Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Duke Family....quilt

My husband's cousins are gathering this weekend for food, family & fellowship!!
Several of the first cousins have NOT seen each other in many years...some 30+ years.
So we are going to have a grand time.

Cliff asked me to make a quilt for us to sign and also to fill out family info. 

Here is my start...

And here is this quick method...you may have done this...but it sure is quick!!

Sew 1/4" around all sides and cut twice diagonally...press...

Chain piece...

Do ya'll know about this twirly thing in the middle??? 

Clip...very carefully...one or two little threads...and press on seam one way...one the other

It makes a very nice FLAT seam...on the back...

and on the front...

I have to keep a sample by the sewing machine to help me remember...how the next time!!!

More pics tomorrow...or Thursday.

Blessings all,

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Look....what came in my mailbox!!!

Aren't they just lovely!!!
Sweet Nancy at Cozy Thyme Cottage  knitted these for me and sent them to me.

I have already used the blue one as a hot pad this morning
because I do not want to get them wet yet!!!

SO special...

Thanks Nancy!!

Blessings all,


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Your Advice Needed....Growing Dill.....and Pickles

I have some lovely dill in my little garden up close to the house that is ready to use but I am NOT ready to make pickles.

 Here in Eastern North Carolina our weather has been getting pretty hot so my vines are blooming but no cucumbers as of yet.

So what do I do with the dill????

I do not want to cut it unless I have to and do not know how long it will stay fresh and pretty.

What is your advice?

How can I preserve it with it drying out to use in my pickles?

Blessings all,

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tote Bag Handle Tip...

While sewing 6 tote bags for our Guild- Neuse Quilters- to donate to the American Red Cross,
I came up with this method to attach the handles
and thought I would share with you.

First pin in place with handle just below the second row of top stitching.

Stitch across the first row of top stitching.

then back stitch over to reinforce.

With the needle in the down position, pivot to a 45 degree angle

and stitch diagonally.

You can feel as you reach the folded edge of the handle underneath.

Again pivot with needle and

back stitch over the second row of top stitching on the bag.

Pivot with needle down and stitch another 45 degree angle diagonally

to the top corner.

Back stitch for final reinforcement.



you can see here where I placed the handle just below the second top stitching row.
The handle is folded up about 1 1/2 " and place to the inside.

All four from the inside and

the outside.

Hope this is helpful.
It only takes a few minutes for all four.

6 Totes for American Red Cross

Blessings all,

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Strawberry Jam 2013....Summer Wallet Give Away WINNER !!!

The Duke's Strawberry Jam 2013

Easy... no
Time Consuming...yes
Worth It...YES !!!

In case you wondered how it got in the jars...

Blessings all,

PS I am drawing for the wallet give away at 8:00 pm ( Saturday)...


I drew...and the winner is...

over at 
Cozy Thyme Cottage

Congrats and enjoy!! ........"My Twin"


I am hearing "pops" coming from the kitchen!!!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Summer Wallet Give Away...hope you like it!!!

I have needed a new wallet ever since I dropped mine in a water puddle at the gas station..ewwww!!!!

Yes, watery, oily, gassy puddle. I have been looking on line for a new pattern and this is what I found at the BHG website   Easy-to-make-Wallet. Here are others  from Tip Nut.

So,I have combined several that I really like and have come up with my own...

One for me...


one for YOU !!!!

I ran out of Moda Marble in blue and had to make mine with the green fabric...the licence slot was an experiment that I did not think was neat enough, so I did NOT include it in the 
give away wallet.

Simply leave me a comment saying that you are a follower  to be in the drawing to W I N !!!

AND, if you want to be entered a second time, post my give away on your blog AND leave another comment!!

AND, if you want to be entered a third time, tweet it AND
 leave me another comment!!

AND, if you want to be entered a fourth time, pin it
AND leave me another comment!! 


Hope it is YOU.

We can be twins!!!

Comment by Saturday, June 8 2013 at 8:00pm
and I will let you know who wins on
Sunday, June 9, 2013 !!

Blessings all,