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Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Favorite Fabrics

I thought it would be so fun to show off my all-time favorite fabrics.

Favorite Jennifer Paganelli: Dance with me Kayla in yellow

Aviary Sparrows on Light Pink by Joel Dewberry

Favorite Amy Butler: Bliss from her Love line
Hydrangeas on Green by Glenna Hailey

Keri Beyer's Dream a Little Dream with Me

Favorite Barbara Jones: Simply Sweet in Lime Green

Ditto Dots from Whimsy by Pillow and Maxfield

Well, that's probably enough for one day, right? What's your favorite fabric? I really could just go on and on . . .

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. Psalm 37: 8-9

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I'm Redeemed!?

The Road to Redemption is finished! Those of you who have followed along for awhile remember this two year long quilt process. You can read all about it here. There are 33 small (6 inch) blocks and 12 large (12 inch) blocks. If you're wondering what took me so long, I added a ruffled border and was willing to wait for my ruffler foot to come in to do it. Was it worth it? Yes. But at times I felt like I would die at my machine before this quilt got finished.

Yes it really did snow here today.

Quilted by Lisa Sipes, who is nominated for a Golden Quilter award for Best Long-Arm Quilter.

This pillowcase was a Christmas present from my sweet friend Marie.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

The Girl Creative
Fresh Poppy Design

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This and That

Do you remember me mentioning my trade with Trish of Notes of Sincerity? Well, yesterday my earrings arrived and they are SO beautiful.
The turquoise earrings are so fun!

I adore these cut glass earrings.

She also sent a turquoise pendant which matches the turquoise earrings. Everything is so beautiful. Thanks so much Trish!

Here is what I sent her.

Also, last week, my brother's kids came for a visit. Then my cousins kids came for a visit. We thought while we were all here, we should converge on my grandpa. I snapped a few pictures with only two great-grandkids missing from the picture. The big one in the back is actually my dad.

My friend Patty gave me a bottle of Sewer's Aid to try with my machine. It makes a world of difference! I just add a bead all down the spool of thread and it pulls so smoothly. It's silicone based, so it probably helps your machine to stay a little bit cleaner as well. Patty has a beautiful store in Wray, Colorado, that would be worth a stop if you're ever out that direction. I believe it's called Grandma's Treasures. Forgive me, Patty, if that's wrong. I'm having a senior moment and I'm not yet a senior! Anyway, she carries beautiful gifts, kitchen, items and lots of fabrics, including Art Gallery and others that are pretty hard to find out here. Thank you Patty!

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. - 2 Corinthians 5:21


Monday, March 28, 2011

Take 3

You didn't think I could get by without making one for Emilie, did you?

Does she love it? Oh yes she does.

Commit your way to the LORD;

trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:5-6


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Stash Week 13

It's SNOWING here today! Yay Spring. Someone asked me this week the point of this Sunday Stash thing, like if it's a contest or something. Actually, I think it's more of a support group for people who have a problem with buying fabric. LOL That doesn't describe me at all! I really though you all would just like to see how VERY much fabric I use. But then again, maybe a lot of you use more than I do.

Anyway, I have a nice little surprise for you today. McCalls gave me the go-ahead to show a little teaser of the quilt which will be in their November issue. I can't remember when they told me this issue hits newsstands, but it's much before November -- maybe August?

Okay, that's all for now, but I have more to tease you with a little later. I used 1/2 yard to bind it this week.
Also 1 yard to bind the Road to Redemption quilt (pictures soon, I promise) and 1/4 yard on a little project for Emilie. Anna's dress had 1/2 yard of Amy Butler's Love in it. Additionally, Trish of Notes of Sincerity and I did a little swap. Jewelry for fabric. I totally got the better deal! (smile) She makes beautiful jewelry and is sending me two pair of earrings. I sent her 3 yards of fabric. I'll definitely show the earrings when they come. In the meantime, here's her shop so you can buy some too.

Used this week: 5 1/4 yards
Used this year: 63 5/8 yards
Bought this week: 0
Bought this year: 48 yards

Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4


Friday, March 25, 2011

What's On Your Bed Friday? link party

It's Friday again everybody and boy do I have a treat for you! Anne Marie of Gen X Quilters is joining us to show off a bed in her house.
How cute is this?
Here's what she says about the quilt:
The vehicle focus fabric was originally bought to make a pillowcase that never happened. So unfortunately, I only bought a small quantity of it. When I decided to use the fabric for a bed size quilt, I hunted all over for more. But too much time had passed, so I was out of luck. I decided to try and make the best of the 1/2 yard I had by flanking the applique with 16" squares of the vehicle fabric. The other fabric selections are part of the prints used on the vehicles - blue gingham, red plaid, chocolate brown polka dot, and green polka dot.

To make the applique, I copied and enlarged the firetruck on the vehicle fabric. Then I traced templates for the major elements and used fabric scraps that matched the picture. Overall, I am very happy with the way it turned out, and more importantly, he loves it!

Thanks so much for joining us today, Anne Marie. The quilt is beautiful! I can't believe that this was your first try at applique.
Would you like me to show off your bed next week? Here's what you do:

1. Link to an actual post, showing an actual bed. Links that go to a general blog will be deleted.
2. Place the button in the post about your bed or in your sidebar.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Facebook, Tweet, Oh SO Sweet!

Hello everyone! You probably know I'm not all that technological, but I think I've figured out how you can tweet or post to facebook just by clicking a button on this post. Also, check out my new links in the sidebar to subscribe to my twitter, facebook page or by e-mail. I will occasionally offer giveaways separate from this blog on those, so you may want to subscribe!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Dress for a Princess

Easter dress #1 is finished! Hooray! Although I didn't use a pattern, I can't take all the credit. I was totally inspired by the winning design for Project Run and Play by Katie. As soon as I saw that dress, I showed it to Anna and got an emphatic YES.

Now I tried to edit my pictures, and I did. But these are so pretty, I just had to include seven. (I took 24!) I hope you don't mind.

 The skirt has 20 yards of nylon chiffon in it.

I recently purchased a ruffler foot for my machine which made a BIG difference.

 It was my first time to ever use fabric dye. We dyed everything and I think it came out great -- just what we had in mind.
Who wouldn't love to twirl like this? Can I have one?

 Most importantly, she loves it!
Thank you to my laundry room for matching the dress! Actually, the bow is made from leftover fabric from the laundry room.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”- James 1:12
{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations
Fresh Poppy Design

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Stash Week 12

Wow, what a week! We had spring break this week, but it didn't seem much like a break. We were certainly busy with playing with neighborhood kids and other little things we don't normally do. Nevertheless, there was time for sewing. Anna's Easter dress is nearly done and my magazine quilt is ready to bind! Plus, the backing really used up my stash. Not to mention Anna's little purse and finishing up the cathedral windows pillow.

Used this week: 7 1/4 yards
Used year to date: 58 3/8 yards
Bought this week: 0 yards
Bought year to date: 48 yards

I'll leave you with a little picture of Tiana, who is a big 7 pounds now. Our vet says she's about done growing and house training has finally seemed to kick in! No accidents in a couple of weeks now.

To see how everyone else did, click here.

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. - 1 Peter 2:2-3


Friday, March 18, 2011

What's on Your Bed Friday? and Whoo Hoo!

Bernina likes me! Whoo hoo! They've put me on their "favorite blogs." You can see it too at, a really cool site with lots of video tutorials and links to neat sewing things.

Wow, is it Friday again already? Then it's time to show off a bed.

 When I was growing up, there were six kids in my family. Six! Can you imagine? We had the sweetest neighbor, Edna Louise, who was so kind to us. She called herself "Grandma #3" since we had two other grandmas. But being right next door, she had such an influence on our lives. I remember her teaching us to paint ceramics, making us cinnamon rolls, playing Aggravation, perming our hair, and definitely all kinds of sewing projects. And she made this quilt for Anna and a similar one for Nathan (without the pink). They are so thick and warm. I can't imagine how hard it was to sew all those scraps of jeans together. But then, she had a Bernina. Kind of makes an appropriate post, doesn't it?
I love you Edna Louise!

Would you like me to show off your bed next week? Here's what you do:

1. Link to an actual post, showing an actual bed. Links that go to a general blog will be deleted.

2. Place the button in the post about your bed or in your sidebar.


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