Saturday, July 6, 2019

July is here!

I keep seeing people post that Christmas will be here  in less than six months.  As fast as this year as gone by so far, that makes me a little nervous.  But, thankfully, we don't have to shop and spend as much as we used to when the kids were at home.  Who's started shopping already?

My sister in law called me this week and asked for a little quilted something to put on her nightstand.  I already had this block from an exchange I participated in a few years ago.  (I don't remember who sent it, but if it was you, thank you again!!)  This block has her bedroom colors of gray, yellow, white and teal; so it seemed a perfect match to me.  I quickly sandwiched it together, did a little colorful big stitch quilting, and brought the backing up to the front to make binding.  It was an enjoyable afternoon project.

Do you ever get tired of sitting at the sewing machine or do you  sometimes feel overwhelmed with a big project?  That's kind of where I am right now.  I'm plugging away, making quilt blocks for a large quilt, for my son and his wife.  But my heart wants to do some hand stitching. The project above was a nice break.

This is a terrible picture, but it's the completed embroidery I was working on in my last post.  It's a Kathy Schmitz design and the first time I have used crayons to color my fabric.  I hope to trace out another one of her designs this week.  



Click here for more:

I received a free two month subscription by invitation from Laura over at Harvest Lane Cottage.  

After two months trial, it will cost me $8.95 a month for unlimited reading of ebooks, magazines, and available documents.   There are also audiobooks, which are great for listening while sewing or cleaning  or whatever.

I already listened to "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens.  It was such a good book.... about a young girl who practically raised herself in the marshlands of NC.  It was a 12 hour book and I finished it in 24 hours... lol.  I even listened in the grocery store! 

But for you quilters.... look what else is there..... included in your free trial: (and subscription)

Beautiful quilting and craft books.  This is like receiving lots of beautiful patterns and instructions free for two months.  Then you can decide if you want to continue. There are so many great books in their collection.  I invite you to go here
here and look around.  If you sign up with my link, I'll get an extra free month and you should get two free months.  

I also want to thank Sluggy at DON'T READ THIS  blog  for the items I received from her monthly giveaway.  She has a frugal living type blog and hosts a give away regularly.  Check her out and maybe you'll get lucky to win, too.

I received a box packed full of goodies:

Zoom in for a look at all these goodies.  It was truly a treat, as these are things I don't normally buy for myself.  I used the nail polish this afternoon!  (and hubby ate the fig newtons)

I leave you with this sweet picture of my daddy, my brother, brother's son, and now his little son, Levi.  Four sweet generations of men in my family.  


  1. A very pretty finish on that log cabin block. I hope it is appreciated!
    Love the 4 generation shot. Get those while you can!!

  2. Congratulations on winning Sluggy's giveaway, she always does such a great job with those. I'm off to read about Where the Crawdads Sing. I hope you have a great Sunday.

  3. I love the saying THIS NEST IS BLEST!
    Lovely quilts for sure.
    All the best,

  4. I don't even want to think about Christmas yet! I love what you did for your sister. I love "This Nest is Blessed" so darn cute. Congrats on the giveaway gift you received. Love the generation picture too.

  5. I just love to look at quilts and quilt books, too bad I can't cut a straight line. Nice picture of the 4 generations.

    1. As much as you sew, making a quilt would be a piece of cake for you!

  6. Congrats on the Sluggy box! I read Where the Crawdad's Sing a while back. It was enjoyable but definitely went beyond the realm of believability.
    I have begun Christmas shopping. I actually begin the last week in December for the next year.

  7. Hi Penny! All those books look so good! I know you will enjoy your subscription. I will check the link out.

    I love both your hand stitched projects!!! Love, love, love the big stitch quilting. I am hankering to do more hand work. Maybe we could do some little projects like that for Christmas gifts!

    That's a nice box of goodies you got!

    The picture of 4 generations of your men relatives is priceless. :o)


Thank you for taking the time to comment. I do my best to respond to every comment, but if you are a no reply blogger, I sometimes cannot locate your email. Also Anonymous comments are almost impossible for me to reply. But I do appreciate you stopping by!