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

Monday, December 29, 2014


I bought a box of stuff at an auction and this sweet quilted wall hanging was in there!  I paid two dollars for the box because it had this wall hanging and a really cute purse in it!

I put it on a side table with this Nativity I showed you last week.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Making Progress!

I have been making steady progress on my quilt top!  My poor kitties are feeling neglected!
 I've been taking four blocks and sewing them together to make a 24 inch block.  I want to keep the diamonds together in their color "scheme" (if you can call it that).  Two edges have extra blocks that form half a diamond, so those have six blocks sewn together.
 Muffin and Pippi made a mess of the blocks on the ottoman, I finally gave up and put them in a stack until I got to them.  They are the very last corner and I just need to sew the outside edges to the diamond.
 This was the last row to be sewn yesterday and is mostly sewn together now.  Pippi is in her basket leaving my blocks alone in this picture.
 I have been stacking each row as I finish the 24 inch blocks.  I'll lay them all out again before sewing them together to make sure I don't want to move any of them.
 My cats like to throw my blocks around.
 And pull all of the pins out of the pin cushion.  They are so mischievous.
 This is where I have been working.  I have the hand crank set up in the living room since my husband had the week off.  Muffin will sleep behind me until I accidently sit on him.  I'll move into my sewing room tomorrow since my husband will be going back to work and my blocks are bigger so I'll want to use my treadle now.
I have to go back to work on Friday and I am hoping to have my quilt finished, but I do need to do some laundry or we won't have anything to wear!  LOL


Friday, December 26, 2014

My blocks are finished!

 I finished all of my blocks for my scrappy trip around the world quilt!  I started this quilt two years ago in January!  I made 81 blocks, nine across and nine down.  It's so big that I was laying blocks on top of my husband, he was not very happy about that.  LOL
 The poor cats barely had any room, Pippi is asleep in the basket but she blends in with the brown pillow, Custard went to sleep on top of the other basket.
 My entire floor is covered.  I laid a blanket on top of them last night, but not all of the blocks are covered.  I made squares of four blocks with matching blues to make patterns.
 It's impossible to keep the cats off!  I am sewing my "sets" together first to make sure I don't lose my patterns.  Doesn't Oreo look good with all of those colors?
 Muffin, asleep on the ottoman.  These blocks were a mess this morning.  I won't be able to finish it until we get back from the store, I hope they don't make too big of a mess!
I had to share some pictures of Muffin.

I bought a light up "snowball" from Walmart and the cats love chasing it!
I hop to sew up the top today!  What are your plans for this weekend?


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ready for Christmas!

We went to Branson yesterday and toured the Titanic museum.  It was pretty fun, but I love history.

We bought new pajamas for Christmas

and are going to spend the whole day in our pj's watching our favorite classics!  My husband said we also have to watch "A Christmas Carol".
The Christian school I work at was in our small town Christmas parade.  The theme was Christmas Around the World and was so much fun!
I was Scotland.
We already opened our presents ad we gave the cats a roll of toilet paper.  It was hard to get a good picture because they are used to having to sneak their tp terror!
I love this picture of Custard with her tongue sticking out and tp stuck to her mouth!

Oreo was kicking that thing as hard as he could!
Have a blessed Christmas everyone!


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Free Ebook and a book review!

Jody Hedlund and Bethany publishers sent me her latest book to read and review.  I absolutely love it!  The setting is in a light house and remote fishing outpost in Michigan.  I have loved everyone of her books that I have read and this one did not disappoint.  It has intrigue, secrets, mystery, and of course romance!  The underlying theme is God's forgiveness and being able to forgive yourself for past sins.  I finished this book in one weekend, I could not put it down!

You can read a free ebook which is the prequel to Love Unexpected at Amazon or Barnes and Noble or Christianbook.com .
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Be sure to check out this book, I'm sure you will love it as much as I did!


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!

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