My Week Out of Office

I had an amazing week out of office a few weeks back! It was approximately 97% work-free and it was glorious!

It started with a 4 day/night visit w/my daughter and the grands.

And then it was total “me time”!

I slept in everyday. “Slept in” meaning I woke up whenever my eyes opened w/o an alarm.

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I took down the Christmas Tree and thoroughly cleaned my house for the first time since I moved in. I also caught up on my laundry.

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I took Moe to the park a couple of times.

I made beef and barley soup and had a friend over for dinner.

On another night, I met a different friend for dinner at Margarita’s.

I spent time in the sewing room and finally finished this Legendary quilt top for a friend and sent it and the pillow cover off to the quilter.

Then I did some selfish sewing. I had to make myself a Star Burst Tree Skirt! I saw it all over Instagram during the holidays. I used a modified version of this tutorial.  It’s QAYG (quilt as you go). I was able to finish the top and will soon finish, finish it differently than the tutorial suggests.

And while I did all that sewing, I finished three audio books.

For the last several years I’ve challenged myself to read more books than the year before. Last year my goal was 36 and thanks to me finally taking the time to figure out how to listen to audio-books, I finished the year with 47 reads! Yes, I count audio-books as reads!   My goal this year is 60.

I also got a deep tissue massage and a facial!  It was definitely time well spent and I’m very grateful for all of it!

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, Happy Stitchin’ and God Bless!

A Thread for Life

Better one handful with rest than two handfuls with effort and a pursuit of the wind. Ecc 4:6

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Beautiful Randomness

I finally pulled my Merry Sparkle Punch WIP/UFO out and started working on it.

This is an old pic. It is not yet on my design wall again. I had less than 1/3 of it done when I put it away.

To be honest, since it’s a Christmas quilt I was going to push it back to later in the year, but I really want to get it to flimsy status ASAP.

I took it w/me to Saturday Sew, but didn’t get any stitches in as Viola, my traveling Featherweight, was acting up. So instead I cut the HSTs needed for my star points.

I was able to get several star points sewn later Saturday evening.

Then I noticed the bonus HSTs from my Two Hearts pillows, just sitting off to the side of my machine. I’d used them as leaders/enders, and since there were only 16 of them, I decided to sew them together.

As I put the mini on my design wall to take a pic, I realized I would soon have to clear off all that’s on there, to make room for my Merry Sparkle Punch layout.

But for a few more days, I will enjoy this beautiful randomness.

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Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm‬ ‭139:23-24‬ ‭NIV

A New Fondness

Some people, or at the very least my sister, might call this an obsession, but “fondness” is what I’m calling it. 

I’ve a new fondness for hand quilting!

I pulled another UFO (un-finished object) out of my WIP (works in progress) closet.

This is the start of an Arkansas Traveler quilt. 


I struggled to add the borders to these diamonds using a tutorial and decided to use a paper piecing template going forward.  So this block will be a pillow cover. A hand quilted pillow cover.

I started work on it this weekend during a trip to IA to visit my quilter/blogger friend, Greta of Material Detachment.  She cut the diamonds for me not quite 3 years ago.

I made lots of progress and am completely pleased w/how it’s s turning out!


I wasn’t planning on doing this much quilting but all this fabulous texture has changed my mind!


I’ll be adding more quilting to the diamonds using a red thread. 

Not so long ago I labled those who hand quilted as “crazy”. But now I see what all the hype is about! 

I want to hand quilt ALL the things! 

Okay, I’m starting to sound obsessed so I’ll leave it at that. 

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A Thread for Life 

It’s love so undeniable, I can hardly speak

Peace so unexplainable, I can hardly think

As you call me deeper still

Into love, love, love

You’re a Good, Good Father. 

-Chris Tomlin