Thursday, August 17, 2017

Do you put your faith and trust in quilt patterns?


Do you put your full faith and trust in the Quilt patterns you purchase? We all assume that patterns have been tested and are correct for construction.

I've had some patterns that were very difficult and instructions that were confusing but up to this time, never one that was wrong. Read this post from Quilts in the Barn for some valuable information concerning magazine patterns.
Have you had this experience before? 

Monday, August 14, 2017

It's all in the bag

Making bags can sometimes be a challenge.

I've only made a few myself but there are dozens of patterns online.


Okay, so here are a bakers dozen for you to check out.

Art Girl

Sew Many Quilts

Moda Bake Shop

Best Fabric Store

Niesz Vintage Home

Sew Can She

Patchwork Posse

The Sewing Chick

Fort Worth Sewing Studio

Noodlehead

Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Bee in My Bonnet

Noodle Head

Have fun and Happy Quilting!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cookies to quilt by

Doesn't everybody love a yummy cookie? Well, I found one that rivals the cookies you see at the mall. Big, delicious, Chocolate Chip cookies.

A friend brought these cookies one night when we were hosting a small dinner. Boy were they a hit! I couldn't let her get away without sharing the recipe. So now I am sharing it with you!

Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups softened butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 cups (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips 

 Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine softened butter, sugar, brown sugar. Beat till creamy.
         add eggs and vanilla. Continue beating until well mixed.

Reduce speed to low and gradually add dry mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls, 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-14 minutes or until light golden brown.

There is only one problem I have found with these cookies....
You can't eat just one!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Quilt lover

I guess that pretty much sums it all up :-)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Captivating Novel


Rarely do I read a book that captures me as much as A Name Unknown. Roseanna White's very well written novel captured me from the start with a clever story line. I was enchanted with her well developed characters, historical facts and the budding friendship that draws Rosemary and Peter together. You can't help but be drawn into Rosemary's difficult life and Peter's shunned world.

Rosemary Gresham, having lived on the streets of London, is a thief. One who provides for her large family. When she is given an assignment to discover if wealthy Peter Holstein is a traitor to the Crown, Rosemary doesn't let her lack of education or status keep her from attaining her goal. Posing as a well-credentialed librarian, Peter, whose name and stutter has kept him in a solitary life, believes Rosemary is the best person to help him prove his loyalty to England. 

A totally engaging book which I found hard to put down. I totally enjoyed this book and would give it a higher rating than 5.

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

Monday, July 31, 2017

Selvages

Several years ago I found this cool pattern using selvages in one of the quilting magazines. I delved into my fabric and some of the saved selvages, and made the bag.

 Front
Back

Along the way, I have saved selvages whenever I cut into fabric. But after organizing my fabric stash, I've pretty much decided that I won't be making anything else with left over selvages.

So..... here's the thing. I have the large zippy bag stuffed with selvages.

 I'd be glad to send them to anyone for the cost of postage.  Interested? Just leave a comment or shoot me an email. I'm sure someone can put them to good use.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

Half Squares

I think Half Square Triangles are my favorite block. They can make a quilt look scrappy, fussy, or organized.

I started this quilt several years ago, and while going through my ufo's I discovered this one would be great for Quilts of Valor.

How about you? Do you have a favorite quilt  block?


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What to do, what to do

Many years ago, I made this Sampler quilt. I've only made a couple of samplers, but the fabric from this one seems pretty dated to me.

So what would you do? Would you finish it? Should I change the borders to something solid?? Or just stuff it into the trash? I loved the blocks, just not the fabric so much anymore.

Any suggestions?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Antique quilts

Last week hubby and I took a drive up to the Ocala area. We visited several antique malls and I was surprised to see so many quilts on display.









And finally this little gem.

It was fun to scout out these old quilts.

Happy Quilting!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

High as the Heavens

Reading has become a hobby of mine. When my children were small, and I was schooling them, I never had time to read for pleasure. When they finished school, I think I've been making up for all those lost years.

"High as the Heavens" is a story that takes place during WWI. When Germany occupied Brussels, Evelyn Marche becomes a nurse to the allies and the enemy. She moonlights as a spy for the Belgian resistance, and finds herself walking into more danger than she bargains for. On her way to meet up with her contact, an explosion lights up the sky.  She watches a plane crash a few hundred meters away.  As she rescues the man who is lying near the burning engine, she is shocked when she recognizes the man she thought she had lost forever...her husband Simon.

I have read Kate Breslin's earlier novels, "Not By Sight" and "For Such A Time" and enjoyed them both.  Ms. Breslin has a way of weaving her novels, surrounded by history, into touching and engaging stories.

One of my favorite lines from this book is when Simon confronts the Major that Evelyn has been working for.

"I'm here because she's in danger, Herr Major. I need a truck and a pass to get to her."

"You fight for the Allies. Your soldiers shoot ours." The major scowled. "Why should I help you?"

"Because my daughter saved your life."

Both men turned to see Louise Marche's diminutive figure standing beside the table. With arms raised, she held a pistol pointed at the Hun. "And now you must save hers."

Simon drew in a sharp breath. How had she managed to filch the gun from his coat pocket?

Kate Breslin has created a tale that will take you back into the era of the great war. Hunger, starvation, and death surrounded this generation. Kate shows how these heroic women were a part of helping win the war. If you would like to read more about some of these women, and how their bravery helped the war effort, you can check out Kate's blog on this  LINK.

#HighAsTheHeavens #AmReading #BookLove 

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



Monday, July 17, 2017

Not just for barns anymore



I love these metal quilts from the Classic Metal Company. Wouldn't they be a fun addition to  your home?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Piggy Bank Challenge

 Val's Quilting Studio

One year ago, I signed up for Val's Piggy Bank Challenge. Even though I had to raid the bank a couple of times, over the course of the year I saved almost $70.00. But I know I can do better! So I'm accepting the challenge again at Val's Quilting Studio  

How much do you think I can save this year? To make the challenge even more challenging, the person who guesses how much I save over the course of the next year within $5 at the reveal, will receive a Starbucks gift card.

Will you join me and take the challenge?

Friday, July 14, 2017

On Love's Gentle Shore

Liz Johnson is a new to me author. But everything I've read has drawn me into her stories. I first read "The Red Door Inn". A sweet compelling story. Then the second novel in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series, "Where Two Hearts Meet" drew me into the characters with all of their flaws.


Ms Johnson's latest novel, "On Love's Gentle Shore" was a beautiful tale of how running away can bring you full circle back to where you started.

Natalie O'Ryan never wanted to return to Prince Edward Island. She never planned to return to the pain and heartache she knew growing up there. Never wanted to face her past. But when her fiance plans their wedding on the Island, Natalie tries to cover her past with lies and deception.

Justin Kane never forgot Natalie. He drowned himself in work at the ranch when his father died and left him to care for his mother and siblings. But when Natalie shows up, his heart remembers the little girl, thin and abused, and the friendship they forged through all the growing up years. How can he watch Natalie marry another man, when his heart was given over to her all those years ago.

A sweet, sweet story about heartbreak and forgiveness. A story about restoration and how we must sometimes face our past before we can move forward to the future. I would give this one a 5 star rating.

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

Monday, July 10, 2017

Put some sunshine into someone's day

Let's start our week of with a little bit of kindness!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Do you have a favorite?

Finding a fabric line that you love can be a little disabling. You know how it is. You buy some of the fabric, then when you go back for more, it's gone, like trying to capture the sunset when your camera is not around.

So when I first saw Glace by Three Sisters, it was love at first sight. I bought several pieces and used a Miss Rosie's Schnibbles quilt pattern.

When I made this quilt I was short of fabric, so I didn't make the piano border. And finding more of this fabric became a challenge.

But somehow, along the way, I found a charm pack and a Jolly Bar that I immediately snatched up. But how do you use just one charm pack? Most patterns call for at least two. Grumble....

As I was cleaning out my stash closet, I came upon a Moda Bake Shop pattern that I had saved from a few years ago. A pattern called Baby Lattice Quilt by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. Low and behold, the pattern could be made with one charm pack and a fat quarter. I had that. 

I had that!!

Not needing to cut out the 5" squares really was a time saver. So little by little I started building this quilt.


Don't you love the soft colors? I really love anything that Three Sisters designs.

So here it is!  The lattice lined up beautifully and I'm excited about the next step of quilting.

Sure does make for Happy Quilting!



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Has it been a year already?

Last year I signed up with Val's Quilting Studio for a Piggy Bank Savings Challenge.

Click the picture to read more!

Hard to believe but a year has flown by and it's time to count our savings.

So I dumped out the box which held my collection ...

... and counted out the bills and change for a total of...

$68.24!

I think that was pretty good, even though I didn't always remember to do it.

What am I going to use the money for?

I'm not totally sure, but in a few weeks, my hubby and I will be celebrating our anniversary, and he always takes me to a quilt shop wherever we go.

Sounds like a plan :-)

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A Happy Fourth

I love to bring out this table topper for the Fourth of July.

I had the three large star blocks to begin with, so I improvised and made the table topper.

Happy Independence Day!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Do you buy or subscribe to quilting magazines

For years I subscribed to American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. I have quite a collection of their earlier editions. But then something changed. Heidi Kaisand was no longer the editor. Not only did the magazine itself change, it seems the subscription staff changed as well. After years of being a loyal subscriber, when my subscription ran out, I was not notified. No endless letters or offers. So with that, I decided to just let it go. If I wanted a certain magazine I would just buy it.

But truthfully it was rare that I would purchase a copy.  Until this August.


The mini quilts designed by Carrie Nelson caught my attention. As did the articles on pre-cuts.

Would I subscribe again? I don't think so. I've subscribed to another magazine for several years, and it seems like every issue is just a reformulation of the same quilts that we have been making. So when this one runs out, I won't renew. I recently went through all of my magazines, kept the ones I "might" make, and gave away the rest.

How about you? Do you subscribe or just buy a copy that catches your interest?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Matthew's quiilt


When I was a new quilter in 1985 I took a quilting class at the local craft store. Back then we were taught how to cut out the pieces with scissors and used cardboard templates. Towards the end of the class, our teacher showed us a tool that looked like a pizza cutter. She told us this was a Rotary Cutter and would speed cutting time. Of course we all laughed and said it could not take the place of scissors! HA!

About that same time, my sister in law took a class at a quilt shop. She learned Eleanor Burns Quilt in A Day pattern for the Log Cabin. She shared with me how quick and easy it was to use this method. And as the saying goes, the rest is history.

"Matthew's Quilt" was started back around 1986. I purchased 100% cotton fabrics from a quilt shop. My plan was to make a quilt for my then toddler son. We worked on the Log Cabin pattern, and I completed the top. It was my goal to hand quilt this quilt.

So I started working on it, but did not make very speedy progress. As a matter of fact it was not completed until 2004!

This is one of my favorite quilts and the only one I hand quilted. It was fun to work on, and I love how the colors all worked together.

Are you a hand or machine quilter? Either way, enjoy your quilting experience.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Another Whoop-whoop

I made this table topper several years ago.


Unfortunately, the binding fabric has been buried deep inside the stash fabric.

But this weekend, I decided it was time to head for the finish line. So another UFO bites the dust!


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Let's get inspired

Whenever we travel, I try to locate a quilt shop in the area. It's always fun to see what kind of quilts are being created.

On a recent trip in our traveling cottage, we landed in western Georgia.  I found the sweetest little quilt shop called Southern Stitches.

Located in Thomaston Georgia, the shop, although not very large, was warm and welcoming.
I chatted with the owner, Dana, before other people started coming into the shop. She was such a sweet gal. The shop has been open for about four years, and they are getting ready to move closer into town in the next few weeks. She tells me they need more space. Sounds like a good problem to have.





If we are ever back in that area, I would love to see what she does with her new shop. I always enjoy being inspired when I visit quilt shops.

And yes, I did purchase fabric. Although I have been trying to be very good, working down my stash and not buying (much) fabric. But who could resist.

This was tucked in with the patriotic fabric and it's from Timesless Treasures. 

I also purchased the fun cake fabric from Southern Stitches, the the others were a Hobby Lobby find. We do not have Hobby Lobby in our area, so when I find one when we travel, I like to check it out. Being a new grandma, I've been keeping an eye out for kids type fabrics. And now that we found out that grandbaby #3 is on the way, well, what's a grandma to do?  Yep, that's right...buy more fabric ;-)

Do you find inspiration when you visit a quilt shop? Do you seek out new shops when you travel? I love to see how patterns, sometimes old favorites like Yellow Brick Road, are worked with different fabrics.

Happy Quilting!