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A sweet little table runner

Quilting and sewing


This sweet little table runner is my first attempt at the Ohio Star in preparation for Emily’s quilt, which will be a whole ‘nuther post another day.


This has been my first opportunity to use some of my batiks. I thought it mixed a traditional block nicely with a modern look.




All three blocks had the same purple. I chose to vary the other fabrics.



I really wanted to fill as much of the negative space as I dared, with a consistent pattern. Click on the images to enlarge and view the detail better.


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The Red Quilt

Quilting and sewing


Last week, I finished hand quilting the very red quilt for my son, Benjamin. This is number five in my quest to learn how to quilt. I will share more about my previous projects in later posts.

I didn’t spend much time on making the top blocks into anything particularly interesting, but decided to spend my energies and time on the hand quilting.

She works with her hands in delight.

I didn’t dare attempt such a large project until I had already dabbled with some hand quilting on a smaller project previously, a table runner.  I enjoyed it so much, I thought I would give it a try, knowing it would be a much bigger project than I had attempted in many years. My only regret is that I didn’t use cotton/bamboo batting. Instead, I used wool, which was quite warm to work with until the weather was a bit cooler.

Here are a couple photos of the table runner I am referring to:


The back

Here is an image of the back of the quilt. To make it more interesting, I used a few of the squares from the front and laid them out in a row, with space between. I used the backing for the binding. That made it simple, but looks very nice. This image is when I appliqued the square to the back.


When hand quilting, one tends to go through a lot of needles, due to getting bent. I only went through a mere 120, which really isn’t a lot, compared to what many hand quilters go through.

notions red quilt2

These notions were my best friends for a few months:

red quilt notions

I also used, what is called, finger cots (not pictured) on my right thumb. They helped me to grip the needle when pulling on it to draw it out from the stitches. I don’t know what I would have done without those. The use of them was the brilliant idea of my mother-in-law.

Of all the needles I tried, my favorites are the John James Gold’n Glide Big Eye Quilting Needles, size 10.

I am starting two new projects. One is a lattice-looking quilt for one of my daughters; the other involves handwork, because I have really enjoyed that aspect. That quilt is known as Grandmother’s Garden, using hexagons. I will share about those in other post, as well.

I was pleased to hear my son’s report, after his first nights’ use of the new quilt, that it worked as it was intended.

Until next time……  clipsew


This Is The Life

I am so excited to share our big news! Our second son, third child, is now engaged to the sweetest young lady! And look, I have a few photos for ya!

First, the couple!

So now you can see what a sweet gal she is

and what a clown I have for a son. ~grin~


Ahhh! This one’s a bit cuter. Don’t you think?


The ring!


Okay, so she took it of for just a *minute*. It was for the picture. It was for you.

She put it back on. Don’t worry.  Breath a sight of relief now.


Now, with my new daughter-in-law’s permission, I get to share with you  something she wrote up to share about how they got together.

Did I mention their names? Forgive me! My son is Joseph and the young lady is Kathryn, otherwise known as Joe and Katie.

Without further delay:

Joe and Katie’s Story by Katie

Some of you have been asking about how Joe and I met. Joe and I met two years ago at our mutual friends’ house and later God provided ways for our families to get together and I got to know his sisters. After that, Dad and Joe got together for lunch on a weekly basis for several months. It was a good time for Dad to get to know Joe and for Joe to get to know Dad because they were able to talk freely about their beliefs. These are some points that I’ve kept in mind and that I believe are very important in relationships.

I believe that dating is dangerous because it encourages a false sense of feelings. In dating, there is a greater chance of getting physical before the proper time. Also, when people date, there is no real commitment to each other. People sometimes will date several different people before they marry anyone and by then, they’ve given a little bit of their heart away each time.

I believe that God’s timing is always perfect. When we give ourselves and our relationships to God, He will bring things to pass when it’s best. It is important to always give everything to God, not just in relationships, but in all of life. When we give something to Him that maybe we really want, He will bless that. He will either give it back to you, or He will give you something far better! God knows what is best.

God’s hand has been so evident in my relationship with Joe! He knew just when for us to take each little step. After each step, I would pray that if this wasn’t God’s will, that He would end it right there, and He never did! He continued to open doors and we continued to go through them.

It is very important before even considering someone, to make sure that they are a believer. If they aren’t it causes so much pain and trouble in the long run. 2 Corinthians 6:14

I also believe that parents need to be involved. Joe first went to his Dad before he went to my Dad. Everything we have done has been with our parents’ permission and approval. Parents have so much wisdom and God has placed them over us to train us and guide us. They see things that we don’t, so if they say, no this isn’t a good thing, we need to listen to them and trust them. Proverbs 23:22, 24

One thing that our culture doesn’t seem to understand, is that love is not a feeling. It’s a decision. There are times when we don’t feel love for people, but we must love them anyway. I believe that we must be able to think rationally before we allow feelings to come out. In dating, I think feelings become involved so soon that people are unable to see what the other person is really like. Dad and Joe were able to talk about things and think rationally before feelings came into the picture.

I also think that getting physical too soon is very dangerous. Even something as “innocent” as holding hands, if done too soon can cause problems. It can cause feelings (there they are again!) to show themselves.

Most importantly, I think that in everything we do, our ultimate goal should be to glorify God. If we seek to do things for our own glory or if we do what we want, when we want instead of in God’s timing, he can’t bless that. I have prayed through this whole process that God would be glorified in all that we say and do.

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

Rejoice with us!

Baking Day!

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Last week was our baking week for CHRISTmas.  Below are photos of most and recipes:

Aunt Barbara’s Mexican Wedding Cakes. See recipe here.

These are light but taste similar to shortbread
These are light but taste similar to shortbread


Dipped Pretzel Sticks

These are easy for even the smallest child.
These are easy for even the smallest child.

Super easy and super good, creamy fudge. See recipe here.


Peanut Butter Cookies With Kisses. See recipe here.

Peanut Butter Cookies With Kisses
Peanut Butter Cookies With Kisses

We also made:

All the cookies laid out for the neighbors
All the cookies laid out for the neighbors

After the plates were wrapped, we drove around town caroling and handing out these lovelies to our dear friends and neighbors. We had a couple neighbors gone, so those will probably be distributed tonight.