Thursday, November 30, 2023

Well I tried

 This project has frustrated me from the beginning. We saw a sample in a quilt shop once and my quilting buddies and I loved it. So I worked on it and then put it away. Which is a common problem for me. Especially when I don't get the project done in time for the holiday.

So this year I decided to take another look. I ended up ripping out part of it, just to make it work. I'm not totally satisfied but it will have to do.

Have you ever had a project frustrate you to the point you wish you never started it?

Happy quilting anyway :-)

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving


So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart.
~Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving

Wishing you a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Sew much fun!

 A friend of mine passed along some quilt panels. I found this Christmas apron, which I made for my granddaughter.

We had a lovely time making cookies. 

                                                        Sew much fun!

                                       Sew and Tell

                                      Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

                                      Finished or not Friday

                                      Peacock Party

Monday, November 20, 2023

Scrap Busters

Here are a couple of great websites.  If you would like to do some Scrap busting check out these free patterns.

Scrap Happy: More Than 50 Fabric Scraps & Remnant Ideas

Fabric Pieces

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Saturday, November 18, 2023

Grand Kids get creative

My Grandchildren made projects for school where they created and designed something that defined the project.

Granddaughter made a Donut. She picked the word Delectable.

She presented it on stage to her whole class, Her word means delicious!

Grandson had a story parade. Retelling the story to his class,

Drive It! Fix It! Racing Ace, An Acorn Book was the book he chose to tell.

It was so fun to see what they did for this project. I'm sure Mama helped because she is very creative too.

And of course little guy isn't ready to do school projects. But he gets in on the fun too.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

BBQ Love

 Looking for good BarBQue? If you are anywhere near the Tampa Bay area, you will find a great collection of back yard BarBQue cooks on Saturday November 18 at Perry Harvey Park.

There will also be live music, activities, raffles and Nationally renowned visiting pitmasters for you to sample as well.  This is a charitable event, proceeds benefit  Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA),  Special Operations Memorial Foundation (SOMF), and Operation BBQ Relief (OBR). Cooking for a cure. We will be cooking and I hope to see you there.

Perry Harvey Sr. Park 
East Harrison Street 
Tampa, FL, USA 

Monday, November 13, 2023

Julia Monroe Begins Again


Julia Monroe Begins Again is a sweet story about forgiveness and second chances. Julia is a 40 year old widow with two teenage boys. When she runs into her ex who broke her heart 20 years ago, she has a hard time forgiving him. But her heart still zings when she is around Samuel, the former Green Beret. As Samuel tries to make amends in their relationship, things get sticky. But as Julia is around Samuel more, she sees how he has changed. 

There is a lot of heart break in this story but the characters are sincere and well written. Even Julia's mom and Samuel's dad, Teddy, express their rough grouchy sides with clear direction. And Julia faces each challenge with the help of God's direction 

This is Rebecca Millet's debut book. A Christian romantic comedy that intertwines finding forgiveness for yourself and the one who hurt you.  The dialogue was sweet, funny and well paced but also engaging. I really enjoyed this clean faith based story.

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

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Thank a Veteran

Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. A federal holiday, it is observed on November 11. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.

In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

On this Veteran's Day I hope we will all take a moment to honor and remember the men and women who have served, and those who continue to serve to keep our country free.

Friday, November 10, 2023

Problem solved!


Remember my dilemma about only having two charm packs to use for a quilt?  I really appreciated all the suggestions that you shared. Well Pat Sloan is having a quilt along using her Oh My Stars pattern.  Perfect for using two or even one charm pack. So if you  are interested, here is Pat Sloan's YouTube to follow. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Fancy Zipper pouch

 I was determined to try to make the fancy zipper pouch again. This time I used regular interfacing instead of fusible fleece. Which cut down on the bulk and was easier to sew. 

I did a contrasting fabric for the inside.
This bag turned out a little larger than I had planned, but it was just a sample to see how it would work using regular interfacing. I also serged the bag closed instead of raw edge or enclosed edges. Missouri Star had the best tutorial that I found on the web.

                                       Needle and  Thread Thursday  
                                      Sew and Tell

                                      Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

                                      Finished or not Friday

                                      Peacock Party

Monday, November 6, 2023

While the City Sleeps


While the City Sleeps is the story of Katherine Schneider, a female dentist, working in New York City. She works the night shift, hoping to accommodate patients who work day time hours. 

The year is 1913 and women dentist are very rare. But Katherine is determined to make her own way, after being lied to by her fiancĂ© in Ohio. The one bright spot is Lieutenant Jonathan Birch. A NYC policeman who has walked her to the subway every night for the last two years. Jonathan is an enigma, one which she is hoping to crack his shell. 

Jonathan has secrets. Secrets that he cannot let anyone know about. His past life carries many dangers, so he has reinvented himself and protects his new image carefully. But as he falls for Katherine, he worries if she would find out about his past. When Katherine seeks out Jonathan to share information, her life all of a sudden is in danger.

Elizabeth Camden is a master of creating a story that draws you into the theater of complex personalities. Her storytelling wraps you up in the history, romance and mystery. The back drop of New York is one of details, you feel that you are living right in the middle of the city. Her secondary  characters are interesting from the owls, to the other renters of Katherine's hotel, to the NYC policemen. 

Ms. Camden's novels are refreshing and clean stories. She writes with so much interesting history intertwined in fiction. I would give this book a 5+

 I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Suggestions please

 While looking through my stash, I came upon charm packs.  I need help finding a pattern that uses only two. Does anyone know a pattern that only uses two charm packs? Most patterns seem to call for three or four.

Thank you!