Friday, November 23, 2012

Fun Friday

Happy Black Friday to you all!
I hope your day is filled with pleasantness on the crazy retail day! 
Take a deep breath and show others gratitude!
30 Days of Thanks~Day 23
I am thankful that I don't necessarily have to be out and about early this morning on this Black Friday!  I remember the days of getting up early when my son was little.  My friends and I had to go get the latest and greatest for all our boys!  Now, I am glad that certain clothes and money are requested by my college son!  :)

Have a very Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope you all have a wonderful day! 
May you be blessed with family and friends to share this day with!
30 Days of Thanks--Day 22
I am Thankful to God to have my family and friends to share all the blessings in my life!
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble,
but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. 
~Johannes A. Gaertner

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Working Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!
It's Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the countdown to Turkey Day has begun!  I have all the fixins for dinner...turkey, 10lbs of potatoes(I will make at least 5lbs of mashed potatoes, because I have have a 19 year old mashed potato freak-LOL), gravy, broccoli, cranberry sauce, sourdough rolls and pumpkin pie!  I am just feeding the three of us, but when you have a college student who loves to eat, you have to fix a lot!  I don't fix anything ahead of time, but I might make the pumpkin pie today.  I am ready...let's do this!
I am going to be working on Christmas cards today for my sister to finish those up and then get some sewing done.  I realized yesterday, I have a few things I need to take care of quickly to get done before the end of the month!
What are you doing today?  Are you crafting, sewing, cooking or just relaxing before the big day?
30 Days of Thanks~Day 21
Today I am thankful for having all my grocery shopping done and being able to relax before I start cooking tomorrow!  It is nice not to have to run to the grocery store for any last minute things.
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday Talk

Happy Tuesday!
I hope you day has started out well!  I am off to do a little grocery shopping to get the last few things for Thanksgiving dinner and also to do a little fabric shopping!  I need to look through my solid stash as I am getting ready to start a new project!  Fun, fun!
Today, let's talk about solid fabric!  I love solids!  My favorite are the Robert Kaufman Kona Solids.  I love the Kona Color Swatch card because it is a really great tool to use to match up your solids to prints.  I use solids quilt often these days and love to use the by themselves and with a little splash of pint fabric.
Here is a wall hanging I did this summer out of solids.  I know you have seen it before, but I wanted to show the simplicity and beauty of just using solids.  This is the Kona Coal, Bright Pink, Aqua and Chartreuse.
Do you like using solids since that is the popular trend with the modern quilting movement?
 Do you use a lot of solids by themselves or so you like to use them with prints?
Let me know what you think!
30 Days of Thanks~Day 20
I am thankful for solid fabrics.  The use of solids has brought me into another whole side of quilting that is refreshing and interesting.  Solid fabrics have opened up a whole new world of quilting to me to explore and have fun with!
Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Mayhem

It is Monday!
Let the Mayhem begin!  LOL  I have lots to do today!  I did finish several projects this weekend and I am working on several more.  I finally feel like I am knocking them out.  I will be revealing all kinds of projects in the next few days.  I seems like forever, but I do have lots in store.  It has just been so busy!  Here is one of the projects that is now finished and will be revealed!  :)
30 Days of Thanks~Day 19
I an thankful for ME Time---time that I get to do things for myself, things I like to do!
Let me know what you are thankful for! 
Have a great day!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Sampler

It's Sunday!
Just a very quick post!  I am working on several projects and will be back to share this week!
30 Days of Thanks-Day 18
I am Thankful for my Sundays where I can relax!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Saturday Sewing

Happy Saturday!
Saturday ended up being a busy day.  We had out Modern Guild meeting for the month and there was lots to do!  Great meeting!  Then, I went to lunch with friends and then went shopping at one of my favorite fabric shops and then Joann's!  I got some really cute fabric and some notions as there was lots on sale!  I will share more later!
30 Days of Thanks~17
I am thankful that I get time to spend with such wonderful friends!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fun Friday!

Happy Friday!

Today is a catch up day on some projects.  I will be posting a lot more this coming week.  Sorry for the delay, but this week has been a busy one, and some things have come up that have taken my attention away from sewing and other projects.

30 Days of Thanks~Day 16
I am very thankful for girl time with great friends!  It is always fun to have lunch with my friends!  We can laugh, catch up and just have fun!
What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!
Hope you are having a great day!
30 Days of Thanks~Day 15
I am very grateful for flowers.  There is something about seeing a flower fresh in bloom that makes me feel happy, anytime of the year.  God has made such wonderful creations for us to enjoy!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Working Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday!
Just a quick post today!  I am working up a storm on finishing some projects today.  I will have updates on everything in the next few days.  Until then, I hope you are productive too!
30 Day of Thanks~Day 14
Today I am thankful for generous people who give their time and effort to those in need!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday Talk

Welcome to Tuesday!
I hope your day has started out on a bright note!  Today is Tuesday Talk!  I thought I would talk about Free Motion Quilting.  I have only done stippling in my free motion adventures.  I used free motion on a T-shirt wall hanging I did and also on a tote bag.  They both turned out pretty well and that is the great thing about stippling, it does hide mistakes!  I have not ventured out into patterns yet.  Mainly because I haven't had time, but I am also a little intimidated.  We had a couple of workshops in our guild to teach some proper quilt ideas to our members.  Our president made up several samples of different, easy quilting patterns.  You can see them below.  They are beautiful. One of these days I am going to try several of them! 
How about you?  Do you free motion quilt, and if so, what is your favorite pattern?

Stippling on T-shirt wall hanging

Stippling on tote bag

Free motions designs in our workshop
30 Days of Thanks~Day 13
Today, I am thankful that my sons' truck was not stolen or vandalized yesterday.  They just smashed the back sliding glass window and they didn't take anything.  Luckily, other than a jacket, there was nothing in there at all.  Just a pain to get it fixed, but we are very thankful!  :)
Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Mayhem

It's Monday and mayhem is here!
I hope you are having a great day so far!  I worked out this morning for the first time in forever and I am off to meet with my long arm quilter shortly.  I have a special quilt for here to do and I am taking three other quilts from a friend to get done.  After I get back, I am working the rest of the day to get several projects completed!  As the leaves continue to fall, here is pic I took about a week and a half ago.  Sadly, these leaves are now gone!  I just love their rich color and will miss them this winter.
30 Days of Thanks~Day 12
Today, I am thankful for an old friend whom I love dearly! 
What projects are you working on today?
Have a Marvelous Monday!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday Sampler

It's Sunday!
Happy Sunday to all!  I hope your weekend has been productive and fun!  I have lots going on and this is a sample of what is being finished this weekend!  I will share the full projects when they get to their destinations soon!  :) 

30 Days of Thanks~Day 11
I am thankful and so grateful that I have a nice warm bed to sleep in.  I can snuggle up and sleep peacefully.  I know there are many that are not as fortunate, so I am totally grateful for such a luxury.
Let me know what you are working on this weekend and what you are thankful for!
Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sewing Saturday

Happy Saturday!

It's a beautiful, sunny day here in East TN and I am going to try to catch up on some sewing this weekend!  My grand plans this week of getting some projects done, hasn't quite happened.  I am going to finish several projects and then plan some new ones. 
Here are some of my favorite Kona cottons:
30 Days of Thanks~Day 10
I am thankful for Saturdays!  Saturdays are great for sleeping in, relaxing and watching college football and NASCAR.  Some weekends, you just need a little break.  Saturdays are also great for sewing, which I will be doing a lot of later today.
What are you working on today?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fun Friday

TGIF!  Happy Friday!
Today is a fun and busy Friday!  Getting lots done in the world of sewing!  Here is a sneak peek of a project I worked on and it is getting ready to go to my long arm quilter to be quilted especially for someone very special!  I can't give details right now, because it is a surprise! 
 I will reveal it very soon!  Happy sewing today!
30 Days of Thanks~Day 9
I am thankful today that God has given me a very loving, giving heart.  I love to do things for others and I love to give all I can.  I am in the process of working on several charity quilt projects and it just warms my heart to know that these will go out into the community with lots of love to those in need.  I don't do it for any kind of recognition, as some do, I just do it because it is such a joy to help others! 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!

Today is Thankful Thursday!  I am incorporating my 30 Days of Thanks today!
30 Days of Thanks~Day 8
Today, I am thankful for the beautiful sunshine. 
I have missed it the passed few days, as we have had overcast and somewhat rainy days.  The leaves have really started to come off the trees, so late fall is setting in  and the bright colors are fading to the dull winter.  That is why I love the sunshine, because it is bright and happy, especially on late fall and winter days when there are not many colors in the landscape.
Here is a photo of one of my trees.  Leaves are now just about gone after the rain.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.  These are but trifles, to be sure;
but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
~Joseph Addison

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Working Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!
I hope your day is starting well!  It's Wednesday and I am getting ready to work up a storm, if this headache will go away!  LOL  I have many things to get done today, so it will be work, work, work!  These are pieces to one of those projects!  Can't wait to show you when it's finished! 

30 Days of Thanks~Day 7
Today, I am thankful that the election is over and there will be no more negative political ads. 
I hope our government will find a way to work together to help America.
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesday Talk

Happy Tuesday!
Today is the day~Election Day!  Get out and vote! 
No matter which way you plan to vote, just do it! 
Exercise your rights, because we live in a country that allows us the freedom to vote. 
If you want change, don't sit on your couch and hope it will happen!  VOTE!
30 Days of Thanks~Day 6
Today, I am thankful that I live in a country that allows me the freedom to vote and make my own decisions.  I love our country and our freedom!  God Bless all of those who fight for our freedom!

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. 
I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. 
~Abraham Lincoln

Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday Mayhem

It's Monday and time for Mayhem! 

I hope you had a great and productive weekend!  I was somewhat productive, but not as much as I wanted to be.  Sunday ended up with very high expectations and no delivery on that.  I ended up being kind of lazy and didn't really get anything done.  Oh well...sometimes you just need to rest!  Today will be a busy and productive day though!  I need to finish a few things!    Here is another sneak peek of my pillow.  I plan to work on it later today.  I need to get the back panels made and then quilt it!  Can't wait to see how it turns out! 
The beautiful maple tree in the yard...the leaves will be gone soon!

30 Days of Thanks~Day 5:
Today I am thankful to be well rested!  I did not get as much done this weekend as I had hoped,
but I did rest.  So, rest is good and I can start off this week on a good note!
Have a Marvelous Monday!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday Sampler

Happy Sunday!
Hi!  Hope you are day has started on a good note today!  Did you turn you clocks back?  I did and I am ready and roaring to go today!  I did go to bed quite late, as I was watching football and sewing.  I watched the Oregon game and the Alabama/LSU game.  I love that the Oregon Ducks beat Lane Kiffin and USC!  I do love Oregon, but it was just that much sweeter that they beat Kiffin(It's a TN thing...LOL.)  I am so glad Bama pulled it off last night, because it was looking really iffy there for awhile, but it was an awesome finish!  Roll Tide!  Of course, I did watch TN earlier and thank goodness we won!  That's about all I can say, because that was iffy towards the end and it shouldn't have been!  Anyway...enough about football!  On to sewing!
This weekend, I am working on several projects and I didn't quite get so far yesterday due to football.  I may have that problem today since the Broncos play and the Nascar race is also on this afternoon!  I won't sit in front of the TV the whole time, but it will be back and forth between the kitchen where I sew and the living room!  Need to get a TV in the kitchen and then in my future sewing room when I get it organized!!  LOL
Here is a sneak peek of one of my projects I am working on.  This is going to be my pillow for the Pillow Talk Swap.  I hope my swap partner will like it!  Let me know what you think!
30 Days of Thanks:  Day 4
Today, I am Thankful for all God has given me in my life.  I have a wonderful son, who brings so much joy to my life.  I love him so much!  I am thankful for my family, whom I love dearly.  I am also thankful for the special, close friends I have in my life, who mean more to me than they could ever know.  You know who you are!!!  I am thankful everyday for all the blessings in my life and that God has allowed me to be surrounded by such wonderful people!
What are you thankful for today? 
Have a Super Sunday!  :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sewing Saturday

Happy Saturday to You!

It's Sewing Saturday!  I am working on several projects this weekend and will have pics when I am done!  I have a table runner and quilt I am putting finishing touches on(well...the quilt just needs the back finished, then it is going to the quilter, because it is for someone special!)  I also started a pillow for a swap.  So, I would like to complete these this weekend!
I have been taking lots of photos of my trees in the back yard.  Here's one I took last week.  Just a little color coming through on the ends in the evening.
30 Days of Thanks~Day 3
I am Thankful for the beautiful fall leaves that are still around.  The trees make such a beautiful landscape as the days grow shorter.  I will miss these leaves soon!  :)
Have a Super Spectacular Saturday!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fun Friday!

Happy Friday to You!

Today is Friday and time to get ready to have some fun!  I will be sewing most of the afternoon and weekend!  I am trying to get several projects finished, so I will be very busy!  Here is a snippet of a project I worked on this past weekend that I will be finishing this weekend!  It is for one of my swaps.  I have several things in the works and getting ready to start some new things!  Very Exciting!
Yesterday, I started 30 Days of Thanks! Today is Day 2!
Day 2: I am thankful for my dear, close friends who are such a joy to be around! We keep each other laughing and we keep each other grounded. It is truly a blessing to have such great friends who you can talk to, share fun and laugh with and share joys and sorrows with! True friends are very rare and very precious! You all know who you are!
Hope you have a very Fantastic Friday!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thankful Thursday

It's Thankful Thursday!
Hope you all are doing well!  Today is Thursday and time to be thankful, but it is also the first day of November, a month full of thankfulness!  This month is a month to count our blessings for all that we have.  I am going to do something a little different and add 30 Days of Thanks to my posts.  A friend of mine is doing this each day on FB and I thought it would be great to do here on the blog!  So..., each day, I will add what I am thankful for that day and will do that the entire month!  This is a great way to launch into the holiday season.  tend to forget our blessings sometimes in the hustle and bustle of all the crazyiness.  :) 
Welcome to 30 Days of Thankfulness!
Day 1~ I am Thankful that it is a new month...November!  November is such a great month.  It is still somewhat warm, but there are many cool, crisp, beautiful days in the month and it is so nice to still feel the warmth during the day, before we hit the cold winters

Let me know what you are thankful for today!!!
Have a great day!