Tuesday, May 19

elk on my table!

My dear friend, Shauna - from Montana, gave me a huge chunk of this awesome elk fabric. 
 
 
 
We love our elk in Montana - so it was a perfect piece to make something out of it for my home.
I made this very simple table runner.
I quilted a tiny wave in the center and straight lines in the outer border. 
 

I used a brushed woven for the backing.


 
I love my very old wood dough bowl from Hungary.
 
 
 
It looks pretty good on my table runner...
 
 
 
These bowls were made for making bread. 
I don't make bread - so I keep my wooden spoons in it!
 
  
Thank you, Shauna, I love it!
 
 
 

Saturday, May 16

mother - daughter quilting together...

One of my customer's, Michelle, from California, spent some serious sewing time with her 9-year old daughter.
This is the result of that serious mother/daughter time together:
 
 
 
A little Christmas quilt!
It's Lori Holt's "Quilty Little Christmas" scrappy sew along.
What a cute little snow guy.
 
 
 
I quilted snowy swirls in the red outer border.
 
 
This is my favorite section -the little bows on the wreaths that stand up - darling!
 
 
I had so much fun quilting each section different.....
Can you believe her 9-year old pieced this little cutie?
Nice job!!!
 
 
This one was created by Michelle.
 
 
It's a Barbara Brackman, Civil War quilt. 
 
  
 
Michelle wanted quilting that was conducive to that time era.
It's so pretty.
I love the colors she used.
 
 
Thank you, Michelle and Lindsay, for letting me add to your creations.
Keep sewing, Lindsay!

Monday, May 11

let it rain...

My sweet friend, Shari, from New Jersey, made me this umbrella.
 
 
You heard that right - she MADE it!
Then she sent it to me in the mail.....that's love.
...."April showers bring May flowers"....
In Montana it doesn't rain in April.
It's more like "May showers bring June flowers"....sometimes! 
I don't even dare plant anything until mid-June. 
 
 
 
Shari knows I love Kaffe Fassett fabrics so she not only makes me an umbrella, she uses this beautiful Kaffe fabric.
..so pretty - thank you, Shari.
 
 
She knows me so well!
 
She sprayed the umbrella with water repellant.
I'll have to try it out in the rain!
 
These are my "wellies" that my sister, LeAnn, gave me while I was visiting her in England.
Everyone wears them!
 
 
We wear them here in Montana, too. 
But, we call them "mud boots". 
 
 
I'm set for rain - let it rain!
 
 
What kind of weather are you having right now?
 

Thursday, May 7

I love being a mom.....

I don't normally post about my family - they're all so dear to my heart and I like to keep them there.
But, since Mother's Day is just around the corner, my heart wants to open up and share with you a glimpse into my life as "mom".  
 
I have three amazing kids and one amazing step-daughter.
They have all chosen careers in which they help others.
I'm beyond proud of each of them.
I feel like the luckiest "mom" ever!
 
Riley - my oldest - loves the outdoors!
He's a former Marine and now owns his own property management company.
 
 
Here he is with his three kids - hiking in Montana this year.
He is the BEST dad.
love those faces....
 
 
Love you, Riley.
 
 
Gavin - my second son - is active duty in the Army.
Such a serious face....
 
 

 
He also loves biking - the BIG BOY kind!
(this is in front of our home - getting ready to RIDE)
 
 
 
 
Love you, Gav.
 
 
Here's Gavin & my daughter, Erin.
She is a Severe Disabilities teacher.
She has a huge heart.
 
 
..and she's a mom of two little cuties!
 
 
 
...cuties... 
I love my girls.
 
 
Here's Julia - my beautiful step-daughter.
 
 
She's an EMT and another "BEST" mom.
She lets Olivia wear stickers on her forehead.
 
 
Two cute girls!
 
 
I love everything about them!
I wish I could give each of them a giant squishy hug right now!
I love you so...........

Tuesday, April 28

birthday quilt...

My son, Riley, just had a birthday.....he's had 36 of them! 
(I didn't think I had any children that old.....mercy sakes)!
He needed a new quilt - it had been a while since I made him one.
 
 
I had this fat quarter pack of "Porch Swing" fabrics - remember them?
When I pulled them out I fell in love with them all over again.
 
 
I simply squared each fat 1/4 up then cut them into 4 quadrants - 8 1/2" x 10 1/2".
I got hundreds of them!
I sewed them all together - 11 rows by 11 rows - to make a queen size.
Brown dot Minky for the backing - he needed a warm snuggly quilt - it gets cold in Pennsylvania where he lives.
 
 
I quilted an all-over large meander with swirls plopped in every so often.
Scrappy binding - always a favorite!
 
 
I had some yardage so I made 2 pillow cases to match.
 
 
I think it was the best birthday gift ever!
He thought so, too - called the day it arrived to say, "thanks, mom".
Gosh - I love this boy!
 
  
 
Don't you just want to curl up in that chocolaty minky?
 
 

Thursday, April 23

sister love...

My sister, LeAnn, loves to do hand work.
I used to love it - but not so much anymore - so I'm glad she still loves it!
She also understands my passion for Pyrex bowls and dish towels.
 
 
This is what she comes up with:
 
 
Is that just about the cutest embroidery work ever?
 
 
 
  Here's one of my flowered pink dishes that matches the little dish on top...
 
 
I love my stacking mixing bowls...
 
 
 
Thank you, sister, for the perfect gift!  I love you...

Tuesday, April 14

Cathy's samplers...

My friend, Cathy, from Maryland, makes the most beautiful applique sampler quilts using wool and cottons.
Here are a couple of them she recently sent for me to quilt:
 
First up - a beautiful "Flags of the American Revolution" quilt.....this one speaks to my military heart.
 
 
Cathy's initials...
 
 
Her piece work is just as beautiful as her hand work...
 
 
 Love this dove carrying a ribbon...
 
 
 These words make me want to put my hand on my heart...
 
 
 The eagle was the center of the quilt...
 
 
I quilted each block individually...
 
 
Next - her "Garden" quilt:
 
 
 So many beautiful pieces of wool applique...
 
 
 I love this little basket...
 
 
A little cottage home...
 
 
 The trees are adorable and I love the little doxies....she has two of them!
 
 
The details in her quilts are mind boggling!
I can't imagine the time it must take to complete one of these treasures. 
 
 
 I quilted each section differently and had fun with the borders.
 
 
She not only makes beautiful quilts, she also makes super cute pin cushions!
Cathy knows I love pin cushions - I have a small collection of them.
She stitched my nickname on this one....I love it!
 
 
This is a sweet sunflower pin cushion made with wool....
 
 
And of course, a 30's hexagon one with an embroidered flower center.
 
 
Thank you, Cathy, I LOVE my pin cushions!
 
 
 
And I love quilting on your beautiful quilts! 
It's always such a treat.....