About Becky Goldsmith

I am a quilt designer/teacher/author, a wife/mother/grandmother, and certified yoga instructor who is searching for balance, strength, and happiness in all things.

Show and tell… Birds in Toyland!

Pam Hill was in my Birds in Toyland class and she finished her quilt… Isn’t it wonderful!

Birds in Toyland, made by Pam Hill

I love the way she wrote ‘Merry Christmas’.

The pattern for Birds in Toyland is included in my class on Creative Spark. The book with all of the patterns will be out Spring 2022. Click here to find the class.

Show and tell…

Thanks to Sue Kersey for sharing this photo of her Butterfly Garden quilt. She wrote:

I just loved this pattern so much and this was so much fun to make and quilt.  You have been wonderful to share so much with us all during this pandemic. I so look forward to your emails.

I have spent the last two years using the wonderful fabrics & patterns that I had in my quilting studio.  I knew all my stash would be needed someday and I feel so lucky to have enjoyed it during this stay at home time in our lives.

Butterfly Garden made by Sue Kersey

Sue has a very nice stash of fabrics :-). I love the colors in the butterflies and the way she kept the colors moving across the face of the quilt. Well done, Sue!

Sue’s butterflies are vertical whereas mine are flying on the diagonal. Both are good choices and I’m happy to have the opportunity to see the blocks in a different way. That’s one of the best parts of any Show & Tell!

Happy stitching to you all :-).

Show and tell, Butterfly Garden…

Rebecca Schnekenburger sent in this photo of her happy and colorful Butterfly Garden quilt. She wrote: “After seeing your last email about the free pattern offer, I thought I would share my version of your Butterfly Garden quilt. I made it twelve years ago as a baby quilt for my granddaughter Becca Faith.” It is truly perfect for a baby!

If you missed it in my last newsletter, I am offering the Butterfly Garden ePattern to you for free until December 29, 2021, as a Christmas gift. Click here to find it.

Thank you, Rebecca, for sharing your lovely quilt with us!

Show and tell, Birds in Toyland…

Val Ursulak sent me this photo of her Birds in Toyland quilt… isn’t it cute!!! Val finished her quilt in record time so that she could have it up for this Christmas. I love everything about this quilt—thank you, Val, for sharing it with us.

Birds in Toyland made by Val Ursulak

The pattern for Birds in Toyland is included in the class that I teach online at Creative Spark. The book with the pattern will be available Spring 2022.

NY Public Library at Bryant Park…

Wow… what a building! I went because my friend, Cece, told me not to miss it. I stayed for the tour because a nice, but insistent, docent said that it was a much better use of an hour than shopping would be. She was right!

The famous NY Public Library is housed in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. It’s a huge, beautiful, and you can read a lot more about it here. I’m going to share some of the pictures I took…

Patience, or Fortitude, on guard at the front door on Fifth Avenue:

Stately lions are the library mascots.

These are the actual, for real, animals from Winnie-the-Pooh:

These stuffed animals have been well-loved, worn, and mended. Piglet is much flatter than I imagined he would be—and tiny!

This illustrated book from the 14th century (if I remember correctly) is lovely, with bright colors and the penmanship is totally amazing. But I could not help thinking of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I can hear it playing in my head :-).

The Rose Reading room is huge, beautiful, and very quiet because it is for reading. Seriously. You can get in to read or on a tour. You can no longer walk through it as a tourist who is not going to read.

Rose Reading Room
Inscription over the door to the Rose Reading Room

The chairs look comfy…

As I said, lions are the mascot. This one is on a drinking fountain. The library opened in 1911 and the marble looks worn enough that it may be original to the building.

The library houses so many collections, books both rare and common, maps, photographs, original works of all kinds… there is just so much. It is a treasure worth visiting!

NYC Streets in December…

That is either Patience or Fortitude in front of the NYC Public library, decked out with greenery.

Patience or Fortitude

These are some of the many shop windows I saw. It could be I only noticed the ones with lots of aqua OR aqua was the color this year. it could also be that I kept taking pictures of the windows at Anthropologie.

Decorations were not limited to windows…

And, of course, there are the angels, the tree, and the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center that are festive and a little crowded, both in the daytime and at night…

Times Square is always bright and festive and I can’t help but love it :-).

Photo taken quickly from the crosswalk

I hope these made you smile!