From the Heart/#AtoZ

The April A to Z Blog Challenge is an annual blogging event in which participants blog every day (except Sundays) one post for each letter of the alphabet for the entire month. My theme for the year will be “Quilts and Ozark Slang.” So gitchur coffee or sodapop, grab a pilluh, and sit a spell.

The Letter today is H.

This heart-shaped block took me less that 25 minutes to sew together. I can imagine a whole set of them, cut and prepared would take just an afternoon to work up. A set of these could make a wonderful set of pillow tops or even a little table runner. This may be an idea for a future project to use up some of my fabric leftovers. Time will tell. So much fabric, so little time as the saying goes.


From the Heart finished block

Speaking of sayings, today’s Ozark slang is “had a falling out“. In case you weren’t aware, the Ozarks are included in “The Bible Belt”. Here is a map from Wikipedia.

BibleBeltmapTo explain it, it is saying they aren’t friends any longer. When friendships are disrupted or worse yet, broken, it seems like folks around here start preaching about forgiveness. Why? Because forgiveness promotes Healing. And the heart can’t take too much stress without reacting. There’s a good many issues related to living with stress as everyone knows.

Colossians 3:13 says: “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” 

Bitterness and pain are poison. Let things go. Forgiveness is not saying it’s ok what occurred. But it releases the issue to the Lord and its hold on us.

There are many more wonderful blogs this year that I hope you can spend a couple minutes reading. All you have to do is click here and select something that interests you. To read about the A to Z Challenge and what we are all about, click here.



Missing You/ Sunday Sampler

I’m back with the Sunday Sampler this Christmas Eve 2017. And Quilting is the topic. I’ve been taking advantage of some time off for Christmas by readying some projects for time consumption. Winter keeps many of us indoors more and I am no exception. What better time to be reunited with one of my favorite creative outlets, quilting?!


The pattern above is shown with scraps but a grey background. I chose the tan instead. It definitely needs a neutral solid to make the colorful scraps stand out. The only downside is that I wish I would have made the blocks a little larger than the pattern dictated. It could have been much bigger had I done so. Noting it on the pattern for next time.


Larger view of the quilt. It’ll most likely be a table topper. Maybe for the outdoor patio table this summer?? (I say this as we’ve just received our first measurable snow for the winter.)


This is what we quilters call a OBW (One Block Wonder). I have more than one of these from my aunt but this one is the most complete so I have a plan for it once it has been quilted. Hand quilting is a longer process, but it is well worth it. Not to mention, this block deserves that tender care as it is old and a little fragile. Well worth saving.

Hope you’ll check out the other Sunday Sampler posts from past Sundays by clicking the tab at the top of this page. And…..

Wishing you all the very best in holiday wishes today as you celebrate!

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

Italian Villa-Style/ Thursday Doors

Returning this week to Thursday Doors with a share from Lawrence, Kansas. This is the historical home of Samuel A. Riggs. Built in Italian Villa style popular in the East during the time. It shares company with a very small number that survived the raid of Quantrill and his raiders in 1863. It was under construction at the time and had not been occupied. The brick walls stood the test of the fire and the owner repaired it and was able to move into it a year later in 1864. It was their residence for the next 50 years. Moving to Michigan in later years, they still retained ownership until 1931.  In its history it was also a hospital during WWI and has only been sold once, still owned by the widow of KU Professor, Austin Turney. For more interesting reading on the history of this beautiful home, check out So much to tell. If only these doors could talk!

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The next time we drive by here, I’ll hopefully get a good picture of the view down the road this home is on. There is a perfect view of Frazier Hall on the KU campus and it really appears very striking in the distance. Traffic just was not letting this happen on this particular day unfortunately.

“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy forefathers have set.”

— Proverbs 22:28

Baby Bunting/#AtoZChallenge

During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.

“True unconditional love is sacrifical-it is not easily offended, self-focused, or afraid of rejection. It seeks only the good of the other person.”                                                                    Dr. Charles Stanley -Senior Pastor First Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia (#2 on my bucket list of people to meet)


Truly this above picture doesn’t do much justice to a completed block. But the plus of this block is that the pattern makes 2!

The baby bunting block symbolizes being wrapped up and swaddled. I chose this one to represent the dozens of infants I’ve cared for in the last 23 years as a childcare provider; not to mention the extra years as a mother and aunt. I’ve been so blessed to care for so many infants over the years and I consider this a true gift from above.


“Every Good and Perfect Gift is From Above” James 1:17

Join me again tomorrow for more of the April A to Z Blog Challenge 2017!