My first t-shirt Quilt

Hi, Susan here! My first ever T-shirt quilt. Made for my older daughter. She really likes it for its heaviness, warmth, and the fact that her t-shirts are no longer sitting in a bag in her closet. Each shirt represents an accomplishment, event, or trip. The backing is dark purple cotton flannel, and the batting […]

Christmas Quilt #3 ~ Whack n Stack

This is a lap quilt, also sometimes called a throw. It was a lot of fun to make. I enjoy getting out a few seasonal quilts, then putting them away for next year. But while they are out, we do use them. See below for a little added JOY. Thank you for taking the time […]

Christmas Quilt #1, Rail Fence

This quilt has been in the making for a long time. I got the scraps, already cut into strips, at a rummage sale — oh, probably about eight years ago. Within a year or two of that, I had the top made — only to set it aside due to the busy teenage years of my […]

My Latest Baby Quilt & the Story Behind It

I love to quilt, and have made and given away dozens of quilts over the years since I started about 25-30 years ago. Most of the quilts I have made are baby quilts. I have also made quite a few bed quilts (which I have kept for my family), and some lap quilts for the […]

An Excellent Woman: Hannah K. of Hannah’s Homestead

Hello, readers! Susan Karsten here. Following is my interview of Hannah Kooiman, one of the most talented ladies it is my privilege to know these days. She farms, gardens, cooks, cans, mothers, teaches, crochets, and so on. Read on to find her bio at the end. Thanks! So Hannah, what’s a typical day like for […]

Interview with Hannah of “Hannah’s Homestead” An Excellent Woman

Hello, readers! Susan Karsten here. Following is my interview of Hannah Kooiman, one of the most talented ladies it is my privilege to know these days. She farms, gardens, cooks, cans, mothers, teaches, crochets, and so on. Read on to find her bio at the end. Thanks! So Hannah, what’s a typical day like for […]

What is an A-line dress? Not what you are hearing these days!

I’ll admit it, I watch a wedding dress show while I am working out. The reason I am posting about this is that I keep hearing the term “A-line” being used WRONG by these fancy-dancy wedding dress salespeople. They erroneously call a-line what is actually a natural waistline dress. For clarification, here are some A-line […]

Book Review: The Dream Dress, by Janice Thompson

Isn’t this cover inviting?!  Not wanting to give too much of this fun story away, let me just say that if you are interested in weddings, wedding dresses, wedding planning, bakeries, small businesses, sewing, designing, and LOVE…. you will find plenty to please in this rollicking Christian romance. From the blurb:  A lowly seamstress at […]

17 Years to Embroider Tablecloth, 31 Years of Hospitality: My friend Debbie

THE EMBROIDERY: Photo was taken at a post-worship Easter spread this past Easter Sunday (Messiah Episcopal Church, St. Paul, MN).  Debbie just finished the tablecloth in the picture in January after 18 years of embroidery!  It is a cloth entitled “Celebration” originally purchased from Herrschners in WI.  She could not wash it until it was […]