Monday, November 15, 2010

Aprons and Butterflys

A package arrived in the mail over the weekend from Sue at Country Pleasures.  I had won her recent giveaway which was this darling apron and a very cute card making kit.  I just love this apron pattern, so feminine yet practical, just as aprons should be!  Thank you, Sue!

During the sewing room redo, I found these butterflies that I had forgotten all about.  Quite awhile ago I had discovered them when I was out on of my treasure hunts.  If you click on the picture you will see that they still have pins in them.  The fabrics are wonderful old prints and deep colors, like the orange.  My favorite is the pieced butterfly at the bottom, this was a resourceful quilter for sure!  My plan is to combine them with some other old quilt blocks that I found and make a small quilt.  There is a sweet satisfaction in finishing the work a dear quilter started a long time ago.

With joy,

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life,
to mind your own business and
to work with your hands..."

1 Thessalonians 4:11

With joy,

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday Pretties

Today I would like to share with you an artist I found on Etsy.  I just love her whimsical art and jewelry.  Her name is Andrea and she is from Argentina.  You can find her here.

For more Friday Pretties, visit Joyce at I Love Pretty Little Things.  Have a great Friday!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

With Needles

I so enjoyed reading your comments on yesterday's post.  I got another quilt cut out and started these gloves as a Christmas present for my daughter.  Lori suggested that I do some applique.  Awhile back I won her giveaway and since she's the Queen of applique in my book, I decided to spend some time today studying her methods and trying a small applique quilt pattern that I have.  Di's comment about her husband borrowing her machine to make a Halloween costume had me laughing.  She has a recipe on her blog today for Pumpkin Fudge.  Yum, yum and yum!  Time to make some coffee and get to work.  Have a blessed day!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wednesday Woes

It's been almost three weeks without my sewing machine.  My strips of fabric sit all ready to go.  I never thought I'd have such a physical reaction to not having my machine.  I'm pretty sure I might have a full-blown anxiety attack shortly.  I think I'll go cut out another quilt...


Monday, November 8, 2010

Sewing Room Redo

On Friday, my daughter and I met up with my dear friend Amy for a trip to Ikea.  It was my first time there and I think I walked for hours with my mouth open.  Fortunately Amy knew the ropes and directed me towards my intended purchase, a new cutting table. 

After looking and measuring and weighing all the pro's and con's, I bought a kitchen island and chair.  Saturday I removed everything from the room except the big cabinets.

sweater garland by Joyce

I did a major inventory of my goods and confirmed again that I'm on a purchasing lockdown until I can use up a great many items.  I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I even found things that I forgot I had..

Then I began putting the island and chair together.  It was not as difficult as I thought it would be but we'll see if they actually stay standing.

I like all the open spaces I have now, hopefully it will encourage me to keep things organized.

The quilt I hung in the room is the first needle-turn applique and redwork quilt that I made back in 2003.  I thought I would never get the leaves and vines attached.  It is true, the harder and longer a quilt takes to finish, the more you love it in the end (not so much during).  The Victorian saying reads,

"Remember me at twilight hour
when all around seems sweet and fair
when mirth and jest have lost their power
O! I would be remembered there!"

With joy,

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the Lord."
Psalm 104:33&34

With song,

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Giveaway Winner!

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Congratulations to Cora at Heartfelt and Homemade!  She is the winner of the blogiversary giveaway!  Cora has a wonderful blog so be sure to stop over for a visit.  Have a wonderful Saturday!


Friday, November 5, 2010

Strips of Promise

It seems that the buzz in blogland is Christmas, it's impending arrival, and the crunch to get gifts made.  This year I'm planning on a huge king-size Christmas quilt for my husband and I.  I spent the better part of yesterday cutting many, many strips for my first log cabin quilt. 

There is something about the feel of fabric in your hands during the quilt making process.  It feels like hope and promise to me.  There is an excitment in a swatch of fabric.  The possibilities are endless.  The strips of fabric look like a work of art to me, all lined up on the vintage drying rack, ready to go.

The last Christmas quilt I made was this snowball quilt.  I have collected Christmas novelty fabric for years and wanted something colorful and fun for the family room.  This quilt is loved so much that it stays out all year long.

I am drawn to retro Christmas images.  They remind me of being little again and how much I've always enjoyed the Christmas season.  There is talk of snow here in Michigan today.  The air is crisp and cold.  Good quilting weather!

I am joining Joyce at I love pretty little things for Friday Pretties and Dayle at A collection of this and that for the Airing of the Quilts.  Happy Friday everyone!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Inspired Ideas

If you're looking for a way to get your creative juices flowing for the Christmas season, you need look no farther than Inspire Ideas.  Amy Powers, of Inspire Co. is the brains behind this wonderful online magazine.  Head on over to her blog to look at the online magazine for FREE!

While you're paging through the most sublime photos, look for this little mouse.  Amy was asking readers awhile back to send pictures of their favorite Christmas ornaments and my sweet little mouse made it into the magazine.  I've had this mouse since I was a wee bit of a thing.  So fun!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

In My Happy Place

Little by little my Red Rose Farm quilt is coming along.  I've been auditioning sashing fabric and measuring and trimming and playing with the arrangement.

I just love this fabric.  I have tried to utilize as much of the fat quarter bundle as possible and I do believe that when this quilt is all finished, I will only have tiny pieces left.  I love that!

The kitchen chorus (as I like to call them) really make the quilt for me.  I know that whenever I see this quilt hanging in my kitchen, I'm going to smile.

My machine has been in the shop for almost two weeks.  I needed to sew terribly so I went and found the machine we bought for our daughter when she was in elementary school (she's in highschool now).  It sounds like a truck is coming through the house when I use it but it sews a straight, quarter inch seam and that's all that matters to me.  

Sweet blessings,

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

In the Bag

I am loving the great response to the giveaway.  Thank you for all your wonderful comments.  There is still plenty of time to sign up, just scroll down to the post below.  I want to show you a bag I finished over the weekend.  It's the "Field Bag & Tote" by Amy Butler.  

I must say, Amy Butler's patterns are a challenge.  There is so much interfacing and fusible this-or-that, that my needle started wobbling on several occassions.  I ended up having to use a denimn needle to do the top stitching around the bag.  It is a large bag with four interior pockets.  I added the covered buttons for a little pizazz.  I am pleased with the results, but also pleased to have it DONE!  What are you working on today?


Monday, November 1, 2010

Anniversary Giveaway!

This post marks my one year blogiversary and the 316 post.  Wow!  I've certainly had alot to say since that first attempt at blogging.  In celebration, I'm giving away my entire scrap stash.  Yes, it's true, I can hardly believe it myself.  You will find pinks, blues, yellows, greens, cream, white, etc.  A virtual garden will arrive at your house.  I could stop there, but why?  You will also receive...

the animated kitchenware transfers (here) that so many of you inquired about and a kitchen towel for you to stitch on.  I'm currently using my transfers in a quilt that I hope to share with you very soon.  For a wonderful scrap quilt, head over to Pleasant Home.  Jodi has made a beautiful quilt with her scraps and is kind enough to share the how-to's with us.  

To enter, leave a comment on this post.  I would love it if you would follow me, but that is not a requirement.  I will leave the giveaway open until Friday at midnight and will announce the winner on Saturday.

I am so blessed by the friends that I have made through blogging.  I have learned so much through all of you.  I have grown as a quilter/crafter and as a person.  I hope that you have enjoyed your time here and I thank you for all your supportive comments.  The Lord-willing, I will continue to share life on my end with you for as long as I'm able.

Giveaway button on sidebar courtesy of 
Thanks Keren!

Many blessings,

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:
With the Lord a day is like a thousand years,
and a thousand years is like a day.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, 
as some undertand slowness.  
He is patient with you, not wanting anyone
to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:8&9

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Be My Guest...

Awhile back I deleted my follower button.  I was becoming too overly concerned with numbers and decided to remove it and focus on just being me.  Over the last few weeks I have been approached by different blogs for various reasons and it appears that not having the button is holding me back in the ways I want to share with you and the direction I would like the blog to go.  With that being said, I am putting my follower button back up and hope that you would be my guest and follow me and continue to leave your wonderful comments as we journey through blogland together!

If you followed me before, you should still be there.  Click the follower button and if you already followed it will tell you so.  Have a blessed day dear friends!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Pretties

A few of my favorite things...

especially the reproduction china
used on the Titanic...

mosiac children's chair by a local artist...

scripture china and crochet pretties...

a favorite doll...

a spot in my dollhouse...

little creamers and a heart for you!

For more Friday Pretties visit

With joy,