Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Pretties

Sometimes practical meets pretty and all is well in my world...
an unexpected gift

a whimsical new light fixture

vintage enamelware finds a new purpose

new storage all "prettified"

my pink mixer making cookie dough

It's all good!
Be Blessed,

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Autumn Blessings Quilt


The other day I gave you a sneak peek of the quilt I was working on.  Today I want to show you the quilt before I take it to the quilter.  When my "Fresh Vintage" came from Fig Tree Quilts, I knew I wanted to make the "All Hallows Eve Portrait".  I needed to make some modifications since the featured quilt was only 18"x 18".  I decided to use the "Sugar Rush" pattern in Camille Roskelley's new book, "Simplify".  I also decided to replace the "H" in the original quilt with "Autumn Blessings" using the book "The ABC's of Words on Quilts" by Elizabeth Scott.  The fabric is "Dandelion Girl" from Fig Tree Quilts which is perfect for my house.  The soft, muted colors of fall go much better with my pastel decor than the traditional fall/halloween colors.


One of the things I like most about this quilt is the scalloped border.  It goes well with the other scalloped trims in the room, like my table and chairs...


as well as the wood trim around the window.  It was a quick and fun project and I'll be sure to share it after it's quilted.  It's now time to go back to my Red Rose Farm quilt.  Hope you are having a great day!

Hugs,

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My Fall Garden


I took a stroll out into the garden yesterday.  I wanted to see if there is still any activity after all the cold days we've had.  There is still much to enjoy.  My hydrangea bush is fading to the warm colors of the trees behind it.


The rose is still as breathtaking as it was this summer, only in a more mellow way.  Some of the flowers have started to dry but it is still blooming.  I just love it!


The fall toad lily is in full swing.  They have multiplied all over the flower beds.  If you click on the picture, you can see their exquisite design.


The shrub rose is still producing new blooms and seems to grow taller every day.  The once twelve inch container is now almost five feet tall.


As long as we don't get a frost, the blooms will continue to open.  The hostas have faded back to the earth, some a bright yellow like the trees.  I can sense the anticipation in this little bud, will I come out?  Or will it be to cold to unfold?


Always hardy are the mums.  My neighbor surprises me every year with a potted mum.  It is such a nice surprise to find one sitting so prettily by my fence.  Such a simple and beautiful gesture.


This is the one remaining lavender blossom for the season.  I can't decide if I should cut it and dry it or leave it attached to it's life source.  For now, I'll leave it and let it take it's own sweet time to enjoy the last few days of warmth and sunshine this season.

Blessings,

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Quiet Monday

What is that darling little face peeking out? hmmm...

Today it's so quiet around my home.  Yesterday at church we were challenged to turn off our electronic devices and allow some quietness into our lives.  We do this to not only hear what the Lord might be speaking to us, but to also allow time for the mind to be creative.  It all sounds great to me, sign me up!  I decided to take a mini break from my Red Rose Farm quilt because something came in the mail that caught my eye...


If you happen to be a fan of Fig Tree Quilts, than you don't want to miss their pattern publication which comes out quarterly.  For just $8.50 (plus shipping), you receive patterns and much more in this little charming and oh-so-cute publication.


I am just about done with this project, but I'm only giving you this little snippet of a picture to keep you guessing.  It was fun, pretty quick and involved a combination of two patterns with the help of this...


Elizabeth Scott is also the designer behind Red Rose Farm that I'm using in the first quilt.  I can't wait to show you.  Do you want to see it before I have it quilted?

Happy Hugs,

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday Scripture

Looking out my front door...


Blessings,

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Memories


This past week, I spent some time at my dear Mom-in-love's home.  After the passing of her husband this summer, there are many things to take care of.  While we were working on a project, she came across her wedding dress.


She wore the dress over 50 years ago, getting married when she was eighteen.  She was unsure of what to do with the dress and I told her I would take it home and have it preserved, but for a little while I will leave it on my dress form to look at it.


I love the simplicity of this lace dress.  My what a tiny waist it has!  It's so good to have our memories, and in this case a tangible one to cherish.  Have a wonderful Saturday!

With joy,

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Pretties

Today I would like to introduce you to the photography of Alice B. Gardens, available on Etsy.  Enjoy!





For more Friday Pretties visit Joyce at

Hugs,

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Simple Pleasures


I have always been a person who enjoyed the end result more than the process.  I don't enjoy planting bulbs in the fall, but love the flowers next spring.  I quickly tire of the sweater I'm knitting but love the baby sweater wrapped and ready to give.  This way of thinking has often been true of my quilting as well.


As we have all been told, life is found in the process.  So I have tried to slow the creative process down and enjoy each step.  I've discovered that no matter how uncertain life may be, how difficult a situation I may find myself in, there is a certain comfort I find in quilting during those times.  I can look at a pattern, choose some beautiful fabric, measure, cut and sew.  While I'm working on my quilt, I have ample time for personal reflection.


While I sew, I can also be thinking through life issues, asking God for direction, making lists of the positives and negatives, figuring out what to do next.  In the end, if I have followed the pattern correctly, I will have a quilt that I enjoy and just maybe I will have some peace in my soul that overflows into my life as well.

For more Simple Pleasures visit Dayle at

Joyfully,

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Where Does Time Go?


It seems like yesterday that my girl was just my girl.  Now there is a cute boy taking her to the homecoming dance.  Where did the time go? (her Dad and I really like the cute boy!)

With joy,

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Polka Dot Fun


My friend Nancy owns Friendship Farm, has a restaurant in Shipshewana, and has just opened a bakery, "The Bake Shop".  She asked me if I'd make some aprons for the new bakery.


The theme of the bakery is polka dots and I had alot of fun shopping for fabric with her and finding some on my own.  There is endless options out there for polka dot fabrics.


I don't know what it is about polka dots, but they make me smile and I feel happy when I'm sewing with them.


I can only hope that her employees feel just as happy wearing them as I did making them!

Have a polka-dotty day!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Is it Monday already?

The wedding went off without a hitch.  The sun was shining, the air was warm and all the leaves rustled in harmony to the sound of wedding bells...








As life would have it, Saturday was also my daughter's homecoming dance.   Sunday, my son brought ten of his friends home for church and dinner (which I loved) and I had an apron order to finish for my favorite boss.  So today, I am bone tired.  Tired to the core of my bones.  But, it was all worth it!

Blessings,