Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Sweet as Strawberries

Plant City Florida has THE most delicious strawberries, and right now they are plump and sweet. It's a perfect time to make a Strawberry Pie! The original recipe called for "Wild" Strawberry jello, but it's no longer available. So here is my version.

Cast of characters includes -

1 quart Fresh Strawberries
Strawberry Jello (large package)
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup Sugar
1 1/2 cups water

Combine cornstarch, sugar and water. Cook over medium high heat - stirring constantly until thick and bubbly. Stir in 3/4 package Strawberry Jello and remove from heat. Let cool.

In a deep precooked pie shell, layer washed and hulled strawberries. Pour Jello mixture over strawberries making sure all the strawberries are covered. Refrigerate. (I find leaving the berries whole keeps the pie from getting soggy)

Serve with a dollop of Whipped Cream


Friday, January 10, 2020

Good to know

Have you ever bought charm packs only to find that you don't have quite enough to finish your quilt?  Or maybe you just want to make your own charms.

That's when this handy tool comes to the rescue :-)

You can easily cut as many charms as you like.  Cut strips into 5" or 6" and then re-cut the strips to make the charms.

Here is the yardage recipe for a 6" charm pack -

1/4 yard = 8 squares
1 fat quarter = 12 squares
1/2 yard = 24 squares
3/4 yard = 40 squares
1 yard = 56 squares

You can also cut your jelly roll strips.

Very fast and easy.
Yardage guide for strips. I always find this information helpful when trying to decide how much fabric to purchase.

Width = Strips Per Yard -

1.5" = 23 strips
2" = 17 strips
2.5" = 13 strips
3" = 11 strips
3.5" = 10 strips
4" = 8 strips
4.5" = 7 strips
5" = 7 strips
5.5" = 6 strips
6" = 5 strips

This method seems to be just as effective as a cutting system.  Plus it doesn't take up storage room when not in use.  I just slide it next to my sewing machine table until I need it again.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Antique Quilts

Don't you love the look and feel of antique quilts? They are from a time gone by, yet the stitches remind us of a shared love of quilting.

My sister in law is moving. And she has blessed me with a collection of antique quilts.

This one has ticking for the backing.

And this was the largest one. So pretty and well preserved. 

The only one that was signed.
My SIL also offered me her Quilt Display case.

She said they didn't go with the style of her new home.

Lucky me :-)

Happy Quilting!

Friday, January 3, 2020

Love at Christmas

Love at Christmas

I started reading Love at Christmas by Anne Greene the day after Christmas. The four novellas are each stand alone stories. Each story has it's share of drama and conflict.

As historical fiction, three of the stories are seated in the 1800's. My favorite, however, was from 1955. "A Williamsburg Christmas" finds Holly in Williamsburg  as a waitress. After disappearing 10 years ago, Trent is back in her life. But building trust proves difficult for Holly, after being hurt so many years ago.

In "A Christmas Belle", Amanda Geoffrey is a mail order bride, but finds one thing that is totally unacceptable with Frank Calloway. 

"Avoiding the Mistletoe", finds widow Olivia Rose accompanying her sister Darcy into the wilds of Seattle, Washington as a mail order bride. But she has no plans of marrying, only wishing to obtain a teaching position in the new territory. Sheriff Stark Macaulay has other plans. He purchased a bride and insists Olivia Rose complete her promise. Their courtship reveals that Stark is gentleman, and  a man of action. Second chances can be sweet.

"The Choice" follows the westward movement to the Oregon Territory. Felicity needs a husband to obtain the free land given by the government. But finding just the right one proves to be a challenge.

These historical romance novellas are each a delightful Christmas story.

 I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year

New Year'S Eve, Christmas, Background

What will this new decade bring?  Let's hope for more Happy Quilting!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Year in Review

It seems that every year we post what we have accomplished during the year. I have not finished many quilts this year, but there were a few.




And between quilts the countless pillowcases for Ryans Case for Smiles. 

 In addition to quilting, 36 Book reviews in 2019. Not including the additional books I have read that were not reviewed.

So, that's most of what I've done in 2019. Share your bounty.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

God's Amazing Snow Crystals

Much of America is blanketed with a snow right now. So when I came across this information, I thought how wonderful to learn more about the perfection and beauty of God's creation -

Please take a few minutes and check out these websites.

A Snow Crystal Primer
Snow Ice Cream
Wilson Bentley - The Snowflake Man

You can also watch an amazing Youtube video about Bentley.


The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His hands
~ Psalm 19:1