Thursday, December 7, 2017

Winners and Birthdays!!


Happy 19th Birthday to my boys! I am so proud of these two that my heart feels like it might burst. They have been nothing but complete joy and happiness and laughter and love since the day they were born. I'm excited to see where this crazy journey of life is going to take these two. Being their mom is such a joy.


And the winner of the Fat Quarter quilts magazine is...

Congratulations! again. My favorite quilt magazine right now is Quiltmania, mostly because I like seeing the quilts that are made from it. Haven't gotten my own copy though. I also like Primitive Quilts because I like a variety of styles.

Because she was the 19th comment. See how I did that? LOL
Thanks so much for playing along, I always enjoy your comments.
Diane

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Fat Quarter Quilts Magazine Give Away!!

Give Away CLOSED!!!Thanks for playing along!





The folks at Fat Quarter Quilts sent me a couple of copies of the latest edition. I wonder who that is on page 68? Oh my goodness, that would be me.


My quilt October Sky was featured in Easy Quilts a couple of years ago and now they are sharing it again.


So if you are interested in winning a copy, please leave a comment. Just let me know what your favorite magazine is. I will choose a winner Dec. 7.

Thanks and good luck!
Diane

Thursday, November 30, 2017

October/November Book List



I actually checked this book out from the library because my book club is reading for our next meeting. I didn't have time to read it but I wish I had. Those who did read it really were moved by the plight of these children. The book is based on factual events that took place over a period of years. So grab your tissues and this book!



One of my favorite authors of all time finished her series of many book on the reign of the Tudors in England. This was not my favorite book, but it was good. It was depressing and a bit monotonous at time but then again, being a woman born into royalty during these times in history could be very depressing. I learned a lot of things I didn't know about the youngest sister Mary, and was pleased to learn the real meaning of... sealed with a kiss. 

I could never NOT recommend a book by this author, but if you haven't read any of her books yet, don't start with this one. Start with The Other Boleyn Girl, and before you know it, you'll be hooked!



Best book I've read in a LONG time! LOVED this one!! The main character is a charming boy who finds himself in some very dangerous situations during WW2 in Italy. The true story is so heart breaking and heart warming that I laughed and cried during this amazing recounting of his life and his own contributions to the war. I listened to this on CD and enjoyed every minute of it. I highly recommend it.



Not sure how I've ended up reading so many books about truly odd characters this year, but Eleanor is beyond odd with a some really scary and sad secrets from her past. Her mother is beyond evil. But Eleanor's survival skills and outlook on life are both admirable and humorous. 



This book should come with a warning! It contains graphic verbal, emotional and physical abuse. Do NOT read this book if you are sensitive in any way. It's been a very difficult book to get through for me. I appreciate that it is extremely well written and the prose is simply phenomenal. However, the subject matter is so disturbing that I find myself hesitating to go back to it and it leaves me feeling drained. I think this book is for someone with a stronger constitution than mine. Please read at your own risk.

When I haven't been reading, I have been watching some amazing shows!

Handmaid's Tale 
I watched the first season of this series and am hooked. It is very much like the book and stays so true to the intent of the book. I like that. The acting is incredible and I am anxiously awaiting season two.

Alias Grace
This was a mini series based on the book and contains QUILTING! It is not about quilting, but the series was just as captivating as the book and it is totally worth the time. I highly recommend the book and the series.

Hunger Games (all 4)
We had a Hunger Games viewing marathon over Thanksgiving break. My daughter had never seen the last movie, so we watched 1 & 2 one day and 3 & 4 the next. The dogs loved getting all that snuggle time on the sofa, and I like watching series movies back to back. It's such a great way to really pick up the connections from one to the next and see the subtle details that can be forgotten when you have to wait a year between sequels. I forget anyway! Loved all of these movies!

Outlander
I can't omit Outlander. The books have had me hooked for years and the series has not disappointed. Even though the shows deviate quite a bit from the books for various reasons, I do like the way the characters are very true to the characters in the books. It's an amazing series that is full of drama, action and a good bit of steamy action if you know what I mean! Don't watch this with young children in the room. LOL

Monday, November 27, 2017

Feeling Thankful...


I'm feeling so thankful for the past week. It was so wonderful to have the house full of my three kids and their friends and the noise and laughter and yes, even laundry! 


It was so nice to have Danny's girlfriend Megan with us for dinner and movies and fun. These two are so cute together and I love how they make each other laugh. 


This boy was the last to leave this morning and I had a good cry when he drove off. He is such a warm hearted kind boy. He's doing well with his school work but UGA is so massive and it's not a good fit for a guy who is very quiet. I'm glad he's close enough to come home on weekends.


This girl had lots of fun with the animals and was so nice to have around. I miss her when she's off at school or at horse shows or working. Her schedule is busy, so getting time with her is precious. Boomer agrees.


We decorated the tree and got the lights up on the outside of the house. We decked the halls as much as they are going to get decked. Notice we don't bother to put ornaments on the 'tail wagging zone' of the tree.

Boomer loved having the kids home. He was so happy to play and snuggle and sit on every lap any chance possible. He also stole some leftover turkey off the counter, so he's feeling well fed too.


Buddy wants to know why everyone had to leave again. He misses his people and I keep telling him that they will be back soon but he doesn't seem to understand.


And this old girl is just exhausted. She has gladly taken up refuge on her dog bed near my ironing board. I think she plans to nap until Christmas. She loved the cuddles but she gets warn out trying to keep up with her brothers and the kids.

I feel like a nap would be very welcome at this point too but I have a book deadline looming! I have two bindings to put on, one quilt to finish hand quilting, and one quilt yet to begin! So I will not be napping for the next two weeks. I may not even be sleeping at night, but it'll be worth it!

I hope you are feeling thankful for lots of things too!
Diane

Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday for Quilters!


Don't forget to treat  yourself to something fun this holiday season! 

And if you are local, don't forget to visit the Tiny Stitches SALE room today, it's 50% off!

Happy Shopping!
Diane

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Quilters!


Happy Thanksgiving week friends! I am so thankful that these boys made it home safely Friday night. It is music to my ears to hear their voices and laughter. I love seeing them share their stories with each other and especially love just seeing how happy they are.


Also thankful that I have yet another quilt finished for the next book. Deadlines just got moved up a month and I am NOT panicking. 


Thankful that I have a fun gig with Craftsy and get to write little tutorials for them. I enjoy making cool stuff and sharing it.


Thankful I got these holiday pillow cases finished before the kiddos arrived. I am so happy to have them home that I needed to celebrate with holiday fun!


And thankful that I have some amazing new reading material. These two books are filled with eye candy and tons of great information. They are so inspiring!

I hope you have lots to feel thankful this week as well. Blessings to all of you!
Diane

Friday, November 17, 2017

My Bee Group (and why every quilter needs one!)


My bee group has been together for more years than I can remember. There are lots of reasons why, but mostly, because we support one another. Sure we get together for lunch once a month, and sometimes we even stitch something. But mostly, we are THERE for each other.


We have celebrated grand babies, said goodbye to beloved husbands, had more surgeries than we care to count, and cheered on each others's successes as well as waved sad goodbyes to members that have moved away (winking at you Joanne and Ruth!) We love each other. And that's why it's been so hard when we lost our very sweet and uniquely special member, Patsy, that we have been so deliberate in keeping her spirit with us.


This month we stuffed goody bags filled with her quilting treasures for distribution at our guild Christmas party next month. We love keeping her generous spirit moving and passing her things (that she was wildly creative with) on to all of her friends! I like to think she approves and is pleased, though she would never want us to make a fuss about it.


We also enjoyed some moments in Mary Ruth's gorgeous garden to take photos of some quilts. This one is a quilt top that was Patsy's. Mary Ruth finished it for a charity donation quilt. Some person is going to feel so loved by these frogs. That would definitely make Patsy smile!

Aren't quilting friends the very best?
Diane


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