Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Summer Breeze

Can you tell what is on my mind?  Summer breezes!  I finished quilting this fresh, little quilt last week.  I had a box of Robin Pandolph fat quarters, just waiting for the right quilt to inspire me to use them.  When I saw this in Kim's book, Scrap-Basket Surprises....I knew I needed to make this one! 

And I finished hand-quilting my little "Garden Path" quilt!  This is from Lori Smith's wonderful book,  Fat Quarter Quilting. 

Have any of you made a weighted blanket?  My daughter has requested one for my 6 year old grandson.  I did see the article in American Patchwork and Quilting, and downloaded the free pattern.  Any tips any of you might have?  Also...we are heading to Nashville, Tennessee for a few days...any good quilt shops I should look for in the area?

Hope the sun is shining in your neighborhood!  Have not seen it for several days here!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Kitchen Sink

Do you ever have one of those quilts that you spend more time un-sewing, than actually sewing?  Well this was one of them! It had nothing to do with the was just me!  Kim's instructions are great...don't know what my problem was, other than I was not as focused as I should be.   I decided to do as Kim Brackett suggests in her book, Scrap-Basket Surprises...challenge myself to use only scraps to make this quilt.  And I did.  In retrospect, I think I would like it better if my lights were more uniform...there are too many different shades.  Guess I do like a more controlled scrappy quilt!  I made a quick trip to the quilt shop and purchased the borders...some Jo Morton's Spice Chest.  It is aptly named "Kitchen Sink"!
After about 4 inches of snow on Monday, today was gorgeous!  It was 70 degrees, so I worked in my flower nice to see little bits of green poking through! 


Monday, March 14, 2011


Over the weekend, our 6 year old grand-daughter came to visit us. She was on Spring Break and headed to Des Moines to stay with grandparents. While she was here, I took her to the sewing room and we made a Silly Girl doll. Jordyn really was not that interested in sewing because she thinks she wants a ranch with lots of horses. But we got started and she decided that "threading" was fun and relaxing. She is a very talented little artist, hopefully she will find sewing as another way to express herself someday!

It is snowing today...big, wet, fluffy flakes...what's up with that? There is about 3 inches on the ground, but I would imagine it will be gone by tomorrow. Sounds like a pajama day to me... in the sewing room...what do you think?

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Just One Star

Moda has a wonderful challenge....check it out...
    Mine is in the mail! 

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Just be

Sure hope I get some sewing time soon...
in the meantime, a cup of hot tea
on a very, cold, dreary rainy day!  
 Won't you join me?  I'm  going blog hoppin'......


Friday, March 04, 2011

Friday Feel Good


Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Cabin Fever retreat

I think my sweetie missed me!  When I came home on Sunday afternoon, my husband was at chorus practice...hate coming home to an empty house!  He came home bearing pretty pink flowers and a big smile on his face...I am blessed!

The Cabin Fever retreat was a huge success...lots of inspiration, food and friends. It was a perfect weekend to be inside...rain and fog! 

 Retreats are always a wonderful time for me...what about you?  It recharges my batteries, it refreshes me to be with like-minded women who love to create.  We come from many different walks of life and it fun to share with one another.   Here are a few of the many lovely inspirations from this weekend. 

Hope to get back to the project I was working on at the retreat...I did not finish anything, but that's ok. 
The sun is shining will be a good day to do a little sewing and go for a walk this afternoon.  Hopefully spring is on it's way!