Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Merry Christmas

The gifts are all wrapped with shiny glitter bows, and the menu has been planned.  I have some baking to do, and a few last minute stitches to finish!  Christmas will be here in a few days, and I am looking forward to my son coming home, and spending some special times with my family. How wonderful to celebrate our savior Jesus birth!  
I want to wish all of you a safe, happy, and blessed MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I am sharing a favorite holiday recipe.  This recipe has been in my family for many years.

  Orange Pudding
6 fresh Florida oranges, peeled and cut into small bite size pieces, with any seeds removed
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup sugar
5 eggs, separated yolks & whites
1-1/2 pints milk
1/2 cup sugar
Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar over the orange pieces.  Refrigerate while preparing pudding.
Mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar, egg yolks and milk.  Cook in a double boiler over medium low heat until thickened.  Pour over oranges and mix well.  Use the egg whites to make a meringue topping if you like, or top with home made whipping cream.  
Refrigerate overnight.  Serve chilled.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Pattern Number 2 is Ready!

I have been so blessed with all the response for my first pattern, The Sewing Machine Mat, Spring Mat!!  This pattern makes the sewing machine mat in a larger size to fit newer machines with larger sewing throat bed areas.  I want to thank everyone that has purchased a copy of the pattern and I truly hope that you are enjoying making and using your mat under your sewing machine in your sewing rooms. 
During a recent beach trip to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico at Panama City Beach, Florida, my friend Faye asked me to create a smaller mat for her featherweight sewing machine. She says, "I want smaller pockets, just the right size to tuck in a bobbin or pack of needles, or a small piece of chocolate!"  And so I decided to name this mat the "Summer Bikini" because it was created at the beach, and it will be tiny and just fit in the area where I keep my smaller sewing machine, and because that is about the only bikini I will have!  So after a bit of pattern designing and quilting, my designs were made and packaged together as Pattern #2.  The mat is created a lot smaller to be just perfect under your featherweights!!

Summer Bikini Sewing Machine Mat with Bikini Beach Mug Rug 

This is a close up photo of the machine quilting designs on the sewing machine mat and the companion mug rug.  This mug rug pattern combines easy paper piecing and machine applique, finishes at 5 x 7 inches.

Note:  The pattern sample was created using batik fabrics and was longarm quilted with the pattern, Surf’s Up, by Gammill Girls Quilting, located at Front Porch Quilt Shoppe, Ozark, Alabama.  If you choose to have your fabrics for the base and pocket of the mat professionally longarm quilted, please check with your favorite longarm quilter to note their requirements.  A larger size fabric may be required, as needed to feed onto the longarm machine.  After the longarm quilting, you will cut your base and pocket to the correct size and put together, then add the binding to make the sewing machine mat.  
Pattern instructions and fabric requirements are given for the mat to be quilted by the maker.   This mat, “Summer Bikini”,  was created to be used with your  smaller sewing machines, the pockets are three inches deep, and can be stitched to whatever size width you choose.  The pattern sample has four pockets that are five inches apart.  This mat is perfect for the classroom and retreats! The pockets are just the correct size for tucking in extra bobbins, sewing machine needles, and small spools of thread.  
The finished size of the mat is 17 x 20 inches.

This is the perfect companion mat for all of you that have the smaller classroom machines and the featherweight sewing machines.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Sewing & Quilting Design Studio

     For a while now I have been trying to convince my sweet husband that we needed to close in our backporch and make it into my sewing room.  Today, I am happy to share with you that for the past two days, I have been listening to the sound of hammers and nail guns!  And windows being installed!  And paint colors to choose!  Oh my gosh, it is finally happening.  I will have my very own room that will be used for my sewing and quilting, and pattern designs.  Can you tell I am excited?  I will be using the new fabric collection "Sundrops" by Corey Yoder, Moda fabrics for my room decor.  I will make a new sewing machine mat and ironing board cover using these fabrics.  I will share photos when everything is complete.  

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Kits Available

Today I am sew excited to share with you that Quilted Creations Quilt Shop has made kits to use to make my pattern for the Sewing Machine Mat. These are the same fabrics that were used to make the shop sample.  Visit the shop located at 24 Main Street on the square in historic downtown Headland, Alabama; or by the web located at

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Late Summer

     It is late Summer here in my countryside, and most of the garden plants have bloomed and withered away.  Just a few lazy zinnias left.  And the beauty of God's nature in these wild morning glories growing on the old fencepost.  

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Maggie's First Dance BOM Block One

I am so happy that this FREE block of the month quilt has begun.  I am using the fabric collection, Strawberry Fields Revisited, by FigTree and Company-Joanna Figueroa, for Moda Fabrics.  When reading the directions for the blocks, half square triangles are created, and Tip #1,  I always read the directions before I start cutting.  I thought to myself, oh no, not triangles!   But never fear, Tip #2,  the new Itty Bitty Eights ruler by Creative Grids is just what you need to cut those 4 5/8 inch squares.  This ruler has all the 1/8 inch markings clearly marked and easy to use.  Just what is needed.  When creating the flower center appliques, Tip #3,  you cannot cut a perfect circle unless you have drawn a perfect circle.  So the next tool is a plastic circle template from the office supply store. Easy peezy!

    This is my version of Block One.  Block two will be released next week!
Hop on over to and join the fun.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Blooms

How about taking a nice stroll through my summer garden blooms? 
Grab your straw sun hat and come join me.

Pink climbing rose growing on an old fence post at my neighbors house.

Golden day lilies in my garden.

Bright yellow day lilies in my garden.

White crape myrtle tree full of blooms in my yard, and full of bees, look closely and you will see the bees.

Purple cone flower I grew from seed.

Hope you enjoyed the walk! 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Ellen's Quilt

During the Spring of the year we visit our friends' farm in Kentucky.  We always have so much fun there.  Larry enjoys turkey hunting with David on the farm.  And Ellen and I enjoy nice conversations with coffee on the back porch, shopping for antiques, and quilts. 
My mother-in-law, Annie Laura Doster, age 97, yes I said 97, started this quilt top many years ago.  She completed the center blocks and then left it unfinished.  When Ellen saw the quilt top,  she wanted to have it completed as a quilt for her bedroom.  So I added the last three borders, the one inch yellow border, the pieced blocks border, and the final floral border, to complete the quilt top and make it large enough for the bed.  The quilt really turned out beautiful.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Maggie's First Dance

Have you heard the news?  This FREE Block of the Month Program has just been announced. The first block will begin in June.  I will be making this quilt using FigTree Strawberry Fields Revisited fabrics.  I will be posting photos of my blocks!  This quilt has really cute flowers and has that vintage look that I just love!
Visit: for all the details and to get signed up for this program.


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter! He is Risen!

Happy Easter!  He is Risen!

I have these cute little chickie pin cushions helping me today.  These were created by my friend Dena Ogletree from Southern Sistuh Sewing, using vintage flower sack fabrics.
I hope you and your family have a blessed Easter.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Paint My World

Look what is blooming today, this Loropetalum in my backyard is in full bloom. 
Loropetalum - March 2016

All Four In A Row

I am feeling so blessed that my pattern to make the "Sewing Machine Mat" is now available to purchase at four local quilt shops.  I have stitched the original mat and all four of the shop samples.  It has been sew much fun to see the different color ways sewn together. 

Shop Sample - Quilted Creations, Headland, AL
Shop Sample - Quilting by the Bay, Panama City, FL
Shop Sample - Front Porch Quilt Shoppe, Ozark, AL
(Stitching on the binding)

Shop Sample - TJ's Fabrics, Destin, FL
My original design creation - Spring 2015

Saturday, March 12, 2016

More Class Photos

 I am sharing more photos from the Sewing Machine Mat class 
that was recently held at
I like the fun buttons used on these mats.

And here is the group photo!  What a variety of color choices and design.

Thank you ladies so much for participating in this class project.
I hope you enjoy using your mats and that you create something awesome!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Sharing Class Photos

Today I want to share some photos of the "Sewing Machine" mats made by some of the students from my recent class held at  What a fun project, and everyone had lots of fun sewing!

The top photo is a completed project, made using batik fabrics.
The other two photos are works in progress, don't you just love the color choices?
Great job ladies.  Thank you for coming to this class.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Quilting by the Bay

Quilting by the Bay Quilt Shop located in Panama City, Florida; has asked me to come and teach a class!  The class will be held in their newly renovated classroom that has seating for up to 28 students!  The classroom has ironing stations, great lighting, and a kitchen area for lunch. I am looking forward to meeting new friends and having a fun time sewing.  It will be fun to see the different fabrics the students have selected to make their sewing machine mats.  See you there tomorrow!  

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, January 18, 2016

#Jen Kingwell Quilt Along

When I saw this quilt on the cover of Jen Kingwell's book, Quilt Lovely, I knew immediately that I liked the design. There is just something about that scrappy look with all those yellow and orange fabrics mixed in.  I knew the blocks (flowers) were hand pieced, but I was up for the challenge.  Today I am auditioning fabrics for the center circles to be the flower centers.
Posted for my friends participating in the Jen Kingwell, Daisy Do Quiltalong.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year!  I will always be grateful for the support and encouragement from all my quilting friends this past year.  This month marks the one year anniversary of my blogging adventure!  I will be looking forward to this new year 2016,  and all the new things that I will create with my needle and thread!  Let us all remember to give thanks for all our blessings!