Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wedding Quilt

This is just a quick picture of some of the sentiments written on the wedding quilt. It is a treasured memory.

I made a hand appliqued quilt when I married my sweet companion a short eight and a half months ago. Everyone signed it and it is lovely. I have finally finished the back for it and it is off to the quilter's. My sister Joyce does longarm quilting and she is going to do bang up job quilting it for me. I can't wait to mail it, so it can hurry back and hang on the wall.

I am willing my flowers to grow daily, ok the garden too! The pink carnations are beautiful and I am anxious for the John F. Kennedy & Queen Elizabeth roses to bloom. I had some flower seeds that came in a large bag, so I threw them into the planter as well. We shall see what comes up. I see Cosmos peaking their heads up. My side yard planter will be awash with blossoms soon (I hope).

I have payed it forward. I sent 5 new patterns to an unsuspection person. We shall see what happens when that arrives. This is fun! Give it a try.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Park City Girl: Calling All Quilters!#links

What a beautiful idea, thank you for letting me join in. Leave a comment and we will pick a winner from them. It will be a fun prize! Don't get left out . . . I love to give things away!

Park City Girl: Calling All Quilters!#links

Quilt Show

Link to Quilt Show

Sometimes when we see something it speaks to our soul and we are drawn to it. You gaze at it and it brings you in, closer to your heart and you cannot give it up, no matter what. As I ponder all of the redwork stitches that have gone into this wall hanging, I fall more in love with it. Can that be? I find something new in the quilt every day. It is made from a homespun cotton in red. The redwork squares are the same. Each scene is a part of my life. It was lovingly made by Donna Tirpak, 2002. Thank you Donna for every loving stitch. I cherish your handwork. I consider it an honor to own this piece.

I found this at the Breast Cancer fund raiser, held at Country Loft, La Mesa, CA. I have be the proud owner for 6 years. It hangs in a place of honor in my home.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Pay it Forward

It is time to Pay it Forward. Go to your pattern stash and find the one you were dying to make. Now think of someone you know would love to find this in their mail box. Put in a cute note or a bit of fabric to go with it and send it off to make their day! Not only will your pile be lighter but you will gladden the heart of others when they recieve the surprise.

Having trouble picking? Just reach in and take the first one that you find. It doesn't need to be your favorite, just one that you would be happy to recieve.

This is your chance for a feel good moment . . . do not let it pass by, saying sometime I'll try, but go and do this today :-))

Sometimes we just need to smile at the thought of doing for others . . . paying it forward makes it all worth while . . . send a little love . . . we all need an angel to watch over us . . .


Monday, April 20, 2009

Another little project in the future. It will be such fun to make. I already want several just for me.

A hint at a new project I am working on. It will be such fun when it is done. I will have a better photo soon.

The cute selvages awaiting for their turn in the project rotation. I do not have quite enough to make something wonderful. My sister wants them but it would have to be a real need for me to give them up. Can I have yours? Perhaps a selvage swap in the future?

I can hardly wait to add something to these spools. What a great find! Perhaps a pincushion or a kitchen towel. Any suggestions? It is such fun to see what you can make from something. Ideas just keep crowding in and squeezing out the last ones. I will let you know.

I found the best birdhouse in an antique store the other day. I love the shabby chic detail. It have a sort of victorian feel to it. It shall go nicely with the collection I have started. Perhaps a birdhouse quilt is in order. So many projects, so little time. Another UFO on the way!


I went out to check the flowers and find nothing but beautiful blooms in all of the pots. We even have artichokes in the garden. Yummy! We were a bit late planting the rest but it is coming along nicely. I can't get ready soon enough.

It's my favorite time of day, four something in the morning. The house is quiet and my brain, such as it is, can think without interuption. A cute pig is coming to mind. I am not sure what she will be yet but something cute to be sure. What a blessing to be able to create and share that with others.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sprouts and Spools

Yeah!! Our garden is up and doing just fine. We are so pleased. Squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, cantalope, corn are all soaring to the sky. I have a long planter (20 feet) on the side yard just full of flowers. It will be beautiful very soon.

I found these awesome spools at an antique store the other day. Aren't they great! I have already used one in the kitchen for a towel. I wonder what the original use for them was. Perhaps to hold ribbon in a factory? What a find. I can't figure out how to load an image today but I will explore it a bit more later and fix that.

I am making purses and they are coming out so cute. I have fixed the limp problem with fusible pellon. It is Miracle stuff. If everything were this easy, how fun it would be.

Monday, April 6, 2009


We have planted our garden. Hopefully the sun will not burn it up before we enjoy the fruits of the harvest. We probably should have waited to plant the second package of corn until 10 days later but too late now.

I bought an antique twin bed the other day. It is beautiful with the arched wheat design carved into it. I just love it. We do have one slight problem. All mattress and box springs now are 75" long and the bed is 72" long. We are going to have to make new side boards for the bed. A custom mattress is quite expensive.