Monday, May 20, 2019

A Winner

Thank you everyone, who stopped by and visited my blog during my giveaway. I did not have time to repond to your posts, but they were all there, even the ones that went into the spam folder.

I was so surprised that many of you did not know the Pioneer Woman published a magazine. I think it's been about a year now that the Pioneer Woman magazine has been on the market.

 Quilting Babcia is the winner of the giveaway.  Congratulations!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Sweet On You

From the title of this book you know this is going to be a story about a "sweet" romance.

Britt Bradford is the youngest of the three Bradford sisters. And she is fiercely independent. When she was 14 years old, a broken young man came to her school and she decided that she would befriend him. Thirteen years later, their friendship has blossomed into being the best of friends. The only thing is, Zander Ford has been in love with Britt ever since he met her. But wanting to maintain their especially close friendship, he holds back his true feelings for her. The trust and loyalty between them hallmarks what true friendship is about. Until Zander no longer can withhold his feelings for Britt.  As Britt backpedals her own feelings, Zander is totally a gentleman and allows her the space she needs to navigate in her own time.

I am so amazed at how Becky Wade can delve into the deep feelings of her characters. She brings so much depth and insights into a relationship and the hazards of springing them loose. A truly sweet and special final story of the three Bradford sisters series.

Becky Wade is having a giveaway that can be found on her home page. Your can find it HERE

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

Friday, May 17, 2019

A Prairie Journey

A few months back, I won this book form Kathleen Tracy.
A Prairie Journey has some really pretty quilts. As I was looking through it, I decided that I would make this one...
I always like to make scrappy type quilts. And this one was organized scrappy.

The one thing I did differently was, the original called for 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" pieces. I like to make my quilts a little bit bigger, so I cut the fabric 2 1/2 x 4 1/2. 

I have never been great with the math in these patterns, so I 'm not sure how big it will turn out, but I'm liking it so far. Many more rows to make :-)

So do you alter your patterns to different sizes? How does it turn out for you?
BTW, have you signed up for my giveaway? You can find it on Monday's post HERE.
Be sure to leave your email address if you are no reply blogger. You have until tomorrow to sign up!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Regency Romance

The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah Ladd is a beautifully written novel staged in the early 1800's. Cordelia Greythorne, having fled Cornwall following the death of her husband, has found her place as a governess. But with the sudden death of her employer, she is asked to stay on with the children when they are sent to live with their uncle.

Jac Twethewey is working hard to establish the orchards, left to him by his uncle. When his nieces and nephews arrive, with their governess and tutor, he is shocked to learn that his estranged brother has left them in his care. He finds that Delia has a heart for the children, helping them through the grieving, after she has herself, suffered through much. She carries a painful past, and a mysterious  secret. Will her secret bring danger to the children she has grown to love?

The story of loss and blooming love, with a suspenseful climax, was well paced and enjoyable. It was an intriguing story that I highly recommend to fans of historical fiction.

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

Monday, May 13, 2019

Times Two (giveaway)

Have you ever bought something, not knowing if you had it already?  Well I found I had an extra copy of The Pioneer Woman magazine. (I bought one and my subscription started with the same issue).

So I thought, maybe I have other duplicates hanging around the house.  Digging around I found I had two issues of 100 Blocks Vol 2 and Vol 4.

Hummm...what other goodies could I unearth!

Well as it turns out, there were several. So why not share?  I'm going to stuff as many things into a Flat Rate envelope and send it to one of you!

Just leave a comment on this post (and if you are a follower you may leave a second comment telling me how you follow). Because of the increasing cost of postage, this offer is for you sweet friends from the USA.

I'll choose a winner on Saturday May 18th. So jump on in and make my day :-D

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019

Day tripping

On our last day of travel, we found another sweet shop.

I forgot to take a picture of the entrance, but here it is non the less.

This was a beautiful shop and the staff was very friendly. 

You know we like friendly ;-)

On the day I was in, they had their sale fabric marked down to $6. And believe me, they had lots! I would certainly visit again.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Taking a tour

Taking a tour of quilt shops as we travel, we find all kinds of different places.

The day we stopped in at Sew Blessed, the shop was packed with ladies. After walking around for a few minutes I asked one of the ladies, what was going on? Was there a sale? No she said. A bus!!

So I ended up just looking around a bit, because there was no way I was going to be able to cut in a line for cutting and purchasing :-)

This next one was my favorite.

It was a nice quilt shop with a nice selection of fabric. It was the first one I ever found with Thimble Blossoms fabric.Maybe next time we are in the area, I will stop and shop.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Birdhouse Quilts

Traveling over the past week, I was delighted when my hubby stopped at a few quilt shops along the way.

Our first stop was at the Birdshouse Quilt shop in Byron Georgia. What a delightful shop it is, too. The staff is very friendly and the prices are reasonable.

We had stopped here last year on our way home from another trip. I loved the shop and found lots of creative inspiration. They had a ton of mark down fabric, which I am assuming they are preparing for the spring lines. I bought a pair of machine quilting gloves and a couple of pieces of fabric.

Don't you love to stop and shop when you travel?

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

More than words


More Than Words Can Say is a delightful novel by Karen Witemeyer.  I have thoroughly enjoyed every book written by Ms Witemeyer. She has a way of expressing a story that makes her characters feel real.

This story, of a marriage of convenience to save a family business, was intriguing. The story of Zach and Abby and the contract they agree upon, contains some humor plus romance.There is a tension that runs throughout with someone who wishes harm to come to Abby. But she is always gracious and kind. This was in inspiring story where with God's help, trust and forgiveness overcomes hatred and evil. I would recommend this book as I think it is a very enjoyable read.

 I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

What I have been working on

This week I have been working on quilting this table runner, designed by Heather Peterson of Anka's Treasures.
It's been a little bit of slow going because I am quilting on my domestic and I want to do each section carefully and right. But I know it's going to be fabulous when it's finished!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

As time goes by

Thirty five years ago, I bought my first rotary cutter.

After attending my first quilting class, the teacher introduced us to a new cutting tool.  No more scissors or templates. This new tool was sure to cut accurately. And this little baby sliced through many miles of fabric for me.

Of course there were other rotary cutters along the way.

But I always felt the Olfa rotary and mat did the best job for me.

So when the anniversary rotary came out.... I had to have this red beauty.

Isn't she sweet? And now I must get busy making the quilt for the newest grandbaby who is expected to arrive early August.

Let's make beautiful music together. For another 35 years!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Sign of the times

This always makes me laugh. If you are heading that way, enjoy!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world." (John 11:25-27)

"He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said" (Matt. 28:6)

May you rejoice in knowing that the Savior of this world lives.

Wishing you a Blessed Easter.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Happy Days

This past weekend I had the opportunity to gift this quilt to a little friend. A couple of years ago, while my husband was attending an event, Jackie checked on me, kept me company and brought me special things to eat.We had delightful conversations and, even though she was working, kindled a friendship.

So when we returned to New Jersey, I took the quilt and gave it her.

I think she liked it.!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Bag Lady

Are you a bag lady?

What kind of bags do you like?

Do you have a special pattern you prefer?
I can do pretty well making totes, but working with zippers can be a little challenging for me.

So tell me, are you a bag lady?  Share which patterns you like the best.

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Memory House

The Memory House - Rachel Hauck

The Memory House by Rachel Hauck is the story about two women, separated by 50 years. Beck Holiday lost her father at 9/11. She also lost all memory of him. 50 years previous, Everleigh Applegate's life is changed in an instant when a tornado rips through Waco, Texas, leaving her a young widow. Though the years, their lives intersect briefly. Both women are shattered by their losses, Everleigh can't let go of her memories, and Beck can't find hers.

The Memory House is a departure from some of Ms. Haucks other novels. It was sometimes hard to follow the different characters point of view. But the story is a gentle lesson about forgiveness and healing. The story takes you on a journey through tine. Where memories linger and brings hope and healing,.

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

Friday, April 5, 2019

Little by little

Cutting accurate 5" blocks with my GO! Baby. The GO! takes the work out of the cutting.