Friday, November 4, 2011

A Penny For Your Thoughts

It's such a pretty fall day today.  The air has taken a cooler turn.  The colors seem more intense maybe because the sky is so blue.

Where has the time gone this year?  Is November really upon us?  My mind can't wrap itself around Thanksgiving and Christmas just yet.

A few of the flowers, like this toad lily, are hanging on.  The rest of the garden is fading back into the earth.  Preparing to rest up for the spring.  

photo from lillalotta

As I'm contemplating the change of seasons and life today, I'm wondering if you are too.  So tell me, what's occupying your thoughts today?


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Oh my...

There are times when I'm a bit slow at catching up with what the rest of you wonderful quilters already know.  I came across some quilts on pinterest that I love and found out that they come from Renee Nanneman of Need'l Love.

This sent me in search of her website.  Oh yes, I do have some of her books - now I remember!  But what I didn't know was the vast amount of free quilting patterns that she offers on her website.  I may have to make her Farmhouse Retreat Quilt in just about every color imaginable!  Grab a cup of coffee before you head over ~ you'll be there awhile!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fall Loveliness

Saturday found me out at Friendship Farm waiting to show the grounds to two brides and their families.  It was such a gorgeous, crisp fall day that I decided to take some photos.  The neighbor's sheep wasn't too thrilled to have it's photo taken.  If someone had shot me from behind I'd be mad as a wet hen.

There's nothing like fall on a farm.  the colors seem more vivid and the air more clear.  I find myself much more contemplative when I'm here.  God and I have had some good walks around the property.

We booked the farm that day for a special bride.  The soon-to-be wife to the son of a dear friend of mine.  There were lots of good tears to go around.  A day I will not soon forget.

I'm cutting out my latest Christmas gift project.  Not one for batiks, I couldn't resist this beautiful snowflake fabric.  I may be a batik believer yet.  

This is the pattern I'm making with it.  I am going to love sewing this together.  Sweet blessings for a wonderful Tuesday!


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"The Son is the radiance of God's
glory and the exact representation
of his being, sustaining all things
by his powerful word.  After he had
provided purification for sins, he
sat down at the right hand of the 
Majesty in heaven.

Hebrews 1:3

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

O Christmas Tree

Do you ever have a day where you feel like you've got lead in your feet?  I think I've sewed so much over the past few days that I'm a bit dingy.  My family would probably tell you I'm a bit dingy anyway.

I feel like I sewed a mile of binding strips yesterday.  Inching closer to completion of two Christmas quilts for my adorable nephews.  I'm right on track for Christmas this year which is not usually the case. I can credit it to my "Sewing Christmas" project.  Now if I could get the rest of my life organized, I'd be pleased!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Madison Elizabeth

My Maddie had her homecoming dance this past weekend.  We always have so much fun shopping together for these events.  When I look at her I still see the feisty 4 yr. old, with one hand on her hip, ordering me around.  It's hard for me to believe she's 17 (and still ordering me around!).

We found the dress and shoes online at Anthropologie.  I'm digging those shoes.  Even though we wear the same size, my feet throb at the thought of those heels.

A sweet dress...sweater top and tulle skirt.  An outfit meant for twirling with a special boy on a special night.

Thank you for all your kitchen love!
The new lights came from a local lighting store called "Hodgson's".
I don't remember the brand because I threw out the boxes~sorry!
Yes, I did make the bow-tie quilt on the wall, one of my favorites.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink; or about your body,
what you will wear.  Is not life more than food,
and the body more than clothes?  Look at the
birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store
away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father
feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable
than they?  Can any one of you by worrying
add a single hour to your life?"

Matthew 6:25-27

Saturday, October 22, 2011

New Lighting

I awoke this morning to a glittering yard.  The frost was thick and the urge to snuggle in and eat something yummy grabbed me.  So I went to my trusted Farm Chicks book and made the apple puff pastry recipe that never fails.  It was extra special using the apples that my daughter picked herself.

Yesterday I had some new kitchen lights installed.  It's so dark in our house and with the winter approaching I know how fleeting daylight is in Michigan.

The light over the table is a bigger version of the one over the kitchen island.  It illuminates everything so nicely. 

I love how the pink island stands out with the new lights.  The island is certainly the focal point of the kitchen.

It's amazing how lighting can change the look of a room.  I like the crispness of the black with the pastels.  Another check off on the home improvement list!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Coming Home

If Renee is asked to make a quilt for 
a silent auction...

she'll have to find a chair and
a book to go with it!

For those of you who know the Mouse Stories book,
you get where I'm going with this.

I used this wonderful book,

and this super easy pattern!

All print fabrics are Denyse Schmidt for JoAnn Fabrics
with the exception of that cute little dog print.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sewing Christmas

Here we are, month ten of "Sewing Christmas".  I can hardly believe it.  I'm very excited today to share with you my Log Cabin Christmas quilt.

For those of you have been reading my blog for awhile you know that I have been working on this quilt for a very long time.

In all my years of quilting I have never made a log cabin quilt.  I can tell you without a doubt, this quilt won't be the only one I make with this wonderful block.  This quilt is a biggie, made for our king size bed.

The design possibilities for the log cabin block are endless.  It's a great quilt for a beginner and looks complicated, but it's not!

I made the quilt for my husband.  He's seen me working on it so it's not a surprise.  I will put it on our bed as soon as Thanksgiving is done.  I'm hoping to find some pretty sheets to go with it.

Here is a close up of the quilting as well as some of the prints.  My favorite is the "Merry Christmas" musical fabric (and the holly, the cherries, the polka dots...).

You all know the drill by now, use the link below to add your Christmas idea, something you're working on, sewn, knitted-whatever strikes your fancy!

With joy,