Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Lavender sachets using old book pages.
Do you find it hard throwing out an old book?
Me too!
It was even difficult tearing out pages for these.
Books are precious and I hope I never see the day they are rare.
Sewing on paper was a first for me...
but easier than I had anticipated.
~b is for book

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


It was all about pigs yesterday with these projects.
When they leave my sewing sweatshop
they go down to Mr. b's screen printing cellar...
...and then back upstairs for a double dose of heat to set the ink.
To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring signs...
Monday morning wash on the line...
lined dried sheets make the best sleeping pill ever!
Easter eggs/deviled eggs
Forest babies...
new baby blankets ready for market.
~b is for busy

Friday, March 25, 2016

It's a good day when there is knitting going on...

~b is for beanie

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easter treats

I can't resist a cute new zipper pouch pattern...
or a pretty bouquet of flowers from Wal-Mart.
Just in time for Easter too.
~b is for baa

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

puddle jumper

Splashing in puddles is so much fun!


Monday, March 21, 2016

It's spring!
How about a song to celebrate.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Willa sat around all winter in her pj's...
lucky girl right?
She is ready for spring in her new Easter outfit.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

a green day

A wee bit of my favorite green things...
On today's lunch menu...
~b is for blarney

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Gone With The Wind

I'm calling these embroidered towels my
"Gone With The Wind" towels.
Who was your favorite character in Gone With The Wind?
Maybe it was Hattie McDaniel who played Mammy.
She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress,
 making her the first African American to win an Academy Award.

Monday, March 14, 2016

poultry mash

When I came across these feed sack towels
 I knew exactly what I was going to do with them.
I cut into them carefully in order to have enough of the fabric
to make a coordinating zipper pouch.
Won't they make cute market bags?
With a place to put your cash too!
~b is for bags

Friday, March 11, 2016

spring is on it's way

Easter is showing up in my little sewing sweatshop.
This little rabbit has been hanging around our backdoor all winter.
It will soon be time to dye eggs.
It's just an excuse to make deviled eggs at our house.
~b is for bunny

Thursday, March 10, 2016

3 inches

and 64 squares of sweet!
Nothing goes to waste in the sweatshop.
Every square inch gets utilized.
After baby gets a blanket...
dolly gets a blanket from the scraps.
Foxy likes it too.
~b is for blanket

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Yesterday when I'd had all the organizing I could take in my little sewing sweatshop
I quickly cleared a space to sew a couple of wool hot pad holders.
I found my box of wool pieces and  reclaimed sweaters while cleaning.
Wool is naturally heat and water repellent.
They are soft to use and wrap around pot and pan handles easily.
These are constructed from two layers of the sweater wool and then quilted.
I had previously felted the wool in the washer and dryer.
And while I was making hot pads
Grandpa was trying out his new scroll saw
 to make our youngest granddaughter these little cut out animals.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

my space

This is my second day of cleaning up
 the little sewing sweatshop.
There isn't much going out to the trash...
I'm seeing signs of a hoarder.
But it's looking ever so much better!
Not magazine worthy however.
I love the magazine Where Women Create.
You will never see my little space in it.
~b is for back to work here

Monday, March 7, 2016


If there is one thing Mr. b and I enjoy doing together
it is taking a road trip.
Saturday we got up early and headed south...
 to Nebraska.
It was a beautiful day...
no coats, windows rolled down
exploring the river.

Friday, March 4, 2016


Do you have time for a cup of tea with me?
My mother and I teamed up to make these tea cozies
for my sisters shop...The Prairie Preservationist.
They also sell a delicious line of teas.
Mother did the embroidering
and I sewed them together.
Would you like an adventure now,
or shall we have our tea first? - Peter Pan
They are so English!
My favorite tea is Lichee Black
 from the Ital Tea Leaf shop in San Francisco.
~b is for black tea

Thursday, March 3, 2016

finish lines

We are seeing more light everyday...
which gives me a little more energy too.
My Farm Girl Vintage quilt was put by the side
 when I began seeing Christmas lights.

Peas and Carrots Block
Three months later and the increased daylight
 and climbing thermometer has me revved up
 and headed for the finish line with it.


Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Quilt bones...
This archaeological dig was dug up in my
little sewing sweatshop
 buried under a ton of other quilt bones.