Happy Birthday to My Little Man, Daniel Josiah Finn !

My youngest son turned 6 today !  I can hardly believe it has been 6 years already.  This fall we start official Schooling for him, Homeschooling, we have in the past but this fall the state requires paperwork !  So were officially Schooling with him this fall.  He is  my Little Man, more godly character then most boys his age and such insight into godly things for a boy his age.  He knows Jesus is the Son of the Living God and that he is God himself.  He is a loving son and I am so glad that the Lord has blessed me with him. Happy Birthday my Son !  You are my blessing.




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One More Day !

In some ways I feel like I have come full circle in 6 years. Tomorrow will be exactly 6 years since I gave birth to my son Daniel Josiah Finn , He bares an uncanny resemblance to my Oldest Son Wesley James Officer !  If you look at Pictures of them when younger , they look so much alike they could be twins.  I guess the Lord knew that one day Wesley would grow up , get married and no longer be with me and so he gave me Daniel to take and fill that space in my life.  I miss Wesley a lot, but I am proud of him for being the man he is , Godly, Strong and a wonderful Husband to Cora Lee and now a father to Logan James.  Now he gets to know the wonders of being a parent.  Hopefully Logan won’t challenge him quite as sorely as Wes tried me in his growing up years.   Daniel is my little trooper, does things I tell his sisters to do and He does have his times of challenging me, but that has just started and he knows he cannot get away with it.  He still has his times of needing me to hold him and being close to me and that is a wonderful thing.  In many ways I hope he doesn’t get as arrogant as the other boys were when young.  Yes my son Michael is the strong willed one, but he too had his time of sweet little boy charm , from baby till about 9… Boys are wonderful, they have a time of challenging you and they have to do that as they seek to become the men they will become.  I thank the Lord they each still hug me and tell me they love me.

Tomorrow is Daniels Birthday of 6 years , I love the Little Man he is and someday I know I will love the Strong Man he will become !  My mother’s love will never cease for my boys !



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My Baby Boy… He will be 6 in two days !

I can hardly believe that Daniel will be 6 years old soon ! I remember the day we came home.  That day was nasty, ice storm, snow, cold cold and my friend Toni Pavo came down that day and delivered baby goats with my Son Wesley and lol Today she is delivering goats from that baby that was born that day….Is that ironic or what…

So here we are this morning, Drinking Coffee, talking about what were going to do with tax return and making plans for the future.  Yes were going to use it to get out of debt and stay out of debt for good.  I did well in that area, even if DH didn’t keep to the rules we set down at the time.  This time were going to stick to the rules, Right Honey ?  Right Honey ?


Hey, I read a book this week ” The Secrets of Happy Families ”  come back and read my review Friday ok… Interesting but good little book !


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Winner of my surprize giveaway !!!!

The winner of my surprize drawing in the ” Family is Stitched Together with Love ” is…… AMY C

not only will you recieve the pattern you won, but you will recieve a copy of each pattern from this week !!!! that  is right Amy, you had the most entries this week and so you will recieve all five E-Patterns !!!!

I hope you will come back and read my blog more often !!!

I will be emailing all the patterns out to you winners fromt his past week on Monday lord willing !



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A Day of Rest !

Saturday 1/18  I am taking a day of rest, a sabbath and I am going to relax and take it easy. I would appreciate your prayers for  the children and I greatly.



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Yarn Prize Package Giveaway


Yarn Prize Package Giveaway.

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Day 5: Civil War Era Quilt Book Author Kathleen Tracy

Today I want to introduce you to An Author of some of the very best Civil War Quilting books and Patterns, she also makes jewelry. The Book ” The Civil War Sewing Circle”  I ordered recently to use with my daughters in their sewing lessons, which will be part of our history lessons as well.  You all know that this year, one of my goals is to learn to quilt better, so I have joined Kathy’s Quilt Group ” Small Quilt Talk ”  smallquilttalk  on Yahoo Groups for making small quilts. You will find the link near the end of my post.  I hope you will take a look at the wonderful patterns and books Kathy has on her site and don’t forget to download her free ones for lessons for your Little Ladies !


The Civil War Sewing Circle

Women’s quilting played an important role in the Civil War. My latest book focuses on the role of quilting in women’s sewing circles – quilts made for the soldiers,  fundraising  and friends. When the Civil War began, women quickly organized groups to send blankets, quilts and clothing to support the enlisted men. It was this experience – organizing the making of, distributing and raffling off of quilts for the cause – that led to important changes in women’s roles and had a huge impact on the women’s rights movement after the war. Filled with eloquent excerpts from letters written to and from soldiers and wonderful historical photos that capture the time period so well.The Civil War Sewing Circle contains patterns for 16 appealing projects, including large quilts, doll quilts, a pincushion, sewing box, and needle case, all perfect for your reproduction fabrics.RemberingAdeliacover.jpg.w180h234

Remembering Adelia

 Remembering Adelia was inspired by the diary that was kept by a young woman during the Civil War. Adelia Thomas’ diary had been locked in a trunk in a family’s attic for over 100 years.  I came across it at a local historical society several years ago while I was researching photos for my last book, Prairie Children and Their Quilts

Upon glancing through the diary, I discovered that Adelia was a quilter and I became fascinated with her journal entries about daily life on a farm in northern Illinois in 1861, the year the Civil War broke out. I knew I had to tell her story and design quilts to go along with it.

Remembering Adelia 
features a number of large quilts as well as charming doll quilts and is full of 19th century quilting traditions.
American Doll Quilts

Celebrate the sweet, centuries-old American tradition of antique doll quilts with stories of the past and heirlooms for the future. These simple projects will capture the charm of yesteryear for a child—or the child within.Sixteen designs represent doll quilts made during different periods in American history, starting with the colonial period and moving through the Civil War, the Victorian era, the Great Depression, and World War II.  Explore our country’s quilting traditions while you learn some very basic blocks and simple piecing techniques to make simple little doll quilts much like the ones children learned to make long ago. Create authentic-looking doll quilts for your favorite 18-inch doll or just have fun with your reproduction fabric scraps.Projects in a range of sizes up to 20″ x 22″ include an embroidered medallion quilt, a crazy quilt, Civil War era quilts and needle cases, an Amish quilt and a friendship pillow easy enough for a child to make.Also includes information on fabrics and designs popular during the different historical periods. 
Prairie Children & Their Quilts

What was life like for children growing up on the prairie? Inspired by actual children’s diaries from the American frontier, this follow-up to the bestselling American Doll Quilts gives complete and easy directions to create small, antique-style projects as you read about the lives of pioneer children and their families.

 Fourteen patterns spotlight popular quilt designs from the nineteenth century

• Projects include a signature quilt, a game-board quilt, a schoolhouse quilt, a log cabin quilt, an African American  quilt, a prairie doll apron, and a schoolgirl sampler

• See vintage photos of prairie children, and read actual diary entries from children who traveled with their parents to settle in the West 

You can purchase any of these books and Tracy’s pattern on her website…http://www.countrylanequilts.com/

I started quilting by making quilts for my daughter’s dolls and made my very first small quilt from a Martingale & Co. pattern book I picked up in 2000. This sparked an interest in quilting history and led to the publication of American Doll Quilts in 2004.  I look to antique quilts for inspiration in making simple little quilts and hope that my books make the past come alive for some of you and also give you a connection with quilters from long ago. My third book,Remembering Adelia, came out in March 2009 and the newest one, The Civil War Sewing Circle, was released in January 2011.

Before turning my hobby into a career, I was an editor in the publishing industry for over 20 years. I live in Illinois with my husband, two children and our two dogs. I love reading, gardening, cooking, making simple beaded jewelry with a scrappy look and, of course, dogs.   

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Today’s Quilt Pattern  Todays Winner is  AMY C !!!!!


Giveaway: Each Day I will be offering a different Quilt E-pattern.

This e-pattern will be emailed to the winner  by me, I have purchased these special for this weeks giveaways !

They are sold by martingale.com.  

So you want to know how you win right…Here it is !

Each thing you do will get you 1 entry ok…

1.  Like my facebook page and leave me a comment telling me you have done so here in comments.


2.  Follow Me on Twitter and leave me a comment here telling me you have done so.


3. Follow Me on Pinterest and leave me a comment telling me you did so.


4.  Leave Me a comment here  telling me about your family quilting adventures or  a quilt in your family.

Please Leave a separate comment for each entry.

There will be a daily drawing (winners announced at the end of the week and at the end of the week will be the surprise drawing.)

The person who comes each day this week and comments daily, will be entered in a Special Surprise Giveaway ! ( Something Special from Me)

Blessings and Much Love,


Do you love Historical Fiction ? Quilting and  Old fashioned Times

Well I think you would love this book series

The Quilted Heart Omnibus by Mona Hodgson


Please join me Thursday to hear more about this wonderful book !

Pre-order your copy today in Paperback or Kindle !


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