Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Well there goes March, April and half of May....

 ~ Greetings and Warmest Wishes to all of my friends ~

I am sure by now you know that I am "missing in action" that I have become extremely busy....

This is my goal every year: to slow down. This is what happens every year: it doesn't happen.


Well, it seems that soon Spring will run into the lazy, hazy days of summer! So before that happens, let me catch you up on what has been going on here:


This past weekend we had two milestones reached:

Kate Graduated from Indiana University - Purdue University of Indianapolis with her Masters of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, Circuitry and Signal Processing is her specialty. 



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How proud are we?
Pretty doggone proud! She begins her job at Crane NSA (same place her Daddy works) as a Project Manager in July. Until then she is planning on reading for her own pleasure and not a bunch of schematics (😂) and she wants to learn PUNCH NEEDLE!!!! 

We also celebrated this weekend another milestone...
Jacob graduated from Ivy Tech Community College with an Associates Degree in Advanced Automation and Robotic Arm Technology! 





We are SO very proud of him as well! The final picture above is where he took his first big boy job...PRD in Bedford, Indiana. A plastics injection mold company where he will be an Automation Technician and will take care of all the manufacturing automated lines and robotic arms. He started yesterday and is so excited about his future! So proud of him!

Keith celebrated his 51st Birthday on Friday, May 14!


Yes....this ALL happened within 2 days. I am EXHAUSTED!
(and feeling rather guilty and BLOATED after all the eating of rich foods and lots of cake....)


I am currently trying to put together 4 quilts 😂 yes, you read that right...and yes I'm a mad as the mad hatter. Katie wants a King Size Quilt for her graduation, Jacob wants a Queen Size quilt for his graduation, I want to keep up with the shop's (where I work) Block of the Month club AND I also want to do an Underground Railroad Quilt. Do I have pictures of any of these?
No, but I do have one photo of a block of Katie's Quilt....well I currently can't find it so just imagine: Kansas Troubles fabrics, in stars with 16 patch scrappy centers. It's going to be pretty.
More on that (hopefully) to follow in future posts...

I did finish 4 of these runners...
I'm teaching a class at the shop and they turned out so cute I:
1. made a model for the class
2. made one for the shop owner
3. made one for my mother
4. made one for my mother-in-law

Well I have some big news in cross stitching! I've done quite a bit of it of late....
I finished: 

Berry Sweet by Cherry Hill Stitchery
28 count ivory linen 
2 over 2 using all DMC

Then I finished my 25 year old WIP!
Told in a Garden ~ Marilyn Leavitt Imblum
"Song of a People"



Oh it turned out so lovely....
and it reignited my love of her designs. Stay tuned for the next one I'm starting REALLY soon!

and I framed a previous stitched finish, but the pandemic hit and I couldn't get a frame...and it deserved a custom beautiful frame. So here it is:

"Early Americans" by Little House Needleworks ~ Diane Williams
I used Classic Colorworks throughout a couple colors I swapped around.
I made my own surrounding "frame" and my own "center square"
The frame I shared with the world for free use, it is linked above in the Early Americans tab, with my compliments. 
My center square, I designed and it is mine and mine alone and I am sorry but I will not share it. A girl has to keep some things to herself, and while I don't do that very often, I am doing it with this one. Besides I used aspects of some of Diane's other designs from charts I purchased and it is a copyright infringement for me to share those. 

None done recently 😔 I just haven't had time....

I am to the point now that I can share some news in Needle Punch. I am offering a FREE needle punch class to whomever is interested, wherever they are in the world and it will happen:
Friday, May 21st, starting at 7 pm Eastern Time
It will be a LIVE class on my YouTube Channel. Link to my channel is to the left of this blog, but if you go to YouTube and search for Vonna Pfeiffer - there I am. If you subscribe to my channel, ding the bell for all notifications and then set a reminder you will be alerted when I go live. 
It will be not only educational, but there will be a live chat with my daughters moderating. If you would like to join us for this fun, free, educational class, please do so...😃

I think that pretty much sums up what I came on to say...
so until next time....
Keep a smile in your hearts and one on your face and you just can't go wrong!
Love and Hugs in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx


  1. So many accomplishments to celebrate... congratulations!

  2. Hi Vonna! If Katie doesn’t look like you, I don’t know who does! Congrats on all your kids’ successes. They are your successes. My head world be big as a hot air balloon. I saw that you’re going live. We have graduation for our granddaughter and company coming and…. So I hope that punch Needle tutorial stays on your channel for us to get to later. I’d like to give it a try. Thx for posting!

  3. Congratulations Vonna, you have so much to be proud of!!!

  4. Vonna, you must be so proud of your family!! I want to thank you again for your encouragement to me when I indicated that I wanted to do a personal center block on Early Americans. Thanks to you, my center block honors my Revolutionary War family members! I love it and am so proud of it.

  5. So nice to catch up with you again. I had been thinking about you the last couple of weeks and realized you hadn't posted in a while. Congratulations on all the family accomplishments.

  6. Is there a pattern available for the ice cream runner? It's adorable.

  7. What a busy spring you are having! Congratulations to Katie on her degree and job! Congratulations to Jacob on his degree and job! Happy birthday to Keith! Each one of your projects is awesome, Vonna.

  8. I’m looking forward to learning how to needle punch with you on Friday. You explain things so well Vonna and give us all of your tips and tricks you’ve learned along the way. I am so thankful for all you do!

  9. Congratulations Katie and Jacob on your graduations and new jobs. You have made your family so proud. Best wishes to both of you !
    Vonna, I love seeing all your stitching, quilting, and miscellaneous projects. They are all beautiful !
    Wishing you all a wonderful summer. Have fun on your trip to the ocean; enjoy every moment as you create new family memories.

  10. Wow, you have really been busy. I can see why you’re so proud of your children. They will both have excellent jobs and great futures; of course they have super role models. Your cross stitch and quilting projects are always done so well. Thanks for sharing your updates on you and your family!

  11. My you have been busy. This is my first comment but I have been following along. Congratulations for all your family achievements, you deserve to feel proud. I look forward to seeing your quilts and I love your cross stitch finishes.

  12. Congratulations on all around! Watched the tutorial later as we also had a neice graduate Friday evening. Wonderful job and can't wait to start mine. Such a sweetheart for your giving heart. Thanks so much.

  13. Huge congratulations on your kids graduations. I’ve watched them grow up all these years. Seems like time has just flown by. I can’t wait to watch your punch classes. I bought the stuff but we’re in the moving process so it’s packed.

  14. What a wonderful Spring your family has had. You have some beautiful finishes. I hope to see those quilts someday.
    Have a equally great summer.

  15. Hey,
    I’m impressed by your blog. Absolutely amazing work.

  16. Hi Vonna - just wanted to let you know that I think we all really miss reading your blog and learning what you are doing and how you and all of your family are doing, too! I truly hope that all of you are happy,healthy and that all is going well for all of you.

  17. Vonna, I am one of your many fans. You are so kind to share your knowledge with us. I wish you were my next door neighbor! Love to your beautiful family!

  18. Congrats to Katie and Jacob! Well done both of them!