Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Ensmingers of York, Pa.

When mom and I began researching her family tree, she believed that the Ensminger name was an uncommon one, and that most of her relatives arrived in the U.S. from Alsace via Ellis Island. We quickly learned that her branch of the family could be traced back to 16th Century Alsace, and that her first Ensminger ancestor to arrive in the U.S., Peter Ensminger, landed in Philadelphia in 1733. So, no Ellis Island. Oh, and mom’s maiden name is not as uncommon as she thought.


My studio day with Cyndi

If I’ve learned nothing else during my five decades on this planet, I’ve learned how to recognize an amazing opportunity when I see it. So when Cyndi Souder invited me to spend a day in her quilt studio, I didn’t hesitate for a second.

In a bind…a ‘Zig-Zag’ bind

I love to design and piece my quilts, but I hate sewing on the binding. I may have found the perfect solution for quilters like me. My first attempt, however, was less than successful.