Friday, August 31, 2012


I tried to find a photo of the dimestore in our county, Rintz's 5 &10, in Mocksville.  We seldom shopped there.  Instead of going to Mocksville for our shopping trips, we would head to the "big city" of Winston-Salem and that was only once or maybe twice a month.  Not really a dimestore but this is where we shopped:

F.W. Woolworth's
This Woolworth's store was in downtown Winston-Salem.  My dad worked at Modern Chevrolet and we would park there and walk several blocks (seemed like a lot more back then) to all the department stores and Woolworth's.  We would never think about parking in a paid lot.  Well maybe I did, but my mom didn't.  This picture was taken during the Christmas parade in 1960, which opened the Christmas shopping season, and we would go to Woolworth's after the parade.  This wasn't the day after Thanksgiving either.  More like the second Saturday before Christmas. 
When I was deciding on the fabrics I wanted to use for my Dimestore quilt, none of the charm packs I had on hand seemed to be what I wanted for this pattern.  I decided to just use from my stash and scraps.  Didn't take long before I decided on reds and creams.  Seems like that combination comes up a lot in my fabric selections!   While I was pulling fabrics, I found some baseball fabric. (Light bulb goes off here!)   I decided to make something I could use as a table topper with a baseball theme.  Even though football season is beginning, baseball is so exciting this time of year with division races, play-offs, and of course the World Series.  My Dimestore quilt has become a baseball celebration quilt.  So why not make it in honor of Chipper Jones'  last season with my Atlanta Braves.  I hate to admit that I teared up the other night while watching their game at San Diego.  Think it was the 8th inning, and the announcer said something like...This may be his last bat in San Diego.  Their fans gave him a standing ovation.  He stepped out of the box and tipped his hat to the crowd.  He got a hit, but the Braves lost the game.  So here is.......
Hats Off to Chipper
Can't wait to see the other versions of Dimestore during the parade tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Celebration Quilt

Thought I would share a quilt I made for my cousin to present to a couple who are moving out of state.  They moved here when they bought her family's home place in Huntsville, a small rural community.  For those who live in NC, did you know that Huntsville almost became the capital of NC????  Just think how different our little neck of the woods would be!!  After being part of the community for a few years, they have decided to move again to be closer to family.   As a going away gift, the Huntsville Historical Society wanted to present a memory quilt to them in honor of their work and friendships in the community. 

Here is a close-up of the center.  They had pictures of the historical home in each season.  I wanted to make these the focal point of the quilt.

Around the center I added words and photos
Huntsville Methodist Church
This church was closed years ago, but the historical society is preserving the church.  It is used for weddings, funerals, special services, and a beautiful Christmas Lovefeast
A dime at a time
This was his favorite saying at all the yard sales, bake sales, etc for the society
You can't have a gathering without lots of food!
They will be greatly missed by the Huntsville community.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Back in Rehab

I decided if I didn't get back in BOM rehab, I was going to need the other kind of rehab and soon!   Even when my sewing time is limited, I usually can find a few minutes for some hand stitching.... But not so much lately.   I decided to pull out a block in my Gingerbread Joy BOM that I could prep fairly quick and worked on it.  I also got a little of the embroidery done.  Ahhh!   Great therapy! 

                        Make sure you visit Sinta's blog and see who else is in Rehab this week.

Is everyone having as much fun hopping in the Back to School Blog Hop as I am.  It's not too late to join in for the chance to win some awesome prizes and meet some great bloggers. 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Back to School Blog Hop!!!

OK.  You may not need those #2 pencils for this blog hop, but I bet you will need some healthy snacks while visiting the participating blogs this week.   I chose a great layer cake for my giveaway. Perfect for your back to school sewing projects.

Moda's ABC123 by American Jane.  Your chance to win will be as easy as Abc123 too.  No tough final exams....I'm sure we were all perfects students, maybe even teacher's pets....but did you ever have to pay the consequences for misbehaving????   Leave a comment telling how you (or classmates) were disciplined.   I'll never forget my 4th grade teacher, Mr. Tolliver.  He was the first male teacher I ever of the few at our elementary school.   He introduced me to this poem....written over and over and over......

The wise old owl
Set in an oak.
The more he saw
The less he spoke
The more he listened
The more he learned.
Now why can't I
Be like that wise old bird!
I guess that is why I still today am not a fan of owls.  Where was the copy and paste key in those days!!!!
Head to Quilting Gallery to see the list of blogs or click the button on my sidebar. I will ship internationally!   Have fun!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Back to School

It is hard to believe school will start next week.  Summer vacation was just getting under way when I last posted on my blog. This has been a bitter sweet summer for me.  One of my husband's older brothers lost his almost year long battle with liver cancer.  We also lost a few other family members and friends to cancer.   Watching your loved ones struggle is painful, but I truly have been blessed to witness the faith and courage shown.  Such an inspiration and many lives were touched and changed during these times.  God truly does have plans that we don't understand and even question at the time,  but we see his love in action all around.  To God be the Glory!

We have also spent most of the summer getting my mom's house ready to sell.  It is so hard to go through all the "stuff".  It is like looking at a timeline of memories from a 60+ years of  a marriage and family life. Needless to say, I brought home boxes and boxes of stuff that I just couldn't part with at our sale.  I have had very little time this summer for sewing and quilting.  My sewing room has become a catch-all for boxes and bins that I am gradually finding a permament place for....hopefully, I am getting back to some normal routine.

What better way to get back in the swing of quilting and blogging than a blog hop!  Another great hop from  Quilting Gallery  celebrating Back to School starts Sunday night.  Check back later tonight for my giveaway details.  You can find more information and a list of participating blogs (on Sunday) here: