Monday, September 24, 2018

Hidden Among the Stars

Encrypted messages can often peek a persons curiosity. Words jotted in a book from the 1930's, even more so. Callie Randall runs a book store. When her sister gives her an antique copy of Bambi, she becomes fascinated with the words that are written inside. German words. Could they be a list of some kind. Something to do with the war? Hoping to find the original owner, it sends quiet Callie on an international adventure.

Melanie Dobson had done a wonderful job weaving old world with new. Seeking treasures that would have an impact on not only the owner of the book, but her very dear friend. I found this book to be very engaging, about true love, and history and how a relationship could build through a common interest. The mystery impacted how the story ends. I would give this book 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.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

70 is the new 50

The day started out pretty normal. Hubby was out doing errands, and was to pick up a few groceries for me on the way home. I hurt my back a couple of weeks ago, and am still not able to drive. So when I got a call from my daughter, asking if I was dressed to go out, I was perplexed. I had not planned on going out that day. But then she said the words that pushed me straight into action.

"Dad collapsed in the grocery store. They have rushed him to the ER."

By the time we arrived in the ER, hubby was hooked up to a saline drip and patched all over for an EKG. What had happened? Hubby just said he felt that everything drained out of him, and he went down. And of course, the medics and Dr's first thoughts were heart attack.

After a couple of hours and a few tests, the ER doctor came in, declaring that except for a little elevated sugar, hubby was in good shape..... for his age. And then proclaimed how when we get older, things don't always work as well as they did when we were younger.

My hubby is not yet in his seventh decade, but in today's world, 70 is the new 50. My father in law was 95 when he passed away, yet he was still working in his yard and bowling once a week until his health declined a couple of years before he died. 90 is the new 70.

Many people are living well into their 90's. And living it well. John McCain's mother is 106 and  still looks very vibrant, even though she buried her own son. In 2012, the UN estimated there were 316,600 living centenarians worldwide. That number could likely be increased in the last six years.

So my hubby will now be going through a battery of tests, mostly to determine if he does have an underlying heart condition.  But please let it be known, that we do not need to be under any kind of label. Whether you are 20, 40, 60, or 90 years old. You can be as young as you feel. No matter what your birth certificate says. Enjoy life, and don't let labels hang around your neck.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bloggers Quilt Festival

It's been several years since I participated in the Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side. But today, I am linking up.

My husband enjoys the outdoors, and occasionally goes hunting. So I used this Island Batik fabric to make a quilt, just for him.

I couldn't resist this animal themed fabric to make a quilt for his easy chair.

And I dug around in my stash to use this batik for the backing.

Thanks so much for stopping by. 
I hope you enjoy the rest of the Festival.
Thank you to Amy for hosting.

Monday, September 17, 2018

An Hour Unspent


Barclay's story.

Roseanna White has written three novels about the Shadow Over England series. A series that wove together the lives of Barclay Pearce and his many adopted siblings. Thieves, that is how they survived the streets of England during war time. Yet, along the way, they find faith. And their cleverness and swiftness has become an asset to the war effort. Barclay, the eldest and head of the clan, has been commissioned by the mysterious V to learn from a clock maker about his invention that will help fighter pilots. Barclay becomes enchanted with Cecil Mannings daughter, Evelina. And then their adventure begins.

A wonderful story, as only Roseanna White can tell it. After reading A Name Unknown, I was instantly drawn to Ms. White's writing. She has masterly written these stories with historical content. And although this is the final book in the series, it's a stand alone book, that one can read and not get lost in previous stories. I would definitely give this a 5 star rating.

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

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Put a little love in your heart

Kindness. Is it a lost art? Do we show kindness to others on our daily walk?  Is it something we can do, to show a little love?

Sometimes in the busyness of our daily lives, we forget to show the kindness that we would like others to show to us. Every day we can become so self focused that we forget what a little bit of kindness can do. I'd like to show more kindness. Whether it's just a word of encouragement, or giving a smile to a stranger.

That is why I want to join with DaySpring in kicking off the #DaySpringCareDare!
Let's use these opportunities to share a little love and show kindness with others.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

Barn Raising

Another UFO waiting for backing and quilting.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Winter dreams

How is it that I can start on a project, and then it gets waylaid?  That's what happened with this block a month Christmas project. I loved the fabric and completed seven blocks before it took a nose dive :-(

 Well, I finished block eight,and have four more to go. 
Will it be complete before Christmas? Only time will tell ;-)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Helping kids feel better

Sew!! Here is what I have been doing.

When I can't drum up inspiration, I make pillowcases for Ryan's Case for Smiles. At least I know they will be used and maybe bring a smile to a sick child's face.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

UFO on the move

I started this cute wall hanging several years ago. I never could decide what to do for a border. I finally dug out this sewing theme fabric, and it's onto the finish line.


Friday, August 24, 2018

By the sea....

I'm on the mission to make a couple of landscape scenes for Christmas gifts. Here is the start of the first one.

Have you started on  your Christmas projects yet?

Monday, August 20, 2018

Featherweight table

A couple of months ago one of our local quilt shops advertised Featherweight tables on sale. I went to take a look, and thought it would be a great way to utilize my Featherweight.

Haven't given it a test run yet, but I'm preparing to make more pillowcases for Ryan's Smiles, and will give this little baby a work out.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

A whale of a time...

A friend of mine is applying to be a Foster parent. I found this Birch fabric in my stash and went to work on making a welcoming quilt.

 Closer look of this cute fabric
Not sure if this will be for a girl or boy, but I thought it could go either way.

Happy Quilting!

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?