Wednesday, October 30, 2013


November is coming, and this year I am trying to be intentional about being thankful during the entire month of November.  I am encouraging my family and friends to be thankful, too.  For this endeavor, I made a bunch of blank books with 32 pages each.  If you want to make your own book, see this post).  Each person got a blank book.  Our goal is to write at least one thing we are thankful for each day of the month.  The pages are large enough to add a picture for each day as well.   By Thanksgiving we should each have 28 or more things to be thankful for, and more grateful hearts.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do

Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook is an engaging book for children.  Each page shows an illustration with clothes that would fit with a certain occupation.  There are several lines describing what it is that person does and uses at their job.  When you turn the page, there is a two page illustration which shows the person doing his or her job along with a simple sentence.  This story would be good to add to a preschooler's or kindergartener's book collection.  

Monday, October 7, 2013

lots of quilts and a question

made for others
quilts that live at my house
I did a quilt trunk show last Thursday night at my quilt club.  For those of you who aren't familiar with trunk shows, it is an opportunity for a quilter to share her work with others.  I collected some of the quilts that I gave away, then added those to my own collection so I had a total of 25 quilts to show.  (No, there are not 25 quilts in the two pictures shown since some already have gone back home.)  It made me glad that I label my quilts because it helped me know what order they were completed.  A person would think you could remember when something was made, but over the course of 13 years and about fifty quilts, my memory was a bit fuzzy.  It was fun to share some of the stories of the quilts with other quilters.  My favorite of the ones that I collected was the baby quilt I made for my younger niece(shown below).

baby quilt
After looking at all sorts of quilts (my own creations as well as others), I have come to the conclusion that the pattern isn't nearly as important as the fabrics put into a quilt.  So the questions I have for you is-if someone was making you a quilt, what kind of fabrics or colors would you want in a quilt?