I'm puttering around in the sewing room today. Do I clean it or do I sew? It's hard for me to be creative in a messy environment so I'll probably clean. I found these vintage spools of thread while I was poking around in my mess. Look at the brand name on the bottom two, "Fast to Boiling". I love it!
It's so much easier to baste a quilt with curved safety pins when you can actually find them. A pretty canning jar does the job perfectly. Now I won't be hunting all over for stray pins to complete a quilt.
I took some time to group some of my collections. Of course they all have a pink theme, you know me. Just looking at this shelf makes me smile.
Still madly in love with the pink "Sew Master" toy machine that my friend, Diane, gave me. It even has a vintage spool of thread on it. Tickled pink for sure!
The vintage pink "Wolverine" metal kitchen pieces are a favorite. "Kleanser Kate" keeps a watchful eye over all.
Often when I need a burst of creativity I just look at the jar of vintage cake decorating goodies and all the colors and themes are the jolt I need to get inspired.
As I work on a t-shirt quilt for a dear friend, I take breaks to work on this ottoman cover. The colors are just dreamy. Hoping creativity flows from your fingers today in all that you do!
I'm in one of my August moods today. A bit melancholy, a tad sentimental. It's blueberry season here in Michigan. A good excuse to make and eat muffins. As they bake, I'm watching the goldfinch at the bird feeder and thinking about the chipmunk that was perched there last week while I watched and wondered what on earth that kind of bird was. I hear thunder coming from the west but it doesn't faze the many butterflies who are swarming the rose bush.
Oh, let's head outside, what's a little thunder amongst friends? The climbing rose is showing off today, big time. The progression of colors sings a continuous song of praise, reaching up. Next year it will need an arch for sure. It blooms late August and cheers the rest of the garden on as colors begin to fade.
Last fall I tossed a rotting pumpkin by the tree in the back corner. Guess what sprouted this summer? I keep mowing around this vine, not wanting to disturb it. Today I thought I would see if there is any sign of a pumpkin...
I'm wondering if the neighbors found my happy dance entertaining. Just one little pumpkin coming to maturity would make for an awesome fall. Might even take away the August blues.
This is what happens when overzealous planting occurs followed by a large wind and rain storm - one mass tangle of stalks. Picking tomatoes is like mining for gold. I'm not sure if any peppers grew because I can't find the plants. When I want basil I reach my hand in and pull at whatever will come out. It's worked so far. Don't we always learn the most through trial and error? Will I ever be old enough to stop learning this way? You don't have to answer that.
Muffins are done. I sure wish you could come over for coffee and muffins today. We could discuss how we all handle the transition from summer to fall. Play time to school time. We head back to school after Labor Day here in Michigan. I know many of you have already started. Where did the summer go? Enjoy your Saturday!
Today I packed up the baby quilt and sent it off to a sweet little bundle named Camdyn. I wanted to share the pattern with you that I purchased at Cluck Cluck Sew.
This was a fun and easy pattern to sew. It was especially good for hand quilting because you could do straight lines inside the squares and rectangles.
Last night Nancy and I hosted the Bridal Association meeting at the farm. This is a quarterly meeting for vendors. It gives us an opportunity to network with other people like us. I was in charge of decorations and spent the morning making floral arrangements. When I got them packed in my car, they looked so pretty I had to snap a picture for you.
Most of the flowers were in my Grandmother's large blue bell jars. You can see some of them in the quilt picture above. I also used a white enamelware pail. All of the flowers came from my yard with the exception of the pink roses. I used various hydrangea and hosta flowers. It was a fun event!
A year ago, May, my dear friend, Cheryl, went home to be with the Lord after battling cancer. You can read our story here. Recently I had the privilege of creating a memory quilt for her oldest daughter, Leah.
I cannot say that this was an easy quilt for me to make. While I enjoyed the hand applique and piecing, I often found myself in tears. There were times when the pictures became overwhelming. Last week I picked up the quilt from my quilter/friend, Mary. Looking at the beautiful quilting she did brought me to tears again. With the exception of the yellow dot and some green, the beautiful fabric is "Celebration" by Brenda Riddle of Acorn Quilts. Her blog is here.
I was not able to see Cheryl at the end of her time on earth. We had talked about me flying out from Michigan to see her in Texas. I kept thinking I had time and allowed my schedule to get in the way. Whenever I thought I could go, something would come up and again I would tell myself that there was plenty of time.
Then one day the news came that she was gone. I could not believe it. I could not fathom that I allowed that time to pass and now it was too late. The guilt of this would eat me up for months. I had missed saying goodbye to one of the most cherished friends that the Lord has ever provided me.
It was during this time that Leah and I began corresponding. Leah was a balm for my soul and I offered to make a memory quilt for her. This has been such a healing process for me, one last thing that I could do for Cheryl. The most meaningful quilt I have ever made.
I urge you to not hesitate in telling the people you love how much they mean to you and to do so face to face if that is at all possible. I know that I will see Cheryl again and we will worship our Lord Jesus together as we did so many times before and this time we will see him face-to-face, but if I could go back to that time I would take the first plane out and run to her.
Thank you, Lord, for giving me this opportunity to make a quilt for Leah and thank you for Cheryl, and for her life that brought me to you.
It's hard to believe that we are on our eighth month of "Sewing Christmas". I can't even begin to fathom that Christmas is only four months away. I'm excited to share with you this month's project. It's a table runner that I made from blocks of a quilt that I never finished. Four of them, with sashing and borders make a nice size runner.
My blocks measured 12 1/2 inches to start so it was a good width to begin creating with. I thought of all the things that are coming up this year. Many of us have weddings in the family. After brainstorming I chose, "To have and to hold, from this day forward...With this ring, I thee wed...". I printed out the words on my computer and traced them onto the fabric. I used Cosmo two strand floss in brown (love this floss, by the way). The runner is quilted in a grid pattern following the lines of the blocks.
This runner can be used for the bridal shower, on the cake table and then given to the bride with the date of the wedding and all the fun info, placed on the back. She can use it every anniversary for years to come. It would also be fun to make in a baby theme. The possibilities are endless. If you have a Christmas gift idea you would like to share, please follow the links below. Blessings!
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!
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!