Is Yes The Right Answer?




I’ve been known to bite off more than I can chew and say yes to things when really I should’ve said no.  Do you ever do that?  So the last few years I’ve really tried to weigh my yes’s carefully!

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  1. Ramona Puckett says:

    Oh my goodness! That’s so cool! And her fabrics are beautiful! Bless your heart on your knee surgery, I am so happy you have great help! You are indeed blessed!

  2. Mary Pitman says:

    THANK YOU! can’t wait to see the notecards and put them to use. You are such an inspiration to us fellow “farmgirls”.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hey Mary… did you get my email??? Would you email me your mailing address please so I can get your cards in the mail for you?!

      Thank you!!!

      ~ Dori ~

  3. Margaret Hofknecht says:

    Saying “Yes” to myself! I teach origami besides just folding paper for fun and gift-giving. We have a beautiful local library now and it’s a large enough venue for several folks to come and present a craft or music lessons or for needlework groups and so on to meet regularly. I’m friends with the adult activities librarian who had been bugging me to schedule some classes. After a few years I finally made up my mind to schedule monthly paper folding sessions and I’m so glad I did. Besides introducing others to origami, I get the fulfilling enjoyment of teaching even though it means putting in the time for preparation and thinking through the whole teaching process. Love the quilts and the bag – they all look so yummy!

    • Dori Troutman says:


      I have NEVER learned the art of paper folding and I’m so envious the people that do it. I wish I could take one of your classes. What an awesome thing you are doing!!!

      ~ Dori ~

  4. Cheryl says:

    I love Jeri’s fabric’s! I have bought them in precuts!
    My ‘Yes’ moment was this summer when my grown son , who took off from work for a year because of cancer treatments, came up to our mountain cabin to spend several weeks with us and ask if I wanted to go on a all day hike. I thought I could at 72 years old so said yes!! We ended up doing three different all day hikes and what sweet memories with my oldest child. (Husband had back surgery and could not make the hikes).
    I made the son a large quilt in between his visits to surprise him.
    I love your bag, I also love making bags, most of my purse’s are made by me.
    Love your sewing projects!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Dear Cheryl,

      That brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful memory. So thankful you had those times with your son. I hope he is doing well now?


      ~ Dori ~

  5. Kim D. says:

    Dori, you have an amazing talent and beautiful eye for color and pattern! How exciting for it to be featured at such prestigious events!

    One thing I’ve said yes to this year is being healthy. It was a hard yes because it takes so much work and dedication as you know. It’s been wonderful to FEEL and SEE the benefits from that YES. The unexpected part of that yes are the special friends I’ve made along the way, and I treasure them so much.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Oh Kim,

      I agree to the saying YES to being fit and healthy; the best yes ever. And I am so very, very, VERY thankful that you are one of the friends I’ve met along the way that encouraged me so hugely. Loads of love sweet friend.

      ~ Dori ~

  6. Cyndie Gray says:

    My friend: first I am so in love with these fabrics!!! ALMOST it makes me want to do some sewing, quilting or fabric crafting!!
    Something I have said “Yes!” to recently is to a six week “62Success” FB group, geared to being motivated to think more positive about oneself & to make healthier choices. I have gotten so down & negative about myself since being diagnosed with a degenerative back condition that I really needed some incentive to boost myself back into a positive mind frame. Hoping it works for me!! I don’t have a problem with being upbeat & an encouragement to others but turning the same inward is sure a struggle for me.

  7. Dori,
    You are a farmgirl of many talents! I love following your sewing projects and I especially enjoyed your article in MaryJanesFarm in the most recent issue, Stitching with Dori!

    I am a fan of saying YES to things that will teach me new things and allow me to contribute to the happiness and success of others. These are my guideposts for if I say Yes or No.
    Every wedding I create flowers for feels like more than I can handle, but I love the challenge and I love being a part of each couples memories. I must admit, many of the “Yes’s I answer to are of my own creating but that’s fun and challenging, too!
    Thank you for your inspiration!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. sane says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work with us! I have said yes to my own little home this year and although it is a bit scary am excited to have a place to grow my own food and decorate to my heart’s content.

  9. Dianna Hauf says:

    Omy! I have been SO INSPIRED by reading your blog and seeing the gorgeous mini quilt and bag!! Holy smokes what a fantastic gift you have! The materials are so beautiful as well! Loved reading this! Hope you heal quickly!!

  10. Judith Smith-Coleman says:

    Hi Dori,
    Your designs and your quilting are so beautiful!! I love the close up shots of the details….love is in the details, you know!! A friend asked me to take a 2 day cold process soap making class recently. I hesitated because it was taking a whole weekend and I would have rather done just one day. Well, the instructor was delightful, super organized, and informative…and fun!! It was a small class of 4 women and we had a great time!! Glad I said yes!! Home made soap for Christmas!! Happy healing!
    Thanks for sharing, Dori

  11. Katie Pence says:

    I said yes to a greenhouse this year. I really didn’t know how I was going to get the area ready, the holes dug, posts poured, constructed etc. This is no ordinary greenhouse, but a used 24×70’ giant greenhouse.
    I managed to get it done and now I’m so excited to start planting !

  12. I am a fabric fiend. I don’t sew, but I can’t resist a good fabric to put on the shelf and admire as art. Jara’s fabrics are beautiful, especially the Woodland Rose, and what you have done with them makes my heart and eyes sing! It is good to hear that you are recovering well; soon you will be running down the hill. That travel bag is wonderful, as well as the quilt. I don’t travel any more, but I do like a good bag. Keep up the good work, and thanks for sharing with us.

  13. I am so glad I said YES to being Granny Nanny to our daughters two girls in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. It means I can also spend time with our son’s 2 gurls who live just down the street. Ages: Almost 7, 6, 4, 3 years old. Sweet times!

  14. Vivian Monroe says:

    You are so talented. I love seeing all of your projects. You inspire me. 🙂 I said yes this year to coming to stay and help take care of my 4yr old grandson while my daughter in love went through some treatments, what has turned into now being here 6mos, while my sweet husband is at home in NC. However we are glad we said yes to sending me, as she is doing great and my grandson makes his Nonnie’s day everyday..I write this now in my camper where I am living while staying here, with him beside me, watching his movie…he loves camping with Nonnie. Ha. 🙂

  15. Judy allen says:

    The mini quilt is beyond gorgeous. The fabrics are terrific but your design absolutely makes it pop. Thanks for sharing. Praying for quick recovery for your knee.

  16. Alexandra Wilson says:

    You are so talented, Dori! What beautiful visions you have brought to reality. Thanks for sharing. And how sweet is Jillian? How lucky for the both of you to have the experience. I’ve had a yearning to go take care of my grandpa lately, too. I hope your recovery continues to be optimistic and that you get more time to be creative while you are on the mend. Sending love from AK!

  17. Rhoda Tuckey says:

    May God heal you quickly. Bless you and your family. I enjoy your posts immensely!

  18. Sandi King says:

    Dori I love the bag you made. It is absolutely beautiful. All the fabrics are, but your design of the overly large bag is magnificent. I am finally in my home after waiting 3 years for it to be done; which it isn’t completely, but I moved in anyway. I wanted to have my birthday and Thanksgiving dinner combination here and I accomplished it even though it was very tiring for a 74 year old. There were 11 of us, friends, family and neighbors who helped me celebrate. I would do it again just for the pleasure of having the people join me in my joy of life.

  19. Marilyn says:

    What lovely quilts you made. The dress is beautiful as is the bag. The fabrics are lovely. You are so talented. Hope your knee is better. Jillian is a beautiful young lady. Wishing you and yours a Blessed Christmas and a happy,Healthy and Peaceful 2019.
    Marilyn and Family

  20. Gail Summerlin says:

    I love the mini quilt you made. Do you have the pattern available to sell. I always enjoy reading your blog. I feel like I’m sitting down with a good friend when I read it.

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