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

On Again (more work), Off Again (more travel)

Sandy reporting in from New York. (Seriously, I just typed London instead of New York — I loved it there– must be my brain is still there!)

Despite my mis-fire at Liberty London, I had a great trip of fun and work. I’ve spent the last week trying to play catch-up, powering through on-line class grading (I teach an online public speaking class), getting in front of my other side-hustle real estate job — C.R.A.Z.Y– and organizing my tax paperwork in anticipation of the April 15 deadline.

Spring is always like this for me, so I’m used to it, but whew, it’s a whirlwind.

As I suspected, my Bernina machine problem was a user error. I can pick it up at the shop on Saturday. I can’t wait to get back to my postage stamp project. I am certain that it will not be done at Valentine’s Day as I had hoped, but the first step to getting back on track is to get that machine underfoot!

And I’m off again on Sunday to spend a week in Austin working with a full schedule of meetings. After back home for another week and then I’m headed for a month in Florida where I’ll still be working, but at least there will be some sunshine and a bit of warmth. I haven’t told my sister (whose home I will be calling my office during this time), but I am definitely bringing my sewing machine and my 1.5″ squares to her spare bedroom!

Since it will likely be another 20 years before I see London again, here’s a bit of a reminder of our experience on the Tower Bridge. This is LG — one of my good friends who traveled across the pond with me.

I am terrified of heights — my knees were shaking! LG is always up for anything and she was laughing at me!