Monday, March 2, 2015

By the Sea






































































































































































I am home from three weeks of traveling.  I had a unique opportunity that will probably not happen again.  Three trips back to back.  I started out in Manasota Key.  It was just what this girl from frigid Michigan needed to get back on track with life.  Hunting for shark teeth, cocktails in the sun, laughter and exploring with friends and hexie making in between.  I even read two books.  I'm hoping the time in the sun will get me through to spring.  I'll be back to take you to the next stop.  Happy Monday!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Bubbles Quilt




















































































I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new fabric line, "Milk, Sugar & Flower" by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics.  It is the most darling collection of florals, birds and animals.  As soon as it arrived I started looking for just the right quilt pattern.  When I saw this pattern, I knew I had found it.  Based on a vintage quilt, McCall's Quilting released this pattern called "Baby Bubbles" as a web bonus back in their May/June 2014 issue.  It can be easily found by going to their website and clicking on the tab "Bonuses".  Then just scroll down to the appropriate issue.  The quilt was very fun to make.  Appliqued circles set in between narrow strips of sashing in the most blush of pink fabric.  I used fusible web and machine blanket stitched the bubbles to the background.  I added an extra row of bubbles to make the quilt a bit larger.  I could not be more pleased with how it turned out.  I have some other fun plans for this fabric line.  Be sure to visit Elea's website for some gorgeous eye candy!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Happenings
















































































































































































































It has been an interesting six weeks and I've missed being here.  My daughter had surgery right before Christmas and then landed back at the hospital with complications.  Once she was back at school I came down with Shingles.  In the middle of all that I had another birthday, my first great nephew was born and my friend closed her darling cafe of which I have been a big part of.  I'm reminded all the time that the one certainty in life is change, some good, some we see as bad but in reality is part of life.  I'm thankful once again that the Lord is in control of it all, ready and waiting to see us through if we let Him.  I started playing with fabrics and hand quilted a small quilt.  I loved the entire process, mostly because I hadn't planned on making it at all.  I finished a house block for the sewing bee I'm in and finally blocked my scarf.  The picture does not give it justice.  It is the most pretty combination of blues and reminds me of foam on the waves when I look at it.   Praying you have a wonderful week!


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The New Flower Sugar - Quilt Reveal













































































































































































































The new Flower Sugar fabric by Lecien has hit stores and today I get to reveal the secret sewing I've been working on.  When Brenda, the owner of Pink Castle Fabrics asked if I'd like to make a quilt with the new line I quite enthusiastically said yes!  I have loved Flower Sugar from the very beginning.  I was allowed to use fabrics from the previous Flower Sugar lines, as well, so I pulled some of my favorites to work with. The pattern is called, "Wreath of Hearts" from the book, Quilting With My Sister.  It was a perfect pattern so showcase such happy fabric.  I sent the quilt off to my friend Donna for quilting. She used beautiful hearts and flowers to make this quilt a treasure!  Donna has a great long-arm quilting service as well as a shop.  Make sure to visit her website.  Thank you Brenda for the opportunity and thank you Lecien for your generous bundle of fabric.  Donna, thank you for making this quilt such a keepsake!  Check out Rita of Red Pepper Quilts here for her quilt and be sure to check in with Brenda who will be revealing her quilt soon!