Thursday, June 28, 2018

Under the needle

This is what I've been working on this past week.

Machine quilting another UFO.

Little by little, working down the pile.

Friday, June 22, 2018

What I am reading

There aren't many books I've read where I didn't figure out the plot or who the bad guys were. But Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley broke my record.

It's Elvis week in Memphis. A week that brings an array of fans from all over. Detective Rachel Sloan gets caught up in a murder investigation that could be linked to the death of her mother seventeen years ago. Even though her death had been ruled a burglary gone bad. Will Rachel become another victim? Lt. Boone Callahan is Rachel's boss. Yet the sparks start flying when Rachel is assigned to Boone's homicide department.Will they rekindle their relationship?

Great story. Even though I am not an Elvis fan, this story line was not about that. It was about the people who were bonded together. Were they friends? Lovers? Or psychopaths? This story was a great mystery with the hint of a romantic twist. Both characters harbor deep hurts, broken relationships and some guilt from the past. Patricia Bradley wove much suspense into the plot of the story. With a surprise for the ending.

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

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

Should you prewash your fabric?

To wash or not to wash!

The age old question that has had quilters on opposite sides of the spectrum for years. I personally like to prewash my fabric. I recently came upon this blog post from my local quilt shop that explains it from a fabric shop owners perspective.  So take a look and see what you think.

Should I prewash my fabric?

So where do you stand? Do you prewash your quilting fabric?

Friday, June 15, 2018

Trouble in blog land

Over the last two weeks I have not had any comments on either of my blogs. I am assuming this is due to the changes that took place on May 25th. I apologize if I have not responded to your comments, as I always try to respond if  you leave a comment. And it seems that I have missed countless comments that have been sitting in my moderator file.They appear to be from no-reply bloggers, although I have received from them before. It is sad and discouraging, because I am just a little blog, not anyone with a business or any type of online affiliates. I posted this explanation of disclosures and policies on my Just A Little Southern Hospitality blog, and have it posted on this header. So in case anyone wants to know, and didn't read it before, I am re-posting so that I am making the plain thing - plain.

I have absolutely no idea if I need to post this, but I'd rather comply than find out later it was needed!

What do I do with your information when you comment on a post or subscribe to updates or enter a giveaway? Am I holding your email address hostage? (No!) What is GDPR??
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Flag Day

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.
For the total background concerning this holiday, pop over and read Flag Day in the United States.

May our flags wave high!

Happy Quilting

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Falling for You - a review

I loved Becky Wade's Porter family series. And it's been a while since I read the first of the Bradford Sisters story, True to You. So I was excited to see there would be a story for Willow. I found the start a little slow, with so many characters and different story lines. And a mystery that didn't exactly feel like it belonged to Willow and Corbin. However, this story takes you on a journey of letting go and forgiveness. So many times we hang on to anger, regret and sometimes guilt, that we don't allow our hearts to forgive. Willow walks this path when she is asked to help solve the mystery, along with her former boyfriend Corbin.

Corbin's new found faith and how he wrestles with it, was inspiring when he seeks to share it. Sometimes new believers struggle with how to share something that is often times hard to explain. He also struggles with temptation that had not been a problem before he met Christ. The characters host so many deep feelings - deep hurts, anger, mistrust, passion, temptations - yet the revelation of forgiveness and love conquer in Willow and Corbin's relationship.

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

Friday, June 8, 2018

Beach walk

The latest quilted project....

I love these pictorial quilts. I have one for fall, winter, and now one for summer. Just taking a little walk along the beach.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Friday, June 1, 2018


I finally added the binding to this Schnibbles quilt that has been waiting patiently.

It feels so good to be done with another quilt.