Monday, January 30, 2017


Cincinnati, Ohio has something Home Grown and Home Sewn! 
 A local quilt shop that you should check out!  
They are located in Western Cincinnati and you can find all
there information here, on their website.

Its a family affair with Diane, Tom and Abbey running the shop.

A nice mix of traditional and modern styles and fabrics.

Yummy Christmas / Holiday fabrics

Here is a quilt finished with some "traditional" prairie points 
and big stitch quilting using "modern fabrics
Mini charm packs were used to make the prairie points.

and here it is in a more traditional fabric and style
but you get the idea!

Its a happy place and definitely deserves a visit!

Monday, January 23, 2017


Another shop I absolutely love, located in Cincinnati, Ohio is...
Fiberge - Knits and Bolts
located in the Pleasant Ridge area.

Meet the owner, Lysha Ingle Broad
 and check out the whop website here!
Follow them on Facebook here

She has stuffed this shop with yummy yarns  

and delicious modern fabrics

Come sit a spell and knit up your favorite scarf...

and check out the ever changing new arrivals.

Lots of classes available for both yarn and fabric creativity.  
I wish I lived closer!

My first visit was such fun.  
I mentioned I was on the way to a sewing retreat and   
She printed off discount coupons for all the attendees at the
 #OHCraft Sew in!

If you are in the area...stop by and show them some love!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


I started my blog in October 2011
I have written over 400 posts.
I love it...I love to write about my favorite things. 
To share my journey with you!

I enjoy reading your comments!
I always respond - IF I CAN!

You replies show up on the blog BUT
it also comes to my email mailbox.
That is where I can reply and you can get the message.

  I hit "reply" to your comment
and if you email addresss looks like this...


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My friend Erin, over at Sew At Home Mummy
wrote an excellent tutorial, including step by step screenshots 
FIX the NO REPLY BLOGGER settings!
(applies to blogger and google profiles only)


Erin has given me permission previously to use her tutorial...  
While you are there...look around her blog is incredible!

I ask everyone to check this email setting cause
 sometimes techy twerks can happen 
and it may have changed.  

Leave me a comment here and let me know you fixed it!
If fixed..I can respond to you!
IF you don't hear from me...its not fixed!

Monday, January 16, 2017


I must live under a rock.  
Just a few miles away from me in Pataskala, OH 
quilt shop had been opened...for a year
and I did NOT know about it!

Good does that happen!?

The Quilt Store Next Door!
Meet Shelly Kirkland, owner

Small but mighty...and such a fun atmosphere!

Got books?  Got Precuts?
Why yes they do!

Classes are available and there are Friday Night Sew-cials!

Check out the store hours and lots of great info 
on their website, here
or follow QSND or Facebook 

They also offer yarn and classes for that too!
They are about ready to celebrate their 2nd anniversary!
Stop by and wish them the best!
You will be glad you did!

Monday, January 9, 2017


I enjoy sewing new patterns
in 2016 I was asked to test a few patterns
for some pattern designers over on Instagram.

Rena Blain, @thesouthernbobbin asked me to give 
her Bobbin Wallet a test drive.
You can purchase this pattern on Craftsy.

I had never made a wallet so I gave some good feedback.  
The thing I like most is the interior zippy pouch.
Its great for change! 

I made another one while testing and it turned out great.  
A very easy pattern.
Not many that tells you how well it is written!

 I made these for Christmas Gifts...

Up next is a baby quilt designed by Andrea Arledge  @pommesdeterres) over on IG.  
"Woven Fence" is a quick and easy project.

If you want your own copy its available over on Craftsy.
Just click here!
Pattern is written for several sizes of quilts.
You should have this in your sewing room!


If you need a pattern tester...give me a shout out.
I have written patterns....many years ago and 
have also taught classes.
So my feedback comes in easy terms, for all to understand.

Monday, January 2, 2017


It was tough to pick out favorite things I made in 2016...
cause I pretty much like everything I make...
But here goes...

Halloween quilt using Riley Blake fabrics...need to quilt this one

 I gotta get my Ghastlie on all year long.  This top needs quilted.

A Ghastlies of my all time favorite bags.

and a Ghastlie "Ring of Coffins" pillow

Keeping in the Halloween Spirit...I finally finished this one 
after about five years of procrastinating!

I always enjoy making zippy pouches.
I pulled out all the Ghastlie stops using up
some of my cherished, 1st year of Ghastlies fabric stash
to make this for a holiday gift.

Kathy Guenther, my BFF and knitting menor 
is an excellent knitter and this bag...
had to be hers!

Llama love here...

I made several of these pouches using my Mom's 
embroidered dresser scarves and my scraps.
They were gifted to Mom's granddaughters for Christmas.

I did finish a couple quilts in 2016 that I adore.
This is called "Catching a Cold" because I pieced it in 2015 
when I had a horrible cold.
I used 5 packs of Christmas/Winter Charms for the front 
and 2 1/2 Layer cakes of the same fabrics for the back.
Michelle Mayton, longarmer did an all over 
snowflake design!

I finished the Metro Rings quilt. Michelle Mayton 
did a fabulous job keeping this very modern. 

Charley Harper fabric "flew into my sewing room" sew
I made a fabric covered journal for my 2017 year of projects

I started the Splendid Sampler but got bored very quickly.  
I made about 11 blocks using this fabric...
which is where the favorite comes in.
I may do a few more this year and make a small wall hanging.

I started working on some Charley Harper wall hangings 
for a one-girl quilt show (me) in November.
More on that later!

A bedside pocket organizer and pillow case for my niece.  
Luv the faerie fabric that was in my stash since 2006!

I am excited to get going on some new projects.
 What's on your horizon!?