Monday, April 17, 2017


II visited my best and longest friend. We were college roommates. Our friendship has lasted 35 years. Man have we been through a lot!

Below are 2 of her quilts she inherited. She isn't a quilter. I think they are fabulous! And I admit to being jealous. I'm going to research this pattern. Sunbonnet Sam?
Look at this one! I love the orange. Very modern.

It's been a lovely spring in Texas. My pink Siam curcuma gingers have made a lovely bouquet.

That's my quick update via iPad. 


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Welcome 2017!

It's time for 2016 to leave and 2017 to unfold. There is the obvious election stuff. The unkind words....uggghhhh! Oh, if we could only have different opinions and be kind. Then there was the me asking to join a quilting bee without knowing that you are elected in and don't invite yourself. Yikes! I'm so naive and very adept at creating a very awkward situation. A very nice woman got reprimanded because I invited myself and she said yes.  Uggghhh and Sigh!

Most importantly, our extended family unexpectedly lost someone. A beautiful soul left us at age 59. It put things in perspective. At the end of our life, elections don't matter and there are more kind, inclusive people than not.

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So, I'm so excited about 2017. I'm going to spend far less time on Facebook and more time blogging.

First off, I'm going to finish- yep I said it- FINISH- the Bonnie Hunter mystery, En Provence.  This is my third year to participate. I gave up on Celtic Solstice. I will eventually finish Alleitare. But this year, I'm on it! I'll finish on time.

Second, I'm going to keep up with BOMs. This is shocking news. I'm doing 3. That is not shocking news. I couldn't pass up the new Quiltmania mystery when I saw Michele Yeo's fabrics. Oh my!!!

Then Fat Quarter Shop offered Kim Diehl's Journey's End. I love Kim Diehl's fabrics and FQS does the best BOMs.

And last, but not least, who could pass up a Fig Tree BOM? I missed out last year so I was on it this year. It's a Christmas quilt with FigTree reds. She writes such easy patterns so the sewing is so much fun.

More quilty goals in my next post. Doesn't 2017 look like fun so far?!?!

Ephesians 2:4     For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

I am thankful for God's mercy and grace. My life is blessed far beyond what I deserve.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Reflections about the Past Year

I've been retired for over a year and it has been a learning experience. I over-committed my time so that I now crave time at home to just sew. I also learned how I need to choose where I volunteer. I am a systems thinker, too a fault. I mean....I'm annoying like that.  I've been in a few situations where I feel we are chasing our tails and repeatedly redo the same work. I'm certainly not at my best in these situations (that is polite for I'm not very nice) so I have learned I need to be more careful when choosing where and how I will be volunteering.

I am in a very active quilting bee with a subgroup that does charity sewing. The women are so nice and fun to be around. Lots of quilts go to needy groups. This quilt is going to Camp Hope which serves veterans with PTSD. It is going to be auctioned at their fundraiser in a couple of months.


My favorite new way to volunteer is to transport rescue dogs from the city shelter to Red Collar Rescue's vet. It's the dog's "Freedom Ride." They were on the kill list at the shelter and made it out. I get to be the one who takes them from the bad situation to the start of their new, safe life. I love it. My husband likes it because I'm not bringing them home.

I'm thinking ahead to Christmas. I found a new blog- Made by ChrissieD. Below is a link to her fabric card tutorial. It very detailed and looks like fun. The selvedge cards really look like fun.

On the blog 12 Squared, Emily shows how to make a houndstooth quilt from charm squares. I have some Christmas charm squares that need to be used. This looks quick. (Famous last words!)

That's a quick update to get me back in the habit of blogging. I've noticed that folks are putting their Instagram posts for the week on their blogs. That's a good plan.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fall Fabric Finds

Today was a fun day with the Jo Morton group. Our leader starts with a little civil war history. She always brings something interesting and thoughtful.

I made some purchases for this month's pattern. I threw in some of my scraps to see how everyone will play together. We'll see who makes the team.

Tonight is quilt guild with Mary Lou Weldman. I'm really looking forward to her lecture.

Have a great evening.


Monday, September 14, 2015

53....It's My Year!

This is my year! Today is my birthday and a day of renewal for me. I've retired and am learning how to slow down. Well, slow my mind...or quiet my mind. 

I'd like my blog to be an account of my days. It was for a while but I let busyness get in the way. I admire people who post whatever is going on that day. That's my goal.

Yesterday we went to Round Top. It's a small town about 1.5 hours away. They have a lovely artisan gallery, The Copper Shade Tree. I got the gourd, below, for my birthday. 

My hubby got me this cute clock for my sewing room. Sorry for the sideways picture. I fiddled for a while but then gave up on getting it to rotate.

 And here is my current project. Or one of the many. It's a Kim Diehl pattern. I'm in a Jo Morton Little Women's Club. I think that is what it is called. Anyway, the month's pattern was this Kim Diehl pattern. A little confusing to me, but I love both Kim Diehl and Jo Morton patterns so it's all good. I chose fabrics that I thought were fall-like. I've been hankering to use some lavender.

It's going to be a great day. I get to have lunch with my best friend and dinner with my hubby. I think I'll shop a little in between.

Have a great Monday!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Retirement Day 1

Today was day one of the next chapter in my life. I can't believe this day has come, but I'm so very grateful.  Slept all the way to 6:30, which is at least and hour later than usual. I had coffee, watched GMA, and sewed some. But I was restless, feeling like I needed to get it all done today.

Then I went to a Hatha yoga class. Aaaaaaah. Relaxed, calm, and with proper perspective now.

The quilt is Summer Star by Sheri McConnel. Her blog is A Quilting Life. It is a fun little mini to sew. Sheri is hosting a mini sew along. Usually, she does Schnibbles but I think we are running out. 

Feeling blessed.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Ooops.....I did it again!

I signed up for another block of the month. I didn't do the two I signed up for last year. And this is my second for 2015. It is only $15 a month, though. And it is Minick and Simpson. And it is based on a Texas estate quilt.

This is Austin Bluebird Sampler available from Homestead Hearth for a very reasonable price. They have the best BOMs and are so easy to work with and friendly on the phone.

And on that note, what should my word for 2015 be? Pat Sloan has picked Finish. I thought I was going to steal that one. Then I came to Do It Now. I plan and then whittle the time away. So, I just need to do it. Do It Now is my nice way of telling myself to get off my butt and just do it. So, my words are Do It Now. With that in mind and the BOMs I have signed up for, this blog will be smokin'. I will be finishing so much...just you wait!

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So, I will use my time and Act.
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