Wednesday, February 23, 2011


In all my years of quilting, I have never made a log cabin quilt.  I don't know what the hesitation was but I'm so glad I finally decided to try it.  I am finished with the 50 blocks and now have to work on setting triangles, corner triangles and borders.  I'm loving the way it is all coming together.  I can see more log cabin quilts in the future.  It is such a great way to use up scraps.  What are you working on today?


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Time for Fun

My daughter went to the Shanghai Circus with her boyfriend on Saturday for his homecoming.  She wore her retro dress with the fun pink crinoline.  We decided against the "fascinator" (hair piece with netting).  I made it alittle too big.  Our favorite hairdresser did some wonderful retro-inspired pin curls.

They always have such a fun time together.  Saturday was in the 40's.  All the snow was pretty much melted.  Now we are back in the 20's with one of the worst snow and ice storms ever.  Trees down everywhere.  Many, many people without power.  Roads too treacherous to drive.  No school yesterday or today because the school doesn't have any power.  Oh, how I long for spring!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Sewing Christmas

Welcome to our second month of "Sewing Christmas".  This month finds me thinking of spring which was my inspiration for the pillow cover.  Not all of our Christmas gifts have to be Christmas themed.  I think not making a Christmas-themed gift each month will help us to stay on task by keeping it interesting, don't you?

Recently I was in T.J. Maxx and I found this white quilted pillow sham on sale for $5.99.  Perfect for an applique project.  I began searching through my many books and patterns.  The possibilities were endless, really.  I thought of hearts in different fabrics, the word "Joy" with vines and yo-yo's, various quilt blocks I've made and not used.

Then I found this pattern.  Not having to make the pillow saved  time.  I changed the direction of the pattern only because I was too lazy didn't want to take the time to copy the pattern, I just traced it on to fusible web as printed.

For those of you who missed last month's "Sewing Christmas", it can be viewed here.  Now it's your turn, share your "Sewing Christmas" idea using the link below.  Remember, it doesn't have to be a sewn item.  Enjoy!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Scripture

photo found here

"Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise;
apply your heart to what I teach,
for it is pleasing when you keep them in 
your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.
So that your trust may be in the Lord,
I teach you today, even you."

Proverbs 22:17-19


Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Pretties

Snow melting.  Sunshine.  A hint of Spring in the damp cold.  This is my Friday Pretty.  Slender green shoots straining out of the earth through the dead leaves of last fall.  A message from God today that there is always something going on even when we can't see it.  After a long winter, after a long season, He is still at work growing something good outdoors, as well as, inside us.  I was reminded of this verse:

"As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease."
Genesis 8:22

The forecast predicts more snow, but I will hold on to what is coming and marvel at what is going on under it all.  Blessings!

For more Friday Pretties
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With joy,

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thursday Thoughts

I have been reading an incredible book by Ann Voskamp, "One Thousand Gifts".  I must tell you, I think it's about to change my life.  Does that sound dramatic?  Yes, but true.  I know as soon as I finish it, I will start it over again.  It is not an easy read, at all, but worth it.  It requires full attendance of your mind to absorb the truths written.

Since I have been ill for the past two weeks, not much has gotten done at my house, ok, nothing really.  I have custom quilt orders to fulfill, a house to clean, groceries to buy.  One sentence from the book keeps interrupting my thoughts today, "Life is not an emergency".

a sneek peek of Monday's Sewing Christmas

So, read the Word, make some coffee, grab a pen, make the list.  What needs to be done today, what needs to be done in the next few days.  Eliminate the wants for now, focus on the needs.  Life is not an emergency, much can wait.  Don't forget to notice that the snow is melting and I can see green grass for the first time in months.

Plan a good meal,  I haven't hardly cooked in two weeks and the family might like a little love from the kitchen.  Above all, be thankful.  Give thanks for feeling better, for choices, for fabric and patterns and fun and a good God that loves us and showers us with good gifts, daily.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Vintage Frills

My daughter has taken a liking to vintage clothing.  She spends time searching the internet for lovely pieces to add to her wardrobe.  Recently she decided that she wanted to wear a vintage dress to prom this year and began her search.  This plum beauty showed up at our house last week.

She calls it her "Great Gatsby" dress.  It has the prettiest drape of ruffles down the front.  She found it on Etsy, a wonderful source for vintage clothing.  It is in excellent condition and was significantly less the cost of a brand new prom dress.  She wants me to leave it on the mannequin so that she can see it daily.

She has an important event this Saturday and is wearing this lovely crinoline under a black dress.  The black dress is new but retro styled.  I will show you pictures as soon as I have them.  I'm working on a "Fascinator" for her hair.  Do you know what that is?

One of the blogs my daughter and I enjoy together is "Vixen Vintage".  Solanah dresses daily in vintage clothes.  She may wear new shoes or have new purses, but they look like something you'd find in another time and place.  Her blog is really fun so take a look when you get a chance.  Blessings!

With joy,

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine found here

Valentine treasures are people who
have often crossed your mind,
family, friends and others, too,
who in your life have shined
the warmth of love or a spark of light
that makes you remember them;
no matter how long since you've actually met,
each one is a luminous gem,
who gleams and glows in your memory,
bringing special pleasures,
and that's why this Valentine comes to you:
You're one of those sparkling treasures!
by Joanna Fuchs


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Scripture

Photo by the talented Teresa of Meadowbrook Farm
Used with permission

"No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those
who love him."

1 Corinthians 2:9

With joy,

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine Lollipops

I found this wonderful project for felt lollipops on the Create and Decorate blog.  Click on the link for the pattern.  Aren't they just adorable?  The embellishment possibilities are endless.  Have a wonderful Saturday doing something you love!


Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Pretties

I participated in a valentine apron swap that Sue from Country Pleasures organized.  I was paired with Gloria and want to share with you her very generous gifts that arrived this week.  Gloria sent the most beautiful red gingham apron that her Mother made many years ago.  It is stunning and the workmanship is outstanding.  What a treasure!

Gloria made me the most darling sewing pocket.  The colors match my sewing room perfectly.  It is so fun to see all the little treasures tucked inside.

I also found the cutest valentine of a little girl who peeks out from behind the chair when you move her as well as this darling notepad set.

As if all that wasn't enough, she included the most beautiful handmade rose soap that a friend of hers made.  Do you see the real rose buds in the soap?  It smells heavenly.  Thank you so much, Gloria, for such a heart-felt valentines gift.  I'm sending out yours today, so sorry for not having it to you sooner with being ill the past few days.  What a blessing your gift was to me!

For more Friday Pretties
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Thursday, February 10, 2011


icicle as tall as I am

Thank you for all the get well wishes.  My fever finally broke sometime during the night.  I can hear and breathe again.  I woke up hungry.  I'm taking all these as very good signs that I'm on the mend.  Seven straight days of nastiness coupled with rest, peace and a time for reading God's word and pondering life.  Some good learning can occur when you're flat on your back and all the craziness of trying to do all and be all is stripped away.  There is a clarity of mind in these instances and I was willing to embrace it.

This morning, when I took my daughter to school at 7:15, the car thermometer registered 5 degrees.  Seriously.  I must tell you, it was beautiful outside.  The snow was glittering like God had reached down and bedazzled it, and he had.  When it's this cold and the clouds part, you get a blue and pink sky like you've never seen.  You can catch a glimpse of this sky in my first picture.  It honestly took my breath away, one for beauty and two for the bitter cold!  Living in the northern states, it is so common by now to be lamenting over yet another day of winter.  I know, because I do it.  But I was reminded this morning of the beauty in winter.  When things seem endlessly dry and brittle and, quite frankly, dead, there truly is something going on.  God is at work, we just have to look alittle harder to see it.  Once seen, you can't help but be thankful.  

With joy,

Monday, February 7, 2011


photo from flickr

I am, "down for the count" as the saying goes.  I've managed to catch my husbands flu bug.  I'll be back as soon as my head stops hurting.  Blessings to all!


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
or the strong man boast of his strength
or the rich man boast of his riches,
but let him who boasts boast about this:
the he understands and knows me,
that I am the Lord who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight, declares the Lord."

Jeremiah 9:23-24

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Friday Pretties

Things that are speaking to my heart today...

A gift from Joyce

Tablecloth, a gift from Trish

A rose and vintage buttons

my house dipped in whip cream

remembering my furry friend

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Zero Calorie Cupcake

The snow is falling softly outside, the winds have finally died down.  I'm trying to keep my fingers busy knitting or sewing so I don't nibble at food all day.  What is it about snow storms that make us want to bake?  I must have had cupcakes on my mind because this little hat was the first of my creations.

My new machine and I have been whipping out log cabin blocks.  Before I put the green strips on, they look like Valentine blocks instead of Christmas.  I love the cheery gingham!

I have fifty of these to make and I'm pretty sure I will  have that done today, that is if I stay out of the kitchen.  I've already made the Pioneer Woman's chicken spaghetti and potroast so I wouldn't have to cook for the next couple of days, but goodness me, cupcakes sound delicious!

This is the view from my back porch.  We haven't even seen a snow plow yet.  The storm is suppose to continue until seven tonight.  I can't imagine what that amount of snow will look like, but I'm about to find out!

With joy,