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Saturday, March 19, 2022

National Quilting Day !


One of my favorite quilts.  Made for a charity auction and depicts how we all share the same sky, in our diverse world.

Happy National Quilting Day!  It is going to be rainy here in the Mid-West, so quilting is the perfect indoor activity.  I'm starting an applique project today.  I've drawn my own design and picked out fabrics.  I'm ready to transfer the design to cloth.  It will be a table runner in a home that is designed in a French country decor.  I'm going for lots of whites, neutrals with a touch of blue.  The runner will be a Christmas gift.  I'll post more about it later as I progress.

Hope you can enjoy this find Saturday, and maybe make a stitch or two.  Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Time in A Bottle Blog Hop--It's My Turn

 I joined this Blog Hop a few months late.  Funny thing is that I have a personal project started and it fits into the Blog Hop perfectly.  So, a little back up information first.  I have a covered chicken serving dish on a Lazy Susan in the middle of the kitchen table.  I always decorate the Lazy Susan. Daily, whatever I put there has to be moved and rearranged with every meal.  I decided this year to make a mini quilt table topper that would correspond with the month and place the chicken serving dish on top.  Easy removal and replacement.  I'm at the time of life I want easy.

January, I started with a quilt I called Cosmos.  This quilt was featured in Curated Quilts, and I thought it would be perfect to start out the year.  The quilt has both machine and hand quilting.  I enjoy using both methods for interest and texture.

The February quilt would be perfect with the Blog Hop theme Tickled Pink.  This little liberated mini has many shades of reds and pinks.  It really made my little chicken dish pop.  This mini is also machine and hand quilted.

The month of March is all about green.  I went to my basket of bits and pieces and put together this little quilt and it is perfect for the season.  Completely machine quilted.

I discovered the Blog Hop one day surfing the net and thought it would be an excellent way to complete my mini quilt table topper project and visit the other blogs participating.  So, Time in A Bottle mini quilt I'm calling Showers and Flowers.  I will place this little mini on the table for the month of April.  
This hourglass block is 10 inches square.  I chose a vintage blue fabric that I had on hand.  The blue has movement that reminds me of rain and the flowers are from Kaffe Fassett Lake Blossoms Collection.

I also belong to a slow stitch group and this year we are exchanging 4 x 4-inch squares.  I've made a mini hourglass block and decorated with flowers.  This project is not finished.  I will be adding some beads and more stitches.

Monday, February 28, 2022

On Hold for Cuba

 This little bag of goodies with a 4 x 4-inch slow stitched block should be on its way to Cuba.  But, NO!!  There is some sort of civil unrest there and all mail delivery to Cuba has been stopped.  When will Yanely get her exchange block ?????

I belong to a slow stitch group, and we do a yearly exchange of some little project.  Last year it was hearts, this year 4 x 4-inch blocks.  We also send a little bag of bits and pieces for fun.  The little green flower is from one of my stitching friends.

I will hold Yanely's block until delivery resumes.  I so wish all this unrest would end and people would live in Peace, what a better world this would be.  Happy Quilting!

Saturday, February 26, 2022

It's All About Binding!!


This week my little sewing corner has been all about binding.  I enjoy binding.  For me it pulls the quilt together, completing those unfinished edges and shows off the stitches that make a hand quilted quilt a true treasure.  I belong to our church's quilting group.  Our purpose is to quilt for others, create quilts for silent auction twice a year at the church's annual events and create quilts for sale on eBay.  The money we raise goes to support various missions within our community.
I've been quilting with this group for about 12 years now.  Even though our group is getting smaller, we continue to come up with ideas to support mission projects.
A few months ago, one of our quilters came across three quilt tops.  They were vintage.  Embroidery, Star and Churn Dash.  The Churn Dash is labeled 1931.  How wonderful to know the maker, we all felt a little connected.  We used a low loft batting and vintage backing fabrics to get as close to the quilt tops as possible.  Then we started quilting.

The Star quilt has some feed sack fabric mixed in with cotton.  The Churn Dash is all 1930's cotton, and the Embroidery is from a kit and was already quilted, just needing a binding.
Since hubby and I (more hubby than me) are into vintage paper, we do an Antique Show in Paris each year.  Paris, Missouri that is.  Anyway, the Star quilt (binding is complete) and Churn Dash (will bind next week) will go with us for sale at the Antique Show.  
The Embroidery will be offered this week as is, UNBINDED for auction on eBay.  It would make a wonderful spring/summer addition to a guest room and a nice project to have a finished quilt with little work.  This quilt has a higher loft and is like a comforter.
That's what is going on in my sewing corner, how about yours?  Happy Quilting!

Friday, February 11, 2022

Table Topper in Greens


Made a little Table Topper for under a white tureen on the kitchen table.  Just pieced some greens and a bright plaid into a 10" x 10" machine quilted topper.  Fun little piece for March.  Today I will be adding more to the SHOP from my sewing room downsizing project.  Items added by 2:00 CST.  Check it out and always Happy Quilting!

Saturday, February 5, 2022

I've Only Just Begun

The clean out has started.  I didn't realize how much I have, oh how we forget.  This is my first week of posting to the SHOP.  Stop by and take a look for a wide variety of things.  With more to come each week.  Have a great weekend and Happy Quilting!


Thursday, February 3, 2022

SHOP link is Operational


The shop link in working.  Just click on the quilt and you will zip to my page in our eBay store.  Hubby has had an eBay store for years and I add a quilt or two.  Hope you'll stop by; I have many things that I will be adding as I organize my little corner of the world.  Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Break Time is Over!!!


I have missed posting, so I'm revamping my priorities to put my thoughts on stitching closer to the top of the list.  My schedule is still busy, with household, Short Stuff, and hubby's home-based business.  But I have noticed these past 8 months that time for "me" and the things I enjoy were taking a back seat and making me a little sad.  So, I talked to self and decided that a little revamping of my time was what was in order.  

Today I plan to spend part of my time organizing my sewing spot.  It is totally out of control.  So much so I can't see the top of my cutting table.  Since I have a couple of projects that must be completed this month, today is a good time to get the area in order.  Also, I am adding a page to our eBay Store for needlework supplies and completed projects.  You'll be able to find that on my side bar in a few days.  Will let you know when it's up and running.  Hope you'll check often as I will be adding weekly.

We in the Midwest are in the middle of a snowstorm.  Stay warm if you are in the storm's path and those of you in the sunny southwest and south, ENJOY!  as always Happy Quilting!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Stepping Back

 I just realized this morning that it has been three weeks since I have posted a Sunday Precious Promises.  I have not been quilting, so those posts are few and far between.  I believe this realization is telling me something.  Time is getting away from me.  Those of you that have followed me know that hubby and I are raising our 7 year old grandson.  "Short Stuff" is doing great, and our life is revolving around him and his activities.

I believe it is time to take a break and step back from my blog. I'm hoping this break will be short, as I so enjoy posting, but it may be longer than expected.  Thanks to all of you who have followed me and hope you will stay connected, a post may pop up now and then.  Happy Quilting! 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Sunday---Precious Promises on Monday

 "And God is able to provide 
you with every blessing
in abundance, 
so that by always having enough of everything, 
you may share abundantly
 in every good work."
2 Corinthians 9:8

Thank you Lord for meeting our needs.  
Guide our thoughts 
of what is necessary and
 what is estravagant.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Sunday---Precious Promises


"Death and life
are in the power 
of the tongue,
and those who love it
will eat its fruits."
Proverbs 18:21
Lord God, forgive me
when my words do not 
honor you or lift others up.
Give me pause before
I speak.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Sunday--Precious Promises


I am not my own self-made, self-reliant being but yours, Oh God.
Make me into what You will.
Make me a neighbor with those You will.
Guide me on the easy path for You.
Guide me on the rocky road for You.
Whether I am to step up for Your or step aside for You;
Whether I am to be lifted high for Your or brought low for You;
Whether I become full or empty, with all things or with nothing;
I give all that I have and all that I am to You. So be it.
May I always remember you, O God, I belong to you. Amen
John Wesley's Covenant Prayer, Modern Revision

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Mother's Day Sunday--Precious Promises


It Bears all things
believes all things, 
hopes all things,
endures all things
1 Corinthians 13:7

Lord God, your love surrounds us
in so many ways.  Thank you for those who
nurture us and help us grow.