Proverbs 31:13 She seeketh wool, and flax,
and worketh willingly with her hands.

...19 She layeth her hands to the spindle,
and her hands hold the distaff.
...21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household:
for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

...24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it;
and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.


1.  Make a nifty decorations or place card holder for Thanksgiving by hot gluing a walnut to one end of a large pine cone and several silk or dried leaves to the other end to make a "turkey."  If using for a place card holder, simply put the card in between the tines on the pine cone.  Be sure to glue the things on a side that will ensure that the "turkey" will sit up properly on it's own.  :-)  If using small pine cones, use a smaller nut such as a filbert or hazelnut. An acorn might also work.

2. Make napkin rings for yourself or as a gift.  Buy metal cookie cutters in a small size that would be suitable for a napkin ring. Paint them in matching, contrasting, or complimentary colors, using spray paint.  If using a bottled paint that requires a paint brush you may want to give them a coat of clear acrylic.  Make napkins that match or compliment as a nice touch for a gift.

3. Cathy A. of Louisiana writes:

One decorating idea is to take a cowboy boot, one in bad condition with a rather stiff feel to it, and spray paint it a solid color if it is in bad condition. After this, a tall vase can be inserted into the boot, and a western theme of grasses, tumble weed, dried flowers etc. could be inserted....the same can be done with any stiff shoe..only make a low arrangement, and decorate with whatever theme you have in mind...this is just one idea of what to do...there are many. I sometimes visit my local library for ideas....

4.  I saw a really neat idea the other day for napkin rings.  You can buy the tiny terra-cotta pots at Wal-Mart for about 30 cents. Using a glass cutter cut out the bottom of the pots. Decorate the pot with acrylic paints, ribbon, raffia etc. They make darling little country napkin rings.

 - from Jackie R.



 Mary's Craft Corner - This page has a lot of crafting stuff.

Paper piecing tutorial (Sorry about the Christmass theme, but this is a really clear tutorial.)
A second demonstration that might be useful, especially for the smaller more intricate patterns.

"Quilt As You Go" Tutorials - This is a great method for small projects such as placemats, table runners, baby quilts and so forth.  By following this method, the item is quilted when you finish the main part and all that remains is putting on a binding!  Very clever idea.
No. 1
No. 2

Strawberry Pincushions - Or, fill with polyfiberfill and use as decor.

Super Simple cosmetic, personal item bag

  Tube Pillow Case Tutorial - An easy way to make a pillow case from pretty or unique fabrics.  Great for gifts!

Traditional English Hexagon Hand Piecing Tutorial:
Number 1
Number 2
Number 3
This is a nice handwork project to do in relaxation time, while traveling, while listening to someone read or such.

Measurements For
Various Items


Twin - 39" X 75"
Full - 54" X 75"
Queen -60" X 80"
King - 76" X 80"


Single- 48" X 84"
Queen - 60" X 84"
King - 72" X 84"

Day Bed: 39" X 75"

Crib: 27" X 52"


52" X 52"
52" X 70"
60" X 84"
60" x 102"
60" X 120"
60" X 144"
70" Round
90" Round




Standard - 20" x 26"
Queen - 20" X 30"
King - 20" X 36"


Dinner - 16" Square
Luncheon - 14" Square


Twin - 69" X 90"
Full - 84" X 90"
Queen- 90" X 95"
King - 106" X 98"

[You may want to make these slightly larger than this.]


(Sizes include standard 14" drop)
Twin - 57" X 89"
Full - 96" X 110"

Queen- 102" X 115"
King - 120" X 115"


(Sizes include standard 21" drop)

Twin - 81" X 110"
Full - 96" X 110"
Queen - 102" X 115"
King - 120" X 115"

From Basic Measurements, Jo-Ann Fabrics, 1991

-- Thanks to Denise F.



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