Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What was I thinking?

Mess one block up completely: CHECK

Try again, this time with the aid of pictures from Sometimes Crafter: CHECK

Pretty block second time round: CHECK

Do we like paper piecing after 3 of these bad boys are put together?: CHECK and YES!

WHAT was I thinking then??

Probably that I was itchin' to try something new and this satisfied my creativity bug;)

BTW, I used tracing paper for the backing, a pen to transfer the pattern to, some fabric from a purchase @ Connecting Threads some time ago and away I went with my iron and trusty Janome sewing machine:)

I did the 3rd one last night.  One.more.to.go.  This will equal one pretty rockin' circle of geese block---yippee!!

Take care and see ya'll soon,


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Isn't it Lovely?

Ornament full of  beautiful notes to me from my MIL from Christmas 2010

Art Gallery  Lace Elements
Vintage handkerchiefs

Katie Jump Rope by DS

absolute fave quilting reference book
Central Park By Kate Spain

Holly Hobby needle holder (made by me)

All where I can see them every day:)

What is on your shelf?

In your studio?

Happy Sunday,


Friday, May 27, 2011

Not for the eyes of Deb;) Whoop,Whoop!!

2nd Pay It Forward gift -whoop,whoop!!
Straight grid like pattern,little tedious,but the overall effect is Amazing!
Scrappy goodness of Nature Elements By Pat Bravo with more Kona Orange binding
Objects of Desire by Sandy Gervais and MORE Kona Chartreuse on the back
Happy Memorial Day!!!

Happy Quilting,


Monday, May 23, 2011

Supply in Demand

Fabric Shack did me right with these Kona's:) 
Courtesy of Linderella's Quilt Works in Southern Pines,NC VERY cute shop and my first time in there to drool               


some red love for my brother's quilt and the white is just because we sewers ALWAYS need white-hello!
OH and I found my 2nd vintage sheet ever!!!!!!!  Sooooo happy about that.  These are soo hard to find.  It was tucked under an antique side table at a local antique shop downtown:)  A whole flat sheet for $5!  **big smiles**  I got huge plans for her;)
What have you splurged on needed lately that had to be in your hot little hands??!!

Great day to ya'll!


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Eat your Veggies!

The garden is starting to come to life so to speak!  Things are peaking up all over and I have been smiling oh so much lately:):)  

First off we added a fence into the mix to keep critters out (hopefully) and mainly my two creatures, MY dogs!!

The gate will be added soon;)

The other day I got to pick my first crop of veggies--the radishes!!  It was really exciting to think that I planted these seeds and they took off into something I CAN EAT:)  Maybe I have a slight green thumb?!

-Absolutely delicious-

-The leaf in the left corner is my squash that we planted in the center  of the radish "ring" this pattern is so the radishes protect the squash from bugs-
-A few spinach leaves have emerged,not too many though-
-a few more inches and these are up for pickin'-
-I planted some butterhead lettuce too yesterday and it should be ready in the beginning of August-love lettuce-
-Carrots are sprouting up in weird areas where I Did Not plant then as well:)  3 months for these guys though-
-another carrot-
-tomato plant that was in that cup of water I showed ya a few weeks ago, in the GROUND and ready to growwwww!-
-all three pepper types that we planted are sprouting, can't remember which one this is, maybe cayenne-
-peas please-
-the green sprouts are shallots-
-I am starting to experiment with a couple of these plants and pick the flowers off in hopes of getting bigger berries-
All the hay you see in the pics was laid down through out the garden to kill off some of the weeds and create a nice walking ground in between areas.

Hope I didn't bog ya'll down with too many pics, I had a lot to show off talk about!  Gardening can be soo much fun, so if you haven't already give it a try!!

Linked this to Andi's:

Take care,


Friday, May 20, 2011

Seeing Orange

This is the second gift that I am working on for my Pay It Forward friends:)  I am really enjoying this windmill--maybe I will do a whole quilt of them.

 Fabric: Sugar Pop and  Kona Ash LOVE it!

My "Secret" friend likes orange and so this one is for her--hope she smiles when she sees it:):)  

made the border from Kona orange and Modern Affair--POppin' that color out all over;)

I added the border and this beauty has been stacked and almost completely quilted with lots of Gutermann New Leaf thread
I cannot wait for ya'll to see it in its crinkly stage--the happiest of all of course!

So she could use this lovely quilt as a wall hanging or maybe set in the middle of her table with some pretty flowers in a vase:)  Just sayin' that's what I would do;) he,he

Linked up my latest sewing to Sarah's over @ Confession's of a Fabric Addict!

Enjoy the weekend before Giveaway Day--> get that mouse ready and typing fingers revved up for some blog hopping-he,he!!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Building Muscles???

I made a new friend.  (She doesn't even know yet,he,he!)  Anyway, her name is Leila.  She is doing a FAB, I guess we will say a quilt along to build skillz as quilters.  My kind of show, so naturally I am joining in!  Practice does make perfect and so I am hoppin' on the bandwagon. 

How about you????  Do you want to hone your skillz and probably---- OH OK-- you will learn new ones as well:)  It starts June 17th and ends around May of next year---SOOO a year of fun block making--what quilter doesn't love that!! 

Goooooo see Leila @ sewnbyleila for more details.

Looking forward to it,


Monday, May 16, 2011

Not for the eyes of Dot and my Mommy in Law;)

Wonky stars- GO FIGURE!!  I wouldn't do those again would I ?! 

Fabric: Kate Spain Central Park,Kona Red,Sandi Henderson Meadowsweet II, and the veggie print I wish I knew because it is SOOO darn cute (anyone know?)
Warm and Natural batting & Insul-Brite are inside which made the binding a tad tricky,but I conquered IT!
Quilting: straight lines using carpenter's tape

These are for Dot, one of my new friends.  That woman can do anything from what she was telling me in her email.  So I added the veggies because she likes to cook from scratch, can her own food, has chickens (I told you she does it ALL!) and the back is more of an elegant print I think because she likes to play the violin and I believe she can sing!!  Wow--right!  Anyway I hope she treasures them always and USES them-he,he!

One Pay It Forward down,2 to go!!!! I am finally getting on the ball a tad!

This cute little number is for my MIL,Teri----LOVE how it turned out, I am getting better a these wallets maybe LOL!
Fabric: Sandi Henderson Meadowsweet for the outside and inside "under" the pockets and zippered coin part and Castle Peeps for the pockets and zippered coin part
I am really liking the button I picked out to make that hint of blue pop some:)
The pattern was super simple!!  My FIL bought it in WI and sent it to me with the request that I make it for my MIL.  OF COURSE, she is a sweetheart---- so in a heartbeat!!  I could not keep it from ya'll though as you can plainly see:)  She is coming in July so she can see it then-he,he!

Two more Pay It Forward's now, started one with a new block design which I am falling head over heels for!
Baseball quilt for brother is patiently waiting on one of my tables ready to get some new threads on it;)  Soon!

Time to go hang out with the fam tonight!!

Night ya'll,


P.S.  Linking this up yo Quiltstory, go check out the others whom have joined!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sign me up!

Quilting has been a passion for me for the last 3 years.  This is from a girl who never wanted to sew, period!!  I really did NOT like ironing or MATH either.  God is smiling at this point:)  Back to present, I made 2 other quilts before this one,smaller ones.  What a stress reliever and an eye opener--"I am creative."  I love ironing (yes I said that),choosing fabrics,cutting it up and with my OWN hands I am making something new.

Tessellation top complete!

 This is the quilt that had me bolt into more projects--more TWIN size quilts!  See I used to think if I ever made a quilt it would take forever.  SURPRISE!!!  I started this quilt top and had it all cut out out and then pieced pretty quickly.  Think I was hooked??

There were trials along the way, but when this quilt was finished, AND sitting in my home AND on my bed, I was a happy camper.   A learning experience, I haven chosen to repeat over and over again.  This is what God had planned for me:)  Maybe a little corny, but quilting makes me smile EVERY day in some way.  

How's that for a hobby?? :)

The colors are so powerful and uplifting for me.  And I get to choose how they will be used!
I.E.  The yellow and blue in this quilt just make my heart sing every time I look at it!  Also, the ways in which I can quilt it are so endless.  In this particular one I did stitch in the ditch.  Since then I have tried other techniques as well because--well--it's fun and gets my creative side revved up!

Want to see other passionate quilters, take a break @ the sewing machine and venture over to Amy's Creative Side!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks Amy for this fantastic, rockin' time!!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

the old ballgame...

Kona love in: Marine,Ocean,Coal and Ash
Alexander Henry prints: Change Up and Great American Pastime
Pattern:Wonky Star Blocks
Pieced the back late last night,the adrenaline was a running;)

Time to stack and quilt him

"Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don't care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game."
Quilting away,

Monday, May 9, 2011

Monday Fun-Day!!

scrap fleece makes for an awesome dog bed and free stuffing of scrap batting,tiny fabric pieces,and 2 old pillows (snatched the stuffing)
Some raw edged applique with some perle cotton variegated thread

cleared the fleece out and so naturally I had to go get some more pretties ---wouldn't you?

I bought the DS dots in red/pink and green/blue and then after seeing her prints numerous times in blogworld I decided to go get these 2 as well in 1/2 yd cuts.  (I saw the turquoise print too the other day and now OF COURSE what will I be doing *I am innocent.* he,he I think:/)

Alexander Henry CALLED my name too:)  Hence the apple print, cherry blossoms and dots--NEVER have enough dots.  

Brian's baseball quilt is coming along and  I have cut 6" strips for a border as I type here.  I am thrilled with the simplicity so far and the manly effect of the Kona Marine.  Off to sew it on!


Sunday, May 8, 2011


We do it all because we are mothers!!!  We love,laugh, lose gain patience,we care,we give hugs,kisses,cry AND laugh SOME more. 

Happy Mother's Day to all the mommies!!!  Whatever you do today, do it for you--you are AMAZING:)