Sunday, December 19, 2010

What I am getting for Christmas!

"The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing". Zephaniah 3:17

Wishing you and your families a blessed and peaceful Christmas with the God who saves you and delights in you so much, he fights for you and rejoices over you with singing. 

See you in 2011!

Friday, December 10, 2010

QJRR Bee block for Victoria

Another fun block to make. Victoria said we could put something in the center of the block if we would like. I like. I thought about it for quite a while before I settled on this.

QJRR Block for Victoria

Here are our blocks together. This is going to be an adorable quilt! (Sorry the color is a bit distorted--it was dreary outside)

QJRR Block for Victoria with her block

I loved sifting through my fabrics and finding fun bits and pieces to add to the quilt. And I couldn't resist the "V".

QJRR Block for Victoria with her block

I found a font I liked, and enlarged it on my computer screen and simply traced it from there onto my steam a seam. 

QJRR Block for Victoria

I hand stitched the raw edge applique initial, mainly because my sewing machine chose that time to quit working properly. I hope she likes it as much as I do.

QJRR Block for Victoria

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My husband's Grandma Angell's Pecan Pie

We made this scrumptious pie on Thanksgiving day at my mom-in-law's home. We did it on a whim and had a blast figuring everything out (including oven temp, baking time, oh....and butter the size of walnut). Of course, with the internet, that was pretty simple.


1 c dark Karo
3/4 c sugar
butter: size of walnut

Boil all of the above to thread. Cool.

2 heaping tsp flour
1/4 t nutmeg
2 eggs
1/2 c milk
2 t vanilla
1 c pecans

Mix together. 10" pan

Something else I spent time doing over Thanksgiving break.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Kaleidoscope block for Aurora Fair - Alex

This is for our Quilting Journey Round Robin Bee. I love the pattern and the smaller size of this paper pieced block.

OJRR Block for Aurora Fair - Alex

Here are our blocks together.

OJRR Block for Aurora Fair - Alex with her starter block

You can get a feel for how the color will move around the quilt with this pattern.

OJRR Block for Aurora Fair - Alex with her starter block

She said she likes red and purple. I think she is brilliant!!

OJRR Block for Aurora Fair - Alex

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Back on track

I brought my sewing machine home.

I miss having it up where my sisters also sew and my folks can just drop in anytime, but I have been in the thick of musical rehearsals and gone on the weekends. So I brought it home. It is really kind of fun to sew at 9:00 at night or 6:00 in the morning! :)

However, this weekend I have been HOME!!! And I am fighting a cold, that is being shared around the cast (we are a week out), so sewing has been about all I have felt like doing!! That and watching movies...old movies or new movies on the Hallmark channel, it doesn't really matter (I love John Wayne)! But I have been productive, and that does feel good!

This first block I did is for Jen in our Quilting Journey Round Robin Bee. My inspiration block was the Antique Tile from Modify Tradition. I just added another strip of fabric to bring it up to 15.5", which is what she requested.

Quilting Journal Round Robin Bee - Jen

These bad boys are really big and the light in my room is not great, so they kind of hang off the table, but here is my block with Jen's starter block. They will be living happily in Canada.

Quilting Journal Round Robin Bee - Jen

Next comes the block for Krista. It was so hard to decide which way to go with this block, because I had an idea of what I was going to do from the pictures I had seen of others and what they had done, until I had hers and the others in my hot little hands! Then, I knew I had to rethink...and wait until I was actually "in" a fabric store to get some different fabrics. I decided on 3 fabrics and a star. Without even knowing it, I even ended up purchasing the same KF fabric she had in her block to use in mine. And the blue matches hers, as well...two *happy accidents*.

Quilting Journal Round Robin Bee - Krista

The pattern for my block came from the Quilter's Cache website (a real treasure). Here are our blocks together.

Quilting Journal Round Robin Bee - Krista

The last block I did was for Mona W. This block and Jen's came together about 2 weeks ago. I thought I might not enjoy doing this block, because I love variety and Mona wanted a paintbox block (one color) ala "Oh, Fransson", one of my favorite blogs. I was so wrong. I love red and this block was so...satisfying to make. :)

Quilting Journal Round Robin Bee - Mona W

Here is my block with Mona's. :) It is fun to think of them living together in Germany!!

Quilting Journal Round Robin Bee - Mona W

And, last but not least, I did a block for Wendy for November, in my Sew Bee It quilting bee. She rescued some 1930's reproduction fabrics from a friend who had them in a tub labeled "Aunt Grace". I received some pieces of fabric already cut into squares and strips as well as some other pieces of fabric. Wendy asked for 9" blocks, and since I had just finished the paintbox block, I did these in the same manner and style.

Sew Bee It - Wendy

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Owls everywhere!

I am really into owls right now. I made these fabric postcards for an exchange I signed up for late in the summer before school and musical rehearsals got into full swing and I was still in the blissful forgetfulness of what my life is like in the fall!! Fortunately, they were pretty easy to make.  

Fabric Postcard Fall Exchange

I enjoy applique and have a pattern program from Sue Spargo, which is where these little darlings came from. I enjoy her pictorial style. She also has a great blog, full of fun pics!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fun little house swap.

I made these little blocks for a swap I am participating in. I love working with those little owls.

Cute little 'swap' house. :)

I'm not gonna lie....they look like outhouses!! :)

House swap

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Every Neighborhood needs a Park

For our Quilting Journey Round Robin Bee, Cindy wanted a "neighborhood" quilt. These blocks, all together, are really fun! I wanted to do something unique and fun, so decided to give her a park.

Block for Cindy (playswithneedles1)

This applique block was a blast to make!!! Here it is with Cindy's starter block.

Cindy's Block with Mine

The bird is my favorite!!!

Hello Birdie!

I love how these flowers turned out, too. Modern fabrics are so amazing!!!!

Fun Flowers for Cindy

Isn't this little neighborhood adorable????

QJRR Playswithneedles1 Cindy's neighborhood

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Something Found

Remember this blog where I talked about the great gift that came from Susan Brown just because her sister-in-law, Linda, happens to be a dear friend?
A Surprise Gift - The Binding Tool
Well, today I found Susan's website. Go to the notions section and check it out. It looks fun. And I am not kidding. I love this tool. It is a 'no-fail' help for joining those ends on your binding.

And yeah, if you like good blog reads, go visit my dear friend Linda at Music From My Heart.

Don't you just love friends?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

For Elizabeth of our QJRR Bee

Not trying to be funny, but these starlings are darling!! I love these little birds! :)

Block for Elizabeth

Here is my block with Elizabeth's...

QJRR Bee Block for Elizabeth

...and her complete little flock so far.

Eliabeth's blocks

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Rocket Dog

Rocket Dog, originally uploaded by myfullcolorlife - Vickie.
This little wall hanging was made for Deacon's 1st birthday. It was really fun. My sister-in-law was visiting from Oregon when I purchased the fabrics. We had such a good time. I used the pattern from this web site. {Couldn't 'get' the machine quilting. Need to take a class}. Now, my dear Mr. Deacon has Grammy V's love looking over him while he sleeps! Ahhh....does a heart good!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Friends Here, Friends There, Friends Everywhere!

I love people! They are the best thing going. And it is so nice to know that they live everywhere...not just in my little corner of the world.

First, please take a minute and go visit a new friend, Joan at Caliquilter, and say "hi". She has a pretty sweet giveaway happening, too, if you like fabric. It is $50 that you can spend wherever you like. :)

And let me tell you, you can win a giveaway!! Look what I received from dear mamacjt!!! If you would like to visit her blog, it is colorful and yummy!!! Great eye-candy! Thanks, Carol!!!


Then I received this in the mail...just cause some of our best friends in the world are her family and shared my blog with her. This little baby takes away all my binder know...getting those ends to match up!!!!!!!! Get yourself one here!

A Surprise Gift - The Binding Tool

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Our really fun flickr bee, A Quilting Journey Round Robin Bee, has sent me a darling 'neighborhood'. I thought it needed some nature, so here is my contribution for Cindy N. It is applique and mostly Anna Maria Horner fabric, though the tree top is from Amy Schimler's Animal Party, the tree trunk is Laura Gunn's Lantern Bloom and the top grass line is Heather Bailey's Hop Dot. Now I just need to finish the outline stitching...It is gonna be hard to send this one away!!!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sew Bee It block for KT

I wasn't going to do these last night, but I finished my Quilting Journey Round Robin Bee block (which I will blog about soon) and I was having so much fun sewing. I thought I would just start, but once I did, I couldn't stop. Since they were for August, it is a good thing I did!! :)

Hexagon Quilt Along

Yup. I'm back! And I love how this quilt top turned out. I followed Julie's initial directions over at her Hexagon Quilt Along. Ashley picked out the fabric. Wish you could see it in person. The fabrics are really gorgeous! It is not quite big enough, so I am going to trim those two sides so they are straight and add a border.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

I so *heart* this quilt!

Or should I say 'fabric'?

Mom's Quilt

I know this is a simple pattern...and mostly all from the same designer {Anna Maria Horner}...but when I see this quilt in person, I just feel good.

Mom's Quilt

Color does that for me.

Mom's Quilt

And these blues are amazing.

Mom's Quilt

Just look at that deep pink that almost reads red. {I love those 'fans'}. There is not much about this quilt that I don't like.

Mom's Quilt

It lives with my mom, so I can visit.

Mom's Quilt

Monday, August 9, 2010

For Tessophia

Tessophia is making a quilt for her six year old daughter. She asked for 12.5 square, 12.5 x 6.5 or 6.5 square blocks. My picture does not do this fabric justice. My top block is 12.5 x 6 and the bottom 2 are 6.5 square. This will be a sweet quilt, perfect for a little princess.

Fussy Cut Love Bee - tessophia

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Wedding Gift

I got excited. I sent this quilt on to it's final home last year cause I was so excited to see it get to my niece and her husband. And it was late. Of course, I have heard the old adage that a wedding gift is not late if the couple receives it in the first year of their marriage. I think that saying was made up by a creative person who struggles with organization. It doesn't matter. I claimed it for this one. Anyway, I got Mrs. S to send me some more pictures of it.

Wedding Quilt

I love my longarm quilter. She does beautiful work. But I want to learn to 'do it myself'. We'll see how that goes.

Wedding Quilt

I just love this fabric. There is something so satisfying about blue. It makes me feel comfortable and happy. Kind of like driving under the vast Kansas sky on a bright summer afternoon. We are tootling down the highway, the ground is flat and there is nothing but sky in all directions (and of course all the other cars enjoying the view!). I love it!

Wedding Quilt

OK...I like to have fun...

...and try new things. So, I joined an online exchange and I made a fabric postcard. Yes, I did. It was a first and I learned a lot. It turned out cute, even with everything I did wrong. :) Of course, I am not going to tell you everything I did wrong. I love that cute 'tree' fabric...and the owl stamp...and the fact that Lisa now has it!!!

Fabric Postcard Exchange