Walnut Iowa

Friday, June 19, 2009

I've got my walking shoes packed. I'm leaving today for a very short trip to Walnut, Iowa. My friend Flona is from the Walnut area and she has invited Linda, Barb and myself to come and experience the Walnut Antique Show. Flona's sister lives there and has a rental house available for us. We have to take blow-up mattresses, pillows and our towels. (Like camping inside)
But wooohooo!!! Sounds like fun.

I wish Barb would go...but she thinks she should stay home and get caught up on some things. I'm thinking about the "bucket list" movie....you know where you make the list of all the things you want to do before you die. Not that Barb and I have any plans on that front....but we've always talked about going to the Walnut Antique show and here is a chance to go with fun friends. And 300 vendors....it doesn't get much better than that.

Quick list of what we have in the works:

1. June and July stocking patterns will be released in two weeks. I'm working on photography and patterns. They will be turned into the printer on Monday.

2. We are going to release a free quilt pattern on-line. I'm working on the pattern....it will be released the end of next week. Look for it then.

3. We are working on a Halloween Stocking book. It will have 13 stockings for spooky fun! It will be released mid-July. Just in time for you to stitch.

4. We have postponed the quilt book release until fall. We are going to add the quilts planned for the summer release to the fall book and then add more to make it a stronger publication....(that's the reason for the free quilt pattern on the blog site.)

5. Harvest my lavender...take a look on the picture above. The white lavender is in full bloom around here. I want to dry some of it.

Will post more probably Sunday. I know you will want to see some pictures of the antique show. Hope to see you there!

Until later dear friends!



  1. Sounds like it should be a great time. Can't wait to see pictures.

    I just LOVE lavender anytime I walk past some I rub my hand along the plant smells heavenly :)

  2. Oh wow! Have a great time! As for your todo list -- lots of lovely things for us to look forward to on there! Oh boy!! I'm so psyched! Tell Barb to go to Walnut Iowa!!!

  3. Have a wonderful time Alma! . . * I look forward to your books - whenever they come out. (. . . absence will make the heart grow fonder . . .?)
    xo, Bren

  4. Have a great time! I'll be keeping an eye out for the Halloween stockings (now I can't wait!).

  5. Oh fun!!! I had no idea of this show...and it's just 3 hours from me! Perhaps we'll take a little drive tomorrow!! :o)) Cannot WAIT for the quilt pattern!! Have a fun time in Iowa, and I hope Barb has a change of heart!

  6. Tell Barb that things will always wait and she might miss the buy of a lifetime if she stays home! Have fun :)

  7. Walnut Iowa sound like FUN FUN FUN!! Have a great time. Looking forward to all the new released!!

  8. Alma! You have me all a twitter! I have all of the stockings and look forward to each new design and now a book of spooky stockings! I'm dying to see it! I will be on the edge of my seat waiting your next post =) Meagan

  9. Sounds like a fun time! Looking forward to your next book. I know it will be just as wonderful as all the others.

  10. OMG what excitement! Looking forward to the Halloween Stockings and June and July Stockings! Have fun in Iowa! Enjoy the antique show!

  11. So many great things in the works! Looking forward to everything!

  12. Lavender is my favorite flower/herb. I have 2 different varieties but they are both purple. Thanks for sharing with us.
    Have a great day.

  13. I am so glad I found your blog (found on The fatquarter shop)> I have been a follower (groupie maybe) of Blackbird Designs for YEARS! I have all your quilting books, and of course FABRICS! Have fun in Walnut, IA...Ooooh, shopping, Fun!

  14. Have fun. I look forward to seeing your photos.

  15. Have a GREAT time!! Your to do list is wonderful. Halloween stockings--oh, F-A-B-ulous! I can't wait. Or for the June & July stockings. Now just to stitch them all. ;) Fun fun fun. Enjoy your weekend!

  16. It sounds like you will have a wonderful time. I look forward to seeing your pictures. I just love your blog. It is so fun to check in now and then and see what is new. I'm really looking forward to the Halloween stockings. How fun. I'm also excited about the newest Loose Feathers. So so cute!!! Thanks for all you do.

    Happy Stitchin!

  17. Hi Alma and Barb
    Hope you post your finds at the show, love your blog - anxious to see you at Houston
    PS - sadly the wire votive holders were sold out - bummer

  18. busy girls for sure!
    have a good trip.

  19. Your blog is very fine!!
    Have a wonderful time!
    Kisses Ornella from Italy

  20. Good Monday Mornin' to ya!
    Thanks so much for the lovely visit at Walnut! I love your blog! You are sooo creative!
    Hope you can take a road trip, and come see all of us!
    Barb C.


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