Category Archives: Quilting

Quilt Book Review: Countdown to Christmas

Martingale sent me a LONG list of newly released books.  Along with that they send me a copy of the ebook.  Typically I read the titles and authors, open the books and make a quick decision on which I’ll review and which ones I’ll pass on.

When I saw the title Countdown to Christmas, I was planning on passing on that one just because of the title.  I’m not big into decorating and this sounded a little too much like decorating to me.  I thought I’d give it a chance though so I opened the ebook and WOW.  I was surprised.  I liked it.


The author is Susan Ache.  I don’t know that I’ve heard a lot about her…which means nothing as I spend very little time on the computer…well that’s not right either.  I spend plenty of time on the computer but I’m on the writing side of things not the reading side of things.

Anyway, back to the review.  Although the quilts are made with red and green fabric, by no means are all of the Christmasy.  Check this one out….
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Quilt Book Review: Simple Friendships II

Martingale Publishing sent me a big bunch of ebooks to review.  I’ve been weeding my way through them…the ones I like, I’ve been writing review sand telling you about.  Some others that aren’t my favorite I’ve passed on.

Today’s book for review, I would NEVER pass on.  It’s awesome but how could it not be with Jo Morton and Kim Diehl as the authors.  The book is Simple Friendships II and it’s a dandy.


What the authors did is pick six classic quilt blocks and then each made a quilt using that block.

Here’s an example…Kim made this churn dash quilt.


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Stash Report

When I was through town I hit up the thrift store.  Lately that 15 minutes while I run through the store is the most time I do anything frivolous.  That’s all okay…I honestly am not complaining, I’m more saying that I was thankful for that simple 15 minutes.

I had Carver with me so it was only a quick stop.  We looked at toys and found him a John Deere tractor….50 cents, which was enough of a bribe for him to let me peacefully look at whatever I wanted.  I headed to the fabric of course.  Just because I haven’t had much sewing time, doesn’t mean I’m not dreaming about sewing time.

Two bags came home with me….One was $1.50- the other was $2.  I wasn’t sure about the $2 one until I flipped it over….

John Deere fabric.  Yep that one came home.


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Stash Report

I’m having the worst time…I keep stopping at the thrift store on my trips to taking Kramer to chemo and I keep seeing fabric.  It’s such a temptation for me to buy but right now.  I’m not sewing any so why am I buying fabric.  UGH.

I think it’s just a desire to feel normal….honestly, in the past I never passed up a fabric deal.

This day…I did restrain some.  There was more fabric I could have bought…but I didn’t.  So I’m calling this progress. I think I spent $12.50 for all of the fabric you see.


Non tagged pieces are 50 cents each.  The other was $2.  I keep looking for homespuns and ticking fabrics to finish some cross stitch pieces.  Most of these were 2 yards worth each.
I grabbed this but ended up a little disappointed.
I loved that it was dinosaurs and opened it up to find the blue was all flannel.  I don’t know why but I rarely sew flannel.  I think it’s because dog hair sticks to it….

That will go in the charity fabric box and will get sent out.

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