Monday, January 15, 2018

Walking Foot Quilting

After reading the review on Quilt Shop Gal's blog, I made a request for a copy of Leah Day's newest book.

And sweet hubby had this under the Christmas tree.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Getting there

A gift, is a gift, is a gift. At least it is one when it's finished. Still squeezing in time to work on this table runner.

I know it's hard to see the color, but the background is a deep blue. Kansas Troubles fabric with embedded roses. After being sick for the last two weeks, there is so much to catch up on. But I will finish this tablerunner gift... 
 
... soon.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Star for All Seasons

After the marathon sewing of December, I am finally getting back to the machine again.

I love making this pattern.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Holding the Fort

Two weeks stuck at home with chills, coughing, wheezing, and sneezing affords a lot of time to catch up on reading and watching movies you didn't have time to watch before.

 One delightful book was "Holding the Fort" by Regina Jennings.  The story of being in the wrong place at the right time. Dance hall singer Louisa Bell travels to Fort Reno, her quest to help her wayward brother. But when she arrives she is mistaken for the new governess hired to train Major Daniel Adams teenage daughters.

The story unfolds when Louisa finds herself face to face with a soldier who is thrown from his horse as he attempts a daredevil feat. Little did she know this soldier turns out to be Major Adams. When she decides to step into the role of governess, she soon finds she is in over her head. This turns out to be the performance of a lifetime.

I loved the way Ms. Jennings portrayed her characters. Hard times in Indian territory helped develop Daniel and Louisa's determination to succeed. This was a sweet story as an unexpected romance.blooms between the two characters.

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


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

What's your story?

Many years ago, I took a required class my first year in High School. On one of the first days of our Home Economics class, our teacher, Mrs. Trainor, told us that we would be constructing a garment, learn to bake, and learn how to design a home.

I had never sewn before, as my own Mom did not sew. So we learned about fabric and thread, and sewing machines, tracing wheels and zippers. And each one of us made a garment!

After graduating from High School, I found that making garments was fun and challenging. I ended up taking another garment class through Adult Education offered in our public schools.

After I married and started a family, I found the local craft stores offered different classes. Cake decorating was a great asset to make birthday cakes for my little children. But the class that changed how I looked at a sewing machine was the quilting class.
At that time, we used scissors, templates and we hand stitched everything. When our class was almost over, our teacher brought out an instrument that she said would make cutting our fabric easier. Can you guess what it was?

Yep, it was the first time I ever saw a Rotary cutter. None of the students were impressed, saying "How could this pizza cutter take the place of scissors?" Not only were we wrong, but my sister in law took a class at a new quilt shop and learned Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day method. Sewing has never been the same for us since ;-)

How about you?? Who taught you to quilt??

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Auld Lang Syne History & Lyrics

This 18th century poem was written by Robert Burns and is traditionally sung at the moment the clock strikes midnight of the brand new year.
Auld Land Syne actually translates to Good Old Days.



Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne

We twa hae run aboot the braes
And pou'd the gowans fine;
we've wander'd mony a weary foot
Sin' auld lang syne

We two hae paidled i' the burn,
Frae mornin' sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne

And here's a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie's a hand o' thine;
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!