Saturday, December 28, 2013


Nanette, Jodi, and I usually go to Stashbusters at a LQS on the 4th Saturday of the month.  But today they weren't having it -- taking a holiday rest.  So we got together to stitch and laugh and eat at Jodi's.  Isn't her sewing room beautiful, roomy, and light.  Love it!  We had a super time.

Here I am trying out Jodi's Tiara.

Nan was busy with a secret project.

Here's Jodi at the cutting station.

This is the pressing area.

Jodi stores her fabric in an adjoining room.  I didn't get a picture, but it is all very well organized fabrics, folded, on bolts, and in tubs.

Oh, did I mention more talking than stitching might have taken place???


It was wonderful to get together with friends to sew together.  We need to do it more often!

Thursday, December 26, 2013


My friend Carol gave me 3 'stitchy' gifts for Christmas.  The little bag and the shirt showcase my favorite Loralie gal.  The one on the shirt is something else, LOL!  Below is a close up of the Lego sewing machine.  Isn't it cute?  Thanks, Carol.

Hope you are enjoying your holidays too, however you celebrate.

Monday, December 23, 2013


Merry Christmas to all my readers and online friends.  Our lawn is ready to receive our king.

And indoors, the tree is up and the packages are ready,
Less is more is our mantra these days :)
A bit of baking tomorrow, on Christmas Eve, an evening service at church, and I'm all ready.
Whatever holiday you celebrate, and in whatever way, my wish for you is for a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 14, 2013


Look what I picked up from the "Free Table" at guild this week. 

First, that Simplicity Sewing Book is dated 1972.  Lower left is the price, $1.  It is filled with the clothes and accessories I wore when I was 21 years old.  Even my husband had fun looking at it.  Mini skirts, knit fabric bell bottoms, jumpers, crochet short pullover vests, etc.  Too fun!  It also contains lots of tips and tricks still in use today.  Fun!  Fun!

Top left is 'Historic Australian Quilts, by Annette Gero.  It was published in 2000, and was signed to by author in 2002 in Houston.  I've read lots about the history of quilts in the USA, but very little about that history in Australia.  So much history, such rich photos, lots of good reading here.

Top right, 'Quilts of Illustion' published 1988.  This one includes photos of old antique quilts in patterns such as Delectable Mountains,  Tumbling Blocks, Stairway to Heaven, etc. While there are a few patterns, this is mainly a historical documentary book.  Love it!

All three of these books are in brand new condition.

Bottom right, you'll recognize a brand new pattern for doll clothes.  Not of historical significance, but cute doll clothes.

I'm off to finish wrapping and cleaning for the holidays.  Hope you have a productive weekend.

Monday, December 9, 2013


Pie baking with granddaughter Alicia Hessert yesterday.  One coconut cream and one pumpkin.  So happy someone in the new generation wants to carry on the tradition. 

Some folks are known for great accomplishments.  I'm known for great pies!

Once again, thank you Mrs. Ott.  And Grandma Dorothy.

Thursday, December 5, 2013


Our guild Christmas party was this week.  The committee did a wonderful job!  Here's how the tables looked. 

Love those little long john place favors.  Santa ran out of stockings, so we got long underwear stuffed with candy instead.  Sorry about that blurry front close up!  The saying is, "We looked for a stocking, but couldn't find a spare................So we ended up stuffing Santa's Long John Underwear!"  One member made all of them from felt.

There was an elf quilt challenge.  My friend Jodi won a prize for hers :)

Isn't it just the cutest?  Here are a few of the others.

This is the Christmas raffle quilt --  Sunbonnet Sue and Sam celebrating Christmas.  They made over $700 on it.  The money will be donated to the local 'Shop With a Cop' program.

It was so nice to dress up, meet with friends, and have a wonderful meal served to us, all in a lovely country club setting.  I do need to mention that we still call it a Christmas luncheon, and we still say grace before eating.  I love it!  We also say the Pledge of Allegiance before our meetings too.  I'm old fashioned that way and proud of it.

This picture has nothing to do with the rest of this post.  It's my granddaughter, Corina Rose and me, showing off our 'matching' pink Minnetonka moccasins.  We wore them on Thanksgiving.

Hope all my readers are having fun with preparing for the holidays, whatever you are up to.