Wednesday, September 11, 2019


How could we ever forget...

Remembering in our town....

It only seemed fitting that I work on the God Bless America quilt.

Lots of 1/2 square triangles coming together. Almost ready to add flags!

Take Care,

Friday, September 6, 2019


Choosing my OMG for September was challenging. There are so many things that I want to work on.  

I am playing catch up on the pretty Liberty Periodical after falling a shocking four months behind. This week I have completed the four pieced blocks...

And prepped the four appliqué blocks.

Then there is God Bless America. I have put this small lower section together....

But when I started to cut the star section for the flag stars, I was 2” short of the amount of fabric needed.

When I contacted Temecula, they were nice, admitted they knew that there was a mistake and would send more fabric next week. Everything else is cut for the flags and I can go ahead and assemble the remaining half square triangles. That should keep me plenty busy.

There is also the Wool Summer Block of the Week from Primitive Gatherings. 

I only need to complete the fancy stitching on 1 1/2 more blocks. Then the finishing kit will show up.

And last of all, the new start, Remembering Mary Brown, that intense appliqué quilt. But I haven’t received the pattern yet.

But I finally settled on the Ric Rac Rug. It measures 
31 x 50 and I have made significant progress.

I think that I can get the hooking finished by the end of the month.  So I am linking up over at Elm Street Quilts for the One Monthly Goal.

From Instagram.....

Take Care,

Monday, September 2, 2019

The Shepherd

Yesterday Blake and I went to Jam’n at the Farmer’s Market in search of supplies to install a fountain birdbath. We had never been to Jam’n and were surprised and pleased by their service and with all of the unique items they carry. We were professionally helped with our fountain supplies, including tips on installation. And then there was this.....

Isn’t this just so sweet?? I fell in love and Blake obliged by gifting it to me. He graces my newest garden bed, awaiting the company of some lovely plantings.

I have been online friends with Karen at 
Log Cabin Quilter for ages. She does the most incredible appliqué, and lots of it. She and a few others have just finished the Dearest Boy quilt by Jean Cerbone (available on Etsy), and have called out for anyone interested in joining their next quilt along. They will be stitching Remembering Mary Brown by Corliss Searcey, available over at Sentimental Stitches(follow the link for a photo and more info). Can I just say, both beautiful and overwhelming! However.... I know..... but I have been thinking for awhile now that I should stitch something worthy of the time and effort a quilt requires. Something challenging and beautiful. Well, folks, this is it....packed into a package requiring me to be accountable, which is no small thing. I have committed, ordered the pattern and background fabric. I am already behind for the September start, but hopefully everything will arrive this week. Wish me

Prayers for all of those in the path of Dorian...especially dear friend, Julia.

Just saying....

Take Care,

Friday, August 30, 2019

Another Finish

This one a cross stitch finish, my first in many years.

This was a kit saved from my early days of stitching. 
Hospitality Sampler, by Words of Praise...

I see an occasional kit by them on eBay, but see no indication that they are still in business.

When I retired in 2011 I started it, but set it aside with only the alphabet completed. Recently it was calling my name, as I’ve had a renewed interest in cross stitch.
I am pleased with the results, though it isn’t perfect. The eyesight isn’t what it once was, and I am using both a magnifier and additional lighting. I have plans to stitch some additional pieces.

All 888 1/2 square triangles for God Bless America are stitched, pressed and trimmed.

Now onto construction.

Last night was NHS Spirit Night at the Redneck Gourmet. A fundraiser for the cheerleaders. Blake and I were happy to be able to support them.

Take Care,

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Happy Birthday Rob

Today was Rob’s second birthday in heaven. 

Christi, Ashley, Martha Ann (Rob’s mom) and I spent a good portion of the day in Gay at Ebeneezer Stone Farm. Rob blessed us with many signs of his presence...the beautiful water bird on the pond, furling it’s wings to resemble a cross, an aerial stunt show by four small planes who came out of nowhere, performed right above us and disappeared into nowhere just as quickly, and a couple of favorite songs on the radio on the way to lunch at Blackbird of his favorite places.  We shared memories, laughed and cried. 

We put flowers on his resting place...

Sang Happy Birthday and shared birthday cake. 

It was a sweet day and a hard day. He is still fiercely missed by so many. We love you Rob❤️

Take Care,

Tuesday, August 27, 2019


Pecking Order is almost a top.

The rows are all assembled, but my considerable stash offered up nothing suitable for borders or backing. Guess this calls for a little armchair shopping.

On the quilt scene, I must admit that I joined in on the Temecula Quilt Shop SAL, 
God Bless America.
This is their finished quilt, photo from their blog...

How could I resist? I have been diligently, for the most part, stitching along on the 888, 2” finished, half square triangles required. I am about 3/4 of the way done with them. And thus far I have only used scraps from my scrap saver system. Makes trimming up all of those scraps worthwhile!

Speaking of the scrap saver system, one of Christi’s quilting friends hands off her scraps to me.  She uses fabrics that are usually quite different from what I purchase and add a little interest to my stash.

Here is one of SA’s Senior pics.

Quite different from our stiffly posed pics in formal drapes!!

Robert and Jermaine are getting along famously.

Enjoying a few days of rainfall and cooler weather here. Boy, do our gardens need it.

Isn’t it the truth???

Take Care,

Monday, August 26, 2019


I cannot even begin to tell you how happy I am. You see, less than a week ago it was this....

But now I have this...

Many thanks go to Blake for sticking with me to get those cabinets assembled. I won’t say more about  It is so nice to have a place for everything in my hooking room. Now if I can just keep it like this.

Despite the above project taking up most of my time for days, I have moved forward a bit on the Ric Rac Rug. 

I found several hooking UFOs while cleaning and reorganizing. My intentions are to focus on them over the next few months. Unlike as is the case with my quilting UFOs, I can see an end in sight with these. 

I am not sure that Miss Mattie is ever going to grow up. At age 3 1/2 years, she is still up to this....

It’s a good thing that we love that crazy girl!!

The Grady Lunch Bunch met here for August for another planning day for our upcoming class reunion.

And that’s about it for now.

Happy National Dog Day!

Take Care,