Thursday, September 20, 2018

THE Table

Many, many moons ago we had a coffee table.  We were newlyweds and had moved to Pensacola, FL for my husband's flight training.  We owned two bar stools, a dresser and a bed.  That was it.  We purchased a hatch cover that came from an old Liberty ship.  We found a welder who made us two legs and created our "table".  

That table traveled to all of our future military stations with us and eventually became the center of our homes.  The children grew and the table saw many little cars and trucks raced on it, building blocks were stacked on it, forts were made by covering it and it eventually became doll ballroom floors and other imaginary items.  

Eventually the kids headed off to college and we relocated.  The hatch cover became a coffee table in a college apartment and made more memories.  In the end, it ended up stored in the garage awaiting a much needed makeover.

Last week was my husband's birthday and our son refinished it for the occasion.  It's like having an old friend back in your life.  We're ready for more memories to be made on it.  

I remember the little holes in the handles always held small treasures.  Things have not changed with a new set of young ones around.  

I tried to locate some old photos of it, but WHY would I have taken pictures of a table before I started blogging?  The photos I do have of it are faded and it is generally covered with gift wrap from Christmas, games or toys.

The winner of my Words to Live By giveaway goes to RNG Sharon.  I've sent you an e-mail, Sharon.  If I do not receive a response in a week, I will draw a new winner.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Words to Live By Hop

Today is my day for the Words to Live By Blog Hop.  I hope you have visited the other participants and have entered at each stop to win a fat quarter bundle of this GREAT new fabric by Cherry Guidry and Benartex Fabrics.  I have loved Cherry's patterns and am so impressed with her fabric designs.  It's so nice to see someone venture out and become so successful in this creative world. 

From the moment I received these fabrics, I was smitten.  The colors are so soft and peaceful and who can resist the fabulous designs?  The keys....the daisies....the wood grains and the texts - each wonderful.  These were the fabrics that I selected to use for my project.

I knew I wanted a pattern to show off these fabrics so I resorted to the Disappearing Hourglass that Jenny shows us on the Missouri Star Quilt tutorial.

Without a design wall, the floor becomes the spot for my layout.  Of course, as soon as I put anything down there, my sewing companion needs to check it out.  I think he approves!

I always love seeing the quilts draped over the quilting frame early in the morning.  The filtered sun coming through the windows really makes the quilting design pop.

All finished and ready for its photo shoot.

Can you STILL spot my quilt inspector?  It's definitely a hit in his book.  I also LOVE the way this turned out.  It's such a calming quilt to me.  Thank you Cherry, Lisa and Benartex for giving me a chance to play with this amazing fabric line.

Benartex is going to give one of my U.S. readers a fat quarter bundle of some of these fun fabrics.  Just leave me a comment and tell me which one in the line of fabrics is your favorite.  You can see the full line HERE.  I will draw a winner on September 19th.

Words to Live By Hop Schedule:
Wednesday: Benartex Design Team
Thursday: Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt
Friday: Mary @ Needled Mom

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

This Week

It's so hard to imagine that it has been seventeen years since our country was attacked.  I am sure we can each remember where we were when we heard the news.  Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of the victims in a special way today.

You know that you haven't blogged in awhile when you have to look at photos to see what you have done lately!  It has been a busy time, but I am trying to stay up to date on the Happy Quilting Seeing Stars QAL.  

Last week we completed these stars.

This week we were to create nine improv stars.  I don't do improv.  I am such a control freak about matching my points, etc. so my improv never looks "improv".  I did manage to muddle through the nine star blocks.

The blocks seem to be getting smaller each week.  I wonder what tomorrow's blocks will be.

Secretly, I have been working on a project from these great fabrics that I have shared before.

Here is a hint of what I have created with them.  Don't you love the keys?

You can see the entire project in the Words to Live By blog hop.  My day is Friday, but be sure to check out the other participants and enter to win a bundle of fat quarters of Words to Live By from Cherry Guidry and Benartex Fabrics.  

Words to Live By Hop Schedule

Tuesday: Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts
Thursday: Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt
Friday:  Me @ Needled Mom

For all of you in the path of Florence, please stay safe.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Quilters Meet and Greet

I was invited to participate in Benita's 2018 Quilter's Meet and Greet.  It's a great way to meet other bloggers, IG-ers and FB-ers.  There is also a grand prize that would be an amazing win by some lucky person.

My blogging journey started thanks to a friend in Maine who talked me into blogging so we could share our quilting with each other.  Along the way I have met some wonderful and inspiring fellow bloggers.  I know many have gone to other forms of social media, but our online friendships have continued.  As well, I have had the great pleasure of meeting several of them in person. 

Benita asked us to share our favorite quilts.  Is that not like choosing your favorite child??  Of course my real favorites would be the ones made for grandchildren that are well worn well loved.  I have thirty grandchildren and each received a quilt as newborns.  Here are a couple of the last few finishes.

Pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts

Pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts

 A yearly project from Quiltville is the highly anticipated Mystery Quilt.  I have completed four of those.  They involve a lot of piecing, but I have so enjoyed joining the quilting community in making them.

On Ringo Lake


En Provence
Easy Street

Through the years I have enjoyed various quilting bees and blog hops.  As well as meeting new friends, some fun quilts and projects have come from the sharing.

Paper Doll pattern by Stephanie (IG sadunphy )

Of course many of the quilts go as gifts and donation quilts through my guild.  It's always a joy to see them loved and used.

My sewing passion did not start with quilting.  I have always loved clothing construction as well as cross stitch, knitting, tatting and most any kind of needlework.

Of course, your "favorite" quilt could be one that you are currently working to complete too.  lol

Now that you have visited here, be sure to pop over to Benita's site to meet other quilters through the month of September.  Be sure to enter for the grand prize which will be won on October 1st.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Minis and More

Coming September 3rd in Blogland and IG is the Minis and More Parade, hosted by Michele and Sherri.  This month was a block that I have wanted to make for sometime.  What better opportunity than to make it for the parade?  The pattern this month was Trip Around The World Mini Quilt from Samantha of Aqua Paisley Studio.

After making the mini, I am thinking that I may need to make the Scrappy Trip quilt that was going around Blogland several years ago.   Be sure to pop over to Michele and Sherri's blogs to see the other versions of this pattern.

This weeks blocks for the Seeing Stars QAL was called Curvy Star.  The curves were gentle curves so went together quickly.

August is quickly coming to a close so thought I'd post a photo of an up to date Temperature Quilt.  The August row is hanging to the right of the quilt as it is not quilt long enough to add to the bottom yet.  It's definitely been a warmer few months, but you can see that the nights are starting to cool down a bit.

While watering the pots this weekend, I noticed this cute little guy tucked into a plumeria plant.  He was well camouflaged. 

 While we are on plumerias, these are two more that are blooming.  The smell is so heavenly.

 We had a lovely evening out this week at the Hollywood Bowl for a Chopin concert.  The Bowl is such a magnificent place to visit.  We arrive early, enjoy dinner there and then hear great music. 

As the garden starts to slow down a bit, we have been harvesting peaches, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers daily.  Marjorie shared a recipe for mustard pickles with me so I put some up this week.  They are very good. 

The days are definitely shortening.  Fall is coming quickly.  There is a lot of talk about eliminating Daylight Savings Time.  What are your thoughts on it?