Quilting Again….

I’ve started another project, and yes, I will finish this one!  We are expecting another new grandson in a few weeks, and I decided that he really needs a new quilt to welcome him! Nothing like (me) starting at the last-minute!









It all started with this fabric.  The baby’s bedding is going to be from this fabric line by Michael Miller.  I loved these colors and this pattern.  So I ordered a piece of each fabric in the line, that was available at fabric.com.  There were 14 different prints, the line is called ‘Backyard Baby’, and it is so adorable!

















So these two pictures show the fabric all washed, pressed and ready to cut.

I chose a pattern from this book, ‘sweetwater’s Simple Home’.








If you haven’t seen this book yet, I’ll be talking about it in another post soon!

I chose this pattern….








I thought it looked pretty cute, and that these fabrics would work well in it.  The pattern actually calls for 10″ pre cuts (layer cakes), of 40 different fabrics.  So I just cut 40 – 10″ squares to use. Deciding how to lay out the fabrics will probably take me awhile, since I have duplicates of the fabrics.  Decisions, decisions!








So this is where I am now.  I’ll be starting to do additional cutting and assembling tonight.  I’ll let you know how it goes! This looks fun!





Merry Christmas!

I just want to take a moment to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas.

These items are from a dear friend, Terri over at Terri’s Notebook, in a Christmas swap that we recently did.  When I think of her, I think of family.  You have a chance to know those that come by to visit and comment on your blog.  They are no longer strangers.   I am grateful for the chance to share my ideas, successes and failures in projects that I do with each of you.  I also love that I have the opportunity to visit and share yours as well.

I hope that the season brings each of you the joy and happiness that you all deserve.

From my house to yours, Merry Christmas!




It’s Time to Come Back….

I think that I have been kept away far too much!  We have been remodeling our home in Arizona, purchased a home in Washington state, and have moved about 1/3 of our present home, up to our new home.

I have missed blogging and sewing and sharing everything with all of you.  But I now think that it is time to give you a peek at our new cottage:

Our New Home

Now I took a ton!!! of pictures.  Mostly so I could remember a lot of the details of the house.  I was still unpacking and cleaning, etc. when I decided that I better get going and start snapping before it was too late and I had to catch a plane!  I will try not to bore you with these, but I thought that I would share a few at a time.

The Entrance!

Now some of these things will be changing over time.  The front door is a dark green, (now nothing wrong with green) but I think that I will end up making it red! It just seems right to have an entry door that says welcome!

As you can see, the trees on either side of the walkway need trimmed.  All of the gardens need thinned out, and weeded and tons of work.  But I am back here in Arizona, so it will have to wait.

I will be quiet now, and just show some pictures…

The front porch, as well as the deck on the back of the house is stained a redwood color, and I have plans to change that as well.

I don’t think that I mentioned that we have 5 acres.  The area behind the house is all wooded, and there is a small creek that flows back there. A small bridge is over the creek so you can get  into the woods to the rear of the property.  It is so quiet and peaceful there, a place that really transforms you.

There are many, many gardens here as you can see.  I cannot wait to dig in! Just a few more pictures of those……

OK, I think that I have probably done enough….lol! I can’t expect everyone to be as excited as I am, a long awaited dream!

Next time, I will give you a sneak peek at the inside…….

Thanks for taking the time to come by,

Take care,


Memorial Day

We all enjoy having a long holiday weekend.  It is great fun to be able to get together with family and have picnics and get-together with our friends.  But this Memorial Day holiday has more meaning than that.  Please take the time this weekend to reflect and remember those that have so bravely given their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy today.  Take the time to thank their families.  Thank those that are currently defending our country against those that want to take our freedoms away from us. Let them know that we truly support them and appreciate all that they do for us.

The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics
By Francis Scott Key 1814

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Thanks so much for coming by!  Have a wonderful weekend!





I’ve not been ignoring everyone, I’ve been gone…again!  I just returned yesterday from a few days in Washington.  We spent some more time searching the areas we are thinking about moving to.  So I had a chance to spend a few days with my son, visit a little with my sister and her family, and spend some time in some real fall weather!  Yes it rained some when we were there, but I got to actually experience some fall!!  Yes, leaves and all!

Fall Leaves
Fall Leaves

Now these pictures were through the windshield of the car, and there are a few reflections, but we had so much area to cover, and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to catch the changing leaves.

More Fall Leaves
More Fall Leaves

This area is just beautiful!  It is between Woodland and Battle Ground Washington. It was a nice break, since it was 97 degrees when we landed in Phoenix on Saturday!  When will summer end?!

Anyhow, before I left I did get some sewing done…

Pink Bunny
Pink Bunny

This is a fleece bunny that a co-worker commissioned me to make for her to give at a baby shower she is going to.  And I made this…

Burlap Pillow

I have had this in mind for awhile.  This is a part of a burlap coffee bag that I cut a portion of the front print out, and sewed some borders out of cotton pillow ticking.  I backed the burlap with some unbleached muslin, and then did an overlock stitch on all of the inner seams to keep the burlap from raveling.  This is going into my online shops at Etsy and Artfire.  I think that is came out pretty good, and I will be doing a little more exploring ways to use the burlap coffee sacks.



I just received my package from a swap that I am doing, but I will show that to you when I get my package out.  I’m currently working on that, and it’s coming out great!  I’m so excited about it!

And today, I also did machine quilting and added the binding to this…


It’s been setting on my sewing table waiting to be quilted.  I still need to hand sew the binding on the back, but it’s waiting by the sofa for me, ready to go!

I hope to be able to start catching up on my projects waiting for completion.  I have several small quilts waiting to be quilted, and several projects for my Etsy and Artfire shops that need attention.  No more trips are planned until spring, so….

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I promise that I will be here a little more often, and stopping by to see all of you as well!  I miss reading all my blogs that I follow! Take care, and have a wonderful Monday!

Bloggers Quilt Festival – Fall 2009

After seeing everyone having so much fun with the Bloggers Quilt Festival, I just had to jump on board!  There are tons of prizes to be given away, and so, so many blogs listed to visit! There is nothing like a large group of friendly quilters to inspire you!

I want to showcase this quilt….

Coin Quilt

This quilt has special meaning to me.  First of all, I made it for my niece’s first baby.   I chose fabrics for this special quilt that  I had chosen to make things for my daughter when she was small.  Going through and choosing the fabrics brought back many pleasant memories for me.  I felt that this particular quilt needed to be made with fabric that had a special meaning.

Pink Coin Quilt

This quilt was also the first quilt that I had attempted to machine quilt.  I had always hand quilted or tied any quilts or patchwork projects that I completed in the past.

Quilting Closeup

And this quilt is also the first quilt that I have completed in many years!  I moved away from sewing, quilting and crafting for a number of years so that I could return to school.  Needless to say,  raising a family, working full time, and going to school full time, I didn’t have time to sew.  Although it wasn’t a large project, it gave me a real sense of accomplishment.

This quilt represents many special firsts that connect to the past and bring things full circle for me.  I know that Lindsey is enjoying this quilt for her new baby girl, and I have been able to share a part of my daughter’s past with her.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing this with me!  Take care!


BC Crafters, Gardeners and a Quilter!

I want to share these pictures with you, of a group of talented crafters, bakers, painters and quilters that sell items at the Bella Coola Farmers Market.  The market is very small, most of the vacationers are gone now.  There were a few wildfires that were started with lightning strikes, a couple of weeks before I went up.  So most of the vacationers left.

My mothers usually has a table at the market where she sells their honey, some garden produce, sweets that she bakes and items that she sews.  She didn’t participate when we were there, but she thought that we would enjoy seeing the place she is always talking about spending her time from late spring until early fall.


This is Wilma.  She is the local quilter that also teaches classes commissions quilts for vacationers (and locals if they wish) and sells fabric on occasion.  Her she is chatting with my mother and father (he is behind mom!)

DSC03041Here are a few of her smaller wall hangings.


Here she has a table full of quilted postcards.  She told me that she has made about 500 this summer! You can see the outdoor theme must be a good seller here.

DSC03040This is a table runner that she made by weaving fabric together and then quilting over it, and doing some bargello piecing.


Here is a Sunbonnet Sue baby quilt and a dolphin quilt made by Brenda, who was one of Wilma’s students.


Here are a couple more of Brenda’s quilts.


There were lots of knitted and crocheted baby items,


Some beautiful hand carved wood boxes,

Here’s a closer look at the work….


Some paintings (there are a lot of artists in the area!)…



Some homemade jam, and lots of baked goods!  You can also find fresh eggs here. There wasn’t much of the fresh produce left by the time that we arrived.  Apparently it goes fast!


Since the area only has about 4,000 residents, during the summer months, I thought that it was wonderful that the locals have a place to show their talents off, and bring people together.

I find it so inspiring to be able to talk to others see what they are doing.  There are so many talented people everywhere.

It was such a pleasure to be able to visit with everyone here and photograph their work!