Minimal Progress

I knew I wouldn’t be getting much done this week, but I over-estimated. LOL On Monday, I managed to stitch up a little of Stacey’s quilt. Not my job, but with Rosa coming Tuesday, I figured fewer pieces were better. This is not all sewn together, I just put little pieces into bigger ones. Those are at the top.


That was sort of a leader-ender as I began to put together these border corner stars, finished this afternoon between other errands.


I have a plan for the rest of the borders, and will work on that next time I have some time … tomorrow? Friday? My temple trip on Friday got cancelled, but the Saturday one to Atlanta is still one. Those will go on this Free Trade Star with it’s first border.


I’m also, of course, doing Uncle Donald blocks as leader-enders, and will have 3 new ones soon.

The last thing to show is Tuesday’s work. It isn’t mine. Quite a few months ago, a year or more, probably, Marla wanted a pattern for a cowboy boot, so she could make a quilt for her husband. I drew one up for her and figured out piecing. She’s been collecting fabrics all along. Now that she is on family leave, she decided to get started. She decided to make a sample first, and it was a good thing. I forgot the seam allowance on two small pieces, and forgot one piece entirely. By the end of the test block, it all worked out, though. That’s why we test, right?

Here’s the cuteness – it’s a 9-inch block. I see some changes we can make to improve it, but I might have to make some myself. =)


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Monday Goals

Evaluate Goals for the week of August 15:

  1. Start Baby Quilt using Debby Kratovil’s August Calendar Girls Block, Free Trade Stars. Block finished!
  2. FreeTrade

  3. Work on first American Hero quilt center from 2015 F2F blocks Center finished!
  4. Soldier146c

  5. Finish CQJP2016 – May Block Some progress, not finished.
  6. Look for/choose wool to finish wool snowman sent by Rhonda at Patchwork Sampler Found it!
  7. Start Hexathon block 4, Box Hill Paper Pieces glue basted
  8. Finish Fall Love QAL Block 1 Finished!
  9. 1HappyFallFin

  10. Start Monthly Goal – Borders on Bento Box Cut some border pieces, lost the quilt top!

Leader-Ender: 4-patches for Uncle Donald’s quilt (made with scrappy 2.5″ squares!) Lots finished this week


Back Burner
Jenny Christmas Wreath, Scrap Vortex, Maggie’s First Dance, Emperor’s Wives, and Mary Lou Chickens.

Goals for week of August 22 – A week where I know I have only 2 full days, at best, and maybe a few hours here and there, so I’m limiting the list:

  1. Make border blocks for Baby Quilt using Debby Kratovil’s August Calendar Girls Block, Free Trade Stars.
  2. Work on first American Hero quilt from 2015 F2F blocks – 4 stars for borders
  3. Finish CQJP2016 (evenings) – May Block
  4. Decide how to finish wool snowman sent by Rhonda at Patchwork Sampler
  5. Work on Hexathon block 4 (Friday, temple trip) Box Hill
  6. Then if there’s time:

  7. Begin Fall Love QAL Block 3
  8. Work on Monthly Goal – Borders on Bento Box – keep looking for top, and cut enough pieces for borders, start sewing

Leader-Ender: 4-patches for Uncle Donald’s quilt (made with scrappy 2.5″ squares!)

Back Burner
Jenny Christmas Wreath, Scrap Vortex, Maggie’s First Dance, Emperor’s Wives, and Mary Lou Chickens.

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A Mormon Moment

MormonMoments It looks like we might have a fall this year! The weather dropped slightly out of the 90s a couple of days this week.

Last week, I promised the story of the conversion of Lamoni’s father to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Remember this fella? Rather noble looking. This is another of the many portraits of Book of Mormon people done by James H. Fullmer, who has painted a great deal of Book of Mormon art, including the people. These are based on his own vision of art and the Book of Mormon descriptions, limited as they are.


Alma 22:1 – Now, as Ammon was thus teaching the people of Lamoni continually, we will return to the account of Aaron and his brethren; for after he departed from the land of Middoni he was led by the Spirit to the land of Nephi, even to the house of the king which was over all the land save it were the land of Ishmael; and he was the father of Lamoni.


King Lamoni’s father had invited Ammon, but it was Aaron, Omner and Limhi who went because Ammon was very busy with the people of Lamoni. The king of the Lamanites lived in a large city in the land of Nephi, near the original lands where Nephi and his family had landed in the Americas. Aaron told the king he was Ammon’s brother and, as Ammon had done with King Lamoni, the three offered themselves as servants to the king. The king had been thinking about Ammon’s kindness and about what Ammon had said to him.

Alma 22:3 – … but I will insist that ye shall administer unto me; for I have been somewhat troubled in mind because of the generosity and the greatness of the words of thy brother Ammon; and I desire to know the cause why he has not come up out of Middoni with thee.

Omner and Limhi

Then Aaron explained that God had called Ammon a different way. He asked the king an important question.

Alma 22:7-8 – And Aaron answered him and said unto him: Believest thou that there is a God?

And the king said: I know that the Amalekites say that there is a God, and I have granted unto them that they should build sanctuaries, that they may assemble themselves together to worship him. And if now thou sayest there is a God, behold I will believe.

And now when Aaron heard this, his heart began to rejoice, and he said: Behold, assuredly as thou livest, O king, there is a God.

Why would Aaron’s heart rejoice? Because he now sees that the King is teachable and open to the word of God. He began to teach him and Aaron read the scriptures to the king. He taught him about the earth’s Creation, Adam’s Fall, and Jesus Christ’s mission.


Alma 22:13-14 – And Aaron did expound unto him the scriptures from the creation of Adam, laying the fall of man before him, and their carnal state and also the plan of redemption, which was prepared from the foundation of the world, through Christ, for all whosoever would believe on his name.

And since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself; but the sufferings and death of Christ atone for their sins, through faith and repentance, and so forth; and that he breaketh the bands of death, that the grave shall have no victory, and that the sting of death should be swallowed up in the hopes of glory; and Aaron did expound all these things unto the king.

plates3Now how did they have this knowledge before Christ? It’s in the records of the Israelites, and they had the records kept by the tribe of Joseph. Remember when Nephi went back to Jerusalem with his brothers and obtained the records from Laban’s storehouse? Those records were still with the Nephites, and other things, as well, their own record keeping. The Lamanites had not had them, and so lost the knowledge in the 500+ years since coming to the Americas. Aaron was teaching things that their forefathers had known, but which the later generations didn’t.

In verse 15, the king shows his repentant heart and his wish for redemption. 15 And it came to pass that after Aaron had expounded these things unto him, the king said: What shall I do that I may have this eternal life of which thou hast spoken? Yea, what shall I do that I may be born of God, having this wicked spirit rooted out of my breast, and receive his Spirit, that I may be filled with joy, that I may not be cast off at the last day? Behold, said he, I will give up all that I possess, yea, I will forsake my kingdom, that I may receive this great joy.

No missionary ever heard sweeter words, do you think? Aaron told the king he needed to fully repent of his sins. He needed to pray and have faith in God. The king did this immediately.

Alma 22:18 – O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a God, and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee, and that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day. And now when the king had said these words, he was struck as if he were dead.


This is another time when the Lord communicated with a repentant soul. The queen came and saw her husband lying as if dead, and was angry with Aaron and his brothers. When it appeared she would bring a mob which Aaron feared would be hard-hearted and kill them, he raised the king onto his feet. The king began to preach and minister to his household, including his wife.

Alma 22:23 – Now this was done in the presence of the queen and many of the servants. And when they saw it they greatly marveled, and began to fear. And the king stood forth, and began to minister unto them. And he did minister unto them, insomuch that his whole household were converted unto the Lord.


That is certainly following the commandment that when we know the truth we are to go and teach it to others! Alma 23:1-3 – Behold, now it came to pass that the king of the Lamanites sent a proclamation among all his people, that they should not lay their hands on Ammon, or Aaron, or Omner, or Himni, nor either of their brethren who should go forth preaching the word of God, in whatsoever place they should be, in any part of their land.

Yea, he sent a decree among them, that they should not lay their hands on them to bind them, or to cast them into prison; neither should they spit upon them, nor smite them, nor cast them out of their synagogues, nor scourge them; neither should they cast stones at them, but that they should have free access to their houses, and also their temples, and their sanctuaries.

And thus they might go forth and preach the word according to their desires, for the king had been converted unto the Lord, and all his household; therefore he sent his proclamation throughout the land unto his people, that the word of God might have no obstruction, but that it might go forth throughout all the land, that his people might be convinced concerning the wicked traditions of their fathers, and that they might be convinced that they were all brethren, and that they ought not to murder, nor to plunder, nor to steal, nor to commit adultery, nor to commit any manner of wickedness.



And so, because of the courage and faith of Ammon and his brothers, an entire nation heard the word of God and many were converted to a belief in Christ who should come. The brothers spent most of their youth in missions among the Lamanites. They explained to their father that when they understood, from the visitation of the angel, how dreadful was the consequence of sin, and how blessed was redemption, they had only a desire to go among their brothers, the Lamanites, and bring them word of salvation. AmmonTeachingLamoni

Next week, I will tell one last story of Ammon, and those who became known as the People of Ammon. They had an important part to play, or rather, their sons played an important part, in the defense of the lands of the Nephites. 2060 stripling warriors – young men who were not trained as soldiers, but who had the greatest faith in God. They said they did not doubt their mothers knew the truth. Mothers are a powerful force for good in the world.

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Debby Kratovil’s Free Trade Stars Block


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This is Debby’s Calendar Girls block for August.

I have really enjoyed doing these this year. This one will be part of a baby quilt in a week or two, but for now, it shines out brightly, and maybe a little busy. This is a 16″ block. The flying geese are not HST, as in the pattern. I made them Eleanor Burns’ way and cut out some seams, and some work for myself.


During yesterday and today, I continued to work on the Uncle Donald blocks. Here are the 4 that were finished on those two days, making 14 total. They are completely out of order. As shown, they are: 12. 14. 13, 11.


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More Row by Row Experience

Photo-dominant post. Really, REALLY long!

MothI still have a lot of shops I’d like to visit, but I’m running out of time, and money! Even if you don’t by the kits, there’s gas and food. While I was waiting for Stacey on Tuesday, I captured a photo of this fellow on my front door screen. The door behind is brown, but the light gives things a green cast.

Flowers1Flowers2We drove down to Sevierville, and stopped first at Cherry Pit. On the way in, we saw these beautiful flowers blooming on the sidewalk, and on the light pole.

CherryPitSign This is probably Stacey’s favorite store. I can always find something there myself. Their samples hanging everywhere are wonderful. If I lived closer, I’d take classes, just to have time to do some of them. There’s a lovely atmosphere there, and they allowed a general picture or two inside.



CPFront Room

Their row is fun:

The Cherry Pit, Sevierville, TN

Next, we went to Sew ‘n Vac, The Sewing Center, just around the corner.

SewingCenter:IvaHere we discovered things I never knew, since we’d not been there before. It had a small amount of fabric, and that was lovely stuff. It’s an APQS dealer! She had three machines right there on the floor. We also discovered that the row was not at this shop, it was at Iva’s, also a short distance, maybe two miles, maybe less. Now why would that be?

Last month, Iva died from Cancer-related illness. Before she did, she asked these owners to take her children and finish bringing them up. I think they are 11 and 12. When the will was read, it was discovered that her shop and land and house had all been left to the family who is now parenting the children, and they are the owners of The Sewing Center. We had a nice chat, bought a beautiful piece of very pale yellow and off we went to Iva’s where Stacey posed for a quick pic.


Inside, Ivas is huge, with 3 rooms in addition to the main room. The Sewing Center will be moving to this location and letting the other one go in a month or so. No need to maintain two expenses. Here’s Iva’s inside, and I suspect they will still call it Iva’s to honor her, and because the name is known. I could go broke on their beautiful batiks.


The row for The Sewing Center is not pictured on the RxR site, so I will have to photograph it.

We stopped for lunch at Taco Bell on the way to Pappy’s. Then we got lost and by the time I figured out where we were, we were closer to Mountain Creek Quilt Shop, which is one of MY favorites, so we went there first.





I like the store because it has wool fabrics, Genziana wool thread and Sue Spargo’s other main thread option, too. It also has a lot of Civil War repros. In the back, there’s a room of bright and modern, and a room of Christmas. I could also spend a lot of money here, if only I had it! I bought 1/3 of wool for a penny rug, and it turned out to be the perfect match – from memory! Glad that memory is still good for something!

front room

And don’t you wish you could see that log cabin better? Well, here ya go!


This bee hanging may become a row on my quilt. In this rendition, it’s a wool hanging or table runner.


Wanna see that better, too? Okay!



We liked their row, too.

Mountain Creek Quilt Shop, Greenback, TN

Finally, we had time so we went back to Pappy’s. I’ve shown pics of it before, so just the signs today.


Here’s their row – Stacey bought a cool orange dot for the state of Tennessee:

Pappy's Quilting Place, Maryville, TN

If you’re wondering why everything I show here in East Tennessee that has the state outline is orange, it’s UT. Orange and white, and thousands of fans!

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Thursday and the Blue Lagoon

No, I’m kidding, there’s no blue lagoon, unless you consider the river running downhill on my street today as a lagoon. It rained a lot, and it wasn’t just streaming down the sidewalk gutters. We don’t have sidewalks, either. On the other hand, it IS Thursday still!

Stacey came this morning and started her last emergency/camp quilt for her 12-year old. Here’s how far she got today, part of it is sewn, a big chunk, and part of it is lying on my floor waiting for next week. I had nothing else to put down, and the floor was feeling chilly and neglected.


While she did that, I cut pieces for blocks and, after she left, I sewed these two, first the #16 Whirligig block in the Modern HST Sampler Love this block! Though I might have arranged it differently if I hadn’t sewn two squares that I didn’t mean to. It’s okay, it’s just fine in only two colors and the bg.


Here’s the Westering Women block for August, Courthouse Rock.


I don’t remember showing the first six together, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t do it. Before taking them down today to make room for the last six, I took a picture.


The reason my floor was clear was that I finished the entire center of the American Hero top yesterday, and didn’t get around to blogging it, oh horrors! Here it is – one more border to go. An 8-inch finished design that will take this from 44 x 58 to 60 x 74, which will have to do.


I took a picture after finishing the tenth Uncle Donald block, too. I still don’t know if this is the way they’ll be arranged. I might be leaning toward it, but we’ll see. I know when I do the plaid one that it will be alternating blank squares. I’m thinking I might hand-quilt it, too.


Then I went on to finish these pieces yesterday and today. The one on the left is finished, the one on the right is actually two ready to sew together. The one on the bottom has red apples on black.








Finally, I also have these beepie log cabins to show. This makes 3 purples and 3 blues, so just one more of each for a snowball logs block, and 2 yellows. I think I might be having too much fun over here at Casa Nixon.


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Scrap Happy Bitty Bits

If you like to see scrap projects, check out the list at the bottom of Kate’s or Gun’s Scrap Happy posts. I’m also linking to Young Texan Mama’s first Sew Cute Tuesday, inherited from Blossom Heart Quilts.

While I’m out rowing today in the Sevierville-Gatlinburg-Greenville area of East Tennessee, I thought I’d leave a progress update for you to read. Heaven knows you don’t have enough to read if I don’t blog, right? 1f60b

Looking at my goals on Monday, I decided to start with the fastest finish, kind of give myself a boost. So here’s the finished Fall Love QAL Block 1:


I love it! There are issues, mine, not the designer’s, but I love it anyway. On to the next block next week. Maybe if I have time, I’ll prep it this week. It is not another Sunflower block, but Block 3 is. Block 5 posts on August 19, and is free for 24 hours only. It’s another Sunflower. These are not in numerical order, but the posting schedule is on the blog post I linked above.

Next, I went looking for Fran’s Bento Box top so I could work on the borders. Uh-oh. It’s missing! I even had my son clean up his mess in the guest room so I could look for it, but it isn’t there. Now I’m going to have to trust that it will turn up somewhere. In the meantime, I took some of the 2.5″ strips Fran left me and started cutting 2.5 x 4.5 pieces for those borders. I forgot how much time the looking for fabrics and cutting takes! Here’s a couple of light and dark piles started – they represent about 45 minutes of cutting.


After that, I started working on the American Hero quilt top that I’m making from 12 F2F blocks from last year. I requested red, white and blue so I could make two for AH and one for me. The vertical strips are on. Now I need to make horizontal strips with red and blue squares to go around and between rows. This is a self-bordering quilt. I may or may not add another border. This will be 44 x 58. That’s really a little small still. I may add something else of interest after that border.


Of course, I worked on the Uncle Donald blocks! Lori is making some, too. You should join us – they are just so much fun! Mine are definitely Scrap Happy!

Here’s one finished and two almost ready to stitch together. The purple corners go with another one underneath that is also black with animal-sounds words. The top one will have orange-brown corners. You can click on these to enlarge and see those cute, CUTE bees! Oh, look! I have the birds and the bees in the same block! 1f609

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I’m working on three more log cabin beepie blocks, too. If I’m giving away the top I made, I have to make another one!

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