What I’m Working On…


I had such a busy-busy week last week.  We had the garage sale, the girls were all here for the weekend, Carver turned one.  I didn’t think I would accomplish much as all…but I did manage to get a few more string blocks done for my spider web quilt.  Honestly it’s been stolen moments here and there as that was the only time I had.

Then Friday night after the garage sale closed we were visiting over a glass of wine and before I knew it, Kelli was trimming the stack of string blocks I had done, Kayla was knitting and I was de-papering.  I ended up getting LOTS more done than I intended.  We trimmed and de-papered 56 of them…  Whoot-Whoot!!


I didn’t count them immediately.  I figured I was close to enough.  Then Sunday morning I got up early and sewed a few more.


After counting I had 252 finished and need 256.  In Sunday morning’s sewing session I did 10 more so I have all I need plus a few.  That means all I need to do is trim and de-paper these and I’m finished.  I was so excited as I thought I could clean up the mess from string piecing in my sewing room but I’m planning a scrappy border so that likely won’t be happening until that’s sewn.

All of this is screeching to a halt though.  I have to finish that wedding quilt…and then a quilt for publication.  I’m gonna still squeeze in a little me time sewing not matter what I have on the burner.  That’s how I keep sane!!!

Those of you who went to the retreat…how are your retreat projects coming? I’m so excited that this is so close to the assembly stage!!


Stash Report


My mailbox held happy mail….


There was no address…no signature.  The anonymous packages are always curious to me.

This one had a note.  The writer proclaimed to have too much fabric and wanted to pass it along to me.  She also told me to expect more packages.

All of the pieces are already put away and have a home.  I love it when I tackle sorting jobs immediately!!  I had a “little talk with myself”.  My sewing room is completely and totally disorganized right now.  I don’t have time to clean it as that wedding quilt and the publication quilt both need attention…BUT I can at least not add to the mess that is already there so I’ve been making myself tackle things as they come in.  No walking upstairs and dumping it in the room for me!!!  I’m hoping that once I do get a chance to clean this will strategy will lessen the time I have to clean.

I have been sorting when I only have a few minutes.  I’ve come up with FOUR boxes of fabric and things I am passing on.  There are several quilting groups south of me that are always looking for fabric.  Sandra is great about driving to my house and picking it up.  She then sorts through it all and distributes it out between the groups she works with.  It’s great as I don’t have to pay postage to get it out.  Some of the fabric I send on to her might be a loud print that I don’t have a home for, poor quality fabric, squares that are already cut to size, panels, and even some of the fabric I buy via thrifting.  I love supporting others as they work to make charity quilts.

Back years ago when Kalissa was little the church that we were attending at the time had a quilting group that made quilts for Lutheran World Relief.  I was a stay at home mom and worked our schedule so that I would go out and quilt with them.  I loved it.  There is so much closeness and fellowship that goes into each of the quilts.  I think it’s funny that the ladies all work under the guise of helping others across the ocean when in reality they are helping each other too.  Two of the ladies were widows.  I think they loved quilting just for the chance to get out and talk with others.   I loved listening to the stories they told as they worked.  At the time I brought Kalissa.  She was 3 years old or so.  Those ladies loved and doted on her.  Those memories are some of the fondest I have…for Kalissa too.

I’m sure the ladies who get this fabric I’ve recently boxed up are enjoying the same kind of atmosphere in the groups they are quilting with.  I’m so happy that even from a distance, I can be a small part of helping the quilts happen but even more importantly, that fellowship that happens when ladies get together and make charity quilts.  Kudos to all you who who do that much needed work.

…and to the anonymous giver…THANKS!!

What I’m Baking: Sour Cream Raisin Bars


I’ll admit.  I bought a cook book at the thrift store again.  I had kind of tried discouraging myself for buying anymore but I see them and can’t resist.  In my defense, they are only $2-$3 each.  That’s WAY less than the cost of a magazine….and I gave up and RARELY buy a magazine anymore.  I used to buy them all the time.  Now I buy one about once a year.  I’ve learned to carry an old magazine or quilt book in my busy bag and look at it when I’m wanting a magazine fix in the waiting room.

Anyway…this is the one I caved and bought.


Here’s who put it together….Cook-book-2

This is the first recipe I made from the book…. Sour Cream Raisin Bars…. [Read more...]

Karl and His Smart Phone


Every month I team up with U.S. Cellular and share a little about my Samsung Galaxy S8 Smart Phone. This is one of those posts.

Several of you have been asking how Karl is….well, good.  He made it back to Houston and happily his school is up and running.  Luckily his school didn’t have damage.  He did say that his school is already over capacity with kids so no kids from other flooded areas will be coming into his district.  He is teaching at a school that has a high poverty rate.  60% of the kids are Hispanic 20% are Black.  He said that as a white man, he really sticks out.   So far, minus the hurricane, he’s had a very good experience.

When Karl was home for a bit as we were talking I asked him about his laptop.  He told me he didn’t bring it with him when he left.  That REALLY surprised me!  He said, “Mom-I use my phone for pretty everything except writing a paper.”  That was new to me….but I guess it’s a trend.  Smartphones are getting more and more powerful, allowing people to do much more than with cell phones of the past.  Smartphones have taken the place of many traditional staples of college life and make living in a small space much less complicated.

Some of the trends you’re seeing towards mobile technology include:

Streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify make it easy to create playlists for any activity such as exercising or studying.  More than a third of smartphone owners stream music through their smartphone.

Students can use their phones or tablets to download everything from textbooks to their favorite novels, which will lighten their backpacks on the way to class.

According to recent U.S. Cellular survey, 59 percent of smartphone users watch video using their devices; up from 48 percent just three years ago.  Keep up with a favorite series using services such as Netflix and Hulu is very common.

75 percent of smartphone owners have used their phone to entertain themselves. Apps on devices can range from a simple round of Solitaire to complex games like Monopoly.

Everyday tasks:
Save space on a nightstand and wake up in time for those morning classes by using the alarm clock feature on a smartphone.  Students can even track sleep quality and snoring through free apps like Sleep Cycle, which will analyze your sleep patterns and wake you at the perfect moment.


I guess having a phone is a lot more than I ever dreamed.  I think too often I’m used to “doing things the old way” and don’t look towards new technology.  It’s good I have my kids around to keep me up to date with all the things there are to do with my phone.  I will admit that I have started using the alarm clock feature for lots of things….I have a bus alarm so that the childcare kids don’t miss the bus plus several other alarms to keep me on my toes.

I am continually amazed with all the things a smart phone can do.