Sunday, May 13, 2018


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My Mom has been gone 11 years and I miss her
everyday...My son lives 12 hours away and
I miss him everyday. 

But today I want to share a sweet Mother's Day story

Gemma, my 7 year old great-niece
 was recently spending a day with me.

Aunt Kathy, "Can we sew?"
Sure, but so you understand the sewing machine
is not a toy and we will make a project.


She picked some fabrics to make her 
Mommie a Mothers Day Gift

Lessons are in order when she sews with me.
I want to teach her to "love" sewing.
I showed her...
How to determine the right side and wrong side of fabrics.
How to place fabrics RST 
How to  pin the two pieces for sewing the seams
(flip them over and make sure the pin catches both fabrics
and the edges are totally lined up)

Now at the sewing machine, more lessons.
How to line up the seams against the pressure foot toe guide.
To watch the pressure foot guide....NOT the needle
to keep the fabrics against it and have a nice
1/4" seam while gently guiding the fabric.

Important lesson:
Keep those fingers away from the needle area.
And she used the back stitch button.

We had 6 fabrics and 5 seams to make the drawstring pouch
with exterior and lining.
I cut the fabrics...she sewed the seams...
pulling out the pins and NOT sewing over them.
I pressed the seams.

She concentrated, while Aunt Kathy 
gave lots of encouragement and hugs!
"proud of you" may have been overused!

She watched as I cut the corners to "box the corners"
and she sewed the corner sections together.
She turned it inside out and thought using the
"chop stick" to poke out corners was quite fun!

She was tired by now so I suggested, "IF she didn't mind,
I would make the casing and the drawstrings
and she could just watch!

She top stitched the top and saw how the 
"open arm" works on the machine.
I put in the drawstrings, she said that they were
too hard to scoot thru.

And THIS is the final bag!

And when it was all said an done...
she was a happy little girl!
She did get restless but she finished it because...
UFOs are not a good lesson!  😉

I was a very proud "Aunt Kathy"

I hope Gemma will continue to want to "sew"
I have "sew" much to teach her!
I told her not many 7 year old kids can say
they sewed their Mama's Mothers Day gift!

I hope your Mothers Day is perfect in every way!

Saturday, May 5, 2018


A good friend told me, at a recent birthday gathering,
that her sister was a first time grandma!
The baby boy was born on my birthday.

Without a moments hesitation I said,
"I must give him one of my quilts".

Arthur Jack Good was born May 1 2018
I was born May 1, 1951

I made this quilt several years ago.
It has been in a storage tub, just waiting for the 
perfect baby to receive it!

Alexander Henry car fabrics...
but I don't remember the name.


And the backing was stash fabric
and worked out just fine.

I used a brown thread for a meandering FMQ design.
And addied some large ric rack as sensory tabs
for the baby to play with.

I used my Bernina text capability to add the baby's name 
and birthdate on the bottom right border.
My name is on the side border.
Makes a quick and easy label.

I also made a card that says...
You and Me....
...share the same birthday!
Added a little personal note inside for the baby
and why I gave him the quilt.

I may never meet "Baby Good", but that is not what matters.
I  "paid it forward" by giving a child a quilt!
Hopefully a cherished treasure for years to come.

And now my friend knows the answer to a question 
she has asked more than once. 
"What are you gonna do with all the quilts you make?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


I hope you read the post showing
how I made my Painted Forest quilt top.
I used Cotton and Steel Spellbound and Boo 
fabrics for the tree leaves
Grunge tree trunks and limbs
Black filled the background from my stash!

I had passed Vereene Memorial Garden many times 
as I drove around South Carolina!

 I had no idea what would embrace me
beyond the entrance but, 
I knew a there was a chance it that needed my
"Painted Forest" quilt.