. I am so grateful for a hobby, so staying home to sew was ‘business as usual’ for me. I added more walks to my week and enjoyed listening to all that quiet outside:) Thanks for another chance to win:)
Another winner Lisa! I actually used this setting on my triangle gatherings quilt made from liberty gatherings fabric….
I have always been a saver and a stocker up person, and it has served me well to be prepared. I have learned how easy it is to share those resources with those that need some help. I have also been overwhelmed by the courage of the people in professions we take for granted-health care workers, cashiers, cleaners, bus drivers, public servants and on and on They are AMAZING!
I have learned that I can be very content “staying home” and making one trip weekly for groceries and other needs….just like when I was a kid and Mom went once a week to town for groceries, banking and other shopping. I can get a lot more done too if I stay at home!!
Every quilt is stunning. 55 and life to go is beautiful and it happens that I am 55.
The kindness of neighbors and their offer to help with groceries or whatever we need as we live in the country and health wise my husband is very high risk. My family are essential workers so they do not want to chance bringIng the virus to us. I miss their visits.
I’ve learned that I have plenty of things to do and thank goddess for my hobbies. Oh yea and your wool book too . Stay well
I have learned that I don’t need as many things as I thought. Life is actually better simpler. This quilt 45 and life to go is on my bucket list. May have to do it in red and white.
At the very first of this pandemic I felt frozen to the tv watching for any new sign of disaster just like 9/11 Now I’m resigned to our new normal that things are changing I’ve adjusted I like staying home and have accomplished much in my sewing room I love your red and white quilts Thank you for all of your inspiration
You Rock! ❤️
Just about a year ago, a very hard season of my life ended … the care of my husband. During those twelve years, I had to learn to stand on my own, make decisions I never thought I could or would make, be a caregiver in a very challenging situation, continue to be a mother to our sons, and grieve. I didn’t like it at first but being a person of faith, I eventually accepted the assignment and chose to learn the lessons God certainly had for me. On this side of it, I am a much stronger and wiser person and so very grateful. Each day I continue to be thankful for the country we live in, the freedoms we have & so much more. I am grateful for this wonderful hobby that gives me so much joy and connection. I am grateful for you, Lisa, your business, and the many others like you that share and give us so much to look forward to and want to make. I will certainly have to live for a long time to accomplish everything! So in this season, too, I am trusting God to bring us through, to learn whatever He has for us, and to be grateful. Thank you!
This quilt is a gem. The past few weeks I have learned to be thankful for each minute, hour and day because you never know what can happen in life. To live life fully and make sure loved ones are included in those times. To let them know you love them and spend time with them.
I’ve learned that people are good and kind and want to do the right thing.
They want to help and be there for their fellow man
I ‘ve also learned I need friendship more than I thought.
I have learned how hard it is to work from home.
I’ve learned how much I need people. I always thought I was more of a loner but after the first few days of not being around people I really missed the interaction.
I’m working from home and have been in my house for 6 weeks. I have found that the solitude is good for the soul. We all need time to reflect on life and what’s important. Life is good and we can do this.
I have learned to love all the Eagles song that my husband sings, day and night! I am even adopting some of his inventive lyrics!
I have been practicing my embroidery. I got your book out and read and studied the pictures. I love the look of embroidery but fall short in my efforts. Several projects have been completed and I’m still working on a blue quilt with your Indigo gatherings line. Can’t wait to see your “reds”!
These red and whites are fabulous. Is there a pattern for the redwork enobridery
What a way to start my day….these quilts are so beautiful! ❤️ I think what I have learned the past few months is how to slow down and really appreciate the little things. We have found creative ways to visit with our kids and grandkids as we follow the social distancing! I have also found that stitching, even if it is stitching masks, really calms me down if I start to feel a bit anxious!
What have I learned???
I don’t mind staying home.
I hate planning meals and cooking every night.
I love when my husband goes out to mow.
Yet, I love having him around too.
Retirement will be OK when the time comes.
And I love how you and other quilt shops have tried to keep us busy and amused!
Thank you Lisa…
I ordered the 55 and…quilt kit. If I choose to do the 110” size, are the instructions included and how do I add to my kit to make a larger size. Also order the fat quarter bundle if that helps.
I’ve learned how much I love family dinners and spending time with my kids!
I have learned that I like staying home getting a lot done and don’t think I will run out of projects.
There is a song that says happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have. During this pandemic I have realized how much I really do love what I have….a wonderful husband, three daughters with beautiful families, four precious and healthy grandchildren, a new grandson on the way in July and enough fabric and patterns to last me at least a year! (And technology and wonderful quilt shops where I can order more!) I
am truly blessed. Slowing down makes us realize that!
I love the Redwork fabric and quilts! They are all my favorites……I just can’t choose!
Walking is my stress reliever, I love the red and white quilt. I believe I move at a slower pace with te shelter in place
Thanks for sharing your red work creations. I have been reminded that I enjoy living life at a slower pace.
I have learned how fortunate we are to live in this electronic time. When I was pregnant on bedrest yrs ago, I had no cable,online books, and there was no internet. You couldn’t download books or movies, no patterns or blogs, no amazon or quilt shops!
I’m not saying that it’s fun being on house arrest but I haven’t been at a loss for things to occupy my time! To top it all off, many designers have offered free patterns and stitch alongside to help! How awesome is that!
I have learned not to wait til next month on things like new glasses. Also, not to keep putting things off til a better time, there’s never going to be a perfect time for anything. Take it as it comes!
I have started decluttering. Downsized my house last year, but not my stuff. Along with that is completeing old kits, quilting & binding my tops, and organizing my garage. Im fortunate enough to still be working but am trying to figure out what my retirement years will look like.
I have learned that my usual way of life with lots of quiet, little TV news and time spent outside has prepared me well for this time. Sheltering at home with my husband reaffirms that we are each others best friend and can get through anything as long as we are together. Enjoying all the red and white quilts, will have to make one soon!
I have learned just how much I miss my granddaughters, family, friends, and my quilt group. I am so grateful we have the technology to keep in touch. We text each other every day. I don’t know what I would do without having my sewing and quilting. I have been working on some unfinished projects; in particular Twilight Garden. I’m finally on the borders and going strong to get it done.
I have learned to slow down, be patient, and enjoy the little things!
I love this quilt in red and white, so beautiful! This pandemic has taught me that my husband and I really enjoy each other’s company (thank God) and that I don’t really miss shopping. I learned that making Easter dinner for two is a lot harder and sadder than making it for the usual 30+. I have Learned that nothing is more important than being with family and friends and that is what I miss the most.
I have learned that ordering many of the things we need online compared to doing the actual shopping is such a huge time saver! When you’re out in the working world it’s easy to stop at a store here or there but this stay at home situation has shown me what a huge time saver online shopping really is. I’m working from home but I find I have a lot more time for other things when I utilize online shopping.
Finally, spring is in the air. Being outside in my backyard & feeling the sunshine is a warm welcome during this time. Watching the dogs with their noses in the air & ears slightly blowing in the wind is a sign of spring too.Throwing the ball & watching how happy they are makes me happy too. Unconditional love… how sweet it is
I made 45 and Life to Go as a wedding quilt for my daughter and husband almost 10 years ago and it’s one of my favorite patterns! I can’t wait to see it in the red/white!
The thing that I mostly think about is how I miss my grandchildren and children but am so grateful that they are all taking this seriously and are ok. Grateful is the other top thing on my list. We have a home, plenty of food, each other and heaven knows, plenty of fabric so I am very grateful during this time.
I’ve learned that it’s ok to slow down and just enjoy the simpler things in life….quilting, gardening & enjoying this time spent with my family.
To think about what I learned the most during this time .. I have been busier then ever. Thankful for my sewing skills realizing how many can’t sew and need mask and surgical caps was beyond what I ever imagine. Thankful I can help looking forward to getting back to quilting. I look forward to every Tuesday night phone call when 5 of us get together on FaceTime and stitch
Having a job in an essential business, I have not been able to “enjoy” time off as most others have and have been living the other side of this pandemic. Stress beyond belief! Trying to navigate all the new regulations and laws. Trying to do your job safely to protect yourself, your family and coworkers. For those of us working on the front lines, we can only pray for this all to be over. Thankful for friends and family..absolutely!! They are the only reason many of us keep going. Crazy as it may seem, I have been spending my down time in my sewing room. Making masks for family members who work in hospitals and other essential business. Take care everyone….stay safe!!
To remember to slow down and enjoy the ride. Thanks Lisa!!
Fabulous quilts! Red and White quilts are my favorite with Blue and White a close second.
I’ve learned that grandchildren hugs are the best feeling in the world – I’ve always known that but now know that feeling will be missed terribly when you can’t actually do it. My Grands might need an iron vest for when I can finally get ahold of them. I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly during this time. But the good has far exceeded the others.
I’ve got a huge stash – I’ve always called it my 401Q for when I retire. Never thought it would be so wonderful to have enough to make many masks and to have plenty of projects to do while at home. I think quilters and any type of crafters are really the most at peace at home. We don’t need to be kept amused – we love doing something that comes from love and our own hands.
Thank you Lisa for sharing your talent with all of us. Take care and God Bless!
I have really enjoyed staying home. I am an elementary secretary and thinking about retiring. This sheltering at home has helped me decide…kind’a. I’ve accomplished a lot of projects, finished projects and got some to do things off my list. But I love my job!
I have learned that when my husband and I both retire we will not kill each other being home together all day. Besides vacations we really have not been home all day together. Thank goodness that I have my sewing room to retreat to.
During this pandemic I have learned that patience is a virtue. There are a lot of things you can accomplish when you set your mind to them and focus on them. Family has always been very important, but at this time when you cannot get together you find ways to feel closer. And for fun, spend more time on your quilting craft. Take time for yourself to watch a video and learn a new technique. Thankful to those who are spending time doing live Facebook posts either to teach a technique or give a special sale to those watching. Helps to make me not feel so alone in the world, that there are others close with your same interests, and quilting love.
I have missed time spent with friends and family. I have learned to truly appreciate time spent alone, sewing and quilting and I love time spent outside gardening with my husband.
What I have learn is to slow down…….it is nice to have time on your hands. It is nice to sit and applique a few stitches in the afternoon. It is nice to take a few minutes and clean out a cabinet door and donate/pitch things that you no longer use. It is nice to go for a walk in the neighborhood and chat with someone for a few minutes. Time is a gift that can slip away much to easy…….
55 and life to go is a wonderful way to think about your future.
Your quilt (55) is a stunner and your friend did a beautiful job piecing the top for you.
Truthfully, my life hasn’t really changed from covid-19. I’ve always been an introvert and rarely ever leave my home (this explains my passion for quilting – it occupies all of my time). My three adult children live six hours away and I usually only see them once or twice a year.
You are blessed to have one of your