Surprise!

That’s the essence of my week!

Mr. Wonderful showed up in AZ to surprise me! We’ve been having a wonderful time.

So I decided to surprise a few other people by making more quilted hearts to leave here and there for others to find.

I loaded up some bits and pieces and quilted them up. Then I cut out my hearts with pinking shears, added hanging loops and labels.

Then the fun of leaving them for others to find begins.

Hope you find some sweet surprises today!

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Christmas in July Part 2

There is a reason this is called Christmas in July… but first. Here are the diamond units I made from my AccuQuilt Storm at Sea die.

I’m not big on holiday fabrics, but I had a piece of this cute Santa hat print. I put simple squares in the corners and, voila! A simple Christmas table runner!

You could use a print for any holiday!

I could make a bunch of these, but I have other ideas to try.

Have a great day!

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Christmas in July

This AccuQuilt die has been on my wish list for a while, but not because I wanted to make a Storm at Sea quilt.

I saw border possibilities with this die. So I got cutting.

These are the pieces for the diamond sections. Those nipped corners are game changers.

I have so many ideas for this unit! Stayed tuned for part 2.

Have a great day!

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Independence Day 2022

Each year on Independence Day, I reread the Declaration of Independence. It never gets old or loses its meaning.

In Congress, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” ~ Ronald Reagan

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This and That

I picked up these paint by number sets a couple years ago. Daughter #2 and I finally started them. This is mine.

This is hers. Don’t wait so long after buying them to start working on them. Our paint is a bit dry.

I set up a table by the window in my front room to work on puzzles. I usually pick them up at Goodwill. 500 piece puzzles work well in this table, anything bigger and I need a bigger table.

I saw this sign the other day. I know nothing about her, but that name! How awesome!

It’s fun to be here in different seasons. Monsoon season is definitely interesting!

Another puzzle finish. I like to work on these while I’m on the phone.

Have a great day!

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June Wrap-Up

Here are my June finishes.

It’s been a crazy, busy month. July is shaping up to be the same!

Have a great day!

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Covering the World


I’ve been waiting for this day! Moda Fabrics, AccuQuilt, and Babylock are joining forces this year to cover the world, one quilt at a time. Each week, one representative from either Moda or AccuQuilt is donating one quilt to the organization of their choice. Today, it’s my turn to represent AccuQuilt. My quilt will go to a deserving service member through the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

Here is my quilt!

It has 120 6” blocks. There are 40 6 1/2” plain blocks, and 80 4 patches.

I used these dies.

I quilted this on my long arm. The binding was made from leftovers of the backing.

As simple as it is, I’m quite smitten with this quilt!

I hope the person receiving this quilt will feel loved and appreciated as it is awarded to them.

That’s what Quilts of Valor is all about, showing gratitude to those who have served us. 

For more information on how you can help Cover the World, visit AccuQuilt .

Have a great day!

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Settings

My day got away from me and no sewing happened. I did start thinking about how I will set these blocks when I’m done.

Or I could just go block to block.

Before I go, I wanted to remind you that this is the last day to shop before the price increase at AccuQuilt .

It is also the last day for these AccuQuilt deals.

Have a great day!

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More of the Same….

I made some more blocks.

The background is actually a light gray print. It looks too dark in this photo.

I have enough pieces cut for 5 more blocks. I think I will cut one more out of each of these bits for a total 16.

I listened to this while sewing. It was okay. Just okay.

Yesterday was a busy day, I took care of several errands and stuff around the house.

Have a great day!

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Tuesday

I’m making a little progress on my Star blocks, in between secret sewing.

I’m really liking these so far!

My AccuQuilt order came! There is still time ( until midnight June 30th) to get in on deals before the price increase. This is what I got.

Daughter #1 knew how much I’m missing Winslow. So she sent me this !

It looks just like her!

Isn’t that sweet? She’s so thoughtful!

Have a great day!

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