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Look At These Cuties


I found these cute sewing charms at my local Walmart recently. I was looking for something to use as zipper pulls on the little wrist purses I am making for the holidays and these just jumped right into my buggy. At only a little over $4 I didn’t put up much of a fight. I am still on the lookout for items I can use for my non-sewing friends and relatives but these are just so stinking cute. ūüôā

Thanks for visiting with me.



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Grandma’s Kitchen BOW, block #8 of 25


Block #8 of¬†Pat Sloan’s Grandma’s Kitchen BOW¬†is called Grandma’s Apron.¬†My story about mammaw’s apron is probably the same as everyone…these were not clothing¬†accessories. They were a much used and¬†necessary tool. The apron was put on every morning immediately on top of¬†the everyday dress and not taken off until¬†bedtime. It was full-skirted with gathers around the waist,¬†ties for tying in the back, and big pockets. Mammaw’s dresses came to her ankles and the apron¬†reached from the waist to the bottom of her dress. She¬†always kept a ‘better’ apron hanging on the back of the door that could be quickly grabbed and put on if company¬†came to the door.

Her apron was used as a pot holder to grab the handles of hot pans from the stove, to wipe sweat and tears as needed, to hold clothes pins for hanging out clothes, as a bucket when gathering eggs and vegetables from the garden, as a dust cloth or to dry her hands, and to hold all kinds of items in the pockets. She even kept a needle and thread in the pockets to make repairs as needed.

Mammaw made her ‘fancy’ aprons from feed sack fabric and her everyday aprons were made from old dresses that were no longer usable. The front part of the dresses always had a little more use to them as they were protected by the apron.

This block is my favorite so far. Y’all know that I am afraid of applique but it is so stinking cute!

It is not too late to join this free quilt along. It is a lot of fun.


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Grandma’s Kitchen Challenge Block #7 of 25


This week for our BOW Pat Sloan at¬†I Love To Make Quilts¬†¬†has designed a block called Oh My Stars! For her grandparent’s story of the week she told us about their favorite sayings.

I never heard my Ma Neal say anything in anger but I did see ‘the look’ many times. My Mammaw Cooper was the more vocal of the two. When she would get upset with one of us kids she would say “Lord, have mercy”¬† or the favorite Southern expression of, “Bless her/his heart” and quietly say, “She/he doesn’t know how stupid they are”.¬† Now mind you, this is what she said in front of us kids. What she said to Pappaw when she was angry was something else entirely and I will not repeat it here. My cousins and I learned some of our best forbidden words when she was ‘sharing her opinion of his actions’ with him. I can remember her telling Pappaw that she was going to have to pray for forgiveness on Sunday and it was all his fault.



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Finished: Two More Quilts

Quilt #1:

This pattern is based on the Big Star pattern from Missouri Star Quilt and I call it Big Purple Stars.¬†I am so creative with names. ūüôā¬†I pieced it¬† in 2014 and placed it on my long arm to be quilted. I started have major problems with my machine and ended up sending it to California for warranty repairs. After the bad experience I decided to blame the quilt so I hid it in the closet. ūüôā Finally got my nerve back up and completed the quilting with no problems. Now I am glad get it finished but I am in the process of changing my bedroom colors. That is what I get for taking so long.

Quilt #2:

I am calling this quilt Charming Stars and it is a free pattern from Moda Bake Shop. You may remember seeing this quilt listed on Elm Street Quilts as my April One Monthly Goal to get the blocks set and borders attached. I am happy to say it is now quilted and ready to go to a new home.

Moda Blockheads update:

I did not complete the Blockheads Block of the Week #11. This block has 60 pieces and is a beautiful pattern, but after re-doing twice I decided it was not for me. I really admire the people who can work with those tiny pieces and make them beautiful but I am not one of them. Since the Blockheads will have 48 quilt blocks I think I will be able to survive without a few. I feel like a wimp but after working on this block for over 5 hours I finally admitted it was not fun.

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Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal – April 2017 – Success!


I had two monthly goals for April and I am happy to say I completed both. The first goal was to join my blocks of the Vintage Farm Girl quilt with sashings and borders. As you will notice I did not make all the blocks in the book but I am happy with the ones I did. I joined the blocks with white sashings and red/white gingham corner stones. I found a cute Waverly fabric in yellow with red cherries for the borders that gives the quilt a little more ‘vintage’ feel.


Goal number two was to add the borders to my Nine Patch Star quilt which I accomplished also. ūüôā I added a solid gray border that I think frames the blocks.

Now it is your turn. Are you in the One Monthly Goal challenge with Elm Street Quilts? I have several projects in various stages of completion now so I am not sure which I will choose to be my OMG for May.

#Elm Street Quilts

#One Monthly Goal

Here is the link…I forgot to add it:



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Boat Enclosure – 1 down, 2 to go

I am going waaay out of my comfort zone.

Sami and I are sewing/constructing a boat enclosure for a friend’s boat. Luckily we are only doing a replacement so we are able to use the old panels as a pattern, sort of. Of course the ‘might as well’ comes into play–you know, as long as we are making this we might as well….

The boat has three separate panels around the console, navigational instruments, radios, and steering wheel area.

Picture 1 (left) is the completed side panel. It has mega zippers and Velcro to make the cabin (not sure if cabin is what it is called-I am not a boat person) dry and secure. Picture 2 on the right is the old center panel. I am working on the new one for the center now. The picture is a little deceiving. The panels are much bigger than they look. At least they feel like it when I am struggling to line them up to sew.

Here is my ‘monster sewing machine’. I think this thing will sew through plywood if the needle was strong enough. It will sew through multiple layers of¬†marine vinyl, binding, and the marine ‘glass’ without even moaning.¬† When I am not sewing boat stuff I use it for sewing motorcycle patches to leather jackets and making purses.

This project has been very challenging but I am getting a lot of experience and I am enjoying the satisfaction of seeing the completed panels.

I really miss my quilting.


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Meet Miss Daisy-My Long Arm Quilting Machine


This is Miss Daisy, as in driving Miss Daisy, because I feel like I am driving while I am operating her. I got her in December 2014 so we have been together a little over two years now. The first year we had a love/hate relationship. After the learning curve and a trip back to the dealer in California we worked out our disagreements and our relationship is much better now. Not to say that we don’t have a little spat sometimes, but we can usually get through an entire quilt now without one of us acting out.

This was a very big expenditure for me but I knew if I was going to continue with my love of quilting I needed a way to make it happen. I hand-quilted for many years but my aching hands and the time it took to complete each quilt convinced me to bite the bullet while I was still able to enjoy my hobby. I do have to admit that I enjoy the actual quilt construction  better than the quilting but I am thankful to have a long arm.





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Log Cabin Star Quilt


This is my latest quilt. It is called Log Cabin Stars and the pattern is from Jelly Roll Quilts book by Pam and Nicky Lintott. So far it is one of my favorites. I have always loved log cabin quilts, and I have made a lot of them, but to me the stars just set it off. I did stitch in the ditch quilting on my long arm. It isn’t much imagination but I wanted the quilt piecing to be the ‘star’ instead of the quilting…not that I had a lot of choices as I am not a master quilter. ūüôā

I have started working on blocks in Farm Girl Vintage book by Lori Holt but I am cheating a little. Instead of completing the blocks in book order I am picking out the fun ones first. I have completed four so far with 44 left to go. I am using scraps as much as possible and that is a plus. I will post pictures soon. Thanks tierneycreates for giving me the nudge I needed to get started.




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Girls Lunch Day

I retired (my second retirement) from the city of Bunnell a few years ago, along with two of my work friends. Our little group of three started a monthly luncheon date for the third Thursday each month.

We are located between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, Florida and are lucky to be in an area that has a great selection of places to go, from nice places on the beach, restaurants with river views, golf course club houses, or quaint old hotels with dining rooms.  This has become an anticipated day for all. Today we discovered the restaurant we planned on is now closed for lunch. Plan two: Charlie Horse Bar and Grill in Ormond Beach for a lovely lunch and visit.

It is such a pleasure to have good friends to laugh with while enjoying a nice lunch. Look out River Grille, we will be visiting you next month.

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Bright Rainbow Lap Quilt and Tennessee Barns Quilted Wall Hanging


This rainbow-colored quilt was made with Kona Cotton solids and is based on a quilt design from Pinterest.  The most difficult thing about it was arranging the colors.


This quilted wall hanging was made using individual East Tennessee barns cut from a panel. I used batik fabrics to frame each square.