Oh my gosh, it’s been quite the morning.  I planned on getting my post for today on much earlier, but had a little mishap this morning.  In the wee hours of the morning today, our smoke detectors went off.  Scott and I jumped out of bed and ran to the girls’ rooms, checked them and then continued running through the house to see if there was a fire anywhere.  Luckily, thank goodness, no smoke and no fire anywhere and the detectors stopped screaming.  Our detectors are all hard wired in the house, so if one goes off, they all go off and I swear you can hear them all the way down the street from our house.  We couldn’t figure out what set them off.  After our hearts stopped pounding out of our chests, we finally fell back asleep.  Scott went off to work and the alarms sounded AGAIN!  Hearing that sound just sends shock waves through you!  I called Scott and he called our neighbor, an electrician.  Meanwhile,  I Googled (love Google, by the way) what could be causing this.  The detectors never have done this.  They have batteries in them for when the power goes out, which we all know happens here.  However, when the batteries need to be changed, the detectors making a chirping sound, usually when I’m trying to fall asleep at night. πŸ™‚  So, we knew it wasn’t the batteries.  Possible causes could be humidity, dust, an insect or one or more of the detectors needs to be replaced.   The trick is to see if you can figure out which is the “bad” detector.  It will sound off first, like a split second before the others echo behind.  My thoughts were this is bologna and maybe that wasn’t the first word that popped into my head. πŸ™‚  Luckily, the next time they sounded off, I could tell, barely, that it was the detector in the mudroom.  Scott walked me through how to remove it and it was definitely the culprit because they have been quiet ever since.  In the end, I am so thankful we are safe and we have smoke detectors that work properly.  Annoying as this event was, I’m glad we have detectors that tell us when there is something wrong with them. 

So what I really wanted to post about today was about my day I had this past Monday.  I went to Shipshewana to meet a fellow blogger that wanted me to quilt for her.  JoAnne of the The Patriotic Quilter was on the Mainland and wanted to leave me a quilt top while she was here.  Why do I say Mainland because she resides in Hawaii!!!  Shipshewana ended up being the perfect place to meet.  Really broke my heart don’t you think??  Yeah, right!!!!  LOL!  It was such a delight to meet JoAnne in person!!  The real story is her gorgeous quilt top!!  JoAnne made a stunning version of the “Omigosh” quilt.  It’s a pattern by Sue Garman.

Look at all those pieces!!!  See the dime I placed on the top?  Each little square finishes 1.5″!!!!  Wow!  That’s a-lot-o-pieces, folks!  It’s a super heavy top too.  I can’t wait to quilt it! Bravo, JoAnne for doing such an amazing job!!!  I think she said it took her about 6 weeks to complete.  Would’ve taken me 6 YEARS!  LOL!  JoAnne posted about it in April and May. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!  I know I will!!!  Kristin and I are off Sunday to see Keith Urban again!!  I’m so excited!!!  We are headed to Indiana this time.  I will post all about it next week!!


  • JoAnne says:

    How thrilling to have my quilt featured on your blog! I'm relieved you got your smoke detector problem resolved. I had one night where mine went off for just less than a minute, but it was enough to make my heart pound. I never did figure out why. I was fun meeting in Shipshewana!

  • Yvette says:

    I have this pattern!!! 6 weeks????? OMIGOSH!!!! There is no way!! She is a magician, it looks fantastic.

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    My smoke detector goes off the the oven it heated above 400*. No clue why but I'm sure the neighbors think I burn everything! Glad is was just a mishap.

    Perfect name for that quilt because that is exactly what I said when I saw it.

  • Linda Crosby says:

    All I can say about that quilt is "WOW", the pieces are ever so small. It is just beautiful. Can't wait to see it quilted. thanks for showing it..

  • Lynette says:

    whoa – such tiny work!

  • Simone de Klerk says:

    What an adventure early in the morning. Glad there was no fire!
    Beautiful quilt. That must be quite a job to quilt.
    You have a lovely weekend too.

  • Diana says:

    That is a dime!? OMG!

    As for the smoke detectors, I'm glad yours are working and wake you up. The alternative is unimaginable. My best to you.

  • Anne says:

    Our smoke detector did that once and the culprit was a spider. Hope it blasted his ears like it did ours. LOL Keith Urban again? I think he should call you onstage and introduce you as his biggest fan. Nicole anywhere around?

  • Sheila says:

    Omigosh is the perfect name for that quilt , wow it is incredible and I love her color choices , great job Joanne and I know you will make it even more beautiful with your amazing quilting. I also love the quilt in the previous post which I missed due to being so busy this week . Gorgeous quilting on it !

  • Kathleen says:

    Can't wait to see your touch on this beauty.

  • JoAnne says:

    I forgot to say earlier how excited I am to see the lovely quilting Linda is going to do on this quilt. I know she is going to make it really spectacular!

  • Jeanette says:

    Such a gorgeous quilt. Can't wait to see what quilt pattern you use on it. It will be so stunning when completed. Hugs & enjoy our Keith. πŸ™‚

  • WoolenSails says:

    Mine never goes off, wonder if it is working, lol. Guess I should check on that;) Love that quilt, beautiful work and pattern.


  • Lori says:

    Are you a Ketih Urban fan? LOLROF!!

    Just a few nights ago our hard wired detectors went off. I thought it was my alarm!

    What a fantastic quilt. I can't wait to see your quilting magic worked on it.

  • Joan says:

    Omigosh indeed ! Wow and only 6 weeks – fantastic. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it…

  • Michele says:

    What a crazy morning! When those things go off it takes awhile to feel normal again…'s just so loud! Glad you got it figured out. JoAnne's quilt is amazing!! So nice that you got to meet her πŸ™‚ I just discovered her blog when she commented on my Hawaii pictures recently. How cool is it that she lives in Hawaii? Enjoy the concert…..more fun πŸ™‚

  • Quilts And Pieces says:

    Oh her quilt is gorgeous! I"ve had that quilt on my to do list forever now. But so many pieces!

  • West Michigan Quilter says:

    OMG That is a stunning quilt. I can't believe the size of those pieces. Hope you don't have any more smoke detector problems. Enjoy that concert!

  • QuiltSue says:

    OMGosh indeed. what an amazing quilt. I can't wait to see it when you've finished quilting it.

    As for alarms, mine goes off if I have the oven on and open the oven door, and the nearest alarm is in the hall outside the kitchen. My neighbours must think I'm an awful cook, cos, even after living here for 11 years I forget to close the kitchen door before I start!

  • Desley says:

    What an amazing quilt. It is gorgeous. So much work.

  • Denise in PA says:

    I can see why it's called the Omigosh Quilt, because Oh My Gosh, it's incredible! Wow! And I know it will be even more incredible once you've worked your magic!! (Glad the smoke detector issue is solved – we had issues before too – those suckers are loud!! Well, as they are supposed to be o:) )

  • Linda says:

    What a wonderful quilt…I love the colors!Smoke detectors can be a pain sometimes…but well worth the trouble…enjoy Keith Urban…he's a favorite of mine!

  • Michelle says:

    Can't wait to see how you quilt that beauty! πŸ™‚

  • Allie says:

    SO glad you didn't have a fire – that sound just stops your heart, I know! That is an amazing quilt, I can't wait to see you work your magic on it!

  • Candace says:

    What a funny story, Linda! I bet it wasn't funny at the time, though – lol! We had that happen in our old house, but it was 5:30 am! It was because we had set the oven to self clean overnight and there was some burned stuff in there! Funny sight seeing us both on stool in our jammies fanning the sensors with towels to make the buzzing stoip! I think Keith Urban is going to count you two as his biggest fans!

  • Carrie P. says:

    wow! what a stunning quilt. can't wait to see what you do with it.
    glad to hear you got the detector thing worked out and no real fires.

  • Terry says:

    I saw one of these quilts in person at a quilt show last summer and it was truly amazing!!

  • LuAnn says:

    That is a great quilt. That pattern is on my "to do" list. I like it in the brighter fabrics, too. Shipshewana? It's a tough place to go but somebody has to do it. Glad you had a good time.

  • Mama Pea says:

    Oh, wow. What a story about your smoke detectors! That will get your heart racing.

    That is an amazing quilt. I have a Sue Garman quilt that needs to be quilted, too. Hmmmm….. I really love JoAnne's quilt! It will be fun to quilt it, won't it?