Rusty Crow Primitives

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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Material Girls of Pueblo El Mirage, AZ

How fortunate for me!! I am not in Pueblo El Mirage, AZ 72 hours and I am a member of another quilt guild!! One thing about quilters, universally they are all a welcoming group who enjoy sharing their love of quilting, helping new quilters, eating at great restaurants and SHOP HOPS!! From TN to AZ and we are all cut from the same cloth.

What a treat!! I was invited to join the Material Girls on a "Shop Hop" last week. So much fun, thank you ladies. I am a new member of the Material Girls and look forward to our time together next year. Not all, but many of the women leave AZ and return to their home residence until Oct or Nov. This little community in Pueblo El Mirage grows to over 3,000 in peak season!

First Stop:
3 Dudes Quilting, 5053 E Elliott Rd, Phoenix.  This is a wonderful shop full of beautiful fabrics any quilter would be happy to own. The guys welcome you with tea, bottled water and homemade cookies and the latest and greatest in fabrics. (sorry about the pics, I forgot my camera and used my cellphone)
 3 Dudes Quilting

Thanks 3 Dudes, we will be back, love this shop and I love their sense of humor.
Next stop, lunch at Aunt Chilada's / 7330 N Dreamy Draw Rd, Phoenix, AZ
This place has a unique history and the best Mexican food, click on the link  "Aunt Chilada's"
Nestled in the shadow of the Squaw Peak Mountain, Aunt Chilada’s is truly an historic landmark with a personality all its own. Constructed in the 1890’s from desert stone and railroad ties, the original building served as a supply depot and general store for the mercury miners passing through the Dreamy Draw. (from their website)
I fell in love with these beautiful blue doors and the railroad tie arbor. Just my style.
                                  See additional pictures and menu here. Awesome place!

Next shop: "Quiltz" 3851 E Thunderbird, Phoenix, AZ
Tons of notions, patterns and beautiful fabrics!
Next Stop- SAS Fabrics Superstore 9840 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ
If you are looking for lace, upholstery fabric, and tons of other  fabrics for that special wedding or project, this is your kind of place!!

Set aside some time to go thru tubs, bins, rolls and bolts of fabric! Feathers, lace, beads and boas!
Have you noticed the "eye candy" shops use to beckon us in. This one was very unique! LOL
Thanks ladies, I hear there are more shops to visit so until next time, be safe in your travels and we will all come back together again in the fall.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This weather is for the BIRDS!!

What do you do when mother nature has different ideas about how your day is going to go? Follow the theory of  "If you cant beat them, join them."



All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Quilts of Valor Presentations this weekend

I was so honored this weekend to present two quilts to two honorable WWII veterans. The first was to Mr. Mervin Towers a Navy Veteran and the second was to Mr. Andrew Dolan an Army Air Corp veteran.

It is an honor and privilege to meet these men and present them a quilt made by many hands for this special day. I work with QOV volunteers who cut out the quilt blocks, others sew them together with prayers and thoughts of their own loved ones who have served in wars; then another will quilt the quilt with love and binding stitches to hold all three layers together; the last job is to bind the quilt and add a label with needle and thread, all done by hand. All the time the quilt is moving thru many hands rich in tradition to wrap that special solder in warmth and love. It is a heartwarming project and very rewarding to show our appreciation for their service and sacrifice for us and to this great country. We thank each and everyone of you men and women.

I am proud to introduce to you Mr. Towers and Mr. Dolan.

Mr.  Towers, US Navy WWII veteran was resting when Doris Smith and I arrived at his home. Mr. Towers was very happy and surprised by the quilt. He is a lovely man and so appreciative to receive the quilt. I hear he is using it everyday.

Mr. and Mrs. Dolan and thank you to Joy McKeel for helping me with the presentation (far left) 

Myself, Mr. Dolan and George McKeel.