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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Celebrating 2009 - Give Away Part 3

Nana Days are such a fun blessing of 2009 and I'm looking forward to more in 2010.
Leave a comment to enter for the drawing for the ornament on previous post.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Celebrating 2009 Give Away - Day 2




Another blessing of 2009 has been the opportunity
to create scarfs along with others that are given out at local shelters. To enter the drawing see info on this post.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Celebrating 2009 Give Away


One of my blessings of 2009 has been trusting God as He has taken many things out of my schedule leaving me more dependant on Him. Leave a message of one of your 2009 blessings to be entered for this Christmas ornament. Drawing will be December 31 after midnight.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Jesus!

For the first time ever, we woke to no electrical power Christmas morning. This year there was no egg strata or home made cinnamon rolls cooking while we read from Luke 2 in the Bible or opened presents one by one. Sandwiches for lunch and sandwiches for dinner by candlelight. What an adventure. Of course my dog still got her walk in the quietness of the beautiful icy and snowy day. We are still without electrical power and moved our family gathering to one of our homes that has electrical power today. I'm reminded that God's power is never unavailable. His ways are higher than my ways. Thank you LORD and Happy Birthday Jesus.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas




These festive Cardinals (see female on pole) and Red headed woodpecker and enjoying themselves.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

From Our Hearts To Yours

From our hearts to yours is the title page on these special cards for some special folks. The messages are written, they are assembled and wrapped. What fun!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ornaments Completed















Beads were wired onto the ornaments along with the brass mesh banner for the painted date. Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
Of course, there's not even a dent in my buttons, but it's a start.
10 inches of snow here! Woohoo!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Appreciation Notes


Many years ago when my husband's grandmother was alive, our children, my husband and I each wrote a special memory or note of appreciation to her in journal and gave it to her for Christmas. She loved it and it seemed to truly bless her,
maybe more than anything we could have bought for her.
This year, these handmade journals await cover embellishments along with words of a special memory or appreciation for some special people in our lives.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Time

This is one of my first pieces. Notice how symmetrical, color coordinated and square and it's even hand quilted! Actually, it was planned to be even more symmetrical but somehow I switched the left and right trees and didn't notice until it was complete. Even though my design style has changed quite a bit, I still enjoy hand quilting on a few pieces.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Advent Calendar




Counting down the days until we celebrate Jesus' birthday is fun with this Advent Calendar. Each day a yellow Ultrasuede star is "buttoned" to one of the 25 buttons until Christmas Day when the calendar is full of stars and the large yellow Ultrasuede button is added. This is one of our family traditions but you can see others here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Surprise In The Mail!


Lynne describes the scarf by writing, "It is actually mohair from our angora goats. I triple dyed it to get the 3 different shades, then spun it with a special core and ply technique to get that fuzzy yarn look. A friend of mine did a commissioned shawl with this technique as a piece for a NY runway show! Enjoy. " Obviously, the photo couldn't do it justice. And check out the tin of home made caramel popcorn too. YUM. http://mustardseedfarm.webs.com/

Monday, December 14, 2009

FUNky Buttons












Anyone familiar with my blog knows I like buttons - especially for embellishments. When my local quilt shop got in some of these FUNky buttons, I realized I'd finally found a way to embellish my thrift store purse and still allow it to compliment many outfits. I simply threaded torn strips of batik selvage and knotted it then sewed it to the purse. I think the first photo looks a bit like a cereal character advertised on TV. ** I'm still seeking opinions from yesterday's post. **

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Opinions?












The idea for these Christmas ornaments has been moving about my head until yesterday when I began making some options. I would appreciate comments as to what you like and dislike about them...please just be kind. My main issue is with the date tags.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

"He Also Made The Stars"


Created by members of a Miniature Bee I was part of awhile ago, each block was to be a wacky star using blue and yellow. Notice the one with the moon fabric. This is a fun piece to decorate with a Christmas time.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Nativity


When I was part of a group that did miniature quilts, we each created a block or too of this paper piecing pattern a month for this Nativity. My style has changed since then and I can't remember when I did paper piecing last. This is one of those pieces I really like but plan to never do again.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hand Made Knitting Needles


My hubby is the best! A while ago, he cut and sharpened some hard wood dowels. Then I molded some Scuply clay on the tops and baked them in a low temperature oven. Next they were painted and varnished. I've used them many times and have made several pair to give to teen girls so they can learn to knit. This scarf will go in January along with other items our church is collecting for the local shelter.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Slow Progress


This piece is turned and the border quilting (which I do first) has begun. Slow progress is better than no progress.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Paper Play
















I started with this marbled paper from Carol R. then added and smeared some paint, stamped and added water drops. Next I cut up rectangles and combined them with strips and textured paper circles and a verse. What fun and 4 cards ready to send.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hand made Gifts


Hand Made Gifts are my favorite gifts to give. These Quilted Desk Art also give the gift of Truth and Hope by using Scripture as part of the collage design. See more ideas at We Are That Family.



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"For Nothing Is Impossible With God"


The verse is complete and in the correct spot now. I removed the basting marking lines and now I'm ready for the flowers!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Nothing Is Impossible


I had the first two words of this verse embroidered already when I realized it was too far to the right for the design. So...I took them out, sewed lines to mark spacing, took out the water soluble verse, wrote it again and started embroidering...again. Many say they don't have patience to create art quilts but I say it grows my patience. "For nothing is impossible..."

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Purple Time











The background is almost complete and I've begun selecting fabrics to create a purple version of this piece like I mentioned a few days ago. I'm liking it so far. Purple is such a great color.

Friday, November 27, 2009

From Remnants To Greeting Card


These ginkgo leaf shapes were cut out from the background when the colorful ones were appliqued on top. A little stamping, screen fiber and verse and voila' - a couple of greeting cards.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thank You LORD











Happy Thanksgiving!
I created this miniature quilt one block a month in 1998 challenging myself to design and make a block celebrating that month using at least one yoyo in the block. It is hand quilted with "98" in the green squares. Most blocks are self explanatory however, my daughter graduated in May and my birthday is in June.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Preemie Quilt Time Again

Remnants from Wanda were cut to create 6 inch strips for the Preemie Quilt for our local Neonatal Unit. Thanks Wanda.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Free Circles




I'm sure I'm not the only one who prepares too much for a project. I completed this piece that was begun a long time ago just in time to enter it in the "all Hand" category for the Fair. I am "over" these bonus circles so if any one is interested in them let me know. If there's more than one, I'll draw a name.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Christmas Present Completed


Commissioned by her children for Christmas, this wall hanging is now ready to be delivered so they can wrap it up. I've made a pattern from it in hopes to eventually market the pattern. Wouldn't it be nice with purple flowers! The verse is, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart". Proverbs 3:5

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Machine Quilting Again




I've begun machine quilting using lots of colored thread for this piece that I began in the Improvisational Quilt Workshop using some of my Bull's Eye doodles and weaving batik strips and other fiber.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"Show Me Your Paths"


The machine quilting is complete,
sleeve attached, machine signed
and ready to deliver later this week.
I think she'll like it.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Beautiful Card!














One of the ladies in our Esther Bible Study created cards for each of us using some beautiful papers with specific memory verses from the study. Thanks.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Squiggles And Loops

Various thread colors creating squiggles and loops of machine quilting are covering this wall quilt in a fun way.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Congratulations!


Thanks to everyone who left comments celebrating my 400th Blog Give Away this week. Hubby drew from the names and Frances Arnold's name was drawn. (Please send me your mailing address Frances.)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Hand Stamping Fabric













Hand stamping some gold and tan paint allowed this yellow fabric to blend better in this piece.
Don't forget to check out my 400th Post Give Away - drawing Saturday.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

400th Post Give Away


To celebrate 400 Posts, I'm giving away one of my Quilted Desk Art pieces which retails for $26. (Batik fabric collage with hand stamped verse behind a hand painted mat in a 5 X 7 frame.) It would make a wonderful Christmas gift or even something special to keep for yourself. Leave a comment to enter the drawing and if you mention my Give Away on your blog with a link back to my blog, I'll enter your name twice. Drawing will be Saturday, November 14th. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
And THANKS to the many veterans who fight for our freedom!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Christmas Gift Ideas




Each of these 3 pieces would make an excellent Christmas gift to offer encouragement and hope to some one's home or office. Each piece has hand embellished element's, Scripture and are signed. $48 each.