Longmeadow Finishing Directions


Hi all,

I’ve finally gotten around to writing up the finishing directions.  You can download the Longmeadow – FINISHING DIRECTIONS here.  The quilt as a whole will be taken down on April 1st and sold in the shop as a complete pattern after that.  So get it while you can!

I had an absolute blast in Tennessee.  The countryside is so beautiful.  Trees were blossoming everywhere and all the hills were green and lovely.  Not to mention the fact that I got to see my daughter and her family.  It was a heaven-blessed trip and Tennessee has officially been put on the “Possible Places to Retire” list. We visited the quilt store recommended by Tosha (thank you!!) in the comments and it was jam-packed with fabric and had so many books that I could’ve spent all day just perusing the library!  Every quilt book imaginable was on those shelves!

As for Clarksville, I’ve never seen so much brick in my life and I adored it.  We were about 99 miles from Paducah, KY, and I kick myself now that we didn’t take an extra day to go out that way and explore.  I’ve always wanted to see it.

On Thursday night, My sweetie and I watched our granddaughter so that the kids could go out on a real date (their first since her birth).  At 15 months, she is constant movement.  I found myself saying to my daughter the very same thing my mother-in-law used to say to me.  “I don’t know how you do it!”  I had five kids then and I used to laugh when she’d say that to me because she herself raised 6 kids, having the first when she was 35 and the last when she was 45.  I think of myself having a baby now at 48, and I think I’d collapse.  I just don’t have the energy to run around after toddlers anymore. lol.  It was pure exhaustion for 2 hours that night.  She was a good baby, though and didn’t cry much.  But we were all three relieved when the kids came home to take over.

I have a lot of stitching to catch up on, but am having a hard time finding the motivation to do so.  I’ve been a hand-applique snob for years, but really want to give invisible machine applique an earnest try.  But, since I’m scared that it will turn out terrible, I keep putting it off and putting it off and getting farther and farther behind. lol.  Didn’t know I was such a chicken.  I’m going to just jump in one of these days.  What’s the worst that could happen?  Wait!  Don’t answer that. lol

9 thoughts on “Longmeadow Finishing Directions

  1. I do both machine and hand. It won’t be a disaster. Different methods for different projects. =) Tennessee is a very lovely state, but I recommend you be here in the summer when it’s 90 and 90% humidity before you decide for sure. =)


  2. Glad your visit with your family went well. Directly east is our neighbor Tenn. and I agree with the other comment, it is lovely but humid in the summer! I can identify with being overwhelmed in the applique dept. but needle turn pleases me more with final results. I have had much better results with cotton thread as opposed to monofilament when I have done machine applique. Sincere thanks for all your effort and hard work preparing and sharing the beautiful patterns.


    1. I was wondering about using cotton thread simply because I have such an abundance of it in just about every color. And I’ve heard that the monofilament doesn’t do well with the dryer or a hot iron, so I guess that’s one of the things I’m waffling over. I just need to jump in and do it and get the experience I need to make it work. I’ve always loved hand applique, but lately I haven’t got the patience for it. I’m getting restless as I get older. I find it harder to concentrate for any length of time.


  3. I can’t thank you enough for sharing your absolutely beautiful quilts with us. I do need to go to your store to buy some centers. You are so generous and it’s much appreciated. Thanks:)


  4. I am delighted that you got to visit the quilt store, that in it self is enough to move to the lovely state of Tennessee. Being from the state I am partial but having lived in Missouri for the last 20 years I can say,you get used to the climate. The humidity is no worse than cold winters in MO. It all depends on what you want to see when you look out the window of your SEWING ROOM and how close the nearest quilt store is! And in your case how much closer you are to your beautiful granddaughter. Thanks for sharing.


  5. Hello from Tennessee!! I’ve lived here since birth, some 57 years! The humidity is a beast! Most days you’re actually wearing WET CLOTHES!! You never get used to it. I could not stand all that cold and snow up North! I’ll stay where I am!! I live 20 miles South of Clarksville. I have 2 sisters that live there. I wanted to know the Name of the fabric store that you visited?
    Fabric stores (a real fabric store) are few and far between! I’d be VERY interested in visiting this store! I LOVE YOUR QUILTS! They are ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!! I truly enjoy your website! Thank you for all your wonderful work. Janet


    1. We absolutely adored Clarksville, and all that we saw of Tennessee in general. Gorgeous country! The quilt shop we visited was in Franklin, TN, and was called the Stitcher’s Garden on 209 S. Royal Oaks Blvd. I hope you are able to go!


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