Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Free Resouce

Did you know there is a free resource guide as close as your nearest JoAnn's Fabric store??

Today I stopped in at JoAnn's to pick up sewing machine needles. I was not too sure what I needed, so I picked up the Machine Needles Guide found right in front of the notions section.

As I looked around, I noticed there were lots of these little pamphlets available with so many different titles.

Machine Needles guide
All About Pins guide
Hand Needles guide
Fabric Adhesives guide
Sewing tools, Marking essentials, Elastics, Fasteners, Cover buttons, Omnigrid Rulers and many more.

I couldn't help but think how these little pamphlets are a helpful FREE tool when you are shopping and have a question about which one to use.

And an update on my GIFT for one of my readers. A couple of weeks ago I offered a one years subscription to Quiltmaker magazine. A lot of things happened during those two weeks, but I did draw a name and tried to contact the winner. That person never responded to my email, so I drew another name. And believe it or not, the second person never responded either. They say that the third time is the charm. So......... the winner of the one year subscription is.........

Amy of A {Redeemed} Quilting Sheep.

Stop by and visit her beautiful blog and tell her "hi!".

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Granny Square quilt

There has been a Granny Square quilt rage going on lately. I love this pattern and had bookmarked the Blue Elephant Stitches tutorial.

But I kept thinking............. this quilt looks SO familiar to me.

And then I remembered!!!

My daughter had bought a very old quilt at an antique shop a couple of years ago. So I dug it out. The design is laid out differently but I think it is the same pattern block. It looks different using the white in the center.

There is a damaged block that was replaced with a piece of muslin.

I'm not sure that I can replace the damaged block. But it might be worth trying.


I would like to express my thanks to each one of you that sent words of comfort and encouragement during this time of loss to our family. We appreciated your thoughts, prayers and gentle words. You have ministered to us as we have walked through these sad days.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Celebration

"God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying.... for the former things are passed away."  Revelation 21:4

This week I have said good bye to two women who have had a huge impact and influence on my life.  On Tuesday evening, my dear Mother in Love took the hand of Jesus and left her earthly body to walk the streets of gold.  She was one of the most giving and gracious ladies I have ever known.  It has been a sorrowful tear filled few days, but we are in fact rejoicing in knowing that she is not in pain anymore and praising God that her faith has been made sight and that she is with her Savior.

Then on Thursday morning, my husband's aunt joined her sister in law as she too left us to reside with Jesus.  And although we were not blood relatives, she stepped into my life at a time when I was grieving the sudden loss of my own mother.  She has been a substitute mother, a grandmother to my children, a friend, a mentor, a beautiful example of how to love people wholly and unconditionally. 

Few of us have the privilege of knowing one person in our lives who sets a course of integrity and honor and who fills you up with their unwavering love.  I have been blessed to know and love two such women.

Absent from the body
Present with the Lord

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I have to tell you

... reasons I'm not getting much sewing or quilting done.

We have been getting our old house ready for renters. And there has been a lot of work to do. My hubby did such a beautiful job bringing our yard back.

Also my very precious Mother in Love has been ill, and will very soon take the hand of Jesus and walk the streets of gold. It's been a really rough month, and we would appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Coffee Time

No new finishes this week, but I've been working on a Coffee Time table topper.

Maybe I'll get it quilted for next week :-)

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spring Flowers

These are some of the spring flowers I have planted in my yard. Flowers bursting with new life. I love to compliment the flowers with fabric from my stash :-)

The breath of spring is never far behind in my fabric garden.

"I never get tired of looking at my fabric. It's like looking at a beautiful garden that never goes to seed."

Monday, April 9, 2012

A Gift

There are so many days when I sit down to write a blog post and I think about you, dear reader. I so appreciate inviting you into my home, and sharing with you. I'm not an exceptional quilter, but I do love playing with fabric and making something that is pretty and sometimes brings a little comfort and joy.

Recently Quiltmaker made me an offer that I could not refuse.

And I thought about YOU. So I would like to gift one of my readers with a one year subscription to Quiltmaker magazine. They have some fun patterns, and Bonnie Hunter is a regular contributor to each edition. Quiltmaker even has a blog called Quilty Pleasures where you can follow along with more insights from their current magazine.

So hey, what do you say?? Can I give you a gift?? Leave a comment on this post by next Sunday, April 15. AND because I ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ my followers, followers can leave a SECOND comment. Please be sure that I have a way to contact you.

Thank you so much for stopping by sharing a little bit of your day with me.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world." (John 11:25-27)

"He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said" (Matt. 28:6)

May you rejoice in knowing that the Savior of this world lives.

Wishing you a Blessed Easter.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Pink Strings

My Pink Strings quilt is coming right along. I have finished up these blocks.

I think I just need three more and then I will start sewing the blocks together.

Here is the link for the tutorial at the Craftsy website. It will be listed under the March BOM. The tutorial is made with 6 1/2" blocks but I made mine 8". I did use white muslin for the foundation. I love how it looks with the white strip in the center. I plan to put a small white border around the whole quilt.

This has been so much fun, digging through my scrap fabric, finding material that was used on other projects :-) Sweet happy memories.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Another anniversary

So many significant anniversaries in the sewing community.

Check out this link to see about the Coats and Clark 200th Anniversary. After all, where would sewing be without thread??

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I hang around............

......... with some very talented quilters ..........

Happy Quilting!!!

Monday, April 2, 2012

How come no one told me

how much fun these are to make!!!

For a long time I've wanted to make these scrappy string blocks. One day I came across a tutorial on Craftsy that got me going. It is so fun to use up all the scraps that have been piling up. I did sign up for the Craftsy subscription, but I have to tell you that I unsubscribed because I started getting a TON of spam!! Now I don't normally get much spam via my email, but this was the only thing different I had signed up for and wowser, did it start coming in droves. So just a little warning..............

Have a Happy Quilting day!