Pattern Sale

February 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

pattern-saleDoing inventory for tax purposes shows that I have an overstock of a few patterns, so click on over to my web site for 30% off ALL patterns and FREE U.S. shipping during the month of February.  International shipping will be calculated on an individual basis (adjusted before shipping).

Joyful Sewing

January 31, 2014 § 6 Comments

I ran across this article at Sew Mama Sew with tips for enjoying your sewing and just had to pass it on to you.  I love all the tips but I especially like point number 5:

Don’t box yourself in with a label. Modern or traditional. Quilter or generalist. Seamstress or sewist. Team pachycephalosaurus or team ankylosaurus.  There aren’t any rules, so be who you want to be.

And is the big destash across Instagram a result of point number 7?

For some time now it has been my mission to reclaim the joy of making that has been a part of my life since I was a wee lass.

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And because no post should be without a photo… I decided to pull another photo from my Instagram feed.  These are blocks from the ladies of the Faith circle of Do.Good.Stitches that I am assembling. We donate quilts to Restore Innocence, an organization who rescues young girls from human trafficking.

Thankful Thursday

January 30, 2014 § 5 Comments

I am so thankful for all of you who come by to visit me here at my blog.  Your thoughtful comments about my latest creative obsession always encourages me.  And often they lead to further conversations so that even though I haven’t met you in person, it feels as if we are neighbors and we could drop in for a cup of coffee at any time.  It means a lot to me that you take the time to stop by and visit!

And, I so very much appreciate your kind & supportive comments, thoughts & prayers on the passing of my mom.  I truly feel so cared for through all of this.

(Above: The gorgeous blue skies we had last week.)

We will meet again one day

January 23, 2014 § 54 Comments

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My mom passed away unexpectedly almost two weeks ago. She just went to sleep that night and never woke up. It was such a surprise to us all. It has been a whirlwind of emotions and activity, family and friends, text messages, phone calls and emails.

I am so glad that we were able to attend the Gwen Marston workshop together last June.  I will miss talking to her about quilting and knitting and sharing recipes.  But I know that she is now in heaven making sure that everyone has quilts and socks to keep them warm.  And one day we will see each other again.

To those of you who knew about the last two weeks, I want to thank you for your love, your kindness and your overwhelming support. You are more precious to me than gold. It is true, what they say. There is nothing like losing your mother.

Late night tea parties

January 6, 2014 § 12 Comments

HiyaHiya Fruit Lace Socks

Yesterday I woke up with the need to organize and set some goals. I was going to write a post on goals I’d like to make. But then I lost it all in WordPress.  So I think my first goal of the new year will be to type all my posts outside of WordPress?  For the life of me I can’t remember all I wanted to say.  So I’ll just move on and give you these socks.  Only the toes are left to knit.  I am really enjoying this yarn! Except for the knots that I have found along the way.

Pattern: HiyaHiya Fruit Lace Socks on Ravelry
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Solemate, color 2012 Christmas at Downton (no longer available)

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Speaking of which, did you watch Downton Abbey last night? We had a small tea party while watching the the season premier. Was that a weird episode or is it just me?  This morning I am paying for the late night.  All future episodes will be watched at a later more reasonable hour.  It’s too late for this girl.

(Union Jack bunting made from this Riley Blake fabric.)

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The year in review

December 31, 2013 § 12 Comments

a few things started...

And what a year it has been.  I started a few things…

1. Scrappy Log Cabin blocks that I just started last week during our Christmas stay-cation. (and am addicted to at the moment)
2. Asteria quilt top… I can’t wait to get this one quilted! I just bought some backing for it. Nine WHOLE yards of backing!
3. The Random Sampler… which is sorely in need of finishing!  (I’m sorry for letting this one fall through the cracks). You should see Lotje’s Random Sampler. GORGEOUS!
4. The APQ Tone it Down QAL. (I can’t find a good link with info. It’s in the Feb. 2014 issue – currently on news stands – of American Patchwork & Quilting. But it’s the good old Burgoyne Surround block, so I just used EQ to draw up mine.)  I really want to come back to this one soon.  Maybe even throw a block in between projects while I try to finish a few other things. UPDATE:  Someone sent me this link to A Quilting Life as a good starting point for more information.
5. Medallion Quilt started at an awesome Gwen Marston workshop.
6. All of the backgrounds for the Merry Merry Snowman quilt.  I think this one is going to be my go-to project to take to sewing group this year.
7. A stash-only log cabin style quilt that I’d forgotten about but really should finish because it was going to be a gift.

a few things finished...

I finished a few things…  When I started putting this together I really felt like I hadn’t accomplished much.  But in fact, the great thing about this post is that I really did do something this last year.  It’s been a long time since I’ve felt really well.  Three years ago I was struggling with insomnia.  I’m sleeping better most nights now and I’m hoping that it will get even better this next year.  But the one thing that I’ve learned is Don’t. Panic.  There will just be unproductive days and that is OK.  This life of making things is not a race.  It should be a joy. And so I feel like I’ve finally given it the proper place in my life.  Joy. Not obligation.

1. Christmas quilts that were given away just a week ago.
2. Last minute Christmas “bags instead of stockings“.
3. Bear Paw pj bottoms for my hubby.
4. 2011 BeeFF Flickr group quilt.
5. Holiday Plaid quilt – email me if you would like a pattern. I still need to add it to my web site. (kits no longer available)
6. Pinwheel quilt – blocks made by the Do.Good.Stitches Faith Circle on Flickr and quilt assemble by me.
7. Bars (Upon Thars) quilt – pattern available here.
8. Scrappy Trip Around the World given to a dear friends of ours.
9. Socks for me.
10. “Hot” potholders made for a friend who was supplying the grand prize for a chili cook-off at her church.
11. Sparkle #2 – blocks made by the Do.Good.Stitches Faith Circle and quilt assemble by me.
12. Sweater for my hubby. Moorhouse by Martin Storey
13. Sparkle #1 – blocks made by the Do.Good.Stitches Faith Circle and quilt assemble by me.
14. Socks for my hubby. Actually, I think I may have finished them in 2012 and photographed them in 2013??  I’ve lost track.  :)
15. Socks for my sister-in-law. Spring Forward in Knitty, Summer 2008

a few things dug out of the UFO pile...

I even dug out a few UFO’s from the closet…

1. A French General version of my Garden Medallion that I am aiming to hand quilt with big-stitch quilting.
2. Some Kaffe Fasett yo yo’s that are crying to be made into a cushion.
3. And my poor, poor Christmas quilt that I was pebble quilting the corners two Christmases ago and just didn’t like. So this Christmas I picked out the pebble quilting and started hand quilting with a a contrasting pearl cotton.  I’m anxious to get this one finished. I like it SO much better now.

A few charity blocks...

I made a few blocks for charity…  Primarily for the Faith Circle of Do.Good.Stitches.  And a couple for Clothworks’ Everything Blue charity quilt.  This is another joy that has surprised me. When I joined Do.Good.Stitches I still wasn’t feeling well and had doubts about my follow-through. Well, the group has just been great and the blocks, even the quilts, have not been a burden.  It’s a joy to sew blocks and humbling to think about the girls at Restore Innocence who are receiving the quilts.  If all other quilting falls away, this is one place that I want to keep going as long as I can.

And… we gained two new members to our family, Stella and Charlie.  They have been more fun than we ever imagined!  We are blessed!  May the next year be filled with more joy than the last.

Thankful Thursday

December 26, 2013 § 8 Comments

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This week I’m thankful for:

~ a quiet week spent at home with my hubby
~ time to spend playing with my red & white scraps
~ movies & snuggling on the sofa
~ a fire in the fireplace
~ dear local friends
~ all of you dear internet friends who come to visit here & encourage me…Thank you!

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The scrappy mess started with just ironing while I tried to decide what I wanted to do with them. There are So. Many. Options… and then I decided that I probably have enough scraps for two quilts. So I just jumped in and started sewing scrappy log cabin blocks. It feels good to leave behind any goals and just play for a bit.

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