Blessed to Be a Blessing

God Blessed me Super-Abundantly yesterday – and I just HAD to share the story with you!


In short, a sweet older lady who lived in the area moved to Heaven a little over a month ago. Her 5 adult children came down (from 5 other states) to clean up and list her house for sale. They were dumbfounded by the quantity and variety of things she had amassed over her lifetime. They had only 4 days to do everything that needed to be done before they returned to their Job’s and families.

Her posessions were divided amongst them, and what no one wanted was to be listed for sale – all except for 1 rooms contents. They didn’t have any use for it, and didn’t have ant idea what to do with it all. So, they boxed it all up – and asked me if I wanted it.

My reply – “Praise God – YES!!”.

They’d found out I used such things to make donations to our local Senior Centers at Christmas time, and thought maybe I could put the items to good use for our charity – which would have pleased their mother greatly!

I still have to go thru most of it – but here’s a peek at some of what they sent home with me:

 These boxes actually measure about 25 inches tall, 20 inches wide and 4 foot long!!!!


 Yes – that is a LARGE spool of YARN you see!!








(Side Note:  None of the many bags/boxes of Embroidery projects, Cross-Stitch projects, Ceramics, Painting projects, Wood Crafts or Canvas projects/supplies are pictures here because I have already delivered them to their “Crafty Recipients”.    😉    It made their day!!!!)


Praise God!!!

That’s all I can say is Praise God!!!!


Some of the items (Tatted Crochet, Candlewicking, Double Hook Crochet) I’ve never attempted before, but am looking forward to learning in order to compleat the many, many projects she had started over the years! At least there are enough works-in-progress to show me the way (and many out of print instruction books too)!

Most of all – Praise God they didn’t just toss it all into the trash to be lost forever!! Thank God they asked me to put it to use instead. And so I shall – and some Seniors at our local centers will be very Blessed this Christmas because of their generosity!!

Mrs. S’s handiwork (with a few finishing touches from me) will not be wasted, lost or forgotten – but will instead be loved/used as it was intended!

And THAT makes me smile!    🙂    

Have a great day!










Christmas Quilty Things

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the things I made for Christmas presents this year (now that all of the recipients have received/opened them). Some of these have been “in the works” since last Christmas – and it was nice to finally finish them up.

See…. I really do still occasionally turn on my sewing machine!    😉

Decisions, Decisions……

Okay – you remember that block I showed you before, and said it would make cute layouts once the other 2 fabrics were added????

Well, it does make really cute layouts. That’s the problem…I can’t decide which layout that I like better……

Possibility #1….

Possibility #2…..

Whatcha think???


Spring Log Cabin wip

Okay, just a quick update before I head out to “The Day Job” for a bit. This is what the quilt/wall hanging’s blocks NOW look like for my wip (work in progress) that I keep adding to/changing. Please ignore my design wall with the flowers showing thru – that won’t be part of the finished product!  😉   There is actually another 2 fabrics that will be included in this – they are just not pictured here.

I know it doesn’t look like anything impressive/usable in this picture, all by its lonesome little self. But, if you could see it through my Multiplication Glass that I use (best little notion I ever bought!!),  you would be able to see what several of these blocks put together looks like. It’s actually very pretty, and quite pleasing! I’ll show you what I mean when I start putting this sucker together!  🙂 

So, “Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it’s off to work I go”.

Y’all have a great day, don’t work too hard, and please smell some flowers for me!  😉 

Talk to you more later…..


p.s. Inquiring minds want to know: What Springtime project(s) are YOU working on right now? Or getting ready to work on? Gardens, sewing, landscaping, remodels, quilts……everything is fair game here! I just know I’m not the only one, so leave me a comment and tell me what your current creative project is.  🙂

Super Secret Squirrel Stuff!!

Ok, I can’t show you exactly what I’m working on at the moment since it is for a book submission – but, I can give you a little peek at what I’m using for it….   😉    The only hint I can give you is that I’m not making quilts this time.  🙂 

The fabrics for this one are “Clara” by P & B Textiles (top fabric), and “WaterColours” by Alexander Jullien – this one is from my stash, about 4 years old, and not your standard quilt shop fare (it was supposed to be a sheet) – but it matches nicely for its purpose.

And this one…..isn’t it gorgeous!!!

These fabrics Liz and Beth (the Lizzie B Cre8ive girls) sent me a couple of months ago from their new fabric line “Whimsyland” for Henry Glass. I just LUV them!!! I’ve been saving these fabrics (actually it’s a bundle of Fat Quarters, but these 2 fabrics are the one’s that I’ll be using right now) for something special. Now,  I’ve went and designed something that I think this fabric is PERFECT for!!! So, I’m going to use THEIR fabrics to make it !!  🙂  So exciting!!

 They are such AWESOME ladies, who are too much fun!! In fact, they are going to be in Paducah at “THE Quilt Show” on April 21 – 24 at the new Pavillion in Booth # 4322, so everyone stop by and tell them “Hello”!! Just look for “Whimsyland”, and “follow the smell of fresh-baked chocolate-chip cookies”!!! Seriously!! That’s the directions they are giving to their booth   😉  

In the mean time, I’ve got to get back to work, so y’all behave and I’ll check back in later.   😉 



A Chance For YOU To Get Published!!

Did you read the book :  101 One-Yard Wonders ?

If you did, you know that this book was geared at all of us “Fabric Aquisition Committee” members who have an overabundance of one-yard cuts of fabric, and just can’t decide what we want to do with them.

Well, I was just notified that due to the books great sucess, they are doing a follow-up book – and want new submissions – FAST!!!!

The new book will be titled : Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard WondersIt will be published next year, however, the project submission deadline is April 1, 2010 and they are wanting projects made from EVERY fabric that you can think of!!! How exciting is that?!?! Cottons, corduroys, silks, velvets, etc…..

They’ve asked us to not only submit our projects, but to inform everyone that we can about this – via our websites, blogs, stores, whatever – since there is so little submission time left. So, I am placing all of their info/release here for you to see and tell YOUR friends about!! Go ahead and send them your patterns/creations – you just might be in the new book!!! Whatcha’ got to lose? See info/release below:


Hey there, Seamster Extraordinaire!

We are excited to invite you to contribute to our second book in the One-Yard Wonders book series!

Inspired by the success of 101 One-Yard Wonders, Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard Wonders will be geared towards sewers with at least a little experience and a great love of fabric – ALL fabrics. 

We all know that committed sewers are prone to buying “a yard of this and a yard of that,” with no particular project in mind – and we know from experience that these fabrics are not limited to printed cottons.  With this book, we are setting out to fill a need that so many of us have: what to do with that single yard of special, coveted fabric you bought on impulse.  Looking at our own personal fabric bounties, we realized so many fabricaholics have a wonderful variety of fabrications waiting to be used.  We often find ourselves asking the question how best to use these treasures? What are the best projects for silk, taffeta, velvet, chenille, corduroy, knit and more?  Not only that, but why are we afraid to use these fabrics?  We are expanding this approach to new, exciting projects for sewing enthusiasts like you to help you use up your beloved fabric stash!

While the original 101 One-Yard Wonders book was divided by project type, Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard Wonders will be divided by specific fabric types.  Possible chapters include the following fabrications:
  • Knits
  • Flannel
  • Linen
  • Fleece
  • Printed cottons
  • Faux Fur/Chenille
  • Home Dec/Upholstery
  • Oilcloth/Coated Cottons
  • Silks/Satins
  • Woolens
  • Corduroy/Velvet
  • Double Gauze/Voile
  • Quilting Cottons
  • Denim
  • Seersucker

As with 101 One-Yard Wonders, we’re focusing on projects that take no more than one yard of fabric to complete. Ideally your project would use nearly the full yard of fabric (no quarter yard projects please, unless they are part of a group project which takes up a full yard).

By all means, please feel free to add trims, zippers, Velcro, buttons, interfacing — whatever additional stash stuff & notions might be necessary to complete the project. We only ask that your project uses one– and only one–yard of a single fabric.

We invite you to contribute your original designs for home decorating items, baby items, personal accessories, toys, garments (for men, women, and children), outdoors, pets, seasonal projects … whatever! The categories are open ended, and the possibilities are limitless!  We can’t wait to see how you want to use your different fabrics!

The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2010. Projects will be considered as we receive them, so try to get them in sooner rather than later. The only stipulation is that your original designs may not have been previously published in a book or anthology.  Email notifications will be sent May 1, 2010 with detailed next steps.

If you would like to participate, please be sure to fill out the on-line submission form at:

Along with your completed survey, please also email good-quality photos of your completed project, along with step-by-step instructions (Word .doc format preferred), and any necessary instruction illustrations (rough sketches are fine) to no later than April 1, 2010. Be sure to include your full name and preferred email address with your emailed submission (this will help us link up your survey with your project submission).

Please note, it is NOT necessary to send a completed project at this time.

If you would prefer to send us a hard copy of your instructions, you may mail it to:

One-Yard Wonders
c/o Crafty Planet
2833 Johnson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Please note that we must receive both a completed survey as well as separate project email (with photos and instructions) in order to consider your project in this book.

You are welcome to submit multiple projects – as many as you want, but please do so in separate emails.

If your design is selected for inclusion in Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard Wonders….

  1. We will either request your actual, original sample from the photos you submitted, or you will be provided with the editors’ choice of fabric in order to produce a sample, which will be photographed for the book and kept for a tour and trunk shows.  Please note that if your project is accepted for inclusion in the book, your sample will not be returned.
  2. You will also receive a letter of agreement and consent form asking for the one-time right to publish YOUR pattern in Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard Wonders.
  3. Upon book release (tentatively scheduled for August 2011), we are pleased to be able to offer compensation for your project – you will be paid for your submission.
  4. In the published book, you will receive full credit, along with your bio, information about your business, and a link to your website, if applicable.
  5. You will be one of the first lucky sewers to receive a complimentary copy of the published book (please note, in our experience, these are typically mailed from the publisher after the book has been released).


Remember, the submission deadline is April 1, 2010. 

We’re hoping very much that you will want to be part of Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard Wonders book, and look forward to hearing from you!

With best wishes,

Patricia Hoskins, Editor, One-Yard Wonders
Rebecca Yaker, Editor, One-Yard Wonders
Deborah Balmuth, Senior Acquisitions Editor, Storey Publishing

P.S. Feel free to pass this invitation along to other designing friends who may want to join in – the more the merrier!!  If you’d like to post the submission on your blog, we’d be even more grateful!

P.P.S Email us at if you’d like to be notified of publication dates, contests, craft-a-longs, swaps, and more. Or, become a fan on Facebook!

Spring Colors!!


I thought the site needed a little freshening up for spring. Everywhere you look, you are starting to see all of these lovely shades of green, yellow, orange, pink, lavender and blue popping up. In fact, one of my birthday gifts came in a bag with tissue paper exploding out of it in ALL of these colors – a Candy-Colored rainbow of sorts! It made me smile.  🙂 

So, I saved the bag (and all of its tissues) and have them sitting in my sewing room on a shelf. Any object/thing that makes me smile earns an automatic place in my sewing studio, or in one of my gardens!  🙂  These things give me inspiration. Whether that inspiration be for a new quilt design, quilt color combination, paint pallet for a room, garden design/theme, or what-ever – if it makes me smile, it stays!

I have many photos of colorful flowers, and assorted gardens, hanging around in my sewing room because the color combinations pleased me and gave me new ideas for a quilt. I have even kept several greeting cards over the years that either inspired me, or had patterns on them that I thought would be adorable as the topstitching on a quilt.

My question of the day for you is this…..”What inspires you”?

Is it photographs of scenery? Flowers? Sunrises? Tile Floor Designs?

Whatever it is, do share….

And may you find inspiration today everywhere you look!  😉