December 10, 2013


We were very young when this picture was taken. I think the twins were graduating from high school a year earlier then their classmates. 

December 8, 2013

Jim Dandy's Roost

Our newest pattern is ready to be shipped.
Jim Dandy's Roost

AQS Quilt Week Phoenix, AZ February 5-8 2014.

We will be vending at AQS Quilt Week February 5th to the 8th, 2014.

                Mary Andra will be teaching two quilts during the show. Stash Blues is the blue one below.
Weeping Cherry will also be taught by Mary Andra
We hope you visit us.

Quilt Shuffle Spring Market 2013

We were all there but we were way in the back. Candee got pulled up front and is next to Jo Morton. What fun we all had.

November 17, 2013

Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Vol #8 Blog tour SQT winners

Our winners of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour is:

Anne Cowan will win our big give-a-way.

Two other winners are:

AnnieBikes.......Your block is great! I love flowers! Thanks for the possibility to win the book.
Annie will win Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine Vol #8 directly from @Quiltmakermag

MoeWest..... Your block looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing the quilt design idea.
Maureen will win a Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine Vol #8 from Sisters' Quilting Trunk.

Please send your mailing address ASAP to

Congrats to all the winners and thanking everyone for visiting all the Blogs in @Quiltmakersmag 100 Blocks Vol #8 Blog Tour. #100blocks

Winners will have until noon on 11/19/2013 to respond. New winners will then be choosen.

November 12, 2013

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. #8 Blog Tour

 We are so excited and thankful to be included in Quiltmaker's 100 Block Vol. #8. We are block #706 page 24. You can even see us on the cover. Mary Andra is one of four sisters who own Sisters' Quilting Trunk. She does all the hand applique'. Mary Andra feels doing one block is the easiest part of designing a quilt.

 At times putting it into a quilt is not so easy. She did come up with a quilt design suggestion for this block. We hope you enjoy it.

Don't forget to go here to see all the designers who have a block in this issue and are participating in the blog hop. There are always wonderful blocks in every issue of Quiltmaker, so don't forget to check them out too. 

Please don't forget to show us what you did with your blocks. We would love to see them.

Quiltmaker is generously giving away one 100 Blocks Vol #8 magazine to every blog participating. We will also be giving one away and a surprise too.
All you have to do is post a message below to be included in both give-a-ways. We will have two lucky winners. Our drawing will take place on November 16th 2013. 

Wishing all who read this a wonderful day,
Mary Andra, Cheryl Ann, Candee and Andee
and the one who doesn't sew, Geri

November 11, 2013

When Duty Calls

Remembering to thank those who serve/served to keep us safe.
Our family members are:
Hank, Henry, Perry, Sara, My Eddy, Scott, and Charlie
In memory: 
Daddy, Pop, Billy, Uncle Sal, and Uncle Tony
We will never forget.

May 13, 2013

On The Radio Today

  Today's the day. Join Quilter Pat Slone and Mary Andra Holmes
   "On The Radio"

May 8, 2013

May 3, 2013

Guess who's coming to AZ

That's right. The American Quilting Society is coming to Phoenix February 5th 2014 to February 8th 2014. Contact Laurie Mahan for vendor information. I just did. Won't you join me. Plan on a great week.

What is AQS?  
The American Quilter's Society is a quilt book publisher and quilt magazine publisher and membership organization that strives to inspire, instruct and nurture the art and skill of quiltmaking.
AQS provides a forum for quilters of all skill levels to expand their horizons in quiltmaking, quilt design, self-expression and quilt collection. This is accomplished by publishing quilting books, quilting magazines, quilt shows, quilt contests, quilting workshops, and a membership organization.
AQS is the publisher of quilting books and two quilting magazines, American Quilter and The Quilt Life. This quilting membership organization conducts four quilt shows and contests each year in Lancaster, PA, Paducah, KY, Grand Rapids, MI, and Des Moines, IA. These quilt shows and quilt contests attract thousands of quilt enthusiasts from around the world who enter quilts in the contests and attend the shows.
During its 27-year history, AQS has set the standard of excellence in offering quilting products, quilting workshops, a Quilt Appraiser Certification Program, quilt shows and contests and other activities in the world of quilting.

April 30, 2013

The Finisher

There is always one in every group. "The Finisher" I was so excited (see my previous post) that I finished the top for a class project taught by Pat Slone. Today I visited my BVF, Barbara, and hers was not only done but quilted, sleeve on and hanging. I just gotta love her!

April 28, 2013

Finishing a quilt from a quilt Class

 I started quilting in 1980. Self taught I may add. I took my first quilt class in 1982 or 1983 from Blanche Young. Not sure I really liked piecing so I decided to make another just to see if I liked doing this part of quilting. I soon found out that I would rather do it by hand or stick to hand applique'. I didn't know I was actually hand appliqueing at the time. One day Helen Young Frost called to say that "Mother", she always calls her mother, thought I had made a quilt that might be just the right size they needed to fit a small space in their new book "The Flying Geese Quilt". I was so excited I could hardly stand it. I sent it to her and indeed it did fit. A few short days later Helen asked if I had another one of similar size. Remember my second try? Yes, I did have another. They loved that one too. So to my surprise I guess I did piecing OK but I didn't like doing it. I have taken several quilt classes since then and never finished one of the projects. My thought is I take a class for the technique I hope to learn and no thought goes into finishing the project.

The two quilts are actually in our logo for Sisters Quilting Trunk.

We now move to a few short weeks ago 2013.  I am taking another quilt class. Pat Slone has come to our guild to teach machine applique'. I kind of thought I might learn something to make it easier, quicker to finish quilts for our business. After all sometimes it takes me a few years to finish a queen size hand appliqued quilt for a new pattern. Then a few more years to hand quilt it. I have given that up and my quilts get shipped to my sister Andee to machine quilt. I do love getting them back all finished and ready for Quilt Market. But could I give up hand applique? I guess the fact that I finished a class project for the second time in 30+ years is my answer. Pat.....I love machine applique. Yes...I will be shipping this quilt off to Andee to machine quilt. It will go above my desk in my office. 
I will never give up hand quilting or hand appliqueing but I have given in to the fact that sometimes I need to do what I need to do. 
Thank you again Pat for teaching a old dog new tricks.

April 22, 2013

Loss of a Friend

The loss of a friend is not easy. I knew Fran for about 1 1/2 years. Moving to our new home and finding a quilter living just on the hilltop across the street. I soon found out that not only was Fran a quilter, she hand pieced and hand quilter all her quilts.   
 We also shared the love of gardening. It may take me years and years to have a garden as beautiful as Fran's.
Never forget to tell your friends how special they are in your life.

March 24, 2013

More - House re-do's

This is the other side of the guest room. 
My part of the office.
                                          New paint and furniture.
                                          Waiting for quilt on wall.
                                           Got a new book case too.
                                           Going to pretty it up. LOL
                                           Before - Hubby's part of office
                                           After - I love sharing office with Hubby!

House re-do's

Some time during construction of this house the owners changed their mind and made the back patio into two guest rooms. The problem was they didn't take out the sliding door to the patio. I tried to hide it with a quilt but it just had to come out.
Now I need quilts to hang over beds.