Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A Great Fun Time Coming

Gooood Morning to all,
Stephanie at the "Enchanting Rose" is having the 12th annual Tea Cup Exchange.
I have participated in the fun time several times and have made a few lasting friendships.
I wanted to share because most of you seem to be having such ugly weather for Spring and
this could help bring a Spring attitude to the forefront of our thoughts. And as mentioned before I'm soooo ready.  It is still snowing one day and 70 degrees the next here in Kentucky.  With snow in the forecast again this week.
The link will be at the end of this post if you should like to sign up for this years exchange.
Or on the side bar.

This is what my exchange partner, Roxy at From Glory to Glory  so sweetly gifted me with in 2016

Quite a lovely package. 

a large sturdy tea cup I regularly use while not being afraid of chipping or breaking it.

I absolutely love the beautiful apron and wear it when I'm serving others.   It's the only nice one I have left that is not stained and old as the hills.  
Hmmm, I see a project coming up.

Such a cute creamer, and tea keep.  I do carry the tea keep when visiting or dining with others.

Even the little roses are hand made on this lovely little sachet.  It hangs on a shelf over my bed.

 And a handmade book mark that has now seen it better days but still in use. 
I failed to mentioned that the apron, sachet, and tea keep were made by Roxy as well.
It was a delightful time opening each of  the items she gifted me with and they still speak to my heart
when using them.
I'm so looking forward to this years exchange.

Go on over and visit Stephanie and join up.  Browse around her blog too, she has some beautiful projects she shares.

Hope to see you there.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sew Ready for Spring

Since we just have gotten 6 inches of snow ,this is the only hint of Spring right now.  And I'm going to take it.  How about you, ready for some  bloomin' flowers?  


Go visit Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks Here. for information and join up

Very simple and stress free hop.  Hope to see you there.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Favorite tutorial for Hands 2 Help

I started sewing bears several years go in between quilting.  It is something I had really enjoyed doing, but I needed a better method of closing up my plushies because I started selling them.  I was told of a  ladder stitch method and finally perfected it on my own.  (Duh, I forget about Googling stuff).  However , Julie at Crafty Quilter shared this great tutorial a week or so ago.  Hopefully it will help save someone else some time. if they should find themselves closing pillows, plushies or what ever needs closing nicely. After you have practiced a couple of times it will become unnoticeable.

The tutorial is by and can be hound here.

MY latest plushie is  sweet,  but very shy.  but willing to show you her stitches.

While the area is visible, her stitches are not.  Patience is my first Platypus, so her siblings should improve with age. 

Hugs and Blessing to you and yours.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Small Smaller and Smallest

Good morning all, 
I'm just going to cut to the chase here, 
I had several ideas I wanted to tray for this, so I decided to do all three.  The small project being first
A baby doll quilt out of a extra block.     .

The smaller being next of course.
Can't decide if I like the vintage buttons or not, so I just used a dot of glue hold them.
I'm thinking of tying them with some black heavy thread.  Do you think that would help? 
or take them off?

Of course that brings us to the smallest.
He is made of a vintage wool ladies blazer.

I found sometimes small is not as easy as it looks.
I had a lot of fun though.

That's my version of Small  Smaller  Smallest
I want to thank Carol for hosting hop, no stress, just fun.
Hope you enjoyed the visit.  Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to see the other ladies.
In case you missed any day of the hop here is the entire list of participants.

Have a blessed day.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Endeavors Challenge

In the late November or early December I joined the Endeavors. This consisted of a group of ladies who were interested in broadening their ideas and abilities in mediums of art with fabric.
Sounded interesting and definitely  a challenge.  We all suggested some topics  and the host picked  one out at random, that being "Nature".  We had 3 months to design our thoughts and finish our project.

What  with Christmas coming up and life "stuff" there was no activity on the sight.  Now with me out of sight out of mind.  So I totally forgot about it.   OUCH!  About 3 or 4 wks. ago someone posted about the project coming up.  The only thing I had done at that point was my design.  My bad,  I can't really blame anyone but my self.  I already had this years calendar.  Just did not write it down.  I'm not even go into the things that have happened up until now.  And it seems I not alone.  And like the others,  I will  have my project finish in time for the next challenge.   Not through circumstances I can  help that is.

Okay, here we go.  My design basics.

First choice of base fabric

Back ground I went with.  Sorry, it's snowing now so no sharp colors.
This will depict the four seasons starting with winter on top and finishing with fall on the bottom
Nature was such a broad theme.  I figured this covered a nice chunk of it.

 There will be a lot of small piecing

This is some of the fabric picked out so far

I'm fairly pleased with what is done so far.  But but totally frustrated I could not finish on time.
I'm think of entering this in the fair if it finishes well.   

  Hooray, the parts are in for my quilter here and will be put on tomorrow.  Maybe the drama is over.
When the time comes I will be quilting free style on my domestic.
Please visit the Endeavourers   HERE

There are some very pretty and interesting work being shared.

Hugs and blessings being sent your way.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Foiled by default....OMG

I have the OMG quilt pieced and sandwiched.  Next up for quilting, when a welding joint broke on my quilting machine.   BAH HUMBUG!  (My new bad word).  Good thing it is still under warranty and they are shipping out the parts in about a week.

So that gave me time to start on one February's OMG.
But I'm going to tack on a surprise with this.
And a give away as well. 

Cute fabric but needs some pizzazz.  I'm thinking on it.

Hope every one made their goals this month.
Blessings to all.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Friday Night Sew In

Hello All,

I have gotten the flimsy done for the Friday Night Sew-In
I tried to get a close up of the boarders, did not work.  But they are
small gingham checks

Turned out better than I thought it would.

I have to add blocks for the backing, it is about 5" too narrow.  It will be the sock monkey too.
I'm hoping to back and quilt this week and finish binding it for Slow Stitching Sunday.

Leaving you with a evening picture of our front yard.  I'll sure be glad when this is gone.
While it's pretty, I'm still ready for some sunshine. 

Be safe and stay warm.
Hugs and Blessings 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Friday Night With Friends

Hi All,  what should have been a peaceful evening of sewing turned in to an  aggravating hunt through my scraps to make a  few simple blocks to be added with others donations for the fire victim quilts being assembled at .....
 In case you would like to add some blocks just hit the above link she has the info for the pattern.   Now back to my blocks.  Here is the culprit that really stymied my choices of fabric.  

California Fire Blocks at From My Carolina Home

Simple block but if the if the hues of the light and darks are not right, the over all pattern of the quilt won't show up right.   I finally gave up and went to my precuts and I think these will work.    Still looks kinda off to me but we will see.

I also had to pull some fabric for another baby quilt and thought these look ok.   

Now that I look at it I think I'll probably stick some pale yellow in it to.  Darker grey will be the backing .  Her only requests were elephants a grey and blue.  So I have some wiggle room.

I'm hoping to have the fire blocks in the mail early next week and maybe finishing a quilt by the end.  Since I feel like I put at least 3 miles in looking for the fabric (I have it stashed in all rooms) I'm tired.  Anyway, I'm satisfied with getting at least this done tonight.
I'm going to sit in front of the fire and read for a little while.  Everyone stay warm, and pray for all
 those out in this weather.

              Linking up to 

Hug and blessings

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A Duh Moment and OMG

I can't believe that on January 1st  I had already goofed up my 2018 plan.
That part of only taking on one extra activity on line.  I had forgotten that about 3 months
I had joined a new group of ladies called

I wanted to partake with this group to get out of my comfort zone and try some new techniques 
and learn new things at the same time.  So I will be staying on with them and hopefully do so.
Good part is that we will have 3months to design and create what ever the endeavor is.
Bad part for me is that it started in Nov. so I have to have it finished by Feb.1st.
Saving grace is I have already chosen how and what I was going to do.
Today, after I finish this post, I will be digging furiously through my stash for fabric.

Now on to my OMG, which is a must finish as well.  I have a commissioned baby quilt to be
done in black and browns.  REALLY?  I don't know about you but I had a hard time coming up with something with those colors and saying soft cuddly baby at the same time.  But here is what I'm working with for now.

This is nothing like it will be laid out,  I have a couple ideas rolling in my dead too.
I'll be visiting you ladies to see what your up to.  
It was six degrees in Ky. this morning.  Chickens were not happy.  
Just thankful we did not get that snow.  

Until next week,
Hugs and Blessings