2 Questions on a Garden and a Quilt

I have a gardening question on this fine Monday morning.  I didn’t pull my plants last fall and the kale is coming back on its own now.  First of all, I had no idea that kale would do that and I’m pretty excited.  Secondly, will it be the same quality as when I planted it from seed last year?  I try not to buy hybrids so it could be a pure plant from the start.  That’s my question.  I need to know so I can either pull it and start over or just let it grow.  I actually had one plant that stayed green all winter and is now growing new foliage.   The others browned and wilted, but obviously did not die because they all have new green foliage growing too!    These are not new plants this year.  The foliage is growing on the old plants.

The hubby planted the seeds in the greenhouse this year.  He said he wanted to take over the garden this year so I let him….plus, I’ve been busy.  Now, I’m wondering if he’s been watering them or if I need to.  I just can’t let it go completely.  Control issues?  He did give me all the herbs and flowers to do though because they’re my favorite.  Or, maybe because I invaded the greenhouse while he was planting and started telling him what to do.  It appears we’ll be working on the gardening together this year.  It will be an exercise in cooperation for us.  Trust me, we need to start now because he retires in 15 years and neither of us is sure how that will turn out.  Winking smile

Until things start growing, here’s a picture of some herbs from years gone by.


Now for the quilt question.  This is a picture of the quilt that my daughter wants me to make for her.  Does anyone know where I can get the pattern or what it might be called?


Have a great day everyone and thanks for your help!


Sewing Classes and a Quilt Show

I’ve been working on a couple of projects.  I have started selling baby blankets and burp cloths in a boutique in DeMotte.  I’m working on making some children’s clothes to sell also.  The really exciting news is that I’m going to be teaching sewing classes.  My first one is on May 11th.  We’ll be making reversible placemats. I was telling a friend that while it’s exciting, it’s also a bit nerve wracking.  She assured me that I would do great, but I don’t think I’ll stop worrying until I actually get it underway.  I keep thinking of things that I or the students will need.  I just hope I don’t forget anything that day.  I’m sure it will turn out fine one way or another. 

In other news, my quilt club is having our biennial quilt show this weekend. Our featured quilter was one of the founding members about 20 years ago.  Unfortunately, she passed away a couple weeks ago.  We’re planning a special display to memorialize her.  She was an amazing woman and quilter.   One quilt that she restored is even in the Smithsonian.  Her name was Jane and she was very generous with her time and talents.  She is the person who taught me to quilt.  Writing this, I’m realizing that she’s a hero to me and certainly someone to emulate.  I will miss her.

I hope to inspire and encourage others to learn to sew and quilt like she did for me and many others, I’m sure.

Have a great day everyone.  Spread the love for whatever is your passion so someone else can discover theirs.  🎉🎨🌠


Happy Valentine’s Day! 100 Days of Happy-Day # Who Cares


Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  This is one of the best holidays of the year because it’s all about love.  No, you do not have to be married or be in a relationship to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  It is a day to show love to everyone.  Say hi to that homeless person you pass on your way to work each day.  Pay for the coffee for the person behind you in line.  Write a letter to someone you haven’t talked to in a while.  Put a note in your child’s lunch.  Hug a stranger.  Read a story to someone in the hospital.  Go out in freezing cold temperatures in the dark to put a key out for your neighbor so their house can get painted.  (You know who I’m talking about, K!)  Desi kept me company.  Smile 

What I’m trying to say is you are love because you are God’s child.  Go spread that love around!  Have a great day everyone!


100 Days of Happy-Day 27 ~ A Sewist’s Multi-tool


It’s been a while since I’ve posted my  100 Days of Happy, but that doesn’t mean  I’m not happy!  I’ve been using my tablet a lot and I don’t like to post directly from that….and I haven’t taken many pictures.  I’ll catch up with that soon in a different post.  This one is all about my new multi-tool.   Everyone has heard of the multi-tools with screwdrivers and knives and sawblades and dental floss, but mine is even better and it’s just for those of us who sew. 

Do you remember the plexiglass template I had made for cutting out t-shirts for quilts?  If not, it’s here.  Well, I have found a new use for it!  For those of you who applique, you know how frustrating it can be when you go through both layers of a t-shirt or pillowcase, for example.  It’s nearly impossible to get the needle and thread to go back through exactly the way they came.  I was appliqueing minion faces on a pillow bed and decided to use that piece of plexiglass as a barrier between the front and back.  It worked perfectly!  It was large enough to provide a good working area and fit inside the pillowcase sections easily.  I also didn’t have to worry about scratching it up because it doesn’t matter if it’s scratched up.


You can see the shape of it under the fabric.  It fit right on my lap and let me get through 2-3 layers of fleece without catching the backing up too.  I also knew when I was all the way through because I could feel the hard surface.  It would great for applique even without a backing attached because you won’t catch the tablecloth or your pants in the stitching either.  It also allows you to go faster because you know when you’re through the fabric and you don’t have to keep flipping it over to check.  And the added bonus…….drumroll, please……….NO MORE FINGER PRICKS!  I hate thimbles so my fingers invariably end up bleeding when I do handwork.  Hmmm….might work for hand quilting too.  I’ll have to work on that.

I hope that can help someone.

Have a great day!


100 Days of Happy-Day 16


Again with the sewing.Smile   I sewed dog booties (and a few other things) all day long.  When I started sewing parts together backward I was told to walk away from the sewing machine.  Thank heaven for seam rippers, but they still don’t stop me from talking to myself.  I think I was interrupting his television show.  Smile

100 Days of Happy-Day 15

Happy Monday!  I’m a little behind on my posts, but that always happens on weekends.  I’m still going to post all the days so today I’ll actually have 3 separate days of happy.  Day 15 was actually Friday and it was good in lots of ways.  I got to have a slow morning.  Well, I guess it was slow by my standards anyway.  As soon as my baby left for school I went to my friend’s to exercise.  We switch off days at each other’s houses.  I was back by 8:00 and had a relaxing breakfast and start to my day.  I did the grocery shopping, went to art class, and watched Abbey’s soccer game and was home by 6:30.  That was my 8 hour “work” day.  Exhausting!  Winking smile  Here’s a picture of one of my paintings for your viewing pleasure.