It is such a beautiful day! Breakfast on the patio, flowers in bloom and all of the Thanksgiving arrangements are put away . . . life is good. In fact it is so good that I am offering a pattern sale through the month of December. All non-embroidery patterns are $7.00 plus shipping through December 31st. Just go to www.homesteadstationdesigns.com and make you selections and e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will sent them right out to you!! Don't delay and miss out on this one time sale.
Always thankful for things to come, things gone by and what is now happening. My family is a huge blessing and having friends that care. Take a look at the video and remember what makes you grateful. Loving life . . . always
Money is usually given to all of the 10 children but this year, being what it is, I have decided, (an unwise choice because of time and life), to make each one a table runner. They could select everyday, christmas or another holiday. This is tablerunner number one. Now just nine more to go . . . I think I need to finish one every other day to be ready in time.
How am I doing so far? Next up is a Santa or Pointsetta table runner. Still mulling that one over. The tree was fun and easy in a new book. I want to make the whole quilt but maybe for next year.
Lovely fall flowers await Thanksgiving Day! I look forward in anticipation to the family and fun that always comes with the holidays. We don't seem to take the time to visit with those we care about often enough. Let's all make a little more effort to let those who are special to us . . . how and why we care so much about them. I can't wait to smell the turkey.
The best people are moving. We don't really know them well but they have a warm and friendly presence about themselves and in their home. You have met people like them before, they just draw you in with their smiles and love. You can't resist them. The are as cute as Barbie and Ken with perhaps five children in tow. Now they are moving, tomorrow and I shall miss them. Just knowing that they are there has somehow made me feel welcome in our neighborhood. Being able to wave at them as you drive past is so reassuring that they are around.
The truck comes tomorrow to load all of their precious things into. Folks they know are coming to help and it will all be over with in a few short hours. They will load themselves into their car and drive to Texas where they are from, where a better job awaits, where their family has their arms open to gather them in.
I wanted them to have a bit of us to take with them, to remember the wave and nod as we drove past. I wanted them to know they were special to me. I gave the new table runner to them so they will have a bit of us, a remberance of conversations and helping that now means so much. So have a good trip, be safe and remember those of us who really enjoyed you . . . as you passed through our lives . . . Happy Quilting, Nancy
One more Christmas Table Runner finished and ready to be enjoyed. I am having a fun time just making things at leisure and using what I have on hand. I rarely have time to make a few things for myself and I find this a real treat! I goes with the Festive Season Table Runner from Hatched and Patched.
The October block is finally done! I added a bit to see how I liked it and since it turned out so cute, I am going to go back and add details to the other blocks as well. I hope to have this quilt done by Christmas.
Since I choose to do Redwork on my Bunny Hill BOM, it occured to me last night that perhaps I should do just a bit more to the blocks to jazz them up. Here are the results of sore fingers. Let me know what you think. Do I need to do them over and make them just outlines?? Check Flicker for individual photos . . .
Another project done, Festive Season from Hatched and Patched. When I first started the embroidery, I thought it would be teadous and take a long time but doing it in the evenings, it didn't take long at all. I can't wait to place it on the table in the front room and just enjoy it.
I love Hatched and Patched. I have finished embroidering this lovely table runner and am now in the process of making the blocks that surround it. I can't wait until Christmas to show it off. This must be the longest embroidery project I have ever made. I am quite pleased with it.
I am furiously working on my 11th Bunny Hill BOM. I will post that soon. Happy Quilting, Nancy
I collect teapots even though I do not drink tea. I find ones that are not just run of the mill and capture them for myself. This one is an example. Right after I married Sweet Man, he took me to Cracker Barrel and there is was, waiting for me.
This is not my Quilt Along but I found making the pattern a challenge. I have posted a 1/2 page image of my circle pattern. You will have to copy twice and paste the two halves together to have the whole pattern. One section is the actual pattern piece, the circle is a block guide for placement. This will be so beautiful when finished. Be sure and check back at Don't Look Now for more details and see how everyone is progressing.
I can't guarantee anything, it is just my best effort . . .
Just look at my stalker . . . this black cat teapot just sits and stares at me while I stitch and plan. It is not enough that there are three real cats in the room next door that stare through the window at me all day long . . . really they are adorable and have an outdoor cage to enjoy. Daily they rest on the tops of the wooden laddern in their cage and keep us safe from harm. . .
Thank you once again Anne, for your cute BOM. My block for November is finished. I can't wait for next month when I will have a new embroidered quilt for myself for Christmas. YEAH!!! Imagine a quilt just for me. This must be a first I think.
What was I thinking??? I did not know I needed a compass to make this quilt. Monday it will be off to Michael's to purchase said compass and get it set at 5 1/2" then my Sweet Man will draw all of those lovely circles (I am no good at that), and I will scan the quilt block guide here and the block piece. Perhaps this will save some of you a bit of work. I would have liked to have found one already done. This will be fun for all and so pretty when finished. A challenge is always fun!! Here is a peek at the colors I have choosen. I purchased them at the Quilt Shop in Sedona, AZ. What a lovely shop. Oh course I forgot my camera . . . sorry. They also have a quilt gallery where quilts can be purchased. She has a wonderful selection of fabrics and her staff is GREAT!! If you are up in the area looking at Fall Leaves, please stop in and say hi.
I think the teal/aqua combo with white will be very pretty.
My crafty daughter Emily makes Tamari balls. This one was my Birthday gift. It is beautifully crafted out of thread of all things. I enjoy all the intricate patterns she can weave with seemingly no effort. She says they are easy but . . . just look at the pattern and see if you agree . . .
I have the best Iron Arch from Cottage Garden in Glendale, AZ. The shape reminds me of old Cathedrals, elegant and graceful. I have just a wisp of berries hanging on it right now but it will soon be ready for the holidays.
I had a bit of fall fabrics on the shelf so I put this quilt together this week. It just looks like a Harvest Moon to me. You will find snowball corners on each block and mitered corners in the borders. It is off to Joyce Wilkinson of Newhall, CA to be quilted. She does such a beautiful job . . . I can't wait to see what she quilts on it.
Fall is in the air but not in my Flowerbed. Just look what the Impatients are up to. The Zinnia's have gone wild as well. I sure enjoy looking at this from my studio window. We may have heat in the summer but winter is just beautiful!!!
Lynette Anderson has a wonderful BOM for Noah's Ark. Find it by clicking on the Ark Picture.
I can't wait to start this, it will be a lot of fun. Post your finished blocks to my flicker and we can follow each other's progress. Jaybird Quilts is having a giveaway. Hurry on over and leave a comment on why you like spring. It is her 100th post and she is excited. Let's get excited for her as well.
Beautiful ticking . . . just itching to become my friend . . . my new project . . . Lucky me! Wonderful ticking in strip and solid, has arrived, to create something wonderful . . . I can't wait to begin. Look at the bright pink and green . . . so vibrant and soft . . . watch for pretty things to appear . . . soon . . .
I am going to use her flooring technique on walls for Sweet Man's Carwash walls. He wants an antique, old wood look and this is perfect. I tested it on a piece of plywood this am and perfect . . . Thank you Fifi for you slide show . . . Follow this link to Chez Fifi and find out how to make plywood, yes plywood look like old wood. While you are there, check out what this graceful woman has done with her carpenter, to an old garage. She has created a guest house studio in Shabby Chic . . . it is Fabulous . . . wish I was there . . . it really is the little things that make all the difference . . .
With a bit of red hair and a quirky smile, Little Miss Maggie is faithfully watching my stash for me as I comtemplate a new project for the next Quilt Market . . . I wonder what she will choose for me . . . it is always a surprise . . .
I believe we can all have the home we dream of with a little work, searching and creativity. I am passionate about finding and redoing furniture and other great items I come across for my home and antique business. Treasures from the past give warmth and character to our lives and homes. I am the creater of Sweet Shabby Sale . . . come along and learn along with me, check out the things I have found that can make your house a home. I have a large booth, #104, in Merchant Square Antique Marketplace, in Chandler, Arizona.