Friday, April 13, 2018

Life Challenges and Friends Who Help You Through Them

I am very fortunate that through the years of blogging I have made many good internet friends.  It is why I continue to post this blog though lately I have been MIA.   I know many of us have never physically met and have to satisfy ourselves with email and blogs and Instagram posts but you are all the kindest, most generous souls and I feel I really do "know" many of you.

I am especially grateful for these connections recently for I have embarked on a journey dealing with some health issues though, thankfully, I have been given a very good prognosis. Many with cards, pretty fabric gifts and such caring emails, a most wonderful pillow, a stunning quilt...have shown me that faith, friends and family are really important to a positive and healing path.  The Lord has me in His hands and shows me His love through the loving care of these important people to me.

A couple of these beautiful little sunshine and joy packages:
A healing Angel from my friend Shelly...

The most beautiful package of Dutch Petra Prins fabrics from my friend Doreen...

This lovely and oh-so perfect pillow which pretty much encapsulates many of my quilting loves from my friend Patty...
Here it is on my couch Patty :)

A beautiful pre-filled sewing bag and caddy from my husband's aunt, an aunt of my heart if not by blood, Sharon...

A gift from my Aunt Jan which is a progressive one enticing me with all the pretty wrappings...

And this stunning quilt from my friend Colette that came wrapped in such love I just sat in a puddle for a bit after receiving it.
 So many people have touched my life the last month and a half, many from church with gifts of food (thank you Cheryl and Shari and Debbie) and flowers and prayer and counsel as well as those in my family and friends with their support in so many ways.

Thanks to all for your well-wishes and prayers and support.  I love you all.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

30 Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop with Creatin' In The Sticks

Welcome to my day and the block featured is Broken Cinder Block!  Thanks to Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks for letting me play along :)  You can find the pattern for today's block here:

I chose to make a baby quilt using this pattern with a layer cake and a bit of background yardage...

 Sorry it isn't a great picture the wind was horrible and the sun was hiding when I was trying to take this!!

I almost like the back as much as the front...I used all the extra 10 inch squares from the layer cake to make a pretty and scrappy backing.

Please visit all the other participants in this fun hop!!

Project Designer

April 1st

Block 1- 4 Patch
April 2nd

Block 2 - Double Stuffed
April 3rd

April 4th
Block 4 - Dutch Door

April 5th

April 6th
Block 6 - Tacked Up

April 7th
Block 7 - Stripper

April 8th
Block 8 - Staggered

April 9th
Block 9 - Topsy Turvy

April 10th
Block 10 - Chunky Pinwheel

April 11th
Block 11 - Painted WIndow

April 12th
Block 12 - Broken Cinder Block

April 13th
Block 13 - Reaction

April 14th
Block 14 - Median Strip

April 15th
Block 15 - Center of Attention

April 16th

Block 16 - Bounce
April 17th

Block 17 - Sweet Sixteen
April 18th

Block 18 - Yeah Eights
April 19th

Block 19 - Weave
April 20th

Block 20 - Classic
April 21st

Block 21 - Spot
April 22nd

Block 22 - Cross Walk
April 23rd

Block 23 - Opposites Attract
April 24th

Block 24 - Possibility
April 25th

Block 25 - Camper Window
April 26th

Block 26 - Catching Z's
April 27th

Block 27 - Broken Stripes
April 28th

Block 28 - Stockade
April 29th

Block 29 - Dovetail
April 30th

Block 30 - Slow Tee

Monday, March 5, 2018

Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop

Welcome to my day for the Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop.  Many thanks to Carol for hosting this fun show and tell :)  I have deviated a bit from my normal quilty projects for this one as the directions were to make something small.  I toyed with the idea of making a bag but a few things stepped in my way this last month which prevented that from happening so I thought I would share a Punch Needle Rug project I played with this last month to open up my creativity...

 This is the front side...

(Normally rug hookers would consider this the front side but with this design's use of thin stems, it is the back in this case.)

I loved the pattern by AROUNNA KHOUNNORAJ and the wool and wool blend yarns were beautiful to punch with :)  I am a fan of the oxford punch needle and think it was much easy and faster than the rug hooking I have tried before.  This designer sees this side as the finished but rug hookers would typically use the other side.  This design with it's thin stems is easier to see with this thickness of yarn on the "reverse" side from normal.  It is hanging in my quilt room enjoying a place of honor among my minis.

This is the February box for .  I have never tried a subscription box before but this one struck me as different as you get a pile o' supplies and a video instruction for something different in the Art world.  I am pretty stuck on quilting as my game so it was good to step out and try something new.  This is not really an advertisement for them as I am not an affiliate or anything, just a customer -but I was pleased with this box and love the fact that I got to try something new :)

Thanks for joining me today and...

Here is the schedule for today as well as for the rest of the hop, please be sure to visit all these fine folks!!

March 5

March 6

March 7

March 8

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Put A Little Love in Your Quilt Blog Hop

What fun, what fun...we are blog hopping again :)  Love to "sew and tell" with friends!  

This hop is hosted by my friend Carol at Just Let Me Quilt and she is the hostess with the mostess, oh yes she is :)

She asked that we share a project or projects with a heart on it...

And here are mine...

First up a mug rug with English Paper Pieced wings (2 inch jewel shape) and a wool body...I have been making the jewels with my red and pink scraps but a quilt top is a long way off...
And, this is a heart pinnie I made from some wool scraps and a Japanese woven fabric strip I had leftover from a prior quilt.  I love that this project basically takes scraps lying around and makes something useful and pretty!

First I chose the colors for my hearts, then I cut them from my wool scraps just like when we made valentines in elementary school...fold in half and cut!
Then I picked how many hearts I wanted on my pincushion and what design they would be placed in.  For my pinnie, I chose three as that is how many are in my small family...Momma heart, Daddy heart, and little guy...yes, I am still reliving elementary school, aren't I??!! (oh my, I think I am pretty glad my 17 yo son doesn't read my blog, lol!!)
Anyway, then it is time to choose applique threads, I love to applique wool with a blending color of wool thread and let the wool applique shine rather than the stitches.
I chose to add a piece of felt to help back my pin cushion top layer since I am using a woven background.  This will help the pins stand proud.  

I sewed the three layers together with a small opening to turn it right side out...
 I use a wooden stuffing stick to help turn inside out and I fill with plastic beads.  Ladder stitch the turning opening closed and you are ready to use your new pinnie!

I will leave you with my Corgi from Fluffmonger's pattern...he does have a heart after all...
Thanks for hopping along today and be sure to check out everyone else's project as well!!


February 7

And come back tomorrow for these projects:

February 8