Friday, February 16, 2018

Home Sweet Home

Waiting it's turn since before Christmas, finishing up this Home Town quilt.

 Finish it up Friday 

p.s. A quick note for Jocelyn Thurston. Please note, that even though you have your email attached to your profile, it still will not open unless your reader has Google+. Please send your email address (to my email) so I can respond to you.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Another great find and no reply bloggers

On a recent trip, I found this vintage sewing basket at the Thieves Market for just $3.00.

Not only was the basket filled to the brim with thread, there was a little zippy bag with all kinds of odds and ends. Cute little embroidery scissors, as well as vintage buttons.

Finding more treasures is so much fun!

P.S. Yesterday Jocelyn Thurston {Canadian Needle Nana} wrote on her blog about no reply bloggers. It seems if you have Google plus you might not be able to leave a comment on that persons blog. I tried to respond to Jocelyn, but I would have to sign up for Google Plus and I don't really want to do that. I have had many comments from peeps who, when I try to respond, it shows as no reply blogger. So very sorry that Google has made it difficult to respond to a comment. I hope Jocelyn sees this post, and know that some of us are reading, but cannot even leave a comment on her blog. 
Another A

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Valentine Inspiration

It's just a week away! Are you inspired?

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Don't want to chance it

Reds are notorious for bleeding. As I was gathering material for a quilt project, I decided I would wash all the reds.

I threw a color catcher into the wash load with these fabrics.

WOW! What a deep shade of pink.

Feeling that this was a lot of dye that was released from the fabric, I decided I would run the reds through another load.

Yep, color catcher gave me another lovely sheet of pinks.

So next time you use reds in your quilt, do you think you would pre-wash the fabric, or take the chance??

Friday, February 2, 2018

Cases for charity

Pillowcases, pillowcases, pillowcases....

For the past month I have been working on more pillowcases for charity. So I thought I would repost the tutorial that I have on my sidebar. It's super easy and goes together quickly.

Materials needed for a standard size pillowcase:

 1/4 yard for top (cuff) of pillowcase
2 1/2" strip for accent piece
3/4 yard for main body of pillowcase

Begin with 1/4 yard piece (cuff) with right side of fabric facing up.
Press the 2 1/2" accent piece lengthwise with WRONG sides together.
 Place on top of 1/4" Cuff, lining up raw edges on top.  Pin

Press the 3/4 yard fabric and place on top of other pieces with WRONG side facing up. Pin the three layers of fabric in place, making sure raw edges are lined up on the top.

Now for the magic -- Roll the length of the 3/4 yard piece up towards the top raw edges.

Pick up and fold the 1/4 yard piece (Cuff) over the rolled fabric.  Pin in place lining up with raw edges.  (the wrong side of this fabric should be facing you)

Machine stitch all pieces along the top raw edges using 1/4" seam allowance.  Backstitch this seam.

 Grab the roll from the inside and turn the entire roll.  You should now have the pillowcase cuff in place with no exposed seams.  Press the sewn edges well.

This is what it should look like at this point.

Fold pillowcase in half (WRONG sides together) with the pillowcase cuff edges together, lined up at the seam.  Stitch side and bottom using 1/4" seam allowance.

Turn inside out with the RIGHT sides together.  Press seams.

Stitch the seams again, but this time using a 1/2" seam allowance.  Backstitch.

Turn and press.

Wha-la!!  You now have a completed pillowcase.

And here are just a couple of the pillowcases I worked on.

 This pattern was much easier then some I found online.  Making this tutorial is a great way for me to remember the steps.  Let me know if you try it.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Quilting treasure party

Thrift store shopping can sometimes unearth quilting treasures. Browsing in the craft section, I came across no less then 50 quilting books. Now this was looking like a party ready to happen!

I came away with 10 quilting books and a couple of patterns. All for $10!!!

When I looked at this book -

it was very familiar. As I turned the pages, I realized why.

My version of these patterns.

Although I did not own this book, I had made these patterns with a couple of my quilting buddies. It's a great book, and I know I will enjoy making more. Like this one.............

It's definitely on my bucket list :-)

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hearts Entwined

There are so many good fiction books on the market. Many of the authors are ones the I am familiar with. So when I had an opportunity to review Hearts Entwined, a historical Novella collection, I jumped at the chance.

Karen Witemeyer continued her series of Ladies of Harper's Station. I had read two of the books in the series and was delighted with her continuation. "The Love Knot" takes you to Harper's Station, a safe haven community for women, where we meet up with Claire Nevin the young healer. Her sister Polly sends a message that she is sending a hand delivered package for Claire's safe keeping. What a surprise when Claire finds the man who broke her heart, carrying a bundle sent from her sister. Pieter van Duren never stopped loving Claire, but by a misunderstanding had sent Claire running west as a mail order bride. 

Mary Connealy is a new to me author, but I certainly enjoyed her take on "The Tangled Ties That Bind". In 1883 Conner Kincaid returns to his Colorado homestead after being gone for five years,  He's ready to settle down with the grown up girl he left behind. Only five years is a long time for a girl, now young woman, to wait with nary a word. Maggie has moved on with her life. She's training to be a doctor and has committed to venture to a small town when she completes her training. All of this stuns Conner who now vows to follow Maggie into the big city of Denver. 

"Bound and Determined" by Regina Jennings takes us back to Indian territory in 1885. Private Bradley Morris can't seem to stay out of trouble. His sister Louisa is about to marry Major Adams but that doesn't give Bradley any points. After disobeying a direct order, Bradley is assigned to escort a Captain and his herd back to Texas. Cows, horses, whatever, Bradley is confident he can handle the task. However Bradley looks at the strangely shaped mammals he is assigned to escort. Camels! And an ever greater surprise is the Captains daughter, Ambrosia. Now this has become a most trying assignment.

Melissa Jagears has spun a most compelling story in "Tied and True". How far will someone go for love? In 1908 the classes were divided by the have's and have nots. When a bright lovely well to do young lady, Marianne Lister, sets her sights on Calvin Hochstetler, a secretary for the business man who hopes Marianne will marry his son David, things change dramatically. Marianne's life of ease is a concern of Calvin's, a working man who cannot provide things Marianne is accustomed to. This sets Marianne on a mission. To prove that she can live with less. When her parents depart for a vacation, Marianne takes a job at a local mill, working 12 hour days. Calvin tries his best to thwart Marianne's maneuvers, but will love triumph in the end?

Each one of these stories was a delight. And they are each stand alone. Not necessary to have read the previous books to continue with these novellas. I thoroughly enjoyed each one.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.