Friday, August 12, 2011

Work in Progress


This morning found me up very early, unable to sleep.  I am waiting on the Lord for answers and have been restless.  My quiet time was spent in Genesis.  I was reading about Rebekah, pregnant with Esau and Jacob.  The twins were making her very uncomfortable.  This is what laid on my heart, "Why is this happening to me?  So she went to inquire of the Lord.  The Lord said to her,..."  I needed the reassurance that when I inquire, he will answer.  Maybe not in the timing I would like, but he will answer.


I finished hand quilting the baby quilt last night.  Here is a close up of my stitching.  This is the first quilt I have hand quilted.  My stitches are all different sizes, but I'm learning.  I truly enjoyed the process.  I want to thank Mary and Trish for being an inspiration.  They are why I gave it a try.  I am hooked!  My daughter said to me last night, you did all that work and now you are going to give it away?  Yes indeed, dear daughter, that's what I do.


I cut the binding this morning, using one of my most favorite fabrics.  I don't know what it is about this stripe, but I love it.  I am down to a very slim piece and it is hard to find.  If any of you have some that you would like to trade, please let me know.  I'll be sad when this fabric is gone.


Besides the t-shirt quilt I'm working on, I have found these blocks that I never used.  Four of them will make a wonderful runner for a bridal event coming up.  Can't wait to show you what I have in mind.  Sweet blessings today!

Smiles,

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Transformation Continues


The transformation of the pretty room continues.  After years of sage green and pink, I have changed to a soft blue and cream color palette with touches of pink and yellow.  It's got a beachy cottage feel to it.  Yesterday I painted this cabinet "Old White" from the Annie Sloan paint collection.  Previously it was the antique yellow that remains on the trim and inside the cabinet.  I had not used this paint before but I love it and highly recommend it.  There is no prepriming and sanding involved.  Once the paint is on you apply their soft wax, distress and wax again.  The process was so easy.  The paint dries almost immediately after putting it on - what a dream!


I filled it with old quilts, some I made and some vintage and my Nicole Sayre pieces I love so much.  I moved this stool near the cabinet.  I found the stool with the pretty cover at a barn sale.


Things are coming along and I'm enjoying filling the room very slowly as I find things I like.   Many touches have come from other parts of the house.  I love it when that happens.


The new couch arrived and we are all loving it.  It has a relaxed feel with the slip cover and is a bit longer than the old one so that we have plenty of room to sit together.


I rehung the mirror that I made years ago in an art class.  I thought I would share a corner of the mirror detail with you.  I still love this piece even after all these years.  I'm off to see what else I can find for the room.  Have a wonderful day!

Hugs,

Monday, August 8, 2011

It's August

Gift from my Mom (so true)

The month of August, for me, is a month of feeling out of sorts.  Whenever something can't be explained, or something isn't right or momentary blues occur my answer is always, "It's August."  Everyday seems to be a day of decisions.  Do we hit the back to school stuff at Target before the good folders are gone or do we go to the beach?  Do we sort through old clothes to make room for new fall clothes or do we pack a picnic and head out into the sunshine?

Gift from my Mom for someday, future spouses (love)

The weather can't seem to decide what it wants to do either.  Sunny and warm? or overcast and cool?  The garden starts to let me know that it's on it's way out.  Once the Black-eyes Susans are in full bloom, I know what lies ahead.  When all watering doesn't perk up the flowers much and the colors seem to not be as bright I know that change is on the horizon.  Each year in August I feel melancholy and I'm wondering today, am I the only one?

It's August,

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sunday Scripture

Photo Southern Living

"Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly
we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are
being renewed day by day.  For our light and
momentary troubles are achieving for us an
eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is
temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

In Christ,

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Kansas Dust Storm


Well, I did it.  I finished all the blocks in the Summer Sampler Series.  The last one was a paper pieced beauty called Kansas Dust Storm.  I learned a lot about paper piecing and don't think I'll be so apprehensive to try other quilts using this method.  


Here are all twelve blocks together.  Now I have to figure out how to set them.  I've been working on other projects as well and will have some things to show you next week.  Hope everyone is having a good Saturday!

Smiles,

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Seeing Stars


It has taken me half way through the day to get this post done because that's how long it has taken me to complete the next two blocks in the quilt-along.   Evening Star is on the left and the Rocky Road to Kansas is on the right.  Both were paper pieced.  While this is not my favorite way to quilt, it does ensure seam accuracy and block size are correct.  Tomorrow is the last block in the series and then I need to figure out how I will set the blocks.  I'd like to make it king-size for my bed.


I picked up these pretties yesterday for a project I'm going to start for my daughter's birthday in September.  It's fun picking out fabric for her because she likes the more modern fabric while I remain in love with Lecien.  From aqua dot up they are :

Luna for Maywood Studio
Lennika for Free Spirit
Central Park for Moda
Front Row for Westminster Fibers
Central Park for Moda


I took a step outside a few minutes ago to take a picture of the Lime Light hydrangea that grows by the garage.  It is very overcast today so it's not as bright as I would like the picture to be.  The bush is growing like crazy this summer.  I wish you could smell it.  From just about anywhere in the yard the scent can be found.


Always be certain to read and believe the tag that comes with the plant.  When they said it would grow between 8-10 feet tall, they meant it.  It's such a delight to me.  Hope everyone is having a good day.  Sweet blessings!

Hugs,

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wedding Wednesday

The Brides Cafe

Wedding Chicks

Wedding Chicks

Style Me Pretty

It has been a busy week for me and I haven't been on my blog as I would have liked.  I haven't done a Wedding Wednesday in a while and thought you might enjoy some of the photos I have in my inspirational wedding files.  I will be back tomorrow with the next two blocks in the Summer Sampler Series.  Have a blessed day!

With joy,

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday Scripture



Image found here

"And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making
between me and you and every living creature with you, a
covenant for all generations to come:  I have set my rainbow
in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between
me and the earth.  Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and
the rainbow appears in he clouds, I will remember my covenant
between me and you and all living creatures of every kind.  Never
again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.  Whenever
the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember
the everlasting covenant between God and all living
creatures of every kind on the earth."

Genesis 9:12-16

Have a blessed Sunday!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

This bright summer day ~

The Minnesota Block

This post should come with a warning...may be unable to understand author at some point.  I was up at 3:30 this morning, dropping my daughter off at church so that she can depart for Arizona.  A week long missions trip to an Apache Indian reservation.  I feel a little "off" at the moment.  This forty-nine year old body is ill equipped for early morning performance.

Pretty Pearle Cotton

It looks like it's going to be a wonderful, sunny summer day.  The temps are rising and though the grass needs a major trimming, I will pretend not to notice.  It's a day for fun, not chores.  Oh, what to do?

"My Little Kitten" for Benartex

I believe I will be starting with a lot of coffee.  I'll then proceed to a cold shower and more coffee.  The sun is too bright to waste on dozing.  What will you do on a bright summer day?

Hugs,

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lucky Pieces


How is it that it's Thursday already?  I don't know where this week has gone.  The latest block in the summer sampler series is Lucky Pieces.  I'm loving how this one turned out.   In the midst of this quilt along, I decided to try hand quilting and after reading the tutorial that Mary has provided on her blog I set out yesterday to get my supplies.


I had made a quilt top in crib size and thought this would be a good place to start.  I had always believed that it was too hard and I was too impatient to hand quilt.  After all the pinning was done I got started.


Having the right tools clearly makes the job easier.  I don't know what I would do without that leather thimble.  I haven't found the right one for my other hand which rests underneath the quilt and I must have poked myself a dozen times.


My stitches are a bit too big and I'm working on developing a rhythm, but I loved it!  Thank you Mary, now I'm a believer!

With joy,

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Over Half Way There!


I was able to take the time yesterday to get caught up on my blocks for the Summer Sampler Series.  These two plum wore me out!  The top one is the Six Pointed Star and the bottom is the Arkansas Traveler.  The Arkansas Traveler was a combination of piecing and paper-piecing.  I could see a whole quilt made out of this block.


I'm still struggling with sizes as some come out correctly and some are a bit short.  I have been quilting for nearly ten years and I haven't had this issue since I started quilting.  I keep checking my 1/4 inch and so far I'm accurate so it must be in my cutting somewhere.  As I said before, I'm not concerned.  You add a bit of fabric here and there and after it's done and quilted, no one knows the better.


A new block has been posted today so I'm off to tackle that one.  I hope you have a great summer day doing something you love!

Joyfully,

Monday, July 25, 2011

On A Monday


I stepped outside this morning to take a couple of pictures while the sun was shining.  The sky is getting dark as I type this and it looks like a storm is brewing.  I finished my applique memory quilt this weekend.  The most fun was making these dragonflies and the bumble bees below.


It is off to the quilter so Mary can make her magic.  I'm going to save the rest of the quilt and show you when it's finished.  This one is near and dear to my heart.


My friend and boss, Nancy, was on vacation last week and went to the Brimfield Antique show with her husband.  She kindly brought me this gift.  Kleanser Kate is made by Napco and has holes in her head and a stopper on the bottom for holding cleanser.  Isn't she a beauty?  Nancy bought one for herself too.  I have not ever seen this piece.


This little guy is the newest addition to my pixieware collection.  He reminds me so much of my college age son when he was little that I believe this one is my favorite to date.  I need to come up with a better way to display these and if any of you have suggestions, I'm all ears (or is that eyes?).


This rose is simply stunning.  I can see it from my kitchen window and it always takes my breath away.  I got it last year at our local farmers market.  It looks to be a climber but has only had two blooms this year.  The color is as bright as this picture, I didn't touch it up at all.


The sweet peas have started blooming.  This dainty flower always makes me think of Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter.  I'm trying to train it to climb up a ladder but it just grows everywhere it can.  Even plants appear to have a mind of their own.  Blessings!

Smiles,