Saturday, March 30, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A little tutorial

Easy table runners are always a quick way to use up left over fabric. Here's what I do.

Cut 24 strips, 2" x 5", of assorted coordinating fabrics

Cut 10 2" x 2" for accenting blocks
 Lay the strips and accenting blocks in whatever order you like.

After you find a pattern that pleases your eye, start sewing the strip together.

Trim the edges.

Cut a 1 1/4" strip from a darker fabric for the inner border.
Cut 2 1/2" strips of outer border fabric and add to table runner
And now it's all ready for quilting!
I have enjoyed making these table runners in different color ways for the different seasons. This one is in icy blues and a touch of gold for winter. This table runner is longer, using 42  2" x 5" strips.
I hope you enjoy making this easy table runner.
Happy Quilting!

Monday, March 25, 2019

All About Strings Blog Hop

Welcome!All About Strings Blog Hop

Today is the first day of the Blog Hop, and I am so pleased that you have stopped by to visit.

There will be lots of different ideas about using strings in your quilts. But I mainly use mine to make blocks.

This one was a gift for a friend who just became a foster parent. She has a three year old little boy, Eli, who is all smiles every time you meet him.

With a new granddaughter coming this year, I had to dig out my pink strings to make a little welcoming quilt.

But my favorite use of strings was making this bag.

Using all selvage strings makes for a fun and interesting tote.

Thanks again for stopping by. And thanks to Carla from Creatin the Sticks for hosting this fun blog hop. Be sure to stop by the other blogs during this week.

Monday, March 25th

Karrin's Crazy World

Tuesday, March 26th


Wednesday, March 27th

Happy String quilting!

Thursday, March 21, 2019


Computer keeps shutting down. I'm hoping to resolve the problem and be back soon.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Summer By The Tides

Summer by the Tides

Summer By The Tides is another home run for Denise Hunter. The story about three sisters, Maddy, Emma, and Nora, conflicted by a family split 20 years before.

The sisters are each summoned to their grandmothers beach cottage by the neighbor, Connor, when he discovers their grandmother appears to be missing. The story line is one of resentment, wrong first impressions, secrets, forgiveness, and restoration. Plus a most intriguing development of romance.

Denise Hunter is a master writer. Writing well rounded sound characters, she is able to covey her characters deep feelings and emotions. Great dialog and very engaging reading. I've read many of her other novels and she never disappoints. I would give this book a 5+ rating.

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

Thursday, March 14, 2019

A little of this, and a little of that

Do you know how it is when you have a pretty piece of fabric, not enough to really make anything from. Yet you don't want to put it in the goodwill box or in the trash? I'm not terribly creative when it comes to putting colors together or making up designs. Yet this piece of cloth just would not let me go.

I guess in a way I'm a lover of florals, and I pondered over finding a solution for this fabric. So little by little I found a few things to match and worked on using these pretty fabrics to the best of it's ability.
So here is what I came up with. There was only enough to make a pretty table runner (which I am still working on). Yet I think it's a good fit with the colors melding.

I've recently been challenged with downloading pictures from my phone. So I had to dig out my point and shoot camera to fill in the gaps.

Monday, March 11, 2019

A Tender Hope

A Tender Hope by Amanda Cabot is the final book in the Cimarron  Creek series. A sweet story following midwife Thea Michener, as she starts a new life in Cimarron Creek, following the death of her husband. Texas Ranger Jackson Guthrie is on the trail of the Gang Four. A murderous, thieving gang. He suspects Thea's late husband was a member of the Gang, and believes that Thea may be the link to finding the gang.

The characters are well rounded and all have interesting back stories. Ms. Cabot's writing keeps interest by bringing romance and suspense into the plot. A great historical fiction novel, which is a stand alone story.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher.
All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Cross My Heart

March is upon us, and with it brings the challenge of completing another unfinished quilt top.

It's always a challenge to find fabric for borders when you are working on a top that was made a couple of years ago. Thankfully, I found this remnant at the big box fabric store.

So this top is now ready to be sandwiched and completed for a gift. 

How about you? Any progress being made on completing those UFO'S? This will be my third one for the year.