"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27

Sunday, December 14, 2014


Twas the night before Christmas,
And the quilts were not made,
The threads were all tangled, the cookies delayed.
The stockings weren't hung, the pantry was bare,
The poor weary Quilter, was tearing her hair.
Stacks of fat quarters, tipped over in streams,
Visions of Log Cabins had turned into dreams.
 When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
But a bus full of quilters with all of their gear.
They went straight to work with just a few mutters,
Sorting and stitching and brandishing cutters.
The patterns emerged from all of the clutter,
Like magic the fabrics arranged in a flutter.
Log Cabins, Lone Stars, Flying Geese and Bear Tracks,
Each quilt was a beauty---even the backs!
 Her house how it twinkled, her quilts how they glowed,
The cookies were baking, the stockings were sewed.
Their work was all done, so they folded their frames,
And packed up their needles, without giving their names.
They boarded the bus and checked the next address,
More quilts to be made, another quilter in distrss.
 She heard one voice echo, as they drove out of sight...
"Happy quilting to all, and to all a good night."

Author - unknown
Since I do not put up a Christmas tree, we hang garland all over the place and hang ornaments from it.

I just wanted to share some of my Christmas decorations with you!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

a semi finish!

 I bought some vintage ornaments Saturday.  The long blue one, tiny red and green one, and the decorated one were all 25 cents!  The red and blues with the gold trim were $1 each!  I was so happy to find these ornaments!
I put them in a bowl with some green ornaments I had and set them on top of the almost finished table runner.
I decided to use two fabrics and make pinwheels.  I los the "scenes" but like the way it turned out.

I've been filling in for sick teachers at school, so who knows when I will have time to baste and bind it!  One more week before Christmas break!
 Oreo wanted to help me.  There was a loose piece of material and he decided to grab it and carry it around.  He was having trouble walking with it between his legs, wish I could have gotten a back shot!
 Of course his sister wanted to help!
 Then he decided to try to eat it , so I took it away and cut that piece off!
Are you working on any last minute Christmas stuff?


Thursday, December 4, 2014

New project

 This is the cute fabric I bought for my apron, but changed my mind and now want to make it into a table runner.

There are just a few snags.  To get the "scene", the block needs to be about 9 1/2 inches as you can see below.
 Even the six inches (below) would be just a snowman.  I also need something super quick because I do not have very much time to work on it.
 I can do one of two things.  Either just cut it long and put the gingerbread men (brown fabric) around it as a border, or I can make different colored sashing to go around the nine and a half inch blocks.  What do you think?
 I was also thinking I could make it reversible and have a winter themed table runner for January by making pinwheels with the blue fabric.
I have never made a table runner before.  My table is six feet by three feet.  Do I make it all in the center (about four feet)  to fit plates all around it, or do I make it six feet long?  I was thinking the center could be between 12-13 inches.

Any suggestions would be welcome, I would like them made by Sunday if I could!  Yeah right!
This is my only goal for this month!

Linking up at the Lovely Year of Finishes!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Apron

have you ever wanted to make something and just had problem after problem trying to get it made?
I bought some very cute vintage looking snowman fabric from Joann's on black Friday.  I wanted to make an apron for Christmas.  I took out my book A is for Apron and looked for an apron that I liked.  I found a really cute vintage looking one, but could not figure out a way to print the pattern at 400% on my home printer.  After messing with that for a while, I decided to see what Christmas fabric I had.  I pulled the box down and found some material that already had the apron printed on it and decided to just make that.
 Wow, I had not realized how big my bulky sweatshirt makes me look!
Of course I had help cutting out my material!

I think I am going to make a table runner with the material I bought for the apron!


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cross Stitch Nativity

I wanted to share this sweet Nativity my mom made for me years ago.  I love it.  I picked the manger up at a yard sale for like 50 cents at the same time.

My mom does cross stitching and I do quilting!  I have some blocks that she cross stitched for me years ago that I need to quilt.  They need to be washed, any suggestions on how to do that?


Isaiah 9:6  "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  A parent at school baked some cupcakes and then asked me to decorate them for the kids, so I made a turkey!  I messed up and put an extra orange feather, but that's okay.  I found a picture online for inspiration.  The turkey's body kind of slid because the frosting was too soft, but I love the way it turned out.  It looks like I did it on purpose.

We had a cold morning and since both Chris and I had the day off, we had a fire going in the fireplace.  The cats really enjoy the fire too!

Psalms 100:4  "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name."


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Finished Blocks

I have finally had some time to sew this week.  Not very much time, but every few minutes count!
I only got four blocks done so far.
This is where I am sewing.
If I counted right, I have ten blocks left!

In the summer when I had hurt my knee and was couch bound, I got all of my blocks ready for sewing.  I separated them with finished blocks.
Of course I had cats hanging out with me.  Oreo was in the right spot, on the cat bed.

Tiger was sitting on my treadles - sigh

Muffin was very much in the way.  He kept coming back to this spot too!

This is where I keep my finished blocks, unfortunately Oreo has no problem getting in the basket!  If I counted right, I have 71 finished blocks!  That means I should have about 80 blocks when all finished.  I am off by one somewhere, but better one too many then to be short one!

I am hoping to start sewing the top together this weekend, it just depends.  I offered to help with the food for the murder mystery dinner theater my school is putting on Saturday.

Tell me what kind of "helpers" you have!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Black Friday Shopping - Quilting Style

Do you like to do Black Friday Shopping?  I do in a way.  I have a system, I cut out pictures of what I want at the store and go in and buy that item, I pull out the picture at the store and find it.  It's a lot easier to find with a picture and that way I don't forget anything or wander around aimlessly.  I never go when the store first opens either, who needs that stress?
Joann's has come out with their Black Friday ad!  You can see it here:
The only thing is that I have to Go to Springfield which is an hour away!  Yes, my husband has already agreed that we can go to Springfield that day!

I do have a small local quilt shop, Dogwood Quilting, they are also having a sale.  20% - 30% off bolted fabric.

Those are the only ones I know of so far.  Of course the online quilt shops will also be having sales, probably on Cyber Monday.

I need ot have a picture on here, so here is a picture of a pilgrim sewing.
Happy Black Friday shopping next week!


Sunday, November 16, 2014


Do you remember Annie?  I was about nine or ten when it came out in the theaters.  It is the only movie I remember going to with my mom.
Here are some old pictures of me with my mom, you can see where I get my silliness from!
 I miss my mom, have not seen her in over a year, so when I watched Annie on Netflix, I thought of my mom!
What does this have to do with sewing you ask?  I had never realized that there was a sewing scene in Annie and the orphans are use industrial treadles!  I thought that was pretty awesome!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Feline Friday

Hello, my name is Muffin Man, but everyone calls me Muffin.  My mom thinks it's funny to sing the "Do you know the Muffin Man" song to me.  I'm too dignified for that though.  I'm in charge of all of the cats at my house even though I am only five.
I keep track of any cats that come in to my yard too.

Of course, I have to make my rounds on the sewing machines when mommy leaves the door open.  That is my brother Tiger behind me.
The other cats like to snuggle with him because he is so fuzzy.  Oreo is pretty fuzzy too though.  He is one of the "kittens" because they are the youngest, even though they are 1 1/2 now.

Oreo is always getting into something.
This is Pippi.  I raised her from a baby, she was four weeks old when she came home.  I took over the care of cleaning her and keeping her warm.  I also taught her to go potty.  Mommy really appreciated the help.  She is four now.

These three really like to hang out in Mom's dress form.

Cupcake is Oreo's sister.  She is always causing trouble and getting into places she shouldn't.  Mommy thinks she is the one who ate her cactus last night.
The other kitten, their sister, is Custard.  She thinks she is a princess and does not always do what you want.  She would not sit still for a picture!
She finally was still, but only to take a bath.

We have two more in our house.  They are older then me, but I'm still in charge!
This is Precious, he is about 16 years old.  Mommy is not sure because he was a stray she adopted in AR.  He is not doing very well, so we all take care of him.
Our other elder is Squeeky, she is nine years old.  I like to chase her because she screams as if I'm killing her.  It is very funny because I don't even touch her!

Be sure to check out Denise's blog at Count it All Joy.  She asked Mommy to write this post, but I would not let her say what she wanted to, I took it over.  Of course, Mommy is also linking up with Sarah at Sarah Did It for Feline Friday.

"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." Psalm 34:8

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