Monday, January 30, 2012

Churn dashes and nine patches...oh my!

All In a Row

Now that I have the floors swept and mopped, I can play in my sewing room!  This is a quilt I started at a quilt retreat last fall, it is from Kim Diehl's book "Simple Comforts".  I believe I am a Jo Morton fabric addict, can't help it!  Love all fabric that is reproduction!  Hopefully, I will get all 25 blocks made, then run to the Quilters Station and find some fabric for the sashing and the border. 

Last year, I started keeping a "journal of encouragement"...for myself.  Some days are just harder than others...can't figure it out.  Must be the darn hormones!!!  So I will leave you with this...just in case there is a day that just doesn't feel "right" for no good reason at all.

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.
~Kahil Gibran 


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pink Lemonade...ready to quilt!

Woo Hoo!  My Pink Lemonade quilt is sewn together
and ready to quilt!!! 
Shall I machine quilt it or hand quilt it....the jury is out on that one. 

I found this on Pintrest today...I struggle with the "blues",
 thought it might help some of you that do as well. 

Any time spent quilting can usually lift my "blue" moments...
what about you?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Baskets and Petals

This weekend, I finished this shop model for The Rabbits Lair. Cheri Payne designed this quilt, Baskets and Petals. The little baskets are pieced with applique flowers added.  It is the quilt featured on the cover of the spring issue of  Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine.  This will be offered in kits through The Rabbits Lair, and the magazine should be out any day.  I love this magazine, don't you?  Just wish I had the time to make more of the projects!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sewing Lessons

On Monday, my 7 year old grand-daughter came over and we had our first sewing lesson.  We made a cute little pillow.  Jordyn fussy cut the dogs and cats out of the fabric, and practiced some hand sewing, as well as machine sewing to attach the pillow.  Her favorite stitch on the machine is the zig-zag stitch.  It is a bare-bones machine, but great for a child to learn on. No matter how hard they put the foot pedal down, it will only go one speed!  Jordyn decided she really liked sewing, and was very proud of her first project. I have a feeling there are more to come!

Aren't grandkids great fun?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Block Party with Lynda

There are so many wonderful projects out there in Blogland...and this is one of them.  Lynda at Primitive Pieces is sponsoring a Block Party project for Quilts for a Cause.  The blocks will be set together into quilts that will be sewn together, quilted and auctioned off with proceeds going towards helping find a cure for cancer.  Each block is dedicated and signed...this is my first block.  It is dedicated to my first husband who died at the age of 49 from renal cell cancer.  I made a list of others that I could make a block to honor, and while it was rather long....the good thing is that I know more people that are in the battle and surviving.  Thanks, Lynda for sponsoring this! 

Another fun project going on at Humble Quilts....a quilt along!  Lori is guiding us along as we make an adorable little quilt appropriately named Pink Lemonade.  Go check it out!  Today I am hoping to get my blocks cut out and sewn before the next installment comes along.  As you can see, Max is supervising or getting ready for her afternoon nap. 

Lori always comes up with wonderful little quilts for us to make, are any of you joining in?   


Thursday, January 05, 2012

Catching up

Out in blogland, lots of Civil War quilts are being finished.  They are wonderful to look at...I admire those of you that have been able to keep up.  I am still sewing away, and I do have more than half the blocks done. 

And since I do not have a recent "finish" to show,  I will show you some oldies but goodies.  This is the corner of my living reading chair.  I love this tall ladder I found in Canton, Texas at the flea had to come home with me to hang quilts on!  Fortunately, my ceiling is tall enough!

Better get back to sewing, maybe I will get a little handwork done before bedtime.