Wednesday Giveaway

Wonder Clips are wonderfully handy! I use them for all sorts of clipping jobs. They are designed to hold binding in place for hand or machine sewing and I love them for that job. I also use them when I am English paper piecing. Sometimes I use them like a paper clip.

Kitty Bowman is this week’s lucky winner of a pack of 10 rainbow-colored Wonder Clips. And, because Christmas is coming, I’m adding a holiday scissor charm!


You can find these and other handy sewing notions at

Show and tell…

Made by Barbara M. Burnham

Barbara Burnham took my Button Box class last month when I visited the Faithful Circle Quilters in Columbia, Maryland. I love seeing finished class quilts!

I love Barbara’s fabric choices. Way to go Barbara, and thank you for sharing!

FYI: The Button Box quilt is in our book, Piecing the Piece O’ Cake Way, 2nd ed. You can find the book here, and the digital ebook here.

It’s not Thanksgiving without the parade…

Steve and I went with Jeff to watch the Macy’s parade. It was 18 degrees! I don’t know how the folks in the parade managed to keep the smiles on their faces, but they did. I was especially impressed with the bands. Their fingers must have been so cold!

The crowds were light so we got pretty close. Even so, I saw a lot of heads…

But luckily the balloons fly above the crowd!

We gave up and went back to the warm apartment and watched the rest of the parade on TV with a glass of bubbly.

Jeff is getting ready to cook the turkey. We are thankful for it all :-).

Happy thanksgiving to you and yours :-).

Make it be gray…

My phone just notified me that my screen time last week was down 28%. I only looked at my phone for an average of 1 hour and 3 minutes a day. That makes my head hurt! What exactly was I looking at?! Even weather kitty is not worthy of that much time.

Today’s Doonesbury hit home for me. It’s a reminder that taking the color out of your phone screen makes it much less attractive/addictive. I’ve done it before and I’m doing it again.

On an iPhone with a home button, click it quickly 3 times and the color goes away. On an iPhone X, click the side button 3 times quickly. Repeat to go back to a color screen. (If you have a different kind of phone, do a quick google search to find how to make it be gray.)

Even if the screen is gray, the photos and screenshots you take will be in color.


Thanksgiving is upon us and I plan to be present in the world, looking up at real people, rather than down into my phone. The boring gray screen will be a visual reminder to do just that.

That said, I will post color photos this week. When you do look at your screens, I hope you enjoy them!