Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Today I'm joining up with the Blogger's Quilt Festival
 over at Amy's Creative Side blog.
Last spring there were over 500 entries so this should be fun.
This is a lap size quilt I made for my sister-in-law, Patrice for Christmas.
 I wanted to make her something special as she is not only my sister-in-law but has been my friend for 45 years.  I decided to make it in late November so I didn't have time to do anything very involved with lots of piecing.  I wanted fabric with a bold but soft look and I found the perfect one at my local quilt shop.  I just love this print....
It's one of those 'I Just Can't Cut It' fabrics.  I've tried to zoom in on the machine quilting but it's not showing up well.  It was long arm quilted by Amy Smith in Richland, WA.
Above is a close-up of the border.  And below is the pieced back.
Patrice was happy with her quilt and I'm so glad I decided to do it, even though it was barely done in time for Christmas.  I purchased enough fabric to make myself one also so we could have twin quilts.  Of course you know how that can go.  Mine probably won't get done for awhile!

  Be sure to click on the Quilt Festival Link above (tried but couldn't grab the button for you) and check out all the other quilts.  I'm sure there will be lots of yummy eye candy!
Thanks for stopping by.  Please leave a comment as I would love know you visited.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Outdoor Quilt Show

Wow!  Did we have fun!
Several ladies from my quilting group and I went to the Buggy Barn's
Annual Quilt Show and Vendor Mall.  Talk about blowing the budget!  Gad!
But let's start at the beginning.

Quilts were everywhere!
On just about any available surface
If you're a cat person you'll probably like this one!
Buggy Barn is located approx 20 miles east of Spokane in Reardan, WA. 
There is a darling quilt shop which is open year round.   The vendor mall is open for the quilt show only.
If you're ever in Washington's beautiful dryland wheat country be sure to stop in.
I don't think you'll be disappointed!  We had such a good time!
I'm joining Outdoor Wednesday today.  Please grab a cup of coffee or tea and pop on over and visit some of the links.
Thanks for stopping by.  Please leave a comment that you were here!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I'm A Guest Artist!!

I'm so excited!  I've been featured as a guest artist and one of my quilts is on display over at Cindy Adkin's I Owe It All to Him blogspot.  Please check it out and look at her lovely art on Cindy Adkin's Whimsical Musings.  She has the cutest tags, nests, and spool art  for sale among other things.

I'll be displaying some of my other quilts over the next few weeks so please check back.  I have been quilting for 25 years and, to me, there is nothing more peaceful than the hum of my sewing machine!  The little quilt above is 18" square.  I didn't make this one but I love it just the same!

Home of A Needleworker

Last year I had same day surgery with instructions to mostly stay down the first week.  The second week was to gradually be up more every day.  What on earth had I gotten myself into?  I'm not one to be still for every long and always have a project to do when I'm sitting.  But this happened suddenly and I had nothing prepared.
Of course, my ever helpful Miss Drama Queen kicked in assuring me I would perish from boredom.
I can always count on her to provide the correct response for any particular situation!  Not!  Where does that fear of 'the dreaded boredom' come from anyway?
My son Ben has it too.

My dear Hub was taking very good care of me but I'm sure getting weary.  Then the mail person delivered a cross-stitch kit I had ordered.  Hub couldn't bring me my sewing basket fast enough!  Bless his heart, he was so relieved I had something to do.  I'm sure I heard him utter a prayer of thanksgiving as he left me with my project.
The good news is I healed speedily and finished my cross-stitch in record time!  I just love it and it is now hanging in the family room.
Miss Drama Queen will have to be silent for another day!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cindy Adkin's Art

Happy Monday Everyone! 
I'd like to share one of my favorite blogs with you and a new Etsy shop.
I met Cindy Adkins on her blog Cindy Adkin's Whimsical Musings a few months ago.  She recently opened her new Etsy shop, Her Whimsical Musings so of course I had to visit.
What a treat!  Please check it out if you haven't already.

I just had to buy this wonderful wooden spool nest and tag. I'm a nut for wooden spool art.
And there were more surprises when my package arrived.  This gracious woman really blessed me!
Look what else was in the box.

The nest is truly wonderful as is the sweet tag. 
And I just love the little spool!  It's only 1 inch high!  I had such fun opening this box.

Isn't this a sweet package?  I love my new blogger friends.  Thank you Cindy!  I am truly blessed!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Crazy Hearts Quilt

Today I am finishing my Crazy Hearts quilt!
Just 4.5 inches to go on the seam binding and I'm done!  Hallelujah!
I love to finish quilts!
Never mind that I have 2 more to go per request by cute little granddaughters.
The pattern is called Crazy Hearts and is by Buggy Barn.  This pattern goes together in a unique and fun way.  If you haven't tried one of Buggy Barn's patterns and you're in the mood for something different, I recommend trying one.  Hint:  You'll need 3 pizza boxes.
Now off to finish my quilt!

Monday, October 11, 2010

ROOFus & Whiney Monday

This is ROOFus.  ROOFus sees we are going to town and is sure he'll get to go.

This is ROOFus after being told he can't go. 
He's as big as a sofa and there isn't room for him and the water heater we have to buy.

ROOFus is sad.  He looks exactly how I felt.

I had worked all week getting everything organized so I could have a crafting weekend, but Saturday morning we woke up to a flooded kitchen floor.  The water heater was leaking and had to be replaced.  Thus, the weekend was spend dealing with sogginess.  Grrr!

I do however, realize that this is the minorest of blips in the scheme of things and am getting over myself.  Not sure I can say the same for ROOFus.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

From Los Angeles to...

a 160 acre farm in Washington state.  Wow!
Culture shock galore!

But now...

15 years later

I wouldn't trade this for anything!

Our farm is the clump of trees furthest in the distance on the left.
Thanks for visiting!  I'm linking up with Outdoor Wednesday.  Please
go visit.  There are all kinds of things going on to inspire and delight you!

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Treasure from Barb's Shop!

I was able to visit Barbara Jean's Treasures From the Heart shop this summer.
What a treat!  Mom and I picked up lots of goodies.
One of my favorites is this.

It is 26" x 17".  The perfect size for almost anywhere.

And as you can see, it now holds some of my treasures.  Many of these little items
are from both my grandmothers.
Thanks for stopping by and have a good Monday.
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Always Pause to Smell the Flowers

Just a note to wish you all a happy, relaxing weekend.
I will be back to posting on Monday.  I took a short (thank goodness) tumble off a
ladder so have been laid up a bit.

I've hooked up with Favourite Things Friday at Quilting in my Pyjamas and Vintage Inspiration Friday over at Common Ground.  Please go visit.  There's lots fun to be had!
God Bless!