Thursday, April 30, 2020

Dream Big Little Girl

First, I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe and SANE during these crazy times. Sewing and reading and... (gulp!) homeschooling are keeping me very busy these days. 

I LOVE this quilt! It is the Dream Big pattern from Camille Roskelley's book Simplify. I think I love every quilt in that book... and "Dream Big" is a great title for a baby girl quilt! 💗

The fabrics are a variety of pink and mint prints I had in my stash. 



I free motion quilted it and used a cute B&W print fabric from Hobby Lobby for the binding. 



Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Homeschool Project: Quilts to Donate

I forgot to post these photos! When my kids schools were closed due to corona virus, we had a couple of weeks of "homeschool" where we were on our own for curriculum. I had them to math and reading every day, and I also took the opportunity to teach them a little about quilting. Truth be told, neither one was interested. But I did give them some charm squares and had them "design" a quilt. 

I did the sewing and finished the quilts. Once the virus lockdowns pass, I am planning on donating both quilts to the sheriff's department or CHP to give to children who are in distress. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Books and More Books

I love to read and quarantine is feeding that love! What is better than getting lost in a good book? Here are some recent favorites...

The Giver of Stars is so so so good. This is based on a true story of the packhorse librarians that served rural Kentucky in the 1930s. The impact they make and the description of the times and area are so powerfully and so beautifully written. I highly recommend this book! If you loved Where the Crawdads Sing, I think you'll love this one, too. And they're making The Giver of Stars into a movie, too!



This Tender Land is about four orphaned children, on the run during the Great Depression. It sounds sad, but you will fall in love with these kids and their story.



The Most Fun We Ever Had is a book I really, really loved. The characters, the Sorenson family, are a husband and wife with four grown daughters. I LOVED these characters and their story. I could totally see this becoming a TV show like Parenthood or Modern Family.



American Royals is a fun, mostly lighthearted book that would be a great distraction for quarantine life. This book is written as if George Washington had become King instead of an elected official. The story centers around the modern day Washington royals and who will be next to take the throne. I loved it and can't wait for the sequel, American Royals II, to be released in September





The Last Letter from Your Lover is an older book written by Jojo Moyes. It was published in 2011. I read it on a recommendation from a friend and I loved it. It is so thoughtful and  descriptive and really stuck with me.



A Fall of Marigolds is a great book from 2014 that tells the stories of two women - one on Ellis Island in 1911 and one in New York in September 11th. The story and connections are so beautifully told.



Untangled If you have a preteen or teen daughter in your life, stop what you're doing and order this book. It is that good! She offers real, thoughtful, and practical strategies for connecting with and supporting teenagers through the ups and downs of growing up.



The Garden of Small Beginnings is a sweet read filled with characters you fall in love with.



The Summer Wives is a really interesting, fun, memorable read.



Beneath a Scarlet Sky is an older book, which means it is inexpensive. SUCH a powerful and interesting true story, based on the life of Pino Lella. This one is also being made into a movie.



The Dutch House I listed to this on audiobook and was so mesmerized by the narration done by Tom Hanks. It was so good!



Open Book by Jessica Simpson. To be honest, I did not expect to like this book, but she has quite a story to tell and I was really hooked.




A authors of a book I had previously recommended, The Home Edit, have a second book coming in September, The Home Edit Life. I loved the first one and cannot wait!



Lastly, not books, but a couple of quilt-y puzzles that are a great way to pass the time (bonus points if you list to an audio book while puzzling!). This one is just so beautiful!



And Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms is releasing this puzzle in June. I already pre-ordered one as a birthday gift to myself! ;) P.S. Did you know if you pre-order an item on amazon, it will be delivered to you on it's release date AND they'll give you the lowest price offered on that item. So if you pre-order it now and it goes on sale between now and the ship date, you get that lower price.



WHEW! That was a lot... I hope I didn't overwhelm you. If for some reason that wasn't enough, check out my older posts here, here, or here.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Christmas Ornaments

My dad and step-mom came for early Christmas celebrations this weekend. 

We went to another glass workshop and grandparents and grandchildren made ornaments. 





Here are the finished pieces! This is my daughter's... 


And my son's... 


My step-mom's...


And my dad's... 


All four together. They are SO beautiful and even more so in person. They did a great job! 



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