Wednesday, February 1, 2012

American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month! The American Heart Association is promoting Go Red for Women as part of their efforts for the month and asking that we wear red on Friday, February 3rd. I didn't realize it, but according to their website, Heart Disease kills more women than all cancers combined. That's a whole lot scary.

Just a little shameless promotion of my business, Heavenly Hills Fabrics and Crafts - during the entire month of February 2012, we will be having a store-wide sale of 20% off everything in stock. We have new red fabrics, red notions and redwork books and patterns - we are also proud to now carry the beautiful redwork patterns of Cathy Parker of Quilting Bee Designs. Throughout the month, we plan to order in some additional red products and some of our last order is on back-order. We will also donate $1.00 from every order received during the month AND match it with an additional $1.00 to the American Heart Association for further research and education.

Be sure to use discount code "HEART" at checkout to receive 20% off your order!

February looks to be a fairly busy month for us, quilting wise. Lots to do to get ready for the Jackson's Mill retreat in March and I've been asked to speak at a meeting of the Millennium Quilters in April. We're also working on planning a class at the end of April - it should be loads of fun!Come on over and visit Heavenly Hills Fabrics and Crafts for a terrific sale and to help a great cause. Don't forget to wear red on Friday, February 3rd - it will do your heart good!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Surgery, Teacher, Pattern Designer, Round Robin, a New Job and a Winner!

Since it’s been such a long time since I’ve posted, there is a lot to catch up on. 

DSC_0004My husband was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma in the large burn scar of his leg in September.  When he was four years old, his pajamas caught on fire and his lower right leg was severely burnt.  He has experienced many troubles with it over the years, but a biopsy in August revealed cancer.  On November 2nd, he underwent major surgery in Morgantown – the very talented surgeons removed the cancer and most of the scar tissue from his leg.  The cancer turned out to be about the diameter of a tennis ball and went a bit deeper than they had anticipated.  To cover the area, they harvested a long muscle from his abdomen and skin from his thigh.  He is doing very well and is anxious to get back to “normal.”  We go for another checkup this Friday and hope to get the ok for him to return to work.

DSC_0101Also, I was so excited to have a trial run at teaching my quilting design, “Linked Chains,” in Calhoun County on December 3rd.  It was a one-day event, but we had days worth of fun!  The “students” taught me so much and I was honored to have three of my very best quilting friends as part of the class.  Plus, I met and made many new friends, as well.

Shortly before this class took place, I was notified by Quilt Woman that my pattern designs had been accepted for publication!  I am tremendously excited and thrilled that my life is taking this turn!  If I had my wish, I would be quilting all the time Winking smile.  I so enjoyed teaching and hope that this will also be another avenue to meet and interact with many more quilting enthusiasts!


The kids are finally finished with their Cross Country season – both Jessie and Alex did very well.  This picture is from the Fall Sports Banquet of November.  There are a few kids missing, but it’s been a great experience for all of us.  These kids are just terrific and Mrs. Evans did a fine job with her first season!  I personally had a great time and got plenty of exercise taking pictures at the meets!

Speaking of taking pictures, I was honored to take photos yesterday of a new and growing family.  Jayden Michael was born Nov. 25th and his proud parents and grandparents asked if I could come visit and take some family pictures for them.  Of course, I said yes – he’s absolutely adorable . . . well, see for yourself:

Please respect not only my rights, but also those of Jayden and his family – do NOT download or share any of the photos from my blog in any manner.

I’m participating in the Mountain State Round Robin – my center block is below.  The pattern, “Indian Summer Block,” was shown in “Quilt” magazine’s Dec/Jan 2012 issue on page 10.  It was designed by Beth Maddock and you find it on her website:

Round Robin

It looks so much better in person!  In picking the fabrics, I tried very hard to stay away from white and cream backgrounds and wanted to use that bright teal color.  I definitely used the color wheel, which is part of what I talked about in my class!

I’ve also been given the opportunity to become more involved with the WV Quilters organization.  I’ve accepted the position of Membership Secretary and am enjoying playing a part in the forward progress of our State Guild.

And now to announce the winner of my giveaway in celebration of the Quilting Gallery’s Blog Hop Party, would you give a round of applause for Gwen of “In My Own Little Corner!”  She is the winner of my bundle of goodies – Gwen, an email is coming your way!

Thanks to all who visited, followed and commented – I’m sorry I did not have time to answer you each personally, but I do appreciate you so much and I plan to visit your own blogs as soon as I can!

Happy Sewing,


Saturday, December 10, 2011

What a Life It Has Become!

If I had known 20 years ago that I would be where I am right now, there might have been a few things along the way I would have not done or at least done differently.  Twenty years ago, I was a freshman in high school and my boyfriend of three years was in his senior year.  I was wavering between becoming a teacher or a nurse, and dreaming of a big house with a white picket fence.  The world was wide open and the options seemed endless.

If I had known then what I know now, I would have studied harder in Microbiology in college and stayed put instead of leaving Glenville when I missed the “C” by one point.  Then again, if I HAD become the nurse I wanted to be, I might not be where I am now.  I might not have my two loving, wonderful children, I probably would not have opened my fabric shop (, applied for the Judge Certification Program with the NQA and definitely would not have taught my first quilting class last Saturday.

Not only that, I would not have met and made so many terrific friends that I now enjoy.  Life is full of choices ~ each one a step on our life’s path.  Sometimes we jump forward, sometimes we fall back.  The trick is to always be moving, never be stagnant, never be content with just what IS ~ always be looking forward to what COULD be.

So in that regard, my giveaway for the Quilting Gallery’s Blog Hop Party is a group of products that can be used as building blocks for you to create – to express yourself through this glorious craft we call quilting.

  1. Fons & Porter Hand Quilting Needles – 20 count
  2. “Royal Crown” pattern by Marjorie Rhine of Quilt Design Northwest
  3. 4 1/2” Easy Angle ruler (same type of ruler used by Bonnie Hunter of
  4. “The Quilting Answer Book” by Barbara Weiland Talbert
  5. Yardage Bundle of assorted neutrals – 4 one yard pieces


This package is worth nearly $60 at retail and you can win it for free by doing the following:

  1. Become a new follower of my blog
  2. If you have a blog, post about the Blog Hop Party to help spread the word.
  3. Tell me about it – make ONE comment (just one!) and tell me that you’re a new follower and that you’ve blogged about the giveaway party.  Wrap up your post by telling me one, single, solitary thing you’ll do in 2012 to express yourself creatively – how will YOU move forward??

The giveaway will stay open until next Saturday, December 17th at midnight.  I will announce the winner of the random drawing on the morning of Sunday, December 18th.

I apologize for not getting this posted sooner in the day – comments on this post only will be considered for the drawing.  I will be sending emails to those who commented on yesterday’s post so that they may revisit and enter for a chance to win.

Have a wonderful day and a very productive 2012!  I’m looking forward to hearing from you!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Blog Hop Party Giveaway

Good Morning and Welcome to the Heavenly Hills of West Virginia!

Thank you for visiting my blog! I'm excited to be participating in the Blog Hop Party and would like to extend my warmest wishes for a safe and joyous Holiday season to all of you and your families!

And yes, I'll be having a giveaway in honor of the Quilting Gallery's 4th birthday - all items will be brand new from my online shop (which you can visit at I'll be posting a picture and full description of the prizes you can win tomorrow morning (Saturday, December 10th) right here on my blog. I guarantee that it will be worth your time!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Please visit the Quilting Gallery tomorrow for a full list of participating blogs - all with fantastic giveaways! And please come back to my blog for the giveaway post and a chance to win!!

One of my resolutions for 2012 is to post more . . . have you heard that before? ;)

Sunday, July 17, 2011


So, I sorted all my 2 1/2” strips into color groups in my storage drawers and realized I had quite a few of a couple blues, some of which were already sewn together.  I remember them from the green/blue/orange toddler quilt I made a few years ago (isn’t it funny how seeing a fabric triggers a memory?).

At any rate, I figured it was a good time to see if I could do something with them.  At first, I was just thinking four-patches as leaders/enders, but then a brainstorm hit.  Blew right in without any warning! ;)

So I sewed all the blues together – even the little partial strips – and got to digging through my ruler stash to see if I had something to play with.  I chose a triangle ruler and then realized that more options for these blocks were possible.  If I added white . . . found two full strips of a WOW print in my 4 1/2” drawer . . . It’s still too much blue – what about an accent color?  I found a whole bunch of a beautiful red solid, but hmmm. . . . how about this gorgeous gold print??

I knew that if I flipped the gold on either side of the blues, it would make the cut pieces more interesting.  And if I sewed the gold to the WOW, it would keep everything the same width and open up even more possibilities.

So, I’m just stripping along and got to thinking, “What about adding a thin red as another accent?”  I seriously considered it, but then realized once we started playing with the blocks, that I didn’t really need a red (at least, that’s what I think right now – I could change my mind yet!)

Anyhoo, here are pics of the eleven “leftovers” blocks – I held out one two-blue strip set to be sure I had enough of the right sequence of pieces and I have to finagle a few more pieces out of that to complete a few of these (see the post-its?)  But, it’s not bad for strips that were languishing in a drawer, doing nothing!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Details from Columbus!

Yes, I’m running behind – as usual! 

I had a grand time in Columbus in June.  NQA puts on a great show, and it was incredibly interesting, exciting and enlightening to be able to help and then enjoy it.

I learned so, so much in the Judging Room and made some great new friends.  It was amazing to see the quilts up close and also to see three judges working together with such professionalism and cooperation.  And everything went off pretty smoothly – you can tell that the judging process has been well thought out and planned, even to the smallest details.

The last day of judging was a half-day and so I was able to help hang the quilts and met some terrific gals there as well – Bobbi was a blast to be around and one gal I’d be honored to work with again.

Wednesday, I became a student by taking Linda McCuean’s “Bit of Bella” class.  It was a hands-on class on Gammill long-arm machine and I realized quickly that I was a bit out of my element.  It will take a whole lot more practice before I feel comfortable with a long-arm.

Thursday, I was in Kathy McNeil’s design class – I took lots and lots of notes, because she shared tons of great information!  Plus, we shared some stalled projects of our own to get advice from Kathy and our classmates.  Thank you, ladies, for all your great ideas!

Friday, I took Karen Stone’s “Spinning Stars”.  She’s terrific to be around – very upbeat and laid back.  Here’s a picture of the blocks I came out of there with:


I really like how they turned out and the paper piecing was mostly easy to accomplish.DSC_0148

Saturday, I had a great time in Esterita Austin’s “Pow-erful Portraits” – she’s amazingly talented and I pushed my boundaries quite a bit in this class.  It was the first ever portrait piece I’ve ever attempted, plus it included painting (which I’ve always wanted to try, but was afraid to!).  Actually, I still haven’t painted, as Esterita was the hand behind the brush on my piece, but I loved watching her work on it!

She still needs a hand, hair and a shirt, but she’s pretty cool even without all that, I think! Winking smile

I must admit, I was glad to be coming home, though.  Saturday night, my last night in Columbus, I awoke around 3 am to strange sounds and lights outside my lower level window.  When I peeked out, there were cop cars in the parking lot and a helicopter hovering overhead.  Cops were checking random rooms - looking for someone, I suppose.  They didn’t come to my side of the hotel and so didn’t knock on my door, but it still made me a bit anxious for a little while.

All in all, it was a grand experience and I’m looking forward to next year!

By the way, I came home to find that our dog, Duke, had been hit by a vehicle while I was gone.  He was a copper Beagle and a wonderful pet – we all miss him terribly!015_14

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Alex, our son, with Duke as a puppy and full grown.  Unfortunately, both of our kids saw Duke get hit and it was pretty traumatic for both of them.



Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hello, Columbus!

I’ve arrived, safe and sound and my quilt, “Salt, Pepper and a Dash of Spice,” has been delivered, albeit a day late.  Tomorrow starts bright and early with candidate orientation at 7:30 am.  I’m excited to be in the Judging Room at the NQA’s 42nd Show!  It will be a wonderful learning experience, I’m very sure.

The judging concludes on Tuesday and I’m set up for classes starting on Wednesday – four days of full day classes and I think they’ll be loads of fun!

Off to bed soon for some catching up on much needed sleep – have a wonderful evening, everyone!

Barbara Ann