Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I'm A Winner!

When Shelly Pagliai notified me that she had drawn my name for her new book "A Simple Life", I was thrilled. For the last few years Shelly has written a blog about daily entries in her mother's diary written in the 1950's. I had followed it and really got a kick out of it, being a child of the '50's myself, I could relate to many of the things her mother, Hazel Ilene wrote about. The book has some really nice quilt patterns in it, along with some of the diary entries and lots of family pictures.

Shelly also has a web site that I think you would enjoy looking at. It's called Prairie Moon Quilts, there are lots of good things there and I know you will love checking it out. Be sure and check out Hazel Ilene's Diary, recipes, free patterns and even shopping at her Etsy shop!! I'll talk to you later, I am going to push back in the recliner and read more of my new quilt book from Shelly.  Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I'm Back...for a Little Bit

Boy, I have been MIA for a long time!!  I hope to do better in the future but sometimes I just don't have any thing to write about!  This is a recent picture of Josie Sue, my first great grandchild. She was here last weekend to visit and she is growing like a weed. And she is getting cuter by the month, according to my prejudice thinking..Since I last talked to you, I have added another great grandchild to look forward too, now there are 3 more coming in 2016. I made Josie a quilt so I am trying to find some more easy patterns to get started on the next three baby quilts..these babies are just coming too fast and furious. Here are a few pictures of the quilt and Josie. She was baptized in her mom's bapti
smal dress, hand crocheted, it is beautiful!!

This was an easy and fun quilt to make, it has Minky on the back of it..Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day!! 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

What Is Happening?

What is happening? I have lost 22 of my followers in the last few weeks, are they flying away? It makes me sad to lose so many! I know I haven't posted a lot lately, is that the reason?  I wish they would come back!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Let It Snow, Block 2

I am really enjoying this wool applique Mystery Quilt from Buttermilk Basin. When it's done, it will say Let It Snow. It's really hard to wait for almost another month before we get block #3.   I need to keep reminding myself that I need contrast!! I think I could have had more contrast in this block, the scarf and the hat but it's done and it will just have to stay as it is..in the long run, I'm hoping it will be okay. Now I need to go work on "several" other BOM that I'm doing and maybe I will get one done sometime...Sew until next time, ya all have a Stitches kind of day!!

I couldn't help it, just had to post a couple more pictures of Josie Sue..so adorable...

Sunday, February 28, 2016

She Has Arrived!!

 I would like to introduce my first great-grandchild, Josie Sue..she is beautiful. She came into this world on Friday at 6 lbs. 13 oz, 20" long. She has lots of black wavy hair and so pretty. Of course, I am partial to this little one. I think she is perfect in many (all)  ways.
Here she is with her new granny, my daughter, Susan.

 And here she is with her old granny, me!!  My grandson tells me that Josie Sue loves her little blanket that I knitted for her..it sure is great for cuddling!!
And I guess I better get out the knitting needles again because I have 2 more great grandkids coming in 2016...Until next time I hope you have a Stitches kind of day, it was great!!!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

It's Happening Again!!

Yes, that's right!!! I am going to be Great Grandmother again! This makes #3 and this little one is due about the middle of September.  #1 is due February 27th, just about 2 weeks to go, it's so exciting! Baby #2 is due about the first week of August.   Both of my daughters are going to be first time grandmother's and that's exciting for them..   Our family is growing fast..Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day!!!  Yippee!!

Friday, February 5, 2016

I'm in Love with Buttermilk Basin Mystery BOM

I am doing the Buttermilk Basin Mystery BOM for 2016, this is the first block and I love it. The words will say "Let It Snow" when it is finished..the next block will be out on February 19th..  I am trying to learn something new when I do these blocks, so I did the Drizzle stitch on the pom-pom of the hat and I did the Turkey work stitch on the fringe of the scarf. I found that learning something new promotes a person's enthusiasm.  I am enthused about this, can you tell?  Psst. This BOM is FREE so go get it and make a block for yourself!!!  Sew until next time, have yourself a Stitches kind of day!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


 I made this Raspberry Coffee Cake yesterday as I was housebound because of the weather. Don't ask me how much of it is left!! It's a really good cake!! We had a good old blizzard, I rather enjoyed it. I am not a Winter hater, I think I am always going to get so much done in the winter but it doesn't usually work out for me somehow.. In the Winter I don't have to worry about all the weeds, deadheading plants and flowers, getting the lawn mowed and generally just sprucing things up a bit..so I should be planted at my sewing machine and getting some projects finished, right?  Here are some pictures of the snow yesterday. It was actually very, very pretty.
This area is where I have my Fairy Garden, the fairies were so smart to go South for the winter..

Light pole and redbud tree in background and a dead plant hanging on the pole!!

Looking out my kitchen window, all the windows had droplets on them from the blowing snow..

The lilac hedge that runs along my driveway    
The Blue Spruce tree in my neighbors yard..
The temp yesterday was right around 34 degrees until night time when it went down. And by mid-afternoon, most of the snow had thawed/fallen off of the trees and bushes and etc. I am going to the basement and sew today and I'll let you know what I accomplished... Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

It's Winter in Iowa

Yes, we have gotten a lot of wet, heavy snow today but the temp is actually around 34 degrees so it is starting to melt off the trees, shrubs and etc.  It could have been worse!! I hope you are having a Stitches kind of day,,,,

Friday, January 8, 2016


I have known for several months that I am going to be a Great Gramma about the end of February! My Grandson Jordan and his wife, Jenna, are going to have a little girl. It's been 15 years since we had a baby in my immediate family and it's exciting.  Tomorrow is Jenna's baby shower so I made several things to take . I knitted a soft, soft small blanket out of Bernat's Pipsqueak yarn. If you are a knitter, you probably have made or know about the knitted dish cloth pattern that starts by casting on only 4 stitches..it's the pattern that I used for the blanket and I only used 2 skeins to make it. The blanket is about 24 x 24 inches.

 I also made a receiving blanket, the one with the self binding, mitered corners and such. It's an easy gift to make for someone.  I had some left over flannel so I made 2 burp pads, cute!!
And then there is the dollie. I found a pattern for a very simple little cloth doll, it was just what I wanted. I embroidered the face and stuffed her up pretty good. I think she's cute and cuddly..AND now, drumroll please,  I found out at Christmas that my oldest grandson, Ryan, and his wife, Jessica are going to have a little one too!!  That little one should arrive around the first part of August so I guess I need to get busy making some more blankets..And I will start making some baby quilts too..it's an exciting time for my family.   Sew until next time, I hope you have a Stitches kind of day!!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A Small Flamingo Tree

 I have a friend that has given me these 4 flamingo Christmas Ornaments, so I added them to a tiny tree..does anyone else collect or like flamingo's???

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Lost Is Found

Here is my story of my sapphire ring...The ring has been missing for almost 2 years..I keep several of my rings that I wear frequently in a little dish on my dresser. In January 2014, I went to put it on and it was missing. Just this ring, the rest were resting nice on the little dish. My kids, grandkids and myself have looked and looked for this ring and it's not that it was that valuable or precious. But it was an easy ring to wear, no prongs to catch on things and just comfortable. I actually bought this ring at a pawn shop many years ago for less than $100 but I really liked it..On with the story, on Monday, Dec.7th, I couldn't go to sleep so I had a long talk with St. Anthony. I asked him again to please help me find my sapphire ring. On Wednesday, Dec. 9th, I went to a brunch to my friend, Phyllis' house and when I got ready to leave, she held out her hand and in it was the sapphire ring. She found it on Tuesday, Dec. 8th in a zip bag with several other things, just mish-mash stuff, she said.  She was going to throw the whole bag to the garbage but decided maybe she should go through it and my ring was in it!!! Neither one of us can figure out how my ring ended up in her house, there is no logical explanation for it, except St. Anthony had done his magic and I accept that it is the truth..I am glad that the lost was found...and I'm a believer!!   Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day..........

The mish-mash box that the bag was in..

The mish-mash zip bag that my ring was in..

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Yellow Hibiscus

Most of my flowers are winding down and it's time to cut or pull them, except, my yellow hibiscus! It has grown over 7 feet tall and a couple of days ago, I counted 26 blossoms! And there are over a 100 buds on it. I know the first hint of a frost will be it's demise but I am really enjoying it right now.  My sister started it from seed and it was tiny little thing when I planted it last spring..
Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day.................

Friday, August 21, 2015

Bird Feed

I had planned to start dead-heading my coneflowers today since they are almost faded out and not very attractive anymore....but then I looked out and a Goldfinch was enjoying breakfast on coneflower seeds so I have decided to wait for a few more days..and then maybe I'll just cut the most faded ones.  My pictures aren't the best but they were taken through the screen and the window both and it was the best I could do..Sew until next time....have a Stitches kind of day..

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Four Embroidered Hearts Wallhanging

On April 13, 2015, I posted about my flying geese quilt and embroidered pillow that I made with Robyn Pandolph fabrics. I also made this little wallhanging to hang above my bed and I used co-ordinating RP fabrics to go with the quilt.  The outside of the hearts are paper-pieced (not my favorite method to do) and the center is hand embroidered. The whole piece is hand quilted by me too. I am linking with Super Mom-No Cape today so hop over there and check out the rest of the entries. I think it is always fun to see what others have made with their embroidery.  Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day......................come back soon!!

Oh Yeah!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tea Towels Again, Kitties This Time

I am re-visiting tea towels once again. This set is the Kitten towels that I did for another shower gift for grandson Jordan's fiance, Jenna. If you want to see the rest of them you can go here:
More Embroidered Tea Towels, Kitties This Time . I really like doing these and it is something that is so easy to pick up when I'm going to a mini group gathering, or visiting someone, or just want something to do at home for a few minutes.  I hope you enjoy seeing these sets that I have done and I still have more to show you later.  Thanks for taking the time to look. I am linking up with Super Mom-No Cape again this week. You can find her if you click on the following link. Vintage Embroidery and Stitchery.  Sew until next time, I hope you have a Stitches kind of day...

Monday, June 22, 2015

Please, Say Hello to Priscilla

I would like to introduce you to my buddy, Priscilla. She came to live with me about 30+ years ago. I worked on her all winter the year that I made her. She has been a faithful companion and has sat in the corner of my living room continually and has never complained about it.  So, here is Priscilla, still young in spirit, if not in age...I am linking up with Super Mom-No Cape today again, I hope you will hop on over there and see the rest of the links too. .. Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day.....

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Little Progress Here

Here is another picture of my first block and I changed the fabric in the upper left hand side, I like it much better. Notice, the reindeer have their antlers now....And then I have 2 other blocks finished, yeah!!! I think I am going to really like this quilt/wallhanging!!!  I'm linking up again this week with
Super Mom-No Cape on her Vintage Embroidery and Stitchery post.  Skip on over there and check out what others have posted, it's fun!!   Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day.............