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Friday, September 26, 2014

Wool....glorious wool!

The pumpkins are out.  The mums are blooming.  The leaves on the trees are starting to transform into beautiful hues of red, daffodil and rust.  Fall is here.  I love the smell of the leaves and walking through piles while they rustle under my feet.  A nice fire in the pit, with a mug of frothy cocoa....the beauty of my favorite time of year.  There is nothing like watching a good football game with some hand-stitching on your lap.

Wool is by far one of the easier mediums to practice applique.  Whether it is by hand or machine, wool is very forgiving.  For me, personally, wool projects seem to go a little quicker.  I dunno why....they just do.  Maybe it is the excitement.  Whether your tastes lean toward the more traditional or modern, there is a wool pattern out there for you.  Wool is also very easy to create your own patterns with.  Just draw out your favorite shapes and cut them out.  Easy peasy!

I've stacked a few of our wool fat quarters to show you just how beautiful they can be.

So many colors and textures to choose from.  So, for this weekend only, I am offering half-price shipping on all of our wools.  Here is the link to wools on the website.  I've left the pictures large, so you can see the actual pattern of each piece.

Don't forget to vote for us on the Chase website using your Facebook account!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Prim Progress

Have you ever heard the expression "Slow and Steady wins the race"?  Well, that's how I am feeling with my hand applique quilt.  It's coming along slowly.....

I had to fold it in half to get the clothespins to hold it to the clothesline.  Don't worry, there isn't anything else done to it, but the stems.  I haven't had the time to hand applique in quite a while.  I really enjoy it, and have forgotten just how much!

New wide backings came in.  I hope to get them uploaded to the website today or tomorrow.  I love it when customers use the wide sure helps a longarmer out.  That's why I carry so many of them.  Much easier for the quilter and the longarmer.  It's a win-win situation!

Aren't they just divine?

I purchased a bunch of new allover designs for "Gabby" (the computerized Statler) a few months ago.  I got bored and wanted to spice up my world.  Customer "K" and I put one on one of her latest quilts.  She was kind enough to e-mail a pic after it was bound.

I love the "flirtiness" of the curves.  I think I am going to have to make a quilt just to show this one off.

I have a customer coming in a bit, so I will have to catch up with you more later.  Wait until you see some of my new wools!!!!  They are great compliments to the ones I already stock.

I hate to beat an old drum, but I will.....PLEASE, OH PLEASE, go to this website and vote for me!  I'm really excited about qualifying and need all the help I can get with the voting.  I'm not even close!!!!  Share with all your friends....offer free whatever you have to a girl out!

Hey.....maybe that's what I will do.....

IF I GET THE 250 VOTES, I WILL POST A CONTEST ON MY BLOG.  I will give a quilt away--pulling the winner from the people who post a comment.  Ready----Set----Go!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sure, I "could" finish another UFO, but.....

I'm really enjoying all this hand work!  I have a basket in the studio that has projects I would like to make someday.  It is getting, well, ummmm, kind shall we say it.....FULL!  I am determined to finish one before I allow myself to put another in.  The new Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine came.  I have to leave it on the coffee table, because I am not allowed to put it in that poor basket.  ROFL  So, I pulled out one of the patterns.  I've cut out all of my freezer paper and made the background to which I will be doing all this hand applique.  Here's my start:

As you can see from the needle hanging from one of the stems, I am still a work in progress.  I'm almost done with the one I am stitching right now, and there is one last one basted.  Then, all of the stems will be done.  I sure hope the Hubs wants to watch football Thursday night!  I can sit and stitch right beside him!

Having that For Sale sign in the yard kept me from doing too much decorating.  I pulled out the fall quilts I could find and did a little decorating Monday.  Surely, you have seen them all before.

 Harvest Time is still my all-time favorite quilt.

So, that's it.  I'm pretty boring these days.  I've been longarming like mad.  Speaking of which, if you have quilts in mind for Christmas, get them to me as soon as possible.  I hate disappointing anyone, and there are only 99 days until Christmas....less than 18 Fridays!!!!!!

Also, please don't forget to vote for me on the Chase Bank Mission Main Street site.  I need 250 votes to make it to the next round, and I have the next round already licked!  $150K would put me in that building and I have been waiting way too long to get there!!!  (You do have to vote with your facebook login, but Chase bank will not share the info.)  Also, if you could share the link and encourage your quilty friends to vote for me, too....I will be forever indebted to you!


Friday, September 12, 2014

New Building....

So, I have found a new building.  To help pay for this building, I entered Chase Bank's Small Business Grant Contest.

I would really appreciate your voting for me in the contest!  You have to have a minimum 250 votes to qualify, which alone is a huge task.  The link is below.....I promise I will bring you an even better shop than I had before...if you just V O T E ! ! ! ! !  (PLEASE SHARE THIS LINK WITH YOUR FRIENDS!!!)

Thanks so much in advance!

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Falling Around.....

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.  I love the smell of the leaves, the crisp cool air, football, apples, pumpkins....just everything associated with fall.  I have enough fall decorations to take care of an entire neighborhood.  When we lived in "Pumpkin-ville", they would even shut the whole town down for a week--just for me!  OK, so there was a big festival, but I'm pretty sure that was all about me, too!

I just have to stitch the back on this little number and it is ready for my dining room table.  I just love it.  It is a Primitive Gatherings Pattern.  I do need to buy some more needles.  I lost the one I was using and had to finish up with a cross-stitch needle.  That was a "challenge".

Now, I have to pick my next wool project.  I just love doing the hand work.  I have some quilts being dropped off and picked up today, so it won't happen today.....and I have to cut the soap I made yesterday and get it on the curing racks.

We did a show a few weeks ago in "Hippie-ville".  We had our best show ever!  Now, I need to get some more done..they want me to come back next month.  We sold out of a lot of scents and we also sold a lot of candles, especially the new wine bottle ones.

You know what they say about idle to work I go!  Blessings.......

Friday, September 05, 2014

Just humming along....

We have three little friends, who just have to fight over a good visit!

Males are territorial, so they do NOT like to share.  Between the flowers and this little feeder, I figure they will be waddling like ducks any day!  I do enjoy watching them.  When I am sitting out there, I swear they come over and squawk at me to leave them to dine in peace.

Remember these blocks?

Well, I finally did something with them.  It took a bit, but they shaped up for me into a cozy little quilt.  Still not quilted, but hey, I'm just glad the pieces and parts aren't still hanging out all over the studio!

I had to use my phone to take the pic, so it cut some of the blocks off, but at least I finally got it uploaded for you to see!  I just love scrappy.

I've gotten very little time in the studio the past few months.  At one point, I had been to six states in two weeks.  *whew*  I really didn't get any cool pics in Boston, because I didn't take the good camera.  Boston was fun.  Lots of great food.  If I go back, I will definitely have to stay longer.  There was nothing fun going on in Detroit.  I did learn something while I was there--never go to a comedy club during the week.  That's when the really bad comics get booked.  Note to self.

I've been doing a little bit of hand work in between longarming and soapmaking.  I'll try to get a pic uploaded for you tomorrow.  Another death in the family...(we just hit our "3" mark, so hopefully we are done)....will have me going into the big city tomorrow after my new fridge is delivered, so it will either be early or late when I get it loaded.  But, I do love it.  HINT:  It has to do with my favorite time of year.....

Until then.......blessings.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Be warned....LOTS of pictures!

Since we last "spoke", LOTS has been going on around here.....Stella Bella went to her first Easter Egg hunt.  As you can see by the look on her face, she did NOT like the Easter Bunny!!! Even though we showed her later that it was her uncle, she wanted no part of him while in costume.

Once we finally got her to understand the whole hunting eggs thing, she got into it--found out she LOVES chocolate.  She got mad, below, when we took the chocolate out of the eggs.

This is me holding her with the Easter Bunny standing on the other side of the bridge.  She still got upset...  It was a fun day, but she completely wore out Nana and Grandpa.  She kept wanting to go down to the creek and loved that we had to run to catch her.

I put pavers down in the greenhouse........
 I got the garden in....
 This pic is of my tomatillos.  I can't wait to make some chile verde!

And...the green beans.....

These are the lilies from Daughter-In-Laws house.  She was going to throw them away, so I plunked them in the ground.
 And, the brussel sprouts.  I go out and pull the cabbage worms off by hand.  We aren't using any chemicals.  Most of our garden was started from non-GMO seeds.
 These are the "husk cherries".  They are cherry-sized tomatillos.  Once they fill in, the outer husk will turn brown and dry.  Then, they fall to the ground.  That's how you know they are ready.  (I will have to straw them sooner than later.)  They have a flavor similar to pineapple.  This is my first year for growing them.
 Rudbekkia is going crazy!
 We lost a lot of our perennials and bushes with that strange winter.  Behind this planter was a huge butterfly bush.  Now it is a bush of weeds....need to pull them after the next rain.  See the brown-eyed susans ready to explode??
I've also been longarming my brains out.  Everyone got their graduation quilts on time.  :)  I've worked on the blocks I showed you last time, but I can't find the pic on the camera.  I will have to take a new one for you.

By the time I get back from Boston, I will need to set up shop and make my pickles!  How exciting is that??  Prodigal Son wants to see how it's done.  Princess Daughter and I will put up tomatoes and make chile verde together.  She remembers us doing it with her Grandma when she was in Middle School and wants to do it again this year.  Her Grandma passed away a few weeks ago.  Life has been full of ups and downs since we last spoke.  I sure have missed you all.  Hope you are having a fun, productive summer!


Saturday, April 05, 2014

It's the "Big" Day....

It is baby shower day!  Nephew's wife is having her baby shower today, so I can show you the giftie now.  There was an "incident" bringing it in from the car, so I will have to re-work the cake this morning before I leave, but it is still cute nonetheless.

I also got some more projects stitched out on the embroidery machine.
 I love this filigree cross.  When I stitch these out the first time, I follow the color suggestions.  I am going to stitch this one out in other colors....
 Some of these projects took HOURS to stitch out.
 The detail on this one was phenomenal!  If only you could see it in real life....
 I wasn't thrilled with Jesus' hair in this one.  Guess I will have to stitch him out again.  I wouldn't have done the lilies in grey either.
Such it is....  Well, I'm off to get a shower before the shower.  Have a blessed day!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The excitement builds.....

Isn't it fun when you have something really fun to look forward to?  The more time you spend in preparation, the more exciting it becomes.  When you have more than one thing to look forward to....well, the excitement just builds and builds....

I have a baby shower tomorrow for nephew's wife.  I will post a pic of the gift tomorrow, just in case she is a blog reader.  It was a fun collaberative effort for Princess Daughter and I.  I must confess, though, I have showers.  Wedding showers--baby showers--they are full of the corny games and to me are just plain old awkward!  I would prefer to "shower" the person with gifts, watch them open them, visit with people you haven't seen for a while....and then go on my merry way.  I don't need to cut a piece of string to the length I think it will take to fit around someone's belly to have a good time.  (Do you ever intentionally cut them shorter than needed so you don't offend...ahem...I DO!!!)

So, I will have to build your excitement on our giftie until tomorrow.  But for today, I can show you a few more of the blocks I have squeaked out in between everything else I have been doing.....

They are pretty fun to make.  If only I could take a day and do nothing but piece....I could get this one together pretty quick!  It actually goes together pretty fast---after you get all the cutting done! 

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Don't Judge Me!

I would be remiss if I didn't show you what the Hubs has been working on.  He hasn't been able to play in his blacksmith shop, because his knee still isn't fully recovered from the surgery.  So, he has been a "housecat" (in my Grandmother's old words), and has been playing in the woodshop.

He made this gavel....

Perhaps he was foreseeing the ticket he got for not renewing the tags on his car?  Hmmm  Is he thinking he can give this to the judge in lieu of his ticket?

I snuck into the woodshop and stole a pic of another one in progress.  He is obsessed with molding different woods together and running them through the lathe.  Shhhh....don't tell him, but I have never been a big fan of projects made with different woods.  I'm just a plain Jane kinda gal.

He did make a little something for me.....

Concerned with my aging eyes, he wanted to make sure I could still quilt.  This will be the easiest needle EVER to thread!

Now, if I could just get him to make some of the things on the "list" he has from me and the kids!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Don't ya just hate it when.....

We have a few family members who will forward every joke, picture or dancing cat they receive in their e-mail box.  Do these family members ever just send an e-mail to let us know how they are doing or find out how we are doing?  Nope!  Now that we are in the world of smartphones and beeping notifications, you can always tell when they get online.  There goes your phone....*beep*  *beep*  *beep*  If you are busier than a one-armed paperhanger, it can get frustrating.  Sometimes, though, it is just chuckle material.  Any more, I usually just delete and don't even open them up.  Somehow....I accidentally opened one last night (thank heavens it wasn't a virus....these same family members are also quick to forward on their latest virus....)  So, here it is....

It is a 1949 Cadillac covered completely in pennies.  While I admit, it is pretty cool looking, it caused me to think.....

What if you all banded together and bought me a semi-trailer for my birthday?  You could pull your resources, cover it in $50 bills....and could finish it in time--if you hurry!  I will act surprised, I promise!  Unlike the silicone used on this car, I would prefer you use Elmer's glue so the first rain will make the bills fall off and I can head to the airport!  :)

I started cutting out another project.  I'm trying to use up a lot of those scraps.  The great thing about scrappy is that they make room in the stash for some new fabrics.  The bad thing about scrappy is that they take forever to cut out!!!!  I am not even halfway there, but, since I have the patience of a gnat--I decided to put just one together.....

Hopefully, I will be able to stop at just one.  I may just have to reward myself every once in a while with a little block assembly.  *ahem*  I should really be working on that baby quilt for Esa.  (or so the Hubs keeps saying....)

I made some new soaps this week.  I've been told that I should feature one a week, so you can keep up with me.  I've also been making MORE candles!  Poor Hubs, who is dieting, comes home from work to the smell of chocolate chip cookies and fudge....only they are still just candles!  I am a very bad girl............

Have a blessed day!!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Where to begin....

I hate it when life gets so busy I can't blog!  Yes, I am fine.  I have just been one busy busy beaver!  I've been longarming my fingers to the bones....and....

  • The girls came out.  I schooled them all on making candles.  My back was absolutely dieing that day, but they were quick studies and took over the process on their own.  I always enjoy spending time with them, and they got candles for souveniers!
  • Prodigal Son's GF came out and we made another of the grommet wallets.  Had to get one made for her Momma to match her purse.  After training her on the ins and outs of the old Bernina, I sent it home with her so she can sew on her own.  It feels great to pass family traditions on.  She learned how to use a rotary cutter, too.  We had a great time!
  • I worked on the embroidery quilt for the new baby.  Our new granddaughter, Esa, was born last week.  She is absolutely beautiful and has a head full of dark hair like her Poppa.
Esa Lee tipped the scales at 8 lb 11 ounces!!!

Esa's room is done in greys and elephants.  Didn't want to put the quilt together until we knew the accent color (pink or blue), so now I can crank out some pink elephants and get this one together!  I started making a mock wholecloth to tide her over until I get this one done.  :)

Then....there is nephew having a baby soon.  I made this onesie.  Nephew is a big hunter, so we had to do a little something for her that he would like!

There is no chance this little girl will be a princess, so I had to have a little *poke* for the nephew!  This adoreable camo project is actually a DRESS!  How cute is that!

I did squeeze in a little project for myself.  This is a 20" x 40" table runner I got pieced.  It is a Pieces from my Heart pattern called, "Pride and Glory".  I can't wait to get this one quilted.

So, in a nutshell, you can see I haven't been slacking!

Until next blessed!