Friday, July 22, 2011

A Star and a Transformation

The fifth quilt block in the series is simply called the "Star".  It was paper pieced.  I really enjoyed the process but for some reason my block measures at 11.5" and it should measure 12.5".  I'm not worried, I will add a bit of white and cut it to size.  No point in wasting a good block.  I've learned after all these years of quilting and knitting, there are ways to make things work and no one knows but you.  The Amish actually put a mistake in their quilting on purpose because God is the only one who is perfect.  I don't have to purposely place a mistake, they manage to spring up all on their own!

I've been working on a project that is now starting to take shape.  I'm currently redoing the Pretty Room. This picture above is what is has looked like for the past eight years.  I have been feeling the need to pair down and simplify my home and other aspects of my life.  I've been thinking a lot about growing up on Lake Michigan and how that has shaped me.  So I decided to head to a more beachy calm, cottage feeling.

So with that in mind, my daughter and I painted the room this soft shade of grey blue.  We left the Bible verse as I love it so.  Today two chairs were delivered that I have been waiting on for weeks now.  This slip-covered, washable fabric is just as I had dreamed.  A new couch will arrive next week.

I found this lamp at T.J. Maxx and filled it with sand and shells from our trips to Siesta Key, Florida.  It casts the loveliest warm glow in the room.

I started looking around and found other things I could pull into the room from different parts of the house.  This dish was on the porch and I put beach glass and pottery that my brothers and I found on the shores while we were growing up.

The rest of the beach glass has found it's way into a jar I found at T.J.'s as well.  A moved the shell from upstairs to the mantle and continued my search.

These two beauties were hanging out upstairs, part of the collection of salt and pepper shakers that my daughter has.  I knew I could find a new home for them.

The mermaids landed next to this cute salt and pepper clam set that I found on a recent trip to the town I grew up in.

I had to include this plate as well.  So many of the places listed I have been to at some point in my life.

There is still a lot to be done.  The ottomans are getting a new slip cover when I can fit that in.  I have a quilt in mind to hang on the wall, I just have to make it!  I also have a cabinet to paint as well as a little doll chair.  I'm keeping my pink coffee table and shelf in the room but most pink touches will be subtle.  It's fun to go slow and take my time.  I will share more when I get things done.  Blessings!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

On This Hot Summer Day

It is hot, hot, hot here.  It's still better than snow, so I'm not complaining too much.  I'm drinking ginger-peach iced tea and staying inside.  I picked up this book the other day.  I've seen the movie but never read it.  One is never too old for the adventures of Anne.

After I laid these blocks out together I noticed a little imbalance.  Too much white and not enough contrast.  I do like them though and will just add a bit more color to a few of the backgrounds with the next blocks.  Today's pattern calls for paper piecing so I need to hone my skills.  When you don't practice paper piecing on a regular basis, you tend to forget.  At least I do anyway.

The garden is still quite colorful, though the air is so hot I don't know how they don't wilt.  I'm wilting for them!  Off to quilt!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Flower Garden Path

This block is the fourth in the Summer Sampler Series.  This one took quite a while to complete with all the half square triangles, but it's one of my favorites.  Hope you are having a good day today!  The quilt along info can be viewed here.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Flowers Blooming Everywhere

Flowers are blooming inside as well as outside at my house.  This weekend I made some major progress on my applique memory quilt and thought I would share a few of the blocks with you.

This is the state of my sewing room at the moment.  I don't know why I let a quilt project get out of control like this, it just makes me feel anxious.  Some things I will never learn, I guess.

The hydrangea is in full bloom.  I have different varieties in my garden and wanted to share a couple with you.  

I moved this lace cap a couple of years ago and it is now blooming.  They seem to go into dormant mode when moved and take a couple of years to come back.  They will come back though, and as showy as ever.  Sweet blessings today!

P.S.  I know today was suppose to be a Sewing Christmas day, and I'm so busy with my quilt project this month to have something for you, please forgive me.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Matthew 11:28-30

With joy,

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Mosaic Block

Yesterday I completed block number three of the Summer Sampler Series.  I really like how this one turned out.  It has a lot of movement and I like the way the different colorways of the same Flower Sugar fabric look together.  For more information on the quilt-along, go here.  Have a wonderful Saturday!


Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer Sampler Series

While I'm working on my applique quilt, I decided to join the quilt along over at Fresh Lemons.  Three blocks a week are given and I thought I could handle that when I needed a break from needle-turning.

This is what a have done so far, the Greek Cross and the Virginia Star.  I've decided to cut into my Flower Sugar Stash from Lecien as well as some Old New 30's Collection from Lecien that I didn't even know I had in my stash.  I really like working on one block at a time and not having tons to cut out.  It's fun to wait to see what the next block is.  There's still plenty of time to join in on the fun!

The blocks are mirroring the colors in the garden right now.  My daisies are in full bloom.  I wanted to let you know that the Bella Bag from yesterday's post is one of the easiest I've made, even with the grommets.  Don't hesitate to try it!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Bella Bag

My daughter wanted a summer bag and after looking at the local department stores and not wanting to spend an average of $65 for a purse, she turned to me and said, "Mom, can't you make me a bag?"  I certainly can, but was waiting to be asked.  You know how sometimes our kids don't want things that look homemade when all their friends are sporting the new Vera bag.

We set off to the fabric shop and found this pattern.  She then took some time picking out fabric.  I tried to stay out of it and let her choose what she liked.  She also decided that she wanted the covered buttons to give it a more finished look and longer straps so she could wear it across her body.  It was fun to make.  I hope that she will develop a spark for sewing on her own, but for now I'm thrilled that she's thrilled with her new summer bag!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Vintage Sheet Giveaway Winner!

It's time to announce the winner of the Vintage Sheet Giveaway!  The Random Number Generator selected #4.  A big congratulations to The Happy Cottage Quilter!  Be sure to stop over and visit her wonderful blog!  Sweet Blessings Today!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Vintage Sheet Giveaway

There comes a time in a quilter's life when one must take a realistic look at their stash.  There is not enough hours to accomplish all that I want to do.  With that said, it's time to part with my vintage sheet stash, and I mean all of it!

With the exception of a couple of cuts, these are whole sheets and pillow cases.  To enter for a chance to win, leave me a comment telling me you are a follower.  I will close comments on Tuesday at midnight and announce the winner the next day by random generator.  I will be taking a blogging break until Tuesday.

For ideas on how to use vintage sheets, check out Jen's The Vintage Sheet Blog where she is currently doing a giveaway for a Go! Baby Accuquilt Die Cut Machine.  Sweet blessings to you and I'll be back on Tuesday!


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Stitching Flowers

Today finds me working on some flower applique and really enjoying the process.  There is something very soothing about handwork, if you don't rush it.

I stepped out into the garden this morning and this day lily was there to greet me.  They have all just started blooming.  A couple of years ago I visited a local day lily farm and brought home some beauties. I wish the farm was still there so that you could see the fields of lilies, but the owner closed recently.

The daisies are in bloom.  I planted many of these in the garden as they are my Mother's favorite flower. These big ones make quite a show and are such a happy looking flower.

Peter Rabbit resides over all, just inside the garden gate.  I watched "Miss Potter" again over the weekend.  I can't help myself, I just love that movie!


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Precious Faces

One of the days I was helping to get the farm ready for the next wedding I saw some movement in one of the barns.  Taking a closer look, I soon saw four little faces looking at me curiously.

On closer inspection we could see that the neighbors cat had made a home in the barn to have her babies.  A quiet spot away from the bleating of the sheep in her own barn.

I cannot recall a summer where I did not see baby kitties on the farm.  There is something about those loving little faces.  They are people shy and my high-powered lens was the only way to get a picture close up.

Do you see the paw sticking out of the barn?  There was a little game of teasing going on between a couple of the siblings.  Mama is a beautiful grey and white cat as well.  There is always something fun to find at the farm.  Blessings!


Monday, July 4, 2011

Wedding Quilt

I had a wonderful time at the wedding I attended on Friday.  I want to share with you the quilt that I made for them.  The pattern came from the summer issue of "Quilts and More".  It's titled "Pick-It Fences".   A fun and easy quilt to make.  It's a nice size at 85 in. square.  I can see myself making it again with scraps.  It would have also made a lovely red, white and blue quilt.

The bride used cobalt blue in her color scheme, wearing cobalt blue shoes with her dress.  I really liked the combination of blue and green with white.  My friend, Mary, did the beautiful quilting using a verigated blue thread.  I really liked the way she added movement to the quilt with the stitching.

It was fun to make such a special gift for such a wonderful young couple.  The wedding was one of the most beautiful, Christ-centered weddings I have ever attended.  The food was carefully thought out as was the jazz music.  A truly magical night.  Blessings to all today!

A very happy fourth of July!