Saturday, December 31, 2016

Good-bye 2016 and ....

HAPPY HAPPY 2017!

As 2016 draws to a close I am so thankful that I was surrounded by my girlies and lots of love at Christmas. 
Here is a little end of December collage for you starting in the upper left:
1.  Jim was in a bit of a car accident on his way home.  Everyone was ok thankfully! 
Once home though we had lots to do for the arrival of Christmas guests:)) There was the tree to decorate and stockings to hang.
Some mold that ruined a few treasures and a badly timed winter cold would not stop us as we decorated and cleaned.  I pulled through with a bit of quilting on my commission quilt, 2.  It is coming along very nicely.
3.  Stockings hung- check!
4.  A rare shot of me and my girls ready to go listen to a band for a bit of Christmas eve cheer:)
5.  The tree all done up.  Had to use the half tree since we had 4 pups here that like to tussle!
6.  The whole gang at Clearwater Beach 2 days before Christmas next to the sand Snowman.
7.  A little winter vignette on my MIL tiny school desk.  I can't wait to figure out what to place on it next:)
8.  Little Pooka after stealing poor Biscuit's toy.  He can't have anything of his own but she is SO CUTE!
9.  One eve we went on a small brewery tour of Palm Harbor and Dunedin.  In Dunedin there is a new one named Dunedin Woodwright.  It was absolutely adorable that evening with the crystal lights, a bon fire, a chill in the air, and a bluegrass band.  A tiny bit of Christmas down here in Florida.
 
Lar and Dev both came this year with their men and a wonderful time was had by all!  Those times are so precious to me and go way too fast.
 
Those of you following along lately know that I was participating in the 31 day blog challenge and you will notice that I fell off the wagon right around the time Jim arrived home.  Now you know why:)
The sole purpose was to challenge us to do more blogging.  I do believe that it served its purpose for me.  I see that with a bit of diligence I can blog more than I was before.  Thank you for following along and see you in 2017!
 

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Have you met....

Kim Lapacek?  Along with being a fun quilter to follow, her family runs an orchard:))  Not sure how she has time but I think that is just so cool.  As a kid I loved going to the orchards in upstate NY and then taking my little girls apple picking when we lived in Illinois.  Who am I kidding....I love it as an adult too:)
 
This year I was invited to write a blog post about scrap quilting to go along with Kim's Scrap challenge.  Put it on your calendar for next year!
 
Also, check in to read about her PBS interview on Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin.
 
Enjoy!


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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Down the rabbit hole!

Do you ever sit down to the computer to do one thing but get sidetracked??  Ok, I know you do but how long do you get sidetracked for?  And, do you ever head down the rabbit hole from one pretty quilt/ article to another? 
"ALL the time", I am hearing :))  "Join the club", you say. 
Well have you ever headed over to the this site?
 
It is a fabulous resource with lots of links that you will find yourself clicking on and then trying to find your way back to where you started....ALICE!!

There is a glossary of terms, stories about quilts and about the origins of quilts, and a great index sorted by styles of quilts......
Enjoy!  Muwahahahaha!

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Studio Disorganization!

I would love to tell you that I am super organized and in my mind's eye, I am:)  The reality is that I work in a crazy zone most of the time until every now and again my mind tells me to STOP and take charge of the crazy!

For a peek at my old studio, click HERE.

So these pictures made it to this post because my floor is actually clean!!  Usually I am side stepping creative piles of fabrics for future quilts.  These pics are from one of my sane moments because I just couldn't think properly anymore and worse, I had to move 2-3 piles just to get to one thing I needed!! I can live in the mess but I hate having to keep moving things to get what I want.
This is a picture of an adorable Captain's Desk I found in my travels that has tiny little drawers down each side that are perfect for color organizing my bead stash:))))))
 
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Have you met....

Sandra Starley?  Do you drool over antique quilts?  Well get ready to drool some more.....
She collects, appraises, teaches, and lectures. 

Sandra Starley 4 eagles
Visit her blog: http://utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com/
I am working on my guild to have her visit and you should too:)

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

CHRISTMAS at my house:)

View of the first Christmas in our new home in Tarpon Springs, FL 2011.  So open and with a full tree:)

We will have 6 stockings hung this year for sure! (that year it was for my OCD because I couldn't have an uneven wall:) It will be a full house with 6 adults and 4 dogs!

 
This is what a half tree set up looks like.  I thought maybe my monster pup would be ok with a full tree until my daughter reminded me how all 4 dogs act together.....  There is much romping and playing and this could mean a tree getting knocked over!

There was some question as to whether everyone would be able to come this year and now that the official word has come down, I am so excited that I just can't stand it!!!!  MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all my friends wherever you may be!!


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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

NESTLED BABIES

I am not sure why I started designing in 'baby', but they are mighty cute and I will be ready when the first grand bundle arrives someday.....
 
BABY BLOCK PILLOW
This little cutie was based on a crocheted block I made when my first child was born.  It was so much quicker to quilt:)  It contains the whole alphabet for personalizing plus appliques for girls or boys.






JUST HANGIN' OUT






Just Hangin' Out was designed from another monkey quilt I made and never finished because I hated the fabric I chose.  It seemed right at the time but after marinating in the closet for 4 years my tastes had changed.  Can anyone relate??
 
 


FIREFLIES

 
I have designed so many quilts using a tessellation program and Fireflies is one of them. Someday I will get around to doing a girlie version:)










BABY BOTTLE ROCKETS













BINKY BLOOMS






A good play on words will get me every time....
Baby Bottle Rockets and Binky Blooms were so fun to dream up!! 

 

SPRING POND
Spring Pond is delightful and sweet and great for twins:))  When I was a little girl the idea of twins was just so appealing.  When I got pregnant for the first time I hoped it was twins.  After I had the baby, I was SO thankful it was NOT twins!  Anyone else have that crazy dream??

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