Monday, September 30, 2013

Cleaned ... and Rearranged My Sewing Room

It really is a privilege from the Lord, and so very neat to have a room dedicated to my quilt inspirations.....

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hello to My Block Swap Adventure Friends !!!

Here's to Rev. Traci (North Carolina) - - - yes -- your block was received!   So I am posting a  to and from  picture!!

Her purple and green block was immaculate......that's because I often look at the back of a block and it was truly perfect..... and her points matched perfectly.   She also sent a nice note... and a mini-friendly-business card!    Such a neat idea.... I've just duplicated a card for my own use in swapping blocks, and hexies and whatever other group I intend to join.   (There is a Siggie group somewhere waiting for me! LOL) 

Traci asked for shades of Black, White, Silver (these colors can have designs in them but not extra colors)....(how can you dislike pink...dear sister!!!???)

Enjoy...... and have a great day!
BTW... click on the Block Swap image on my sidebar and join/follow along!

September !! thru October -- Twistin' Time !!


September 26

Freemotion by the River
Pig Tales and Quilts
Marlas Crafts
Marjorie's Busy Corner
Moose Stash Quilting

Won't you take a minute to visit!! ??   My fellow bloggers have used BATIK fabric to beautifully illustrate their feelings and reflections on the BIT 60 DECADE !

Here is just one of my developing ideas.....


My inspiration is drawn from OBA quilt - Aisha Lumumba !!!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Why do I love to piece . . ? ? ? Peace & Tranquilty

My husband plays solitare on his cell phone (with a football game on TV -- no less) !  I reach for fabric.

His dad has myleofibrosis....  rare... 1 out of 100,000 in US. 

WHY DO I LOVE TO PIECE?   It's the only tangible thing (besides my children) that I can mold, make, create --- yes even control the pace at which I piece together the bits and pieces of my life.....  and I see a pattern of repetition appearing... small and then bigger and bigger.  The peace I obtain .... is always rising out of the sea!  There are black skies with clouds and wind.....   but in my heart I hear a sound of the abundance of rain coming forth!!!

1 Kings 18:41-45 (New King James Version)
Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.”
So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.” Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!”
So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’”  Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So Ahab rode away and went to  Jezreel.      

My Design Wall is A Designer's Floor !

I'm really anxious for twenty blocks and a Border !  Don't we just love the piecing process!

I pull my pre-cut 2-inch strips from the Box (not Pizza - since my employer has DELL computer boxes of various sizes...!!!) Moving onto starched and ironed and squaring up of the 5", 8", 11", 14" and 17" strips of this heart-warming COURTHOUSE STEPS QUILT!

You might notice thru-out my blog postings that my quilt block end up on MY DESIGN FLOOR
The next place I display my quilt top ...   would be to move the blocks to my Father's living room....He chose blue carpet!
This is the 16-patch BLACK & WHITE BEAUTY ready for final large seam stitching together.   I haven't decided on border.... but I'm going to place feathers on the large white spaces!!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Another Work N Progress !

So, this is a really large 16 - 17" Courthouse Step Block!
 So much of my stash is autumn colored..... plus it's something in my color nature that draws me to the warmth of this palette....

I tried a minute of the QAYG.... didn't like the straight lines....   
So I'll do twenty or forty blocks (one or two quilts.... I have a giveaway lovely lady!)
And I still want to set aside time to machine quilt!

Here's what's on the drawing board...

Quilt in Progress
1 1/2" precision piecing of squares

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Chicka-dee, Roosters, and Gobblers ~ Pincushion !

Hey are we skipping around the PIN IT List of bloggers....!!

I positioned the Turkey right at the head...... I like IT!

 A few of my favorite keepsake surrounding by little gobbler
And Here....
The tedious, but delightful task of paper-pieced (abt 3") pincushion!!
Would you like for me to mail YOU  one of little doozies! ?
Just sign up to follow my blog....letting me know you stopped by!  I'll read your comment ~ leave an address for a giveaway..  (sorry on four -- random selection!) after this Blog Hop ends 9-18-2013!

Monday, September 9, 2013

I'm in it ~ 2 Pin It

Such fun!!!!
Visit all the blogs with me!

It's Blog Hop Time . . . hosted by Kristen @ Meadowbrook !!!!
September 10

September 16
De Zondagssteek

Life's Lil Garden ~ my fellow Hexie Blogger

My New Years Resolutions   Here's her link!!

To be content
To give thanks in all things
To take joy
To give grace
To receive peace

For from Him
And through Him
And to Him
Are all things.
To Him be the glory
~Romans 11:36

Study to be quiet.
Mind my own business.
And work with my hands.
1 Thessalonians 4:11
To be a better Wife, Mom, Gran, Granddaughter, Sister, Daughter, Aunt, & Friend
To slow down and smell the roses
Me Time
To Show Myself Friendly
Proverb 18:24

Stay At Home

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;

Home-keeping hearts are happiest,

For those that wander they know not where

Are full of trouble and full of care;

To stay at home is best.

Weary and homesick and distressed,

They wander east, they wander west,

And are baffled and beaten and blown about

By the winds of the wilderness of doubt;

To stay at home is best.

Then stay at home, my heart, and rest;

The bird is safest in its nest;

O'er all that flutter their wings and fly

A hawk is hovering in the sky;

To stay at home is best.

Longfellow (song)

Friday, September 6, 2013

A Tribute to Black Who Quilted and Stitched Their Lives into American History !

Thanks Ronnie!

Proclamation 4976 - National Sewing Month
September 24, 1982

A Proclamation

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September, 1982, as National Sewing Month. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

So....It may be weekly or daily.... that I Shall Pay

Tribute to Black Women Who Have Stitched and Sewn

their lives into an important part of American History !


Co-Worker, Contest, School Spirit and a CHAIR COVER ! YEP!!!

YEP.... that's right.  To help my co-work celebrate her SOONER CAFE table setting in her office.... She's set to graduate for OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY in 2014-2015!

So she ran out for fabric, table settings..... and on Wednesday... we set out to make chair covers !!!

Before... (hmnnnn tell me why this picture is sideways..... OH WELL
OH WELL AGAIN..... it's not that I don't know how to rotate.... I'm just tired/BOSS!

Still Stitchin' Flower-ette's !!

Fussy Cut Hexies.....
A Keyboard Finish !!!

OK Lady.... I say to myself..... lift the corners of that mouth.... and Smile!!

Words on Fabric!   I Love It!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sewing Wednesday's Flowers ....

On a Thursday - nonetheless !!

 A Carolina Lilly.....  Paper-pieced 9" (set on point)

(on the floor, that is!)
12.5" squares (16-patch) measures six rows across and 8 rows down!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

My Creative Juices

Are Beginning To Flow . . .* * *

Necessity as well as BEAUTIFUL Organization
My Medicine Rollup Kit !


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