Monday, January 14, 2019

First finish

Okay, so I've been playing with Miss HQ, and finished a child size quilt, mostly to practice, and get the feel for the machine. But shhhh... keep this one under wraps for the moment. It will be for the newest expected grandchild.

It. Was. SO. Much. Fun! to quilt on the Sweet Sixteen. It definitely has a different feel than my sewing machine. But I'm learning. 

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Heartwarming novel

Caught By Surprise Cover

Jen Turano has again written a wonderful story that has captured my imagination. Flights of Fancy, the first in the American Heiress series, is a delightful story about a young socialite during the late 1800's. Isadora Delafield is one of the wealthiest socialites of her time. Because of her wealth and status, she is much sought after. But her parents continue to pressure her to marry a middle aged duke whose reputation is less than stellar. Izzie runs away from the demands the duke makes on her to marry him. Which finds her seeking employment as a housekeeper. But the problem is, she has never had to run a household before. She doesn't even know how to boil water.

When Ian Mackenzie meets Izzie, he is leary of her lack of references and skill. Yet he is in desperate need of a housekeeper to maintain order while his aunt recuperates and he is away on business. When four orphans come to live with them, the adventures will make you laugh out loud. The story is light hearted and full of fun and adventure.

Such a well written story. One that draws you to the characters and the situations they find themselves in. I've read other books by Ms. Turano, but I think this one is the best so far. Delightful and fun.

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

Monday, January 7, 2019

String Fever

There's a challenge going on.  Moda is hosting a String Along. I made  a couple of String Quilts before.

This one was made when we moved into our new house.

And then a couple of years later, I found my self with a lot of pink scraps.

It's kind of my favorite.

So I thought I would look to see if I had enough blue scraps to make a companion string quilt. I know there are lots of string quilt tutorials but I found the one that was free on Craftsy by Amy Gibson from her Block of the Month, to be the one that I liked the best.

And so it started.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Location, location, location

You know how sometimes you can overthink things? Like when making plans, or just trying to figure out how to do something.  Well, I'm trying not to overthink this new adventure with Miss HQ.

I'm the type of quilter that needs things to be a little bit organized before starting on a project. So as the holidays have added to the "putting things away" mode, I've been trying to make the most of my time and space for this new set up.

I first went to JoAnn's looking for the large thread holder to organize the cones used for this machine. They had none. But on a recent trip to a local Outlet store I came across something in their stationery department that I like better than the cone thread holder.

I'm sure this wire basket is to hold files, but I loved the thought of using it for thread. And you know what they say about location?


Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Score! Let's celebrate

Ten years ago I started blogging. I had been reading the Pioneer Woman for a while, and decided that I'd give blogging a go. Just as a journal of my quilting adventures. Low and behold, it has now been ten years! SO, I've been thinking a score! celebration is in order.

On February 19,2009 I started blogging, and wrote my first blog post the next day, not even knowing if anyone would read it. Three days later, by my third post, I had comments! One of the first commenters was Nicole of Sister's Choice Quilts. I've been following Nicole's blog ever since.

Looking backwards, there have been posts about quilting, DIY, the move to our new home, and many other areas that have been a part of my life.

And YOU dear reader have been a big part of my blogging life. SO I think it would be fun and appropriate to host a giveaway. What do you think?

And let's make it better. What about a YEAR of giveaways?  I started blogging on the 19th of the month, so on the 19th of every month I will host a giveaway. I have a few things in mind, but I think you will just have to wait and see.

So be sure to stop back every month (although I hope you will come more often than once a month) and see what I might have up my sleeve.

Happy Quilting!