Feb 10 11

20th Anniversary and a Special Give-Away!

Twenty years ago today, I married the greatest friend I’ve ever had.  Ern and I met in med school and were close friends for 8 years before we became romantically involved.   I guess we both were too focused on getting though medical school and residency to allow ourselves to give in to the romance, but once we were done with training…look out!  I can honestly say that I love/like this guy more everyday.  He has a kindness about him and a sense of humor that still has me laughing all these years later.  He brings out the best parts of me and I know that  I am one very lucky woman!

Because I am feeling so appreciative of my good fortune in meeting and marrying  Ernie,  I want someone else out there to have some good fortune.  In honor of our 20th anniversary, we are having a give-away of a $50 gift certificate to our online store.  All you need to do to enter is to leave a comment to this blog posting by 11:59 pm eastern time on Thursday, Feb 17th, 2011.  Good luck!

Oh, and two more things…  since Nikki took over our weekly sales newsletter,  I have been terrible about placing any sale info in this blog. We have a sale that begins every Friday at noon in our online store.   She is planning a very special sale in honor of our 20th anniversary and Valentine’s Day,  so check your newsletter email tomorrow (Fri) to hear about it.  To sign up for the sale newsletter and to receive  information about new products by Patsy Thompson Designs, go here. (We don’t share up mailing list with anyone else.)  Happy Valentine’s Day!

And one last thing…I’ve been getting lots of email questions about these birds and feathers and many of the other things that you’ve been seeing on this blog.  Just know that in the months to come, you will also be able to create these appliques as effortlessly as I have been doing.  This is just another wonderful offshoot of Ernie and me teaming up together.  Stay tuned and sign up for that mailing list if you want to be amongst the first to learn of this kind of thing!  (I’d tell you more, but then I’d have to kill you!)


  1. The Quiltwhinny Says:

    Happy 20th Anniverary and wishing you many, many more! We celebrated our 40th last year and it only gets better!

  2. Sunnybec Says:

    Happy 20th Anniversay and many more. We celebrate 39 years this July. Thanks for a lovely giveaway. Linda

  3. Janet Says:

    The birds and feathers are beautiful!

  4. Cindy Says:

    Happy Anniversary! What a blessing to be able to go to sleep (and wake up) next to your best friend for 20 years! May you have many, many more anniversaries.
    I can hardly wait to get the birds and feathers directions (tutorial, I hope) 🙂

  5. Stray Stitches Says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! In today’s world making it last 20 years is quite an accomplishment!!

  6. DianeH Says:

    Happy Anniversary! Wishing you many more blessed years together.

  7. Kathy Schmidt Says:

    Happy Anniversary! Isn’t it wonderful to be married to someone you both like and love? Congratulations!

  8. Gene Black Says:

    Congratulations on 20 years and here are wishes for many many more. May your love continue to grow.

  9. Rosemary Dempster Says:

    Congratulations on your 20th. I have just celebrated my 40th wedding anniversary, and I love my husband to bits. Isn’t it great to feel like that? We really are lucky!

  10. Marianne Duvendack Says:

    Absolutely stunning work! I want to be you when I grow up! Congrats on your anniversary.

  11. Karin Says:

    Congratulations! We’re just ahead of you at 21, and they’ve certainly been the best years of my life! Those birds are adorable, as are ALL your projects – can’t wait to see more!

  12. Shady Says:

    Happy Anniversary!! What a wonderful story – you ae truely blessed! May you share yet another wonderful 20 years together – many times over! God Bless you both.

  13. Patty Says:

    I loved reading your story. Happy Anniversary!

  14. Linda Says:

    A Valentine anniversary –how romantic! Happy Anniversary!

  15. Joy Says:

    What a lovely story! Thanks for sharing your Anniversary celebration with us.

  16. Eileen H Says:

    Congratulations on 20 years! I hope you have many more happy years together.
    I love your work, I wish I was 1/10 as good.

  17. Melissa Corry Says:

    Congrats to you and your husband!! That is quite an accomplishment

  18. annmarie Says:

    Happy Anniversary! 20 years is a GREAT accomplishment in this day & age – congratulations.

  19. Anna McD Says:

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for a chance to win!

  20. Bonnie Says:

    Happy Anniversary, the birds remind me of home, I am from Amish country and they use birds like those on their Hex Signs.

  21. Rochelle Says:

    HaPpY AnNiVeRsArY
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win.
    Have a wonderful day and a magical anniversary.

  22. Deborah in Atlanta Says:

    You are so fortunate to have found each other. And it’s so nice that you both feel the same way about each other. Smooches to both of you! dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

  23. Robin (RsIslandCrafts) Says:

    Happy Anniversary! My Husband and I have been together for 21 years and it has been a fun ride.

  24. Sue Goodin Says:

    Happy Anniversary.
    This year will be my hubby and my 31st.
    Nothing like finding the perfect mate.

  25. Christine M Says:

    Happy anniversary. We are coming up to our sixteenth this May. My husband and I meet at ballroom dancing. I was a beginner and he was very interested at first!

  26. Christine M Says:

    Oops! That was meant to be not very interested at first!!!

  27. Deb Says:

    A very happy anniversary to you…and many, many more wth your loved one! I’d love to be entered.

  28. Chris Says:

    Wishing you a very Happy Anniversary. It is wonderful to be married to your best friend, it really makes life so much more enjoyable. Congratulations.

  29. Janet Says:

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you & Ern. How wonderful the 1st 20 years were, and now how exciting the next 20+ years will be. Have fun!!!!!

  30. Kathleen C Says:

    The quilts in your photo gallery are simply beautiful; I’m especially drawn to the leaf quilts in Botanicals. Thanks for this lovely site.
    Congratulations on your anniversary; it was a pleasure to read your story about meeting and marrying your husband.
    It’s a generous giveaway-Thanks!

  31. Nancy Sue Says:

    Happy anniversary! Sounds like you are having a “Big Fun!” Here is to the next 20. Thank you for including us in on your celebration with this giveaway!

  32. MoeWest Says:

    Congratulations to both of you on your 20th anniversary! Thanks so much for celebrating with a giveaway.

  33. Jodi Scaltreto Says:

    Happy 20th Patsy and Ernie!! I hope you have many more anniversary’s and keep up the great newsletters I love your site.

  34. Deborah T. Says:

    Congratulations on your 20 years together. It is truly unique and thoughtful for you to share your anniversary with the world. My gift in return is a wish that you at least triple that anniversary number. Continued happiness to you both.

  35. Susan Schaller Says:

    As an anesthetist now I’m guessing your speciality . Must have been a surgical residency with all your beautiful stitches!!! Is Ernie still practicing ? My gem of 39 years nursed me through a 10 vertebrae spinal surgery this summer. I don’t think we ever thought that was in our future, but he was my angel ! GOOD MEN ARE HARD TO FIND! But they are out there in surprising places!

  36. Joan O Says:

    Congratulations! I have 30 years on you, just celebrated our 50th. Were do the years go? Seems like yesterday. I wish you many more special years together in good health.

  37. Stephanie Says:

    Happy 20th Anniversary Patsy and Ernie.

  38. Evelene Sterling Says:

    Happy Anniversary Patsy and Ernie and wishing many more years together.