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Several weeks ago, at Fall Quilt Market, I met Donna Masaniai, lovely lady, she is the owner of Pahala Quilting and Creative Sewing Center in Pahala, Hawaii.  We were chatting about Hawaii,  mostly, I was telling her how much I loved Hawaii and how lucky she is to live there.

Rick and I visitedHawaii several years ago. We took at week-long cruise and we able to travel between several of the islands. Each island we visited was better than the first and it was hard to pick a favorite. Needless to say, we had a fabulous time and just loved Hawaii!

Oh yes, I think I just mentioned that I love Hawaii. . . okay, back to my conversation with Donna.  While we chatted about quilting and Hawaii, I mentioned that I enjoyed the coffee from Hawaii.  Donna told me about a wonderul coffee;  Ka’u Coffee.

Ka’u coffee has been judged Number One in the U.S. and Top Ten in the world at the 2011 International Coffees of the Year Competition at the Specialty Coffee Association of America Convention.

Donna not only has wonderful quilting fabric at her store, she also sells Ka’u coffee!  She sent me come coffee and this morning I enjoyed my first cup!  It is so smooth and the taste is superb! Oh yes, I’m going to enjoy this lovely coffee and I will be ordering more!

If you love excellent coffee and wish to treat yourself or give it as a gift, you can contact Donna:

Pahala Quilting & Creative Sewing Center

96-3208 Maile Street

Pahala, Hawaii


Thanks, Donna!  Love, love, love the coffee!


The story below was sent to me, via email, by a dear friend.  I love the message and wanted to share it.  I agree, happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.   . . .

A 92-year-old,  petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully
dressed each  morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably
combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind,
moved to a nursing home today.

His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move
necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of
the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.

As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual
description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that
had been hung on his window. I love it,’ he stated with the
enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with
a new puppy.

Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just wait.’

‘That doesn’t have anything to do with it,’ he  replied.
Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.

Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture
is arranged … it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to
love it. ‘It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I
have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the
difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work,
or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.

Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the
new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored
away.  Just for this time in my life. Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

My Value Viewer notion is finally back in stock!  If you have been looking for it on our webstore, it is back!

The newly designed Value Viewer!  Become an expert at fabric selection – instantly!

This is the value tool I use whenever I select fabrics for a quilt.  Place the tool up to your eye and look through it.  This “removes” much of the color of the fabrics and you can see the value of the fabric.  This tool helps you determine whether your fabrics are light, medium or dark.

Why red and green?  Red does not work on red fabrics and green does not work on green fabrics, thus, you need both colors.  Overlap the tools and look through both of them to view your fabrics.  This allows you to look at any color or any textured fabric and determine its value.

For a lesson on value, please visit here.

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