Monday, March 17, 2014

'Tis a Happy Day for Sure!

Being half Irish, this is a day for celebration and fun! Put on some green clothes, and start the pot a boilin' for the corned beef, cabbage, carrots, and taters. Fire up the oven, make some Irish Soda Bread, and slather it with cream cheese and jam. YUM!! Wishing everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day--enjoy the day.

I've got to start with this wonderful quilters saying from fellow quilter, blogger, and friend Kathy Mathews. Take a look at her blog Quilting! Sewing! Creating! at She's got a Facebook page, too (listed on the pics below).

These are Kathy's, too. She's a 'stitch'--great sense of humor! Check her out =)

A little hometown pride--celebrating the big day Chicago-style. I never get tired of seein' the green in the river.
Aerial view of the Chicago River in the process of being dyed.
This time-lapse video is only 30 seconds -- watch how the river is dyed. 

The Chicago River--all dressed up for St. Paddy.
We LOVE our Blackhawks in Chicago!

My Irish Great-grandma--Bridget Elizabeth Kiernan Hogan (daughter of Thomas Kiernan [Trim county Meath] & Catherine Keough [CountyDublin])
Grandma Hogan--February 27, 1921

I had a fabulous time sewing, talking and quilting on Saturday when I joined the Top Shelf Quilt Retreat for a one day getaway. Thank you ladies for making me feel sew welcome!

How incredibly cool is this?!! Check out the little ironing board that is clamped to the table--I sew need one!!!

The second book in The Bunco Club Series, Quilters of the Bunco Club: Phree & Rosa, is back from the editor. Corrections have been made, and I have just finished formatting the Kindle Edition. I'd like to have the paperback formatting done today--but we'll see how that shakes out! ...Stay tuned, more later.

Once again-- Wishing everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day!


  1. I love your blog, your photographs, your quilts, and I'm about to love your books! I've added your blog to a new page I've just begun this week at my blog. Here's the link if you'd like to check it out:
    I've published what is to be the first in a series of mysteries in the quilt shop of an elderly couple. The Quilter's Quarters is book one. I'm working on two, and plan to release it this December. Wish me luck? I'll tell quilters here about yours, and after i download book one will review it before going on to book two. I have a book blog where i review books for others, and write for writers: I'll follow your blog, and invite you to check out mine. Be wel, and keep sewing!

  2. Thank you, Terry! Your blog is wonderful and I added it the list on my blog. Best of luck with your books--I'll be getting a copy of The Quilter's Quarters and I look forward to reading it. I'm very excited to have you review my book and blog about it--thank you! Have a wonderful day! In stitches, Karen