Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Roll em, roll em, roll em.

I've started on a project that will take me through the rest of September. Can you guess what I am making?

If you guessed pillowcases, you are right!


It's the All People Quilt Million pillowcase sewathon. I started these and have been working them in assembly line manner. Cut them all out, fold and pin, do the sewing, then press.

Have you been making pillowcases? The best tutorial I've found is from Missouri Star Quilt company. Jenny Doan makes it looks so easy and it comes together quickly.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Life after Irma

They say you should not make decisions after a life altering trauma. Loss of a job, the death of a loved one, a divorce.  But what about waiting for a category 4 hurricane that comes knocking at your door?

Irma made her path known just days after Harvey wrecked havoc in Houston. Recovery and first responder teams stretching their resources nearly a thousand miles away while Irma sat on top of Cuba, making us guess which way she would go.

Meteorologist trying to predict the path of her destruction when she would finally make landfall in the US. They started pointing their arrow straight towards my home town. 

And so we wait, and we watch as the storm inches it's way towards Key West. And because the storm had been heading towards the east coast, supplies and water became non existent when we all realized she was heading our way. Plywood vanished, as did all paper products, canned goods, ice, and the most precious, water. 

Irma stormed past Key West, laying her destructive slap, and made her way north west. But in the wake, she weakened. She started losing strength. Yet that did not settle the nerves that hovered over the entire state. When she finally made her entrance to the Tampa Bay area, there was a lot of wind and rain. Thankfully, Irma started breaking up. She no longer held the strong eye we were watching before we lost power. She shifted north east, sparing us the worst of the storm.

Even so, she did some tree trimming.





We are so grateful none of these limbs hit the roof of our house. 

Even in the aftermath of the storm, the butterfly's returned, just to let us know that they still believed in tomorrow.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hurricane Irma

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It's been non-stop this past week as we prepare for landfall of Hurricane Irma.  Every store was out of water, bread and other staples. Even plywood became nonexistent. So we ask for your prayers, as this massive storm shifts west, heading straight to where I live. We've been through hurricanes before, and know the destruction they havoc. But this one is huge! With destruction in it's wake. Being with out power will be difficult, not knowing how long the duration. I've been making ice and water in my Brita filtered pitcher. Hopefully it will be enough, as the water may be unsafe for some time after Irma leaves us behind.

So I will probably be off line for a while. We are still thinking of those victims of Hurricane Harvey, as we face Irma's wrath.

Be safe!

These pictures are from Stanley Goldenberg's facebook page.

As we continue to wait for the approach of IRMA, here are some wonderful pics and videos of IRMA.  They are rather large (one is movie) so I will direct you to my FaceBook post to see them.  It is worth it. 
I think this link will get you there, or just go to my FB homepage.
https://www.facebook.com/stanley.goldenberg/posts/1680068798692234?pnref=story

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hello Irma

Living in Florida has it's benefits. One of them is NOT Hurricane season. This is what our stores currently look like.

After the disaster in Houston, people seem to be in a panic mode, taking Hurricane Irma very seriously. For days I've hunted the stores looking for bottled water. None is to be found. If a pallet arrives, the bottled water is gone in minutes. 

So short of camping out in the grocery store, I've been making my own water supply.

I'll keep making filtered water and filling them in bottles until the danger of the storm has passed. Hurricane Irma is being predicted to be the worse hurricane we have had in years. Bigger than Andrew that hit Miami 25 years ago. We have been tracking on hurricanes.gov and watching the weather reports. 

Stanley Goldenberg is a federal hurricane research meteorologist. His family experienced the maximum winds of Hurricane Andrew when their house was blown apart. He sends updates when he can. His 5 P's of Preparedness focuses on -
1. Protect
2. Provisions
3. Plans
4. Predictions
5. Pray
 Please pray for our family and friends. Pray for the officials handling the approaching hurricane and those who will be flying into the storm to collect data. 
And of course pray for the people of Houston. They are not out of the woods yet. They may yet be impacted by more rain from Irma. And if you can help, please do so by making a contribution to any of these quality and experienced organizations. 


These volunteers are the feet that bring hope to the victims who have lost everything.  And these organizations know the best ways to help the most.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Chevron

Recently I watched a Youtube on making a Chevron quilt.  The demo was using a Layer Cake, but I thought I would try to make my own with 6" squares.


I picked out an assortment of fabrics.  Plus white background fabric.

Cut 6" strips and then again into 6" squares.

 
Pair up a white square with one of the color fabric squares.  Sew all the way around.

With your trusty rotary, cut the sewn square in an X.
Press your seams to the dark fabric.
Line up the Chevrons and start sewing the blocks together.
 

I will work on these blocks and see how large this quilt will turn out.  I cut two yards of white background, and various amounts of the red and blue.  

This is an easy and fun quilt to put together. Soooo....

Monday, September 4, 2017

The story quilt

Seventeen years ago I made a baby quilt for my BFF first grandchild. It was a simple 4 patch pattern that I had found in a McCalls Quilting magazine. It was fun to make, and was enjoyed by the family when it was received.

Fast forward to 2011. This family has since moved to the Ukraine as missionaries. At that time they had five adorable children. And the little quilt I made for their first born was passed down to the babies that followed. It has been well loved, holes and all.

When the family was in the states to renew their passports, Mama left the quilt, now affectionately called "Beck" back at home. However when they arrived in the states, mama found a surprise ........... well, this was the email sent to me from Mama Oksana..........

"By the way, you already know that Damara loves the blanket that you made for David years ago. When we were leaving Ukraine, I left it at home because even though she likes it, she is not completely attached to it. How surprised I was to find out that Dalina, our six-year-old, packed that little blanket in HER little personal carry-on for her little sister! So, the "Beck" (as the blanket is affectionately known in our house) has traveled back to America once again!"

During our move seven years, and while I was working on organizing my fabric closet, I came across it's twin. My daughter had made the same quilt top after I made the original. The top was complete but never quilted, so having heard how ragged "Beck" had become, I sandwiched the top and quilted it. I sent it on to them, so it might become another well loved cozy quilt for little children to snuggle with.

  This is it - "Beck" #2

And now seven years later, Dalina still sleeps with Beck. This quilt is still being loved.

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Doesn't it make you happy to know that a quilt you made and gifted was so well loved?

It sure makes for Happy Quilting!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

National Sewing Month

So where will you start??

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fatal Trust - a book you don't want to miss



There are very few books that capture me in the first few paragraphs. "Fatal Trust" by Todd M. Johnson was one of those books.

I had not planned to start this book right away, but I picked it up one evening, and after reading the first few pages, I couldn't put it down.

Ian Wells is a young lawyer, making his way trying to build his law practice. A law practice that was once in his father's hands. After his father's untimely death Ian steps in, straight out of law school, and tries to revamp the type of law his father's office represented. Caring for his widowed mother, who now has Alzheimer's, Ian finds that the bills keep mounting.

When Ian accepts a client who offers him a large payout from distributing a trust, Ian feels this was too good to be true. Before long Ian finds this simple trust is steeped in a mystery that brings back faded memories from his own past. A mystery that may be linked with one of the greatest unsolved crimes in Minnesota history. Will this simple job cost him his career? His life?

Without giving the plot away, I have to share this was one of the best mysteries I've read in a very long time. Todd Johnson, himself a seasoned trail lawyer, kept me on my toes with his excellent writing. I would rate this book a 5+ for content and exceptional writing.

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

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Bread for the Journey


"In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation."

Psalm 5:3

Friday, August 25, 2017

Here's what I did

I was making pinwheels for a donation quilt, which I will donate to Quilts of Valor.  About half way through, I decided to change things up a bit.

I went from this...

...to this (sorry about the terrible lighting. It is a white background)

I like the way the white blocks set off the pinwheels.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Do Quilt shops inspire you?

Often times visiting a quilt shop sends a breath of inspiration. It's like I can go for a while and not need to be filled. But then all the air goes out, and drinking in fabric and colors helps to motivate me.

It's been a whole year since I visited this quilt shop.


It is located in Plant City, which is about 35 miles from where I live. 

They have a large selection of fabric choices.

And quilt samples to inspire.

Yes, it fills me up and gives me a little push to get back to the sewing machine. And of course I had to buy a little something while I was there.

Grandbabies tend to change my quilting palette.  

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Do you put your faith and trust in quilt patterns?


Do you put your full faith and trust in the Quilt patterns you purchase? We all assume that patterns have been tested and are correct for construction.

I've had some patterns that were very difficult and instructions that were confusing but up to this time, never one that was wrong. Read this post from Quilts in the Barn for some valuable information concerning magazine patterns.
Have you had this experience before? 

Monday, August 14, 2017

It's all in the bag

Making bags can sometimes be a challenge.

I've only made a few myself but there are dozens of patterns online.


Okay, so here are a bakers dozen for you to check out.

Art Girl

Sew Many Quilts

Moda Bake Shop

Best Fabric Store

Niesz Vintage Home

Sew Can She

Patchwork Posse

The Sewing Chick

Fort Worth Sewing Studio

Noodlehead

Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Bee in My Bonnet

Noodle Head

Have fun and Happy Quilting!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cookies to quilt by

Doesn't everybody love a yummy cookie? Well, I found one that rivals the cookies you see at the mall. Big, delicious, Chocolate Chip cookies.

A friend brought these cookies one night when we were hosting a small dinner. Boy were they a hit! I couldn't let her get away without sharing the recipe. So now I am sharing it with you!

Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups softened butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 cups (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips 

 Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine softened butter, sugar, brown sugar. Beat till creamy.
         add eggs and vanilla. Continue beating until well mixed.

Reduce speed to low and gradually add dry mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls, 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-14 minutes or until light golden brown.

There is only one problem I have found with these cookies....
You can't eat just one!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Quilt lover

I guess that pretty much sums it all up :-)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Captivating Novel


Rarely do I read a book that captures me as much as A Name Unknown. Roseanna White's very well written novel captured me from the start with a clever story line. I was enchanted with her well developed characters, historical facts and the budding friendship that draws Rosemary and Peter together. You can't help but be drawn into Rosemary's difficult life and Peter's shunned world.

Rosemary Gresham, having lived on the streets of London, is a thief. One who provides for her large family. When she is given an assignment to discover if wealthy Peter Holstein is a traitor to the Crown, Rosemary doesn't let her lack of education or status keep her from attaining her goal. Posing as a well-credentialed librarian, Peter, whose name and stutter has kept him in a solitary life, believes Rosemary is the best person to help him prove his loyalty to England. 

A totally engaging book which I found hard to put down. I totally enjoyed this book and would give it a higher rating than 5.

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

Monday, July 31, 2017

Selvages

Several years ago I found this cool pattern using selvages in one of the quilting magazines. I delved into my fabric and some of the saved selvages, and made the bag.

 Front
Back

Along the way, I have saved selvages whenever I cut into fabric. But after organizing my fabric stash, I've pretty much decided that I won't be making anything else with left over selvages.

So..... here's the thing. I have the large zippy bag stuffed with selvages.

 I'd be glad to send them to anyone for the cost of postage.  Interested? Just leave a comment or shoot me an email. I'm sure someone can put them to good use.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

Half Squares

I think Half Square Triangles are my favorite block. They can make a quilt look scrappy, fussy, or organized.

I started this quilt several years ago, and while going through my ufo's I discovered this one would be great for Quilts of Valor.

How about you? Do you have a favorite quilt  block?


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What to do, what to do

Many years ago, I made this Sampler quilt. I've only made a couple of samplers, but the fabric from this one seems pretty dated to me.

So what would you do? Would you finish it? Should I change the borders to something solid?? Or just stuff it into the trash? I loved the blocks, just not the fabric so much anymore.

Any suggestions?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Antique quilts

Last week hubby and I took a drive up to the Ocala area. We visited several antique malls and I was surprised to see so many quilts on display.









And finally this little gem.

It was fun to scout out these old quilts.

Happy Quilting!