Open Line Friday–Movie Suggestions?

Movies and Quilting

Welcome to Open Line Friday...I’d like to start today by answering a few questions that came up this week:

**Yes, I would love to teach someday...I have been talking to a  local quilt shop and am developing a workshop that I could offer at quilt guilds.  I am also considering an on-line workshop...any opinions, ideas?   —

**I almost always use Aurifil 50wt in my bobbin.  I love it–and more importantly, my Bernina loves it!  —

**My favorite batting for small tabletop or wall hangings is Warm and Natural.   It’s lightweight and quilts very well.  (I will discuss my favorite batting for  larger quilts in an upcoming post.)

**On Basting Quilts-I usually spray-baste my small quilts, but safety-pin my large quilts.

If you have any more questions for me or for the group, chime in… Continue reading

Five Best Christmas Movies of All-Time (In my humble opinion)


My husband and I have a long-standing Christmas tradition that we have enjoyed as long as we have been Santa.

Christmas Movies-Oldies but Goodies

On the Sunday nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas, after having tucked the wee ones in bed… we pour a little holiday cheer…turn on an old Christmas movie… and wrap the presents we have accumulated during the week.

Christmas Movies-Oldies but Goodies

We always begin with my favorite Christmas movie…..We’re No Angels.

We're No Angels

Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray are escaped convicts from Devil’s Island who end up helping the family they come to rob.  Hilarious.  Very witty–and the body language is as funny as the dialog.

Christmas Movies-Oldies but Goodies

We also love:  The Bishop’s Wife—The old one with Cary Grant.  Cary Grant plays an angel sent to help a bishop and his wife, but things get complicated when Grant falls in love with the Bishop’s wife…

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#3 on the list:  Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck and Sydney Greenstreet.  Another very funny movie with a great script.  Uncle Felix has the funniest lines…

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Christmas Movies-Oldies but Goodies

#4…The Shop Around the Corner with Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan.  This is the movie on which You’ve Got Mail was based.  Rather sweet…

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#5…A Christmas Carol.  There are dozens of versions of this great classic, but our favorite is the one with George C. Scott as Mr. Scrooge.

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Christmas Movies-Oldies but Goodies

Did you notice that I didn’t mention It’s a Wonderful Life…It is not on my top five list…I may be the only person on the world-wide web to say this… but I hate this cloying movie–when Jimmy Stewart screams “Maaarrrryyy…I’ll say no more…

What are your favorites?  I’d love to hear…

The Ten Spookiest Halloween Movies

Terrorizing ourselves with movies is one of my family’s favorite ways to set the mood for Halloween.   While I love Halloween, I really don’t like to be scared…. I have to be dragged kicking and screaming to scary movies…I usually cope by keeping my mind on the popcorn…. I draw the line at Paranormal Activity sequels…I saw the first movie, but refuse to go to the remaining three movies—too creepy for me!

After a little informal polling, here are our top ten movie choices for Halloween:

1.  The Blair Witch Project

2.  The Sixth Sense

3.  The Others

4.  Paranormal Activity (and sequels)

5.  Dawn of the Dead

6.  Halloween

7.  Casper

8.  The Wizard of Oz

9.  Dracula

10. Frankenstein

Casper is for the lightweights in the family, while the Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity have high creepiness factors.  The Wizard of Oz is my personal favorite, and I’m surprised by the number of kids who haven’t seen it.  Dracula and Frankenstein are classic must-sees and if you like the new Walking Dead TV show, then you must watch Dawn of the Dead–where the whole genre began.  The Others and The Sixth Sense are very suspenseful movies and are good on any dreary night….  I have nothing good to say about Halloween–very, very, scary—pop lots of popcorn for that one!

If you start watching tonight you’ll have just enough time to watch Halloween on Halloween.