Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Rumored Fortune - A book review

A Rumored Fortune

"A Rumored Fortune" by Joanna Davidson Politano was such a fun book to read.

Somerset, England, 1866. The story unfolds when Tressa Harlowe and her mother are called back home from their travels. When they arrive home, they are told Tressa's father died in a boating accident. Tressa is left with the debt her father has accumulated in maintaining his vineyard and the Trevelyan Castle. But what of the family fortune her father always promised to tell her about before he died? Where is the treasure hidden?

As a handsome stranger approaches Tressa and offers to help, she is leery of fortune hunters, who suddenly appear at her doorstep. Donegan Vance seems aloof at first, but as he works the vineyard,  his character and life lives out Christian values.

A wonderful story, well written. One that keeps your interest as Tressa searches for the Malvern fortune, but in the end she finds something much more valuable.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Win, win!

I remember several years ago Darlene, Quilt Shop Gal , said the best way to win prizes is to enter ;-)  It's been a while since I have won anything, but recently this came to my mailbox from Kathleen Tracy..

 I love her quilts and the way she uses fabric. I'm hoping to make some of these small quilts and use up scraps from my pile.

But the best win I had this year was this!

Total surprise!! As many of you may know, I do book reviews for several publishing houses. So in kind, I am subscribed to many of the authors whose books I read. Rachel Hauck had a giveaway going with the introduction of her latest book The Love Letter. The Fire 7 was the prize! So  not only did I totally enjoy The Love Letter, I won the Fire 7 as well. It was by far the best book by Ms. Hauck that I've read so far. A blending of two eras, with a most satisfying ending!  Pick up a copy today!

 The Love Letter: New from the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Visiting the Library

Once again, my library has quilts on display. I was so surprised to find them, as they are not in a very public area. But as I walked into the library "sale" room, I noticed a quilt hanging in the hallway. I followed down the hall and found these quilts displayed.

And these two were my favorites.

Giving credit to the quilters...

Friday, August 3, 2018

Flea Market pattern

Several years ago I found this scrappy pattern on crazy mom quilts blog site Crazy Mom Quilts.  Amanda Jean is so creative and always has an interesting blog. Plus she has lots of great patterns and tutorials posted.

I made the blocks and they sat in my UFO pile for a long time.  But I finally got around to putting it together.

I decided not to add sashing, and sewed all the blocks together.  
I love how it turned out.  

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Help for the unorganized

I think we all collect a healthy assortment of patterns as we make our way through this quilting adventure. Not only do I have patterns that I've purchased at the LQS, but I have also downloaded patterns from my computer. So what to do with all of these dreams in the making.
This file folder has worked really well to help me keep track of paper patterns.  Of course it is fun to use pretty folders.

Perfect for storing individual patterns.

Another great tool for organizing. I like going vertical as it frees up work space.

I found this storage unit at Target on clearance. It's also handy to carry if you need certain notions for a class.

I try to keep my craft scissors and fabric scissors separated. I use the little green garden tool holder and the jumbo pencil cup.

Whenever I find these magazine organizers at the thrift stores, I swoop them up.  It's a great way to have them organized. These plastic magazine holders can be pretty dirty, but  I can put them in the bottom rack of the dishwasher, and they come out good as new :-)

For years I have cut out patterns from magazines, or downloaded and printed them off of the computer. I like putting them in a clear sleeve and into a notebook which is a wonderful way to store them. Lots of inspiration to take out the notebooks and browse through for creative ideas.

A slotted wooden ruler holder is a great idea, but I really did not have a good place to set one up. So instead I just put a nice long nail (thanks dear hubby) into the wall and hang my acrylic rulers in an out of the way spot. Most rulers have a hole to accommodate such a feat.
So how do you organize?