Sam Johnson and The Blue Ribbon Quilt

Thank you for bearing with us through our technical issue with Blogger. I found out that you can only create 20 pages in Blogger, and unlimited posts. So by mistake, I created pages for the blog that weren’t necessary. I just needed to create additional posts – learn something new in computer world every day. 

Last week was National Library Week. I belatedly am going to share the post I planned for the end of the week. One of my all time favorite picturebooks is about quilting and teamwork called Sam Johnson and The Blue Ribbon Quilt, by Lisa Campbell Ernst. Even thought it was published in 1983, I think it’s a classic. The cover gives the reader a clue that it is an old-fashined story.

One day Sam Johnson finds a hole in his blanket, and successfully, patches it up. He shows off his beautiful work to his wife Sarah, who is a quilter, and she is not all that impressed. Sam decides to learn how to quilt, and falls in love with it, much like a lot of people we know, lol. 

He asks his wife’s quilting bee if he can join, and they say, “no.” Sam finds some other men who try quilting, enjoy it, and they form a men’s quilting bee.
 Both bees decide to enter their quilts into a competition at the state fair.

The men work hard on their Flying Geese quilt.

The women work hard on their sailboats quilt. At first they think the men’s bee is silly, and men can’t really quilt. After a few weeks, they begin to doubt their original thoughts.

The day of the fair, both bees travel to the fair in different horse drawn carts. A big gush of wind topples the carts over and damages both quilts. So what do you think both bees decide to do?  SPOILER BELOW.

They feverishly work together and re-stitch the parts they could save and create the Flying Sailboats Quilt.

And together, they win the blue ribbon.

Happy Quilting!!  And enjoy the weekend.

Think Spring Give-A-Way From Cuts of Cotton

As you know, many of us have been hit hard by snowstorms, severe cold, and ice this year. It’s been a long, hard winter. So it’s time to get positive and THINK SPRING with this months fabric give-a-way from Cuts of Cotton. 

This is such a happy bundle. In order to win, please subscribe to The Cuts of Cotton blog,, my blog and like Hudson Valley Quilts on facebook at,

Let me know that you did all three in the comments box below.  I will announce the winner on Friday.  This give-a-way ends on Friday, February 21, at 6:00 AM, EST.

On another note, this is National Library Week. I will be posting a short review of my favorite quilting book, which happens to be a children’s picture book I came across many years ago.  It’s very sweet and special, and I’m excited to share it with everyone.