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I had a ball in Iowa this past weekend and got out before the snow. Although I think snow is beautiful, I am a snowbird and prefer to be in Florida for the winter. It's almost time for me to head south!

I was with my friends at The Village Shoppe in Kalona, Iowa, where we debuted my newest print of the University of Iowa, Kinnick Stadium. We were a little disappointed that the Hawkeyes lost to North Western; but, we all wore our black and yellow scarves to support the team and everyone loved the print.

I was thrilled to see my friends the Waterbury's! Joe Waterbury made the doll house that is such a favorite at my Museum in Waynesboro, VA, and his wife Ellen decorated it. L. to R.: Clay Waterbury (grandson of Joe & Ellen), Ellen, Deb (Joe & Ellen's daughter), me, and Joe. Note my black and yellow scarf!

Clay's 4-H project is to mat and frame the Kinnick Stadium print.

I so enjoyed meeting this young collector. Alize knew exactly what she wanted.

It's so easy to be with the people of Kalona. It was great being with gallery owner Doris Greiner and members of the Moss Country Friends Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society again. We all went to the home of Salina Bontrager for an authentic Amish dinner together Saturday night. What fun! I also enjoyed staying at the Pull R Inn again. It's like staying at one of my homes when I'm in town for a show. I have coffee every morning with the hotel manager Lonnie Norestrom, and we talk about quilts and children.

Amish dinner with the Moss Country Friends Chapter at the home of Salina Bontrager.

I owe a huge thanks to Pearl Yoder of Wellman, Iowa, and Barb Greene of Iowa City, Iowa, who each brought finished quilts to the show to give me for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education to use in a future fundraiser. They both did spectacular jobs and made me promise to bring them back next spring to be auctioned during a fundraising dinner for the Foundation that is to be held in Iowa. The event is being organized by Mariann Peterson, former President of the Foundation's Board of Directors. Next spring will be here before we know it!

Pearl Yoder, left, created this beautiful quilt for the Foundation for Children's Education around one of my hand-painted fabric centerpieces. John Deere tractors are big in Iowa! Pictured in the middle, between Pearl and me, is Village Shoppe owner Doris Greiner.

Barb Greene, left, chose a fence rail pattern to go with my horse centerpiece. I think it was an excellent idea! I'll be bidding at the fundraiser next spring!

I toured the Quilt and Textile Museum again while I was in Kalona. It's located in Kalona's Historical Village. They have a new exhibit of Amish quilts and very early quilts. The staff let me take pictures of everything, and I hope to include some of the quilts in the print for next year's show. The museum has a delightful collection of spool cabinets, too, and I hope to include some of those in future paintings. Everywhere I go there are wonderful things to see and paint! There's a possibility that next year's show may be held at the Quilt and Textile Museum, and I'm very excited about that. You know how I admire the work and thought that goes into quilts. Some of them are art pieces.

I absolutely love the design on this quilt!

I love the shapes and the way the colors stand out against the black background on this one.

This weekend I'll be in St. Petersburg, Florida, for a show with the Finn Gallery. Gallery owner Tim Finn has several fun things planned for me, including a luncheon at Eastlake Woodlands Country Club with members of the Palm Harbor New-Comers' Club on Thursday. My show with Tim will be held Friday through Sunday. For more information, please contact the gallery at 727-894-2899. Stay tuned for details on my St. Petersburg visit in next week's newsletter.

I'll return to Virginia in time for Thanksgiving with my family. One of the many things in my life I have to be thankful for is my family, and I am mindful of our men and women in the armed forces who are away from their families and friends for this important holiday. Please remember them in your prayers.

Following Thanksgiving is my Museum Open House and Barn Show December 3-5, and I'm also very excited about the P. Buckley Moss Museum's upcoming special exhibit featuring my smaller originals. So much time and love goes into a small painting. Painting is like dancing; you can use sweeping, big movements or small, controlled movements. There will be an opening reception at the Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia, on Thursday, December 2, at 6:00 p.m. If you're interested in attending the opening reception for "Moss in Miniature", please contact the Museum at 1-800-343-8643 or 540-949-6473.

Winter Bliss, featuring a chickadee, will be released at my December 3-5 Museum Open House and Barn Show. For more information, please contact the Museum at 1-800-343-8643 or 540-949-6473.


Shop and Raise Funds for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education

Pufferbellies Toys and Books for Children, located at 15 W. Johnson Street in Staunton, Virginia, (PH: 540-886-3516) is offering its charitable giving program called "Shop Sundays for a Cause" in November to the Foundation. If you shop at Pufferbellies Toys and Books for Children during any Sunday in November, the store will donate 10% of the Sunday's sales to the Foundation. Please visit this wonderful and unique shop on a Sunday in November. What a great way to start your Christmas shopping!

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