Sunday, January 19, 2020

Winter Blues Blog Hop Begins Today And It's My Day

I love kicking off the Winter Blues blog hop that's hosted by Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks.
Carla is so creative in everything she does!

Winter Blues is a real thing that causes us to lose the desire to do much of anything.

WINTER BLUES/SEASONAL FUNK - a feeling of depression or deep 
unhappiness associated with experiencing the cold and darkness of winter.

But we love fabric, we love to sew, and we love to show off what we make.
Let's kick those blues to the curb...or put them in a quilt...and get blog hopping!

Winter Ice

Winter Ice measures 59" x 59" and is made with fabrics from
Northcott's "Silent Night" line.

You can find the pattern for "Winter Ice" in my Etsy store HERE.

Look who else is sharing their Winter Blues...

Monday, January 20th

Tuesday, January 21st

Wednesday, January 22nd

Thursday, January 23rd

Friday, January 24th

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

I Like Thursday 1/16/20 With Not Afraid Of Color

It's I Like Thursday today thanks to LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.
To see other "likes" check out her blog and the other bloggers who play along.
I really like using "I Like Thursday" to catch up on a few photos besides quilts.
When I miss a week (or two) I have quite a bit of catching up to do.

I like looking through old photos.

While I was decluttering/organizing things, I ran across a couple photos that made me laugh.
This one was the day my daughter and son-in-law opened presents from their wedding in 2004.
This deep fat fryer was a gift from a German couple that I had been helping.
The gift was not in a box and was roughly wrapped. It was also obviously a re-gift.

I'm not being ungrateful at all. Re-gifting is not a bad thing.
But, what was funny/not funny is that this fryer was from the 1970's and even had
a fabric wrapped cord. The original instructions in it were really funny.
The couple who gave it to them had a lot of money so this was really cheap of them.

The laugh we had was the best gift of all!

There was this photo that showed up. He's 15 now and still looks like this sometimes. LOL

I like what's coming later.

I finally gathered up some of the old movies and sent them in to be processed.
I can't wait to see them!

I like my pressure cooker.

I bought it about four years ago, used it a few times, and it went to the
"I had to have it, used it, and now it goes to the back" cupboard.
I pulled it out to use it again and I'm so glad I did.

This pork roast was so delicious!

I like the random photos and videos my daughter sends me of the Monkey Boys.

They were waving and saying, "Hi Grandma." Of course, it melted my heart!

I like hanging out and sewing with my friends.

I had a two day retreat at my house with a couple of my friends.
We had a blast! They needed occasional nourishment, of course.

I like quiet moments.

I posted this quilt last week and really love it.
The time photographing was especially sweet.
It was a quiet park and I enjoyed the moments.

I like designing quilts and quilt blocks.

I'm one lucky lady that I get to design projects for ThermOWeb, Riley Blake Designs, and
the newest one, Crafter's Edge. I love these fabric dies and how thin they are.

February 1st starts our new "Words To Grow By" with Sew Incredibly Crazy.
One of my blocks will have "FAITH" on it. I'm in love with this BOM already!

I like, but don't like, making pincushions for Bea Quilter's pincushion swap.

I don't like it because I'm not really good at it. Pincushions are so small
and I like to make big things. I do like the ones I get from the ladies involved.
I do like how sweet the ladies are, too!

I received this one from Holly. Don't you just love the stitching she used!

I sent this one the other day. She might have it by now, but if not...sorry that I'm showing it!

I like when my sister at Food Storage Moms tests out food and products.

She brought us some caramel corn in two different popped corn.
I love the softer ones on the right, though they were both delicious!

I like auctions for good causes.

Mr. Domestic had an auction to help out the people and animals in Australia.
I got the winning bid on some of these very cool scissors from LDH.

I like to write things and I like my soapbox.

 Thanks, LeeAnna, for sparking our likes and getting us to share them!

Check out her blog for other likes in the blogging world.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Riley Blake Designs Buttermilk Basics Blog Tour

Riley Blake Designs Buttermilk Basics are a perfect combination of colors and designs. 
This fabric line is by Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin Design Co. and is perfect for quilts, 
apparel, or home decor. They are 100 per cent cotton and are so soft and beautiful!

I loved how the fabrics looked in my quilt!

50" x 50"

Photos were taken in Hurricane, Utah, at the Hurricane Pioneer Museum

I used all the fabric I had by piecing the back.

Look at all these lovely fabrics in Buttermilk Basics!

I used five fabrics from Buttermilk Basics to create my quilt.

Buttermilk Basics Blocks Navy

Buttermilk Basics Diamonds Green 

Buttermilk Basics Diamonds Yellow

Buttermilk Basics Fading Stars Red

Buttermilk Basics Morse Code Red

There are some adorable panels available that go with Buttermilk Basics, too!

I also used some of my favorite products to put "Courage" together.
Aurifil Thread, 40 wt., 2020, 2000, and nylon thread

Check out some more incredible creations using Buttermilk Basics!

1/24 - Jessica Dayon

You can find the pattern for "Courage" in my Etsy store HERE.

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

To Say "Thank You" Takes Less Than A Minute

I posted this on my Facebook page today and have loved all the responses.
Thought I'd share it with you.

"Several years ago I read a blog post about people not saying “thank you” to a designer for
 free patterns they received. At that time I hadn’t designed any patterns to share for free or to 
sell, but it made me more conscious about letting people know I appreciated their pattern. 

 Though it can take less than a minute to download a free pattern, it can take the designer 
several hours, days, or weeks to create, test, and finish a pattern. Yes, we sometimes make
 mistakes, but we don’t do it on purpose. I’m always shocked when I see someone’s rude 
comment calling out a designer for their mistake or telling them they didn’t like the design. 
It’s okay not to say anything if you don’t like it. 

 Now that I often share free blocks or quilt patterns, I totally appreciate the “thank you’s” 
I receive for them. Seriously, I love it! 

So I’m asking you to just take a minute to say “thank you” to the designer that gave you a 
free block or quilt pattern. I promise you it will make their day and you’ll feel good, too."


Negative comments are a rarity among the quilter's world and I'm so glad for that.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

I Like Thursday With LeeAnna At Not Afraid Of Color

I'm definitely not very good at this, because I miss a lot of Thursdays. LeeAnna at 
Not Afraid of Color has assured me it's okay, which is good, especially since I'm really
 pushing it to not miss this Thursday. I actually love this idea of LeeAnna!

There was Christmas in Las Vegas with the family.

We love to play the plastic wrap ball on Christmas Eve.
Money, candy, and toys are wrapped up in this nine pound ball of fun.

Monkey Baby wasn't liking that it wasn't his turn.


Always Starbucks with my oldest daughter and Monkey's a tradition.

This was an entertaining!

They light up when you shake them...he love them!

We got Monkey Boy number 2 a guitar.
He loved it!

Always a mess, but a good mess

I like being there for birthdays!

I ordered more of these labels for my quilts. 
They are easy and slip into the binding on the back of the quilt. 
I order them from Inked Papers Etsy store.

I like that Britt-Inger thought I should be in her Swedish quilt newsletter.
I thought the whole newsletter was beautiful!

Britt-Inger gave me this years ago and I like that I have this memory.
It's so sweet and sits out every Christmas.

I like that I had room to drag my sewing things into the living room
so that I could clean and organize my sewing room.
I don't like all the work, though!

Thanks for stopping by!