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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Tavern House Blocks 5 & 6

One of my goals for every year is to complete all works in progress before the end of the year. You know... start the New Year off with a clean slate type of thing... sometimes I'm able to follow through and sometimes the project is so large that it's just not possible...for instance... the Snow Days quilt with all of that hand embroidery... :-)

This Tavern House quilt was started in 2013 as a BOM. I stayed with it for a couple of blocks and then fell behind (lost interest)...  then just decided to get reacquainted with it again last week in hopes of finishing it before the end of the year. Good progress has been made...


but... it's a bit iffy on a finish when there's only 4-1/2 days left to this year! lol!

I can say that I rather enjoy the slow stitching of this wool appliqued piece... very peaceful to work on at the end of a day...

Christmas Day was nice for us here! Even though I enjoy this holiday much more with cold breezes and maybe a touch of snow... we made the best of the unseasonably 68 degree weather and took a nice relaxing drive in our Buick Sport Wagon!


Looking forward for Spring to arrive so we can get back to meeting up with the classic car crowd... seems everyone hibernates in the Winter! lol!

Today will be enjoyed with some stitching, some football watching and some snacking on these...


fresh baked peanut butter cookies!!!! :-) Oh YUM!!!

Enjoy each day for the gift that it is!

~Sharon



Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!


Wishing everyone a very

Merry Christmas!

Warm hugs and peaceful dreams,
 
~Sharon

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Garden Club Series & Santa's Hat

Let me tell you... we're having 60* F temps with sunshine today thru Monday!!! While I'm enjoying it... I'm just a little torn between decorating for Christmas, or starting my Spring cleaning? lol!

And, while it's nice out... I thought I'd share a new (and only) start for (technically) 2016. When I read about the Garden Club Series from Blackbird Designs, I could not resist signing up for it! Twelve gardening themed 4" cross stitch pieces... a variety of background linens... final finishing will be to stitch all 12 pieces together into one scrappy, flowery piece!!! Of course, you could finish each piece separately into a pinkeep... but, I really liked the idea of one big patchwork of small cross stitches...

Here is my first finished square... Basket of Cherries...


I signed on as an auto-ship offered by The Silver Needle. Each shipment arrives with the chart and the square of linen. No threads... which works for me since I have plenty in stash! :-) And for the two that I was missing to complete this one... I substituted something close.

And now... on to Santa's Hat! :-) Many thank you's for everyone that took the time to share a positive story! Always a great part of the day to hear about happiness and funny stories from the past (and present)! And, I agree... it is a beautiful time of year when people seem happier and more willing to share a smile with a stranger. Is it the lights? The decorations? Or the enormous amounts of sugar (and chocolate) in all of the festive cookies and candies?!?!? Whatever it is... I wish it could last all year!

After all entries were tossed into Santa's Hat and given a good toss about... the name that was chosen for this growing giveaway is:

Julie

Congratulations to Julie! Know that the medium sized flat rate box still continues to be stuffed with quilty goodies... and will be on your way as soon as it is filled to the rim! :-)

Thank you again to everyone that commented... I hope to offer more giveaways during 2016!

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon


Monday, December 7, 2015

Let's Have Some Fun!

It's been a great year! Yes... some bad... but, mostly good... and the bad had to happen before the good could happen! So... it's all good! :-)

To celebrate the good... I'm having a giveaway!!! Just for followers of the blog... a way to say "Thanks for hanging in there"... even between looooooong lengths of time between posts! lol!

Here's a preview picture of some of the items that will be included in a stuffed medium sized flat rate box...


A Summer Gatherings book, packet of Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite, A Primitive Gatherings quilt pattern (Picnic Quilt), some red Minick & Simpson fabric, a Moda Candy booklet, and two packs of Moda Candy! I'll be adding more items as I find them... but, I can honestly say this is a giveaway with quilters and wool applique fans in mind!

What do I ask of you? Simply be a follower of this blog and leave a comment on this post (only) and share a short Holiday story, a Quilt story, a favorite quilting notion, favorite candy... simply put... share something positive! :-)

Life is good!

All comments will be printed out, folded up and tossed into Santa's hat! Santa's helper will pick a winner Wednesday morning (the 9th)... so, check back here on the 9th... winner will have 48 hours to email me their mailing address.

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Over the river and through the woods...

Does anyone remember packing the whole gang into one of these and driving to "the chosen home that is brimming with a delicious Thanksgiving feast"?!?!?


This is our 1967 Buick Grand Sport Wagon. We purchased it in the Spring of this year and it was the center of all our fun throughout the Summer. Car cruises, car shows and just relaxing evening drives to friend's houses for barbeques... ahhhh... sweet Summertime! :-)

But, let it be known I enjoy November for all that it is as well. It's cooling down here... all the leaves are down from the trees... so when the moon shines in the evening, it sparkles up the frost and cast long shadows all over! Beautiful! And, I actually don't mind it getting darker earlier in the evening either. Gives me an excuse to slow down and relax... cozy up the home with some quilts and tiny lights... enjoy a cup of tea... ahhhhh...

And for today, we have some turkey with a couple of fixin's... and a whole lotta football to enjoy! :-) Too much going on during this month to mention... but, I'll just summarize by saying that THIS Thanksgiving, of ALL the Thanksgiving's I have lived though... I really and truly do have A SUPER HUGE ABUNDANCE to be thankful for!!! We are blessed!!! :-)

Wishing you and yours a cozy, full, thankful and blessed Thanksgiving!!!

~Sharon

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Seriously?

So.

Sixteen years ago, when I married my sweetheart... my bouquet was made of peach roses...

So.

To enjoy the memories of our wedding and also to enjoy it's sweet scent...I decided to plant a peach (tea rose) in my little garden that autumn.

Well.

THIS year, the beetles got the first bud in the Spring... then I went all Summer without a rose... and then FINALLY... three days ago, the FIRST and only bloom of this year happened!!! I made sure I breathed in it's aroma every morning and every evening! :-) The little bloom even survived the last two night's sub 32 degree FREEZING temps!

Well.

This morning we had some "visitors"...



Yep.

The durn BUCK ate it!!!!

Now... I'm all for helping to care for the Earth's fuzzy creatures great and small... I know they are just surviving when they eat all my flowers... *sigh*... but... when I bought a house in the middle of suburbia (most properties are 50 x 150 feet here, so we are pretty densely populated in this area)... I figured the LAST thing I'd have to worry about is deer?

I thought that deer only lived "out in the country"...

Well.

I guess the joke's on me, huh!? ;-)

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon
 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Coin Purse

One of my favorite designers is Minick and Simpson! Yes.... quilts and rugs! :-) Well... I was lucky enough to be able to sign on for their Bluebird Sampler BOM... and included with the last months block was a "thank you gift"... a cute little coin purse kit that included a charm pack of their Polka Dots & Paisleys fabric line... with all the rain we've been having from a Nor'easter this weekend, it was perfect weather for being indoors and stitching.

This is a fairly easy project... just some nine-patches and some hand sewing (the bracket to the cloth). Everything was included in this little kit... and the directions were excellent! Not only have I never made a purse before... but with lining too? lol!

Here's one side...
...and the other side...
....and the inside...
Yes... I could have taken more time in lining up the hand stitches on the inside... but, I'm OK with it.

This weekend's rib stickin' meal was homemade lasagne.  Made the meat sauce and then layered it all with mounds of noodles, mozzarella cheese and ricotta cheese! Yum! :-)

Wondering about those Pumpkin Spice cookies? Well... the Keebler ones are good. But, the flavor is more like a gingerbread cookie with super sweet icing. I usually eat 4 or 5 cookies at a sitting... but, 2 of these were enough. Good, but extremely rich... As for the Oreo Pumpkin Spice? Haven't gotten to them yet... ;-)

Cooler weather means more indoor time... so stayed tuned for more pic of projects!

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Settling In

Yes... It has been quite the busy Summer! It seems that while the sun is shining, there is always something fun and interesting to do. Stuff that keeps your mind from watching the clock... and before you know it, Autumn has arrived!

So after all the car shows, radio shows, gardening, heat, humidity and sun worshiping... comes a time when the sun sets lower in the sky... casting a golden glow on trees that are just beginning to speckle with color... a coolness in the evening air that reminds you to bring a light sweater with you before you leave the house... and some mornings, the fog makes you want to stay in bed under the covers... just a little while longer.... mmmmm... Autumn! What a TREAT before the snow starts to fly! lol!

I did manage to quilt and bind my little quilt from Temecula Quilt Co. I wasn't too happy with the batting I bought (kind of thin) so I doubled it up on this piece. Stitched in the ditch and then added the binding. Finished up at 12" square. Once I located the only patch of green grass in the yard (almost drought dry here)... I quickly got a pic before the mosquitoes made a snack of me... lol!


And, since it is Pumpkin Spice everything season... I could not help myself with adding these to my shopping cart during yesterday's grocery run...


Haven't tried either of them yet... I'll post the review soon! :-)

With the cooler temps and today being mostly cloudy, I decided to spend some time in the kitchen... making foods for what I'm going to call "rib stickin' Sunday"... lol! Yep... started with some Zucchini Bread... something a little sweet, but with some nutritional value...


Then moved on to the Chicken Pot Pie!!! Oh my goodness! One of my most favorite cool weather meals! This is the filling simmering... soon I will add a couple of Bisquick biscuits on top and put it into the oven until those biscuits are golden brown! Yum! All of these aromas of cooking really makes a house feel like a home... very comforting! :-)


So, before you think this is turning into a cooking blog... I will say that I did FINALLY make a decision on which sewing machine to purchase! :-) Now I just need to get to the LQS and give her a test drive.... just to be sure! ;-)

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Musical Intermission

Sing along (with me) to one of my most favorite songs....ever!



Until next time... stay healthy and keep on smiling!

~Sharon

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Prairie Home Companion

Well... I was enjoying a vacation all last week... :-) Managed to take care of a few things around the house, did some sewing and a few other fun stuffs....

I don't know how many of you are familiar with (or listen to) NPR (National Public Radio) but, one of their regular radio shows is "Prairie Home Companion". Listening to it on the radio is always nice... but, to see it performed LIVE is a whole new level of experience! So, I've got to say the highlight of the entire vacation was having the opportunity to see Garrison Kiellor and his team perform the radio show "Prairie Home Companion"... live... in Ocean Grove, NJ this past Saturday, August 1st...

Where do I start? Ocean Grove is a religious and tight knit community. Their Auditorium was pretty plain from the outside... but, once you entered through the arches on the sides and looked UP tpwards the ceiling... it was magnificent!!!! All wood with tiny white lights.... carefully constructed curves... the floor was wood... creaked when you walked on it and bowed down a bit towards the center... First thought that came to mind was "I feel like I'm standing in The Arc"... lol!... looking around you could not help but notice the profound pipes of the completely functioning pipe organ (they hold mass in this auditorium) and the large wood American Flag accented with lights. I'll have to direct you to this link HERE so you can see pictures since the ones I took with my camera were too blurry and dark... there is also a 10 minute video from a portion of this show.

Garrison Kiellor was in among the audience at times, and also on stage at times... he gave such a passionate and heart felt performance... I was so entranced throughout the entire 3 hours... stories, song, jokes and hymns... it really was heavenly and I'm still so excited that I was able to enjoy the show live! After 41 years, he is retiring... so this is his farewell tour... if he is traveling through your area... try your best to get tickets!!! You will NOT be disappointed! :-)

We managed to get our own little video of the auditorium and tiny bits of the show... did not want to take too much (and get in trouble)... but, wanted our own little video as a memory that we were there...



The audio on our video is not very accurate... Sarah Jarosz has an absolutely amazing and rich voice... she plays mandolin, guitar and more and is truly a blessed musical talent! Visit their websites to see more!

And yes... the June list... slowly became the July list... and I managed to squeeze two projects done (but not finished) right on into August! :-) First up is the punchneedle design from Country Stitches...


Finishes at 10" x 5"... so, it's a pretty big size. I plan on attaching this to a cigar box... so pics of the "finished finish" should be posted soon... and next is a tiny quilt top pieced together...


it's  a Temecula Quilt Co. "Postcard Quilt"... they are sold as small kits and the instructions for the quilt are printed on a postcard. This design was referred to as a "modified Log Cabin design"... but, I modified it even more since my attention span was that of a goldfish on Sunday... lol! True to form... I even have a "make do" patch... my bad (I was just so excited to actually be sitting and sewing!!!) ;-) All this in a 12-1/2" square quilt! *grin*... I hope to "quilt as desired" this coming weekend...

Yes... it's been a quick couple of months... lots going on and it's mostly all good! From reading everyone else's blogs I know I'm not the only one wondering where time goes... :-)

Best get started on some Christmas projects....

I guess...

;-)

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!!!

~Sharon

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Kutztown Folk Festival

Happy Independence Day!!! It's been a beautiful Summer thus far... and continues this weekend, so that we can all celebrate our independence with outdoor gatherings... and good old fashioned events like county fairs and folk festivals! Since my home is only about 1-1/2 hours away from Kutztown, PA... and the weather was perfect yesterday (80's, sunny and low humidity)... I decided to hop in the car, pick up a friend and venture out to see the many talents of Kutztown's PA Dutch community!

The grounds were busy with people walking around and enjoying good eats, birch beer and sarsaparilla on tap, many fine hand crafts... story times and petting zoos for the kids... and quilts! This fair is famous for it's Quilt Barn... :-)

A quick walk around... see the booth that says "sausage" on the right? Yep... that was my lunch.. bratwurst with kraut and mustard!!! Yum!


Need more money to shop? Here's a "mobile atm"... lol!


And into the Quilt Barn we go...


So many quilts... each marked with size and price... three rows of folded quilts along the perimeter of the building... each section had a helper, should you wish to see more of a particular one... all for sale... some marked with a price and some marked with opening bids for the big auction at the end of the festival...


This one is my favorite...


And here are some close ups... (click each picture to enlarge)












 These ladies were in the center of the barn... enjoying some hand quilting!














I had hoped to get some pics of the other artisans goods there... but my camera's memory card had filled up quicker than I had expected. This festival has everything from hex signs, to Pysancki decorated eggs, hand painted dowry chests, jewelry, silk embroidery, wood working, metal casting, iron works, hand blown glass, redware, and wooden shaker boxes... and food... LOTS of PA Dutch yummy food... :-)

Did you miss the event this year? Well... for a link to the website, click HERE... sign up for the newsletter and get notified when next year's event will take place... you won't be disappointed! :-)

Happy Summer!

~Sharon

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June List

Yes... we are already a third of the way through the month of June.... I've had my list "sort of" ready for about 4 days... just needed some light to get a pic. Here's the pile...


To make some neat sense of it all... the projects are as follows:

1
Woodland Yuletide
(needlepunch)
A 2014 holiday release by Country Stitches. 
I had purchased the thread kit along with the pattern...
in hopes that I could actually have it finished by Christmas 2014. ;-)

2
Block 5 of the Tavern House Wool Quilt BOM
I had hoped to have had this completed by last September (2014)
So, I'll try for one Block a month from now until done.
Maybe have it ready to hang no later than THIS September?

3
Temecula Quilt Co.
From last year... it's a mini quilt... log cabin type design.
Should be able to start and finish this in a day?

4
Coin Purse
From Minick & Simpson
This little project has a GREAT story to it...
stay tuned for the finish when I'll explain how it came about. :-)

So now that this list has been announced and is in plain sight of the public eye... I'll have extra incentive to complete these little projects... and build yet another list... for July! ;-)

And, while I was sorting through stash to find some projects for this month... I also found a couple more cross stitch kits that I posted on eBay tonight. Click HERE to view... a couple are patriotic in design... great Summer stitches!

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Day Dreaming

Yah... I've been doing a lot of that... mostly watching videos... some on Youtube and some on Craftsy. Yes. All of them have been about quilting! :-)

I've watched a dozen or so videos on Spring Quilt Market... and seeing the newest fabric line "Farmhouse" from Fig Tree Quilts has me wishing for September... lol!


Joanna Figueroa has also designed some fabulous patterns that use this fabric beautifully... difficult to pick a favorite... but, I do have the patterns for "County Fair", "Juniper" and "Picnic"... just waiting on the fabric... *sigh* Check it out for yourself at the Fig Tree & Co. website... click on the blog link to see even more spectacular pics of the Farmhouse fabric line...

Craftsy has been a wonderful source of quilting how-to and supplies for me... I've taken "Simple Fresh Quilts" by Joanna Figueroa and loved her style of teaching. There's quite a few patterns included in the price of the class. So, well worth checking it out for yourself.


And since I enjoyed that class so much, I signed on for her newest class, "Smarter Strip Quilting"


Haven't watched it yet though... been researching new sewing machines. Looking for a "next step up" from what I have. The main features I am looking for are more precise stitch control (length and width) and perhaps a larger area between the needle and arm of the machine (so I can quilt my larger quilts myself)... day dreaming of a Janome 7700... though the price would keep it a dream unless I win the lotto or a sizeable jackpot at a casino... lol!

My other pastime is reading the blogs of fellow quilters, rug hookers and cross stitchers... and I've taken notice that one main trait of the folks that seem to accomplish a good amount of finishes are folks that make a monthly list of goals... so I think that I'll settle down for the evening and make a good list for June...

If you enjoy wool applique or cross stitch... I have a few more items listed on eBay HERE...

See you soon with a list of what's to do in June...

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon




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