Three Flying Chairs, My Husband, and a Church

I have friends who are six and some who are older than me,

and one friend who is even 103.

I have a male friend, a teen, who stood by my side,

when my husband died,

and he held fast  me while I cried.

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints so I have friends of all ages. I hand made the quilt below while my husband was still with me in body. The quilt shows my husband with some of his young friends as they fly through the air in chairs.


Outsider Art Quilt Disappearing Birds

The picture on this wall is of a full sized quilt. It’s hand pieced and hand quilted. The dark/light pattern is an old one called ‘bow tie’. So as to not break this dark/light pattern the birds on each bow tie are of similar in value, color, and motif. Bird and circle shapes are quilted into the light blue panels and to continue the theme, birds are appliqued onto the boarders.

I’ve made quilts for years but had never known how others made theirs. One day I overheard experienced quilters mention that all quilts have names. I found out later they were referring terns like ‘bow tie’. But that very day I pulled out my dozen or so quilts and gave them all a name, a quote from a favorite book and a piece of music! Snakes and cakes was given music from Carl Orff and a paragraph by C.S. Lewis

Disappearing Birds was matched up with ‘Was you there?” by Blind Willie Johnson and “We are all born with piles of wrapped up precious gifts. Only we can open them by obedience.” by Patrice. I love not knowing.

701 Disappearing Birds

701 Disappearing Birds

Win A Chicken Quilt

Jillian also calls me Tawni Alice and I hate to complain but that’s not my name.Jillian also has the wrong name for Hatch Day! “Today’s your  Birthday,” she says and lifts me high as I can fly.  From the book Chickens In Birthday Suits.

To find out what other facts chickens could teach Jillian read Chickens In Birthday Suits. To see the chicken quilt refer to Monday’s blog and to win it answer one of the questions at the back of the book in a humorous way.  Chickens in Birthday Suits Is free as an Ebook today and for a few more days at

From the children's book 'Chickens In Birthday Suits'

From the children’s book ‘Chickens In Birthday Suits’

Quilt Group

For month’s now, I hadn’t been attending my quilting group and missed it, so I went tonight taking a large quilt I’ve recently finished to show. It’s hand sewn and probably took close to a year to make but when it was half done I realized my idea was BAD. Rather than throw a year’s work away plus the fabric I took it to my group last year and heard a lot of noise; suggestions, encouragement, and ideas. It’s not my favorite one but I’m glad I didn’t throw it away.