27 January, 2020

Prayers requested

Yet another unexpected and traumatic loss for our family. Please pray for us all.

25 January, 2020

The Winter Blues: winner

Thanks all who entered my Winter Blues giveaway. A new record was actually set for this blog- the most people who have entered one of my giveaways (40).All of the nice comments on my projects are greatly appreciated. You all are awesome! Everyone's projects are so beautifully blue. Sending thanks to Carla for hosting yet another fun blog hop.

Random Number Generator© has selected #31, who is: Janice of Color, Creating and Quilting. Janice, please fill out and send this GDPR-compliant: information form. Your gifts will be in the mail within the next few days. Wishing everyone a safe and fun-filled weekend.

UPDATE: Janice has contacted me

21 January, 2020

The Winter Blues Blog Hop

Joining Carla of: 'Creatin' in the Sticks- The Winter Blues Blog Hop. Our creations have to, of course, include some shade or tone of the color blue. My first project is the Crossed Canoes lap quilt. Thanks to Kathleen of KathleenMcMusing.com for the free templates for the block. It is now one of my favorites! Shout-out to Carla for hosting this fun blog hop. There is a lot more to follow, but first, here are this quilt's stats:

♦ dimensions: 33 1/2" SQ

♦ fabrics: various 100% cotton blue and white fabrics from my stash

♦ backing: navy with white floral print

♦ batting: Warm N' Natural©

♦ quilting: machine-stitched echoes with matching threads in the canoes | machine meandering in the background and borders

♦ binding: machine and hand stitched, solid navy

♥ Completed WIP/UFO quilts in 2020: 1 ♥

15 January, 2020

Back to Blogging in 2020

The other day, Wendy of: Ravenwood Whimzies wrote a post about blogging. She and I discussed that in the past few years a lot of bloggers have kinda left blogging by the wayside. Other social media outlets are fun and we'll stay with them, there does seem to be something special and more of a niche about blogging. Wouldn't it be great if we all tried to write more posts? With no minimal requirements, no "score to keep", just a conscious effort to try to blog more often. Not choosing one media outlet over another, simply remembering our blogs. Of course, life does get in the way and sometimes there is really no time. 'Just saying that it would be nice to see more blog friends back online as well as some new ones. A "call to bloggers", as Wendy said. Feel free to use the button, located below, on your own blog, and write a post about blogging. What do you think about it?

14 January, 2020

Remembering Janice 2020

Remembering my late twin sister, Janice, on our birthday. God help us all to just get through this day. Please pray for our family, especially for our mother. Blessings to you all.

11 January, 2020

Homestead Life fabric panels

Look at this bundle of Homestead Life panels that I won from: Tara Reed. The collection is designed by Tara, and manufactured by Riley Blake Designs. There are six panels, and they feature farm sayings and animals. Be sure to check back soon to see what I create with them. They are meant to be place mats, and Tara offers suggestions and instructions for making them into other items as well. 'Already working on these. With all of this rainy weather, it is definitely great sewing time. Blessings.

01 January, 2020

Message in a Bottle: revisited

Good morning! Happy 2020 to you all. Our weather is dry, but really cold. With no bright glaring sun, though, it is great photo conditions. A couple of months ago, my One Monthly Goal was to get this Message in a Bottle quilt top all quilted. That did not happen. So, now it is to be my first finish of the New Year. Looking closely, you can see my hand basting stitches and pins towards the left side of the quilt. Yes, that method does require some time, but it works so well for me. The strong thread can be removed and used on another quilt top. Be sure to visit the link party to see many other people's goals. Stay tuned to see this quilt all finished... soon.

~Linking-up with: Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal: Jan. 2020~