Friday, February 27, 2009

And the block is............

I didn't get any guesses, and I thought it was a dead give-away. That is probably because I made four of them!

So here it is....Heart in Hand, one of my favorite applique patterns.

Carol made us a sweet flower basket - I think we all had Spring on our minds.
Cheryl used these beautiful Spring fabrics to make my initial block...looks great, don't you think?
And yeaaaaa...I finished my February Redwork BOM - just in time. So I am up to date on that project.
Now...back to work on Elijah's quilt!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Elijah's Quilt - Block 2 and a little tease....

Here's the second block in Elijah's quilt. I made 8 of the stars in the previous post and 7 of these pinwheels. Next will be some applique blocks - can't wait to show you those!

And here is little tease for Carol and Cheryl. This is a glimpse of my friendship block for February. Its a very old traditional block that you see a lot in folk art quilts. Care to guess what it is? First one to correctly guess...I will make you one and send it to you! The reveal is on Friday, so get your guesses in!

Friday, February 20, 2009

A hint on pinning....

Tonight a read Swooze's blog where she raised the question as to whether you sew over pins or not, and why. I thought I would share with you a hint from my good friend Darlene (no blog....yet, I am working on her to start one). She said to pin at an angle...that way you can sew right up to the seam before you pull the pin out. This works GREAT.

And just in case you are wondering what I am working on, its a quilt for new beautiful grandson, Elijah.

Its a cute pattern that I have had since last summer and now I have someone to make it for. More on the quilt later...but I can promise you, its going to make you smile!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Elijah Paul
Born TODAY (February 18, 2009)
6 pounds 14 ounces
19" Tall
Absolutely perfect !
My grandson!
Thank you God for your blessings.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Helen's Summer Mystery Quilt

Helen at designed and shared with us a Summer Mystery Quilt. This is my version of her design which I enjoyed making very much. As I added the final border tonight, I realized what I wanted to do with this quilt. It will be sent to Australia to quilters there collecting and making quilts for the victims or the terrible fires there. Helen has a links on her site of where to send quilts, supplies, quilt tops, etc. What a more fitting purpose for this quilt.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day Surprise....

My husband really out did himself this year. I have been wanting some of the EQ6 resource books for some time now, and hinting for Christmas, etc. Well he gave me all the books I wanted Friday night for Valentine's Day. I was so excited, and somewhat overwhelmed. So much information and where do I start???? Then, Saturday morning, he had these beautiful yellow roses and a card waiting on me at my computer, along with a cup of coffee. Now there's a man that knows me well!

Saturday was my club meeting, and Martha did a lesson on hand piecing. It was a relaxing meeting, with everyone doing their handpiecing and chatting and just enjoying the fellowship. An easy meeting to prepare for as we did not have to lug machines with us - just a few hand sewing supplies. We worked on the Thousand Pyramid Quilt pattern. For all the past week, I just cut out triangles - going through my stash and cleaning out bins . I only wanted one of each fabric, so I brought bunches of triangles for my friends to use. I think my husband was beginning to worry about me, as I worked night after night, cutting triangles, and that might be why he gave me the books a little early. He asked me...."Is that all you are going to do tonight - cut out triangles?" When I said yes, he went and brought me the books. Actually, cutting out the triangles has been good therapy for me this past week, but having a loving caring husband is the best I could ask for.

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. We went out to eat with my brother and his wife last night and then to see the movie Paul Blark, Mall Cop. A great comedy relief.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Brocolli Kid

Now what 2 year old doesn't enjoy a bowl of steamed brocolli? My little Malachi sure does dig right in! Yum yum!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

At peace

Michael is my brother. He fought a battle with anaplastic thyroid cancer that ended last night and he is at peace. He touched many people in his life with his smile, kind actions and gifts of his hands, including woodworking, papercutting and tatting. His love of animals was shown through volunteer work at animal shelters and the many abandoned pets he took in and gave a loving home. I will miss him terribly, but take comfort in the love we shared and in knowing his struggle to breathe is over. He is at rest and I am very blessed to be able to call him my brother.