Sew Sweet Simplicity Block One–Times TWO!

I was late posting my block, but I did deliver twice the goods.  When a pattern is this pretty and goes together this easily, why not make two?!


Yes, this is my take on the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM Block 1 being sponsored by Art of Home. It is a more jewel-tone color scheme,  and I am making the centers dark.  I  have a twist planned for the setting, but we’ll see how the blocks turn out before I give that much away. Next month I really hope to be on time sharing my block(s).  Why don’t you share yours?  Join in if you haven’t signed up yet.  There are many options available and one is sure to suit you. See you next month for block two.

Sew Sweet Simplicity Block COMING SOON!

Yes, I am behind. Life wins some days. Not that anything bad is happening, but my post celebrating Block 1 of the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM is not ready.

Tomorrow. Probably.

In the meantime, you can visit other (prepared) bloggers and see what they are up to:

Garden Path Quilts
Mountain Quiltworks
Bejeweled Quilts
Upstairs Hobby Room
A Quilt and a Prayer
Lily Pad Quilting

See you soon!


For…well…let’s just say “for a while,” Daughter (Sparkle Jane) and I have been working on a massive project of love:  The Francis Quilts.

This project is a set of seventeen memory quilts in honor of the sister-in-law of a family friend.


As of today, the tops are pieced–all seventeen of them.

There is still a long ways to go, but we have made it this far. Quilting next!

I Make Bread

The other evening Husband and I were on a hot date to the grocery store. You understand that is sometimes how it is after nearly 20 years of married life.  We were wandering along when he said, “I left my glasses in the car.  Surely that doesn’t say $5.39 a loaf.”  It did say $5.39 on the little tag under the loaf of bread he was pointing to.

“That,” I replied, “Is why I make our bread.”


Beside that, it makes the house smell good and gives me a great feeling of satisfaction.  And, it only costs about a $1/loaf.

Here is my basic recipe.


Makes four loaves (easily make two with a half recipe–good for rolls, also)

4 c warm water

2/3 c sugar

4 c whole wheat flour (You can make with all white flour, too, or even a higher proportion of whole wheat.)

2 T yeast

2/3 c vegetable oil

1-1/2 T salt

1/2 c powdered milk

6 c all purpose flour

Mix first four ingredients.  Let sit for 10 minutes.  Then add the remaining ingredients to make a soft dough. Knead until smooth.  Let rise until double.  Divide into four sections. Shape each section into a loaf and place in greased pans.  Let rise.  Bake in preheated 375F  oven for 35 minutes.

If I make this while people are at home, one loaf gets eaten right away, hot with butter and jam or honey.  One is for sandwiches and the other two are frozen for later in the week.

If you want to have the fancy tops, score with a sharp knife just before putting in the oven.

Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM Preview




Just to get you really fired up, Jacquelynne is sponsoring a Blog Hop showcasing the many variations being created based on her Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM pattern.  Yes, I am one of those lucky people.  Yay me!


While I loved the pattern, the color scheme didn’t meet my needs right at the moment.  What do you think of these colors instead?  I pulled all sorts of dark blue, green, brown and gold fabrics to make a scrappy, masculine quilt.  The background is a creamy off-white.  I am so excited to see the blocks come together.


You can join us.  Just visit the Art of Home to sign up. The first block pattern will be released October 27–you have time.  Just sign up and decide:  Do you want to make 4 blocks or 6?  Or, like me, make a couple of each and create a larger quilt?  (We’ll see how that turns out as we go along.)  And, there are more fun decisions to make:  Do you prefer straight piecing?  Applique?  Embroidery?  Yes, there is a variation just for you.

And giveaways, too.  Books, fabric, thread–who doesn’t need more of those?! In fact, let’s have a giveaway RIGHT NOW.  Jacquelynne is sponsoring a giveaway of her patterns–which are wonderful.  Leave a comment to get your name in the hat for a Digital Pattern Bundle worth $40.   I’ll draw the winner Monday, October 20, only a week before this great sew along gets started.


Stop by regularly to see the blog hops scheduled throughout the project to keep you inspired.  Everyone is doing something different and interesting.

Great project.  Fun times.   Plenty to see and do.  Sounds SWEET to me!

Help Name This Quilt

This is a new little project that just happened to happen in the sewing room this past week. The scraps had been sitting around, and the idea came. But, no name came with them…very sad, a little nameless quilt.


I plan to write a tutorial for the pattern. What shall we call it? Please share your best ideas…this quilt does not want to be just called “Quilt” for the rest of its life.

To help with the process, it is 37″ square–appropriate  for a baby wrapper or table topper.

Thanks! I have the best readers in the world. You are sure to come up with something perfect.

More Information On Charitable Quilt

I, too, was pleasantly STUNNED by the amount of money raised by the quilt/pillow set that was donated to a local charity.  I had set a reserve of $200, feeling that it should make that much or I would donate cash and give the quilt away.  Yes, giving away something people can’t afford to buy makes perfect sense to this quilter.


My original understanding was that the format was a silent auction, but they did something different this year.  People attending the event (lunch or dinner) could purchase raffle tickets.  I think they were $1 each or 6/5$.  Then, they put the tickets in a jar by the item they were interested in.  If the jars (quart Mason jars) became full they were emptied into boxes in the back room.

People seemed very willing to spend one dollar, or even five dollars, to get a chance at something they wanted.  According to the event organizer, at the end of the evening $2140 was spent on raffle tickets and a very happy person got to take a quilt home.

As the maker of the quilt, I am thrilled.  While I was willing to make a donation, I could not possibly donate $2140.  But, you can bet I am already considering what I might be able to share next year. :)

If there are further questions, please let me know and I will try to answer them.  Maybe a format of this type would work in your area, too.