Rusty Crow Primitives

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sew Southern Quilts

My shop will be on VACATION MODE for an extended period of time. I thank you very much for your purchases and hope to be back on-line in the near future.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Crazy Quilt Block from long ago

Great Grandmother's hand work framed for me. I was named after Malissa Ann, born Jan 6, 1868 in Wirt Co. West Virginia. Her first husband was a Hickerson (thus the initials M.A.H)  This little piece is over 100 years old and was just falling apart. I took it out of my storage tub and I was heartsick..., I was so afraid it would fall apart like paper. As it was, little pieces of the silk were disintegrated and just fell to the floor when I opened the tissue paper. I showed it to Mr. with tears in my eyes and he took it to a local frame shop to see if she could save it. What a miracle, she was able to save it for me and told Mr. this was the most delicate and fragile piece she has ever worked with.
Robert and Drusilla McBride Monroe and two of their daughters. Malissa is sitting on her Fathers lap and I can not read the second name.

I am so blessed to have this little quilt. I will treasure it forever.

Monday, October 10, 2016

I found a new friend in Flannel!!

I have found my new friend in the world of fabric... Flannel!! Designers as well as the fabric industry has given us a whole new look in "beautiful" flannels that look like wool and handle applique like batiks. I still use hand dyed wool, although very beautiful it is also a bit pricey when working on a large project. Discovering these new flannels and  how well they work give me new inspiration for fall and winter projects.  I love the ability to use a combination of wool, flannel and quality cotton fabrics in my wall hangings, table toppers and table runners. Here are a few of the new items I have made using these flannels. I just love them. Stop by the shop and check out the latest creations. Sew Southern Quilts

Here is a link to the beautiful fabrics:
Wool and Needle Flannels by Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop ,and Woolies Flannel by Bonnie Sullivan  AND Cottonworks Woven by Minick and Simpson

Some of my creations are below using cotton backgrounds and flannel and wool applique.

Stop by the shop and say hello. Sew Southern Quilts Click on the link for new fall home décor.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Hello from Sew Southern Quilts- ETSY

 With a renewed enthusiasm and a never ending love of country quilts I have decided to restock my ETSY shop this July;  Sew Southern Quilts.

So, where have I been?
Playing, working, enjoying life and family and of course QUILTING .... I am really proud to say I am a member of  Cumberland County Quilts of Valor and I belong to local groups who are so generous with their time and talents. We work on our own projects but making and donating quilts for community projects is just something quilters find time to do. Here are a few of my most recent QOV quilts... almost finished.

My favorite quilts include traditionally-inspired patchwork designs, especially when combined with appliqué. I have discovered Primitive Quilts and Project magazine and I have to admit, this was my inspiration to bring new life to my shop. With so many ideas and patterns at my finger tips how can I say no. It is a rare occasion when I follow a pattern, any pattern for that matter. I just can not color within the lines I guess. I see something I love but for some reason I have to make it my own with a change in color, size or design.

Kim Diehl is one of my favorite designers, her patterns and books are amazing. Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts and Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene, The Blue and the Gray; Oh and I can not forget about  The Red Button Quilt Co . You will see new items in my shop using all these designers as well Lisa Bongean for inspiration. If you like warm and cozy colors and traditional quilts then I may have something for you in my shop. Stop in and take a look around, I hope to be up to speed by July.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

North South East & West where does your personal compass lead you?



Wow, really? April was my last post!

In hindsight my personal compass was accurate. I have meet wonderful people and experienced new places in the past few months, life is grand if you live it and let your compass lead you.

It is impossible to cover all the events life has brought my way since April nor to define what lead me to embrace new missions; so I'll share a little bit and hope you allow your personal compass to lead you to new adventures also. Share your strengths and talents God has given you with someone else. You don't have to know "exactly" where you're going to have a beautiful ride in life.

One of the most beautiful things in life is a new life. We have a new baby in our family, our first Great Grand!

Quilts of Valor
Doris S and I took on Quilts of Valor (QOV) in our little town of Crossville, TN when the leader of the group stepped down. Between the two of us and a group of approximately 25 wonderful women volunteering hours of their time, made and presented over 35 quilts to veterans in Cumberland County and the surrounding area between April and November of this year. QOV has to be one of the most rewarding missions I have experienced to date. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Looking back I didn't know where this new calling would lead me but I am so happy I followed. I stepped down as co-leader of the QOV this month since we winter in AZ but I will be back in the spring and sew with the girls again. I am so happy the group is going strong and the veterans lives we touch with a quilted hug and a thank you is so rewarding to me. I am excited to have met some girls in the park here in AZ that sew for QOV so I will sew with them.


This summer we toured all over TN on the motorcycle and enjoyed the beautiful state we live in. I love quilts and quilt barns, I am not even going to begin to post all of our finds but I have to say, it is a beautiful journey on the bike with a camera and a hubby who will stop for a picture of a barn in the hills of TN. (okay, okay, so he slowed down and I had my camera on action shots due to the constant movement of the bike, we know how men are. I hear "Oh, was I supposed to stop?")


My Etsy shop has been neglected for a long time, I hope to get back to it soon but for now I'll continue this journey while I can. I continue to sew and every now and then add something new to the shop. I'll post some of my projects soon. Enjoy your day and follow your personal compass.
 Share with me your adventures and projects.



Friday, April 3, 2015

Good Friday, Stations of the Cross, The Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains

My husband and I rode with a Harley group out of Pueblo El Mirage through some of the most scenic country side and back roads in AZ, but by far our visit to Yarnell, AZ  and "The Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains" will always be one of my most memorable stops and was so thought provoking and moving during this season of lent.

We were told to meet at the gas station and kick stands are up at 9:00 am; we were taking a back roads and our trip would take us through Congress, AZ and Yarnell, AZ. These trips are always an adventure and surprises around every corner.

I'll share with you tomorrow our trip to Congress, AZ but for today, I want to share with you something I found to be very touching, very quiet and peaceful and very beautiful in the mountains of Yarnell, AZ.

The following is from the web-site The Shrine of St. Joseph
A visit to the Shrine starts at the foot of St. Joseph, the patron saint of Happy Homes. The statue depicts Joseph returning home from his work. Still carrying some of his tools, he has lifted the Holy Child into his arms. Through his fine example of faithfulness and devotion to those in his care as head of the Holy Family in Nazareth, St. Joseph is the perfect model for all parents. The Shrine stands as an appeal to all people to promote spiritual peace, harmony and love in their own homes. Beyond the statue of St. Joseph, a beautiful rustic path beckons you to walk with Jesus through His last days on earth.

St. Joseph and Jesus
The pilgrimage begins at the table of His Last Supper, where He spent His last joyful moments
Up the path, pause to reflect on His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. 
        Follow His footsteps along the Way of the Cross, which memorializes His last hours,
 from His condemnation to death
 to His placement in the tomb.
The Shrine of Saint Joseph of the Mountains survived the Yarnell Hill Fire and remains a pilgrimage for the state's faithful.