Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Midweek Bookshelf Browsing (with a surprise ending)

Yes, it's true...
there is going to be a new book published by Martingale Publishers
and I think I will be first in line to get it!

(all photos by Brent Kane for Martingale Publishing)

It will be a revisit to some of Carrie's beautiful quilts...

several that I have always wished I had made.

It looks like this book is packed full of wonderful inspiration
like you would expect from Miss Rosie!  

wait, there's more!

There are a couple of other books
 that I have recently gotten my hands on...


This Cottage Style Charm book is so cute!
It has pieced quilts, applique and embroidery projects too!
Everything from pincushions, to tote bags and pillows...
and of course quilts!
Lots of variety and in a style that 
Natalie Bird is known for!

Seriously sweet! 
I am really enjoying looking through this book...
and saving ideas for when I get some time to actually 
play in my sewing room!
I love the little tips in the book too!
 Lots of good hints for your embroidery!!!

This is another fun book...
The author is Karen Burns and it's a 
combination of  designs by your favorite designers.

So since I do love Churn Dash quilts...
I thought I should have a look!

There is a fun little video by Martingale...
I think you will like it!

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The book is filled with more than a dozen projects, large and small...

Some great scrappy ideas for Churn Dash blocks too...
because we all made the "promise" didn't we?

~To use our stash this year~

Well, here you go... 
this is a great stash/scrap buster!

Or how about a more modern style...

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All of this inspiration
 makes me look forward to the weekend!
So, happy Wednesday... we are getting closer to the weekend...
and you could actually order a book or two and have it by the weekend!

Okay... now for the surprise... all last year I wasn't able
 to comment on blogs that I read. 
I couldn't figure it out.
It had happened to me once before... 
and it took me forever to figure out the issue. 
And since I must not be a fast learner...
 it took me a year to get the problem fixed again.

But I am so excited... because that means
 I can 
leave comments
 on your blog posts once again!

I can't just tell you how frustrating that was! 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


A goodbye to 2016!

I am hopeful that 2017 is

a new year and it's filled

with new possibilities! 

Last week I shared my first project for 2017...

Flower Patch pattern by Thimble Blossoms paired
with  Olive's Flower Market fabric.

I am anxious to start it...

especially now that I have a sewing room that has been 
given a deep cleaning!

But there are more temptations out there for new projects.

for several years 
(skipping a year or two here and there)

but this year is the 10th anniversary 

And it will be made with American Jane fabrics!

So, needless to say it has caught my attention.

It you haven't had a look at it yet... here 
are a couple of sneak peaks that the FQS is sharing...

The link above is to the blog post about the BOM.

All that vintage goodness!!!

Another thing on my list for 2017 
to indulge in
painting my furniture...
and first up is my dinning room set.

This chair, at the paint store, 
 looks just like my dining chair... and I have a 
few paint samples on the seat
to pick from... but the decision is difficult!

I think I have it narrowed down to the two samples on the left.
Paris Grey and White.

I'm thinking white should be the table color and the Paris grey will be
the chair color. 
right now.
But, I could change my mind.

Any thoughts?

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Show and Tell

Thank you so much for sharing my quilting journey with me this year!

I thought I would do a little show and tell... looking back at the year.

While I was pulling these photos together though, I was able to see the quilts that had been started... but not yet finished! Yikes!
I think that I might have to dedicate January as my 
Back Burner organization month!
(all the projects that I started and had to move to the back burner...
that I still hope to get done in 2017)

I did manage to

make 19 quilts

6 little projects

fit in 3 sons' weddings

1 new grand littles birth

and unfortunately, 

2  funerals...
 for family members that I continue to hold very close to my heart.

It was definitely a year of highs and lows

but there is a whole lot to be grateful for.

fabric: Zen Chic

fabric: Fig Tree and Company

fabric: Me and My Sister

fabric: Minick and Simpson

Fabric: Liecen

Fabric: Sweetwater

Fabric: Thimble Blossoms

Fabric: Fig Tree and Company

Fabric: Fig Tree and Company

Fabric: Art Gallery Fabrics

Fabric: Erin Michael 

Fabric: Art Gallery Fabrics

Fabric: Assorment of Moda fabrics

Fabric: Denyse Schmidt

Fabric: Red Ruby Fabrics

Fabric: Zen Chic

Fabric: Thicket from Moda

Fabric: Verna Mosquera

Fabric: Wenche Wolff Hatling for Moda

And then
 here were some smaller type projects
 that I was able to
fit in also...

Fabric: Heather Bailey

Fabric: PKM and assortment from stash

Fabric: Fig Tree & Co.

Fabric: Moda assortment

Fabric: Moda assortment

Fabric: Pam Kitty Morning for Lakehouse

It is a Wonderful Life!

Happy New Year to each and every one of
you dear people...
thank you again for being here with me through the year!

*** please note that a lot of these quilts were given away upon being quilted
so I do not have a completed quilt photo to share***

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Best of 2016

It's always nice to take a look back at your year...
and this year I am participating in the Linky Party with

Cheryl is hosting the Best 5 of 2016.
~Thank you Cheryl~

1. Snowballs and Celebrations
One of the projects in this post was a really 
fun opportunity of pattern testing for Whole Circle Studios!

I now have a thing for flowering snowball quilts!
This was just my tester quilt... I have a king sized version 
in mind for 2017!

2.  Most Comments Category.
(that didn't include a giveaway)
This post was about how "life" happens.
But with it I was able to make a quilt that took my down memory lane...
but I refer to it as my Paper Route quilt.

I was able to participate in a red and white small quilt challenge (of sorts) for Moda
I made two small scrappy red and white quilts and sent them to Moda,
 (along with the other people who did the same).
Then they were made into beautiful quilted pillows! 
The Moda Cutting Table post of these pillows was amazing!
 It was called Christmas in July.

I was so honored to be
a part of the group!


4.  This was a special personal challenge...
I hadn't made an Orange Peel quilt before but it became the one
I had to make for my son's wedding this year.


5.  In the most views category
 was my post for the First Blush blog hop.

I got to celebrate the first line of fabric by Red Ruby Designs!
I loved this fabric... and still have a lot of it stashed away!
The fabric was sent to me and 
I was allowed to do any pattern I wanted
with it. So I had fun... you can read about it in the post!

But the fun part is that it was partly
 a promotion for Fat Quarter Shop.
They have a block of the month 
starting using First Blush and a special book and ruler they designed.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Shopping, Sewing, and Some Celebrating!

 I have been a busy little elf in my sewing room...
when I find the extra time to be in it anyway.

December always seems to get away from me.

I have a list of things to finish making...
and family coming, starting next Tuesday.

Wednesday is my twins birthdays... so the celebrations
officially start!

Thank goodness for Amazon and on-line shopping in general.

But in the middle of that... I managed to get myself
a little bundle of 
Olive's Flower Market that I have been lusting!

(photo from Lella Boutique

But when one thing comes off the list...
another one 
gets added!

Vintage daydream by Dani for
 Riley Blake is so sweet... 
and will definitely go into my
 "shopping cart"next month!

I saw this 
sweet kit also...

(photo from Cotton Berry's website)

I've been in love with the pattern for a while... and this kit is a
perfectly sweet
combination of Moda fabric and pattern!

Tomorrow night I will be decorating the tree
(finally) with the help of my grand little's.

Tonight... dinner and sewing (gifts) with
a quilter friend!