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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

It's July and time to go


down by the Sea front

Down by the Sea back

I just love whales.

When I was in California visiting my Uncle Fred

and Aunt Grace they asked me what I would like to

do.  The first thing I told them was that I wanted to

go see the whales.  It was awesome.

And right now, making this little Tablestand

has got to be more fun that watching the Democrats

figure out what to do about Biden.  

You can go to the store to get your Tablestand quilt by 

clicking here.

Now have the best week with the people and quilts that

you love and I'll see you  next week when I'm supposed to

be getting some more baby chickens.    YAY!. 

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday - On Thursday this week

Since Thursday is the 4th of July

And in keeping with the occasion

the item on sale this week is 

"Flags of the American Revolution" 

Flags of the American Revolution

The first flags adopted by our colonial forebears were symbolic of their struggles with the wilderness of the new land. Beavers, pine trees, rattlesnakes, anchors and various other insignia were affixed to different banners with mottoes such as "Hope," "Liberty," "Appeal to Heaven," or "Don't Tread on Me."

In the early days of the Revolution, there were colonial and regimental flags by the score. The Boston Liberty flag, consisting of nine alternate red and white horizontal stripes, flew over the Liberty Tree, a fine old elm in Hanover Square in Boston, where the Sons of Liberty met.

Pine Tree flag

Still another was a white flag with a green pine tree and the inscription, "An Appeal to Heaven." This particular flag became familiar on the seas as the ensign of the cruisers commissioned by General Washington, and was noted by many English newspapers of the time. [Available from]

Don't Tread on Me flag

Flags with a rattlesnake theme also gained increasing prestige with colonists. The slogan "Don't Tread on Me" almost invariably appeared on rattlesnake flags. A flag of this type was the standard of the South Carolina Navy. Another, the Gadsden flag, consisted of a yellow field with a rattlesnake in a spiral coil, poised to strike, in the center. Below the snake was the motto, "Don't Tread on Me." [Available from]

Culpeper Minutemen Flag

Similar was the Culpepper flag, banner of the Minutemen of Culpepper (now spelled Culpeper) County, Virginia. It consisted of a white field with a rattlesnake in a spiral coil in the center. Above the rattlesnake was the legend "The Culpepper Minute Men" and below, the motto, "Liberty or Death" as well as "Don't Tread on Me." [Available from]

In December of 1775, an anonymous Philadelphia correspondent wrote to Bradford's Pennsylvania journal concerning the symbolic use of the snake. He began the letter by saying: 

I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids. She may, therefore, be esteemed an emblem of vigilance. She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders. She is, therefore, an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. 

It was probably the deadly bite of the rattler, however, which was foremost in the minds of its designers, and the threatening slogan "Don't Tread on Me" added further significance to the design.

Fort Moultrie flag

The Moultrie flag was the first distinctive American flag displayed in the South. It flew over the ramparts of the fort on Sullivan's Island, which lies in the channel leading to Charleston, South Carolina, when the British fleet attacked on June 28, 1776. The British ships bombarded the fort for 10 hours. But the garrison, consisting of some 375 regulars -- and a few militia, under the command of Col. William Moultrie, put up such a gallant defense that the British were forced to withdraw under cover of darkness. This victory saved the southern Colonies from invasion for another two years.

The flag was blue, as were the uniforms of the men of the garrison, and it bore a white crescent in the upper corner next to the staff, like the silver crescents the men wore on their caps, inscribed with the words "Liberty or Death." [Available from]

Rhode Island Regiment flag

The Maritime Colony of Rhode Island had its own flag, which was carried at Brandywine, Trenton, and Yorktown. It bore an anchor, 13 stars, and the word "Hope." Its white stars in a blue field are believed by many to have influenced the design of our national flag. [Available from]

The Army preferred its regimental flags on the battlefield instead of the Stars and Stripes. A popular form of the U.S. flag that was used in battle had the obverse (front) of the Great Seal in the canton.

13-Star Betsy Ross Flag

The Army also used the Stars and Stripes with 13 stars in a circle. The Stars and Stripes was officially used in Army artillery units in 1834, and in infantry units in 1842. [Available from]

If you go on line and find my book you'l find lots of history on the different flags.  Until then, you can  just follow the pattern, make the quilt and have a great 4th of July.

You can go to the store to get your copy by clicking here.

Meantime, have the best week with the people and quilts that

you love and I'll see you  next week. 

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

On Thursday this week.    

It never rains but it pours

And boy did it pour. 

In the middle of a heat wave our air conditioner went out.

Jake went to Lowes and bought small  airconditioner,

Jeremy and he vented it (mainly Jeremy according to Jake) and

installed it in the living room.

We brought down 2 large fans from the loft and it's actually

cool in the front of the house.  Kelly says it's cool even back in

her bedroom.

Meanwhile we found out that all of the sheet rock downstairs

was wet and moldy and needs to be torn out.

  Jeremy thinks most of the water is coming in downstairs 

at Pep's storage room and they need to get into it and stop

the leak, except that I don't have a key - Max has one and Jake

has one but I don't.  I did point out that it's my house.

Anyway I will have to finish this gripping drama when

I get back from the beauty parlor.

For now, I will just tell you that the item on sale this week is

the Eagles & Roses BOM.

You can go to the store to get your copy by clicking here.

Meantime, have the best week with the people and quilts that

you love and I'll see you either later today or next week. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

On Thursday this week.

Today I woke up dreaming that Pep was alive 

so the first few minutes were fine

but then the day fell apart when I realized

that it was just a dream.

I'll be ok soon though because Tammy will

get here and I should get my second book

on dealing with grief by Dr. Hauk in the mail soon.

I got the 1st one and have read it through two or

three times and it really helps.

And while I'm at it, I tell you about the item

on sale this week.

It's the kit for the All American Tablestand.

You can go to the store to get your kit 
by clicking here.

And since I seem to be having a bad day, if
that doesn't take you to the store you can
always call Tammy at 816-632-7632 and she'll 
send you one.

Meantime, have the best week with the people and quilts that

you love and I'll see you next week 

And I think it's still Wednesday :)


Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday


Me in the loft with a group of ladies

who came to visit.  

I don't remember who they are or when they came.

One of the things I have learned is that one of the first reactions

that people have after someone dies is shock.  One moment your

loved one is alive and the next -- gone.

Its June so I need to post a new Vintage Book.  

The book I have chosen is "Say It With Flowers" but

I can't remember how to get to a picture.  I think I'm lucky

I can remember how to do this much.  If you'll come back

next week Tammy will have been here to help me remember and 

I'll have a picture of the cover and maybe one of the quilts inside.

Meantime, have the best week with the people and quilts that

you love.


Thursday, May 30, 2024

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

On Thursday this week. 

And my computer is moving at the speed of

molasses so I'm not sure how long this will be

but I really want to thank all of you who have

sent me sympathy after the loss of Pep.

After living with him for 55 years my life seems

incomplete without him.  That book on Grief is awesome

and is helping with the pain.  I miss him so much.  Max's wife

pointed out that I had lost half of me.  And I'll tell you that

I lost the half that can cook.  As a cook, I'm a pretty good 

quilter.  I went down and spent a few days with them.  We went out for 

breakfast on Max's birthday and had Eggs Benedict which Pep

used to make.

Back to quilting, our special this week is Country Blessings and

we have a kit or two left.  

You can go to the store to get your kit by clicking here.
I'm working on a new version of an older pattern now
using Deb Strains fabric line, "Red, White and Bloom" and
I might have it ready to show you next week.

Until then have the best week with the people and quilts
that you love.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

This is a small picture of Pep that 
sits on the table by my chair in the 
living room during the day and on the
nightstand by my bed during the night.

It's just the right size to fit in the pocket 
of my bathrobe to travel between the rooms.

I know it's not really him but I find it comforting
and talk to it.  And when I'm really stressed out
I hear his words of advice, "Calm down, 
take a buspar Jan, and have a drink."  It
always helps.

Well, this morning when I got up I noticed the
picture wasn't on my nightstand so I got up 
and went to the living room.  It wasn't there
either.  I asked Kelly if she had seen it and she
said she thought it was on the table as usual 
but it wasn't.  The cats, especially Dueces,
have a habit of walking across that table and I
thought it might have gotten knocked off and then
under a chair or something.  To make a long
story short we spent about an hour and a half searching
everywhere we could think of in the living room
and the bedroom but no picture.
Finally I gave up and decided to take a bath and 
 get dressed for the day.  When I put on the shorts I
had worn the day before, there, in the left hand pocket
was my wonderful picture.  
Thank you God, I will sleep well tonight.

On special this week is Baskets & Bunnies for 15% off.

Now, have the best weekend with the people and the 
quilts that you love, and I'll see you next week