Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Magnolia Market Review by Judy Christie

.Magnolia Market
Photo from BookLook

It has been a year since her life changed dramatically. A year since her husband suddenly died. She thought her situation was about to improve when the final steps were taken in her purchase of the classy boutique where she worked. A place she had brought back from ruin. A business that she had put her heart and soul into and loved. But, events happened suddenly that changed Avery Broussard's life forever.  

She is expecting someone else when this tall, dark, and handsome man walks in and immediately grabs her attention. She is unaware of why he is there or who he is until he says he is there to do repairs on the shop. She has no clue what is going on, but wants him gone before the guest she is expecting arrives. This mystery man becomes more and more important in Avery's life as it turns upside down when her mother-in-law, Evangeline arrives and tells her that she is selling the store to someone else. Avery is devastated when she discovers all that the almighty Broussards have planned for her. 

After accidentally running into a store building with her SUV called, Magnolia Market, she discovers exactly how much her life can change in a heartbeat even more than it already has. This event along with learning she has lost the boutique opens doors for Avery that she never dreamed were there. She is given new hope and challenges that enables her to create a new life. Avery's faith is tested and tried, but God prevails in what He wants for her. Her only family consists of her father who is a missionary and lets her know he is praying for her daily. That conversation leads Avery to open her Bible to Jeremiah 29:11. Two words stand out to her hope and future. These two words helps Avery survive during the next adventures she faces. Such an inspiring message!

Read this book to find out what all happens to Avery, and how God brings about blessings from trials and struggles, and how Avery discovers the plans God has to bring hope and a future for her. Avery shows what determination and hard work can bring into her life. She and T.J. work together to build a new futures. There are laughs, hard times, struggles of all kinds in this story. Neither of the main characters find themselves where they ever thought they would be at this time in their lives. 

Experience a great storyline creative writing, and interesting characters. Each character develops the story line and supports the main characters well. I really enjoyed this book and it was an inspiring story to me. I believe it will encourage any reader by showing that just because life has its struggles and hardships, that if we lean on God, He will make a way to bring happiness and new life.

Magnolia Market by Judy Christie is a book I received from BookLook Bloggers to review for them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was hooked at the beginning! If you love romantic stories, family feuds, business adventures, helping others, etc., you will like this book. This book contains all of the above and more. I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more by Judy Christie.

I was sent this book free to review for BookLook Bloggers. I received no other compensation for review. This review shares my thought and opinions of the book.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt Update

Here is the update on the disappearing nine patch quilt I've been working on. The top is now a flimsy (finished), but I've got to make the backing and then quilt it. I'm working on getting the Day and Night quilt quilted more. I'm afraid it is going to take me awhile to get it done. I'm getting a little discouraged at this point. Sort of wishing I had started the quilted differently, but I've done too much to do something different now. Oh well. LOL I took the top to show the person for whom I'm making the quilt and she liked it! She loves frogs, so as you can see, I have two embroidered on the top. I will put an appliqued frog on the back of the quilt. She collects frogs and these two types she does not have. I hope it turns out as well as I have in mind it will. Keep a look out for the final results on this one and the Day and Night one. I believe that I will stop making large quilts for awhile unless if someone wants me to make them one, they are willing to pay enough for me to send it out to be quilted by someone else. It is just too much for me to do now. I believe I will stick to lap sized and baby quilts for awhile. I want to make me a Christmas quilt. I've had fabric for almost a year and haven't touched it. One day!

Have a blessed day, my friends. I'm sorry I haven't been blogging much lately. It is just one thing I've put aside for a little bit. I will be writing the review of an awesome book I read from BookLook Bloggers today or tomorrow. It is a really good read!


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Rush Hour Blog Hop

Check out the new blog hop coming on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Just Let Me Quilt is the cheerleader for the hop.

Studio E has some really amazing fabric called Rush Hour that got a lot of us so excited.
These are just a few of the fabrics in the line...
Red, White, and Black will be stopping traffic!

These bloggers are rushing around right now to get ready to show off what they've made.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Never Ever Give Up Book Review

Never Ever Give Up: The Inspiring Story of Jessie and Her JoyJars
by: Erik Rees with Jenna Glatzer

Never Ever Give Up tells the true story of a little girl who is diagnosed with a brain tumor. The doctors do not give her parents much hope, due to the location and type of tumor she has. They are devastated, but the family decides to do everything in their power to get Jessie help. This book shares the ups and downs, heartaches, the happy times all while doing everything possible to save Jessie. Instead of giving up and wallowing in their sorrow, the family, especially Jessie, decides to do what they can to encourage other children with cancer. This is where the JoyJars enter the story.

The book also gives details of Jessie's treatments, how she handles the effects, the emotions of the father, Erik Rees, all the while trying to stay strong for Jessie. One finds out while reading how Jessie's siblings and other family members cope with her illness. The JoyJars become a mission for the family and helps them cope with Jessie's diagnosis while helping others.

Erik Rees did an excellent job of keeping the reader's attention and wanting to find out what happens with Jessie. The family's faith is strong and even though it is tested, God gives them the strength they need. This is shown throughout the story. The author shares this story from his heart and guides the reader from one event to the next.

I really liked this book. I have a passion for children with cancer, so I was drawn to this book. I would recommend this book to anyone. It is an easy read, but one that keeps the reader interested. Please, get this book and discover how God helps a family deal with the worst time they could imagine.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Book Review on the Way!!

I am presently reading a new book that I received from BookLook and will be posting a review for the book soon. Make sure you keep a lookout for it! It is a great book and one you will want to read for yourselves. So stay tuned!

Also, I posted a link to Family Christian bookstore Labor Day sale on the right sidebar of my blog. Make sure you check it out. Christmas will be here before we know it, so you might want to start getting gifts while they are on sale!

On the sewing/quilting front, I started the disappearing nine patch quilt on Monday and have made great strides in my opinion. I think this will be a gorgeous quilt! I sure hope it is as pretty as I think it is going to be.  Here is a peek of one of the nine patch blocks.
Isn't the fabric lovely!!!

I pray you all have a blessed day!
Be creative and a blessing to someone else.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

What Is Going On At My House?

This is what has been going on at my house! LOL I've been working on quilting this king size Day and Night quilt for our DS and DDIL which was their present for Christmas last year, so I guess they will get it this year for Christmas. Hahaha!! I had a follower ask what I meant about my Acufil program on my sewing machine, so I told her that I would post a few pictures where she can see what I'm doing. I sure hope this quilt will look good when I'm finished doing it like this.

The lower picture shows what I did yesterday. I have a commission quilt to make, so I cut the fabric out yesterday. It will be a disappearing nine patch quilt for an elderly lady who I have known my whole life almost. Her daughter and I went to elementary and high school together and were BFFs before there were BFFs. LOL We haven't seen each other in several years, but are in contact on Facebook, etc. She was the one who notified me that her mom wants me to make her a quilt. She is also on FB, and sees my quilts on there, so she wants me to make her one. I said sure! She loves blue and red, so this fabric is what I purchased. The two blues on the left will be the borders. The red will be the center squares, and the blues on the right and the white on white in the center are the side and main focus squares. I sure hope it turns out as pretty as I think it will. I will keep you updated.

I hope everyone is doing well and being creative. DH and I are attending a new church this morning where his cousins attend. I've been once, and I liked it, so we are going together this morning to see what he thinks. We are trying to find us a church home, so here we go!

Have a blessed Sunday and spend time with your family and with Lord.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Disney Princess Baby Quilt is Finished!

Good morning friends and family! How are you all doing this beautiful morning? It is stormy here at my home, or at least a storm is getting close. LOL We are up early and feeling blessed.

God is so good to me and my family. We are blessed in so many ways, and I am so thankful for what He is doing in my life. He is showing me ways that I can be more of a witness for Him through my blog, and social media. I am not ashamed to say that He is in my heart, and I am His. God sent His only Son to die on the cross for me, yes, little ol' me. I am not worthy of His love, but I don't have to be worthy, and neither do you.

If you will notice, my blog is slowly changing its format from just my quilting, handbags, and other projects to a mixture of that plus book and music reviews. I am doing reviews for Family Christian Bookstore and just became a member of BookLook Bloggers. You will see both badges on my sidebar. I love to read. Always have loved to read. I don't read as much as I did before I started quilting, but I still get in some reading everyday. I thought, why not use my love of reading to review Christian books, Bibles, children's books, music, devotionals and Bible study books? So, I signed up for Family Christian Bloggers on Facebook. Then, a comment on my last post sent me to the lady's blog where I saw that she reviews for BookLook. I looked them up and found that I could do it, too! I have sent for my first book, so be on the lookout for another book review soon. 

I started working on the king sized quilt yesterday. This is going to take awhile, I am afraid. That thing is so heavy!!! I am using some of my Acufil quilt program designs to quilt in each section of the 12 in. blocks. Plus I am stitching in the ditch around each square. This is not necessarily how I wanted to quilt it, but that is what is working for now. I stitched three blocks and around the six blocks in the middle row yesterday. I will stitch designs in the other three blocks when it isn't storming. I will have to work on more than one project at a time during this quilting project. I can't work on it longer than an hour or so at a time. I have another quilt I will be cutting out after pressing the fabric, so that will take care of the need for another project. I can tell you now, I will not be quilting another king sized quilt. I will make the top, but I will send it to be quilted by someone else. This girl's machine isn't large enough to handle many king sized quilts. LOL 

Here is my latest finish. I was asked to make a Disney Princess quilt for a new grand-baby on the way. I found this panel, and I fell in love! I see some things I will do differently next time, but I think it turned out pretty cute. I had planned on delivering it yesterday, but a storm blew in about the time I was ready to leave. I plan to deliver it today, so I'm hoping it isn't storming when I need to leave. 

I hope the baby enjoys it and the grand-mother who ordered it loves it, too. It has a pretty pink backing with a label the same color as the binding (purple). The embroidery on the label has pink thread. 

I will go for now. Stay tuned and hopefully, I will be blogging more in the future than I have in the past. May God bless you and your family.