.....it all began with one thread....

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Hope everyone has a fun and wonderful Halloween.  Halloween is one of my favorite times of year, especially for stitching and quilting projects. 

Now let me introduce you to some new friends I have made (no, literally, I made them.)  Billy Bone-a-Parte and his partner, Belle ('cause she is so 'boo-tiful!)   I had this idea sometime last year, but got stuck when trying to make Billy.  He  was a lot of fun to make.  Just to get an idea of how big Billy is, this is a shot of him on the sofa.  He even has body parts.  Remember the Operation game we had as kids (and it's still around)?  Something like that..with a broken heart, bats in the belfry, a frog in his throat, a hang nail...you get the idea.  He is all dressed up with his spats and cuffs.  After making Billy, I decided he needed a partner.  Belle is a, how can I say this?  A spirited girl!  with her sparkly hair, long eyelashes and what appears to be a mole on her cheek (it's a teeny spider!) .  Belle is not quite picture  ready, but will be soon.  They are an 'enchanting' couple, to say the least., OK, enough puns, right? 

Have a great Halloween!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Annabelle's Adventures

Well, hard to believe but October is just around the corner!  I have Blocks 3 and 4 of Annabelle's Adventures ready on Craftsy.   Blocks 3 and 4.
 Here's a peek:

In Block 3 you will find Annabelle collecting her basketful of shamrocks.  She also found her lucky four-leaf clover!  The shamrocks are three dimensional made with wool felt.

For Block 4 Annabelle has her yellow raincoat and umbrella.  She's having a great time splashing about in the puddles left over from those April showers!  :))

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Little bit of red

Here's a peak at something new I have been doing.  Some red work!  First two blocks of my version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.  A small beginning...a few more blocks to stitch before any assembly.  Of course there will be wool felt, too!  Some hearts and swags and flowers.  ;)

There's always something in the works around here!

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Lots of big news to share.  Yes, yes, I know...where have I been?  Preparing new things, getting ready for today!  I have opened my own store on Craftsy!  I have my very first pattern, "Annabelle's Adventures" available now.

Annabelle's Adventures is a BOM (really two blocks per month) for my fun, embellished bunny!  She has patchwork, wool felt and regular applique as well as lots of extras...beads, buttons, metallic threads, as well as ribbons.

Here's a peek at the first block:

Annabelle is all set to bring in the new year.  Her sash can be used to stitch the date the year the quilt is completed.   She has some pretty ribbon for her hat and a few beads for her clothes.  After a few simple embroidery stitches (running stitches, back stitches, satin stitches and chain stitches) she is ready to celebrate!
The blocks will  be available around the first of each month for the next six months.  I would love to have you join me on this brand new 'adventure' for myself and Annabelle.

Here is a link to my pattern store on Craftsy:  ANNABELLE'S ADVENTURES

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Blogging (not so much)

It has recently been pointed out to me that I haven't been blogging as much.  There are several reasons...one...I have definitely been spending waaay too much time playing games on Facebook.  Another...there are just too many wonderful quilting blogs to visit each day.  But mainly, quite a few home improvements going on around here. 

First, a new roof,  then the kitchen:  All new appliances; a new granite counter top with new sink and faucet with a copper backsplash (not real copper) and finally (as of yesterday) a new floor.  I had also tried my hand at redoing my kitchen table and chairs.  The table and chairs were originally wood-tone top and seats with dark green for the rest.  I changed the green portions to black and redid the top of the table and seats of the chairs (six of them!)

Then I decided I should also do the square coffee table in the living room.  That one actually took a bit longer to do, since I had to sand the top down to the bare wood.   Believe it or not, all the chairs, and two tables were painted with Rustoleum Lacquer finish paint.
So newly painted front door,  new curtains, new slipcover for the sofa (yep!  that is a slipcover from Surefit), new lampshades (where I added the trim on top with ric rac) things in the kitchen and living room are pretty much done.  Whew!

You can see my Berries and Bluebirds quilt handing on the quilt shelf.  I also got my Wish Quilt back from the quilter.  It still needs the binding to be stitch down, but here is a picture of one corner with the candy-cane stripe border.

I guess that explains where I've been.  But...there are still three bedrooms left to tackle! ;)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A month?

Wow!  A whole month has gone by without a post.  I have been working on so many of my projects, I haven't taken any time to show my progress.

Here's a couple pictures of one of my favorites:

This the April's portion for the A-Z for Ewe and Me quilt by Janet Stone for The Quilt Show.  Lots of fun, especially since I love sheep!

Since I have enjoyed working on this quilt so much...call me crazy....but I started another one in different colors:
Lots of dots in this one!
Here is the section with the sheepie!

Monday, March 3, 2014

A-Z March Blocks

Here are the letters H and I for the month of March for my A-Z for Ewe and Me BOM.   I am really enjoying the mixture of applique and piecing for this BOM.