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New Project

As I promised —  a project that I have been working on.


quilt 6


This is a patchwork quilt-simple in design with 17 different fabrics used for squares. It is 17 by 18 rows.  The first row is repeated for the last row to make 18. Each square measures 5 inches finished. I am using a different fabric for the border. I’ll get to that later.


quilt 1

quilt 100 1


I have this western print that I wanted to use on the back with the blue. I had planned to use the blue for the border on the front but there were two pieces on the bolt. I couldn’t make it work like I wanted so I’ll be going back to the fabric store. 🙂


quilt 2


As usual, I have a helper… 🙂 He thinks this is just for him.


quilt 4

quilt 5

quilt 3


The quilt is made for a king size bed but can be used for a cover on my sofa. I still have to decide on a quilting design. Sigh. All of the quilt will be 100% cotton. It was machine pieced but will be hand-quilted. Of course there is a story about this quilt but I will wait to share it later. 🙂


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Peace. True peace. I want that for myself, for others—to be so satisfied and content. It can happen. 😀 Imagine a world with peace. Hmmmm. Is that achievable? My adulterated response is, “No!” but my faith response is, “YES!” We can never achieve something if we fail to try. It doesn’t just happen by chance. It requires work. So, what does a butterfly have to do with peace?


A butterfly signifies various things in differing cultures and religions. Some cultures see it as the soul of life—the part of us that makes us who we are—a living thing that desires to live but it leaves the body when we die. Some see the butterfly as a symbol for resurrected life that carries on after death—some see it before death. Some see the butterfly as the innocence of life. What does the butterfly mean to you?


Peace, true inner peace. I will venture to say that most religions/faiths have the belief that there is “something” greater than ourselves and that our faith is not just a rigid regime but a call for us to better ourselves in the hopes that we can live together in peace. Many times we get caught up in the thinking we are better, superior, more knowledgeable, etc.


Whatever a butterfly symbolizes, it is usually of life of some sort. Young children love to watch butterflies…and chase them, too 🙂 . As the butterfly rests on a flower and the child reaches for it, the butterfly will fly away—usually not far and this act is repeated again. Children. Hmmmm. Their innocence. That is what I strive to be more like—a child 😀 . One who does not hate, does not have animosity toward others—only the innocence needed to see God.


Peace… It begins from within… within each of us. As our souls find peace, we are linked together. 🙂

May your soul be the butterfly of life forever more!


Note:  Years ago a friend was being treated for cancer and we (my women’s group) made a prayer quilt for her to use and have through her treatment. She still treasures it to this day—butterflies are her favorite. The butterfly background I added to my blog is from the prayer quilt I made another friend who is undergoing cancer treatments. The butterfly… symbol of life and hope and of course, peace!

Be blessed always! 😀

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My Boo-boo

The pattern calls for 3 picots and I made 4. What a bad mistake even if it is early on. I thought about doing an alternating sequence but if I can’t remember 3 rather than 4 do you really think I can remember to go 3-4-3-4?? Not in any way, shape, or form–too many cobwebs. And, by adding the extra picot I made the chain longer which will not look right. 😦

I was so happy to get some smaller yarn to try. It is more dainty looking (I cannot say “daintier”). This is a size 20. I had been using a size 10. There is a big difference and the needle I am using now is a size 7 which also makes a difference. Is that confusing enough? The yarn/thread goes even smaller believe it or not. Normally this wouldn’t be a big thing but since the thread is smaller, I could not get the finishing knot out. I still have almost no feeling in the right hand and it has become more cumbersome to use. All of this will have to be trashed—not that it matters about the knots but about the long tail that doesn’t show.


If you would like to learn this type of tatting, there are plenty of videos on the web and there is a book I purchased at Hobby Lobby using a 40% coupon making my total to be about $15. It is not the best book but it included needles (not sure all of theirs do). It is called Learn Needle Tatting Step-by-Step by Barbara Foster. This particular book included 4 needles AND a needle threader. A set of needles was about $12 on its own, so I figure I did pretty well.


I have a lot to learn and as evident above and there are lots of misfires in that brain of mine. I still confuse right and left but we won’t go there. Have a most blessed day and may you be a light for someone who needs it today. Happy Gardening in all that you do, and we can all become master gardeners on the road of life! Please take care. 😀 


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This is my clutch that I am making to carry my super duper cell phone, credit cards, and thousands of membership cards (maybe not 1000s). I have more to do… (these photos were taken with my phone–I’m not impressed)


Left–Clutch closed  …………  Right–Clutch open        Zippered pocket is for change; pocket behind zippered one is for cell phone; card pocket above is only tacked in and not finished. More work to be done.

I used batting and flannel to pad it and then machine quilted it. This is not exactly what I wanted but it will do.


And, this is how far I have come with my tatting for the towel—more than halfway done but I have gotten sidetracked.

I worked on it when I had to have my tire replaced because I ran whammed into a curb drain at the cemetery. 😦  As so many tell me, “If it wasn’t for all of the bad luck you have, you would have no luck at all.” 😕


New project…

I am making some changes in ‘my’ bathroom–little things. When we bought this house 20 years ago I chose a shower curtain that had a similar design as the wallpaper. I want to remake this room into something like a spa for ME. I have to take more baths now because of pain—I want to really enjoy this room. I want to close the door on the world and have the bath be transformed into my own private sanctuary.

Can you hear the waterfall, the birds chirping, and smell those beautiful flowers…oh, wait, that is my bubble bath … 😀


I looked through countless shower curtains online and in the stores…found a few I liked but there was something not right about each one—not in stock, wrong material, too much, too much for shipping, takes too long to get it, etc. And, if I order online I won’t know exactly what I am getting. This is a big deal for me. I have picked out 5 automobiles (4 NEW cars and 1 used truck) in the same time I have had this same shower curtain… I really didn’t want to make a curtain but guess what…yes, that is what I am doing. 🙂


I found a king size sheet SET for cheaper than what I was planning to pay for a curtain, made out of the material I was looking for…  It doesn’t match my wallpaper but without much thought, I proceeded to get a matching bath rug and now need a matching or coordinating/contrasting bath mat.

Ok, it’s RED. Kind of reminds me of my hair color right after I dyed it. I think this color has become my favorite though purple will always have a place in my heart. 


What’s next? A tattoo? Maybe a red heart? I am not a tattoo person but I need things to signify that I am making changes in my life. I draw the line at any more piercings though I can’t feel on the right side… 


Have a most blessed day and Happy Gardening! 😀


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I learned to tat today! I really did. I can’t believe it. The classes began back in September but things prohibited me from getting there. A friend paid my registration fee–thank you! I am not excellent (yet—and I doubt I will get to where I want to be but…) but my picots finally look more alike than the last 100 times I have tried. This lady uses a weaving needle and it is the difference between night and day. I wish my grandmother could see me now. I hope she would be proud of me—her little sugar pie learning something that I can only aspire to be as good as she was and will never come close but I’m trying. I was a quick learner and caught up to where the group is but I want to do some practice runs before I start my towel project. And, I have to teach the girls to tat…


Other things…

When I decided to put the book online, I had no idea it would take so long to get the photographs just like I wanted—even some of them aren’t exactly like what I want but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have 8 more photos to do plus the “cover” photo needs finishing. I had to redo about half of them because I didn’t like the way they looked after I put them on the page. I really hope this turns out good. You will know when I get it done… I think I need to really celebrate that day because I never thought it would take so much time but then again, I have had some things come up along the way.


Have a great day/evening and Happy Gardening! 😀


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It has been a week since I have gotten my new phone—we are still getting to know each other. I hated strongly disliked the ringtones but my daughter helped me fix that. It now has a portion of one of Audiomachine’s works. I wanted something that would get my attention and I love this particular piece of music. Next, is deciding on wallpaper but I actually like the leaves…


Yesterday was my last day with my tracfone. I have had it at least since 2006 but possibly since 2005—it was the first one and it still works. People are amazed that it does. It has been dropped, crushed, banged, etc. I never thought I would leave it but figured it would die first. It was one of the phones that still allowed free incoming texts…


I am making a carrying case for the new phone and decided to upgrade to a clutch-like purse to carry my credit cards, medical card, library card, and other of the many cards I carry. That way they give the phone support and I don’t have to worry about carrying them separately. The tracfone is about the size of one stack of cards; this phone is about the size of two stacks of my cards side-by-side. It’s funny. I have been carrying the cards in a phone case and the tracfone phone in my pocket. For a while, they both fit in the case but the number of cards has quadrupled. 🙂 

I plan to use one of these fabrics…

… and I plan to add straps to the bag because of the way I am–I will leave it somewhere the first time I use it. I’ll try to show the finished project if and when I get it done. Right now, I am still searching for my lavender thread. If I go to the store to get a new spool we all know I will not walk out with one spool of thread now don’t we?


I hope all things are growing great in your garden. Happy Gardening! 😀


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I am so humbled. Today I received a note in the mail that someone at church added my name to a quilt memorial that is being sewn together to raise funds for the state church camp while also remembering people and their work with the church.  I was really shocked.


Quilt top with names given to me by a friend

I know this may sound a little cheesy but this means so much to me that someone thought enough of me to do this. It really lifts my spirits and humbles me. I began to cry as soon as I read the acknowledgement. My oldest daughter said that there are a lot of people that love me. I don’t know if there are a lot but there are a few and that just makes me grin all over. I hope there are people who love you and that you know it so that you can grin all over, too! 😀


Happy Gardening in all of your gardens and may they be forever beautiful! 🙂



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Saturday shopping


All week long I have been looking forward to today so I could treat myself to some things at Hancock Fabrics—some fabric including white flannel, thread, Ric-Rac, etc. One of the biggies was to get some wool (fabric)—not wool blend…real wool fabric. They didn’t have much wool blend but they didn’t have any 100% wool. That put me off my game so much that I only bought about 8 things—no fabric. My daughter was happy because the line around the cutting table looked more like a line for black Friday. My pocketbook was happier but this just means I have to hit more stores this week or order online and I don’t think I have that much time.

I hope your sewing garden is looking better than most outdoor gardens. Happy Gardening! 🙂


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As I was going through some old photos, I found this one taken with my roommates when I was in graduate school. I’m not sure if this was for Halloween, but I remember coming up with the idea of dressing as a caterpillar. We got an old sheet and cut holes and decorated it. We made a tail for the end and I had some of those glitter balls for the person in the front (me). I don’t know how I got to be in the front…seriously. I used some fake eyelashes (with glitter) and we covered our hands–excuse me, feet :)–with socks.

Polka dot caterpillar

I think we look special! What was really crazy is that we walked to the party which was across campus—can you believe we actually went out like this? I was always up for a dare. People honked and yelled as they passed by and we gave them a show—a dance step or two as best a caterpillar can give :). Oh, those were the days…

Happy Gardening and may your memories be happy ones!


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Is he not the cutest kitty? This is my helper who sometimes is more help than I want, but he is so adorable. Quilting can wait a bit…

Hope your day is going well! Happy Gardening! And, Simon says, “Happy Scratching!”


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