The Perfect Kid/Teacher Project

Dear Sewing Family,


Would you like to see a great kid project? Teacher project? For several years I did this project for an art project with some of my grandchildren’s classrooms. I cut up some quilt fabrics. We cut squares of plain muslin. We embroidered the child’s name on the plain fabric and let the children glue any combination of the quilt fabrics around his/her name. My quilting lady then zig zagged the quilt pieces down. The surprise was that we took the photograph of the child and recorded “why I Love the teacher” directly from the child. The photograph and the “Why I love the teacher” was photocopied onto a square on the back of the square that the child had created on the front of the quilt. The whole quilt was put together and presented at the end of the year as a present to the teacher. I can assure you the teachers assured me that it was a treasure never to be forgotten.


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I am in Arizona at a great Baby Lock celebration having a ton of fun. I wish everyone of you were with us! Afterward I have the fun of going to Scottsdale to spend time with my Arizona family. I’ll send lots of pictures to Facebook so stay tuned.

I am working so hard to finish my “huge” business book!! Half of it has been edited and has gone to layout and design!!! I see the light at the end of this tunnel!!! Happiness!!

I pray for our men and women in harm’s way and for their families. I pray for you and your family. I love you dearly. Never forget that.

May God Bless You,




Ricky Tims said, “Do you know who’s in charge of your sewing? YOU. If you want to be a quilter, quilt.”

How true these statements are of any type of sewing. Do you want to make a christening dress for your family? Then, make it. Do you want to learn to smock? Then, smock. Ricky Tims also said that his granny said, “I can do anything because of ignorance.” Not knowing how to do something is not the same as “ignorance” and this is his granny’s way of saying, “Go ahead and try. That is the only way to get started.”




I went to a monthly antique show that we have here in West Palm Beach one Sunday and came upon a booth of Antique Linens. There were hundreds upon hundreds or pieces but on closer examination they all looked brand new! I had to ask if they were in fact antique and I was surprised when she said “Yes.” I asked her the secret and she told me that she uses one scoop of Biz and one scoop of OxyClean in a bucket of water. You can leave the dingiest item in this mixture for 24 hours and it will come out bright white! It’s never failed me.



In all the smocking graphs, the holding row at the top is shown un-smocked. One day, by accident, I smocked a cable row on the holding row. Instead of pulling it out, I just left it, and carried on with the rest of the design. When i came to do the construction, i was amazed at how easy it was, having that extra cable row there to hold the pleats straight while I attached it to the yoke! Ever since, I’ve been smocking the holding row. It really makes a difference during the construction, and is cut away when the seam is trimmed.


Hebrews 11:6  and 17-19

6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,

18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.

19 Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.

One of my favorite devotional books is “Truth for Today” by John McArthur. I was reading about Abraham’s faith in that book and read, “Is it any wonder he was the greatest human model of faith?”  “He (Abraham) is the father of the faithful. The account of Abraham tells us that a man can go through the severest trial of life imaginable if he trusts God, believing that He will keep His promise and accomplish His purposes without making a mistake.”

I am sure and certain that God is sovereign, He is perfect and He does not make mistakes. I have prayed this week again, “Lord help me to seek your will not mine.” This is sometimes very hard for me to do although I know God’s will is the perfect one for my life. Sometimes I want very badly to “direct God.” I confess that sometimes I want to be His CEO on certain issues. Oh, what mistakes I make when I do not turn everything over to God and have faith that He is in control, not me. I think of Abraham who was willing to give up his son and obey God. God give me faith like Abraham and help others having a difficult time this week to turn to you rather than our own thinking.