Saturday, May 31, 2014


I finished this one today, fabrics by Island Batiks, I just did a basic swirl any which a way.

 I have had this one for a while and finally finished it yesterday....whohooooo  all the fabrics are from Inchworm Fabrics

I found another quilt that just needs the borders hopefully I can finish that tonight!

Friday, May 30, 2014

FINISHES!!! Trying to Stay focused!

Yesterday I sandwiched three quilts and have two already sandwiched and so that is my goal to get them quilted.

I just love these Gesha girls.  I got the design from Designs by Juju...I just love their embroidery and it works up really well.

It is so fun to have some finishes and it feels great.... Unfortunately there are more but I am determined to get these done and then go on to the tops that are half finished and work on those.  This one quilt below is made from Fabrics from Inchworm Fabrics  as well as the Oriental fabric above.
Trying to stay focused!  How do you stay on the path?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


I have had these fabrics sitting....taunting.....screaming at me from Island Batik 

Raindrops - you can find the line on their site

This is one of my favorite patterns.  I put batting behind the turtles and blanket stitched around them and then cut the batting away.  I can't wait to actually quilt this and see if the desired effect I want happens.

Saturday, May 24, 2014


I don't know about your sewing room or how you feel about things but.............. I have so many projects just laying around the sewing room waiting to be finished.  It drives me I decided to get busy and get some things done.

Here is one of my finishes.  I have found since I use glue to help me with the bindings that my borders way but as soon as it washes it goes flat.  I think I use too much and the wave is the stiff part and can't help but wavy.  Great project for practicing my FMQ.  AND it is DONE!!!!  One pile gone.  This is a panel and you can find it and the coordinating fabrics at Inchworm Fabrics.

Then I had a friend showed me a picture of a quilt that she wanted to make for her baby and asked if I thought she could do it???

Then she said she had plans for her sons but never got around to it.  I told her if she wanted she could send me the fabrics and I could make the quilt for her as a gift.  She jumped on that like flies on a cow pie...HA!!!

I got the fabrics yesterday and loved them so much I just couldn't help myself.
I just love love the colors and trust me it is a lot prettier up close and personal...

No berry picking today.....It is getting things done today day....I must.  I will have to go to an institution if I don't clear some of these piles out of the way.

Have a fabulous Memorial Day Week-end.  Thanks to all of you who have had husbands, brothers, sisters, mothers, or even yourself for serving to keep our Country Free.

Thursday, May 22, 2014


A lot of you asked what a dew berry was.

It is the same as a blackberry, except they come out earlier, run along the ground, and are sweeter.  I thought the dew berries were bigger than blackberries but google says that black berries are bigger and you know it is true if it is on the internet....HA!!!

Most of you know that we are doing a family block a month, we draw a name each month and that person's whos name has been drawn gets to chose the block and then gets all of the blocks at the end of the month.  We have eleven participating, we sure could have used twelve.

I am not that great of a piecer and this is allowing me to hopefully, become better.

This block is Star Light Quilt block and you can find it here, it was a quilt a long from Happy Quilting (Cut, Sew, Quilt, repeat).  Chosen by one of my nieces.

Monday, May 19, 2014


I need therapy!!!!

This is six gallons of dew berries.  I had eight but I have made two cobblers since, one for us and one for a baby shower.

There is more to pick.  Lots more.

You ask why do I need Saving?

Because I have gone picking come rain or shine....with a hurt let walking on a cane.  Most of you know this is back breaking work....

So Sat.  I am hobbling alone, back aching, foot aching but I am still picking berries 3 hours later.
I kept saying......Vance....come save me from myself...I just can't stop.  Of course he can't hear me but....
here he comes rolling along in his truck.

He is shaking his head going....Barb....I thought for sure something happened to you.

Nope...but I sure need saving from myself....

He tells me I have a problem....

I am telling you I do too, I won't rest until they are all picked.
In fact, as soon as I finish writing this I am if finally light outside.  HA!!!
That is what I have been waiting for...the Light of Day.

Now if I am out there too long, won't someone come and save me from myself????


Winner of the Oklahoma Twister pattern

BrendaMay 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM
I love the tornado implications of the design. Especially as we had 15 or 17 strike just west and north of us in Nebraska. This would make a great benefit quilt for one of the small towns that were extensively damaged/nearly destroyed.

Sunday, May 18, 2014


How often do we hear this?

I know that a lot of them are ligit, sad to say but.............I am just showing the flip coin......I know...I know...there are people out there that will steal a design and say it is theirs....not fun for the actual designer I am not talking about that.

Do you think it is possible for two people to have the same idea a the same time or purt near close the same time?

I will give you an example.

I had a design swirling around in my head for months....and months.  I scribbled down a few ideas (sorry...did some during church).

It takes a while to formulate the design but I finally had the idea formulated but just slow in finding the time to make it.

It was a round snowman table topper.


I am on facebook and there was my round snowman topper.  Oh my gosh.  someone came right into my brain and made my snow man topper...almost identical to the way I was going to do it.  How can this happen?  I went to my husband...."Someone stole my idea from my brain"!!!

I went to my children (the ones that would listen or pretend to listen).  "someone stole my idea right out of my brain!!""""  I said....  I was so frustrated.

What is the lesson to be learned????  Sometimes the turtle does not win the race.

Not good enough?

I recently had an idea to make a cute little umbrella runner.

I go on the Accuquilt site and there is my least how the umbrella's are situated....I might have done a few things different for the wind effect.  That was what I was waiting on the effect.  but...............


Was it while I was sleeping?  Playing my mindless facebook game (I do that sometimes while I am thinking)....  did they see my sketches?

Crazy huh?  Two people having the same thoughts.  The snowman was almost identical to the one I was going to do the only difference is someone got there first and it wasn't me.

I remember thinking I came up with the best idea, posted it on  my blog and someone says..."That wasn't your idea"....I am thinking WHATTTTTT....I did think of it...unique to me.

Oh well...what do you think?   You think someone thinks like you and possibly could come up with something you thought of.




Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Buyers rights when they buy a pattern!!

So today I was thinking (yes...that was smoke you saw coming from Atlanta, TX)....

I was thinking about patterns.

Once I purchased this frog pattern and I contacted the owner of the pattern to see if I could make these frogs and sell them.

He told me I could only sell two.


Just two???

I thought, I purchased the pattern, I should be able to make and sell as many as I want.

Needles to say I only made one and gave the pattern away.

That is how I feel about my patterns.  Anyone can make and sell as many items as they want as long as they are not selling the pattern its  self.  Or photo copying and giving the patterns away.    Anything else Free game.  Why should'nt it be?  You buy the pattern it is yours.

Just in case, maybe you need to contact the seller of a pattern that you want to make and sell....before you do.

What are your feelings on this?


I have been picking Blue berries like crazy....even with a bum foot.  My husband thinks I am crazy with an injury but Blueberry season only comes once a year...I am not going to miss it.  Made the best Blueberry cobbler the other day....UMMMM UMMMMM GOOD

finally put the finished touches on this quilt.

See below for the pattern giveaway....

Saturday, May 10, 2014


For those of you that have been reading my blog awhile, you have heard me talk of my amazing sisters.

  Two older, Jeanetter from Inchworm Fabrics and her blog,
 Margaret from Average Quilter,
 then my younger sister Beverly of Quilters Corner.
  Each sister has their own nitch in the quilting world.

As you see, Jeanette has her own store, Margaret has her own longarm quilting and embroidery business, and Beverly just recently got a longarm.

My mother is just as amazing, she is the long time quilter, she use to tailor clothes and make all of us girls clothes for school.  Happy Mother's Day to all of my sisters and mother!!!

Jeanette just recently wrote up the pattern for this quilt "Oklahoma Twister"...what a fitting name.

 Here it is made up

 Put your blinders on....

Here is my square....this was so fast, fun, and the pattern is so easy to understand.   I am trying to put the breaks on myself and not cut out enough squares for a quilt.  Why....because I have soooooooooooooooo much to finish.  So her making this pattern is a true motivator for me...gonna get a few things done and then I am going to make a quilt and in my lime green....Ooooo la la

Jeanette is giving away a pattern on her blog and I am giving away one here.  If you don't want to wait that long you can go to her store.


Which brings me to the winner of my four fat quarters from Island Batik.


Thanks to all of you who came by and commented.  If I did not answer you it was because your comment did not make it to my hot mail...some did, some didn't...go figure!!!


Wednesday, May 7, 2014


If you missed the post below, you will know that I am all alone today...getting into all kinds of mischief.....

I have been dying to do something with this ugly table above.....too lazy to refinish this is what I have come up with.
I chose yellow to go with the walls in the living room....when you come into our house you can see the dining room through the living room and I think...well....I think I love it!!!

 Here it is side gets dirty and you can just flip it....HA!!!!!!   just kidding (or am I???)


Husband and son are gone today......

Hummmmm  what ever shall I do??

He never told me to behave myself.....

can't get into too much trouble with a banged up foot.


Are you ready for what I have in store?

See this table.

 See how ugly it would think once your children are grown that you could havenice furniture...


This is my oldest sons's doings.  He worries mom, it can be fixed real easy.  I don't see him fixing it real easy?    It is an embarassement.
 I have done this when company comes over... (talk about UGLY)!!!
 I have done pretty...I just love these place mats and do enjoy using them.  It does cover up some of the uglies....
 What about this one below?  Hummmmm jury is out on this one.

Now I am going to say something that might offend some of you...if so....the views of this post are not necessarily the views of the blog itself (ha!!!). didn't think that was funny....well here goes

When I see a table cloth on a table I think GRANDMOTHER!!!  Now if you are getting ready to eat and there is a table cloth....wonderful...but to just have one sitting on the table.....

I have seen many home shows that stage a home and the first thing they do is put a table cloth on the me it closes the room off....  I guess I am just a person who likes wood and space.  So shoot me now for my isn't worth much.
So stick with me today....I am going to come back and show you an idea that has been swirling around in my head and if it works out...yepeeee...and if harm if you have a round table and want to dress it up...stay tuned.

Friday, May 2, 2014

MORN'N - fat quarter giveway featuring Island Batik Tequila Sunset SPRING 2014 LINE

On today's menu is "Tequila Sunset" you can find the whole line here at Island Batik
 Can I just tell you how much I love these fabrics!!!

Today I am giving away 4 fat me I was squealing like a stuck pig when I was cutting these up.  It is so hard to give these lovelies away but just leave a comment and tell  me why you love batiks.

Here is another easy project.  Instead of Tequila Sunset, the sun is Goooood Morn'n
Gooood Morn'n

"Fruit Punch" and "Uncle Sam's Soda" by Island Batiks.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

. Easy fast Project.........Japanese fabrics .... Island Batik fabrics...ummmm ummmm good

Heidi from Frog Creek is the winner of the "Craft it now" book...

Just need your address Heidi...congrats and thanks to all of you who entered.

So you all have seen this fabric several times on my is called Raindrops and you can find it here on Island Batik.  Island Batik does not sell the fabrics but they have a product locator for you if you want to find the nearest fabric to you.

So......Here is one of the easiest projects ever.  You don't necessarily have to do this design.  Find any design and put it on a towel and then make a matching pot holder.  Fast, easy, and fun fun fun.  Of course, I could have taken a better picture....

 Here is an old project that I finished.  I used the Accuquilt Go cutter for this project.

 Some embroidery fun!!  Designs by Juju.  I just love their designs and they stand by them.

  I recently purchase a design  from a different place and it messed up in the middle. Iit started sewing one shape where another shape already had been.  I tried it twice.  What a mess and waste of time.  Then I recently purchased a design from yet another place but mistakenly got the wrong format....I contacted the company and have yet to get a response.  Designs by Juju will contact you almost immediately and will help you with your needs.

Here are some project ideas for the Raindrop fabric (thanks for indulging me)

Like I had mentioned before, batiks do not fray, they are so easy to work with because they do not stretch like some fabrics.  I just love them.