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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

A funny thing happened on my way to the blog this week.
Our item on sale this week is the kit for the 
Dark and Stormy Tablestand.
You can go to the store to get your kit 
by clicking here.

Dark and Stormy Tablestand front

Dark and Stormy Tablestand back.

Of course, I needed pictures of the Tablestand
so I went to the top of my computer screen and
did a search for 
"Dark and Stormy"

This is what came up

The Dark ’n Stormy is a delicious, easy-to-make cocktail that features a refreshing trio of dark rum, ginger beer and lime. It also goes down a lot easier than the name might imply. It’s a close cousin to the Moscow Mule Moscow Mule (vodka, ginger beer, lime) and should be an easy transition for vodka drinkers wanting to try something new.

The popular cocktail can be found all over the world, from craft cocktail bars and chain restaurants to island hideaways. Its origin, like many drinks, is a bit hazy, though it’s likely that rum and ginger beer were first combined by sailors who enjoyed the obvious benefits of rum and the stomach-settling qualities of ginger. But its lineage can be traced squarely to an island in the Atlantic Ocean.

Gosling’s Black Seal rum is a rich, flavorful rum from Bermuda, dating back to 1806. It features notes of caramel, vanilla and spice, and technically, it’s the only rum that can be used in a Dark ’n Stormy. The brand lays claim to the drink; in 1991, it successfully registered a trademark dictating that any drink titled Dark ’n Stormy must be made with Gosling's rum. The company has even sued other beverage brands that have attempted to peddle the drink with other rums as its star. So, if you really want the full Dark ’n Stormy experience, make it with Gosling’s.

Note that ginger ale is not a substitute for ginger beer.   ginger beer Ginger ale is just carbonated water that’s flavored with ginger, like a soda. Ginger beer, on the other hand, is brewed and fermented (though the “beer” label can be misleading, as most versions are nonalcoholic). If you try making your Dark ’n Stormy with ginger ale, you’ll still produce a solid drink. But the rich rum benefits from the stronger flavors and spicier bite of real ginger beer.

Many recipes, including this one, call for a modest measure of lime juice to be added to the rum and ginger beer, which lends a pleasant kick of citrus. But the lime juice is optional. If you’re drinking in Bermuda, the cocktail will most likely be served with just rum and ginger beer, plus a lime wedge, so the drinker can squeeze the lime at their discretion. But any way it’s served, the Dark ’n Stormy is tasty and refreshing, so it’s hard to go wrong.


Mary Etherington of Country Threads calls her blog "A blog about nothing."

I think I'll call my blog, "A blog about just about anything"

Now, have the best week with the people and quilts that you love

and I'll see you next week with another Fall quilt and God  

only knows what else.  :). And if anyone tries a "Dark and Stormy", 

please let me know what it's like.


Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

And its getting to be that time of year again.

It's time for Pumpkins, Turkeys and Geese.

So, of course that's our special on sale this week
You can go to our store to get your copy of
the BOM pattern by clicking here.

I know Thanksgiving isn't until November 23rd
but this will give you lots of time to get
stitching on this rather complex quilt.
It's one of my favorite quilts in what is my
favorite season of the year.

Now, have the best week with the people and quilts that you love

and I'll see you next week with another Fall quilt.



Monday, September 11, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

On Monday this week.

And because it is the 22nd anniversary of the 

attack on 911 our special this week is the

American Pride kit for 20% off

Our hearts and prayers go out to all who lost

loved ones in that attack.

We would also ask you to join us in donating to

Tunnel to Towers at T-to-T. org. 

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is a charitable organization founded in tribute to New York Fire Department firefighter Stephen Siller, who died on September 11, 2001, during the September 11 attacks. The foundation operates as a tax-exempt 501 non-profit organization. Wikipedia
Type of business: Nonprofit 501(C)(3) Corporation
Established: December 2001
Purpose: Honoring the sacrifice of FDNY Firefighter Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001

It not only honors the military and civilians who died or were catastrophically wounded
in service to our country but gives mortgage free homes to the ones they left behind.
God bless them and God bless our country.

The vintage book for September is

You can go to our store to get your pattern

or kit by clicking here.

Now, have the best week with the people and quilts that you love

and I'll see you next week.


Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

And somehow I lost a post.

This is September and the last post up is for August 30th.

I'm not sure what happened but I believe that I have

mentioned that working on the computer is left brain

work and I am definitely a right brain person.

Anyway, the Vintage book for September

is Tabletop Turnabouts

You can go to the store during September to

purchase the book for 1/2 price by

clicking here.

And while you're there you can also pick

up the Tablestand kit for 

Punkins for 20 % off.

The fun part of Tablestands is that you

get two little quilts for the price of one,

The front and

the back.

This should help you get a start on

your Fall decorating.

I know it's technically not Fall until the

23rd but it's my favorite time of the

year so I like to start early. 

Prayers for our First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden

as she weathers a mild case of covid.

Now, have the best week with the people and quilts that you love

and I'll see you next week.


Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

And aren't we all glad we're not in Florida right now.

Prayers for all of the people there.

Back at home things have been dryer but 

somewhat harried.  The pole in our closet (which 

was 10 feet long) broke and the shelf above 

it came loose so  all of our clothes, shoes, purses, etc

ended up on the floor.  Jeff went in town and got a new

pole and longer screws and we have a closet again.

The first thing I hung up was my Girl Gang Jacket.

Then I sorted through my clothes, decided what to

keep, hung them up and packaged the 

rest to take to shelters, etc.  Brian came over

yesterday and took armfuls of clothes in to Pep 

in the living room so he could decide what to keep, 

and then hung them up and filled the shelves with

shoes and hats.  Pep's cowboy hats from Waylon Jennings

and Willie Nelson concerts in Las Vegas take up a bit

of room.  Whew! - What an ordeal.

And today, Jeff is power washing the front porch

so he can stain it.

Needless to say, I haven't gotten much stitching done
but did manage to embroider all of the 10 bee skeps for 
Glad to Bee at Home.

I have the embroidery done and the doors

appliquéd.  Now to sew them to their backgrounds .

The kit on sale this week is

Linda's Lilacs

one of my all-time favorite quilts.

                                                    At the moment the original is hanging 

on the wall of the guest room downstairs.   I

may have to finds a place to hang it up here

for September - November.  I know just

where to hang it in the back hall.

You can go to our store to get your pattern

or kit by clicking here.

Now, have the best week with the people and quilts that you love

and I'll see you next week.


Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

Our special this week is
Country Blessings BOM

                                                          You can go to our store to get

your copy by clicking here.

This has been a busy week and I want to

watch the debates tonight so this will

probably be short.

                                                  One thing we've been doing is staining

things on the front porch.  I found this the other day 

in town to replace the red cabinet that had seen

its best days.  (You can see the red streak on the bricks

where it had rubbed against the wall).   

Now I've got to decide if I'm going to 

paint my jingle bells.

The bench needed a new coat of stain but 

stayed the same color.

Inside I got a new Betta bowl.   I have 2 Bettas

now and since they don't share very well, there's a

divider to keep them apart.  I think their technical

name is Siamese Fighting Fish.

I have lots of handwork to stitch tonight during the


There are 10 beeskeps in the quilt I'm working

on and each one has 6 lines of embroidery.

That should keep me busy through the debate.

I'm glad Fox is streaming it as I'll need to freeze

it when it gets dark to go shut up my babies.  

Or I might ask Jeff if he'll shut them up as he's not

very interested.  He said he already knows who he's

going to vote for.

So have the best week with the people and quilts that you love

and I'll see you next week.


Thursday, August 17, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday - Part 2

Heavens - That will teach me to go up to the loft.

It seems we have some kits for Midnight Garden 

so we'll put them on sale too.

This was really a fun quilt to make and 

I hope you enjoy it too.  You can go to the

store to get either your pattern or your kit

by clicking here.

And there was a quilt I saw on the Country Threads

blog that I follow that I wanted to show you.

Mary took a picture of it at a quilt show she went to.

I'm sure she posted the name of the quilt

and quilter but I've forgotten them.  

I think it's really neat -my kind of quilt.

I did finish Honey and Lavender and it's off

to Becky soon for quilting.  Here's the drawing

jpg and I'll show you the quilted one when it gets back.

The patterns should be in the store soon 

and maybe the kits too.

In the meantime have the best week with

the people and the quilts that you love.

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday on Wednesday


After I got the coffee brewing, I hung the 

wash on the line and opened the little door

on the  new chicken house.

You could almost hear him (or her) thinking

"Should I?" or "Shouldn't I"

"I should"

Now, the next question is "how to get back in?"

I hate to interrupt this gripping drama with a commercial
break but the item on sale this week is the BOM
pattern for Midnight Garden.
You can go to the store to get your pattern 
for 20% off by clicking here.

And when I get back after my appointment at
the beauty salon, I'll tell you how I got them 
back in (if I do).

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

"Walk in the Woods" is our kit on sale today.

Designed by Jan Patek

Fabric is the Holly Berry Line by Deb Strain 

                                             That's Deb and her husband Scott going for the walk.

   We just had a horrendous thunderstorm and right now I need

                                        to take a walk around the farm and check on all of my critters. I

just wanted to get the sale item up for my early birds.  Be back with

pictures soon.

Well, that "soon" took a long time but here are my "critters",

 This is the bird feeder out front but as you can see, it attracts more

than birds.  Originally, we had 1 doe who came every morning and

evening and this year she brought a fawn with her.  Since  I took the picture

through the front windows its a little blurry and I think the blur is a

second doe that was a fawn last year.

Here's the feeder when I first fill it in the morning.  The sunflower 
seeds are for the birds so I just put the scratch grain out at night
for the deer.

This used to be the potting bench on the deck but

now is the feeding bench for the outdoor cats.  I'm not sure

what I will do for the cats this winter.  The over hang on the deck roof is

fine in the spring and summer but it will  be too cold later.

Those 2 pictures are Tigger who just showed up one day
and has decided to stay.  He's not feral which means someone
probably dumped him -shame on them.  He looks a lot like
Sam but I got Sam at Petsmart so he's probably not related.  He's
a very nice cat and wants to be petted almost as much as he
wants to eat.  I will have to get Tigger neutered 
before fall because kitties who want to mark their
territory don't get to live in the house

Here's Sam asleep in my favorite chair.  

And here's what I'm working on when I get a chance to
sit in my chair and appliqué.

One more corner block and Honey and Lavender will be ready to
go the quilter.

Meanwhile the barn chicks weathered the storms quite well
in their new house.

Can't wait to see Honey and Lavender quilted.

For now, have the best week with the people and quilts

that you love.








Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

 And we're going to try the Raffle for

Be Joyful 


Details below.

To enter click here

This is the 3rd time I've tried to post this.  Have I mentioned

before that I am NOT a computer person?  Well, I'm not.

We hope you enjoyed our 12 Days of Christmas in July

Celebration.  As a special thank you, we're offering you

the chance to win this great quilt (even if I do say so) 

designed by me and Linda Brannock with awesome

fabric designed by Deb Strain.  It's 28" x 40" and will be

the perfect addition to your holiday home.

And the best part ? - you can win it for only $10.00

(shipping included)

Now, I've got my Black Rifle Coffee so maybe things 

will go more smoothly.

Here's how it works:  Simply enter our raffle with the

minimum entry fee of 10.00.  The more entries you purchase

the better your chance of winning.  Originally we were

going to have the drawing today but the best laid plans of

mice and women went astray due to the internet.  We

have 2 internet servers and they both went down last week.

So to make sure that everyone had a chance to win the

quilt, we extended the deadline.  You can buy tickets until Sunday

the 6th and we'll have the drawing next Monday.  Good luck.

Since it's August we have a new Vintage Book on sale.

The Vintage Book for August is Sunny Days and when you click 

at the top to get your raffle ticket you can pick up a copy if

you don't have one.  Or they make great Christmas or "Secret Sister"

presents for your quilting friends.

Now I can't leave the blog without showing you the latest

picture of my babies.

Here they are safe and sound in their new house.  I'll

tell you more about that next week.

For now, have the best week with the people and quilts

that you love.


Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday - on Tuesday this week :)


Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday

It's July - 
Christmas in July 
for just a few more days and
here are a few of our favorite things

And a few more

 and even more

You can go to the store to grab some pattern and kits and
start stitching by clicking here because next Monday
which is the last day in July
we're going to raffle off one of my
quilts.  I'll tell you which one Monday.

Meanwhile have the very best week
with the people and quilts that you love the most.


Saturday, July 22, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday on Saturday this week

My - it's been quite a month.

Every year we get new chickens and here is my original
order this year.  When I got them I put them in the
little house for the bantys and locked it up.

We thought the house was secure but one by one
they disappeared.  Jeff thought it was a black snake
or maybe a weasel but whatever it was the 
babies weren't safe.  

I ordered some new ones and we put them all in
Thistle's old cage and kept it in the office.
(Thistle was Kelly's rabbit that went to rabbit
heaven). Anyway that would work temporarily
but not for long,  so what to do?
I remembered that the people on the corner had
a really neat little chicken house and didn't take 
it with them when they moved.  I met our new neighbors
and found out that they weren't planning on keeping
Long story short

I bought it and Jeff moved it into the
chicken yard.  
Of course this types quickly but really took quit 

 You can tell which ones are survivors from

the first order because they're quite a bit bigger.

Anyway, they're safe and sound now.   Since

I have my babies safe, I can concentrate on 

quilting again.

And we're still having Christmas in July.

Christmas 101 is our pattern on sale this week.
You can go to the store to get your pattern
by clicking here

 In the midst of all that, I think I forgot to post the blog
on July 12th so here it is.

We're going to have a Christmas in July 

sale all month and the item on sale

this week is a

Star Spangled Christmas

Kit on sale for 20% off.

You can go to the store to get your kit

by clicking here

If the store doesn't have it on sale just

email Tammie and she'll get it for you

at the sale price if we have any left.

Right now I'm going to feed the cat, check on the
chickens and take a small nap,
Have the best week with the people and quilts
that you love.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Happy 4th of July on the 12th

Let Freedom Ring & 

Stars for the Lady

BOGO patterns
Kit for Let Freedom Ring 20% off

 - all patterns with Flags or
Eagles 50% off 

This week only

Sunday, July 2, 2023

Happy Girl Gang Wednesday on Sunday this week

Here's why it took so long to get a post up

Here we have 7 straight run (not sexed)
Buff Orpingtons and 7 straight run Bantys)
I got to sit outside the post office and wait 
for the pouring rain to stop the day they
came before I went into get them.

I stopped at Coop to pick up their Chickstart
and got them quickly home and under the
warming lights.  The one in the bottom picture with
the black spot is a Silver Laced Wyandotte rooster.
The raccoon got my first one out of the big house
when he killed all my bantys.  I do NOT like raccoons 
and now I shut up the chicken houses when I feed
the barn cat.  That way I don't have to worry about
Jeff maybe being late.

 And happy almost 4th of July.

Our Vintage book on sale for half price

 this month is Liberty Garden

and this is one of the quilts in the book.

Besides the large quilt here there is a medium
quilt and quite a few small ones.
Liberty Houses, Liberty Pumpkin, Liberty Eagle
and Liberty Urn.

The BOM pattern on sale this week is
Flags of the American Revolution.

Since I'm posting early this week because I was 
too busy to post last week, I'll post again Wednesday and maybe
give you some more history about the flags.

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.