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!

Destination Austen

Hi!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio while Sandy is in the UK (a.k.a. Jane Austen territory as I like to think of it)!

A dear friend (DF) knows my love of Jane Austen’s novels.  It’s true…I’ve read and re-read all her novels AND I even have the audio versions so I can get my ‘fix’ while quilting or traveling.

Below is a Christmas gift from DF…a charming tea towel that was even made in the UK!Full Tea TowelI need your opinion…what should I do with this spiffy tea towel?

  1. Wall Hanging
  2. Couch Quilt
  3. Pillow
  4. Actually use it for a tea towel (gasp!)  It might get stained!
  5. Something else?

Mr. Darcy, I’ll get back to you real soon!

Mr Darcy


Sandy reporting in briefly from London.

  1. Liberty London building was fantastic — all wood and warm and charming. From the Tudor facade to the welcoming flower bouquets to the afternoon tea at Arthur’s, it was all up to snuff.
  2. Liberty London quilting fabric selection was sparse. I didn’t buy anything <sob>.
  3. I’m steps away from the event venue that is the reason for my trip. When I have to start working again on Wednesday, it’ll be easy peasy.
  4. Public transportation is understandable, affordable, <seemingly> safe <so far>, and incredibly convenient. Love not having to drive.
  5. I’m seeing quilt inspiration everywhere.
  6. I’ve not had a drop of whiskey <sob>.
Facade of Liberty London
Cheese and champagne for an afternoon snack near Greenwich Market. Not a dram in sight.
Check out the border on this modern art at an Italian cafe.