It’s been a fast couple of weeks. I’ve put in a lot of air miles and spent a lot of nights away from my heated mattress pad and my sewing machine. Traumatic, to be sure. I was able to spring my Bernina from the machine spa two Saturdays ago and I expected to spend the weekend feverishly sewing little red squares. Alas, it was not be. I brought a bad cold home as a souvenir.

If you’ve traveled lately or gone to the mall lately, you know about the evil stares you receive if you cough or sneeze! Sorry fellow passengers on the Delta flight from Austin-Detroit. It was really just a cold!

While I was driving home from the airport/machine spa/Costco, I got a text from my son: sick at school. Uh oh.

A trip to the ER confirmed it, he had Type B flu — the prescription eligible kind. He spent the week at home (not gonna lie, I was happy to feed him and take care of him) while I nursed that fever and marveled at the young man he has become.

So finally, finally, at least a month and a half since I last sat at my sewing machine, I started piecing yesterday afternoon. It was heavenly. I’m back in my red postage stamps.

Then for some variety, and to refocus my attention to bigger squares, I’m working on the quilt top I helped my friend start exactly 1 year ago. It’s blue and tan and my friend asked me to finish it for her — her life is feverish too.

We are all on the mend, my friend, my son and me, but I suppose I am the only one who feels better while elbows deep in scrap fabric.

Stay healthy my friends!

Turrning Twenty Again in blue and tan
Red postage stamp scraps slowly coming together.

Cindy — I forgot to ask– while I’ve been working, how was your first vacation of the year?

Quick and Easy!

Hello from Ohio!    I was in the mood to sew a quick and easy project this morning so I made a table runner for my big sis in sunny Florida!  Isn’t this blue and white fabric beautiful?  It matches her kitchen chair seat covers.  FrolicWhat’s not to love about frolicking bunnies and squirrels?  I didn’t quilt the top of the table runner but I did put a pre-quilted backing on it.  FoldedI tied it neatly with a scrap of left over fabric, stuffed it in an envelope and it’s in the mailbox…ready to head south.  Now that was quick and easy!Bow

The Cows Are Coming Home!

Hello!  Cindy reporting in from Ohio while Sandy is traveling.

I received a lovely gift from a Dear Friend (DF).  It’s a framed print of a Ruth McDowell pieced art quilt entitled “Wallflowers” from 2007.   Ruth’s pieced art quilts are near and dear to me because many of them depict every day scenes from rural America, they use lots of tiny scraps AND they are so beautiful.Full PicDF also gave me some fabric called Grey barnsiding by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics.  Gray Barn SidingWhile I was in awe of my gift, DF wrote this lovely note:   Home Our story began on a dairy farm with lots of “wallflowers” as Ruth might put it…Sandy, I’ll be coming home soon!  I’ll be sure to bring the cows with me so we can reminisce and plan our own pieced art quilt with the grey barnsiding fabric.

Safe travels, Dear Sister (DS)!


Sweetheart Deal

Hello!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio.

I just realized that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching…yikes…I need a few Valentines and pronto!

Here’s a mug rug pattern I’ll be using with some of my pink and red scraps.      Heartland1_GBD

How about you?  Do you need a cute mini Valentine?

Click below for a sweetheart deal…it’s totally FREE!

Sweet Heart Mug Rug