Thursday, July 27, 2023


 Quilted, finished and gifted.  Moon Glow.

                  Needle and     Thread Thursday                         
                                      Sew and Tell

                                      Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

                                      Finished or not Friday

                                      Peacock Party

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Project saver

I hate it when I bought fabric for a specific project, only to lose it among the stash. I have been buying these containers to keep my projects together. 

They work great to help me be organized and not lose fabric for designated projects. I find them at Michaels, especially when they are on sale.

So when I was at the Dollar Tree the other day, I noticed a smaller container, and I wondered if I could use them too.

Well turns out it works GREAT for charm pack or Jolly Bar projects.  

I may have to go back and get more!

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, July 22, 2023

The Starlet Spy

The Starlet Spy by Rachel Scott McDaniel is a romantic suspense novel set in 1943 during the height of WW2. 

Hollywood actress Amelie Blake is approached by the OSS to uncover and find sensitive information before it falls into enemy hands. Why, she asks, pick her? Because she has always played parts of the dittzy blonde, and it makes a good cover. Plus she is originally from Sweden and they suspect the information is being transferred from Sweden to Germany.  

This story was interesting and intriguing. When Amelie meets Finn Ristaffason, she is sure he is in collaboration with the enemy. But Finn sees right through her disguise. And as the relationship grows between the two of them, they learn to trust each other. And of course there is a surprise ending. 

This is the first book I've read by McDaniel, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Good clean fiction. Looking forward to reading more of her writings.

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

Thursday, July 20, 2023

A little bit of Bliss

 If I have to shop online, I love The Fat Quarter Shop. Love their daily Flash sales. Recently I came upon Tablerunner Bliss by Sherri Falls. 

20 different tablerunner patterns.

I've always enjoyed making tablerunners. They can change with the season and can usually make a pretty quick little quilt., The cover runner is what sold me. AND the book is on sale for this month at the Fat Quarter Shop.

Happy Quilting.

Monday, July 17, 2023


 Recently I was given a White Speedylock serger. I have never owned a serger, no had I ever used one before. But I am going to love using this to make pillowcases for Ryan's Case for Smiles.

I love making the pillowcases, and this will speed up the process. 

Sew far sew good!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, July 14, 2023

Wedding days

 Fifty years ago I said "I do" to this man.

I look back over the years, and see how God has blessed us through thick and thin.  But still, it's hard to comprehend that 50 years, half a century, has come and gone. He has been my Anchor man, my best friend. Love isn't always enough, but it certainly helps. Any man who doesn't mind having fabric, thread and machines as a part of his life, is definitely a keeper. And I do plan to keep him for another 50 years :-)

Thanks for reading. Wishing you a Happy Quilting day.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Dresses for little girls

 Recently I packed up a box full of fabric that has been sitting in my closet for way too long.

Beautiful quilt shop fabric that could be used for a better purpose. So I gave it to my friend who makes dresses for girls in third world countries.

Dress a Girl Around the World is a wonderful ministry that brings smiles to little girls who don't want to look like a boy.

Here are two dresses made from fabric I donated.  I'm so happy to see the fabric being used to bring joy to these little girls.

Thursday, July 6, 2023

Quilt care

Have you ever thought about how important it is to share your knowledge of quilt care with the person you give your quilt to?

Case in point. I happen to see a quilt that I made for someone in it's present condition. It was faded and worn, mostly from hard washing. If the quilt had been for a child, I would have expected it to have that kind of treatment. But it was not made for a child.

So here are a few pointers to share when you gift a quilt.

Cleaning your quilt ~

If you see a stain, try to immediately treat with a small amount of mild soap and water. If washing is necessary, wash in the delicate cycle of your washing machine. Wash the quilt by itself and use lots of cold water and a very mild detergent. There are products specific for washing quilts, such as Orvus Quilt soap.  Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to keep colors bright. Rinse in cold water and use the spin cycle to remove excess water. If possible spread a clean sheet and lay your quilt flat on top to dry. Never wring. You can also dry the quilt on low heat in your dryer for a few minutes and finish by air drying,

To store your quilt, fold or roll loosely and wrap in a cotton sheet. It is best to store the quilt in a dark dry place. Never in a plastic container or wrapping. Over time it may damage your quilt.

Quilts are made for years of enjoyment. Whether a throw or a king size bed. Let's help preserve those quilts for years to come.

Happy Quilting!


Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Red, White and Blue

Red, white and blue.  This time of year brings out the patriotic colors.
We start off with Memorial Day, then Flag Day and then our American Independence Day.

Do you use these colors only at this time of year?

Do you decorate with quilts for the different seasons?

Monday, July 3, 2023


The 4th of July celebration upon us . So it is time to break out the red white and blue.

No pattern. I started with the blocks and added the red, white and blue fabrics and just fooled around with them until I came up with a design I liked.

The runner is long, but I do like the final result. 

And here it is on my dining room table.

All ready for the July 4th celebration. 

Happy Quilting!

                                      Sew and Tell

                                      Finished or not Friday

                                      Peacock Party

Sunday, July 2, 2023

A new adventure


Seven years ago, I embarked on a new adventure. Many have gone before me, and many have much more experience than I had. But still, the moment arrived that has been heralded through all generations.

I became a grandmother.

It has not been taken lightly. Our youngest son and his wife became the proud parents of a little girl. One who quickly wrapped each one of us around her little finger.

The thing that filled my mind as I was introduced to this next generation was the fact that the moment we are born, we begin the journey of being pushed out of the nest. Our first push comes from the birth. Snuggled deep inside a woman, a baby is bound by the safety of the womb. For nine months, the baby listens to the ever beating heart and grows in the  miraculous way God has designed. Then the moment comes, when the surge of pressure pushes the baby out into the cold and sterile world. Feeling the emptiness of warmth and security, the baby cries, seeking the comfort it was nestled in for months. People bundle the baby and the child learns to find comfort in the love being shown.

 Deut. 32:11  Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,

We nurture our children with the necessities of life. But as with all living things, the baby will grow, and experience even more pushing. The inborn need for independence starts early. Learning to roll over, to sit up and eventually walk, each event pulling away from the safe bounds of security. Then the day comes when school becomes a big part of the child's life.  More independence is needed to further their development. Learning to make friends and how to conduct oneself with peers and teachers. And as many parents can testify, the years will fly by and it soon becomes evident as the child becomes a young man or woman, the nest becomes smaller and the world becomes larger.

On taking that leap sometimes we fall before we soar. Yet the greatest leap comes when we put our faith in the Lord, and walk in accordance to the example Christ has set before us.

Phil 3:12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.

Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.

For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.

New life brings new hope. We know not what tomorrow brings. My humble prayer is that our grandchildren will walk by faith, not by sight.

Saturday, July 1, 2023

Can you help?

 Does anybody recognize this pattern?

I made this quilt several years ago, but I cannot remember if I made it from a book or a single pattern. Any help would be appreciated.