~making me happy~

Yesterday morning we had a very brief “snow storm” in other words we had flurries for about an hour or two.   I have to say it was so pretty. Big fat white snowflakes. They melted almost instantly, but were lovely nonetheless.

I love this cardinal.  He and the Mrs. have been with us for a long time.  I love him all the time, but he really cheers me during these winter months. How can you not be happy seeing those beautiful red feathers? His mate is just as beautiful with her golden feathers and orange beak.


just look at these cute shoes…

I just really love these shoes, my latest thrift store find… ($1.98)

Also, my new foamer tool thingy to top this little cup of java… inspired by this post ~I have the same little silver stove top espresso pot.  In fact it was another thrift store find. After reading that post, I had to dig it out and give it a go.  It was fantastic!

I also found this great little blog Attic 24 it is so colorful and inspiring. I can not get enough bright colors right now. I am really over January. To long, to gray to cold for me.  So,  I have decided to make this cute little bag isn’t it the cutest thing ever??? Love it!

Hope your January is bright and cheery!

~Project Improv~

I played around with some left over fabrics from my last quilt project.
My color assignment for Project Improv is pink and orange. I started with the Joel Dewberry aviary fabric and the little piece of the Amy Butler wave fabric. I added each piece free form working my way out. As I made my way out I began to measure and square up the block as I added the vintage sheet strip and the Amy Butler wave pattern. I have to say this block has too much going on in it for me to really love it. I knew I was not loving it as I made it but I just kept going. I did enjoy the process of making the block and I am glad I am posting it as I can now look at it with a more critical eye. I now know which direction I am going to go in for the next block I make. All in all this was a positive experience.

Another little baby quilt project~

Another little baby quilt done!

I have a friend who was expecting her 2nd grandchild, first girl on January 6th. She is very thrifty and very frugal and for some reason I just felt like this type quilt would suit her and her new grandbaby very well.

I used an assortment of my favorite vintage sheets, with a little help from Sam~
it seemed to come together very quickly. He quickly let me know it would do fine, without missing a beat!~ I used a soft minky type fleece on the back my favorite part of it all is the dainty fabric I used for binding. I just love it!
I actually had an ulterior motive for doing this quilt, I thought I could include one of my dresses I made last summer or this one. There is no sense letting these sit around when there is a little girl soon to be big enough to wear them!
So, off they go. I used Elizabeth’s (from Oh Fransson) idea/instruction for making the quilt top, quilting the top then add the minky backing. You then bind the traditional way. I can’t wait to give it to my friend!

My gosh, I have been gone so long!

Well, hello there!

I have no explanation for why I have been gone so long. Call it what you may, I guess starting a new job, ending an old job, mixed in with the Holidays.. I guess I just got a bit overwhelmed.

I am thankful the month of December is behind me. I am thankful to be moving right along through these winter months. We have had so far a rather pleasant January.

What have I been up to? Well, just some quilt making going on here..
I started with my daughter’s quilt that I had intended to give her for Christmas. However, it was not to be. I just could not get it done in time, and I really wanted to enjoy the process not rush through it feeling panicked. No, that would not do at all.
Just today I stitched the binding and all that is left to do is to finish hand sewing it down and of course the best part, wash it and dry it for that perfect crumple!

Here is kind of a long view.  The light is horrible these days..  My inspiration came from Amanda Jean and Alissa My gosh these ladies are so talented!
I changed it ever so slightly by changing the side piece colors as opposed to all one design on the surrounding block. This was just a personal choice I made with the personality of the recipient in mind of course!

Here are some close ups of a few of the blocks..

I loved making this quilt. It came together very quickly and the colors of the Amy Butler, Famer’s Market and some others from my stash just make this so cheerful. I know my daughter is going to love it. I don’t have the finished measurements yet, but it is for her twin bed.

and just a little peek at the vintage sheet I used for the backing~

it might be hard to make out the colors, but I love this sheet! I knew when I saw it that I would used it for a quilting project. The colors and flowers are so dainty, they just make the quilt special… funny enough I found 2 sets of these sheets (flat and a fitted).  Apparently they had never been used, but had been labeled (machine printed) with a girls name and address that are not more than 5 miles from where I live.  How wild is that??? I have never seen labeling like that before. I just thought that was so cool!

I am so excited to be a part of Project Improv I found myself agreeing completely with Jacquie when it comes to following instructions, patterns etc. I am not that tedious of a person, I like to flow more. I have no idea how to “really quilt” I am self taught completely and I just learn from reading, reading reading and just going for it. That is exactly what I did when I made this quilt. I had just gotten Denise Scmidt’s book and I had just read the Quilts of Gee’s Bend. I find the more I do the better I seem to get. (Or so I like to think!) I am not a perfectionist really, because I know that I can not be perfect nor can what I make be completely perfect either. Most everything I make I make with positive energy and warm thoughts of the recipient and I hope that that is what comes across.