Don't let the difficulties of the present moments overshadow the reality of God's promises. God's promises still stand. And God's promises are stronger than our failures.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

And The Winner Is....


Amy from Sew Incredibly Crazy...you are the winner of my giveaway!  See You In September is over but don't worry...Rush Hour is coming.  :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

See You In September






                                          Monday, September 15

                                                                 I Piece 2-Mary
My Quilting Journey

Tuesday, September 16

                                                                Sew We Quilt




Saturday, September 13, 2014

Twas The Night ....


What?  Christmas?  Already?  Ya'll I went to the big Sam's store here a couple of weeks ago...in August... and they had Christmas trees up already!  Since I'm one of those people who likes to have things done way ahead of time I've already started planning some gifts.  My favorites are the ones I can make in a few hours or a night.  You know things like small purses, appliqued tea towels, pajama bottoms, special cards, scissors fobs, decorated cookie jars, wine jackets....you get the picture?  You can make as many of these as you want to show but the most fun part of this hop is that we are going to share one gift with another blogger on the hop.  Once I put the list together the first person on the list will send a present to the second person on the list, the second person on the list will send a gift to the third person on the list, and so on.  And remember it has to be something you've made in just a few hours or a night.

Madame Samm wrote this cute poem to give us a little inspiration...

T'was the night...


T'was the night before posting we're told it's a gift
a holiday present that has to conjure a lift...
It has to be made within hours, something so sweet
a pleasure to masses that has meaning so deep..

So if you can think of a gift or a tut to stitch
and you know it will take only hours to enrich..
then join us this season with hearts content
You know your time will be so well spent......

mdm samm


If you want to join us on this hop, and you know you want to, just send me an e-mail (mbushretired@gmail.com) with Twas The Night in the subject line.  For this one I will need:
1.  Your name
2.  Your blog name
3.  Your blog address
4.  Your mailing address

I need your mailing address to share with the person who will be sending you a gift.  It will not go to the whole group.  And I will try to group people together by country to avoid excessive postage costs.  However, if you do not mind mailing internationally please tell me that in the e-mail.

Your gift/project should be something small, something made in a few hours or a night, and something suitable for a gift.  It might be Christmasy or it might be something designed particularly for a quilter (like a pincushion, needle holder, etc.)  In addition to those directions here are a few small rules we will need for you to follow.



Guidelines
Anyone and everyone can participate in our HOPS.
If ever you wanted to have cheerleaders in your life
to cheer on your creativity….
well you do not need to look any further…


1. CREATE something that SHOUTS
T'was the night

2. BE a cheerleader for all those who participate, there is nothing 
as heartfelt as your lovely comments.

3. Please turn off your word verification the day of your
post…you really do not want to miss any comments..
YOU have no idea how that one comment can be a life changer….

4. Be sure to add your post at midnight EST. WE have visitors
all around the world who like to get up like we do in North America
to your lovely creations

5. Please ADD everyone including YOUR blog on your post 
that day, so we can find everyone as easily as we found you..

6. MOST IMPORTANT, commit, if you don't, you have
taken the spot of someone else who I will be hearing about,
trust me there…

7. Add the button to your blog so everyone will note your 
T'was the night

Are you ready?  Wonderful!  Send me an e-mail!




Thursday, September 4, 2014

It's September Already!

It's hard to believe that summer is over and fall is here and it's time to show our three projects for this blog hop!  When I signed up for this one I thought how far away that date was and that it would be forever until my projects would be due.  A friend recently told me that life is like a toilet paper roll....the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.  I think summer is like that!

But for once in my life I didn't procrastinate - yea for me!  First up is my gingham project and it's one I've already use and fallen in love with.

This zippered bag is quite large and is perfect for holding lots of stuff....lots.  I used Riley Blake's black gingham for the outside and red polka dot laminate for the lining.  I'm not a fan of sewing on laminate but it's the perfect thing for this.  I don't want any accidental spills to get on what I'm carrying in this.


When I travel I like to take my mini IPad, a box of note cards and a pen, an extra pair of reading glasses, and of course the cords for the IPad, my phone and my computer....and it all fits in this bag easily!  I could have gotten more in here....a granola bar for a late night snack, my prayer journal and maybe even my travel Bible, though I have a copy on my IPad.


I added a bit of lace to the top just because it's pretty.  :)  This is recycled lace, taken from a pillowcase found in an antique store.  The pillowcase itself had holes in it but the lace was in perfect shape.

My second project is a wool piece - I'm not sure if I'd call it a table topper because it probably won't be used that way but that's the size of it.  This pattern was a free one from Primitive Gatherings early this summer - designed to be the center of a large quilt but perfect for what I wanted.

The flowers and vines are wool and the background and borders are cotton.  I did a blanket stitch with Valdani threads on the applique.

The binding on this is from fabric that was one of the first pieces I bought when I started quilting in 1995!  Cleaning out your stash closet results in some great finds.  :)


I did some machine quilting in the background - just some curved lines - and then hand quilted around the corner flowers.  This piece was the perfect size and colors I needed for a particular place in my sunroom so it's now in it's home and brightening up that little corner.

A couple of years ago I started an embroidered quilt called Betsy's Closet - some of you may remember it.  We even had a blog for those who were working on it, which I can't seem to find now.  It's taken me a long time but I finally finished it this summer


This is a pretty good view of the borders I think....there are three including the sashing.


The embroidery pieces used mostly pastel colors and some are a little difficult to see in this light but the soft colors are really perfect for these paper doll clothes.  I did a free motion echo around the embroidery, some straight line quilting in the first border, followed the print in the second border and free motion quilted each flower petal and leaf in the outer border.


This is a closeup of one of my favorite blocks...I would have loved this dress when I was a child!


And for a bonus project....yes I did...I used the rest of some gingham I had to make this adorable apron.  I started with a white apron bought at Hobby Lobby, added the ruffles and the ghost face along with some rick rack.  I loved the ease of using a premade apron!



It's a bit long in the torso for my model, who agreed to model when I promised not to show her face, but that could be fixed by shortening the neck strap.  Wouldn't this be fun to wear when handing out goodies on Halloween?  :)

I think I'll do a giveaway for one of my followers - hmmm, what would you like to win?  How about this:


There's something for everyone I think...Reflections, a quilt pattern by Yellow Creek Quilt Designs, She Quilts-I Cook - a wallhanging pattern by Block Party Studios which includes the center panel, and a sweet package of 10 different Riley Blake ginghams.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE - only one comment!  If you're commenting on this post and want to be included in the drawing, just add the words I follow .....  (by email, on Bloglovin', etc.).  I get your comments in an e-mail so when you make two separate comments I get confused.  Of course, it's easy to confuse me.  :)

Thanks so much to Shari at Living With Purpose for the wonderful way she's kept us up to date on this hop and to Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt for her continued support of quilters in so many wonderful ways.  Don't forget to go visit the rest of the blogs who are posting today.  And just in case you missed the first couple of days' offerings I'll include those as well.


Thursday, September 4Jane's Quilting
Life in the Scrapatch
Sew Many Yarns
Gracie Oliver Arts
Everyone Deserves a Quilt

Friday, September 5
Stitchin' By The Lake
Coeur d'Alene
Words & Stitches
TheSlowQuilter
Pig Tales and Quilts
All Thingz Sewn

Monday, September 8Quilting Quietly
Creatin' in the Sticks
Procrastination Queen
Lovelli Quilts
Cherry Blossoms

Tuesday, September 9Just Let Me Quilt
Marjorie's Busy Corner
The Quilting Queen Online Blog
Marla's Crafts
K and S Sweets and Stitching

Wednesday, September 10Secretly Stitching
Buzzing and Bumbling
Quilt n Queen
Quilted Delights

Grandmama's Stories

Thursday, September 11Susie's World
Needled Mom
Cate's Linens
How ART you?
I Like To QuiltBlog

Quiltscapes 

Friday, September 12Sunshine-quilting
Sew Peace to Peace
MoosestashQuilting
More Stars in Comanche
Living With Purpose

Monday, September 15
I Piece 2-Mary
Till We Quilt Again
Vroomans Quilts
Nini and the Sea
Seams To Be Sew

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Moments of Grace

At church Sunday we sat by a young family I'd not met before.  We go to a praise service which basically means it's pretty laid back....dress up or dress down, bring the kids and your coffee and just come worship.  A beautiful little girl sat next me - one empty seat between us.  I smiled and said hello, she ducked her head and looked up at me.  We connected.  In our own way.  Without words really.

During the songs at the beginning of the service she was busy decorating a foam cross.  She sat on the floor as if she were in her play clothes instead of the darling peach colored dress with matching hair ribbons and white mary janes with sparkly bows that her mother had so lovingly put on her that morning.  At the end of one of the songs I leaned down and whispered, "I love your cross...you do beautiful work!"  She smiled and continued her labor.  When she finished it she scooted down by me and handed it to me...."I made it for you."


I held it to my heart and said thank you.  And then I handed her a pen and asked her to write her name so I could remember it forever.


Emma....a precious gift from God.  I guess since I was so appreciative she dug in her striped "busy bag" (one of several I'd made the year before that are kept in the sanctuary for the children) and colored two pictures; one was for me and the other for her mother.  I'm sure her mother has many works of art on her refrigerator but I only have one right now.  Don't you love moments of connection like that...she had no idea I'd made the bag filled with activities for her.


I love moments of grace when God gives us something we don't even know we need.