Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Snowy, Cold Hump Day

It's a cold, snowy hump day.

It's been really cold and we are finally getting some snow. Not that it's supposed to accumulate anything.

I'm home for the day, so I'm doing some catching up and starting something new.

First, the Advent Challenge from DesertSky Quilting.

This is the block design that Susan is using. I purchased a red, white and blue fat quarter bundle and decided I could do this. So I spent part of Tuesday evening cutting my fabrics. I only have enough but to make five blocks, but I was able to order more. In the meantime, I made what I could.

So far, I have five 12 inch blocks.

They are very quick and easy, as advertised. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.

Isaiah 26:9 NIVUK

Sunday, December 1, 2019


First Advent Sunday

This should be one of the happiest times of the year. I wish I could say that it is my favorite, but it's really not. 

My young adulthood to mid 30s was spent working retail. It wasn't fun. People are rude and nasty and everyone thinks their time is more important that everyone else's.

I love Christmas for other reasons . . .




Jesus' birthday

So I don't go shopping . . . much. We have decided to pare our gift giving way down.
I don't bake a lot of cookies, because we don't eat a lot of them. And mom makes enough to feed a third world country :)

I've decided to accept a challenge and add a few of my own.

The challenge can be found here.

Susan invites us every year to participate or encourages us to find something on our own that we are passionate about. I'm going to join her this year because I feel good about what she does and supports and she is such an encouragement and inspiration to me.

I'm also going to continue some of the goals I set at the beginning of the year - Susan's inspiration as well - and continue with making doll gowns, doll quilts and baby quilts.

I spent the weekend working on some charitable sewing (another challenge from a group I belong to).

Doll gowns

I had them already cut out. I sewed them together on Friday and Saturday. There are a 13 that just need to be hemmed and they are done. I have to cut out more to continue sewing.

These are all pink because those are the donation fabrics I recieved. I'm going to have to go through mine stash and see what other colors I have and can share.

I finished two doll quilts. I have a third that just needs binding and I have several more cut out and ready to go.

I don't know if I'll be able to do one of each of these a day during December, but I will do my best. I would love to send the box before the end of the month.

There are lots of holiday themed events. Here are some that I'm trying to participate in:


 hugs and kisses

Check out Susan's blog for more inspiration this Advent season. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:21 NIVUK


November has flown. If you celebrated Thanksgiving, which we should honestly do daily, I hope you had a very blessed one.

It's that time again to report on our handwork.
To see what everyone else in the group has accomplished, you can check them out here. There are new members, so new things to ooh and aah over :)

As for me . . . 

The handwork on this scrap flannel is, of course, the binding. This sweet little quilt is being gifted to a seven year old girl who needs some comfort and extra lovin'. I hope she loves it as much as I do :)

The last few weeks have been wonderfully productive.

I finished stitching the last of the Gingerbread Village SAL.



I need to decide how I'm going to do the final layout. This will be another January finish, as I have quite a few irons in the fire at the moment.

I also got some time in on Betsy's Closet. It feels like it has been a really long time since I worked on these.

This is number four of the six I've chosen to do. I'm hoping to get the last two done this week. And this will be another one in January for setting and finishing.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

A voice of one calling: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.’

Isaiah 40:3-5 NIVUK

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving and a finish

To all my beautiful friends and family!!!

I enjoyed the day with my husband, son and mom. We cooked, ate and relaxed. Mom did some knitting and I did some stitching as we chatted. I hope everyone had a lovely day.

One of the groups I belong to has a UFO Weekend every month. As a group member, I was graciously invited to participate.  Of course, I accepted!! I have a mountain (only a slight exaggeration!) of flannel leftovers from years of making pajamas for the greats. I needed to do something with them.  I have decided to pull the feminine prints and make a scrap quilt. My time was spent  sorting and cutting all the scraps into usable blocks. 

I put all the blocks together into eight rows. The blocks are five inches square. The quilt worked out to a 36x60 inches. I found a leftover piece of batting and two pieces of flannel that I sewed together for the backing.
I did machine quilting and by Thursday morning, the binding was complete.


The quilt is ready to be sent off to it's new home.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1 NIVUK

Sunday, November 10, 2019

HQAL - November

How does three weeks fly by so quickly ? ! ?

To see what everyone else in the group has accomplished, you can check them out here. There are new members, so new things to ooh and aah over :)

As for me . . . 

I have finally finished stitching the last of my Girls Getaway. They will be put away until January then I can concentrate on finishing the quilt. I've already started my goal list for 2020. Have you?

My next project getting some undivided attention:  My Vintage Kitchen.


There are a total onine, the first our were done in previous weeks.
This will be another project that gets finished in January when I have a little more time.

And finally, Gingerbread Village. The first block is stitched !!!

It has been a busy month and I am very pleased to have accomplished this much. Looking forward to getting all these projects completely finished.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Isaiah 40:29 NIVUK

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Finally Sewing !!!

 It's been a long time trying to get into the sewing room. I have wanted to sew but it just wasn't happening.  I managed to get some hours at work last week which was a very good thing. And the promise of more soon. I did some cleaning, also a good thing. Bible study and preschoolers :) There as even a little time with Mom!!

As for stitching, I managed to get the rest of my Vintage Kitchen caught up.

I will finish the project in January when there is a little more time.

I managed to finish the first Gingerbread Village house. I need to check and see how many more there are so I can get them caught up.

I have been working on bowl cozies. I joined a swap that had us make and exchange these. They are quick and fun to make. I also made extras to put in the gift closet and just have them on hand.

I also managed to find some time for Suburbs. If you remember, I started this project at the beginning of October when Susan came for a visit. I was really hoping to have the top finished by the end of October, but that didn't happen.

All the houses are done, and by the end of the weekend all of the trees were assembled as well. 
Next step is to begin to assemble the rows, hopefully over the weekend.

Autumn in NE OH - full to empty, finally some frost.



We had a decent afternoon one day last week. These trees are all in my backyard. Leaves are coming down fast and there is even snow in the forecast.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

1 Peter 4:16 NIVUK

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Suburbs and Girls Getaway Progress

I am very happy to report that all of the blocks and stitching are completed on the Girls Getaway. Unfortunately, because I have so many projects going right now, some exchange gifts to make and Christmas looming (I was reminded that it's only 60 days away !!!!) I need to focus on other things. So Girls Getaway is taking a break until January, end of December at the earliest. I'm very pleased and excited to work on getting it together and finishing it.

I'm continuing to make progress on Suburbs. All of the houses are made. The trees are in process and need their stumps attached and they will be finished. With any luck, I will begin sewing rows together on Saturday.

Saturday's priority, however, is making soup bowl cozies. This is for a swap I signed up for at the beginning of the month and completely forgot about. They don't look hard to make, so really shouldn't take that long.

I may end up making sets for Christmas gifts, just because :)

Honey Do had Monday off for doctors appointments - follow ups and check ups, all good reports :)

I got to spend the day with him. It's been a long while since we could - work is insane for him.



We stopped at Panera for salads and went to the metropark for lunch. It was a gorgeous day. A little cool, but sunny. The leaves are almost at peak color.

Looking north from my back yard, we had some interesting clouds. This was Thursday morning around 6 a.m. (we are very early risers). It was really windy. I've never seen this before and thought it was worth sharing. Otherwise, the week has been pleasant. Still no frost for us. November is on the horizon, it will be here soon.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NIVUK