Monday, December 31, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
My Secret Santa Christmas package arrived from Jenny in AU and I was elated when I found these goodies enclosed. I've never seen a bag like the one in the picture on the left - I'm going to assume that it was knitted and then felted. I can't wait to show it off! LOL
And the goodies in the other picture - a calendar with pictures of AU and note the Kanagroo buttons taped to the calendar. I need to find a special project to use the buttons. Probably should use the fabric with koalas in the same project. Isn't that card adorable? This package put a huge smile on my face. Thank you so much, Jenny!
And a huge thanks to Donna for organizing the Secret Santa Exchange. I don't know know whether or not my partner received the package I sent but hopefully she did.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were wonderful in my household and I hope they were in yours, as well.
Holiday Blessings In Friendship!
Monday, December 24, 2007
November and December snowpeoples (as Yvonne calls them - lol) are done! Everytime I finish one I declare "this one is my favorite" but truth be told they are all my favorite. :-) I will put them aside as I contemplate how to set them into a quilt - any ideas?
Thanks for your get well wishes - I'm feeling much better! :-)
Can you believe it's Christmas Eve? I hope that you have wonderful plans with your loved one(s) to celebrate the season and lest we not forget the 'Reason for the Season'.
Holiday Blessings In Friendship!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I haven't been feeling up to par the past couple of days but I did manage to finish two more bluework snowpeople. This is 10 down and 2 to go! :-)
I hope that you're enjoying the holiday season! Take care of you and yours and thank you for visiting with me!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I've been asked if my Prairie Sweets (Fig Tree Quilts) project involves curved piecing. NO! Here's a picture of the pieces parts and a picture of the assembled block. This pattern is the latest issue of Fresh Vintage by Fig Tree Quilts. I was finally able to get back to this fun project yesterday. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Monday, December 17, 2007
The following goodies arrived in the mail from Nadine several weeks ago! The totebag with the bluework bunny on one side (I'll share the redwork side later) is adorable. Look at all the other goodies - I snickered when I saw the "Cuppa Candles" - Nadine and I exchange e-mails titled "having a cuppa with you". My friend, thank you so much for being a friend! I feel very blessed to call you my friend!
You may have seen the picture of the adorable pillow on Wendy's blog several weeks ago - I was the lucky recepient of this cutie. Wendy and I have been exchanging 3" nine patches since August and she enclosed these treasures in my November package. Thank you, Wendy for your friendship! You are a blessing!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
You must read the current issue of "Quilter's Home" - you really must. A dear local friend pointed out this particular issue to me on Friday night. She lurks on my blog and knew it would 'hit home'. (Hi Gwyn!)
The following articles hit home with me:
1. Mean Girls - How to put Quiltzilla in her place (remember I blogged about Quiltzilla on 11/19. Lots of great tips on how to deal with 'her'. :-)
2. Tips to Rev Up Your Quilting - great tips to get your Mojo back. (mine is returning slowing)
3. Managing Your Mess (the piles of magazines and such that are difficult to give up)
I hope that your days of full of happiness and joy - if you're experiencing extremely cold temps, please stay home - keep warm and stitch to your heart's content.
Thanks for popping by to visit with me! I'll be back later with many, many pictures and updates.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Officially on Vacation!!!!!! :-)
I've finished working for 2007 and I'm officially on vacation till the end of the year. Wahoo!
Now it's time to do all the Christmas shopping and then hopefully spend lots and lots of time with my needle and thread. Bliss! :-)
On the left is my "Night Before Christmas" stitchery project by Cinderberry Stitches. It's been finished for a few weeks but I can't find a suitable fabric for the outer border. Sigh! I don't want to settle so it'll wait. :-)
On the right is a new stitchery project. I lurk on Linda's Redwork Yahoo Group and discovered these cuties there. I thought I'd trace them and work on them through the year but I've stitched these four this week. LOL This project will be finished before I know it.
Time to go to bed - tomorrow I'm off to do all or most of my Christmas shopping!
Happy holidays and thanks for stopping by to visit with me!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Not just sewing but having a blast! This new project has put a bounce in my needle and thread and this new bounce has been a very long time coming. LOL
Let me tell you about this pattern. When I saw this quilt on Joanna's blog several months ago it spoke very loudly to me. I knew immediately that I would make this quilt as soon as the pattern was available. And, it became available this week. It's called "Prairie Sweets" and it's featured on the cover of Fresh Vintage, Issue #6 by Fig Tree Quilts. When I realized on Monday that it was available I ordered it immediately and it arrived today! WooHoo! I pulled out my Allspice Tapestry fat quarter bundle (also by Fig Tree Quilts/Moda) and got busy. I need to scour the on-line shops to find a few more background prints but in the meantime I can get a few more blocks done. I've decided to hand applique the circles so it could take me awhile to get this project done.
It felt so good it felt to sit at my machine with a joyful heart today.
Thanks for visiting - come back soon!
I bet you're sick of seeing the "Men" that are adorning my kitchen this holiday season! :-) I couldn't help myself, I had to share these cuties.
As I look around my home and realize more and more than I am seriously missing the 'Decorating Gene' I can't help but make a HUGE decision! Yep, it's a decision I've been contemplating for a while now.
Are you ready for this?
I've decided that when I grow up I want to be Kim. She just continues to amaze me - this woman has some serious decorating and talent genes. Yes, she does!!!! She pieces flimsies and then quilts them herself on a domestic sewing machine; she designs and does beautiful applique; she paints; she cooks; she makes journals - and, this my friends is just the tip of the iceberg. Whew! I've tried really hard to be her QBFF so that hopefully she'll share some giftees with me but I've failed miserably. LOL
I have a major problem to overcome! Can you help me? I absolutely refuse to grow up so I'm not sure when I'll be able to become KIM. :-)
I hope you're finding time to relax and enjoy the busy days that are surrounding us right now. Thanks for visiting and laughing with me.
I'll be back later or tomorrow with pictures of giftees and treasures that have arrived from Nadine, Wendy and Nan.
Friday, December 07, 2007
This baking Santa and tiny tree sit on the bar between the kitchen and living room! I couldn't figure out how to hide the base of the tree (it's really tacky) so I stood it in the red gingerbread men pie plate and piled on the Starlight Mints (I saw a similar idea on someone else's blog but sadly I don't remember who it was - I'm sorry!).
edit: Actually, on the blog I can't remember, had a standing in a bowl of Starlight mints but I liked the idea to hide the tree base.
The tree is sparsely decorated because I ordered some tiny gingerbread type cookie ornaments and I think they are too small. This will have to do. The only thing that matters - he makes us SMILE :-)
Happy Holidays and thanks for visiting with me!
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
May I have a drumroll, please! The envelope, please! :-)
Mar, Juliann & Hanne please send your mailing address so I can pop a surprise in the mail very soon!
Thank you one and all for leaving all the kind, sweet and encouraging words regarding my recent "rant" posting.
Thanks for visiting my blog - I love that you do!
Saturday, December 01, 2007
(have ya missed me?)
It's been a week full of a whole lot of nothing and then some. :-) That doesn't make sense, does it? LOL
I promise to return tomorrow to post winners of my "Rant Surprise Giveaway".
Thanks for caring and for visiting my blog!
Sunday, November 25, 2007
A Whole Lot of Nothing!
I hope that you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with lots of food, fun and laughter - making new memories! We had a wonderful day!
I don't like to shop so I stayed home most of the week end. Did venture out on Friday afternoon to Joann's to take advantage of the sale on quilting notions.
Last night I went to stay with one of the little men in my life, Eli (he's three) while his mom, dad and big brother, Seth went to a concert. He's a real kick so we had a great time together! :-)
I spent today with my newest stitchery project - The Night Before Christmas by Cinderberry Stitches. Two stitched panels done/two to go! Hoping to have it done by the end of the week so I can use it with the other Christmas decorations.
I've been thinking quite a bit about my lack of desire to sew the past few months. I've decided that there are many contributing factors.
1. The stash is overwhelming and paralyzing.
2. I've been chastised and criticized for blogging.
3. Then last week I was criticized for having so many flimsies (aka quilt tops) and quilts.
I need to figure out how to handle the STASH but I can't do that until I figure out how to get past 2 and 3. Right? Well, I need to dust off the heart I wear on my sleeve (I get my feelings hurt very easily) and just continue doing what I enjoy without worrying about what others say or think. So, wish me luck with all of this - LOL!
Yes, yes I promised a surprise! 71 comments were left on my "Rant" post and I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the encouragement, support, words of kindness etc. I'm going to toss all of you (oh, ok, your names - LOL) into a drawing for a few surprise giftees. So sometime tomorrow or Tuesday I'll post the winning name(s). Yes, I do plan to draw more than one name. :-)
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
I'm a little dismayed this evening! :-( And, quite frankly near tears!
I live in a retirement resort with very (emphasis on very) few resident quilters. A few weeks ago I was asked if I'd help start a mini quilting group and offer lessons. What the heck! We met for the third time today and it was great - new quilters are so much fun.
Anyway, back to my rant! One of the new quilters stopped by home to pick up some fabric and such before our gathering. She's never been in my home so she was in awe of all my quilts. I felt quite proud of myself. LOL While we were at our gathering she shared with everyone what she'd seen in my home and the woman who asked me to help asked why I had so many quilts and what were my plans. Well, my plans are to just own them and love them. LOL She was stunned and dismayed with me - saying she didn't understand why I would want to make and own so many quilts. I just smiled sweetly and said I'm just very obsessed by it all and really enjoy it. She just walked away shaking her head and telling the others that she'd never understand.
I don't understand why it would bother her so much that I make so many quilts and that I spend so much time sewing. And, why would she judge me like she did?
Yes, I could give all my quilts to others and/or charity but I do my fair share of charity quilting, I just don't talk about it. And, my friends and family have been recepients of many quilts - again I just don't talk about it. Why can't I just sew for the sheer enjoyment?
Thank you for letting me rant. Obviously this will not help my ho-hum mood!
edit: I had a long chat with my best friend (my DH) and he attempted to help me work through this. We chatted about why I sew as much as I do and why do I own so many quilts and flimsies. It's very simple - it makes me very happy. My quilts and flimsies hold so many memories - shopping for the fabric or pattern; who I shopped with; when and where I shopped, etc. I truly believe that every quilt tells a story and my quilts have many stories to tell. I don't want to feel ashamed of something that gives me so much joy.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Leo - July 23 to August 23 (I'm a Leo to a fault - LOL)
Being one of the most creative signs Leo quilters make wonderful masterpieces. I certainly wouldn't call my stuff 'masterpieces'. LOL
As they are generous and warmhearted their friends and family are usually lucky recipients of their beautiful creations. Not true - I've been called selfish. :-)
They love to read all the patchwork and quilting magazines looking for ideas that they can use. They are always up-to-date on the latest crazes. That's definitely true about me!
Although they know quite a bit about their chosen craft and can usually discover straight away where a quilter has run into problems in their projects, they tend to be too bossy when attempting to help fellow quilters. ROFLOL
They are great as companions to go fabric shopping with, as they know where the best deals are to be found. They are also great help in selecting coordinating material but be prepared to go along with their decisions or suffer the wrath. They don't like to waste their precious time providing opinions that get ignored. If we're going to help you spend your money then you must be willing to listen. LOL
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
If you've been reading my blog for awhile you might realize that the tagline in my header is my all time favorite saying!
I decided that I wanted to make a small wallhanging for my sewing room to make a statement to all who walk into my 'haven'. :-) After I finished the stitching it still needed a little something but what. HMMMM - I pulled out my Clover Yo-Yo maker and made those three really cute yo-yos that I will stitch in place after it's quilted! Maybe the yo-yos need buttons? Something to ponder. :-)
Thank you for your wonderful comments and compliments on my Quilter's Journey flimsy! I appreciate that you took time to say something! Stop by anytime and please leave a comment!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
JOURNEY OF A QUILTER
Please celebrate with me! :-)
I have finished my "Journey of a Quilter" by Leanne Beasley of Leanne's House. I am beyond excited. I've been dancing, twirling and skipping across the Surface of the Sun as I celebrate this completion. It's been a true labor of love and one that I have enjoyed immensely.
If you're responsible for inspiring me to start doing embroidery or responsible for introducing me to all the wonderful stitchery designers in Australia I can't thank you enough.
It's important to say thank you for all the inspiration that so many bloggers provide everyday!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Why do you quilt and how long have you been quilting?
I decided to take the plunge into quilting because I needed another outlet for my passion for a needle and thread. I'd been a x-stitcher for approximately 20 years. I've been quilting since October 1999 but had been a quilting wannabe for many, many years. There was a tiny quilt store in a cute cottage across the street from my corporate job and I used to spend many lunch hours browsing and dreaming. I'd look through books and patterns; pet and caress all the beautiful fabric but didn't believe it was something I could do. In the Fall of 1999 I visited every quilt store here on the Surface of the Sun and explained that I was a beginner and asked about classes, etc. Most just pointed me toward the classroom and told me that the samples were in there, except one store owner she took me by the hand and showed me the beginner quilt that was being taught. Then she showed me the other classes I could take to continue to enhance my skills.
I made the quilt in the picture sometime earlier this year with charms.
Thank you for visiting!
I know I said that you wouldn't see this project again until I had all the blocks sewn together! I couldn't help myself, really I couldn't - I had to share. :-) I've made a few changes along the way to make this my own; including adding my name! It had to be there! It's really difficult to express via the written word how excited I am that I'm seeing the end of this project. It's been so much fun to do.
I'll be back later with my Question du Jour. Teehee!
Thank you, thank you for popping by to visit. I always enjoy your comments so please leave one.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Yes, this a boring post - no pictures to share!
What's happening in your little corner of the world? What's keeping you busy?
I was inspired to pull out my Quilter's Journey blocks and get back to stitching. All the blocks are now pieced (that's a tedious process because I have a tendency to over think random scrappy - LOL) And, I'm trying very hard to get all the stitching finished! I just can't stitch fast enough. :-) My goal (probably a bit unrealistic) is to finish this project by the end of the week. I'm sure you're tired to seeing block after block after block so the next picture I post should be of the completed quilt top.
Are you tired of my silly questions? I have another one to post but don't want to bore you. Let me know!
Have a wonderful Monday and thanks for popping by!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
I've been dreamin' about being in Norway with Hanne and May Britt taking classes from and listening to Leanne Beasley of Leanne's House. Can you imagine how much fun they are having? Sigh! :-)
I had BIG plans to do a ton of handwork prepping this week end and all I managed to prep was block #8 of my Journey of a Quilter project (this way I could pretend I was in Norway - LOL)
I think it would be so much fun to take a trip to Australia to spend time in a workshop or two with some of the incredibly talented stitchery designers. Yes, more dreaming! :-)
Wait, I did manage to get 20 3" 9 patches completed for my exchange with a fellow blogger. I was sewing away and kept thinking that something was wrong with my blocks but couldn't put my finger on it. Well, duh - they were suppose to be 3" finished and I was making them 4" finished. So, I had to put my trusty friend, Sir Seamripper to work. All is well - 20 blocks are done and will be in the mail TODAY.
Today I was suppose to be on the road heading to Fall Market in Houston but unfortunately life forced me to cancel at the last minute. Big Sigh!
Enjoy your Monday and thanks for stopping by to visit!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I also use these types of boxes to store future projects and such!
So, what do you do? I'd love to hear about it.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Yes, my blog has been redecorated and has a new look! :-) My DH has been playing with the new banner for awhile now and then yesterday he said "so, what do you think?" I like it very much and especially love that those are my quilts hanging on the clothesline. teehee! He's having WAY too much fun with this but if it keeps him entertained and doing his best to keep me happy, who am I to question.
Today is prep day - applique, embroidery aka stitchery and hexagons for English paperpiecing (yes, I've pulled that project out again).
Thanks for your kind comments and compliments! I truly do appreciate that you stop by!
Friday, October 19, 2007
9" x 11" pieces of Moda's new line call Swell by Urban Chiks . It's has a 40's retro look to it - oh so sweet!
Thank you so much for answering my question regarding responding to comments left on blogs, etc. I got alot of great insight and have a new plan.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
keep reading.................................... LOL