Friday, December 3, 2010

Decorating time

Like Many of you I have been slowly getting my little house decorated for Christmas. I have to say, I just love Christmas. Pulling out all the special ornaments we have collected though the years, and reminiscing of when and where we bought it.

I do have one wall hanging I made a couple years ago. When I saw this pattern by Betty alderman I knew I had to make one for myself. I wanted mine to be softer reds, more towards the rose color which goes so well in my home. Isn't he wonderful?

In between making Christmas presents, I have been working an an Angel wall hanging. She is going to be so pretty when I or if I get it finished. You will have to wait for a photo though.

Happy weekend to you all.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

One finished

Have I been busy? Hum, let me think..... Yes! I like other quilters & crafters have been busy making Christmas gifts. The bad thing is. time just seems to run too fast. I can't believe Thanksgiving is this Thursday. Thank goodness we are only having 4 at our table because I am not ready.

On the forum Quilt & Needle, I signed up for a Secret Santa gift exchange & made this cute apron & pot holders to match. I loved the pattern & later might make one for myself. Of course mine will be pink. he he.

Also, I have been working on the quilt below as a Christmas gift for Gregg's niece. The pattern was designed my a nice lady DebbieAnn on the forum Quilt & Needle. I just love the pattern. There is ALOT of cutting, but once that was done it goes together quite nicely.
Now imagine those stars in PINK, yes, that is a plan for the future.

This little star is only 3 inches. Now those are tiny pieces!

I don't know if it will be quilted by Christmas, but we will see if Mr. Time slows a little for me.


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A wonderful giveaway

Hello everyone,
I would like to tell you about a wonderful giveaway at A Gathering Place. Rebecca does such beautiful work & is giving away some beautiful pink Santa cards. Go check out her beautiful blog by clicking the photo on my side bar. You will be glad you did.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pink, pink, I love pink

I wanted to share with you the little project I did last weekend.

I have had this little chest on my sewing table for years. It is perfect for

holding sewing needles, buttons, & fancy trinkets for my different sewing projects. However, as perfect as it is, I have not liked the color it is. It just didn't go with the theme of my sewing room. So one day I thought to myself, “I wonder if I could paint it?”

So I took a trip to Joanne's in search of some spray paint. Well I found the isle of spray paint, & look what I saw on the shelf …....

This is the most glorious color of pink!!!!!! It's called ballet slipper pink, how perfect is that. I would buy a case of it if I could.

Well I headed home so happy with my find. Then started to work of

preparing my little chest for it's new color.

Now it looks like this....

Isn't it pretty? Now I need to find something else to paint with the wonderful color.

In the mean time, I joined a pincushion swap on Block Central's forum & found this cute pattern by Anne Sutton at Bunny Hill. I made one for my partner, & love the cute little owl so much, I had to make one for myself. I made the little owl with minki & she is so soft. Of course the pillow she is sitting on had to be PINK.

Happy October everyone,


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What Bed & Breakfast is this?

Hello my friends,

Ha, ha, this is not really a Bed and Breakfast bedroom even though it feels like being in one. Mr P. and I went out & purchased a new bed because we felt it was time for a larger mattress. It's funny how through the years ours seems to have gotten smaller & smaller. Could it be because or kitties feel the need to sleep with us & stretch themselves out to their full existent? Could it be I have grown taller and wider? That is very unlikely, considering at my last measurement, I am still only 5 feet. What ever the reason, we have upgraded to a king size bed. Which means we had to get a new head board to fit our new mattress. Oh darn, shopping for furniture, ha ha. Now what women doesn't' love to shop?

I knew I wanted a taller headboard, & fell in love with this one the moment I saw it. I was afraid it would look too small for the bedroom, but I think it looks fine. Interesting thing, it goes so well with our antique dresser that we bought & refinished during our first year of marriage.

While visiting my bloggy friends sights, I see they have been so busy getting projects finished for Fall. Well this has inspired me to pull out a Fall project I started last year but had to put it away because other projects needed to get done first.

Now I am not a Sun Bonnet kind of girl, but when I saw a book by Betty Alderman with these vintage looking Sue's, I knew I had to make it for my wall for the Fall season. The little black kitties make me smile because they remind me of my little Warwick. Now just need to get it quilted & hanging up.

Thanks for dropping by, have a lovely weekend,


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Seeing spots

My friend Penny told me the other day I haven't posted for awhile. Yes I know this & have to say it is because this has been the busiest summer ever. It seems we have had places to go & people to see. Things like concerts, family reunions, wedding to attend, quilt retreats. Yes it has been a busy time, but so much fun.

Now I have had a few weeks in between trips, to be in my sewing room. Which is always a good thing because Bernie, my sewing machine, does miss me when I'm gone. Corny I know, but yes my sewing machines have names.

I finished this darling dog for my friend Michells, birthday. You guess it, she owns dalmatians.
I just love Maggie Walkers patterns, they are so life like. I made her chickens, not sure if I've shown a photo yet, it needs quilting. later for that.
Anywhoo, I enjoyed making this & do hope she likes it.

Now to share exciting new, This is my "Over the River" quilt finished! I posted photos a while back after I competed piecing it, but I must show you the wonderful quilting my new friend Mary Flynn from Quilt Hollow did. (I wish I know how to make her name linkable for you, but, sorry to say, I do not. I will learn one of these days.)

I must say getting a good photo to show her wonderful work is difficult for an amateur like me.
I love this design she did on the flying geese border.Then see the snowflakes? Isn't that wonderful?
Look how the snow scene just comes to life. I just love this quilt, thank you again Mary for quilting this for me. Also a big thank you to Meg from Crabbapple Hill who designed this pattern.

Thank for stopping by for a visit.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Does anyone know why the box regarding photobucket has all of a sudden been showing up? I get my photos from my computer not my photobucket so don't understand why that would show up. Any help would be most helpful.

Oh I am so tired of helping Mom play with fabric, think I will just lay here and rest.
Bye for now,

Friday, July 16, 2010

Mail call

Look what I won from Dawn over at Spring Water Designs. I won her jelly roll birthday give away! Thank you Dawn for just a wonderful item to win, I just love jelly rolls. I pulled my Jelly roll book out to get inspired for this red & blue jelly roll.

In the last few days I have been piecing all the blocks I received from fellow bloggers who joined in Mellisa's Jo Morton fabric Signature swap. I went out I bought the wonderful book, Vintage Journey to make this quilt. Didn't it turn out great? I just love reading the names & where they come from. I will cherish this little quilt.

Then let me show you this wonderful fall kit that my friend Karen from "Living Life at Leehaven" sent to me. Don't you just love the pumpkins? I want to make this up for my wall for Thanksgiving. It was the sweetest gift & means so much to me. It came from her beloved friend Daphine who passed away, & Karen thought of me when she saw it. Thank you again my friend for thinking of me. I will post pictures when I get her done.
It is going to be a hot one today, but I will be happy in my sewing room with the air conditioner, a cool glass of iced tea, & the humming of my sewing machine. What a lovely way to spend a Friday.
Happy weekend to you all,

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy 4th of July

Just wanted to wish all my bloggy friends a happy & safe 4th.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hey all, yes I am still around. Haven't stopped by lately because,
well, I broke my other lap top and had to wait to get a new one . Yes, you read that right, I broke my computer. Very silly really, the other night the cats were fighting, & I jumped up to stop it & I guess I put the computer down too hard on the footstool . The screen flipped back...way too far & broke. It was just hanging there by some wires like a broken leg. Turns out to repair it would cost about the same as a new lap top, so here I am with a new one. Gregg now calls me amazon women. Guess I am stronger than I thought. Always thought I was a delicate flower. haha

So here I am on my new laptop & loving it. Much faster and all.
I joined a pincushion swap at Block Central forum. My partner likes chickens, & I found this cute pattern. It has beads for the comb & feet. Isn't it cute? It has a little caddy on it's back to hold thread & scissors . It is by Art Fabric Studio.
I made up one for my sewing room because the go together quite fast. You will never guess what color I made for myself. Deb & Penny know, yes it is Pink of course. I just need to sew the beads on that one.

Then I made this one too. Very Victorian and feminine.
Thanks for stopping in for a visit, until later,

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It's finished

I am pleased to say I have finished my "Over The River" from Crabapple Hill. The moment I saw this pattern I knew I had to make it. I just love the trees & houses in the snow. It was so fun to pull fabrics from my stash for this quilt.
I just need to piece the backing so I can get it mailed off to Mary at Quilt Hollow who is going to quilt it for me.

I have started another one for my brother & his wife, only this next one I am making in reds. I think it will be pretty too. Just hope they like it.

Now my friends who see this are probably saying, " what no pink"? Well, that is for my next stitchery pattern, so stay tuned.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

I have been busy

We took a trip to beautiful Monteray because I signed up for a quilting class. I have always wanted to learn to make the One block Wonder quilt. I love how you take one beautiful fabric, cut in up in a special way then sew back together the wedges & you have created a kaleidoscope effect. The day before my class we had plenty of time for sight seeing. We were blessed with beautiful weather.

This is the fabric I started with. I just loved all the different shells along with all the colors.

Here are the blocks together on my design wall. The difficult part is arranging them in a pleasing transition. The goal is to have the blocks blend into each other. I still have some work to do. It amazes me how different the blocks look from the original fabric.
I have to say a big thank you to my darling Gregg for taking me to this quilting class. He is so supportive of my passion, & is willing to take me where I need to go. He had a good time hiking & going through museums.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I thought I would share with you my collection of table top dress forms. I started collecting them purely by accident.

These cute little ones, were given to me as a gift from my friend Dianne. The shorter one is really a little box you can store tinny treasures.

The pretty white wire one below, my friend Penny gave me for Christmas. I put some pretty pink fabric inside to make it look like she is waring a dress.

I found the pretty white one, which you see below, while at my favorite quilt shop. She just called out to me, wanting to go home with me. I put some antique lace & trims on her, but I think I need to send her to Char, at Somewhere in Thyme, to fancy her up, because Char makes such pretty things.

So since I have started collecting dress forms, it wasn't any wonder when I saw the pattern from Fig Tree & co. of Madeline, that I had to make it for my sewing room. I made her with Rouenneries fabric by French General because the day I first saw this fabric line, I knew I had to have it. I am so happy how she turned out.

I just need to quilt it when I get some free time.

Thank you for stopping by.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

I don't have much to write about today, so thought I would share a photo of the kids. I find it so interesting how they end up mirroring each other. This happens quite a lot.
Well, good day to all.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Round Robin

Well I joined another Round Robin & having such a good time coming up with borders for the medallions.
I just finished the second border for Deb's medallion. I think it looks like a Navajo blanket & love how it turned out. This will be for her Husband Al, hope he likes it.

Friday was such a funny day, I think I just wasn't on my game. It started out like any other Friday. Penny was coming over for sew day, something I always look forward to.

Now on sew days, I like to make something easy for dinner because I'm quite tired after a fun filled day of sewing & laughter.
So I put a left over chicken carcase in a large pot to make chicken soup for dinner. It smelled so good all day I couldn't wait until it was dinner time.
Well, about 3:oo o'clock I went in the kitchen to strain the bones so I could add my freshly cut vegetables, & pieces of fresh chicken to the broth.
Got my hot pads out & poured the bones into the colander, lifted the colander out of the way & let out a cry of "OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!"
I forgot to put a pot under the colander & all my beautiful chicken broth that had been cooking all day, was now down the drain.

Now picture Homer Simpson slapping his forehead & saying d'oh! That was me.
Penny came out to find out what was wrong & when I told her she laughed until she cried. Hum, she was probably glad it was me.

Good weekend to all,

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Back from my retreat

I'm back from my three day free motion quilting retreat. My sewing buddy Penny was planning on going with me but had to cancel due to unexpected circumstances. I was very sad, however Gregg stepped up & went with me. The class was in Trinidad CA ,8 hrs. away so I am so glad he was willing to do the driving. The road to get there is very curvy so he was excited to take the Porsche. I was quite amazed all of my sewing stuff fit.

My teacher was Jill Schumacker, & she was wonderful. I learned so much & had such a wonderful time.
Now truth be told, the first day I was a little nervous. I walked into a room with 30 something quilters without a buddy, all by myself & my heart went into my throat. However, quilters are wonderful people. They are so friendly, and welcoming. Right away I felt right at ease.

So, here is the whole cloth I quilted at the retreat. I must say I am rather proud of myself. I wanted to learn small detail quilting & accomplished that. Now I need to do more practicing of course. Every once in awhile you can see my like waved where I took a breath.
The fabric we purchased from Jill at the class is so yummy. It is called radiance by Robert Kauffman. It is like silk.

Wish my photos were better, but you get the idea. Think I will make this into a pillow.
Then on the way home we stayed at this Bed & Breakfast in Napa. It was so beautiful I really hated to leave.
This is the main house at Beringer winery. Isn't it beautiful?
So I had a wonderful time & am ready to go again next year.
Happy day to all,

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Hi everyone,
I'm sorry to say I haven't written much lately, because I haven't had much to share that might be interesting to you. My days have been busy sewing & running daily errands, but I don't think that is anything to write about. I will have pictures to share later of my "Over the River" quilt, because I'm pleased to say I finished my last embroidered panel, so now I just need to sew everything together.

Our days have been cold & rainy so Gregg my sweetie has been building fires to keep us toasty warm. As you can see in the background, we are watching Who's Line is it Anyway. Love that show.
Isn't that a beautiful fire?

Even Windsor feels warm & safe.
Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Friday, January 22, 2010

It's snowing again and I am just loving it. Everything is so beautiful & peaceful. However the down side to all this snow, is the power keeps going out. Now I know it can be cozy to sit by the fire, cook dinner on the camp stove, have great conversations, & even play some board games by candle light. However by the second day it gets old, because I would love to take a hot shower, & do some sewing at my sewing machine.

So let me wish all a happy weekend, & post this before I loose power again.