Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Thread ....

I am not a thread purist, although I have quite a lot of thread in my sewing room.

However, I have come to love Superior's The Bottom Line bobbin thread for my machine quilting.

Every time I use this thread in my bobbin, I feel like the Energizer Bunny! It just goes, and goes.
When I use regular thread, I always run out of bobbin thread way before I am finished quilting. Which means I have to take my quilt out of my machine, change the bobbin and find the place to start quilting again. I kind of lose my momentum. 
I'm sure the newer threads are very nice, but they can be quite pricey, and one of my biggest challenges in sewing with expensive thread is a lot of times it ends up in the trash.
Have a Happy Quilting day!

Monday, November 19, 2018

You Are...

You Are, written by Emily Assell, is a very sweet board book for children. Subtitle "Speaking God's Word Over Your Children" is written in simple text with accompanying illustrations. Each page has an uplifting line of worth, and a corresponding scripture verse. The illustrations are captivating and engaging for children. 

In this day of bells and whistles, speaking God's word over children is a much needed message. This little book of encouraging words shares how God sees us in simple text and illustrations. Lauren Copple's illustrations are fun and heartwarming. This would make a great baby shower gift. A definite 5 star children's book.

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

Friday, November 16, 2018

For the coffee lover

Even though we live in the deep south, I have a couple of people who live with me who love the cold weather and more importantly the snow. So to keep the resident coffee lover happy, I made her a Mug Rug.........

You can't get snowflakes any bigger then that! And I like the way the back looks too.

I guess this Mug Rug could be reversible.

Okay enough with the Mug Rugs. I've got other larger projects I need to work on ;-)

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Did you know?

Did you know that 14% of all households report at least one family member who quilts?
The average dedicated quilter is 62 years old with a college education and in a median household income of more than $90,000.

The majority have a room in their home dedicated to quilting and/or sewing and spends an average of 2.2 hours a week on quilting websites.
She also subscribes to 4 quilting magazines and spends 5 hours a month reading these magazines.
She has purchased an average of 95 yards of fabric and bought 5 quilting books over the past year.


Estimated total value of the quilting industry in the US is an average of $3.5 BILLION

So how do you line up with these statistics?

Friday, November 9, 2018

Fun quick gift to make

I've made these little tissue cozies for several years. They make a nice quick gifty for an acquaintance or just a little extra in a Christmas present.

woo-hoo Christmas fabric -

The pattern came from   Kim - she has a great tutorial on how to make these.

I have a friend whose daughter is a huge Gator fan. She is coming down from Atlanta to visit her Mom and then heading to Gainesville for the game. With two of these :-)

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018

It is really Fall?

I love to see homes decorated for the seasons. One of my biggest problems, living in the deep south, has been decorating for fall. When the temps are still in the 80's and flowers are still blooming, it's hard to wrap your mind around fall leaves and cool breezes.
 
Most of our decorations are packed away in a box marked "FALL".  I found a table runner and a couple of candles. And these warm fall quilts to spread out around my home.

I do love the warm colors of fall. These are the only leaves that will turn color around here!

As we say down here in the South -

Happy Fall Ya'll.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Hidden Peril - a review

 Dangerous Illusions -- Irene Hannon

Hidden Peril by Irene Hannon is the second book in the Code of Honor series. As in Ms. Hannon's first book, this story was filled with suspense and a bit of romance.

Kristin Danes is all about helping. The owner of a fair trade shop, she features items that helps others around the world. That is, until one of her employees ends up dead.

Luke Carter has grieved the loss of his wife, and is not looking for a relationship. But when he meets Kristin at a mutual friends wedding, things change. When the Detective is called in on the murder, his attraction to Kristin continues to spark. With a second murder of one of Kristin's customers, the tie draws them closer together.

The story, and how it all plays out, could be one of a current day headline. Ms. Hannon's excellent writing, and thorough research, had me captured by the first couple of chapters. I started suspecting the villain early on, but until it was reveled, I wasn't totally sure. This was a good suspense novel, and anyone who enjoys good clean books, will enjoy this new novel.

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

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Welcome November!

It's the first day of November!

21 days until Thanksgiving.

54 days until Christmas.

61 days until the New Year!

Are  you ready??

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Monday, October 29, 2018

Autumn Fires


Autumn Fires

In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The grey smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall! 

Robert Louis Stevenson

Friday, October 26, 2018

Falling for this quilt

My next project!!


I love how these fall colors pop on this quilt sample. I think I may have enough fall colors in my stash.  Great way to use up fabric.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Topographical Rainbow

Recently I entered a giveaway by Upstairs Hobby Room and won this amazing Fat Quarter bundle.

Sandy created an amazing quilt from these beautiful RJR solids. Pop over to her blog and take a look.

What are you working on this weekend?

Happy Quilting!



Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Cost of Betrayal

 

With my hubby's health issues and re-injuring my back, I have not been able to do any sewing or quilting. I have, however, been able to read :-)

"The Cost of Betrayal" is a novella written by three amazing suspense writers. And they did not disappoint. Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason each wove great stories that held my interest to the end. They brought good clean stories, with the common thread of betrayal, that are full of suspense, drama, faith, and a bit of romance to keep you reading. Each story keeps you guessing until the end. I have read other books by these same authors and would recommend this novellas as an introduction to their style of writing. If you enjoy suspense novels, you won't be disappointed.
 
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley.  I was under no obligation to give a review and the opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Christmas Heirloom



The Christmas Heirloom is a collection of four novellas, each tying in with an antique heirloom brooch. I am familiar with each of these authors, and looked forward to reading their stories.

Starting back in the early 1800's, Kristi Ann Hunter wove a tale of how the brooch came into being. It was to be passed down to the next generation woman, with the legend that whoever owned the brooch, will find true love. Karen Witemeyer's story found the brooch in the late 1800's, far from where the brooch originated. From England to the deep south of Texas, the brooch brings a young widow a second chance at love. From there the story jumps to the back woods of West Virginia in the 1950's. I couldn't quite line up this part of the story with the rest of the novellas. While an interesting story in and of itself, it didn't really seem to fit into the flow of the gem being passed down. Becky Wade wraps up these stories with a delightful modern day conclusion. Finding love that has been right under your nose, is always a fun and captivating plot.  How two people dance around thoughts and feelings, wondering if they are mistaken, always makes for a good read. 

Each one of these authors has written in their individual style. Always interesting and intriguing. I often find new authors by reading novellas. But if you have never read any of their other full length novels, I would highly recommend that you do. You can check out my reviews at the top of my page and see some of their other titles.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018

Fall is here

I thought I would share a few of my Fall quilts.

 


 
 
Do you use quilts as decorations around your home? I find it is the easiest way to change for the seasons.
Happy Fall Ya'll