I am no stranger to being the victim of a natural disaster. It has happened to me a couple times in my life. I think that is why when I read about the devastation from the floods in Australia and other parts of the world, my heart really goes out to those who lost just about everything that they had. I want to do something. I need to do something to help. It makes me feel better knowing that in some simple way, I am helping. And at the same time, I feel guilty that we are all so blessed in so many ways in our lives.

I am thankful that I am able to help by making sewing kits to send to those in need. Hopefully the kits will bring some cheer to those who have suffered from the devastation. If you want to help the Gum Tree Designers in their quest to bring sewing supplies to the needy, you can check out their blog HERE.

Today is Martin Luther King Day in the U.S. and it is also the anniversary of one of the most devastating earthquakes that hit Southern California on January 17, 1994..... the Northridge Earthquake.

I was a resident of Northridge, California on that day.... as I had been for about 7 years prior. I lost my house to that earthquake and most of the things in it. I lived with my dad for awhile and ultimately relocated with some of my clothes.... but really not much else. I had to recreate an entire household. It was a long time ago. I was married then and my kids were little ones. It took more than 2 1/2 years to rebuild.

18 months after the earthquake, our vacation home in Lake Arrowhead, California burned to the ground. This was a total loss. Nothing was salvageable. Talk about devastation. Luckily the fire was contained by the fire department, so none of the adjacent homes caught fire. The other homeowners were very lucky.

I pray that the those affected by the floods in Australia and other parts of the world.... that they are able to recover quickly. It is hard for me to actually articulate how this makes me feel because it hits so close to home! Even though it has been many many years since those tough experiences, it is unbelievably emotional even to think about them.

Today we also remember Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy. He conveyed some incredibly moving ideas and left us with a few extraordinary quotations during the course of his life. Here are a couple of my favorites......



“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”

I think that the first one is my favorite. I have always believed that whatever happens to you.... if it doesn't kill you.... it will make you stronger.

And no matter what happens.... through all the good and all the bad.... you have to focus and keep moving forward!

May you all find peace today in the piecing of a quilt... or doing whatever craft you choose. I hope you will share a small piece of your talent with someone out there who is less fortunate.

Take care and God bless.....





sewandtellfridaysTonight is the end to a long work week and I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend. At least hopefully, I will be able to relax and clean up my sewing room and get down to some REAL stitching!

This week, I completed Block 2 of my redwork Dear Dianry quilt for 2011. My focus this week was on planning my herb garden for the front of my apartment and I think I have a cohesive plan. Now I just need to get out the shovel and do some digging, cultivating and getting the soil ready for the herbs I will plant.

In honor of the garden planning thought processes, I embroidered this design.


My flower garden will have climbing roses on each side of the big bay window.

Then I will plant lavender on each side of the pink roses, along with some rosemary.

There will be a bird bath in the center.

And kitchen herbs in a wheel shape around the bird bath.


Here is a close up of the stitching....


And another closeup!

I sure love redwork.

I have some other things in the works this week, but they are not far along enough to post any photos.

My heart goes out to those who have been victims of the floods in Queensland. I encourage everyone to do what they can to help. I plan to make a couple of sewing kits for the Gum Tree Designers. Please do what you can. You can find the post regarding the Gum Tree New Beginning's project HERE.

You can also donate money for the postage for the kits HERE. I will be donating some funds from my Paypal account.

Jenny of Elefantz is also auctioning off a couple of her beautiful quilts for charity HERE.

Cinderberry Stitches is also auctioning a quilt HERE.

Everyone is helping and doing what they can. I admire the generosity of the quilters out there. It always amazes me how wonderful people can be during time of need and tragedy.

I will post photos of my kits in the next few days once they are done.

I hope everyone has a peaceful day!

Do something creative to feed your soul!

Take care and be safe....


P.S. I will be linking up to the following linky parties throughout the next week.

Stop by and visit these sites for tons of awesome inspiration!!!

AmyLouWho.com - Sew & Tell Friday

Lit & Laundry - Finished for Friday

Skip to My Lou - Made By You Monday

Keeping It Simple - Motivate Me Monday

Quiltstory - Fabric Tuesday

Creative Itch - Sew Cute Tuesday

Night Owl Crafting - Hoo's Got Talent

Sew Much Ado - We Did It Wednesday

Wednesday at Tea Rose Home






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