Monday, July 16, 2018


I'm not really a knitter. I've made several scarves but I've always wanted to make a shawl. I only know the basic knit and purl stitches and I'm not very good at following a pattern. So I tackled this easy shawl with a full skein of yarn. And this is the progress so far.

It's clustered onto circular needles, but I think it will spread nicely. Not sure if I will keep going and make it wider. It can be relaxing to do mindless knitting in the evenings. Anyone else a novice knitter?

Saturday, July 14, 2018

It's hard to believe....

... but 45 years ago today, I walked down the aisle and became wife to this man I love.

Through happiness, and heart aches, we have been best friends. We really have grown up together.

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Hope of Azure Springs

Wow, wow, wow! From the opening pages to the end, I was totally caught up with this new novel by Rachel Fordham. The Hope of Azure Springs was masterfully crafted, bringing to life the struggles and loves of a young orphan girl.

Em and her sister Lucy ride the orphan train, seeking a better life after they are left homeless in the big city. But they become separated in different towns. After Em's guardian is shot and killed, her only hope is finding her sister.

Sheriff Caleb Reynolds takes it upon himself to solve the puzzle of Em. He is drawn to Em by his own insecurities. And the tender story envelopes the reader and touches your heart.

With the element of hardship that was common during the 1800's, Rachel Fordham, with her unique writing style, wove a compelling story that kept me turning pages. A beautiful story about a plain girl, rejected by many, finds friendship and love by her kindness and determination. A wonderful book I thoroughly enjoyed.  I would highly recommend it.

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

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Saluting the Red White and Blue

Red, white and blue.  This time of year brings out the patriotic colors.
We start off with Memorial Day, then Flag Day and then our American Independence Day.

Do you use these colors only at this time of year?

Do you use quilts to decorate for the different seasons?

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

So... yesterday

...was our granddaughter's second birthday.

Isn't she a cutie? She moves so fast it's hard to get a good picture.

She has the prettiest smile and an adorable belly laugh giggle.

She looks so much like my son when he was that age. Curls and all.

Now we have a house full of young people that are passing through Florida. One from New Zealand, three from Australia, one from Mexico and two from Chicago. A truly international visit. So not much sewing or quilting going on  this week. I'll be glad to have a normal week return. But until then...

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Under the needle

This is what I've been working on this past week.

Machine quilting another UFO.

Little by little, working down the pile.

Friday, June 22, 2018

What I am reading

There aren't many books I've read where I didn't figure out the plot or who the bad guys were. But Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley broke my record.

It's Elvis week in Memphis. A week that brings an array of fans from all over. Detective Rachel Sloan gets caught up in a murder investigation that could be linked to the death of her mother seventeen years ago. Even though her death had been ruled a burglary gone bad. Will Rachel become another victim? Lt. Boone Callahan is Rachel's boss. Yet the sparks start flying when Rachel is assigned to Boone's homicide department.Will they rekindle their relationship?

Great story. Even though I am not an Elvis fan, this story line was not about that. It was about the people who were bonded together. Were they friends? Lovers? Or psychopaths? This story was a great mystery with the hint of a romantic twist. Both characters harbor deep hurts, broken relationships and some guilt from the past. Patricia Bradley wove much suspense into the plot of the story. With a surprise for the ending.

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

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

Should you prewash your fabric?

To wash or not to wash!

The age old question that has had quilters on opposite sides of the spectrum for years. I personally like to prewash my fabric. I recently came upon this blog post from my local quilt shop that explains it from a fabric shop owners perspective.  So take a look and see what you think.

Should I prewash my fabric?

So where do you stand? Do you prewash your quilting fabric?

Friday, June 15, 2018

Trouble in blog land

Over the last two weeks I have not had any comments on either of my blogs. I am assuming this is due to the changes that took place on May 25th. I apologize if I have not responded to your comments, as I always try to respond if  you leave a comment. And it seems that I have missed countless comments that have been sitting in my moderator file.They appear to be from no-reply bloggers, although I have received from them before. It is sad and discouraging, because I am just a little blog, not anyone with a business or any type of online affiliates. I posted this explanation of disclosures and policies on my Just A Little Southern Hospitality blog, and have it posted on this header. So in case anyone wants to know, and didn't read it before, I am re-posting so that I am making the plain thing - plain.

I have absolutely no idea if I need to post this, but I'd rather comply than find out later it was needed!

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Flag Day

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.
For the total background concerning this holiday, pop over and read Flag Day in the United States.

May our flags wave high!

Happy Quilting

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Falling for You - a review

I loved Becky Wade's Porter family series. And it's been a while since I read the first of the Bradford Sisters story, True to You. So I was excited to see there would be a story for Willow. I found the start a little slow, with so many characters and different story lines. And a mystery that didn't exactly feel like it belonged to Willow and Corbin. However, this story takes you on a journey of letting go and forgiveness. So many times we hang on to anger, regret and sometimes guilt, that we don't allow our hearts to forgive. Willow walks this path when she is asked to help solve the mystery, along with her former boyfriend Corbin.

Corbin's new found faith and how he wrestles with it, was inspiring when he seeks to share it. Sometimes new believers struggle with how to share something that is often times hard to explain. He also struggles with temptation that had not been a problem before he met Christ. The characters host so many deep feelings - deep hurts, anger, mistrust, passion, temptations - yet the revelation of forgiveness and love conquer in Willow and Corbin's relationship.

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

Friday, June 8, 2018

Beach walk

The latest quilted project....

I love these pictorial quilts. I have one for fall, winter, and now one for summer. Just taking a little walk along the beach.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Friday, June 1, 2018


I finally added the binding to this Schnibbles quilt that has been waiting patiently.

It feels so good to be done with another quilt.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Remember and honor

Memorial Day is a truly patriotic holiday which is celebrated on the last Monday in May. A day set apart for remembering and honoring those who died while serving in the American Armed Forces.

"I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.
Benjamin Harrison,the 23rd President of the United States.

In memory and honor of those who have fought and died to keep our country free.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

On the road again

When we travel, it's always fun and delightful to visit quilt shops in new areas. On our last trip, we ended up in Franklin Tennessee.

I remember visiting The Quilting Squares several years ago with my SIL, and this visit was just as pleasant. 

Lovely quilts displayed on the walls.

And the friendliest staff I've met in quite a long time.

So many fun quilts and patterns. And YES I had to buy some patterns a fabric. 

For this one :-)

How have you been inspired lately?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Granny Love progress

Sometimes taking on a project with little pieces can be intimidating. This pattern called for cutting out hundreds of 2 1/2" squares. I opted to sew two strips together and cut them apart, alternating some of the fabrics as I went along.

Now to work on the borders.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a special day. Not everyone is a Mother, but we've all had a Mom in our lives. Whether it was a natural Mother, an adopted one, or just a special woman who came along side to encourage you.

If your Mother is still living, be sure to give her a hug. And if your Mother is already gone, find someone who could really use a hug. It could be a relative, a friend, a neighbor, or even an acquaintance. In the Bible we see when Jesus hung on the cross, he gave His own Mother into John's safe keeping (John 19:26-27). I'm sure after Jesus died, Mary needed comfort and a hug. And when the Lord returned from the grave, in my heart of hearts, I know He hugged His Mother. Mary probably treasured those moments, just as she did when the shepherds told of the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:19).

May the Lord bless each one of you, whether you are a daughter, Mother, Grandmother, sister, niece, friend or neighbor.

Exodus 20:12 ESV “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away. 
~Dinah Craik

Friday, May 11, 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Pressed Flower Friend

Today would have been my BFF's birthday.  Diane lost her battle with cancer almost 14 years ago.  But I still think of her and miss her.  So in memory of Diane, I wanted to share this poem, written by Sherry Morris.

My Pressed Flower Friend

In my book of memories, 
there is a pressed Flower that fills a page,
With a gentle fragrance lingering still,
though it's faded now with age.
The way my Friend smiled and laughed,
The many ways she cared,
Are a legacy that she left behind
In stories I love to share.
So remember the hearts who've touched
your life,
It's what we each are here for.
A pressed Flower gently reminds us
To love and treasure our friendships more.

I love you Diane.  Your Fragrance still lingers.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

In the process

A couple of years ago I bought this kit from Connecting Threads.

And so it sat, waiting for me to unfold the jelly roll.

So on a rainy Sunday afternoon, I started doing this -

Whoop! We are on a roll!

Happy Quilting!