Twins!

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This isn’t the greatest photo but these two are going home tomorrow and I couldn’t help sharing them before they go!   My friend, Donna,  recently welcomed twin grandsons and asked if I would quilt these two adorable quilts for her.   The pattern is from the book “Fat Quarter Style” edited by Kimberly Jolly and published by the Fat Quarter Shop.
I have to admit that I couldn’t return the book without giving it a quick look. ..lots of yummy quilts, if only I had more hours in a day!
Happy quilting,
Beth

Memorial Day Greetings

This morning,  my husband and I attended the annual Memorial Day service held at the historic Mountainview Cemetery.  This annual event is a moving tribute to the fallen servicemen and women of our armed forces.  This is just one of the many things I love about my small town life.

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I pray that the families of the fallen take some comfort in knowing that they are not forgotten.

May your day be blessed,
Beth

“The Girl in the Road” Should Stay There

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Ok, first let me emphatically state that I am not a prude. I’m not offended by sex in novels (although I’d prefer it to be less graphic than more graphic) and I’m not particularly picky about the gender mix of the adults in said novels. I mean, I may not be inclined the same way but it’s not my place to judge. I draw the line, however, at sex with children being portrayed as anything but abuse. There are not one but two scenes in this book where an adult has a sexual encounter with a younger person and one is portrayed as an 8 year-old initiating a sexual encounter with a 20 year-old. For that reason alone, I feel this book is a total waste but that’s not really all that’s wrong with it.
In addition to this obvious flaw, the setting is murky and unclear. I mean, sure, it a post-apocalyptic setting but initially you struggle to figure out where on the space/time continuum you are. While the language is pretty good, there is no sense of clear plot or resolution and I finished it with a sense of “Well, that was a waste of my time,” and a strong desire to wash my hands.
All in all, I’d suggest that “The Girl in the Road” be left there to be run over by a truck.
This book was provided to me by the publisher for this review. The opinions, obviously, are my own!

Happy Victoria Day

What’s the best way to explore Victoria, BC?  Well, in my opinion,  taking about 100 terrific high school band members with you can’t be beat!   (No pun intended.
Seriously,  though,  I’m chaperoning my younger daughter on a band trip to Canada and we are having a great time

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This is the two if us on the ferry.
And,  of course I had to find a quilt shop.

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I showed admirable restraint and kept my purchases to one fat quarter even though the shop was having a sale on batiks.
We spent yesterday morning at the gardens which were lovely

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and today we march in the parade.  If you happen to be here,  we’re the band in the red,  black and gold uniforms. 

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I’ll write more later when I’m not posting from my phone.
Happy quilting!

“Finding Me” is an Interesting Read with a Good Premise

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Imagine you grew up in the wake of great loss.  Your mother and siblings died in a house fire when you were an infant and your father raised you after remarrying.  This is Kelli Huddleston’s story until her father dies and she discovers news clippings about the disappearance of a man and his infant daughter in a small boat.  Except the man in the picture is her father and the baby is Kelli.

Now, the premise of “My whole life has been a lie, who am I really?” isn’t a particularly new or fresh one but  Kathryn Cushman does a nice job of fleshing it out into an interesting and enjoyable story.  Since it is in the Christian Fiction genre, there is the inevitable conversion but it is well managed and fits into the story line.  This is a “stuff in your beach bag for a relaxing afternoon read” kind of book.   It’s not going to set the pond on fire but it’s good, solid, enjoyable fiction.

This book was provided to me by Bethany House for this review.  The opinions, however, are entirely my own!

Oops, I Filled My Drawers!

imageOne of the basic rules of the “Scrap User System” by Bonnie Hunter is that when you fill a drawer, you need to make a quilt.  Well, here’s how my 2″ and 2.5″ drawers are looking after all those scrap cutting sessions I did a few weeks back. The big question is what to make first?  I’ve been eyeing up all the lovely scrappy trips I’ve been seeing but I also had a big set of 30’s strips that I wanted to use together. Hmmm…too many fun fabric strips to play with. Sounds like a great problem to have if you ask me! Gizmo likes it, too. When I leave the drawer open, he starts pulling strips out. I wonder what the quilt would look like if I just used what he pulled? A kitty collaboration might be fun!
Happy quilting!
Beth

 

 

A Winner and A Goal

Some of the dust has settled around here although the 80 hour weeks continue and the sewing time has been sparse.  I managed to get some progress on my April goal but not a finish.  I quilted my way out to the borders on Sarah’s quilt but still have a border and binding to go.  I haven’t the time, really, but that outer border is just calling for feathers, don’t you think?

I finally pulled the winner (actually Mr. Random did) and I’ve got comment #26 as the lucky winner.  I’ll be contacting you for  a snail mail address later today.

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Thank you to everyone who stopped by and left such kind comments.

Since I didn’t finish my goal for April, I’m simply recycling it for May (that almost sounds efficient, doesn’t it?)  My daughter, Sarah, is coming home to walk in her graduation ceremony at the end of the month and I’ll be able to send it home on the plane instead of trusting it to the post.  At least, I hope she’ll have room for it in her bag!
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I’m linking this up to A Lovely Year of Finishes and I’ll be back soon with some book reviews and a story I want to share but I’m off to do preschool drop-off at the moment.

Happy Quilting!

Beth

Have a Latte? Or a Tea? Or a Giveaway?

First, let me just take a minute to thank Joan of Moosestash Quilting and Madam Samm for all the fun-ness that goes on with orchestrating a blog hop.  None of this would be happening without them and I am grateful even if I have been a TERRIBLE cheerleader this time around!  (I’d tell you about the 80 hour weeks but after a while it sounds like BLAH, BLAH, BLAH even to me!)

So, let’s talk fabric (I LOVE talking fabric!)  Dan DiPaolo came up with this lovely line and, unfortunately, I had a little trouble finding it and squeezing it out of the budget.  I did manage to get my hands on this little selection.

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The idea was to make something kitchen-related and I immediately decided on pot holders.  They’re quick, easy and everyone needs them (especially my oldest daughter who recently moved for work. Yes, Sarah, look for another envelope in the mail.)  I wanted to use the cup print but those cups are, well, kinda big for potholders.  So, I changed my approach.  I love the free-piecing letters from WordPlay and so I decided on “hot” for one of the holders (we called them “hot pads” when I was growing up.)  I did think of doing three with the letters “H”, “O” and “T” but I was worried about what people might think if you lost the “T”.  So, I made the “hot” pad and, despite it being a tad large, I liked it.  Now, I wanted to do a cup but I was still in “free-piecing mode” so I decided, “I can free piece a cup.”  And I did.  Like this

I cut a squat rectangle and sliced a wedge off each long side.

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I made a “handle” and added background beneath it.

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Then, I sewed the pieces together and bordered them.

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Then, I added a border of the red with dots (I love that one!) and layered these guys up with insulated batting and regular batting and, voila, hot pads.

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They’re a tad irregular and funky but I like them and I think Sarah will love them in her new kitchen.  I did back them with the big cups, too.  Now, there’s lots more I would have liked to try…a tea cozy, perhaps some tea towels with attitude but, alas, time eluded me.  So, it’s your turn to decide what to make.  I have three fat quarters left to give away.  They are the black with swirls, the yellow phrases and the cups.

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I’ll get Mr. Random to draw for me after the hop and, yes, I’ll ship internationally.

First, leave me a comment telling me what you think I should make next and, then, be sure to hop over to my fellow Latte-ers and see what they’ve been up to (and please forgive me if I can’t respond to every comment…12-hour days, blah, blah, blah.)

Today, I’m lucky to be sharing my day with

 

    Words & Stitches – That’s Me!

Oh, and lest you ever be tempted to think I’m getting my act together….look what happened to the first set of “hot” letters….I’m still trimming those pieces out!

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Just remember, it’s not the setbacks we remember, it’s the overcoming!

Happy quilting!

Beth

 

Happy Easter, Goal Setting and My Dog, Nick.

Happy Easter!

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I have an “accidental” flower bed in my veggie garden.  We moved some things around and some bulbs got “put here for now.”  It’s years later and the tulips, iris and hyacinth seem to be loving their crowded home.  Maybe this will be the year I finally divide them…or, maybe not!  Either way, they cheer me up with their loveliness and I hope you like them, too.

So it’s the 5th already and I realized that I haven’t set my April goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes so I’m going with something you’ve already seen once, Sarah’s RN quilt.

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It’s basted but nary a quilting stich has been added as I’ve pondered what color thread to use.  Looking at this photo, I’m thinking red?  What do you think? One way or another, this one is my goal to finish.  I have a project for the “Have a Latte” hop, too which is starting soon.

Also, I know I promised a post on Thursday but Thursday was a bad-news day for me.  My dear dog buddy, Nick, has a tumor growing in his leg which is not treatable other than making him comfortable.  We have probably months left, maybe close to the end of the year but you never can tell with these things.  In the meantime, I signed up for the Dog Days mini swap over at the Quilted Cat just before this so, along with being my first swap, this will be a bit of a poignent project.

wpid-ncm_0875.jpgI know you generally hear more about my cats than my dog but Nick has been my biggest fan, walking buddy and constant companion since he came into my life 12 years ago as a rambunctios one year-old lost dog in need of a forever home.  Now that his forever is drawing to an end, I want to make the best of the time I have with him.

I’m linking this up over at A Lovely Year of Finishes and I’ll try to post about the other thing tomorrow.  (I worked 20 or so hours at my second job this week in addition to the regular one so today I’m trying to catch the house up and get the dinner ready between church and tonight’s family dinner….if I get lucky, I’ll slip in some sewing time, too!)

Happy Easter and Happy Quilting!

Beth

Marching in Under the Wire!

Whew! What a busy month and boy, do I ever love being part of a Lovely Year of Finishes! If I wasn’t, there is no way I’d have gotten this project done this month. Why was I so busy? Well, I was gone for 10 days, sick until about the 19th and just plain busy the rest of the time! I did manage to finish this little charity quilt, though, and I’ll post more about it on  Thursday.

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I also made a few four-patches (116 to be exact!)

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I love how the high chair tray doubles as a sewing tray!

Well, the kids and I are sitting here listening to Oregon pour down rain (it’s been a variety pack of weather today) and I caught one moment of calm to post this and link it up to A Lovely Year of Finishes.  Hop on over and see what everyone else got done!  Oh, and I’ll post my four patches over on Prairie Moon for the 350 block  project.

Now that I’m feeling better and this project is done…it’s time to think about goal setting for April!

Happy Quilting,

Beth