What I’m Reading: A Memory of Violets

I just finished up listening to the book A Memory of Violets.  I was on Hoopla (my online library) and was looking for some books that I had seen in the Wal-mart book section.  They didn’t have the book I was looking for but saw this and thought it might be something I’d like.

The book takes place in the early 1900 in the poor part of London.  Young poor children were forced to the streets to work to make money for the family.  This always saddens me to read these books…amazes me too.  I have four year olds here at childcare that have trouble picking up toys…my have times changed.  I can’t imagine any of them having the focus or fore thought to be able to sell anything….  but they never have HAD to and for that, I’m thankful.  What a life these poor girls lived.

Here’s what Amazon had to say: Continue reading


Charity Quilt from Ronda and Friends

Ronda has been busy doing charity quilts again.  I have to tease just a bit.  Before Christmas she sent me a note saying she wouldn’t have time to do much over Christmas then just like that,  a week after Christmas has passed there’s another email in my inbox.

Ronda writes:
The first quilt I have to share with you was a top that you passed on to me from Barbara in NM.  She had made the center of the quilt with the X’s and O’s blocks.  She used some word print fabrics in her background, so I added the newsprint border to go with that.”

…”Then I added the floral border to make it just a bit bigger.  That floral print has some of the same colors used in the center blocks and was just wild enough to go with the wild fabrics she used.”

The backing also came from you.  This will be saved for the Humane Society Quilt Auction or another of the fundraisers that I regularly donate to.  It is a large lap sized quilt.”

WOW!!!  This turned out fabulous.  I saw the quilt top that Barbara had sent and this was a perfect way to get the top a little bit bigger.  So often “odd” sized quilt tops are donated.  If quilts are bigger, they bring better money for a benefit…and all in all they are a little more desirable as people of many ages can use them.  Ronda did a great job with the beautiful quilt top that Barbara sent.  WIN!!


The second quilt is from Debbie in NY…. Continue reading


My Weekend….

I had a great weekend.  It was busy and I didn’t accomplish much in the sewing room but that’s okay.  Family first ALWAYS.

Saturday morning Kalissa, Carver and I took off early.  Our mission was to find the big orange “H”.  That’s what we told Carver anyway.  He knows his uppercase letters now so we’re always making him look to find them out in public.

Kalissa had ordered online and we only needed to pick up her order.  Yes, we did end up with a couple more things but the things that were pre-ordered were things for Craig.  I love this option.
From there we went to another store with an “H”…Hobby Lobby or “Hobby-Hobby” as Carver said.

I ended up getting some sticky board so I could finish a couple cross stitch projects, a couple solid fabrics (watch for more about that in an upcoming stash report) and picture frames to do my family picture wall.

It was a fun time.  The weather in Waterloo was snowy and yucky.  We might not have gone if we knew.  The weather at our house was perfect.  We made it safe and that’s what counts.

The next day I had something scheduled with Kayla.  We had seen that there was a lefse making class in Decorah.  That’s a half hour from us and Kayla LOVES lefse.  I’m not head over heels for it but do enjoy it.  For those of you who don’t know what lefse is, it’s a scandinavian food.  It’s made with mashed potatoes and flour and a few other things.  It’s rolled flat like a tortilla.  Around here people typically put butter and sugar on it, roll it up and eat it.

Kayla was really wanting to go to the class and I was happy to go with and learn.  The classroom was small but nice.  The instructor was good.

Here I am rolling out my lefse…. Continue reading


Big or Little, Iron or Not?

A bit ago I posted this photo on our Instagram account.  It was of the mystery quilt….a finished top, loaded and ready to go.
Mary from Country Threads left a comment on the post:
How in the world did you get that assembled so fast? I’m just to Border 2! I hate handling big quilts back and forth from the ironing board to the machine! And you’re probably doing day care at the same time! Yikes!

Mary is a hoot!!  We always tease each other back and forth.  Mary calls this a big quilt.  It was 72″ x 72″.  I call this a little quilt.  Mary makes lots of baby quilts to throws, to table runners to table toppers.  Yep.  This would be a big quilt.

Me…I made quilts that are typically 90″ x 90″ up to 100″ x 100″.  I rarely make anything smaller so for me, this was a little quilt.

Mary is an ironer.  Here’s my true confession….I ironed VERY little in making this.  VERY LITTLE.  I ironed my finished blocks and I didn’t iron again until I put on the last border.  I don’t iron.  I know tons of you are thinking I’m crazy but I don’t like to iron and I think it’s highly overrated.  Our Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers made quilts all the time and I can almost guarantee they didn’t run to the iron after every seam.  Who would if you were using those old sad irons??  As long as there are seams to but up to that hold a place, I don’t iron.

Can you tell when you look at my quilts?  Do mine look “unironed” and problematic?

For me, once something is ironed, it’s not flexible anymore.  I can’t flip the seam as well and they don’t but up the right way without ease.  The fabric doesn’t “stretch” as well if I was slightly off on my cutting or piecing and I need it “stretch” so the seams match.  No matter how careful I am…no matter is my seam allowance and cutting is good, I love having the seams be as noncommittal as possible until I sew them down in place.  This way I can flip them with ease.

Once it is all together…Yes I iron.  I iron a lot and with some spray starch.  Then I like my quilts nice and flat, ironed to perfection.

As far as quilting during childcare.  Bahahaha!!  I don’t….well not really.  On the day Mary wrote this my new baby that came to childcare last week, drank a bottle at 10 am…then cried from 10:30 to 10:50…screaming and no matter what I did she wouldn’t calm down.  At 10:50 she promptly fell asleep.

I hit the ground running.  I was trying to do everything I could before she woke up.  I fed the older kids….they all went potty….we cleaned up the toys….I read a couple books….we went potty again….they all laid down for nap.  Every minute I was rushing thinking the baby is going to wake up.  I did all of the things I needed to have done before she woke….but she didn’t wake so I…

Ironed the pieces I had sewn for Geese on a String in Bonnie Hunter’s new book String Frenzy.

Here’s 212 to go with what I already had.  Enough for two quilts.

Still the baby didn’t wake….It was 12:50pm.

Hm…what else could I do?  THIS…. Continue reading