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!










Good Morning Everybody

Hey Kids!

No – that’s not a picture from my garden, my friend Terri took it yesterday over in Israel, and it is so beautiful that I just had to share it with you.    🙂     

Wow – I didn’t realize it had been 5 weeks since I’d last shared anything with you! Sorry about that, it’s been rather crazy around here lately.    🙂    

Anyways, I have lots of things in the works right now, and hopefully I’ll be able to tell you more about some of them shortly.  The creative juices have been flowing pretty well lately (by the Grace of God), and I just finished up designing 8 new patterns, and have a couple of other projects in the works as we speak.  I’ll keep you posted.    🙂   

Niki over at Stitchin Heaven is hosting a great fabric exchange for those of us on a self-imposed “Fabric Diet” this year.  I’ve been blessed to be partnered up with Melissa over at Wide World of Quilting . She is an incredibly talented lady, who has a great site that you will definitely want to go take a look at!  So drop by and be sure to tell her “Hello” while y’all are there.    🙂   

The lovely Ms. Pat Sloan is also having another U.F.O. Busting Weekend over at her Quilt Mashup  forum (and Lord knows that we all have a few of those to deal with).  If you have any U.F.O.’s that you need to get finished up, this is a great place to hang out! You’ll get the motivation/ideas you need to finish up your own – and maybe even a few ideas for new projects to start! Just make sure to say “Hi” to Ms. Energizer Bunny (that’s what we all tend to call Ms. Pat, LOL) while you are there (or on her blog), she LOVES to make new friends!!    😉    

Well, that’s all for now. I’ve got to go head off to “the day job”, so y’all have a great day and I’ll talk to you some more soon.

Promise.    🙂

Tiny Pieces

So, how do you pull together a glaringly purple and green star sampler quilt?

Add some buttery yellow…..


And some teeny, tiny pieces…..

LOTS of teeny, tiny pieces…..

Like 1/2 inch teeny,tiny….. (look at point tip)

And you keep on sewing. And adjusting. And sewing. And sewing….

And then you sew some more little, teeny, tiny pieces!     😉

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!

Easy to make Valances and Curtains

We’re all getting pretty tired of the dreariness of winter. It’s time for spring, and a fresh look for our homes. However, due to either budget constraints or lack of finding exactly the items that we have in mind, we tend to just leave things as they are. With your window treatments, that need not be the case. It is super easy to change the look of a room with new curtains or valances, and can be a very economical fix as well, as long as you own a good pair of scissors, an iron and a sewing machine (or can borrow one or use a relatives/friends machine). Now, don’t panic and tune out! Yes, I said sewing machine – but don’t let that scare you – you only need to be able to make it sew a straight stitch for a quick seam – that’s it!

Guys – think of it as a “tool” for fixing something, and not just a “clothing-thing machine”. Once you do that, you’ll use it more often than you think.  🙂 

Okay – to make Quick  Curtains and Valances:

Supplies – You will need 2 matching Twin size Flat Sheets for a set of curtains in the color/print you want for that particular room; or if you are making valances, you will need 1 Twin size Flat Sheet for 3 – 4 Valences. You will also need a spool of thread in a color to match/blend with the fabric. *See note below regarding using fabric off of the bolt for curtains and valances.

*If you are not using a sheet and have instead found a piece of fabric that you want to use, just make sure that you have a piece of fabric that is at least 42 inches wide. If you are buying fabric off of bolt, figure that you will need 1 yard of fabric to make approx. 2 valances, depending on the finished length that you want. If you are making curtains,  figure that you will need approximately  1 and 1/2 yards  to 2 yards of fabric PER curtain panel, depending on finished length.

For Full Length Little or No-Sew Curtains – Find the “top” of the sheet (the wider top hem that goes towards the head of the bed). See if it has the sides of that hem sewn closed. If not, insert a curtain rod thru the wide hem of both sheets, and hang up your curtains!! If it is sewn closed, then fold that hem over towards the back of the fabric, pin it in place. Now sew across the bottom (open, pinned edge) of the hem only (not up the sides) to form a “rod pocket”. Be sure to “back stitch” at the start and finish of the sewing line to secure the threads and strengthen the edges. Press out any wrinkles with the iron and Viola’ instant curtains!! Now if you want to tie the curtains back, a pretty piece of ribbon or cording will work just nice!

For the Valences or shorter Curtains – First, measure your window down from The Top of the Curtain Rod to the longest point of the window (length) that you want your valances or curtains to cover. WRITE THIS DOWN!!! Now, add 2 inches to this length (for the bottom hem you will make), and add 5 more inches to that measurement (for the top “rod pocket” that you will make).  Total this up, and you now have the Total Length of fabric that you will need to cut from the sheet/fabric.

If using a sheet, locate and cut off that top wide hem that we talked about earlier. If you are only making 1 valance, you can leave this hem on and do exactly as you were directed above for the curtains. However, if you are making more than 1 valance, you will end up with unmatching rod pockets if you keep this wide hem on!

Now, measure down the fabric the total length that you came up with from your earlier measurements, and cut off the length of fabric needed. If using a bolt fabric, cut off your selvage edges now as well. Lay fabric piece out flat, right side (front of fabric) face DOWN.

If you are using a sheet for your fabric, the side edges are already finished for you. However, if you are using a bought piece of fabric you will need to fold each side edge in 1/2 inch, and then 1/2 inch again, pin in place, press and sew to encase the raw edge left from cutting off your selvage edges.

To make top rod pocket, fold 1 inch of top edge of fabric towards you (remember, fabric is laying face DOWN and you are working on the backside of fabric); fold that inch of fabric over onto itself again to enclose your raw edge. Pin in place, press and sew straight across pinned edge of hem. Now, fold that same hem over to the back of the fabric  3 inches, pin in place, press and sew across hem again. You should have a rod pocket that will easily accept up to a 2 inch wide curtain rod.

Now go down to the unfinished bottom edge of fabric and fold it up 1 inch (working from the backside of the fabric again), and then up 1 inch again  to encase the raw edge. Pin in place, press and sew closed.

Congratulations!!! You’ve just made yourself, or your kids, or whoever some new valances!! You should be proud!! You did good, and just saved yourself a whole bunch of money, not to mention all of the time you saved running from store to store trying to find ready-made curtains/valances in the fabric that you wanted. Enjoy your newfound curtain making knowhow, and go spruce up those windows!!   😉  


My run in with “Every Granny”

I needed a Quilt Shop Fix. I was feeling….Blah. You know, that “somethings not rightly aligned with the universe” type feeling, like something’s missing??? I needed connection with another “Live” grown-up type who would indulge my Hookey-Playing Ways that morning, and some quality fabric petting time. So, I loaded my fluffy butt up in the jeep and off to the closest LQS I went – 1 hour drive each way (closing for good at end of month, which makes the next closest shop 1 and 1/2 hours away – one way). I went in to indulge in my Fabric-Fondling Obsession and malady….and suddenly – SHE appeared!!

 Not right in front of me – the next aisle over. I heard this familiar voice. This spunky, feisty, ornery, opinionated, “I’m old enough to say what I want” and  ‘I Don’t  Give Two Hoots and A Holler about WHAT You Think”  type voice.  🙂   OOOHHHH how I’ve missed that voice!!! I used to hear “that voice” all the time before Mamaw went Home to be with the Lord….. It was soooo nice to hear “that voice” again!! Then, she started telling us her thoughts on certain matters. I moved in closer to listen to, and receive, her Sage Advice on life’s little matters….

A slight, sprite of a woman, barely 5 feet tall (with hairdo), gray-haired, slight remnants of a summer tan, and healthy looking (obviously the outdoorsy farmer type – which she admittedly was upon questioning) with a voice that rivaled any man’s booming voice. It was with that voice, that she announced to all who would hear “I won’t live long enough to finish everything I’ve got fabric for now…..But, I love that Blue Bali fabric. I’ll have to have some!”. When her lady friend who was accompanying her said “Me too….but, HE might give me grief about bringing home anymore.”  To this statement “Every Granny” replied – loudly “To heck with HIM!!! Men don’t ask us when THEY want something!! If they want a new chainsaw, or fishing rod, or gun, or fishing boat THEY don’t come ask us first – THEY JUST GO BUY IT!!!!” To this statement by “Every Granny” every woman in that shop (there were about 20 of us covering the entire age range and spectrum) nodded their heads in agreement, uttering several “That’s right” comments under their breath. “Every Granny” continued, sliding up closer to me with a knowing look in her time-worn eyes and sweetly, but loudly, continued saying  “Why should we be any different when we see something we want – ESPECIALLY since what we want is a whole heck of a lot cheaper than THEIR toys are!!” as she winked at me, the glimmer of orneryness in her eyes. 

I smiled at “Every Granny” in agreement, and appreciation. Suddenly, the universe aligned, all felt right with the world, and “Every Granny” and I picked out some fabric we liked, all the while chatting about possible projects that we could use it for.

Not one woman left that shop without purchasing several yards of fabric that day! A couple (like me) even left with new sewing machines – because, like “Every Granny” said – “Sometimes we just need to do something for ourselves!”. I couldn’t agree more “Every Granny”, and I Thank You from the bottom of my heart for reminding us all of that very fact!!! God Bless You!!


P.S. There are no picts with this post because, well, it would have just been rude.  🙂   Happy Quilting   😉