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Monday, January 30, 2017

A Month of New Beginnings

We have been having a whole lot of weather 
here at my house! 
I even got a "snow day" off from work.
The roads were just too dangerous...
I got the call
just as I was walking out the front door so
I was very happy that I didn't have to  
go out in this!

So... snow day... translates into 
SEW day!

But before I show you what I have been up to

Here is our newest addition to the family...

her name is Kinsley Elaina

Wasn't it just a week or two ago that I showed a 
sofa filled with our other gran littles? 
Kinsley is #6 and she is just 2 months younger 
than Killian who was born 2 months ago today.

This is just staggering to me! 
So many little blessings! 

So now, I can pause a little and show
the fun little project I started.

This is the beginnings of Flower Patch by

I was going to make it out of Olive's Flower Market
but I decided to dive into my stash...

I am anxious to make some progress on this...
but since just one project isn't enough 
entertainment I
thought I would also keep a promise to myself
and start an embroidery project.

I am barely a beginner so  this will be a good place to 
get my bearings!

I'm using Lori Holt's 
Stitch Fun Embroidery Sampler.
What is a great bonus is that Lori has a 4 part
you Tube video series on how to embroider
using this pattern.


So... That layer cake of  Olive's Flower Market that I 
didn't use for my other project got re-assigned.


The Thimble Blossoms Sampler Quilt Along that
was hosted by Sew Lux last year was
a sew along that I had wanted to participate in but
I just couldn't seem to fit it in.
And I just happen to have the patterns that they used in the 
TB Sampler!

So, thank goodness for snow days... because I got to
play in my sewing room after being absent from
there for the past few weeks!

I'm on a roll now!
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?