Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010


cooking and baking are my favorite parts of the Season … shopping, not so much.



Monday, November 29, 2010

Sidetracked ….. it’s so easy for me

Instead of working Raggedy Ann orders which have been keeping me pretty busy.


I get totally distracted looking around blogland  and start stitching one of these cute house pillows.  I’ve been seeing little house designs everywhere, they are so cute. I used Merry and Bright Scraps stitched on linen.


And so much fun to stitch, a little quilting, a little embroidery and a little creative embellishing  ~

It was 26 degrees here last night and my plants are still living inside the our small “greenhouse” with some heat of course. We’re turning my potting shed into a greenhouse, hopefully it will work…so far so good


Now ~~~let the decorating begin


xo Shawn

Saturday, September 18, 2010

My Heavenly Blues

Never bloom until September


Twining through the delicate herb Sweet Annie ~



Happy Fall



Friday, September 10, 2010

Wonky Chubby Stars ???

I’m joining traceyjays Quilt-a-Long using the Fresh Cottons line, which I love, love, love and cheating a little..


I used the half square triangle method for my star points in the chain blocks

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and had to adjust the snowball points a little


so my chubby stars are kind of wonky, but I can totally live with it and I love this design, thank you so much Tracey!


I’m not ready for the first frost and think I need a greenhouse……



Sunday, August 22, 2010

4 Charm Packs =

A couple new quilts, just basic patchwork showing off the fabrics, sometimes I find it difficult to cut them up.   And I have “collected” quite a few charm packs that I need to use up. This one is Prayer Flag by April Cornell for Moda. I machine quilted it in the ditch and also with a swirly/loopy design in each square.


I.love. this. fabric ~ Fresh Cottons by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda. I stitched this one in the ditch and also stitched a flowery/butterfly design in each block. Oh and Joanna over at Fresh Figs is having a super fun giveaway!



Tuesday, August 17, 2010

All tied up

It started with the tee shirt pocket pillow I made for my Dan’s birthday.


The tee-shirt was purchased on vacation visiting relatives a few years ago, it had a stain so I decided to make a pillow out of it.


Dan loves bandana fabric so I used some red on the inside.


I really loved the pillow ticking so I decided to stitch up a quilt out of it. I haven’t tied a quilt in a while, this is a big full/queen and I wanted it a little poofy for a change so I decided to tie it.


I started on the table and finished on the floor.  Someone thought I wanted to play….


I love the way it finished ~ simple and pretty. 


Dan is so easy going, he lets me do whatever I want when it comes to decorating his room.


Made some lighthouse pocket pillowcases to0, I love the way they hold the pillow inside.

I have lots of vintage navy cotton ric-rac that I was happy I used on this quilt.


Incorporated two charm packs of Minick and Simpsons Bar Harbor on the back.


On a bittersweet note, I also finished my last “grief” blanket.  I  knitted about 10 of these during my parents final days and eventual death in 2005.  I’m finished now, not finished knitting but finished making these blankets, every stitch comforting and helping me through a difficult time.  My Mom taught me to sew and knit among many other things.  It goes nice with Dan’s new quilt.


Quilt inspired by “The Lettered Cottage” guest bedroom.


Got Corn…..

We are “all” enjoying the fresh corn on the cob this year…. lol  I’m sure he would eat the cob too which he has done in the past, but the vet said it’s not good for his tummy. Of course he would rather be waited on in this way. Pets are too funny, it is so fun to watch him eat every kernel off the cob!



Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My baby boy turns 19 in one week,

One of two of the best accomplishments in my life, ♥ you sweetie!


Kevin and Dan Fishing Trip 008


xo Mom

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Happy, Busy, Bluebirds ~ working on their nest

Mama looks like she has a giant mustache ~ too funny.


Using nice soft hair that they found after I brushed these guys yesterday.


We like to grow our Labs big???


They’re always cute when they’re sleeping ♥

Must you dig a huge hole and lay in it……



Thursday, June 3, 2010

Monkeys in Oz……

I can’t remember when I made this sock monkey for my son, maybe 10 or 12 years ago, he is showing his well loved age a little…  He was actually packed away in the closet, poor little guy.  He inspires me to stitch another, they are fun to make.


I just love the Oz fabric line and thought it was perfect for another raw edge circle quilt, inspired by Allison over at Cluck Cluck Sew.


Monkeys in Oz measures 66”x78”, a nice (big/large) size.


Sock Monkeys on the back and Oz on the front.


It’s a little on the heavy side though, I didn’t cut out behind the circles .  Oh well I have enough scraps around here.


This fabric reminds me of the 70’s??


I feel like  I should make a little outfit for my monkey they are so cute dressed!


Sock Monkeys are just so silly I can’t help but love their sweetness!!


I’m pretty happy with my machine quilting on this one. I like the circles, loops, flowers/butterflies and a wavy stitch my machine made.


I’ll be taking a little blog break, I need to spend some summertime with my family, mow, weed, mulch and grow my gardens ~  all of these chores make me happy,  or I’ll just keep telling myself that………


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pinwheel Sampler in Blush

The brown in this quilt reminds me of chocolate…



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Not Vanilla not Yellow ~ sorry Riley, he would just love to lay on this quilt.  No way Mister!

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I made 20 blocks and used  3’’ borders with small pinwheels between the blocks.  My quilt measures 62’’x72’’ after washing and drying.

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I pieced the back and quilted my sampler with a crosshatch design, I’m very happy with the way it finished.

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Thanks Rachel of P.S. i Quilt (love her blog name) for taking the time to instruct us on how to stitch up this wonderful sampler.  I told myself I wasn’t signing up for any quilt-a-longs this year, I couldn’t resist!

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Finished just in time for Amy’s Quilt Festival ~ Yay! 


Can’t wait to see all the quilts.


Lots of gardening going on here too, in between stitching time.