Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I've Been Busy

Have you noticed that I LOVE making quilts? I'm not saying that I do a wonderful, perfect job of it, because I certainly don't! But I do have a lot of fun with it, and that's what it's all about, isn't it? I read the most liberating thing the other day about quilts, "Better finished than perfect". Isn't that great!!

Anyway, I like choosing the fabrics and the design, starting the sewing together of the pieces, the pressing.

Then when the top is done, I like choosing the backing and pinning it all together with its batting filling.

Now comes the part I'm still having major grief with - quilting it on my sewing machine. Oh well, I'm getting better. :)

I had leftover squares this time around so I made a table runner for the dining table (finally!!).
The chickens seem to be happy with it.

If you look closely you can see Bruno on duty through the chair at the end of the table. Wherever I am - he is! I like that.

And by the way, what is up with this? I had actually sewn a piece of this into my quilt top before I realized there were little swastikas all over the design! No thank you. I do not want anything of that sort anywhere near me! I'm really disappointed that MODA would put something like this in one of their collections.
Have a great day!
Hugs and kisses,

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hello Kitty

I got a new pattern in the mail today and just had to try it.

I thought it was a great idea. The little pin cushion is attached to a golf tee.

Isn't that a clever thing to keep a little pincushion close by while you're stitching?

Have a good evening!

Hugs and kisses,

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Gloria's Quilt

I am so happy today! I finally finished the quilt I promised to my sister-in-law last year. Of course it was after three this morning when I finished it, but it's done! Glory to God!

She wanted purple, black and lots of bright prints.

It really IS a pretty quilt, though my sewing in places leaves a lot to be desired. :(

I guess that's the way it always is though, isn't it? I can see every mistake I made in glaring detail.

That is the way it is in life a lot of the time, too. When we make a mistake and do something wrong, we ask God to forgive us. And He does! But we still remember and beat ourselves up over something that God has even forgotten! And if He doesn't remember it, why should we? We should repent, but then we have to move on, and not let those things in the past hold us back.

I wish you could see and smell these angel's trumpets. They are glorious! I'm so glad I have them right outside my sewing room window so I can enjoy them all the time. The fragrance gets more intense in the evening.

And look! Yippee yay! The corn is starting to tassel! I can almost taste that fresh sweet corn right now! Patience. Patience.

Beautiful daughter is all off into cooking. She made herself this scrumptious omlette this morning.
Hope you're happy today, too. It's a great day!
Hugs and kisses,

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I Think I Saved This Top

So, somehow I splashed bleach on this tank top. I've worn it that way around here for a while, but last night I had the scathingly brilliant idea to sew yo yo's over the bleach spots (and a few more just because).

I think it turned out pretty good, don't you?

Note to self: You cannot take good pictures through the kitchen window because the screen will distort the view.
There were a couple of indigo buntings on the ground this morning and I wanted a picture of them. Unfortunately, too far away, too much screen in the view and not a very inspiring background even if it had turned out. Another lesson in how not to take photos. :( sorry.

Friday, April 17, 2009

My Favorite Quilt

I have to tell you - - - - this is my FAVORITE quilt. And that's a good thing because I have it on the little bed in my sewing room, so I see it every day.

I love it. It is so cheerful, and it has some of my very favorite things in the world in it - things like chickens and sock monkeys, coffee and children playing on sweet vintage material. And that great Mary Engelbreit fabric. It is just so happy it makes me smile, and that's a good thing!

We are going to get some rain today, and we need it again. It's a gray gloomy day, but I took a little time to walk out in the back yard before it got too dark and took a few pictures for you.

Our angel trumpet just frames that little gateway by the chicken yard.

Looking up through the angel's trumpet to the sky.

Walking on beneath the angel's trumpet you get to this view,

which has these little yummies that are ripening now. Want one?

On the other side of the yard is the red hibiscus that's been growing there for years in among the ginger lilies (which make a very good privacy screen, by the way).

The corn is growing like wild.

And did you know that you can take the core of a cabbage that you've finished with and just stick it in the ground and it will grow?!!! Oddly enough, you usually get two or three head from the core of one. How good is that?? Free food and multiplied at that. You can do the same thing with the bottom of celery bunches (there's one between the cabbage plants).
Have I mentioned before that FREE is my favorite word?
Have a great day!
Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, April 16, 2009

How About a Virtual Quilt Festival?

Hi! Interested in a virtual quilt festival? Click on the button below or go to Park City Girl and get ready to post your favorite quilt and story of it, starting on Friday. There are prizes!

Have a great day.

Hugs and kisses,

Saturday, April 11, 2009


One of my favorite times of the day is dusk - that period when there is still some light, but it is about to turn into night. And one of my favorite places now to enjoy this time of day is in my sewing room. I can leave the lights off inside and there is still plenty of light outside to enjoy the view.

Of course, if you look closely you'll see that Bruno likes to look, too!

I've put some new flowers out on the windowsill. I like seeing the bright colors right there when I look out.

We have a suet feeder for the birds hung at the top outside the window. I had to try several places to keep those pesky squirrels off of it. See, there's a little chickadee having a snack before bedtime. And the chickens are eating the little late supper of scratch grains I put out for them before heading to their roost.

Mr. Sweetie Pie started the Easter celebration early with a gift for me. Isn't he the sweetest - candy and a bunny!
Of course Mr. Bunny had to get right up to the window shelf so he could have a good view of everything.
And then Homer returned abruptly to reclaim his position. Can't have a usurper taking his place, now can he?

Hope you have a simply wonderful Easter tomorrow, and while you're enjoying all that good food and good fun, don't forget what we're commemorating!

Hugs and kisses,