Friday, May 17, 2024

Off the Cuff

Several years ago I bought this book.

There are several really cute pincushion patterns and lots of creative ideas.

But truthfully, this is the one that caught my attention.

I had this idea if you use men's shirts for making quilt blocks, wouldn't it be cool to cut off the cuffs and make pincushions??

So, I bought a mans shirt for $1.00 from the thrift store and gave it a try.

Isn't he cute?? I did not follow the exact directions given in the book, but just did my own thing. And I still think he turned out cute :-) The ears are flower buttons.

How about you? Do you ever go out of your comfort zone? Let's be creative today and make something outside of the box!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Perfect match

 Remember when I shared a shortcut to making half square triangles?  Well I pieced them all together and found some matching fabric for a nice border.

The green fabric matched perfectly with the leaves on the fabric.

That is another charity quilt for the nursing home project for Christmas. Yay!

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Monday, May 13, 2024

A wonderful day

 Did you have a good Mother's Day? Mine was great. My daughter took me to get a pedicure on Saturday. I normally don't get them, but it was such a nice treat. Then she went to church with us, which made this mama's heart happy. 

Happy Flowers from daughter 

then my son came by and brought these
and a dozen long stem red roses from sweet hubby.
My youngest son's family sent this amazing picture they painted of Grandma's Garden.
Isn't it adorable? Their mama is so talented and creative.

And to top it all off, I received a fun package from the Fat Quarter Shop!

Whether you are a mom or not, I hope you had a wonderful day

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Happy Mother's Day


Her children rise up and call her blessed.
Proverbs 31:28

Friday, May 10, 2024

A Mother's Day memory

My presence shall go with you,
and I will give you rest.

Exodus 33:14

 The call came early. She was experiencing pain and was having difficulty breathing. My husband and I rushed to her apartment, where we found her lying on her bed. She told me she had eaten a banana that morning, and wondered if it was indigestion. It did not sound like it to me. We gathered her up and rushed to the Emergency Room. 

After spending a couple of hours in the waiting room, a doctor came out and gave us the news. She had had a heart attack and was being transferred to the cardiac ward. After several long hours of waiting, a cardiologist came to talk with me. He was sober but not disheartened. He told me that if you had to have a heart attack, she had had it in the best area of the heart. So apparently there was minimal damage. They would keep her and do more tests. That was Tuesday.

On Wednesday I went back to the hospital, but because she was in the cardiac ward, visitors were not allowed to stay in her room. Only intermittent visits every five or six hours. Her sisters came and of course they wanted to see her. So I gave up one of  my visitations for them. Then my cousin wanted to see her, and again I allowed her my place. I finally was able to visit with her that evening. Fifteen short minutes was all that was allowed. So I spent most of Wednesday in the waiting room. I told her I would be back for the ten o'clock visitation the next day.

Thursday morning I brewed coffee and filled a thermos. Newspaper and magazines in hand, I settled in for a long morning, waiting for the ten o'clock visitation.

Other people wandered into the small windowless room. At 9:45 a nurse came into the waiting room and asked if there were any of my mothers relatives present. I stood. The nurse escorted me to the hallway where a doctor waited to speak with me. He told me my mother had had another heart attack and wanted permission to insert a pace maker. I told him to do whatever he needed to do. Finding the pay phone I called my husband and one of my aunts. A nurse appeared and I was taken to a private room. A large table centered in the room with chairs surrounding it. I took a seat as the nurse said the doctor would be in to speak to me shortly. By then my aunt and husband had come, and we waited until the door opened and presented the doctor who had spoken with me earlier. 

His appearance was serious but kind, as he told me there was nothing more they could do and my mother had died. My aunt started crying, yet I sat there stunned. I had just spoken with her the night before and now she was gone. Before the doctor left the room, I thanked him. 

Two days later, I sat in the church where I had been married, as the preacher spoke words about my mother. She was a kind and generous woman. She had come to know Christ late in life, but she was now safe in the arms of Jesus. 

As a young woman losing a Mom, it was difficult to relate to others. Most people didn't lose their parents when they are in the twenties. Yet, God had deemed his need for her. Even after all these years, I still have an empty place in my heart where she resides. 

Don't lose an opportunity to tell your mother how much you love and appreciate her. We don't know if we will have tomorrow.

 (author unknown)

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Springtime Tulips


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Monday, May 6, 2024

How to Plot a Payback.


How to Plot a Payback by Melissa Ferguson is a delightful Romcom. 

Lavender Rhodes is a long time player on the Neighbors sitcom. She has come a long way from her early roots to make a name for herself. 

Successful screenwriter Finn Masters has been given his dream job, writing for Neighbors. One of Hollywood's longest running sitcoms. The problem lies that he will be in close contact with his nemesis. Lavender has been ruining Finn's life since school years in England. And he just doesn't know how he will avoid her. 

This is a sweet story of hate turned to love. Lavender doesn't even know how she had ruined Finn's acting career. Or broke up his love life. And got him fired the first day of his new job. His plan is for revenge, but it all goes wrong.

I have loved Melissa Ferguson since reading The Cul-De-Sac War. She writes with humor, and it's all clean stories. Lavender and Finn have distinct voices and the chemistry between them keeps you wanting to read just a little bit more to see how it all unfolds. I loved Mrs. Teaberry and the seniors of the apartment building. The secondary characters are well developed with their own flaws.

Definitely a must read is you enjoy a good clean humorous story.

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

Saturday, May 4, 2024

I love being a Grandma

 Last weekend we enjoyed having two of our grandchildren for the day.

Lots of laughs, smiles and hugs all around.

I love being a Grandma!

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

April Sew Sampler

 This is my first box from the Fat Quarter Shop.

6 Fat Quarter bundle of Bobbin Blooms Flower Girl by My Sew Quilty Life.

Sew Happy Needle Minder

A Quilty Journal

Bobbin Blooms Quilty Pattern by My Sew Quilty Life.

Crafty Clutch Quilt as You Go Kit

And Block #1 of the Pieceful Baskets pattern 

There is also a coupon for $10 off $50 purchase and 25% off My Sew Quilty Life patterns. Plus a free download of Fat Quarter Flowers Shortcut Quilt pattern.

So what do you think? Did anybody else receive this box from FQS?

Monday, April 29, 2024

Baby quilt

  I've been working on a baby quilt.  It's for a new baby boy, born just a week ago. 

I've got to hurry and get it done, or he will out grow it before he can even use it!

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Thursday, April 25, 2024


 I'm sure many of you know this method already, but I'm sharing it today because I found it to be so much easier than cutting half square triangles.

Start with 10" squares right sides together.

Draw an X line point to point.

Then sew all the way around the 10" block 

Cut on the drawn line diagonally each way.
This is what happens....

Give a quick press

Sew them together

You can make all different figurations with these half square triangles.

I'm going with this one.

Happy Quilting!

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Monday, April 22, 2024

I'm inspired

Isn't it fun to visit quilt shops? Inspire is the largest quilt shop in our area. Since the pandemic, most of the quilt shops have closed. And two more are slated to close soon. Inspire will be moving. The owner has sold the building and is retiring. But I was told they have a new location and will be moving in the summer.  Of course they are having sales so they won't have to move ALL the fabric.

Always lots of inspiration.

And a peek through the glass
Happy Quilting!

Friday, April 19, 2024

Sew sampler

 Do you do any quilting subscription? I never have. But I am taking a leap and subscribed to the Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler. 


These colors enticed me. And the new year starts in April. So lets see what this month brings. If it gets too much for me I can always opt out. But hopefully I can keep up.

SO Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Quilts for seniors

 Ok so this is what I've been doing. Making two more quilt tops for the nursing home for Christmas.  

They are not fancy, but would make a perfect lap quilt. I have a lot of 10" squares, so I'm working on getting the pile down. 
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Monday, April 15, 2024

Sewing Day

 Finally got together with my sewing pals.

We each were making progress on our projects.

How about you? Did you do any sewing/quilting over the weekend?

Friday, April 12, 2024


 Yellow. That's the color I always thought I never had much. But when I was organizing my fabric recently, I discovered yellow!

I've been putting fabric in baskets by color. And as such, I have been digging in my stash.

And would you believe I found that I had yellow! Plenty of it. Some were mixed in with the neutrals, and others were just here and there. 


I like this system I have starting using.. 

Over the years, my fabric has gotten out of control  But the baskets are great. Easy access and easy to grab a piece of fabric in whatever color I need.  

How about you. Do you have a system for your fabric stash?

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Rope bowl

 Recently I learned something new.  Making a rope bowl with fabric scraps.


Have you tried anything new lately?

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

Yardage chart


One little hint about using yardage for a charm pack pattern is how many 5" squares can you get from a yard of fabric -

1/4 yard = 8 squares
1 fat quarter = 12 squares
1/2 yard = 24 squares
3/4 yard = 40 squares
1 yard = 56 squares

I thought I would go one more step and add the yardage guide for strips. I always find this information helpful when trying to decide how much fabric to purchase.

Width = Strips Per Yard -

1.5" = 23 strips
2" = 17 strips
2.5" = 13 strips
3" = 11 strips
3.5" = 10 strips
4" = 8 strips
4.5" = 7 strips
5" = 7 strips
5.5" = 6 strips
6" = 5 strips

Happy Quilting!