Saturday, June 24, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

My New Home . . .

Well, we made it safely to Bandon and here is our new home ~


The 2-foot tall grass is beautiful blowing in the cool ocean breezes but little by little it will be whacked down.  The house is on a quarter of an acre so that might take me awhile!!  :-))

I have decided that I am going to keep this blog as my quilting and Saturday's Smile blog and I have created a new blog called Bandon-by-the-Sea Renovation.  If you are interested in seeing my progress on the house reno, I am going to post the above picture and by clicking on the picture it will take you to the new blog.  I hope you will join me in my fun new Oregon coast adventure!!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

We're Getting Close . . .

It's been going on for weeks but tomorrow is U-Haul day and so the past couple of days we have been in high gear!!

Now I just have to get some of this stuff out of the house and into the truck so I can 1. think and 2. see what is left to pack!!

These are my fabric bricks ~

A full living room!!

Yikes!!

It's everywhere, it's everywhere!!



Done for the day and with a good night's sleep we will be up again tomorrow morning to pack the truck and say goodbyes!!  Janet, if you are in town, drop by for a hug, will ya?

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

East Window Works Too!

I have always been told that you need to put African Violets in a northern window so that they will bloom.  Well, I have no northern window where I can put any plants, so I put this gorgeous violet that a friend gave me a slip of several months ago in my office window that faces east.


Plus, there is no drainage in this pot!!  Love it!!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Another Flower Surrounded by Love . . .


Another darling Flower for my garden is finished.  The inside flower is from Cathy Thorgrimson from Kenora, Canada and I received it in August, 2014.  The outer row is from Simone Smith from Australia and they were received October, 2015.  I got two outer row sets from Simone, so I look forward to making another flower with the other set she sent to me.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitchin' . . .

In about the 2011 - 2012 time frame, I was taking care of my sweet Father in St. George, UT.  Across the street from us lived this really cool lady.  She was an archeolgist or something to do with old cultures.  When she would go away on an expedition, I would watch her house and bring in the mail and newspapers.

One day she was showing me some of her quilting projects.  All of a sudden she asked me if I would like this one top because she had made it years and years ago and she said she would probably never finish it.   Well, I said YES!!  I would love it!!

I finally got around to having it quilted about a month ago and I just got the binding completed this afternoon and WOW!!


It turned out gorgeous!! I used Kaffe Fassett's Roman Glass in Byzantine on the back and for the binding!!


And my sweet friend Tammy quilted it for me and used a pattern at has Aztec suns on it.  Hopefully, if you click on the picture below to make it larger you can see the fabulous quilting.


I will be linking up with Kathy over at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Come see all the great handwork everyone is doing!!  My favorite handwork is binding!!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

MOVING SALE, MOVING SALE, MOVING SALE!!

Hi everyone!!

Now that it is official and I am moving in a few weeks, I have decided to have a big moving sale in my Etsy shop for the next couple of weeks!!  I am going to be putting new lower prices on differnet items several times a day.

If you would like some REALLY good prices come on over!!  And if you see something you like that is not on sale, convo me and I can set up a Special Order with reduced shipping with the sale prices!! Click on the flower below to go to my Etsy shop!!


Thank you all so much and if you would be kind enough to share this post with your friends on social media  and/or through your blog, I would be eternally grateful!!  I really don't want to move all this fabric!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Well, It Finally Happened!!

We signed the closing papers on our new little house in Bandon, Oregon that we bought sight unseen except for pictures on Trulia.com!!  It's a little fixer-upper!!  Joanna Gaines here I come!!

Here is a little sneekie peek!!

It is really a plain Jane, but that is what is going to make it such a fun project!! I have started packing boxes and the plan is to load the moving truck on May 27th.

Bandon by the Sea here we come!!



Sunday, May 7, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching . . .

Yesterday I received my March 2017 second row hexies from Mary Gearheart in Grove City, OH and so here I am withh the completed flower and her gorgeous hexies sewn together ~


 The Taupey brown polka-dotted flower was from Bev Kirk, September, 2014.  I really love these two together!!  What do you think?

Linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy's Quilts.  Lots of fun things going on over there!!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

Flowers, Meet Your Second Row Hexes!!

Look how fun!!

I am starting a new tradition for myself.  I have lots and lots of polka-dotted flowers with no second rows and lots and lots of second row hexies with no flowers!! So, I have decided that as soon as I get my new monthly second row or rows I am going to find the perfect flower and get them together!! My April second row hexies came from Janet C.R. in Canada a couple of days ago and I found the perfect flower for them. The flower was from Maggie F in Indiana January, 2013!! Are they cute together, or what!!

Monday, May 1, 2017

I Miss Him Every Day!!

Pop you may have passed through the veil from this Earth 5 years ago this morning, but you are in my thoughts everyday and in my heart forever!!

You are the best, my Father dear and I will see you one day again!!

21 Gun Salute at the Riverside Veteran's Cemetery

Quilt for Pop's 90th Birthday all signed by his kids and grandkids!!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitchin' . . .

At our Sew Small Guild meeting in March, we brought quilting and sewing things from home that we thought others might like to have and would be willing to pay for them.  The money that was taken in was to go the the Guild.

Although I have plenty of quilting and sewing goodies in my little shop in the basement, I could not think of anything I wanted to part with at that time.  So, instead I made up 6 little "Binding Certificates" wherein I would bind a lap quilt for $10.00 and a queen quilt for $20.00.

Cute Cathie T. purchased a Queen-Size Binding Certificate.  And I was privileged to bind her daughter's gorgeous wedding quilt ~


Cathie's daughter went to Paris in high school I believe and tshe old her Mom she loved Paris and the Eiffel Tower.  Cathie pieced the quilt and custom quilted the queen-sized quilt  and WOW!!  Lucky, lucky daughter!!

Cathie wanted the binding to be cut on the bias and since I had never done a binding on the bias, I was so glad she put the lengths together for sewing.  She matched the stripes - which I NEVER would have thought to do and then I sewed on her penciled lines and finished the binding as usual before sewing it onto the quilt!!


I finished up the last side this afternoon while watching a cute Sally Fields movie.  The binding turned out wonderfully!!  Thank you, Cathie for letting me part of your daughter's wedding quilt!!

Hooking up with Kathy over at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Come on over and see what everyone else has been doing today!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday's Lop-sided Smile!!

I'm off to Arizona this morning to say goodbye to my older brother for the last time here on Earth.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Enchanting Rose 10th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange Reveal!!

This was the most fun "swap" I have ever participated in!!  Stephanie over at The Enchanting Rose was our hostess and I think enchanting is the perfect word to describe Stephanie!!

The Tea Cup is the main ingredient in our package of goodies and then we are given a list of fun ideas to supplement the Tea Cup we have chosen.  My list was pretty sparse as this is my first (but hopefully not my last) exchange but my package was glorious!!

I received a package from the darling Pamela over at The Lady of the House Speaking and she is a true Anglophile!!  Go check out her blog, it is fascinating!!

And so here is what Pamela sent to me:


Opps, as you can see if you look closely, the Walker's Shortbread and one of the cookies were gone before I got the picture taken!!  That's because Walker's Shortbread is one of my most favorite things in the whole wide world!!

Thank you Pamela, I LOVE all my fun goodies and the tea cup is exactly like the set of dishes that my Grandmother (Nana) had when we were growing up.  I remember spending Saturday nights with my Grandparents and getting to drink tea out of one of these cups with a scoop of ice cream on the side.  I would always take some of the ice cream and put it in my tea.  I don't think that is English style but yum, the memories just flooded back when I unwrapped the cup!!

And Pamela told me that the little pink doily was handmade by a 90-year-old French woman!!  How cool is that!!

I am looking forward to the next Exchange!!  Thank you Stephanie for hosting this very excitting exchange!!

P.S. Stephanie was who I sent a little package to - go check out what everyone plus Stephanie got HERE - I had soooo much fun putting her package together.  Ya know, I was the teacher's pet on this Exchange!!  Hee!  Hee!!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April Inchy Hexagon Flowers are Already Done!!

I did some Sunday slow stitchin' and got my flowers completed for Lin T. in France.  She wanted turquoise and terra cotta!!  I think these work color-wise and they really turned out well!!  I do enjoy making these little guys and the fussy-cutting is so much fun!!


Monday, April 3, 2017

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!!

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Wow, I must be getting slower and slower and slower as the years go by.  I was a vendor at the Blackfoot Quilt Fest up in Blackfoot, Idaho this past weekend and it took me so long to get ready for it on Tuesday and Wednesday, that I forgot to pick the Honeycomb winner on Wednesday before I left.  So, as a result, when I consulted Mr. Random this morning, he chose 3 winners!!  What a guy!!

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First winner is the well-known "Anonymous" (aka Marilyn) who said that her daughter is an expert quilter and would have lots of ideas for her!!

Marilyn, be sure to send your snail mail address to me at lavenderquilts@gmail.com so I can send your Honeycomb to you!!

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The second winner is Michele T said she would make a couple of zipper pouches that she saw on Pinterest!!  Thank heavens for PINTEREST, right??!!

Michele, be sure to send your snail mail address to me at lavenderquilts@gmail.com so I can send your Honeycomb to you!!

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And the third and final winner is GranChris who said theHoneycombs would go into a hand-sewn Garden quilt!!

Chris, be sure to send your snail mail address to me at lavenderquilts@gmail.com so I can send your Honeycomb to you!!

Congratulations to all three winners!!

Not only did I forget to pick a Honeycomb winner but this is the first time in a long time that I did not post a Saturday Smile!!  So here it is a little late - hope it gives you a week-long smile!!

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Have a great week, dear friends!!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Lucky Me!!

A younger friend of mine just passed away recently but she knew several months before she left that her time was short.  So, with all the energy she could muster, she worked on quilt tops for her friends so that some of us could finish them after she had gone and get them to the blessed recipients.

I was asked to do the binding on this huge king-sized quilt ~



It is just stunning and Sheriah, another friend did the quilting!!  It is always so amazing to me how many blessings come into my life because of quilting and all the wonderful women I have had the opportunity to meet!!

Diana, may you be at peace with your Heavenly Father!!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hexagon Giveaway!!

Ok, so I just got a new shipment of goodies in today and I ordered something new:  a HONEYCOMB Pack.  Now, I know what Charm Packs are and Layer Cakes and Jelly Rolls but did not know what a Honeycomb Pack was until I opened the box!!


Very cool and I know that a certain somebody will love this collection of Paisley Park by Kansas Trouble Quilters because the collection is definitely "dark and dirty"!!  So, in honor of that certain somebody, I am giving a Pack away!

Just let me know in your comment what in world you would do with the honeycomb shape in one of your quilts!!  Because I would have no idea what to do with them except make gigantic hexagon flowers!!

I will chose a winner next Tuesday before I go up to the Blackfoot Quilt Fest in Blackfoot, Idaho!!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Mary Jane Got Her Goodies . . .

and so now I can show you what she got and her cute email that came after she opened her package ~


Hi, Kris!  Well, it only took 3 days!  I love my package.  I'm already imagining what the fabrics will become, and I think the hearts will be so much fun to create something with. They make me think of Jenny of Elefantz, who combines appliqué with crewel embroidery and comes up with beautiful finishes, though not strictly a quilter. Are you familiar with her?   Here's her blog: http://www.elefantz.com/?m=1

Of course, I'm not a quilter, either, but you've given me inspiration to try, and I thank you for that as much as the gifts.  I wondered if I should admit that for fear you'd think your gifts would go to waste, but please be sure that I'll use what I can and share what I don't.  Cross stitch is my main stitching joy, so fabrics are great for finishing those projects, too. The button says it all!

Thanks for sharing your talent and your sweet spirit on your blog, and this great giveaway with me.  I'll do my best to make you proud!

Blessings,
Mary Jane
Hopefully we now have a new quilter on our hands!!


Saturday, March 11, 2017