Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sending Joy....

....kindness, confirmation, encouragement, and lots of other good stuff, comes my way with your comments.  You all keep my little boat afloat!!!  Thank you! :-)

I have been sort of a crazy lady, trying to finish up some designs for the upcoming Quilt Market, which is to be held in Portland.  I will not be going, but need to get my patterns to the distributors who carry my patterns.  It is all fun and exhilarating.

I so miss when I cannot attend quilt group.  I missed this past time because of teaching.  Thankfully, Liz sent me the pictures so that I didn't entirely miss out.  Here Brittany is sharing the king size quilt she is making for a bed.  I love how that little black and white is scattered throughout the quilt, working it's magic.

Julie, is sharing her new modern quilt sparkles against the white.  I missed seeing those ladies.

Lorraine, is the accomplished needle point Extraordinaire in our group.

This creative bunch of women does it all.....beautiful croquet.

Leslie, is sharing her favorite new thing!  I have a Lap App, and it is my new favorite thing also.  It has certainly been a big help for my hand sewing.  I usually do not fall for gadgets, but this is on a whole different level of necessity!

Leslie, has also begun on her quilt from my new design.  One of my little quilt groups is working on this, so I will share the progress we make as we go along.

"All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not see." - Emerson
And this is so pertinent at this time, everything that a month ago seemed dead, is now coming to is so thrilling to watch.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Neglect not the gift that is in thee....

I just wanted to start out this post from my reading.  "God plants in the hearts of every human being a seed of light and talent.  When we exercise and develop a talent, the light attached to  burns even brighter illuminating our world.  We must make the decisions about how we will use these amazing gifts.  If we neglect them, the light is diminished and the world is cheated of the potential light." - Ben Behunin

Square Dancing with Flowers, is now available on my web site.

I will be making a few kits for this in the near future.  Presently I am too busy preparing patterns for market.

The other evening when I had a class at Quilts Etc., teaching Joy In the Morning, I took a few photos of some of there spring designs.

These bunnies were just so adorable.  But the baskets of little bunnies and such, was just the very sweetest!

All of these soft sweet colors certainly do speak of Spring!

Enjoy the moments, because that is what life is made of. :-)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The contiues to shine.....

......and that has given me a big burst of energy!  This burst of energy might be contributed to the quilt I picked up from that lady who quilts for me.  Her name is Karen Morgan, and I feel so fortunate to have her quilting my designs.

I liked this design when I took it to Karen, and now I'm in love with this quilt.  Now I am pondering what I will use for the binding.

A close up so that you can appreciate the quilting.  I am trying to narrow down the name, it will have something to do with farm houses, porch swings, and just evening front porch sitting!

This border design is just perfect.  I have enough fabric to make a few kits, if anyone would be interest.  I do not have enough fabric to bother putting it on my web site.  But first things first, I will first need to get the pattern written.

I have created the border for this quilt today.  I am getting closer to it's completion to all of you have expressed interest in this quilt.  I have enjoyed creating this quilt!  I still haven't decided on a name, so I'm calling on all of you amazing creative people out there.
And yes, there is a big copper boiler with scraps over flowing in this photo.  I love scrap quilts, but it can become quite chaotic in my sewing room.

"Happiness is made real by sharing."
-Jon Krakauer

Monday, March 19, 2018

Our snow has quickly.....

disappeared and the sun is shining.  So, all is looking good!  We have enjoyed a quiet and restful week end.  Even found time to do some cooking.  

Bruce put on his Ireland apron, and together we put a scrumptious smelling dinner is the oven.  He will be delivering his dad to the house any minute.

I took this tulip quilt out in my endeavor to welcome Spring.  It is a quilt I made years ago, by Barb Adams and Alma Allen.  I'm very fond of the pink and yellow combination used in this quilt.

The amber gold fabric which I used for the stars, has been one of my all time favorite fabric.  I believe it may no longer abides in my stash.

I made a change from the original design, by using 4 different fabrics in the background behind the tulips.  I've always found this helpful in centering the design.

Grandpa has now arrived so I will stop here....more tomorrow.

"Gratitude is a social emotion.  It points our warmth and goodwill out towards others."
-Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone

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.