Friday, March 16, 2018

I figured Spring was official the minute.....

......the moment I hung a basket with a bunch of Forsythia on my front door.  And then I woke up to this!

This was a reminder that Mother Nature is a force to adapt to.  You can see a cluster of tulips, sturdy and waiting for spring weather along with me.

A cheery welcome.

And these bunnies are busily doing their thing.....kicking up their heels in welcoming the season. :-)

This pattern will be given away to the first responder.  Email me at     Please remember to include your address.

The designer of the bucket which appeared in a post a few days ago is,  Under the Garden Moon.  Just google that and it will take you to the website.  About the circle-petal quilt....I will produce a pattern once the quilt is completed.  I'm now beginning the border so it should be available in the near future.

I'm still finding time to read every morning, and I will share a quote from the book I'm enjoying.  The title is the Bakers daughter by, Sarah McCoy.
" No one is good or bad by birth or nation or religion.  Inside, we are all masters and slaves, rich and poor, perfect and flawed.  We love despite ourselves."
Enjoy the week end.  We will no doubt be watching the NCAA
tournament, because that is what we do!!!  Bruce went to pick up his dad for dinner, and to enjoy watching a basketball game with us.  This makes us happy.  Find your joy!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

It is official.....

.....Spring has arrived at our house.  One things about spring snowfall, it doesn't stay long.  The tulips are still emerging from the soil which has been warmed by the sun.  When checking out the yard there are  signs of new life emerging.

I found myself looking for this small quilt for my table, but alas, it is visiting a much loved quilt store.

I am happy to have this pillow at home this spring.  It is called Taking Time To Smell the Flowers.

Bruce hauled the ladder in so that I could change out the quilt.  I love this quilt I made many years ago.  It was a pattern by Linda Branock.  I was a big fan of her designs.

Mr. Rabbit dressed up for the occasion, and he will abide on the mantle along with a few other springy things.

And a few more touches.

"If you have much, give of your wealth;  If you have little, give of your heart."
- Arabic Proverb

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Since I have not been traveling lately.....

.......I do not have much blog material.  You will have to put up with my thoughts and feeling, and the progress from my sewing room.

First of all, I've had several requests about my new petal quilt which I am working on.  I will be writing a new pattern for this once it is completed.  So please be patient with me.  You will be able to follow the progress of it here on my blog.

 My house quilt is growing.  So far I've sewn one or more house a day.  I have several of them cut out, so that I can just select a house and sit at my sewing machine every day.  Variety is the key for me.  I would love to share the dimensions I've drafted for the house block, but I believe there is a pattern out there somewhere so it wouldn't be fair of me to share my dimensions.  I've just made a flying geese block for the roof, and then the bottom is easy to figure out from that.

I was able to sew the fifth row on today.  I've decided on one more row, and then on to the border, which will also include applique.

My intention to make a star a day has taken a back seat.  I am trying to finish some items to send to the distributors before market.  I will say that by the third star I became more accurate, as I got the technique down.

"Sitting quietly doing nothing spring comes and the grass grows by itself." Matsuo Basho

And in addition to this quote,  "God is alive, magic is a foot."  Buffy St. Marie  Before long, all of our perennial friends will arrive on the scene in our gardens.....and the trees will bud and flower, it is a magical time of the year.

Friday, March 9, 2018

After spending a perfectly

........lovely day amongst 120 quilters at the retreat in Midway, I will still have time to stitch my star for the day.  What a charmed life I lead. :-)  Don't misunderstand, life has it's challenges, but after seeing some of the pain and hardship going on around the world, it doesn't take much to feel grateful for the peaceful life I live.

Here are a couple of women from beautiful Moab, Utah showing a quilt that was completed since last year.  So many gorgeous quilts and so little time.

This quilt was being made for someone's son.  It looks like a boys quilt doesn't it.

I love this quilt.  It is not a quick finish, but it is really a fantastic quilt.

This is Amy from Under The Garden Moon, who puts on this retreat every year.  It is a wonderful event, in a beautiful setting.
This quilt being shown was made by someone wanting to have a green quilt for St. Patrick's Day.

Here are two finished quilts from last year.  A Churn Dash block with a pin wheel in the center.

"What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have."
-Oprah Winfrey

Thursday, March 8, 2018

My star templates arrived....... now I have a new little project to start.  That means 1, 3" star per day.  This is more challenging than the houses.

My first star.  These will be hand pieced.

I have 4 rows completed on the petal quilt and I am busily working on the fifth row.  And as you can see the houses are moving right along.......just so fun and easy.

This is the booth at the quilt retreat where I taught last week, and will again tomorrow, as there are two different sessions to the retreat.  

Eye candy!

I thought that this was a cute design to stitch up for fall.

Baltimore Woods.

I'm sorry I do not have information on this adorable quilt, but you could call Corn Wagon Quilt Company in Springville, Utah.

"Treat social media like a tool, not a theme park.  -Ben Behunin

Doing so helps me get much more accomplished!!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Another quilt top....

....has been completed!  I am going to call it, Summertime Porch Quilt.  Now off to the quilter it will go.

I achieved the look I was going for.....a farm house utility type quilt.  Going back to my roots.  I can just see this draped over a porch swing.

All this needs now is the quilting, which always brings out the best in a quilt.

When I taught up in Midway last week, several of the ladies were busily working on their projects.  There is nothing quite so satisfying as being part of an open sew with you friends.
Here my friend, sweet Emily is showing the quilt top she had just finished.  I just adore this young lady.

Paula was working on her Steam Punk quilt.  Everyone of these quilts I've seen completed have been amazing.

The gal who was working on this, cut out the quilt last year, and this year was determined to finish it.

This block made by Gail, makes my heart sing!  I love the shade of mustard yellow and the stripe in the small blocks. I will be going back up there again this week to teach at a second retreat.

"Everything changes the hour you realize there are exactly enough minutes for the important things in life." Ben Behunin  

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Love Generously!

I will start with my thought for the day.  In a book I've been reading by Ben Behunin, he has a section about loving generously.  Because I loved the section so much I want to share some of his thoughts.  "Every choice we make creates a ripple effect across time and space.  But the ripples that make the biggest difference come from our choices about love.  Let yourself fall in love with everyone you encounter.  Love them without judgment.  Don't be stingy.  Just open up and love!  Let it ooze out of you like a gentle river, and your life will be filled with purpose and unquantifiable joy."  Isn't this just the best?  I felt it just needed to be shared.  It will give me something to purpose towards.

Here are my row of houses on my design board.  I've decided that my quilt will be nine houses wide.  Just the right size to cover up with for naps.

Last week when our little quilt group met, Barbara shared with us her newly finished quilt.  She had just finished the hand quilting on it.

I love it!  To me it looks like an antique.

While teaching at the retreat in Midway this past Thursday, I saw a new bucket in the process of being made.  Sandy, made the one shown here, but she was also working on making another new one.

Here are the workings for the new one.  This one includes some of her marvelous counted cross stitch pieces.

It was love at first sight!

The Remember the Giver block was taken from my quilt by that name.

And, here is a bit more of her handiwork.  Truly inspiring!

Hope everyone is finding time to stitch.....part of a perfect day!