Wednesday, April 29, 2015


The small scottie dog quilt I showed you last time is ready to go to my quilter.  Once Reggie adds her magic touch I think this will be a cute quilt for a future great-grand.  I also made an extra block to turn into a small pillow sham.  I can't wait to see this project finished.

I'm always in awe at the generous spirit of other quilters who share inspiration, ideas and tips freely.  Yesterday I read a tip about using a plate rack for holding embroidery hoops.  Since I needed a better way to store my rulers I thought I would give it a try.  What do you think?  I have all my long rulers on the bottom, midsize rulers in the middle and a 12" square and miscellaneous other rulers on top.  I had to move a thread rack to hang the plate rack, so I have holes to spackle and paint.  I had the plate rack in the garage waiting a yard sale.

Someone suggested I hook a basket to the bottom to hold my small rulers.  That's another good idea.

I hope the sun is shining where you are.  Our Spring is dilly-dallying. 

Thanks for stopping in. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


The past two days I have been working on some scottie blocks for a future great-grandchild.  No, we aren't expecting a GG any time soon, but I want to be prepared.  Those of you who know us know that we have a passion for scottie dogs and live with two of them currently, Dottie & Olive.

Olive (on left) will be six in a few days and Dottie (on right) is seven.  They are both purebred Scottish terriers, but their dispositions and mannerisms are totally different.  Even their coats are different ~~  little Olive has wooly hair and Dottie's hair is silky.

Back to the scottie blocks ~~~ I found this pattern at Fons and Porter's website and I bought it as a digital download.  The name of the pattern is Patchwork Pups if you are interested in getting one for yourself.

I have one block almost made - it's lacking a while frame around it.  It's been fun pulling fabric for my 1930's stash to use.  So far I've had everything for this quilt from the stash.  In the photo the feet look abnormally long.  I can make quilts but I take terrible pictures of them!

I hope you are working on something that makes your heart sing.  Wishing you the best of everything until next time.  Barb

Sunday, April 12, 2015


I wish I could say we are having a glorious Spring, but so far I haven't seen much renewal.  One of our Bradford pear trees died over the winter, but it was having trouble last summer.  The forsythias have come and gone and trees are barely beginning to leaf out.  Our reliable Phlox didn't bloom this year.  I have a feeling we are going to skip a proper Spring and launch right into Summer.  After the winter we had that's fine with me.  Remember this?.....

Over the weekend I burned some tree tops in the woods and did some clean-up around the ornamental grasses and roses.  It was a perfect day to be outdoors.  I would have stayed out all day but housework was calling my name and I gave in and did some cleaning.  It was much needed.  I realize how little I can get done with Hubby at home.  This makes me wonder what I will do when he retires!

Last week I packed away my sewing and cleaned the sewing room.  Now that the house is more or less back in order I have the urge to sew again.  The first item on my agenda will be to finish the Illusion quilt and get it ready to take to my quilter after she returns from her vacation.  I feel like a new quilter again, eager to try new things.

Hubby's recovery from hip replacement is coming along fine and he will likely be able to return to work by the end of this month.  Inactivity is bothering him.  Since he can get around pretty well he has been tending to the Girls a lot, which has been a big help to me. 

I noticed there are a few new followers and I would like to welcome you with open arms.  Lately my blogging has been spotty, but life gets in the way at times.  I love it when you leave comments.  Thanks to everyone who leaves comments nearly every time!

Wishing everyone a peaceful Sunday wherever you are.

Friday, April 3, 2015


I have been absent from blogging here for a while.  Taking care of Hubby after his hip replacement has been enough to keep me busy most days.  There has been little time for sewing or visiting for weeks now.

Today begins the Easter weekend.  I drove to town this morning and I was thrilled to see dozens of people holding large while crosses lined up along the highway as a reminder of the true reason for Easter.

I hope our fussy Spring weather cooperates with egg hunts, frilly dresses and sunrise services.  I always think it's a little sad when the little girls don their beautiful pastel Easter frocks and have to wear coats over them.  Since you can't quench their enthusiasm, they manage to have a good time anyway. 

We will have a traditional ham dinner for our Easter meal:  ham, potatoes, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, fresh fruit salad and rolls.  For something different for dessert I will make cream puffs. 

Wishing you and yours renewal in your hearts at this special season.