Meltdown Monday

I have the priviledge of being around the most honest bunch of little people possible on this ‘Day After’ Daylight Savings Time change. They are letting me know in a brutally truthful manner just how much humanity in general hates this change of routine. Meltdowns are just one way I witness the contempt they have. They don’t feel good and I have to put on my best face and dig out all my resources to push through days like this. Somehow, we managed to navigate the first half of the day in this daycare without damage to life or limb.

For myself, I find my happy place in thinking about what I’m going to do after work. So I’m sharing a little bit of my latest project. Beginning with a collage of the process.


The captions will tell the story, but basically I needed to combine some pastels with the 3 blocks I chose. I would have loved to use the red one, but it just wasn’t cohesive enough. It will have a quilt home though. I’m thinking, red, white and blue for its future. Would you agree?

Below is my final composition.

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It will lie in this present state until after the 2018 April A to Z Challenge. It will make the perfect hand quilting project once I get to it. But the call of planning my A to Z entries is underway. The big reveal is on March 19.  And remember,

Dull women have immaculate houses.


Floral Collage/Sunday Sampler/WPC



Shopping on eBay gave me an opportunity to share in the Weekly Photo Challenge on this Sunday afternoon. Some lovely fabrics that you can’t find in the stores around here are my display in collage style. I’ve been lucky to find this very reputable seller who has somehow acquired many beautiful fabrics. Now to sort fabrics into color schemes———-a collage for another day.


Barbie Score!/Sunday Sampler

Not everyone can say they have a sister named Barbie. I can and she definitely scored on Christmas Day with being the “Hostess Superlative” for our family get-together.


Thanks Sista!

But the Sunday Sampler ‘Barbie Score’ has another twist.


This gem came in the mail from the hubster! Let me explain to you how rare it is lately to find Ken doll clothes patterns. Barbie rules the roost without a doubt. My dilemma is compounded in a daycare with 1 girl versus 7 boys. When it’s time for my Miss Emmi to play with the dolls, the boys are surprisingly eager to join along, provided there are male counterparts.And there are only so many clothes for those ‘Ken’ dolls. Mainly just shorts. And the boys are a bit indignant on this subject. So part of my time off for Christmas break is preparing to make some of these poor neglected AquaMen/Spidermen/Kenmen their own line of clothing. Wish me luck!

Happy New Year Everyone!!

Decipher This


File_000 (5) While digging through the button stash, these popped out at me. They are vintage and real wooden buttons. There’s also a note ‘written to self’ along one side.

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I can read “Cabinet Making WK for ????”

I wonder if you can decipher it? I enlarged the pic so you can see it better as well as the grain in the buttons. Now what can I use them for??

I Try to Live a Pieceful Life/Letter P


For today’s post, just sharing a sampling of some pieced blocks I’ve acquired.

These were some of my youngest daughter’s first quilt blocks. She saved them in a little sewing box and when music became her new love,

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Last night’s final performance for the 81st season of the Sedalia Symphony. My baby girl plays the violin 🙂

she gave them to me. I have a little secret plan for them 😉IMG_4818a.jpg


These were experiments. Top one from watching a PBS show. It’s a bit wonky (quilter term). The bottom is from an online free pattern. A star of sorts, the web address is probably gone by now. This was before Windows came out. I’m old.


I’d enter these into ugliest quilt blocks category. They need to be made into a potholder? Maybe dismantled.

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For the Children


Screenshot_2015-12-20-11-05-33 (1)Last week I tried an online auction for the very first time. And……I won!!!


Here are my winnings. A Gathering of 12 Vintage Christmas Stories for children.


Older versions have such superb artistry.

Do you have any idea how spellbound my kiddos will be? You can’t find this stuff on tv or computer screens.

(unless you search eBay)

These deserve to be Cherished and Read to our young.


Florence Sarah Winship is a renown illustrator of books and coloring books. I’m thrilled to have her name on 2 of my new acquisitions.

I’ll be Gathering memories this week!