In My Mail


I’ve gotten lots of goodies lately.

Here’s a bunch of goodies sent to me from my “Friends in Tennessee”.  A friend was helping a friend downsize and they gifted the goodies to me.  WOW…


The car fabric is a big chunk and I’m sure it will find it’s way into a charity quilt.

Check out the cloth book in the lower right corner….It’s for Carver!  It was funny.  Kalissa was just saying that Carver loves books and loves when she sings to him.  This book will be perfect.

Here he is checking it out. [Read more...]

A Day Away…


Hubby and I have been trying to get away ever since Christmas.  We typically take a weekend and leave.  We tried once in January…a couple times in February and once in March.  Either Hubby’s boss was going to be gone (and they both can’t be gone on the same weekends), we had another commitment or I was sick.  Finally this weekend, the stars aligned and we were able to leave.

Kelli was awesome and took over childcare duties on Friday so we could have an overnight away….Typically when we go, we try to be gone two days, but we had a commitment on Saturday that we had to be back for.  It wan’t what we usually take for time away but, neither of us were complaining.  We were thankful to get what we got.

So what do we do on a day away??  Not all fun stuff…  It started out with a trip to the doctor to get a blood draw for me.  I have my one year cancer screening coming up and I needed to get the blood work done in advance for that.  Hubby did some errands while I was doing that.  Neither of us get away during the day and some of the errands are hard to do if we can’t hit day hours when some stores are opening.  He got some glass cut for a project that he’s doing (more on that on another day)  I was thrilled that the glass got cut as that makes my project one day closer to finished.

After that we stopped at a flea market.  It was small and junkie but Hubby was thrilled.  He got some things that he’s going to fix up and redo for the antique market in Clear Lake this fall.  This trunk was one of the items.


It was only $10.  We were both happy with it.  He’ll clean it up…fix up a more appropriate looking handle and sell for  a higher price.  It’s super sturdy.


He got a couple other wooden boxes there…

Then we went on to Ridgeway, Iowa.  We stopped at a architectural salvage place there called NEI Architectural Salvage and Skräp Work.  We are still on the hunt for a few pieces of trim for our house.  This trim pieces is what we really want.  As much as look, this one is very hard to find.


When the people built our house -over 100 years ago- they didn’t take a lot of care in their placement of the trim.  For example, here is the arch going from the living room to the front entry.  Notice how the pretty decorative trim pieces are cut? [Read more...]

HELP…I need more fabric!


Help readers…
Remember I pulled my Santa Fe String Star quilt to work on for a UFO?  Well…I pulled Star Struck too.

I’ve been cutting sashing pieces and have just not discovered that I don’t have enough of on of the sashing fabrics….  This one.


It’s a Civil War reproduction but I don’t know any more than that.  I only have about 5 inches left to cut from and all the information on the salvage is GONE!  UGH.  I thought I originally got it at Whittles Fabrics and have an email in to Cathy to see if they might have it….In the mean time I thought I would send out an SOS.

This is the quilt I am needing it for… [Read more...]

Charity Quilt Finish


We have another finish from Cheryl today.  WOW…She’s on a roll.

Look at what the volunteer quilters have completed recently.  This quilt top was made by Kristy Wilkinson.  She sent it to me in July 2016.  I forwarded the top to Cheryl in Dallas who did the quilting and binding this week.  chery-quilt-1

Many of you will recognize the pattern just based on the colors of Kristy’s quilt, below.



Do the black-white-pink rectangles look familiar?



Close-up of those luscious fabrics.



Look at Kristy’s precision in matching those intersections:  green and white 4-blocks sewn to green-white-black 4 blocks.  I can’t remember how many of these units were needed for this quilt, but I’m sure some of you readers do.



There are even a few flannels sprinkled throughout the top.

While the longarm machine was working, Cheryl cut out the bias binding.



A nice little pile of bias strips . . .

Bias strips are joined into a length to bind this quilt with some leftover.


After the quilt comes off the frame and is trimmed, it gets a row of stay-stitching about 1/8″ from the edge.  This makes it easier to attach the binding.


The binding is sewn to the front of the quilt top . . .


. . . and then flipped over to the back side and fastened through all layers of the quilt.



The finished binding passes muster.

This backyard display shows the quilt under a cloudy, overcast day in Dallas.  You already recognized this pattern as the Bonnie Hunter mystery from 2014, didn’t you?  Here it is…. [Read more...]