Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Tame the scraps

I came across a blog post (and I'm sorry I can't remember who posted) sharing how she used photo boxes to store her scraps. I liked the idea, and having a couple of boxes, I set about to tame the scraps.

Started with one of several baskets full of scraps.

And here they are, sorted into the photo and shoe boxes.

They will stack nicely in the closet.

Much better!

Monday, May 29, 2023

Memorial Day


Memorial Day is a truly patriotic holiday which is celebrated on the last Monday in May. It is a day set apart for remembering and honoring those who died while serving in the American Armed Forces.

In 1971 Congress passed a law making Memorial Day a national holiday. Typical Memorial Day celebrations include parades, special programs and speeches. Americans often attend picnics and baseball games, and almost any other type of outdoor event made possible by the freedom these soldiers died to protect. This holiday is the unofficial beginning of summer.

"I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.
Benjamin Harrison,the 23rd President of the United States.

Thank you.

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Hands2Help final


Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge, has been an ongoing quilt challenge for several years. I finally finished the binding of the last quilt and am ready to send the rest of them out.

These are going to the Little Lambs foundation for kids.

And I'm sending these to Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo.  I had already sent a box to MCC. 

Praying these quilts will bring a little bit of sunshine into someone's life.

                                      Sew and Tell

                                      Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

                                      Finished or not Friday

                                      Peacock Party

Friday, May 26, 2023

Spring cleaning

It is wise to regularly clean your machine. Sometimes we get in a hurry and forget that our machine has been a little work horse. It's a good habit to clean and check your machine after you have sewn a couple of projects. 

I use this kit that attaches to my vacuum cleaner. It has several different size attachments to get to all the places you need to clean out. 

Take the throat plate out, remove the bobbin, bobbin case and hook race (if you have one). Clean under the feed dogs and around the bobbin area with a small brush. 

Don't forget to add a drop of oil to the hook before returning it to the machine. Check your machines manual regarding any area that might need oiling. Using only a small drop for each spot. 

One final hint. Always unplug your machine when you finish for the day. If for some chance there is a power surge, your machine, especially ones with electronics, will fry.

A surge protector will help, but we had a TV fry from a surge, even with a protector. Unplugging only takes a minute, and can save you a headache and a bundle.

You can easily maintain your sewing machine by yourself, but it is good to have your dealer check it over every couple of years. Your machine is your best friend and will give you years of service if you take the time to care for it properly. 

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Vintage sheets

I have been enamored with Vintage sheets. I had a few sheets, but after seeing some quilts made up in blog land, I've been on the hunt for them.

This quilt sent me over the edge and gave me a goal. Check it out.

Anyone Can Quilt

I've collected quite a few but Vintage sheets are getting harder to find in our area. And I am having a hard time cutting into these lovely oldies. Has anyone experienced this problem?

Thursday, May 18, 2023

When hubbys away.......


Saturday my hubby was out of town, so I figured it was time to visit one of my favorite quilt shops.

Country Quilts and Bears is not a large quilt shop. But it is homey and has fabric that I love. They lean more to the traditional side. 

They offer classes, but as the owners are getting up there in age, there aren't as many as in years past.

I saw this and fell in love............

I bought the pattern but they did not have the jelly roll. Does anyone recognize the fabric line?

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

First box

 I have sent off my first box for the Hands2Help challenge. They are quilt tops going to help folks who have lost so much. 

These are unfinished tops that MCC will finish and donate. These tops were too large for me to quilt since I sold my HandiQuilter. Thank you MCC for doing this for so many who have lost everything.

                                      Sew and Tell

                                      Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

                                      Finished or not Friday

                                      Peacock Party

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Hug a mom

Mother's Day is a special day. Not everyone is a Mother, but we have all had a Mom in our lives. Whether it was a natural Mother, an adopted one, or just some special woman who has come along side to encourage you. My own Mom went to be with the Lord over 40 years ago, but there have been women who have stood in her place. I am thankful to the Lord for His mercies to allow me to share special "Mom" time with these women.

If your Mom is still living, be sure to give her a hug. And if your Mom is already gone, find someone who could really use a hug. It could be a relative, a friend, a neighbor, or even an acquaintance. In the scriptures we see when Jesus hung on the cross, he gave His own Mother into John's safe keeping (John 19:26-27). I'm sure after Jesus died, Mary needed a hug. And when the Lord returned from the grave, in my heart of hearts, I know He hugged His Mother. Mary probably treasured those moments, just as she did when the shepherds told of the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:19).

May the Lord bless each one of you, whether you are a Mother, Grandmother, daughter, sister, niece, friend or neighbor.

Exodus 20:12 ESV “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Craik

Friday, May 12, 2023

Present with the Lord

"God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying.... for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4

Have you lost a loved one in your life? A mother, father, sister, friend?

Eleven years ago I had said good bye to two women who had a huge impact and influence on my life.  My dear Mother in Love took the hand of Jesus and left her earthly body to walk the streets of gold. She was one of the most giving and gracious ladies I have ever known. It had been a sorrowful tear filled few days, but we rejoiced in knowing that she is not in pain anymore and praising God that her faith has been made sight and that she is with her Savior.

Then a few days later,  my husband's aunt joined her sister in law as she too left us to reside with Jesus. And although we were not blood relatives, she stepped into my life at a time when I was grieving the sudden loss of my own mother. She has been a substitute mother, a grandmother to my children, a friend, a mentor, a beautiful example of how to love people wholly and unconditionally.

Few of us have the privilege of knowing one person in our lives who sets a course of integrity and honor and who fills you up with their unwavering love. I have been blessed to know and love two such women.

Absent from the body

Present with the Lord

Monday, May 8, 2023


 Checking in for Hands2Help. Finished quilts. Ready to mail.

                                       Sew and Tell

                                      Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

                                      Finished or not Friday

                                      Peacock Party

                                      Friday Finish Party

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

The Swindler's Daughter


As a child Lillian Doyle always thought her father was dead. At least that is what her mother had told her. So when she receives word that her father has died and left her his legacy, she travels to Georgia to claim what he has left her. With the intention to sell the house and the business her father has left to her, she is confronted with a family she did not know she had. 

Stephania McGee has written such an interesting story about rural life in 1912. Not only is Lillian surprised by the fact that her father had only just died, but the implications concerning her inheritance. Taking her life in a direction she never could have dreamed of. The characters and dialogue were well developed and the faith element was so enlightening, believing that God knows the plan He wishes us to follow. Even when we sometimes resist.

An intriguing mystery with a romance that blossoms with Jonah. There is life and faith, a bit of danger, family and a realization of independence as one matures. 

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

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Baby on the way

 This weekend I attended a baby shower. I had history with the mother to be. I knew her family for years. As a matter of fact, I knew them before this little mom was born! Her big brother was my son's best friend. So all that to say, it was nice to honor her with a shower. 

A baby girl is due in early June. So I made her a quilt.

Best wishes to the sweet little family.

                                       Sew and Tell

                                      Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

                                      Finished or not Friday

                                      Peacock Party