Book Review: Sew Many Notions

I am on a listing from C&T Publishing and from Martingale that I get ebook copies of new books that come out.  I have the opportunity to review them.  It’s really fun and I enjoy seeing the new books that come out.  Every once in awhile I find a book that I think I would really love and I request a hard copy of the book.  I recently got an awesome book from Martingale, Sew Many Notions by Debbie Busby.

Look at the cover.  What a fun looking book!


The project that got me and made me know I really wanted this book was the cute, cute pincushion that says “Sew” on it.  Notice that the letters for the word are yellow and the stitching done in black.  It makes it looks like a tape measure….the CUTEST for sure.  I am actually needing a couple new pincushions so this is perfect.  Being I work on quilting both upstairs in my sewing room and downstairs prepping projects, I find my pincushions are always in the wrong spot.  Having a few more would prevent extra trips up and down the stairs!! This on is on my to-do list!

I thought this little wall hanging was fun too.  I love the saying…


No worries for those of you who haven’t done a lot of stitching, there is a nice stitch reference in the book.


Here are more pincushions.  These are fun too.


Kelli and I got a big giggle when we saw this bookmark!  How cute for an easy gift for a quilting friend!!  What do you think? Continue reading


French Bread Pans….

I’ve given you my French Bread recipe in a previous post.  Find it here.

Well not to long ago I was at the thrift store and saw this French Bread pan.  I was intrigued.  I wondered if actually having a pan might make the bread better.

The pan was only $1 so I decided to give it a try….I figured it was $1 worth of entertainment.


I followed my recipe and popped it into the pan.  I had enlarged the recipe so I put one loaf on a baking stone as I previously did.

Here’s how the loaves from the baking pan turned out….YUM! Continue reading


Where We are Published: Quilts and More

You might remember back in June I needed a baby boy quilt for Hubby’s niece’s baby.  It was a boy and as always when in comes to boy quilts, I’m always flustered.  I don’t want anything remotely girlish at all!!  I ended up making a scrappy modern looking baby quilt with gray and primary colors.   Seeing made me think that it was good enough to submit for publication….the only problem, if I sent it out, I wouldn’t have a quilt to gift. I had enough scraps for a second baby quilt so I make another.  The second was more free form than the first.

I sent the pictures of the two quilts in deciding that I’d let the magazine pick which quilt they wanted if they decided to choose one of the quilts.  The did pick one…They picked the first one I made and it is being featured in the Spring 2018 issue of Quilts and More.

We were in tight deadline to get this one out so I gave it to my friend Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations to do the quilting.


As always, we were impressed with Carla’s work.  She was so great to squeeze our quilt into her schedule.

I ALSOLUTELY LOVED making this quilt.  I opened up my bag of solid scraps and was quilting in no time at all.

Quilts and More worked up their own rendition of our quilt.  I always love seeing the alternate color options that the magazines offer!  Check it out…. Continue reading


What I’m Reading: Stillhouse Lake

I just finished up the audio book Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine.  This book was being offered at Audible for a reduced price so I grabbed it.  I like murder suspense books so this one looked like it might be good.  It was listed as the first book in a series so that sounded good too.  Maybe I had stumbled on something I would end up really liking!

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All in all I liked the book.  Maybe I’m a little naive but I found it a little far fetched that people would come after this mom and family after she was acquitted of being involved with her husband and the murder of girls.  Do people really stalk and creep on people after they’ve been acquitted?  I finally decided to just give in and believe that there really are sickos out there who would go to such extremes.   After I quit questioning that, I like the book a lot.  It was suspenseful.  It did keep me guessing.  I had a first instinct…then there were a few suspects in between and then in the end, it was the first person I suspected.  The second guessing makes the book fun.

Here’s what Amazon had to say: Continue reading