I know I talk about A Dozen Quilters a lot. But here I go once again. This year, we've decided to be a charitable group. Each month, the member in charge of the month chooses a project. Christy chose for us to make blankets for Project Linus. Do you know what that is? It's an organization which collects blankets for babies and children in need, whether in a NICU or a foster child or a myriad of other reasons. The thing that appeals to me is that your local organization donates all the blankets locally. And there are chapters all over the United States. So if you donate a blanket, you know that it stays in your area and helps out a little one in need. Anyway, you all should really get involved. Furthermore, if you do, you can hop on over to A Dozen Quilters and show off your blanket. We have a post with a linky tool so you can do just that.
My blanket is flannel and I quilted the words to the nursery rhyme "Hey diddle diddle" in all the straight pieces. I've been in love with pineapple blocks lately, so I made one for the center. For more information about Project Linus, visit projectlinus.org.
The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:40
Thank you all for your gracious comments. They really touched my heart. And also kicked me in the hiney to get some things done!!! Without further ado, here is Patty Young's Mini Frida pattern on Emilie and Anna's dolls.
Hello ladies. Well and guys if there are any of you out there. I've been in sort of a funk. It's quilt market time -- next week! And I'm sort of at a loss with myself. I'll be there, but I have nothing to show and no real purpose. So I think it will really be fun. But in the meantime, I find myself flitting from project to project and not really finishing anything. And hard as I try, I am a wee bit jealous each time I see a designer's new line which is coming out at fall market. Oh to be busy. Someday I will look back and wish for this calm time again.
“I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”- Psalm 40:8
Hello everyone! I've been gone for a week from this blog and I'm sorry. Will you forgive me if I tell you we've had days that are between 60 and 70 degrees? And nights that are snuggly-cold almost freezing? It's been a delicious kind of fall.
I recently read that five minutes outside per day can increase your mental health and outlook on life! More specifically, it's even more enhanced if you can spend that time near the water. Well, we don't have much water around here, so I kind of thought, oh well. But then I remembered this little pond in the middle of our town. The girls and I had a glorious time there today.
Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth. Meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified. Do not be discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:8-9
Now you all know that I'm a Kansas girl, through and through. But my mama was a California girl. She didn't move to Kansas until she finished high school, and she's been here ever since. So I feel like there's part of California in my blood.
Here's what my mom gave me from California: a love for artichokes, avacado, green olives, lemons, exotic cheeses and Sees suckers. Oh and sour dough bread. My mom will take a loaf of sour dough bread and just stand and smell it. If you're from California, I don't mean to reduce you to these few. It's just what stands out in my mind.
I have a special love for the caramel suckers. Okay, they're called butterscotch but they're all caramel to me. My mom will order them just because. Then we get a little taste of California.
Oh and if anyone can hook me up with a bottle of Joy from Rombauer winery, I would be so grateful. My husband and I tried that ten years ago before we got engaged and it would be a terrific anniversary gift.
My friend Glenna of Hollyhock Quilts is cleaning out. And giving away! She has lots of Moda precuts and she giving them out over five days. She is a fabric designer herself and quite a nice pattern designer too. And she's been instrumental in my own fabric design instruction. So go enter!
Purse week has kicked off and here is my entry. Since it's for me, I wanted the design to be just right. My old purse had about 9 pockets and I could never find anything! So I put a pocket on the back of the purse specifically for my cell phone, a zippered one inside for lipstick and such and an unzippered one inside for things you throw in your purse like keys. It's really big, but not too big and I gusseted all around the bag so it's very roomy. Then I put a zipper across the top. I'm always bending over to wipe a nose or tie and shoe and then everything falls out of my purse. This is a great solution for me. I used some Joel Dewberry home dec weight that I've been saving forever. It's perfect for this bag! I lined it in some new Quilt Soup stuff that I absolutely love and then I interfaced everything with extra firm sew-in stabilizer. In the bottom, I used three layers. I had to go use my mom's old Bernina to sew through all the layers at some parts. Those Bernina's will sew through anything!
So here I am spilling some beans. My fabric is, disappointingly, not coming out at market. Nope. It has yet another delay and the aim is now January. sigh So many highs and lows in the fabric biz. So here is a great peek at stuff I'm not even sure will be printed! But I love it and I love my shoes. These were made at zazzle.com where you can design your own Keds. They are really, really comfortable too.