Wednesday Whimsey

Wednesday Whimsey:

Three old women are sitting around a table playing bridge and bragging about their sons.

“My Freddie,” said Margaret, “Everyone should be so lucky to have a son like my Freddie. Once a week he brings me a huge bouquet of flowers, he’s constantly bringing me out to restaurants to eat, if I so much as hint that I want something the next morning it’s on my doorstep.”

“That’s very nice about your Freddie”, says Gertrude. “But with all due respect, when I think about the way my Sammy takes care of me, it just can’t compare. Every morning as soon as I wake up he greets me with bacon and freshly brewed coffee. Every lunch he comes over and cooks me a gourmet lunch, and every supper he brings me to his house for supper, he truly treats me like a queen.”

“WELL!” Says Barbara “I don’t want to make any of you feel bad or anything, but wait until you hear about my Harry.  Twice a week he pays someone $200 an hour just so he can lie on their couch and talk to them, and who do you think he speaks about at those prices?”

“I’ll tell you who he speaks about! ALL HE SPEAKS ABOUT IS ME!”

The quilt block shown is the 1904 Star Quilt Block.  For a link to the sewing directions, visit

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Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue

General Directions

Are you ready for a new mystery quilt? How about an easy one you can make in red, white and blue that could be a Quilt of Valor if you added a border? Or perhaps just make it in dark, medium and light shades of your favorite color as a lap or wheelchair quilt. It finishes 46″ x 46″ but can easily be made larger with an additional border.

Before beginning this or any other project, wash and press your fabric. If you like the behavior of crisp fabric as you work with it, try a little spray sizing when you iron it. Take the time to clean your machine, put in a new needle and fill a few bobbins.

Pressing means just holding the iron over a spot for a moment or two. Don’t drag the iron back and forth as you normally do when ironing a garment. That might distort your seams.

This pattern assumes a perfect 1/4” seam. WOF means Width of Fabric.

To “square up” a block, place a ruler the size of the unfinished block on top of the block, matching the diagonal line of the ruler with the diagonal line of the block if possible. Cut all the way around the block. You will find it convenient to have a 6-1/2″ square ruler.

Cutting directions are for the traditional method of making Half Square Triangle Blocks (HSTs) and uses the QIAD Flying Geese ruler to make the
3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ Flying Geese blocks. If you prefer another method, be sure to cut for that method instead. More items you may find helpful are a Stripology Ruler to cut the strips and a Quick Quarter Ruler to make the HSTs.

Fabric Requirements

If you would like to make a scrappy quilt, cut each strip out of a different print in the same color family. You will make smaller cuts at each clue using these strips. Always save leftover fabric as you may need it for the next clue.

1-1/2 yards Background:
(1) 12-1/2″ wide strip by the WOF.
(3) 9-1/2″ strips by the WOF.
(5) 2″ wide strips by the WOF

1/4 yard Red:
(2) 4″ wide strips by the WOF.

1-1/8 yard Blue:
(1) 7-1/2″ wide by the WOF
(1) 4″ wide by the WOF
(4) 3-1/2″ wide by the WOF
(5) 2-1/2″ wide by the WOF (this is the border)
(2) 2″ wide by the WOF


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National Park Free Entrance Days

Group of people on patio in desert landscape

Fee-free days make national parks accessible to more people.

NPS photo

Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2018:

National parks are America’s best idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all the time. The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the military, families of fourth-grade students, and disabled citizens. Learn more about the variety of passes offered by the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass series.

Wednesday Whimsey

Wednesday Whimsey:

A baby turtle was standing at the bottom of a large tree and with a deep sigh, started to climb. About an hour later, he reached a very high branch and walked along to the end. He turned and spread all four flippers and launched himself off the branch. On landing at the bottom in a pile of soft, dead leaves, he shook himself off, walked back to the bottom of the tree and with a sigh started to climb.

About an hour later, he again reached the very high branch, walked along, turned, spread his flippers and flung himself off the branch. Again, he landed on the bottom, shook himself off, went to the bottom of the tree, sighed and started climbing.

Watching these proceedings from the end of the branch were two birds. The Momma bird turned to Daddy bird and said, “Don’t you think it’s time we told him he was adopted?”

The Scrappy Friends Quilt Mystery is Solved!

I’d like to thank everyone who participated in our latest mystery.  I have been doing these since 2007 or thereabouts and I think this one might be our most popular yet!  It is really amazing what people can do with scraps. Here are some pictures. Click on the picture thumbnails below to see them up close.

If you would like to see more, or purchase the pattern, visit