Friday, June 30, 2023

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Moon glow

 I decided to change up the baby quilt I've been working on. Because of time constraints, I chose to use a panel for the highlight.

I think it mixes well with the colors of the 5" squares. I don't think the baby will mind.
                                      Sew and Tell

                                      Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

                                      Finished or not Friday

                                      Peacock Party

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Matthew's Quilt

When I was a new quilter in 1985 I took a quilting class at the local craft store. Back then we were taught how to cut out the pieces with scissors and used cardboard templates. Towards the end of the class, our teacher showed us a tool that looked like a pizza cutter. She told us this was a Rotary Cutter and would speed cutting time. Of course we all laughed and said it could not take the place of scissors! HA!

About that same time, my sister in law took a class at a quilt shop. She learned Eleanor Burns Quilt in A Day pattern for the Log Cabin. She shared with me how quick and easy it was to use this method. And as the saying goes, the rest is history.

"Matthew's Quilt" was started back around 1986. I purchased 100% cotton fabrics from a quilt shop. My plan was to make a quilt for my then toddler son. We worked on the Log Cabin pattern, and I completed the top. It was my goal to hand quilt this quilt.

So I started working on it, but did not make very speedy progress. As a matter of fact it was not completed until 2004!

This is one of my favorite quilts and the only one I hand quilted. It was fun to work on, and I love how the colors all worked together.

I wanted to share this one in honor of my son's birthday.

Happy Quilting!

                                       Sew and Tell

                                      Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

Monday, June 19, 2023

Duckling, Duckling, Go

A new grandbaby has arrived. My friends daughter lost a baby girl last year. They were all heartbroken. The precious baby lived only a few days before she left us. But the couple just recently had a little boy born to them. And I wanted to make a little quilt to welcome the newcomer.

I found this pattern and thought it would make up quickly.

It is Duckling, Duckling, Go by Wendy Shepard. I don't like to sew all those little squares so I made strip sets and arranged them so no two the same would be touching.

They will be separated to make room for the little duckys.

So on I go to make little Ducklings.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, June 16, 2023

Lost no more. Easy solution

 I frequently have a hard time finding my new sewing machine needles. They get lost in the shuffle of a drawer. So I decided I would fix that problem.

I purchased an inexpensive peg board from the Dollar Tree.

Along with the pegboard hooks and a small shelf.

Found a spot on the wall in my sewing room and set things up.

All set up and ready to go. Now I can find my sewing machine needles and the extra 40th Anniversary rotary that I am always looking for :-) Got everything I needed for under $5. 

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

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

Monday, June 12, 2023

Free patterns

 It is fun to find free quilt patterns. And this site has them abundantly.

Quilt Inspiration regularly posts free patterns. Look at her side bar or her quilt pattern archive to find different ones. So many to choose from. She also has quilt tutorials.

Have a look.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, June 10, 2023

The Letter Tree


Rachel Fordham has a way of writing such sweet heartfelt stories. The Letter Tree is one such story.

Reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, two feuding families have separated Laura Bradshaw and Isaac Campbell.  Friends since childhood, their lives take a turn when their fathers split the business they were once partners with. Laura's mother died in an accident seven years prior and Isaac's uncle died in the Great War. But what happened for their families to become such sworn enemies?

Laura leaves a poem in the hollow of her favorite tree. When she returns a few days later to retrieve the poem she finds a letter which starts years of correspondence with an unknown writer. When the identity of the writer is discovered, it poses a new dilemma.  

I found this story to be deep with emotion, as you find Laura and Isaac sharing their deepest thoughts with each other, not knowing it is their mortal enemy. How to resolve the distance between families as the mystery unfolds. 

Good clean historical romance.

I received a complimentary an e-copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

One Charm pack?

What do you do when you have only one charm pack?

I started out with a pattern from Simplify.

The pattern uses one charm pack and a light background.

I tried putting the blocks together in the assorted manner shown in the book, but I was not happy with the results.

So I rearranged the blocks, and decided to work this as a table runner instead of a table topper.

Much better :-)

Happy Quilting!

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Monday, June 5, 2023

Selvage pin cushion

 Yep, selvages!! Aren't they yummy? I loved them so much. So I made a Tuffet :-)

The back was some fun left over green polka dot.

I just love it!!

Waste not, want not!

Happy Quilting!
                                       Sew and Tell

                                      Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

                                      Finished or not Friday

                                      Peacock Party

Friday, June 2, 2023

What a week!

 We had an absolutely wonderful week!  My daughter, who is a missionary in S.Korea, flew home for a business meeting and was home for four days. So we were very excited to have her here for the few days she was home.

Then our son asked if he could come over with his family on Monday. The kids had fun, and so did grandma and grandpa :-)

On Wednesday our other son, brought his family over to see his sister. How can you not have fun when you get to visit and play with your grandchildren. And all in one week!

What a blessing!

I hope you had a great week too!