Quilt Book Review: Zakka from the Heart

C&T Publishing sent me books to review again.  I picked this one right away.  I have a book by the same author that has become one of the books I keep at my nightstand and page through.  This one, I can see me paging through night after night too.  This book is Kakka from the Heart by Minki Kim.

I tell you this all the time…and it’s true again.  The people in charge of promotions are doing a crappy job at picking photos to promote the book.

Here are the photos they have available….

I’m guessing nothing was very enticing that made you want to buy the book…right??  With 16 projects in the book, they only showed three and the front cover??

There was nothing in those pictures that made me say this is a book that’s more interesting than one I have at home.  But it actually is a pretty cool book.  Stay with me while I show you come of the pictures I took from the ebook copy they sent me to review.

Cute bags…and photography. Interesting to look at.  Wait, that looks like a sewing machine in the back of the photo.  Hmm.  Wonder if that’s a prop?


Remember that cute roll bag in the original pictures?  Oh, now I can see what it really looks like.  CUTE!!

By looking at the pictures I can see that there are good illustrated instructions….That makes me feel confident about buying the book.

Here’s what they looks like finished.  SO CUTE.

Check out this bag…. Continue reading

Where We are Published: American Patchwork and Quilting

Sometimes projects go in and out of here that I often forget what’s out or where it is.  That was the case of this quilt until someone told me it was hanging in American Patchwork and Quilting’s booth at the Houston Quilt Market.

First off…there is the magazine the quilt it in…December 2019 issue 161.


I had forgotten that it was in this issue until a blog reader contacted me and said, “Love your quilt in APQ magazine”.  Hmm, I thought.  Which one was that?

I went online and looked it up.  Yep.  Now I remembered.

Later I got a message from Carla the gal that does a lot of our longarming if the quilt is going in a magazine.  She said..Did you quilt the quilt that’s in the December issue of APQ?  I said yes….  She was surprised.  Typically I don’t do costume quilting and I don’t do anything like this.

Then Carla asked, “Did you use rulers?”  I said nope.  She was surprised again.

What happened was I had this top here that I adored but hadn’t quilted it.  I wanted some motivation so I snapped a couple pictures of it and sent it in to the magazine for consideration.  They said yes…can you have it here ASAP?  Oh great.  I wasn’t looking for that much motivation.  Although I know Carla would have dropped everything, I knew what I wanted on the quilt and thought I could pull it off and it would be “good enough”.  So I tried.

I did it free hand.  Look close.  You can see it’s free hand….I’m okay with it.  I can do something like this….it’s just point to point quilting.


I hate working with rulers so free hand was my option….and look.  It was good enough for magazine publication…and that’s proof that it’s okay to not be perfect and to just DO IT!

Well from there I was tagged in a Facebook post from Chris Wells on Quilted Twins’ page.  She said that she saw a picture of my quilt on Instagram from the Houston Quilt Market.  Oh my.  I didn’t even know it was going there.  Hmmm.  I’m flattered.  I hunted and tried to find a picture on line but didn’t see one.  Ahhh.  I figured it was all a myth and went on with life.

Then last week APS contacted me about sending back my quilt.  I asked if the quilt was at Quilt Market in Houston and asked if I could see a picture of it.  They sent this…. Continue reading

What I’m Reading: The Things We Cannot Say

I was down a rabbit trail that lead to Audible and I ended up seeing a book that looked interesting and I ended up getting it.  I have this problem.  If Audible says, “Fans of The Nightingale and Lilac Girls will adore The Things We Cannot Say.”  I am a sucker and will get the book because I loved The NightingaleYou all can probably relate.  It was one of those moments when I should have been doing something else but ended up on the computer instead.  Anyway…this is the book I got, The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer.

The Things We Cannot Say: A Novel by [Rimmer, Kelly]

This ended up being a VERY good book.  The book is written in present day from the story of a granddaughter and toggles back to past with the story of the grandmother who lived in Poland during WWII.  This book format is often done but to date, I don’t tire of it.  The granddaughter in this case is a mom of a 10 and 7 year old.  Her boy that is 7 has autism.  Her story really got to me and I’m sure anyone who deals with autism could connect to her story.  The grandmother’s story is touching as well.  The book talks so much about commitment and for me, I can never hear enough about people who are willing to give to others even at the sacrifice of themselves.  I aspire to be that kind of person.

Here’s what Amazon had to say: Continue reading

Community Quilts from Anita and Cheryl #2

Last week I showed you two of the four quilts that Cheryl and Anita teamed up to make.  Today I have two more to share…

Anita writes:
Another beautifully pieced and stay stitched top by Cheryl of Spokane Wa. It will also be donated to the EVE shelter in Lansing Mi.  


I modified this quilt top a little. I took off on row from a side, re-oriented the blocks to match the direction needed and sewed it to the bottom. I took a square quilt and made it a rectangle to fit a twin sized shelter bed.  I used a white on white print for the backing. 

Cheryl had included a navy blue binding for this one, but with my modification, it wouldn’t work. So I shopped my stash and used the green and white stripe instead.  I’ll use Cheryl’s blue binding on a smaller charity quilt in the future.”
Here is the second quilt…. Continue reading