Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tree finished.....

And this little sweet plant sitter showed up from wintery Wisconsin.... 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas preparations......

Ahhhh... love working on Christmas presents and decorating the tree....  

First ever button hole!  I do not know what was so frightening to me!  

All these decorations must get from the coffee table up to that tree....  

Such a taskmaster!  Cute one though.....

2014 Handmade Christmas cards.  I love simple.  

Finally quilting the Urban Cowgirl.  

And the tree is finally decorated....  None of the pictured ornaments are ones that I have made. They are all store or craft fair bought over the years.  

Love these little mini Amish baby dolls.  I found them in some of my grandmother's craft boxes after she passed away..... I love to put them on my tree.  

Now.... back to Christmas preparations....  

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Where has the time gone.....

So amazed that half of October and all of November slipped by without one little blog post!  Luckily..... productivity has been rampant!  

Two corner to corner afghans were completed.  I must admit this is a record for me!  Usually, it will take me a couple of months to complete one.  Okay - actually it will take me more than a couple of months... hahahaha...  

Started on my oldest daughter's quilt.  So exciting.  We had talked about the Terry Atkinson's Stash Stars Pattern.  

Purchased the pattern... but finding fabric for my daughter proved to be a little bit of a challenge.  So I tabled the quilt.

While browsing the internet for star patterns, I went to Quilt in a Day's free pattern site and found "Leah's Star." 

Oh..... I was excited and scared all at once.... excited because my oldest daughter's name is Leah and scared because it looks like a very complicated pattern. So using scraps left over from the "No More Beige Blues" table runner  I made a test block.

Let me tell you!  So easy.  So awesome. So happy!  Then the hunt for fabric started.  

My bestie and I went fabric shopping.  We welcome any excuse to go fabric shopping!  

Leah likes muted colors and an antique style fabric.... but not too old fashioned.  This can be difficult but we found the perfect fabrics.  However, I was a little concerned that it might look too Christmassy....  (is that even a word?) Mind you, Leah has not seen the fabric, nor the pattern yet!
So the cutting started.... my idea was to use the same fabric for the background of each block, use the focus fabric as star part one and the other two fabrics as the star part two in each of the blocks.  However, in all the excitement it got away from me and I made a cutting error. Oh boy!  I get so discouraged.....  and this would have been horrible except that the youngest daughter (who really should be a quilt designer!) said to make it scrappy and then none of the cutting error is wasted!  Wooo Hoo....  I made a couple of blocks, posted the picture on Instagram and Leah commented that she loved the fabrics!!!  WOOO HOOOO! 

So on Thanksgiving I showed her the blocks, the pattern and she is so excited!  

And she did not think it was too Christmassy.  Yes, it was used twice so it must be a word now! 

Seriously..... if you are looking for a great pattern... this is definitely it.  I LOVE it!  

Finished piecing another quilt top.....

This one is based on Which Ways North pattern....  

Started Christmas package toppers...... 

Tutorial from Little Golden Nook  (Love Pinterest!) 

Michael helping me this morning.....  

And now back to the cutting board (literally) so I can get Leah's Star Quilt pieced!  

If time has to slip away.... so glad it was full of busy fun!  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Wicked Servant

My husband is the band leader for the contemporary service at our church.  At the beginning of each week, we read the following Sunday's bible lessons and our Pastor's worship notes in an effort to select songs that will help tie the whole service together.

Some weeks are easier than others.  This was not one of those weeks.  

Not because the lessons were hard to understand or the Pastor's notes were ambiguous..... quite the contrary.  

For me, the readings took on a more personal side.....

Matthew 18:32-35

32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.  33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” 

Hmmmm..... Forgiveness.... not a strong attribute for me... in fact I have a tendency to hold on... hold on with all my might.  All the wrongs in my life.   

My. Entire. Life.  

I am the wicked servant.

We have been told over and over that it is necessary to forgive.  Many articles... many, many, many therapists, doctors and counselors have all said that forgiveness helps the forgiver....  

I wholeheartedly agree with those statements... it all makes sense.  

However, I believe I hold on that lovely little gift... 


Because it is for me. 


I am a servant.  I serve.  So to do something for myself does not make any sense in my little brain.  If I hold onto that forgiveness... it is not hurting anyone but me.  

The word "SERVANT" jumped out at me in those verses. It is giving me a different perspective. 

To be a better servant.....  is to forgive.  So I am not doing it for myself.  I need to see that it is being done for others.

If I forgive everyone that has, whether intentional or not, hurt me..... I will be a better servant.  

So, how does it help others? 
It seems that if forgiveness is given....  especially if it is accepted by the one giving it...... hmmmmm......

If forgiveness is accepted by the one giving it, then the giver (servant) sees the person to be forgiven (fellow servant) in a new light.  Not as the one who hurt them, but as someone who needs help, needs to be served.  And someone who is trying to serve just as we are! 

Sooooooo....... if I see the person who is being forgiven, not as a mean, selfish person, who has hurt me, but as someone who needs help and as a fellow servant...... I will treat them differently.  I will not hold on to that hurt with all my might.  I will not want to seek justice or righteousness.... I will not treat them as an enemy.  I will not wallow in it.  (Yes, that is a tough one to swallow.)

Instead of being cold, distant, and even I will dare to say.... mean to them, I will serve them.  Love them.  

To give them God's love. 

It is time.....

Time to forgive.  Time to release the wickedness.

Time to just be a servant.      

Monday, September 1, 2014

Beige Blues all gone!

(Measures 45 1/4 x 16 3/4)

Love these weekend projects and it definitely chased the Beige Blues away.

Three 12 1/2 inch wonky star blocks, 2 1/2 inch borders and cornerstones.... make for a great Fall Table Runner.  The fabric below the top in the above picture will be the binding and the backing will be a nice solid black fabric.  (I made this same table runner for my friend, last year, using Christmas fabrics.... you can see it on my Table Runner Page.)

Fabric used in the table runner is is a 2012 Kim Schaefer Design for Andover Fabrics. I purchased a fat quarter bundle at a local quilt show several months ago. 

Wonky Star tutorial here, courtesy of The Silly BooDilly blog.  

Give it a try!

Guaranteed to cure any color blues you may have! 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A little case of the Beige Blues

Wow!  It has been forever since a blog post.  Okay... it has only been a month.  

Still working on the Fabulous 50 and Flying Geese quilt. Youngest helped me find the border, backing and binding fabric for it.   

While the orange and star fabric is awesome, it is not part of the border, binding or backing of the quilt.... just absolutely could not live without it.  

Living in the southwest at this time of year, makes me nostalgic for my hometown of Staunton, Virginia... with the green countryside, beautiful old homes and lots of fall color.  

The southwest has every color of beige imaginable.... even with hints of pink.  

I. Am. So. Tired. Of. Beige.  

So.....  I was very fortunate to spend a very short weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina with my cousins, who lived with us (my parents, my younger sister and I) when we were all small.... 10 years and under. Can you believe that it had been nearly 40 years since we all saw each other?  

Driving around Raleigh.... oh how beautiful.  Rainy, green, cool - even a little humid, green, rainy..... did I mention green?  

This was the view from our hotel room.  Notice the ratio of beige to green.  Beige is minimal. 

What a great weekend....  laughter, food, hugs and more laughter.  

So, of course, this made me even more nostalgic.... not to mention my cousins  and sister sending me pictures of green all the time (They live in South Carolina, Georgia and Illinois)!   

And one of my favorite friends sending me gorgeous green pictures from her morning walks in Wisconsin!  

Granted our little area has had a wonderfully wet August.... 

But there is still a lot of beige out there. 

So with this gift of a three-day weekend....  getting some much needed restful sleep (a nap or two), a little pre-week cooking done and some sewing in... and even starting another project.  

Made a batch of homemade veggie stock.  Yes, it is green! The Kitchn has a great recipe... super easy.  I love that there is no wrong way of making it.  Among the many benefits to making this yourself.... is controlling the amount of salt....and we can add all the garlic we want!  

Several months ago, my youngest, my best quilty friend and I went to a quilt show.  I picked up some fun fall fabric. Was never really sure what I was going to make with it.

Today, I decided to make a new table runner. This was a fat quarter bundle with fabric designs created by Kim Schaefer for Andover Fabrics (dated 2012 on the selvage).  

Yes.....this fabric is really chasing the Beige Blues away!