Monday, October 15, 2012

My Girl

Last month my Maddie turned 18 and had her senior pictures taken on her birthday.  We had our lovely photographer take a few special birthday shots.  It was a lot of fun!  When the pictures arrived on Friday we were overjoyed with the results.

I'm glad that I was able to purchase the CD with all of the photos because we are having a hard time choosing our favorites.  This one stands out for me.  I love how you just see a subtle blur of the vintage quilt she is sitting on.  It was cool that day and at the last minute I grabbed a sweater of mine for her. It turned out to be a good choice.

This Bible is her Dad's from when he was in high school.  I'm going to frame this one for him as a surprise.  

We also took a few shots of her in a local vineyard with her guitar.  It was a day I won't soon forget. It's so hard to believe she's 18.  

This sign went up over the weekend.  There has been so much going on and I haven't been on my blog a lot.  In the last two weeks I have finished the weddings at the farm, moved my husband to a new town to start his new job, packed up quite a bit of my home and got it ready to go on the market, everyone in our house got sick and my niece got married over the weekend.  Today I finally feel like I might have stepped off the hamster wheel and can get back to doing those things I love (just as soon as I stop coughing!)  When it rains, it pours!  It's been doing a lot of that here too these past few days!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hill Farm

This is the view from my back door.  It is cold and the air is brisk this morning.  The colors are all at their peaks.  My raging cold has not let up so I will be enjoying all this beauty from my couch today.  It never seems to fail, after a season of busyness, I get sick.  Our bodies can only take so much stress.

I purchased this wonderful fat eighth bundle of "Hill Farm" by Brenda Riddle for Lecien.  Brenda's blog is here.  Brenda's work includes the beautiful lines of "Celebration, Georgia Lou and Durham Anew" as well as many patterns. I love her work.  Be sure to stop by and take a look.

I found this great book on the Fat Quarter Shop website and will be using Hill Farm to make this featured quilt.  There are some real beauties in this book.  It's a great book to have in your library. You can look at it here. Enjoy your day, friends!


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pin Pick Saturday

Oh how I love vintage quilts.   From the colors to the patterns, to the tiny stitches, they make my heart sing.  The photo is from the Meadowbrook Farm blog.  Teresa's blog makes my heart sing too!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Metro Links & Giveaway Winner

The winner of the October giveaway is Lisa Cox.  I have sent you an email, Lisa.  Congratulations!  I have been an absent blogger this week.  I picked up a nasty head cold on top of my already busy schedule.  I realized I didn't show you my completed quilt "Metro Links" which I made for the beautiful bride and groom shown below.

Michelle and Kaj were married this past Saturday and had their reception at the farm.  It was a gorgeous day and since I am friends with their parents, this day was extra special for me.  Have a wonderful Friday!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October Giveaway

It's a lovely fall day today here in southwest Michigan.  The air is crisp and the colors of the trees are breathtaking.  This past weekend we celebrated our last two weddings at Friendship Farm.  Both weddings were beautiful, Christ-centered events and it was a wonderful way to close our wedding journey.  The farm is for sale and the business is officially closed.  I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store for me now.  After such a special weekend, I knew I needed an extra special giveaway. 

One Winner Will Receive

The book, "Scrap-Basket Surprises" by Kim Brackett
One Marriage Certificate Panel - "Honeymoon Cottage" by Gloria Parsons
for Blue Hill Fabrics
Six pieces of fabric measuring at least one yard each
12 - 6 1/2" blocks made by me, using Thimbleberry Fabrics

To Enter

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The giveaway is open until midnight on Thursday, October 4.  The winner will be selected by Random Generator and will be announced Friday morning, October 5.  Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Pin Pick Saturday

I needed to turn in early last night.  Two big weddings this weekend.  I laid there wide awake listening to the sounds of the above animal scratching and clawing along the side of the house by my bedroom for what seemed like eternity.  I hope it's not inside the siding.  Oh heavens, there's never a dull moment.  Blessings!


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mother & Son

Such a busy week getting ready for the wedding.  I wanted to do something special for my friend, Debbie who's son is the groom.  I found a vintage makeup compact on Etsy. I carefully took out what remained of the pressed powder.  I borrowed a favorite picture of my friend with her son as a toddler. I printed the picture on to printable fabric and pulled some of my favorite Lecien fabric for the frame. A little batting, some card stock and glue and it was all set.  A pretty hankie to dry a happy tear and a little mirror to check her makeup~all set.  A special gift for a very special friend!


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rowing Along 3

Today I got a chance to complete row three of Lori's Row Along.  It's a cute little zig zag row.  It was fun putting it together.  I'm really liking how the quilt is coming along.  I hope you are having a good day!


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Country Road

Slowly I am making my way through my sewing "to do" list.  Up next is the quilt "Country Road" found in the book, "Weekend" by Blackbird Designs.  This quilt is for my Sis in Love, Ellen.  It's because I love her so much that I'm willing to cut out 500 3 1/2" squares and 400 3 7/8" squares.  Yes, you read that right.  This fabric, also by Blackbird Designs, is just dreamy.  That's a good thing since I'll be cutting a lot of it!

We have an important wedding reception at the farm this weekend.  A dear friend's son is getting married.  I get to be a guest and an employee.  I can hardly wait.  It will be the last reception at the farm before shutting down the wedding business.  I made this banner yesterday for the bridal table. Have a good day, friends!


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Pin Pick Saturday

There's a thunderstorm going on outside, I've got the Pioneer Woman cooking on t.v. and I'm pinning on Pinterest while having coffee.  Perfect multitasking.  Now if I could just get someone to cook me breakfast!  I thought I would start something new for Saturday's on my blog.  I'm going to be sharing something I like from Pinterest.  There's so many wonderful ideas on the site.  I'm loving this variation on a Drunkard's Path quilt block.  Such an interesting name, said to be linked historically to the Women's Christian Temperance Movement.  I have not made this block yet, but I'm intrigued.  Have a wonderful, Saturday!


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Little Scraps

I wanted to make a birthday present for a friend and I sat in my sewing room staring at my little scrap basket (little because I gave all my scraps away in one of the giveaways).  As I pulled each scrap out an idea came to mind, I would just start sewing and see where the shape took me.  It took me to a table runner in all it's sweet, sugary goodness.  You never know what will come of a basket of scraps.  Try it!  


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Book Love

Yesterday's trip to Barnes and Noble didn't leave me empty handed.  I have been looking for the book, "Adornments" because my niece is getting married next month.  The other two books I had read about and are just wonderful!  If you're off to the bookstore, take a look!  Blessings!


Monday, September 17, 2012

Darling Butterflies

Hi friends!  Oh my, was I an absent blogger last week.  I'm still trying to find a routine with school back in session.  We had a busy week at the farm resulting in a lovely wedding on Saturday.  I managed to piece the next row of Lori's row along over the course of a few days.  I love this row.  I have a feeling I am going to say that about every row.  This one is darling butterflies. If I was a real photographer I could find a better way to photograph a long stretch of fabric. But since I'm not, here it is hanging from a floor lamp!  The butterfly block was a good remember that patience and faith in the Lord will produce beauty in His timing.

Sweet blessings,