Thursday, May 30, 2013

Schnibbles Number Two

This is my second quilt top for Another Year of Schnibbles - Vintage Schnibbles. This Schnibble is called "Gentle Art", it will look great hanging in my sewing room when I get it completed.  I had intended to get this quilt quilted before I shared it.  I have everything I need to make this happen but have not found the time.  I have had many things to accomplish lately that did not involve my sewing room.  I will get it quilted soon and take a picture outside on a clear day.  The charm squares used in my quilt are Oasis by 3 Sisters.
Visit Sinta at Pink Pincushion and Sherri at A Quilting Life to see the"Gentle Art" quilts parade.

The weekend is almost here!  It will be another busy one for me but the good thing is that the busyness involves family and friends.  That's the best kind of busy!  I might sneak in a few minutes of sewing therapy too.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

It's For the Birds Giveaway Winner

I have chosen a winner for my little bird pincushion giveaway.  It was part of my It's For The Birds Blog Hop post. picked number 51 and Sandra is the winner.
Sandra said -
Both of your projects are so cute. Take your time with machine quilting and it will be beautiful.

Thank you Sandra, I will try to be patient and enjoy the process.

I received many kind comments and had great fun with this blog hop. 
I was up early and have already completed a project this morning, I will be giving the pillow I created as a gift so I will have to share it later.
Have a great Saturday! 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Peonies and Popsicles

I love these deep rose, almost red peonies.  When my grandmother moved from the house she had lived in for about 60 years my sisters and I took a little bit of the peony plant she loved.  It had been growing on the side of her house since before she moved in.  It flowers early so with the weather here the flowers are often beat down by the rain before we get the chance to bring any inside.    Look what I cut this afternoon!

One of my favorite flowers.

I have a fun quilt block to share with you.  Jennifer at Ellison Lane is having a paper piecing Summer Sampler (mini) Sew Along.

 Here is the first block.  It is amazing to me what you can make with a paper piecing pattern.  Visit Ellison Lane and join in.

Crazy weather here lately, sun, rain, thunder and lightning, hail, strong winds, changing every few minutes.  I see the sun today so I am going to get a quick walk in on my lunch break.  It will have to be  a short one because I only have 10 minutes left.  Think of your many blessings wherever you are.

Don't forget the It's For The Birds blog hop!  There is a link on my sidebar too.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

It's For the Birds Blog Hop

I signed up right away when I heard about the It's For the Birds Blog Hop.  I have had a project in mind for some time and this was the motivation I needed to get it done.  I had a bird pattern designed by Bari J and I knew how I wanted to use it.   I set the materials aside but just didn't seem to get going on it.  Thank you Mdme Samm and Mary for this blog hop and for the motivation I needed.

I made this quilt top using a "Botany" jelly roll and machine appliqued the bird's using Bari's design.  I enlarged the pattern a couple of times to make it look as though the birds are flying off into the sunset or maybe the sunrise.

I plan to try quilting this quilt myself using some of my decorative stitches on my machine and some of the bright colored Aurifil thread I used to applique the birds.  Machine quilting is new for me so it will probably be a slow process and I did not expect to complete that part of the project before the hop.

The bright colors in this quilt top are not what I usually use but I will be using more fun colors in the future.

In a post I wrote a few days ago I mentioned a book I bought recently called Redwork With A Twist by Pat Sloan and right away I spotted a bird project I just had to make for this hop.  I used scraps of French General fabrics to make this fun pincushion, it is about 7 inch square.

I will choose a winner, using,  from all of the comments when the hop is over and this little bird pincushion can fly to a new home.

I hope you are enjoying the hop.  Visit all of the blogs on the list below to see what the other birds are out there.  Have fun!

Thursday, May 9

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Lilacs Are Blooming

 I picked a bouquet of lilacs from my garden and thought I would share them with you. 

 They smell wonderful, I wish there was a way to share that part of the blessing with you

Beautiful lilacs, one of the many blessing of springtime.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

My Kind of Shopping

I had a birthday last month and received so many fun and thoughtful gifts from friends and family.  One of my gifts was a gift card from JoAnn Fabrics, thank you Becky.  So off I went to do some fun shopping. 

I knew I needed some new small pins, mine seem to just disappear, vanish, poof they are gone.  The Cottage and Bungalows magazine has an article and featuring Anne Lory from the blog Fiona and Twig and I had been looking for a copy.  I was told that a Rotating Cutting Mat would help with my blocks for the sew-along I am doing with Melanie at Fabric Chicks.  I will share my blocks soon.  I was excited to find the book Redwork with a Twist by Pat Sloan.  I have already completed a project from the book, I'll share it with you Thursday on my "Its for the Birds" blog hop post.

I hope you had a good weekend.  
Whatever the week ahead brings I want to start and end each day with a thankful heart.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood

I spent a good part of the day working on the bookmobile.  It was a beautiful sunny day and many people came to visit us and found fun things to check out.  I always enjoy busy bookmobile stops.

When I got home I took a little tour of the yard to see what was blooming.  Here are a few of the pretties I found.

The pretty below was made by me.

This block is the second block completed for my Flower Garden Quilt, ten more to go.  The description of this quilt says, take a moment to stop and smell the roses in our beautiful Flower Garden Quilt.  I am going to try to take that literally and keep checking on our gardens and stop and smell whatever is blooming.

We have a new addition to our back yard.  It is a tree person.  He was a birthday gift from my sister Michele, I think he's great.   I will wait to see if the grandchildren notice him when they come to visit tomorrow.

My sweet husband just brought home some yummy teriyaki chicken from our favorite place in town, gotta go now.

Happy Saturday!