10 September 2010

Grateful Time

Today I’m grateful for:

  1.  My dh returned home from work safe.
  2. We worked on his fire apparatus together, nothing like getting greasy and sharing the grease-gun.
  3. I awoke to a sleeping, purring cat on my chest.
  4. Not having to cook or bake tonight.
  5. I didn’t get lost while picking up pizza in another town (I’m directionally challenged).
  6. “Helping” a dragonfly that seemed stuck, setting it free in our herb garden and having it return to where I found it and it landed on my forearm, it’s wings vibrating but it seemed peaceful.
  7. Tightly hugging my dh in the morning before he heads off to work.
  8. Finished basting seven “grandmother’s flower garden” hexies.
  9. Hearing the words, “I love you” and knowing he means them with every fiber of his being.
  10. Watching the two dogs sleep side by side, sitting up with their heads thrown back and mouths open and they snored.
  11. Having the best family and friends (real and cyber) in the world.
  12. A comfy bed with a large quilt on it to sleep under.
  13. "Simple Abundance" book by Sarah Ban Breathnach, this is one book that has helped to change my life in such a powerful way!  I'd encourage everyone to get the book or audio book and visit the website.
  14. Pampering myself this morning:  a hot, lavendar-scented bath with candles burning casting a warm and mystical glow and having hot tea on a doily I handmade many years ago within easy reach.

08 September 2010

One Flower Wednesday


My three flowers are finished!  The all purple batik one is 1" and the other two are 2".  The one on the far left actually has a very pale blue petal but photographs as white.  The picture was taken in our herb garden atop one of our marigolds which are starting to spring forth again!

Progress Made

Yesterday was extremely productive in terms of housework and making meals to freeze.  I was "working" non-stop so I can spend the rest of the week basically playing with sewing.

I cut about two-hundred Batik squares for 1" hexies and basted twenty-five 2" hexies.  This morning I completed my very first EPP hexie flower in Batiks and the two hexies in the photo will be completed today.  They aren't perfect and I'm debating changing the colors to '30's repro fabrics for the 2" hexies and keeping the 1" hexies in Batiks.

I have become addicted to hexies and as a result my redwork stitchery is on the backburner for now.  I ordered a few towels, some DMC embroidery floss and iron on transfers from Grandma's Attic two weeks ago (speedy delivery, received in three working days).  I love that website as it is like stepping back in time.  I've decided to redecorate our kitchen, which has buttery-yellow walls, with redwork and I think the colors will work out well together.

Later today I pick up my dh's quilt (110"x110") from the cleaners, it took three years to complete and sixteen hours of binding with a thirty minute break for dinner.  I will share photos once we get that baby home and on the bed again.  In the meantime please enjoy the following photos of a few of my WIP and completed projects to date:

Sylvia's Bridal Sampler
Sylvia's Bridal Sampler


Dear Jane Wallhanging
Redwork Bunnies w/button eyes

06 September 2010

First Day!

First day of blogging feels very much like the first day of school for me. I’m feeling a little anxious in a good way and I’m looking forward to making new friends as well as learning. Learning how to blog and navigate and learning from other quilters, all the while enjoying myself along this wondrous journey.

I enjoy quilting, baking, cooking, knitting, crocheting and spoiling my husband and furbabies. We are newlyweds!

I have recently learned how to paper piece from a “Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler” BOM class I’m participating in at my local quilt shop The Yankee Quilter which is my second home. I’ve also joined the “One Flower Wednesday” over at Karen’s blog “Journey of a Quilter” and am totally addicted to making hexies!