~Morning Work~

Hey do you hear about this? Katie from  I’m a Ginger Monkey will be hosting this Spinning Stars Quilt Along. Here is the flickr group. I love, love, love this pattern from one of my very favorite fabric designer’s Anna Maria Horner. Big SQUEAL! Love.

It’s so funny because the bug bite me awhile ago to make this quilt. I love the look of hand quilting on this quilt . I plan to do hand-quilting on my baby quilt as well. Here is a really good tutorial on hand quilting.

So fun, and for once a quilt along I can really get with. Yes!

~Something worth blogging about~

It seems as if I have had nothing to say. I don’t want to complain about the tree that fell on our house, how hard it has been to be displaced. It has been challenging at times, however, our problems completely pale in lieu of what is happening in the world around us.

That being said, I finally found something wonderful to share with you~

So pretty!! Denyse Schmidt fabrics’  are here in Memphis at JoAnn’s. Shut the door, can you believe it? I almost fell out when I saw them! I just didn’t think they would have them, but hot dog they did! So excited.

Seriously.

The lady at the cutting counter kept going on about how lovely this fabric was, I kept going on about Denyse Schmidt, she had no clue. No matter, I told her this was a huge thing that had occurred and she just said ok.

I am making a quilt. I brought my sewing machine to our rental house.  The last foot on my machine was my walking foot, it was still in place from the Single Girl Quilt Shams.   I had to buy some feet. I had to buy a mat and lots of little things that I had at my house and are now tucked away in storage. Funny how many little bits and bobs you need when you sit down to sew. I finally had the creative stirring and it is making  me happy. I am ready to cut and piece and sew away. Wish me luck!

Fabric: New Denyse Schmidt line from JoAnn’s.

Quilt pattern:   Ollieberry Ice Cream Quilt Pattern from Posie Gets Cozy one of my favorite blogs I visit.

~Far Far Away II quilt completed and I missed you~

It is fall all the way here in Memphis.  This is my time of the year. I love the fall season so much, but something has certainly been off… I miss you.  Maybe I will stop by from time to time to check.  Perhaps share a little of  this and a little of that.

 

I thought about starting a new blog, but it did not feel quite right.  My heart lies here I suppose.

Here is a little quilt I’ve been working on the past few months. Yes, months.  It was a slow process because I worked on it in small stages.  Piecing the blocks, framing them in the linen. I really wanted to hand quilt the whole quilt but my technique is not quite up to par.  I decided to go with a whimsical loopy scroll.  I really like it. 

What I  like the most is that I have finished something, took pictures and more importantly felt as if I had something to say. This is huge I tell you.

Here’s to a happy and warm fall, and a full heart.

*Better pictures in Flickr  and here’s hoping Santa brings us a new camera this Christmas!!

~My rocking chair needed some love~

~My mom is planing a huge move soon to her lake house.. she has tons of “extra” furniture that she needs to find a home for.  She had a rocker and I needed a rocker.  It was comfortable.. but .. I wasn’t loving the cushion.

So,  I made a new cushion. I thought it was pretty cute.  I used the quilt as you go technique from Patchwork StylePenny did a sew as you go quilt a long using the same technique. I think whoever thought up this idea is really clever.  I am thinking of doing a quilt for my bed using this technique, but I am not completely sold.  Anyway, it is great for cushions and pillows! Which is what I made next, because the crochet pillow was not working for me either.

~see, not really cute!

~here is the pillow. Much better!

Here is my “after” I think it is better. I love, love, love this rocker. I love to rock. I sit in this chair and watch my shows and I crochet.  The little pillow above? It was my test swatch for Lucy’s Granny Stripe Blanket.  When I saw her blanket, I knew I wanted to make one.  It is not a fast project, but it is a really good one for sitting and rocking, and watching the Housewives!!

~possibilities~

I love in the beginning when all I have are thoughts.  Nothing is certain except for the fact that ” it”  will one day be something.  No time right now, but I have big plans for this little stack of fabric and Perle cotton!

Fat quarter bundle from Hawthorne Threads, I believe I ordered Friday night and my goodness it was here by Monday lunch time. Crazy fast service, got to love it!

~quilted cat beds~

Done!

~This project has been on my mind for way to long!  Our cats will sleep on any kind of fabric they can find.  More often we will find them asleep on a floor vent.  It is so cold, especially down on their level.   I used some of my favorite thrifted finds and some lovely leftover scraps and came up with these 2 beds.  For the back I used a large bath towel cut in half.  I made ties for closure for frequent washings.  I used 2 leftover couch cushions for the interior.  This was a perfect project for a cold winter’s day.

the back~

The result?

2 cats on one bed, I guess that works to!

~Reflection on thankfulness day 3~

~I am so thankful my workday went by quickly and smoothly! One more day and then I will be off for a while!

and I will be so grateful for the quiet time to finish so many project’s I have hanging over my head!

~this is the beginnings of quilt I am making for my cousin’s best friend’s baby! ~or something like that!   I struggled for a moment to get my mojo going but finally thank the Lord, it hit me and I’ve been working feverishly to get it done.  Should not be too much longer.. and then there is this…

~my scraps to treasure quilt front that must be finished ASAP.. I am so late! Please excuse the wrinkles I should not even tell you how that happened..

~it partly involves this cat cuddling up on it, then being ambushed by his brother, and then a whole big rigmarole ensues.. goodness!

All in all I am so thankful I have a mind that won’t rest and hands that must be kept busy.  It just makes me feel more complete..

~Have you heard the news? Block Party Quilt- Along is having a giveaway!!~

4066756329_a3ef1ea3c4    ~Alissa and Kirsten are writing a book together. The book is based on their online quilting bee named Block Party.

I have long admired these ladies style of quilting so to me this is an exciting piece of news…. I hope you will join in and go check out their Block Party quilt along  post.    Some quilts made in the quilt along will also be featrued in their book!  This will happen over the course of a year, so their is plenty of time to get involved and learn some new skill~

 So cool!!  (Fabric pictured are the giveaway bundles)

 

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~Moments and a wonderful new Giveaway!!~

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First, a new three part giveaway!! Garden Mama is hosting another fantastic giveaway! Her guest is Hip Mountain Mama who lives and blogs and runs her shop from her home in Colorado.  This is an inspiring interview  and the giveaway is so cute! If you have children, or have a special little friend, then you must go check it out!!

Now, this is where we get real!!!

You will often find me in the afternoons sitting at my desk. This is the time between doing homework and preparing dinner.

~If I am lucky, the afternoon sun will stream in~

I  seem to be able to many things at once, cook, supervise, cast on and blog surf.  I seem to have a little trouble keeping things tidy…

 Especially when you have little helpers always bringing you things you just don’t need…. ie: that green hairbrush,  “Yes I just bought a new brush so, no I don’t need it here at this desk right now, but thank you.. I will take it from here.”

Then there are the bits and bobs of paper, thank you notes, bills and what not that just needs to be sorted.. oh how messy life can be.   It does not help when all you want to do is focus on things that are so much more fun! 

Like casting on for a new project! 

In honor of our moments project, and keeping things more real ~ this is how it really looks~

I will get to that cleaning pronto!!

I work a couple of days a week, and when I get home you can often find me collapsed in my chair, however, you will not always find my friend napping with me!   Seriously is he not a mess?

~here we are, power napping the both of us, how silly!

So it goes.. these little moments  ~ they are precious to me…

Do you remember the Fall Quilt Festival?

I neglected to show you what I won from Quilternity.   If you have not read through Amy’s Fall Quilt Festival, you must do so soon! Fantastic posts showcasing some wonderful quilters!  Thank you again Terri!!

I really look forward to working with these lovely fabrics as well as using the color wheel helper!!

Just a lovely prize!!

Enjoy your day!  I am off to fire up the oven to bake some bread, yum!