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!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Things I Never Told You

Sisters. A sometime complicated family relationship. Payton Thatcher has kept family at arm's length ever since her twin sister died. Too many bad memories bustle through Payton as she leaves her goals and dreams on the footsteps of guilt.

But when tragedy threatens to fracture her family even more, how will Payton deal with her siblings. Older sister Johanna, always combative, stirs Payton as she tries to plan a successful wedding for middle sister Jillian. 

"Things I Never Told You by Beth K. Vogt is a story about secrets and unresolved grief. Can sisters resolve years of conflict? And when one is broken, will the others accept truth and offer forgiveness? Sometimes family can puncture your heart in ways that go deeper than you expect. Ms Vogt's novel is filled with tenderness and heartbreak. Redemption and forgiveness. An in depth look on how people deal with grief and tragedy. A story that captures the heart of a family as they walk through the trials of life God has laid out for them. Beth Vogt is a gifted storyteller, and displays that quality in her latest novel. 

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

Monday, April 30, 2018


Okay, I have a thing for pink!

 What about you? Do you have a color that draws you?

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Why do you quilt?

This is the closet in my sewing room. Unfinished quilt tops waiting for backing and quilting. Oh, this is not all of them. There are still some that are older than dirt in a plastic container.  Sadly made from fabric that is really dated.

So why do we quilt? I have paused to reflect on this question. My love of quilting has not diminished, but the reasons have. I used to make quilts for gifts. Weddings, for babies, housewarming, birthdays. But through the years it appears that most people don't really appreciate all the time and money that goes into a hand made quilt. Some quilts may even be relegated to the dog bed.

It's why I've been making more of an effort to make pillowcases for Ryan's' Case for Smiles. Hoping to bring a smile to a child, a boost while they are experiencing illness.

Most recently, with the passing of my BIL and the former first lady Barbara Bush, these things that take our time and money have left a deep impression of what is really important in life.  A quote from Mrs. Bush struck me.

 (source - Woman's World)
At the end of your life, what will you regret? What will really be important?

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, April 23, 2018

A week at the Cottage

All has been quiet here at the Cottage.  A lot has happened in the past week. Some good things, and some sad.

One happy time was the dedication of our little grandson Jonah.

He s such a happy fella and brings joy to our hearts every time we see him.

The second thing was not such a happy time. My hubby's older brother, who has been battling some unknown disease for years, passed away on Tuesday. It's been a difficult time for the family, as he and his siblings were all very close. I have known George for almost 50 years, and he was like a brother to me. The funeral was beautiful, and most heart felt. But knowing that we will meet together again one day in heaven, is a blessing we can all share when we know Jesus as our savior. 
Did you know that in the beginning of time God spoke and everything came into existence?  By His word, the entire universe was created. Of all the things He created, the masterpiece was a man and a woman, Adam and Eve. 
By God's design, all of creation was exactly the way it was supposed to be. There was no pain, suffering, sickness or death. Only complete love between God and man. But one day, God's enemy, a fallen angel named satan, deceived Adam and Eve, and as a result sin entered into the world. Sin, suffering and pain were passed down from generation to generation, and all of creation fell into sin.
An honest glance into our own hearts reveal the truth; we have all sinned and done wrong things. The ultimate consequence, even worse than physical death, is eternal separation from a loving God.  

But God in His loving mercy promised rescue to mankind from sin. All of this is recorded in the Bible. Jesus Christ came almost 2,000 years ago, fulfilling all the promises and predictions in the Old Testament. He willingly, and obediently died an agonizing death on a cross to pay for the sins of mankind. In the greatest display of mercy and grace, Jesus' life and death became the substitute for all who would trust in Him. Jesus rose from the grave, fulfilling His earthly mission to defeat sin by dying on the cross and to defeat death by rising from the dead, just as God had promised.

God invites you to be a part of the story He is writing throughout the ages. Faith is a simple trust in Jesus Christ alone to save you.
Admit your need to God
Ask Him to forgive you
Trust in Jesus alone to rescue you
Follow Jesus in faith from this day forward.

Do you know Him?

My husband and I have the assurance that we will see George again. 

"For by grace you have been saved thorough faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Pelican Point

Due to some health issues, I have not been able to do much sewing or quilting lately. But I have been doing a lot of reading.

Pelican Point by Irene Hannon, part of the Hope Harbor series, was a totally delightful read. I had previously read the first book, Hope Harbor, yet each book is an independent story.

Dr. Ben Garrison inherits, wait for it, a lighthouse, from his grandfather. Returning to Hope Harbor Oregon to settle his grandfathers estate, Ben plans to sell the lighthouse, as he prepares to begin his practice back in Ohio.

When Hope Harbor Herald editor Marci Weber learns about the sale, she is determined to save the Pelican Point landmark. What begins as a fiery start, soon cools into a cooperative friendship. They both have past hurts that leaves them skittish, yet sparks fly whenever they are together.

I loved how Ms. Hannon wove this story around the lives of the Hope Harbor residents. She seamlessly brought two hurting hearts to a place where trust and love could flourish.  It was a lovely story and I am looking forward to the next chapter in the Hope Harbor series.

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018

Bountiful Blessings

Sometimes I have a hard time doing a daily devotion. Whether it is because of time constraints,  responsibilities or just loss of interest, it seems having a guide helps keep me on track.

Enter Bountiful Blessings by Susie Larson. A delightful creative devotional. With a short passage of scripture and devotional passage, there is also lovely illustrations for you to color in. This sweet little book takes only a few minutes to read, and allows you to unwind by drawing at your leisure. A wonderful way to set aside some of the hard things in life and remember God is with you and wants to encourage you along life's way. This little book would make a great gift for a new wife, or Mom, or a lonely senior.

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

Friday, April 6, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Book Review

Have you ever known a bully? Ever been bullied? Then you know the kind of hurt a bully can inflict on a person's heart.

But have you ever dug down to understand why someone would want to be a bully. To act like they are better than others? A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears is a story about a young man who was the school bully growing up. Yet when he returns to his hometown, trying to make restitution for the way he treated his childhood classmates, he finds that people's memory are very long.

Mercy McClain works in the local orphanage and serves on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook seeks a position as a teacher, Mercy remembers him as the boy who tormented her and made fun of her disability during their school years. Although Aaron seeks forgiveness for those he has wronged, Mercy does not believe he has changed.  Her mistrust blocks his acquiring the position, but in a twist of circumstances, Mercy is forced to examine Aaron and discovers that maybe people do change.

The characters in this book were developed and well thought out. Sometimes God says "no" to our requests, but in the end it is usually for our good and His glory. What we learn by our past mistakes can help others who may be on the same path. Learning to forgive when we've been hurt is sometimes hard, yet it brings peace.

Melissa Jagears did an excellent job of conveying deep feelings and emotions of her characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

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

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Saturday, March 31, 2018

No Spring skips it's turn

Even though there is still lots of cold and snow up north, there's lots of blooming going on here.

Planted my spring herbs

And of course the fountain has been cleaned and filled. I love to sit on the patio and listen to the water.

No winter lasts forever, no Spring skips it’s turn- 
Hal Borland

Friday, March 30, 2018

Another one bites the dust

I'm a piecer. I love piecing quilts. I have a stack of ufo's to prove it. So I'm trying to work down my stack and finish these oldies but goodies.

I made this quilt, tea dying the cream fabric for a primitive look. So this one is getting backing and quilted on my domestic machine. 

Yes another one bites the dust ;-)  May you complete all your ufo's!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Wordless Wednesday


Monday, March 26, 2018

A Borrowed Dream

Dreams. Do they often come true? When a small town school teacher dreams of Paris, will her dreams come true?

Catherine Whitfield has dreamed of a trip to Paris with her mother for years. But when her mother dies at the hands of a quack doctor, all of Catherine's dreams dissolve. And Catherine's distrust of doctors mounts as she tries to doctor the children left in her care.

But when widower Austin Goddard moves to Texas, his young daughter becomes a major concern to Catherine as she tries to bring Hannah out of her melancholy. Catherine is drawn to Austin as together they try to draw Hannah out. But Austin has a secret. One that would push Catherine away if she knew. Hiding from a criminal who would track Austin down and hold Hannah hostage.

This is the first book I've read written by Amanda Cabot. Although I felt the story had a slow start, it was a good clean novel, that lead to a satisfying ending.

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

Friday, March 23, 2018

Let's go local

It's been easy to drop off the pillowcases at the local quilt shop.  Here's one that always has a friendly and welcoming smile.

I always enjoy a little bit of quilty inspiration.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Push

"In an ordinary town,
in an ordinary house,
there lived a boy named John.

But he was different from the other kids in town."

The first words of the book titled "The Push - A Story of Friendship" by Patrick Gray.

I was totally enchanted with this heartwarming story about friendship. Not just an ordinary friendship. A special bond that develops between two boys. One that will teach children about discovering how to love those who are different. And what true friendship is really about.

What is so beautiful about this story is that it is based on a true life friendship. One between the author, Patrick Gray and his best friend, illustrator, Justin Skeesuck. Justin's life and career came crashing down when he developed a neuromuscular disease called Multifocal Acquired Motor Axonopathy. He could no longer use his hands to paint.  When Patrick wrote this story, he knew he wanted the illustration to be the same style Justin would have painted. The two of them discovered an artist, Matthew Waresak, who captured Justin's style .

This beautifully illustrated children's book will be an asset in teaching kids how to draw good from everyone we meet. A lesson in putting the needs of others before our own. Learning to extend the hand of friendship to those who may be different.

There is also a grown up version called "I'll Push You". The story about Justin and Patrick's' real life friendship.

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