Wednesday, September 19, 2018

I like Thursdays Sept 20


Hope everyone is safe and sound.  I only have a few likes this week as it's been an extremely busy week  with my brother so here goes;

1.  Fall Dining decorations.  this means we will have temps under 100 soon, right?:

Fall is my favorite season because we will finally cool off in October or November. The table topper and place mats are from last year but I wanted a plain orange tablecloth this time and couldn't find one. So, I went to Joann's and paid $9 for three yards of broadcloth! Score. Love those coupons.  I split it in half, hemmed and done.  The matching Fall quilt on the wall I made for the summer cause it has bicycles on it.

2.  Pumpkin pie in a mug. last week I shared the link and I finally  made it. It makes 2 mugs which we liked with some fresh made whipped cream. Very easy.

3. Front yard fall decor.  Are you sensing a theme here? While at Joann's I picked up some fake flowers for the front yard.  I don't usually use those but I'm so tired of plants dying from this heat.
I just added them to my Lavender and Vinca real plants in the area under a window. I like driving up to the house and seeing some kind of decoration.

4. The Miniaturist on PBS Masterpiece. I love these British shows. It just started this month. In 1600's a  young woman is married (forced to back in the day) to a wealthy man in Amsterdam. The husband gives her a large doll house which is furnished by a miniaturist but the creations reflect what is really going on in the house .  I love the period, costumes and story.
If it isn't, it should be rated R for content.I hope you can check it out.

Please join us for more likes at Lee Anna's postNot Afraid of Color

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, September 14, 2018



As promised, here is the Quilts of Compassion Disaster Response Team post from Facebook:

The Quilts of Compassion Disaster Response TEAM is currently monitoring Hurricane Florence. We are planning a deployment to the area!!! We will have detailed information once landfall has occurred and Tier 1 organizations have responded to assist with immediate needs of food, shelter, clothing and medical attention. Quilts of Compassion is considered a Tier 2 Disaster Response Organization that responds 6-12 weeks to an area AFTER all “basic needs” have been met, to assist with emotional healing and needs of communities devastated by natural disasters. Our TEAM arrives into areas after Tier 1 organizations have left and residents are faced with the magnitude of months/years of the recovery process ahead of them. We arrive at the most important time in the recovery process...when communities start to feel hopelessness and are completely overwhelmed with the recovery process. Our Disaster Response TEAM brings hope...lovingly delivering beautiful handmade quilts...on your behalf...DIRECTLY to those that have experienced loss due to natural disaster. Since 2011, we made 20 deployments to 43 communities in 13 states...delivering over 25,000 quilts that are generously donated by the quilting community!!!
How can you help?
We are accepting quilts of ALL sizes, as well as fleece and crocheted blankets. You may use any colors or pattern for men, women, children or infants. They must be in new condition and quilts may be quilted or tied. If they are tied it must be with pearled yarn. We are unable to accept rag quilts, quilts that are personalized with a specific name, are holiday or sports team specific, are in worn condition, smell like smoke, have pet hair or stained.
Quilt recipients LOVE to find out who made their quilt and what state or country it came from. Please add a quilt label with any information that you would like to pass along to the recipient. You may also include a hand written card. Please include the card in an unsealed envelope and safety pin in a ziploc baggie to the right hand top corner of the quilt.
If sending USPS, please send to:
Quilts of Compassion
Disaster Response TEAM
Hurricane Florence
POBox 350296
Toledo, OH 43635
If sending FedEx Ground or UPS, please send to:
Quilts of Compassion
Disaster Response TEAM
Hurricane Florence
8248 Deerpointe Drive
Toledo, OH 43617
PLEASE include your name, address, phone number and email address!!! We will confirm the receipt of your quilts via a phone call or email within 48 hours of receipt!!!
If you are a Quilt Shop that would like to partner with our Disaster Response TEAM as an official drop off location or you are interested in volunteering as a member of our Disaster Response Team, we would love to talk to you! Please call us at 419-708-9343 or send a private message through our FB page!!!
We will continue to keep you updated as Hurricane Florence makes landfall on Thursday & Friday. We are planning on having a live Facebook Forum this weekend with more info once landfall has been made. PLEASE keep those directly in the path of Hurricane Florence in your thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead!!!
I hope you can help by sending your quilts.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Things I like Thursdays Sept 13


In spite of the devastating hurricanes hitting our country both literally on the ground and by the White House today, I will try and focus on things I like this week:

1. Walmart quilting fabric.  I was at Walmart and "accidentally" walked down the small craft aisle and saw this:
I couldn't believe it- there were lots of solid colors in 2 yard cuts for $4.50!  I have used their fabric before which was fine.  I don't really need more but a navy solid can be used for sashing or binding so I grabbed one. I will wash it before cutting due to the color.  SCORE

2. Microwave Pumpkin Pie.  This came across my phone late last night and I will try it today:

I like mug cakes- but a pie- I am so in on this one.  Can you imagine the smell in my house later today?  Just sayin.

3.  New Living Room rug. I have tried not to purchase any new home furnishings since we down graded to this rental three years ago - so that my kids won't have to deal with so much when I'm gone years from now. We really don't need much for the home since it's just my brother and I or to replace things which are not that old and are in good condition.  But, the living room rug in front of the sofas was needing to be replaced. I didn't want to purchase anything so large (6 x 7 feet) online even tho there are some beautiful, affordable choices because I wouldn't know precisely when it would be delivered and didn't want it delivered  outside. 
I visited several furniture stores but couldn't find what I wanted till I was at Walmart (once again):
Here is what we got:
I love it-and we were able to fit it in my SUV to take home.  I'm impressed with the quality and plush of the rug and I believe the brand was Better Homes and Garden- the trash was already taken out so I lost the label.before writing this blog.  There is a whole aisle of rugs in many sizes, colors and designs at our local Walmart. I was shocked to learn (in person) that Penneys and Macy's don't provide rugs in their stores. Living Spaces did not have any designs I liked and were way over priced for my needs. So, there you go- Walmart won again.

I pray that any of you readers in the path of these hurricanes are safe and I can't imagine the worry you must be experiencing for your homes and livelihood after these storms pass. We are praying for you.

Stay safe.

Tomorrow I will post the info I received for any quilters who want to help in the recovery process by providing quilts to the affected areas.


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Things I like Thursdays Sep 6


Hope ya'll had a great holiday weekend.  I had my grandson here and we had fun. Then Monday, I was able to sew in the afternoon.  I can't believe how much sewing I've been able to do lately! I also have noticed my creative mojo is back since I've been reading my Quiltfolk magazine.

Here are some of my "likes" for this week.

1.  Old PBS shows I've been watching all summer.  I don't even care how long ago they aired because they are new to me- Grantchester,  Call the Midwife,  Inspector Morse,  Doctor Blake Mysteries, and Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries.
The latter takes place in Australia during the roaring 20's so part of my fascination is with  the costumes and design.  It's also fun to see a female sleuth in charge.
 All of these stories take place  many years ago with fantastic attention to detail of the times. This is such a great escape from reality of current tv.  Just sayin.

2.  My Hand Quilting is done:

The Falling Triangles quilt was machine pieced and then I hand quilted stitch in the ditch on all sashing  seams.  It took 8 months of occasional tv sewing to get it done.  I've never hand quilted before.  I liked doing it but my stitches on the back are not very pretty.  The top is fine.  I am impressed  how much softer this quilt is with this type of quilting.  This was a second quilt from leftover layer cake triangles from several years ago where I now added stash borders and backing.  It's bound in yellow Bella Solid. Here's the label

I felt it necessary to put "hand quilted" on it. LOL

3.  Sue's Disappearing 9 Patch quilt is started.
Here are the most common 5" cut blocks joined for the 9 patch.  Then I cut the block (about 14") in half horizontally and vertically ( so easy):
Aren't they sweet new blocks?

I  joined them into rows for a center of the top:
I'm surprised how much the green shows up in this photo.  I am going to add a narrow border (green or lavender) then a 5 inch mottled print border. The center is 39 x 52 before borders. I'm really liking these colors.

Well, need to get chores done and then to grandson's house.  Please join us at LeeAnna's for more "likes":Not Afraid of Color.  I appreciate you stopping by to see my little corner of the world and hope to hear from you.

Have a great week.

Monday, September 3, 2018


Isn't that a misnomer?

Why would we celebrate a day of work? Hmmm.

Originally, this day was designed to unify union workers and reduce work time from 70 hours a week!  It worked, but unfortunately, people still want to shop on this day so retail staff work even harder. We are a crazy mixed up country.

In honor of Labor Day, I'm gonna leave my monthly contribution at Walmart  this morning for groceries then probably sew the rest of the day while watching movies.  Gotta stay indoors cause it'll still be over 100.

I remember when I was young this was the last big holiday before school started here in Az. We spent the day with our family eating and playing.
 Now,  they have those poor kids starting school in early August when the temps are still 110! That's just wrong for everyone. Families still get together today for that last good ear of corn or tasty watermelon but here we have to eat indoors.  Kinda ruins the whole "picnic" idea.

While  I worked in the auto dealership business over 20 years, I usually worked this day to get the previous month's accounting complete; as my daughter needs to do today, also.

Thank you retailers and many other people who are working today. We do appreciate you.
Hope everyone gets to enjoy some down time and that watermelon.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Things i like Thursday Aug 30


Another weird, stressful week- adding sadness to it also.  I posted comments on the very sad passing of Senator John McCain the other day so will try to focus on the things that brought me joy this week instead:

1.  Holiday decos arrived at the AT HOME store in my neighborhood;
It's August and way too early for Christmas decorations but I have to say they did make me feel good anyway.  I vaguely remember cool weather.

I did however LOVE this sign:
For some reason I think this is funny.

2. My finished Patched and Squares quilt.
This was made with 4 x 8 strips  I made from scraps every few months cleaning out the stash buckets and just saved them.  Then I added  8 inch Bella Porcelain squares.  It is so cool in person. It measures 48 x 53.  The backing is made from leftover layer cakes in the stash from many projects made in the past:
Such a cool idea if I say so myself.   The bad news is --I washed it with Color Catchers as I usually do when I finish a quilt  and some colors ran! I quickly glanced at it when I removed it from the washer, didn't see the bleed and threw  it in the dryer.  I'm gonna try and remove the spots today to see if they might come out. Ugh! It was going to be a donation quilt but if I can't remove the spots, I'll keep it for the car or park. I used leftover Grunge Jelly Roll strips for the binding.  What a cool idea that was too.  I always use Jelly Roll strips for bindings but these were really colorful.

3. Some pulled Fat Quarters for a new "purple" quilt for my daughter's retiring friend:
I've only made one purple quilt before so this will be fun since it's the recipient's favorite color.  I like purple -- I don't understand why I don't have more in stash! I pulled 10 FQ's and made (12) 9 patches from 5 inch squares  that I'll make into a Disappearing 9 Patch pattern , but I'll need to find fabric for borders cause it's not enough fabric for a "throw" size. Hmm-fabric shopping? yes.

On that happy note, I'll close for today.  Please join us at Lee Anna's post: Not Afraid of Color for more "likes" posts.  It's fun and informative.

Have a great day!

Monday, August 27, 2018



There are few men I have seen, heard  or read about in my own lifetime  that I can honestly say I admire.

 Senator John McCain is one of them.

I'm an Arizonan and a Democrat. This was an emotional weekend for us hearing the loss of our great statesman, but he was known for far more than that.  He was a good son, husband, father, friend and patriot.

 I 'm afraid his passing is a sign of change in our  times in this nation as if we couldn't see that already with this terrible administration and nothing Congress.
 But I digress.

Senator McCain gave all his adult life to our country.  He was a humble servant with a good sense of humor.  But, more importantly he had respect for others.

I did not always agree with his politics but admired him as a person.

He will be sorely missed.