Friday, January 31, 2014

This Moment...


. . . . . . . . .
{this moment}
 A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
 [inspired by SouleMama]

Friday, January 24, 2014

A Special Meeting...

Meet Miss Sue.
She is a sweet lady that I met here on my blog.
Almost every time I have posted..
She has commented. Always kind, always encouraging!
Whenever I see her name, it makes me smile.
This past week, this sweet lady mentioned
to me she was coming to Houston
for business.
I took a chance and asked her to dinner.
She accepted...
and was so nice to put a face to all those comments.

 We had a really good time...even in a very
noisy restaurant...but we talked about all
our favorite quilting blogs, fabrics and fabric designers.
Before we knew was 10 o-clock! Wow!
We even kept talking once we  reached her hotel!
Such a lovely lady...just look at her...
It is so true...but quilters are some of the nicest people...
I opened my mailbox and saw a package.
I thought it was something else I had been working on
until I opened it.
I realized it was Sweetwater's new line called Road 15.
I looked a little closer...
and there was Miss Sue's name.
What a wonderful surprise!
Thank you Miss Sue...
For this lovely fabric!!!! from my favorite designer...
in my favorite colors!!!!
But most of all, thank you for always being such a
bright moment in my comments section...
and for the really FUN time meeting you!!!!
Hugs Hugs Hugs!!!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sew...I am not Oprah...

But, I do have a list of favorite things...
I don't own all of them, but have worked with them and LOVE THEM!
(all photos  and descriptions have come from Missouri Star Quilt Company)
so far that is...
Oliso Auto Lift Pro Zone Iron
for Oliso
iTouch technology digitally activates the patented wide scorch guards that lift the iron on and off the fabric. Double duty deep penetrating heat allows pressing through multiple layers at once. Triple Play Extreme Ultra-Premium Steam System offer continuous steam and horizontal and vertical bursts of steam and has a pointed tip to get into tighter spaces. Quad auto shut-off. Ergonomic design. Digital temperature control, zero-drip system and 12.7 oz. side-fill water tank. 1800 watts with optimized heat and steam. Extra long 11 foot premium cord. As seen on Fons and Porters "Love of Quilting"
Spinning 17" Rotary Mat
for Olfa
Bobbin Saver - Red
for Blue Feather Products
Unique circular bobbin holder holds about 20 small & large plastic
or metal bobbins. Does not include bobbins.
It's a small thing, but NOT when your fingers are so too sore to stitch..
and these are great GRIPPERS!!!
They come in all sizes too ladies!!!
Rubber Thimble Medium 3/4in (20mm)
for Dill Buttons
Rubber Thimble Medium 3/4in (20mm) by Dill Buttons
don't they look like those little candies we all used to eat?
I think they were called Dots?
Sew...those are my favorite items..
What is your favorite and tell us what it is!
I would love to know what helps you all
make those lovelies that you make!
Happy Thursday,

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Fun: How to "Fussycut" Fabric for a Quilt

Once Again, I have found another tutorial that is very helpful and informative
for any new quilters out there that have yet to try this...
From Missouri Star Quilt Company again...but they are just so darn good!

Another busy weekend ahead as we head out of town to "dress shop" for my
youngest girl...who is getting married this summer!

Tell me,  what you are working on this weekend?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Snow, Showers and Realizations...


What a wonderful weekend we had with our Son David and His Ashley...
We realized a few things on this trip...
That as you can see, there was SNOW around everywhere... YAY!
That on our little tour of Solon Iowa
we saw some of the prettiest little homes
this side of Heaven I am sure...
That even the deer LOVE SNOW...
as clearly evident by the "Buck Angel" pictured above.
That my beloved son...actually can walk on water.
FROZEN water that is...hehehe
That you can spell your husband's name out in the snow....
if you really focus and run in cursive.
(love that Mr. Bill you know...)
That there's a sweet little room filled with goodies for
a new GB on the way...
That memories can be recorded on a baby's onesie and not leave a stain...
That no less than FIVE generations (counting the baby)
can be photographed together without using Photoshop..
(Gigi, Great-Great Grandmama - 97 yrs very young, Mama, Grandmama, Great-Grandmama)
That I love my son more than words could ever be spoken or written...
That sitting on the airplane to come home brings a few
life-changing realizations...
Because you see, just as I whispered with tears in my eyes
and a choking my voice in my son's ear when I hugged him goodbye...
"the next time I see you David...
You will be a Daddy".

For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD.
"They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11


Friday, January 10, 2014

Little Baby Gray...

Oh Wow! Two posts in ONE DAY! 

Just a quick finish for Friday...I wanted to post it to join in the Linky Party over at
Confessions of a Fabric Addict...These are some of the items I finished for my trip to Iowa today...

Happy Friday...
and don't forget to look below for our Friday Fun Tutorial!!!

Friday Snow Fun....The Scrabble Quilt Tutorial

Well, I am off on a plane today to visit my son and his beautiful girl...
I am all excited...(bear with me here...I am from the South) I am going to Iowa and
they HAVE SNOW!  In fact...It is supposed to SNOW while we are there!!!!
Expect to see SNOW pictures next week!!! Do you think I might be excited about SNOW???
But I digress...
I love Missouri Star Quilt Tutorials...I found another one for our Friday Fun Tutorial...
This one looks easy and fun... sew, while I am off playing in the SNOW this weekend,
I hope you have a chance to play quilting "Scrabble"!
Happy SNOW   Friday!


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Baby Goodies...

This week has been full of sewing for a new GB...(Grand baby)   :)
I love sewing for little ones and I love the materials
I get to work with.
For the newest project, I am using only fabrics from
all requested of course by the new Mama to be...
Here's some of what I am working with:

Aren't these just cute?
The pattern is called - Giant Hexies Quilt Pattern
She has the pattern for sale on her Etsy site HERE
Oh My...How cute is her pattern!
Don't you agree?
Just darling...
It is going so fast...but not fast enough...
Her shower is Saturday and I won't be finished by then...
But I will have it in the mail next week for sure...
but not before I post it here!
What are you working on today?


Sunday, January 5, 2014

A vintage gift

While the rest of the country seams to be held hostage by snow...
Our neck of the south is just COLD...
Sitting by the fire I thought it just appropriate to pull out
a gift I received before Christmas...


I was gifted with six beautiful Dresden blocks all made with some
of the sweetest vintage fabric.

I love all the fabrics in these blocks...

The lady that gifted these to me had a very talented grandmother who
quilted all the time. In fact, she quilted so many quilts, that my friend had
more quilts than she knew what to do with.
Such a treat when she found these tucked into a drawer and thought of me.
I am indeed going to make my own quilt from these squares...
I so value the work of other quilters...especially those who did so
much beautiful handwork.

The vintagy goodness of these 15 inch squares is just charming...
I would sure love to hear from you about what color sashing I should use..
or backing...I want to showcase these lovelies and give them the honor
they deserve...
I hope your weekend was warm and full of free time for sewing!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday Fun ....Disappearing Pinwheel Quilt - Quilting Made Easy

Happy Friday Everyone!
I wanted to share a really fun project from Missouri Star Quilt Company with you today.
This year, every Friday, I will showcase an easy tutorial that I have either found or created.
Wouldn't it be fun to have a new quick project to try over the weekend?
This is the perfect one to share for our first week.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Goodbye 2013...Hello 2014!

Goodbye 2013...

Hello to 2014...
This new year will bring a lot of really great days to our family...
In February...
We will welcome this little guy...
Grayson William
GB #3
and in June...
We will welcome another new family member...
Our youngest daughter's fiancé as of last night...
All that in the first SIX months of the new year!!!!
We are truly blessed...
Wishing you all your own sweet blessings in a brand new year...
Happy New Year!

A few years back...3 maybe?

 A little over 3 years ago, our little quilt shop grew up. We moved to a larger space and hired more employees. So much has happened in thos...