A Case of Vineyard Poison

I just finished another of Philip R. Craig’s Martha’s Vineyard Mysteries.  This one, A Case of Vineyard Poison, takes place 3 weeks before Jeff and Zee’s wedding.  Have you ever wished money would just appear in your bank account?  Well, that’s what happened to Zee.  When they stopped at the ATM for Zee to get some cash she noticed that the balance on her receipt was much higher than it should be – 100 thousand higher!  With no banks open until Monday, she couldn’t acquire as to why – probably just a computer glitch is their thought.  By the end of the week-end the money was gone from her account.  Easy come, easy go.

Put the mysteriously appearing and disappearing money together with Jeff finding a young woman dead in his driveway and you have the makings of a great mystery.  Another very good cozy mystery by a very good author.  I am really enjoying this series.  Off to read the next book, Death on a Vineyard Beach.  Happy Reading.  Kathryn

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Pillowcases

While browsing the web, I saw that  American Patchwork and Quilting was asking for 1 million pillowcases to be made for a good cause.  The cause can be for foster children, cancer patients, domestic violence victims – any of a number of different causes – you pick.  What a great idea!  And, with Christmas coming up organizations love every little bit of help they can get.  Don’t know how to make a pillowcase, that’s o.k.  The site has many different pillowcase patterns available to choose from.  There is even a video on how to make the “roll it up” method.  I also like this video on making a pillowcase.

 This year I gave pillowcases to my grandsons for their birthdays.  Next year I think I will make the girls each one.  They are cute, fun, and the kids seem to like them.  Best of all they are made with love!  Happy Sewing!  Kathryn

The Double Cross

I think this is the best book yet in Clare O’Donohue’s Someday Quilts Mystery series!  The Double Cross takes Nell Fitzgerald and a few of her quilting group to a Bed & Breakfast in upstate New York to teach a week-long quilting class.  When they get to the Inn, they find the place in a very rundown state and the group of people signed up to take the class are not your typical quilters.  The B&B owners are childhood friends of one of the ladies in Nell’s quilting group, but they have not been in contact with each other for more than 40 years. 

The women are wondering if they should have come when things start to disappear and one of the B&B owners is found dead, covered with a quilt, and a gunshot wound to the heart.  Naturally Nell and her group are obsessed with finding out who did it when the police are focussed on one of their own. 

The Double Cross is a quilt block and the perfect name for this book.  I’m not going to give too much away, but I highly recommend this book.  There is one more book in this series, The Devil’s Puzzle, which came out this year.  I must find this book.  Happy Reading!  Kathryn

Extra Large Quilted Tote Bag

What do you think?  I decided to make a large tote bag to carry my quilting supplies in when I go to class.  My family thinks it looks like a beach bag.  O.K. – maybe I could use it for that too.  It took a while to make, as I didn’t have a pattern (go figure, why would I?).  I just had an idea – that’s all any project really needs to get started. 

This is how I did it.  I cut 2 1/2″ strips of 7 different fabrics – 11 for the front, 11 for the back, and 4 for each side.  The bottom is 8″ x 22″.  I cut 2 – 5″ x 21″ for the handles.  I also cut 2 1/2″ strips to make my bias tape for the top.  The front pockets are a  7″ x 22″ piece of material with a medium weight stabilizer as the batting and stitched to match the tote.  The inside pockets are 8″ H.  I used some leftover polyester batting and some remnants for the lining. 

The front, sides, back and bottom were each sandwiched and quilted separately 1/2″ apart vertically.  I then did my machines version of serging, using the M foot (overcast foot) on each piece all the way around.  I added a piece of batting in the handle to make it padded.  The finished tote measures 21″L x6″D x 17″H. 

I love my fabric choices and I wish I had some leftovers so I could make another one, only smaller.  I haven’t used it yet for class.  Right now it is holding a quilt top, finished and needing to be sandwiched.  I guess I best get busy!  Happy Sewing and Quilting.  Kathryn

A Drunkard’s Path

I just finished another great book!  As a knitter, sewer, quilter, etc. I love good books that are centered around my crafts.  This series is a quilter’s mystery and drunkard’s path is a quilt pattern with lots of curves.  I’d say it is a pretty good name for a book with many twists and turns of it’s own. 

 A Drunkard’s Path is the 2nd book by author Clare O’Donohue in the Someday Quilts Mystery series featuring Nell Fitzgerald.  Nell is a 20 something young woman who, after having her heart-broken, has moved to a small town and lives with her Grandmother.  Her Grandmother owns a quilt shop.  The quilting circle that meets every Friday night in the quilt shop consists of women of all ages, from 20’s to 70’s.  Nell has become a part of their circle and has enlisted these women to help her solve the mystery of the death of a woman whose body was found nearby.  This is against police chief Jess Dewalt’s wishes.  He as told her numberous times to stay out of police business.  But, Nell has a very inquisitive nature and just can’t leave it alone. 

I really am enjoying this series and have started book #3 in the series, The Double Cross.  More later!  Happy Reading!  Kathryn

Pop Flower Coasters

Pop Flower Coasters

During the summer I was looking for a cute, easy coaster pattern to make and I found the Pop Flower Coasters on Chasing Cottons blog.  She gives a very nice tutorial on how to make them. I just love these adorable flower coasters.  They were a quick fun project that brightened up my living room for the summer. 

To make them, I cut 5″ squares of unbleached muslin and used up scraps of various pieces of material.  I love how they turned out and think I might make some next spring for gifts.  If you are looking for a bazaar item or cute simple gift, this is it.  Happy Sewing!  Kathryn

The Lover’s Knot

I’ve reserved the  next few books in the Martha’s Vineyard series I am reading and I am patiently waiting for them to come in via the  interloan service our library provides.  Meanwhile, I was browsing through the new books at the library, I came across a new quilting mystery.  It was book #3 in a series.  I read so many books that I sometimes forget if I’ve read a particular author or series.  That was the case with this series.  It sounded familiar, but I just wasn’t sure if I read this one or not.  So, when in doubt re-read!  I picked up all three books in the series.  What series you ask – it is the Someday Quilts Mystery series by Clare O’Donohue .  The first book in the series is The Lover’s Knot

I am certain I read this book a while ago when it first came out in 2008.  The series is about a young woman, Nell, who is about to get married when she is dumped by her fiance.  She takes some time to gather her thoughts and heal her broken heart at her grandmother’s.  Her grandmother owns a quilt shop in a small town.  When her grandmother falls down a flight of stairs, breaking her leg, Nell decides to stay a while longer and help out her grandmother.  Nell then finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation when she discovers the body of her grandmother’s handyman in the quilt shop.  The book is a fun cozy read that I enjoyed just as much the second time around.  I am off to read the 2nd book in the series, A Drunkard’s Path.  Happy Reading.  Kathryn