Saturday, July 25, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

It Was Suggested to Me . . .

that aluminum foil would sharpen my rotary blade, giving it more life.


So, I decided to give it a try - what could it hurt??


I folded the aluminum foil into a strip so there was a bit more depth for the blade to travel through.


Then, I made cuts as close together as I could so that I got the biggest bang out of the strip.


And then I tried it on a scrap of fabric.  Dang!!  It worked!!


Boy, as expensive as these rotary blades have become over the past few years, a little piece of aluminum foil is worth it to extend the life a bit longer.  Then, I took the cut-up foil and recycled it!!  Win, win for everyone!!

Give it a try and let me know what you think!!

Monday, July 20, 2015

I'm Going to a Baby Shower Tonight . . .

for Willow.  I decided I wanted to make her a little quilt where she could lie on the floor and do her baby exercises.



I think it turned out pretty cute.  I used a Layer Cake from the "From Bump to Baby" collection by Gina Martin ~


And made one block from the Big Star quilt at Missouri Star Quilt Co.  Here is the YouTube video I watched ~



Instead of making the block the conventional way, I decided to use a bunch of different fabrics to get a scrappy look.  The two border fabrics and binding are also from the same collection.

Ok, I am going to share a story that shows my age.  When I saw the name of this collection, I had no idea what it meant.  My cute young friend Ashley explained to me with a gesture of her hands down at her belly which explained exactly what the name meant.  Lightbulb!!  I got it!!  So much fun!!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Saturday's Smile!!



I know this is a commercial but it is GREAT!!  Enjoy!!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitchin'

Yesterday we had a wonderful reprieve from the scorching heat and sun - we were overcast with thunder and a bit of rain!!  LOVE!!

So, I spent the afternoon making July Inchy Hexagon Flowers for Helen T. in the United Kingdom.  Last month I was late, this month I am on the early side!!  Always feels good to be ahead of the game, especially since it does not happen too often in my life!!  :-))


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!!


Today is a day we keep sacred because we love our Country!!  Enjoy the celebrations but always keep in your heart what this day means to every American!

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in 
which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, 
good health, occupation and freedom in all just pursuits.” 
 Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Flowers for Keri

in the Inchy Hexegon Flower Swap!!


These are the first flowers for Keri in this Swap!!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

This is what Has Been Keeping Me Busy . . .

for the past few months.


It was supposed to be for a baby blessing but something came up and the blessing was given a week early and I did not know it was going to happen.  I told Ashley she can save it for her next baby blessing!!

Since they were not going to be able to use it for AT LEAST nine more months (LOL!!) I found this beautiful archival box to store it in while it waits for the next baby!!


Ashley cried when she saw it!!  It really did turn out beautifully!!  And very soft!!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Winners of Pollie's Giveaway!!




The Winners are:
Michele T.
Ashley W.
Becky M.

Thank you to everyone that played along and email me with your snail mail address and the $25.00 in goodies you would like from my Etsy shop, Lavender Quilts!!  I have added lots of new Kaffe Fassett and Moda fabrics!!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Peonies ~

I have always loved Peonies in the garden and seed catalogs but I don't think in all my years I have ever seen a real one in bloom ~


until yesterday!!  I went to visit a friend and she had this gorgeous bush in her front yard full of blooms!!  I asked her if I might have a bloom and she said take all you want!!  So I took three!!  Aren't they fabulous?

LuAnn told me cool thing about Peonies - she said watch out for the ants because Peonies are healthier when ants are around.  So, I went to Peonies.org and read the following:

  Do not try to get rid of the ants on your peonies. This is a natural and temporary activity. It is believed that peonies produce small amounts of nectar and other ant attractants to encourage ants to help in opening the dense double flower buds found in many peonies. The ants may be found covering certain varieties and avoiding others, this is totally normal. 
      Once the buds have opened the ants will disappear - also normal. 
      Some people think ants are REQUIRED to open the flowers, but this does not to appear to be true. 
      It seems a debatable question whether ants are beneficial or harmful. I think they are neutral. 
      Should you spray a pesticide to get rid of the ants? That is a definite no. Since the ants are not harmful and some pesticide residues are harmful, why endanger yourself, the plants or thepeony's pollinator (good insects) with poisonous sprays? 
Just don't spray. 
       Instead just enjoy the unique interaction of ants and peonies; an evolutionary effect thousands of years in the making and posing no problems in the long run.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Graduation Time!!

The cute young gal, Maren, that I made this quilt for last year ~


graduated from high school this week and so I decided to make her a Journal using fabric from her quilt ~


I used the same fabric that we backed the quilt in.


Then I added this darling little "Hand Made" sticker that I purchased from a darling girl up in Canada!!