Friday, February 27, 2015

The Story Behind the Quilt

I get asked so often "Where do you get your patterns from?"  Good question.  I love to glance through magazines and mail catalogs and have gotten many of a pattern from them, bought patterns occasionally, but the biggest source is the Internet.  I spend many a happy hour perusing the web and checking out my favorite web sites but the best quilts and ideas come from fabric manufacturers who give their patterns away free (oh how I love free) to advertise their new designs.

I have been quilting long enough now though that I can usually just look at a pattern and visualize it in my colors and set down with a graph pad and draw up either a block or a whole quilt.  It's such fun and an enjoyable way to spend an hour or so over morning coffee or a glass of wine in the afternoon, which brings me to where I found the quilt that I just finished making.  Where you ask?  Well....Hanging on the wall of the ladies room stall that I was occupying.  I happened to glance up and there was this lovely sampler quilt and I was immediately drawn to it.  There were lovely quilts hanging in each stall ��The next week when I went to my Wednesday afternoon Bee I took my iPad and snapped a picture of it as it had been messing with my mind since the day I saw it.  

I came home, printed the photo and blew it up so I could see it a bit more clearly.  There were 20 squares which I cut up into 20 pieces and went to town with it.  Actually I didn't go to town, I attacked my stash and came up with a jelly roll that would totally do the trick.  I love working on coordinated fabrics.  Two months later the 20 squares were done, every one different.  There are a few repeat designs but all the colors are used differently.  It was an amazingly fun quilt to piece and watch those squares come to life.  I've tried to name it, but can't come up with anything and I doubt the "Quilt 'n Sew John"  would be appropriate.  ��  So here it is for all to enjoy.  If you like it as much as I do, you can find it on my Etsy shop at

Pretty, isn't it?  

Thanks for dropping in.  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Results of Cochlear Implant

I know it's later than June 1, but things came to a dead stop when I had some very unexpected medical problems which resulted in surgery for a Pacemaker implant for this gal.  All is well now and the Cochlear implant was rescheduled and activated on August 28th.  And Yes! a miracle happened.  There was sound in that ear where there was none for over 50 years.

Oh, I have a long road ahead of me retraining my brain to understand words and sounds, but now 2 short months after the surgery I am actually having conversations with my neighbors, my family, my doctors, sales people.  I still wear the hearing aid in my right ear but I no longer need the FM hearing equipment nor the Boogie Board that folks wrote me notes on.

Everything is wonderful and I want to apologize for not getting back to you all sooner, but...time passes so quickly these days and I have been so busy having fun.  But I am back now and I promise to write more often.  I have plenty to show you and I'm quilting up a storm.  I joined a craft group here in the complex on Tuesday afternoons and have my two Quilting Bees on Wednesday and Thursday, so things are definitely looking way up.  Now to find an older man who is interested in some companionship and life would be complete.  I rather like living alone, but it wouldn't hurt having someone to go out to dinner with or hang around with.  It's not going to happen and I'm only dreaming, but it's nice to think about.

I would like to show you  my latest accomplishment.  It will probably go up for sale on Etsy but right now I want to enjoy it.  It is by far the most intense pattern I have ever made (and the most expensive) but it was something I have wanted to do for years and years, so when my local quilt shop held a class on making the Feathered Star Wall Hanging I was a goner.  

For your enjoyment, I present my interpretation of Judy Niemeyer's Feathered Star...

Well, all for now and thank you so much for stopping in.  

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy July 4th

Can't stay long, but I will be back with you all.  Just wanted my followers to know about the special 4th of July savings I am promoting.  Hope you all take advantage of it.  Just visit and have a great handmade shopping experience.  

Just add Happy4th in the coupon code box if you decide to place an order.

Thanks in advance for your interest.  Catch you soon.  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Life Change Coming Up...

I hope I don't bore you all to tears, but I will be going through a possible total life change on April 30th.  As some of you know I am extremely hard of hearing and that problem has gotten worse in the last year till it's almost impossible to understand the spoken word and I am withdrawing further and further away from contact with most everyone except family and close friends.  Thank God for my iPad and my Closed Caption Captel Phone and my quilting.!!!!   

I have worn a hearing aid since I was 27 years old, 79 years young now, and  as the hearing slowly receded I reverted to wearing an FMStereo system about 6 years ago.  This worked for a while, but now, it is beyond being acceptable so my next recourse is a Cochlear Implant if I want any betterment (is that a word? ) to my quality of life, which I certainly do.  My brain is young, my hands are nimble and I'm agile enough for my age to not want to curl up and hibernate for what time I have left because I can't hear.  It's time to socialize and enjoy the rest of my life.  

The result of this, after 3 years' consideration, is that I am scheduled to have a Cochlear Implant on April 30.  I am writing here on "The Meanderings" to bring hope and Faith in the Almighty to anyone that is going through what I am right now.  So....I'll write and update you all as things progress and hopefully, if everything is successful, a celebration worth celebrating!!!!

I may be able to hear the spoken word again, enjoy a movie and TV without captions, listen to a good thunder storm, hear my music again, hear my great grands voices, hear the birds sing, oh...the list goes on and on....just things  you get used to not hearing as your hearing gets worse, and worse, and worse.  There is hope and I'm going to share that process with you.  If it doesn't work, then we will grieve together.  

I have had my tests and shots and everything is set to go.  I'll get back to you on June 1 and let you all know how things went.  I won't know if it is successful until one month of healing has gone by and they are able to activate the implant that they have implanted in my brain.  If  you are not aware of the implant process, just Google Cochlear Implant and read all about it.  Dr. McReyolds has done 1700 implants with a 95% success rate.  So, I'm very hopeful that all will go well.  If you are so inclined, please say a prayer for me and let's all hope for the best.

Later my friends, and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Just Felt Like Chatting

Good morning and a good morning it is too.  Texas is still in the grip of cool and rainy weather with a nice promising of spring thrown in every once in a while.  My old home town's of Lincoln, RI and Statesville, NC are not doing much better.

Lot's going on here in Jamie's quilting studio, testing patterns, working on current ones, finishing others.  This is actually part of my living room.  It is such a convenient spot with plenty of light.

I have started livening up my Facebook page where you can see all my newest creations.  With collaboration with my daughter, Shirley, we have opened up a new section called "Touch of Faith" that features quilted bible verses and other inspirational sayings that make wonderful "everlasting" gifts.  I'd love to have you go on over there and like the page.  Just press the Facebook line in blue above and away you go.........

I start every morning off with a couple of cups of coffee while reading a dozen or so quilting blogs  and Facebook pages to keep up with what's going on in the world of quilting, fabric, new patterns and just plain enjoyment.

I would like to recommend one that is very interesting that is written by Bonnie K. Hunter, one of the most fascinating blog writers that I have come across in a long time.  Her blog is called Quiltsville.    She is the author of "Leaders and Enders" and several other great books.  Celtic Solstice is one of my favorites from her blog.  It was a mystery Quilt-A-Long (QAL).  if you would like press the Quiltsville blue above and press the line under her heading.  She also has some wonderful free patterns.  if you enjoy her blog, go on over there and tell her so.

It would also be great if you would be so kind as to leave a comment below and let me know if you enjoy reading about great blogs and patterns that definitely made my bucket list.

Thanks for stopping by and remember when you want something beautiful and handmade, visit

Friday, December 6, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!

Time has flown since I moved to Texas as I've been busy setting up an apartment or should I say a sewing studio?  :)

Well, that's exactly what it is, one great room that combines an eating area, a TV area and a sewing area which is right in front of a huge window.  The bedroom serves as a resting place for me and all my fabric.  My lovely big closet also serves as the resting place for all 60 items I have posted on my Etsy Shop.

In my living area I have a TV resting on a dresser/bureau which I couldn't fit in the bedroom and it is filled with fabric for future projects, a desk that has two drawers dedicated to new fabric and a baker's rack filled with boxes entirely filled with projects that are ready to go.  A quilter I have been for about 15 years now and will be until the day I can no longer either see or feel the essence of beautiful fabric or no longer have a mind that can create with that fabric.

Speaking of Etsy, I'll like to share with you the following notice I just posted there.


�� Have a wonderful Holiday and share your love with gifts from Goodies By Jamie (or maybe just buy yourself something beautiful. ��

Please take a few minutes and visit the shop.  Just press here and enjoy some armchair Christmas shopping.

I mentioned in the last post about a quilt I am doing for a friend and it has just come back from being long-armed quilted and I will do the binding and it will be done.  I will show you the quilt in my next post.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Writing From Texas

Yup, it's ME!   Where have I been?  Well, it's a long story seeing that the last post was in March.  Time flies and my life has been one changing scene after another.

After my husbands passed two years ago, I put my house up for sale with the hopes of moving to Texas to be with family when the house sold.  Well, as you can see it has taken 2 years to sell, but F I N A L L Y I got an interested buyer and then the fun began.  How to pack a five room house and make arrangements to move from NC to Texas?  Well, it wasn't easy, especially when you don't have family in the neighborhood.  Thank God for one very good lady friend though.  I doubt I could have done it without her.  We sold all the big stuff and all the junk stuff that you accumulate in 57 years of marriage and still stuffed a 10x22 storage shed in Texas.  And I mean stuff!!  Finally the big day arrived and I flew to Texas two months ago to be met by 2 of my daughters and in two weeks I will be moving to my very own small but lovely apartment.  This apartment is going to be a glorified combination living and crafting area.  It's going to be close, but I Will Overcome and it will be great when I am finished with it.  A wonderful space to relax with my feet up with a glass of wine and knit while I watch TV when I am not quilting.  I'm really looking forward to the challenge!

I will say my quilting has bloomed and if you have been following my Etsy shop you will know that I have been turning out many quilted, knitting and crocheted items during the last two years.  If you haven't been following the shop, please take a look if you would like to. 

My latest endeavor is an experience that I am happy to be a part of.  I met a wonderful lady here in Texas who is the mother-in-law of my daughter's friend (got that?)  It seems that my daughter's friend is the proud owner of sixteen hand embroidered blocks made by her grandmother many long years ago, and she has asked me to make a quilt for her using those blocks.  Needless to say, I was extremely interested and set about designing a background for these blocks.  The layout was approved and the material purchased and I am well on my way to having one half of the quilt sewed.  I'm not going to share it with you just yet, but I will when my friends have seen it first.  Needless to say the blocks are fragile but beautiful.  I have backed each block with a very soft fusible interfacing which came out perfect.  The handwork is delightful with baskets of beautiful flowers, etc.  I have never made a commissioned quilt before and it is scary but exciting.  

I have joined a Quilt Guild and a Knitting Guild and attend a couple of quilting Bees and life is certainly a lot more interesting than when in NC.  I am so glad I made the move.  I'm with family (daughters, son in law, grandkids and their families, and a nephew with his brand new wife) all of whom I love and the freedom to go and do what I want.  Happy Day!!!

Thanks for visiting and I'll Catch You Later......