A Crafter Quilts A Crime

A Crafter Quilts a Crime: A Handcrafted Mystery  (by Holly Quinn. New York: Crooked Lane Books, 2020. Recipes. ****

Sammy Kane owns and manages Community Craft, a retail store on Main Street in Heartsford, Wisconsin. It's the best shopping night of the year, the Fire and Ice Event, and Sammy has a brilliant idea to attract customers to her shop. She asked the vendors from Community Craft to be live-mannequins inside the storefront display window. The plan goes awry when one of the mannequins looks blue despite the bright lights. Sandy, her sister and cousin, in their childhood formed an investigative club nicknamed S.H.E. They decided to insert themselves into the murder investigation to discover who murdered their quilting friend, Wanda. Detective Nash is not amused when Sammy is kidnapped by the chief suspect and proposes a convoluted theory about a map and clues hidden in a quilt made by Wanda.

This cozy mystery provides a respite from everyday life. The characters are likable and predictable (in a good way) and will entertain you. The food mentioned in the book sounds delicious and Quinn has provided recipes and a quilt pattern. I will absolutely make Ellie's Meatball Soup and Sammy's Crustless Spinach Quiche. Well-written with just enough of a plot twist to keep the story from being like any other cozy mystery. Throw in a little romantic tension, and it's just right.

I received an ecopy for a review.

Holly Quinn has published two stand-alone fiction novels in another persona. She graduated from Carroll University in Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in business and a minor in marketing. This is her third Handcrafted mystery. Quinn is both an avid reader and crafter. Holly sells her artistic creations locally and dreamed of one day opening a gift shop to sell local artist’s handiwork. Instead, she began writing about it and thus her journey of the Handcrafted Mystery series was born. Visit her @ www.authorhollyquinn.com

#acrafterquiltsacrime #cozymytsery


Teal Mini Swap 2019

The Teal Mini Swap is a swap to raise awareness and funds for ovarian cancer reasearch. Participation is capped at 500 and $5000 will be donated to OCRFA.

Two friends and I worked together today to create our mug rugs. They chose a pattern by Cheryl Lynch, "Philly Love", a paper pieced pattern. We reduced the pattern by 50% to create a 6 inch block.

I chose a Splendid Sampler October Bonus Block, "Wonderful Pumpkin" by Pat Sloan. The finished block size is 6.5 inches.

The fabric above must be used somewhere on the front of the mug rug. Selecting coordinating prints was fun!

One friend chose white as the background and her
coordinating prints as the letters.

The quilt block turned out beautifully!

The other friend chose a two fabric design. A totally different look!

I wanted to use the teal fabric in the pumpkin and auditioned a few color schemes.

The tendrils looked best in teal rather than the green I tried first.

This is such a fun pattern to make.

After I attached the heart o the back of it, I realized that it needed a label.

I'm happy with how it turned out and I mailed it to my swap partner today. I also made her a teal colored zippered pouch.

For more information about the swap, https://www.facebook.com/groups/312878735548587/.

#tealminiswap "tealmugrugswap #fightovariancancer #ovariancancerresearch

Book Hive Book Club - Whimsical Wings


Book Hive Book Club - Whimsical Wings

I've joined the Facebook Group, The Book Hive Book Club and have agreed to be in the Whimsical Wings sub Book Group. There are 12 members , 12 books, 12 months. I chose the book, "Have You Seen Luis Velez?" (reviewed on my blog here) and since I love flamingos, my journal had to include at least one. Choosing the book to read was easy, the journal not so much. 

Some of the questions running through my head:
  • Should the journal be thick? thin? It will have to be mailed with the book.
  • How many pages per person to estimate for them to write on? I tend to be succinct.
  • What if the pages run out? Should I include two journals?
  • Should I include a bookmark? hint...hint. What if someone dog-ears my book or writes in it?
  • Vacation is coming up soon, should I mail it before I leave? Get it all ready and wait til I come back? Give it to someone else to mail? 
  • I've been told my handwriting is illegibile. I never learned to print (thank you Catholic School education); will they be able to read my scribble? It really would be odd to type my thoughts, print, then cut and glue? 
  • What if the other readers don't like the book I've chosen? What if I don't like theirs? 
  • These are legitimate questions, right? Am I overthinking all of this????
Decisions, Decisions...

2. I received my September book early, Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton.

Loved it and reviewed it at http://pennyformythoughts-nona.blogspot.com/2019/08/glory-road.html

3. Next book is Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor,  reviewed here...Holy Envy

4. The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins is a delightful read! Reviewed at The Book Charmer. I have throughly enjoyed each book and can't wait to see what is coming next!

#bookhivebookclub #whimisicalwings #whimsicalwingsbookclub

Daddy's Girls

Daddy's Girls by Sarah Flint. (DC Charlotte Stafford Series Book 5) Aria: Amazon Digital Services, LLC, 2019. 287 pages. ****

In this latest psychological thriller, D.C. Charlie Stafford has an odd case on her hands. And it may be her toughest one yet.

Thomas Houghton's wife dies and he blames his daughter, Emma, for her very existence, which he believes, contributed to his wife's death. Drugged, delusional, and broke, Tom believes he has seen his dead wife and she has returned to him. The fact that the woman doesn't seem to know him, doesn't deter him from visiting her.

A burglar who isn't interested in valuables, the subject of Operation Greystream, he visits his victims in the dead of the night, gloved and masked. He targets the elderly, he doesn't hurt them and, if they beg, he won't take anything of real value.

But then 87-year-old Florence Briarly is found by her friend, cold to the touch and neatly tucked into bed. And Charlie realizes this case has taken a sinister, urgent turn. Now this stealthy burglar has had a taste of murder, it's only a matter of time until he craves it again...

This series gets better and better and with more than one main plot; you just want to keep reading until the book is done. Flint's books may be read as a stand-alones; however, you will want to read them all. Flint is able to get into the perpetrator's and the victim's head which creates the tension within the story. In true psychological fiction fashion, there is an unexpected ending (no spoilers here) and I love it when I don't guess the identity of the killer. Full of surprises, I can't wait to see what Flint writes next!

Mummy's Favorite  - Book 1

I received an ecopy for a review.

With a Metropolitan Police career spanning 35 years Sarah Flint has spent her adulthood surrounded by victims, criminals and police officers. She continues to work and lives in London with her partner and has three older daughters. To read more about Sarah's books, https://ariafiction.com/author/sarah-flint

#Daddysgirls #psychologicalthriller


Quilt Labels

September 5, 2019

Quilt Labels

I volunteered to create a mini demo for my Guild's Sew Together Day. Here I am doing what I like to do...teaching!

Why attach a label or sign the back of your quilts?

Jenny Doan (MSQC) https://quiltingtutorials.com/tutorial/personalize-your-quilt-using-quilt-applique-labels

What to include on your label:
  • Quilt maker's name- full name, not just "made with love by Nona."
  • The quilter - if different from the maker - longarmer
  • Name of the quilt
  • If using a commercial pattern, the name of the pattern and designer
  • The full name of the recipient of the quilt
  • Occasion - wedding, graduation
  • Year when the quilt is completed
  • Location - city, state
  • Personal message
How to create a label:

There are many techniques and products to help you create a label that fits your quilt and expresses what you want to say.

I visited local stores; Jo-Ann, Michael's and Walmart to test fabric markers. Many quilters use Micron markers and I have in the past, but I began to notice that over time and multiple washings, the back writing faded to a grayish purple. So, I didn't include these pens in my sample. ALL lables should be heat set before washing. 


I wrote on fabric and two wrote easily and darkly. The Tulip Fabric Marker bled a little, but was still acceptable.

The Pentel Gel Roller for fabric wrote smoothly and cleanly.

 I attached them to quilted fabric squares to similate quilt backs. Each time I added them to a load of laundry, I indicated it on the label, these were each washed 4 times. Both maintained their color throughout the washing and drying. My personal preference is the Pentel Gel Roller for fabric purchased at Walmart.

This label was created in Word and signed using the Pentel Gel Roller 3 years ago. It's helpful to iron freezer paper to the back of your label to facilitate writing on fabric. The quilt has been machine washed and dried. It's helpful to iron freezer paper to the back of your label to facilitate writing on fabric.

I often make my labels on the computer using June Tailor Sew-In Colorfast Fabric Sheets for Ink Jet Printers. They are available in cream and white. Make sure they are "Washable" and you follow the instructions to make them color fast. (if not, all of your work will disappear in the wash)

I created this label on my inkjet printer and hand sewed it to the back of my Teal MugRug Swap. After following the manufacturer's instruction, I ironed it to Steam a Seam lite and then ironed it to the back to be sewn.

Other examples of inkjet labels.

Helpful Websites:
National Quilters Circle - https://www.nationalquilterscircle.com/article/include-quilt-labels/#

AQS - http://www.aqsblog.com/a-comprehensive-guide-to-quilt-labels

Printing on Fabric using Freezer Paper with FREE download

Most popular position for labels:
In the right or left bottom corner, with two sides of the label under the binding.

Google Search terms: quilt labels, custom quilt labels



2019 Monthly Color Challenge - September

September - Lilac (Lavendar)

Pulling different shades of purple for this month's block...

I don't have as many lilacs, but I do love dots.

I am using fat quarters for these blocks, so cutting this one is close. Check out Jen's Blog for this month's block.


After cutting the pieces, the next step is to create half square triangles. I use my Chako chalk roller marker to draw the line. It works great on the fabric, brushes off when sewn.

A little dark for lilac, however, it turned out perfect!

Only a few more months to go!

Check out the other bloggers and leave a comment!

Patterns By Jen
One Quilting Circle
mary mack's blog
Quilts by Joanne

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