Taking the Old and Making It New Again


Several years ago, a friend gave me these nine patch blocks.  Some of the nine patch blocks are hand pieced and some are machine sewn.


The quilts I work on seem pretty simple, but I have to admit my favorite thing to do is to take older quilt blocks and piece them together…turning the old blocks into a useful quilt.  It brings me great pleasure to see a project come to fruition.

This quilt covers a queen size bed and will look like a charmer when it is quilted.

On another note, I can’t believe it’s November 20th already.  Thanksgiving is just a few days away.  I’m looking forward to catching up with a few friends over the next couple of weeks and making a trip to the East Coast sometime in the near future.

Blessings on your week!



Finding Joy


We had a bit of rain this past week…yes, the week my grand daughter was visiting from Nevada.  It was so joyful to watch my grand daughter move from play toy to play toy at the Bouncey Place in Salem.  At three years old, Matilda had a great time exploring each bounce house and all of the different slides.  There is something so delightful to watching a child play, explore, and just take in the moment.  We had a great time!


Deconstruction & Reconstruction: Mosaic Table Top


I’ve been breaking plates from the local Dollar Tree Store, and this is what I have in mind so far.  I’m having a little trouble finding more sky blue plates I’m using to ring the sunflower.  I’ll keep looking.


In the mean time, I’m having a blast breaking plates with a hammer…only to reconstruct the pieces into a new pattern.


COLOR…I need MORE color!!!


These pieces are all made from broken plates.


I’m close to using the tile adhesive to permanently keep the design in place. After 24 hours, I will grout the project with an off white colored grout.  I’ll show you what the finished table top looks like.

Happy Thursday!


Trying Something New

I’m remaking the top of this table with a mosaic tile design.


I’m removing the boards from the middle of the table.


Then I’m dropping a piece of plywood in place of the boards.



I made a trip to the Habitat for Humanity Store and bought an eclectic bunch of tile pieces.  I, also, found brightly colored dishes at Goodwill and the Dollar Store I can break apart for some color options.

I bought a small container of tile adhesive and white/grey colored grout.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress of this new table top, because I’m not sure what it is going to look like or how it will turn out…so, stay tuned!

Whatever you’re up to today…Keep Going!




Bloom No Matter What

I’ve been watching this sunflower, because I wasn’t sure if it was going to bloom.


With all of the tall Mammoth sunflowers growing in the garden,


this particular flower took a hit early in the growing process.


The stem of the flower is lying on the ground like a garden hose.


Even with this nasty cut and the poor connection to the main sunflower plant,


this sunflower slowly opened.


Trauma, wounds, being wounded, letting others down…these things happen in life.


Bloom no matter what the circumstances are!