In Memory of James Foley

I am dedicating this short post in memory of James Foley, the courageous American journalist who was slaughtered over the weekend by the evil of blind ignorance.

As it has been said before, we in America live in the land of the free because of the brave. So today, as I sit blessed with a life filled with liberty, I will be mourning with James Foley’s family, friends and colleagues,  and all of the journalists from the US and countries around the globe still held hostage by the brutal forces of terror.

Democracy and Peace are only achieved through Truth and Justice, the heart of journalism. If you are a blogger and/or writer, please remember the reporters and journalists who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of truth and justice through the freedom of information. To learn more please visit:

The Committee to Protect Journalists

Human Rights Watch

Pew Research Center Journalism Project

The Newseum

Thank you for reading today.

All the best,



The Ladies of Dayton, Virginia!

Please extend a big welcome to The Ladies of Dayton, Virginia- Susan, Mary, Shirley and Cynthia, the new owners of Patchwork Plus. Patchwork Plus is well known as the largest quilt shop in Virginia, and we are extremely fortunate to have such a resource local to us here in the Shenandoah Valley.

Susan and Mary are sisters who own and manage the store with friend Cynthia and mom, Shirley. Susan’s son Ricky, also works full time at the shop. The store is literally buzzing with many updates, new events and classes.



On the day that I visited with my husband, the place was full of lively conversation and fun energy from customers and staff alike. It felt like I walked into the middle of a party! Oh, and BTW, in case you hadn’t heard, if you are a customer of Patchwork Plus, you can also be invited to the party by earning Charm Points every time you shop.

The fun and party atmosphere is all part of the community building work that the Ladies of Dayton value as a local and regional business. Their personal touch felt to me like the “Royal Treatment!”

Susan, owner in charge of FUN!

Susan,  the owner in charge of FUN!

If you have not stopped by in a while please put a visit on your calendar. You will enjoy meandering through the beautiful Moda, Bernatex, RJR , Clothworks, P&B  fabrics, and more, in the 6,000- plus bolts that line the store. In addition to quality threads, notions,  and machines, Patchwork Plus also carries Quilters Dream Batting, made right here in Virginia!

Patchwork Plus is located at 17 Killdeer Lane in Dayton, VA and you can reach, Susan, Mary, Cynthia or Shirley directly by calling 877-674-4821. Visit their online store at  Even better, you can drop by the party any time Monday through Friday from 9am until 7pm and on Saturdays from 9am until 6pm. I look forward to seeing you there!!

All the best,



Photographing Your Quilt


I thought this was great information, and goodness knows I could use the help in improving my photography skills!! I hope you like it, too!

Originally posted on The Modern Quilt Guild:

With QuiltCon fast approaching we’re hoping you’re planning to enter a quilt in the QuiltCon quilt show.  Entering a quilt is a simple process, but it is important to make sure your quilt is shown in its best light so that it has a good chance of being juried into the show.  A beautiful quilt can be overlooked in the jurying process if it is not well photographed. We wanted to share some tips that we’ve found useful that only require what you probably have at home, no expensive, special equipment or set ups.

The first thing to remember is this is not about the scenery surrounding your quilt, it is about the quilt itself.  The QuiltCon show entry asks for one flat shot of the whole quilt and one close up.  The jurors want to be able to see the whole quilt with no distractions and they want to…

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