Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Love this pattern

For the last few days I have been working on a quilt, cut from one of my favorite patterns.

I use this pattern when I teach beginners how to quilt. I have made this pattern in a variety fabrics and it always looks so different when put together. You teach on point, and then you can work just about any pattern. 

I love this pattern!  Happy Quilting! 

Friday, July 26, 2019

Sit a spell

Enjoy the summer with the "real thing" and a spot on the porch.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Pass it on

Several years ago I taught my BFF how to quilt.  She had been down to Florida and was only stopping by my house for a day or two.  But we managed to get the basics down and she has been a fantastic quilter ever since.

But you know the really best part about teaching someone how to quilt, is when that person passes it on to yet someone else.  And that is exactly what happened.  My friend taught a friend of hers and, as the saying goes, the beat goes on.

Except to say that these ladies have far exceeded my ability.  I have always been a simple quilter.  I like to make traditional style quilts in basic patterns.  But get a glimpse at what the next generation has already produced.
Now I want you to know that this lady, Michelle, designed and appliqued this quilt for my friend.  Each branch of the tree bears the names of my friends children and grandchildren. This is by a lady who has only been quilting for 2 or 3 years!  

So get busy people, and pass on your gifts.  It's amazing to see where the pathway will end up.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Spice King

Elizabeth Camden has once again written a fabulous historical fiction in The Spice King. I absolutely loved her characters and the depth of their interaction.

Annabelle Larkin is determined to win a donation from the Delacroix plant collection. Fresh out of school in Kansas, she feels somewhat at a lose to be living and working in Washington DC. Working in the Smithsonian for only two months, she tries every way she knew to contact the elusive Gray Delacroix.  After writing two times to Gray, she refuses to give up, being the latest of in a long line of botanist who'd tried and failed to make headway with Mr. Delacroix. If she can obtain the coveted Vanilla Orchid, she would secure her position with the Smithsonian. Boldly she makes her way to the Delacroix home. Along the way she spies a Spice map and hopes to gain entrance to entice his interest. As she meets Gray she notices that he is quite ill, the effects of Malaria, but he demands to see the map. Adamant that he doesn't trust the government, Annabelle charms her way into the man's greenhouses.

This is the most charming tale. The story is full of historical insights from a time when there was no regulation on foods stuff. I love how the relationship between Gray and Annabelle progressed and how they learned to trust each other. A definite 5+ star on my scale.

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

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Crafting for Health?

There are so many different aspects to crafting.  I think we all need some kind of creative outlet.  Whether we are good at something, or just enjoy the process.

Are you a sensitive person?  Do you notice fine scents, sounds, tastes or works of art? I tend to notice sensory changes.

 For so many years I would stuff it down, and try to conform to what everyone else was doing.

When I read an article on how crafting can actually advance healthy living along with  joy and creative satisfaction, I stopped to ponder about this.

Whether it is cooking, gardening, knitting or sewing, crafts have become a proven way to bring sanity and calmness in a sometimes hectic world. You see apparently the brain cannot dwell on stress when it is engaged by the repetitive movement of your chosen craft. 
 Sometimes you come up with a solution to a problem when you give your brain a break.

So is that the reason we should cook, garden, knit, or quilt??  No I think the reason is that we enjoy it. And in turn that becomes our "therapy".

Crafting makes us happy, and we can also make other people happy, by making gifts for our family, friends and charity.  
So let's think of it this way.  The quality may not be perfect, but in the end, you have gained a healthy attitude and you have not wasted your time :-)

To find out if you are a highly sensitive person, you can do the self test at this website Highly Sensitive Person.  

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Killing Tide

The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey

Gabby Rowley is an investigative reporter. And as such, her life is threatened by a major drug lord she helped put away in prison. Her brother Noah seeks the help of his friend CGI agent Finn Walker to protect her. But keeping an eye on Gabby turns out to be a bit of a challenge.

The Coast Guard Investigative unit, are investigating a murder of one of their own.
Gabby feels certain that she can fend for herself as she tries to find clues in the investigation.

Dani Pettrey always writes such interesting novels. Reading The Killing Tide and how these agents risk their lives every day, helping people at sea, is pretty mind boggling. I have a growing respect for the men and women in all sections of military, sacrificing their time and lives on our behalf.

Ms Pettrey will be donating 10% of the profits of the sale of this book to the Coast Guard Foundation.

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

Friday, July 12, 2019

Another UFO finished!

Doesn't it feel great when you can accomplish something? I've had this quilt top ready for some time, but motivated to complete it for a wedding gift, got the Handi Quilter's needle going up and down.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Yours Truly, Thomas

Returning to Azure Springs, Rachel Fordham has written a wonderfully sweet second novel, Yours Truly, Thomas.

The story centers around Penny Ercanbeck who works in the dead letter office in Washington DC, piecing together missing information to try to send letters on its way. The year is 1883, no electronics, or computers to help in finding information about the writer or sender. Penny finds a letter, filled with the pain of losing his love, which captivates her. A romantic at heart, she longs to carry the letter to Clara, and help restore a relationship.

Thomas is running from his past. He ends up in Azure Springs, where he writes his heart felt letters to Clara, never expecting to receive a reply after a fatal accident . The people of Azure Springs befriend him and are trying to  help him to move past his pain.

Penny finds herself in Azure Springs, determined to meet Thomas. Although Thomas doesn't know that Penny knows him, their friendship blossoms.

This is such a lovely story, filled with hope, and inspiration. Ms. Fordham writes emotionally engaging characters, wholesome, with a touch of romance and humor. A delight for summer reading.

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

Monday, July 8, 2019

Another Lost but found

So while digging through fabric and ufo's, I came across this Bargello type quilt that I made many moons ago.

It's not very big. Perfect size for a doll quilt.  I think I made it from a magazine pattern. 

Have you ever made a Bargello quilt?

Friday, July 5, 2019

Lost and found

When ever I am looking through my stash fabric, I always seem to uncover something that was made years ago.

So when I came across these two quilt blocks I had to go ahead and finish them for the 4th.

My daughter made one quilt block and I made the other. When putting them together there was a difference in size, even though they were made by the same pattern. So I washed the larger one, and trimmed to fit the border. Using different sewing machines apparently was the key.

Although the fabrics are dated, I think they fit right in for the 4th of July celebration.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Independance Day

"Blessed is the Nation Whose God is the Lord" (Psalm 33:12)

Wishing you a very Happy and Safe 4th of July