Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.(Philippians 4:8)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Doings Down South ...

Hi Y'All!  

I feel I can fully embrace my use of "y'all" and "sweetie" now that I officially call the South my home ... 
 ... who knew I had a touch of the southern gal living in my soul??

Job search is continuing, as is the wait for my daughters to join me, but Faith and Hope continue to live strongly in me ...
I appreciate each and every prayer made on my behalf!

I had the pleasure of meeting Arlene Blackburn, owner of Delta Patchworkthis past weekend.  I was able to enjoy a bit of fabric therapy by means of visiting Arlene's internet quilt shop that she occasionally opens for her local customers. The shop is neat and clean with lots to choose from ... just as she has in her online store!  And those she had helping customers ... so wonderfully kind and helpful!

Sweet, sweet lady and a true representative of kindness towards others.  I hope to return often, even if only online until she has another Delta Patchwork Warehouse day for her local customers.  Be sure to visit her online shop and I know she's on Facebook too ... link here. 

Found the above fabrics on the marked down shelf ...

I picked up a recent magazine for inspiration along with some materials I needed for current projects I've got in the works ...  
And the little birdie you see above ....

Perfect zipper pull for the bag I made recently!

Well ... I will get to work now on those previously mentioned projects so I have more to share in the near future.  Thank you for visiting!

Y'all come back now, ya' hear?
(sorry ... couldn't help myself... heeheehee)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Twas The Night .... For Me

Hello to all of you stopping in for a visit today on the Twas The Night blog hop!

I wish to thank Marlene of Stitchin’ By The Lake for all of her hard work arranging this hop ... having just finished leading the cheers for the Wicked Hop, I cannot imagine the amount of work she had to do with this gift exchange and hop coordination!  
Holy-camoly!!  Thank you Marlene!

And, of course, our squad leader gently pushing us forward ... Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt ... thank you for your continued inspiration, leadership, and amazing cheers!

The basis of this hop, as I understand it, was to create and share projects that could be made at the last minute ... you know the "night before" ... as many of us tend to have so much going on that we tend to work until the last second trying to fit everything in that we want to make ... 

So, I share with you today what I sent:

Pictured above is a little wall hanging I had in mind to make up before I left Montana to relocate to Tennessee .... it is truly a gift that can be made in a day or a weekend should you need that long.

Knowing the type of schedule I was expecting, I really took to heart the instructions for this hop and chose a project that could be accomplished quickly.

I reviewed my stash of  books with a Christmas theme and chose this project from the Art to Heart Ho Ho Ho Let It Snow book.  And what do you know, I even had some of Nancy Halvorsen's Benartex coordinating fabrics to go along with the project ... oh the bonus of a fabric stash!!

This project included easy applique which I zig-zag stitched around and a couple of borders sewing on.  I added a bit of stippling and straight-line quilting to finish up the hanging ... and wah-lah ....
instant Christmas decoration!

I've been told my giftee really likes it .... 

and what I received:

I received from Marian of Seams To Be Sew several ornaments, a tea light holder, a gift box filled with Swiss chocolates and a jar of pistachio creme which  Marian assures me is a popular creme used in many dishes in Sicily.  While she wished to include regular tea lights, I am quiet happy with the colorful lights Marian did include ... fun!
Thank you Marian!!

And .. before you go, I am thrilled to also share with you the spot where I was able to take the photo of my gifts from Italy ... 
The park pictured is just down the road from my new location ... and as it is November ... I am so very thrilled at how nice the weather is considering temperatures are well below freezing with snow and rain where I called home just a month ago! 

Blessed and blessed again!

Please join me in visiting my fellow bloggers who post this day:

Tuesday, November 11th

We shall certainly receive inspirational ideas for some creative last minute gift ideas!

Thank you for visiting and I look forward to visiting with you again soon ... 

Warm hearted-wishes and happy stitches ~

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Wicked Broom ...

Oh my goodness but this Wicked Hop sure stirred up some wonderful creations and lots and lots of inspiration!  My thanks go to Maywood Studios for their fun line of Black Cat Crossing fabrics which was the catalyst for this year's Wicked hop.  I also give my sincerest thanks to Madame Samm for her continued support and gentle nudging from the behind us all.

I am sure many of you are coming to visit to see who was the recipient of the runner I created with my Maywood Studio Black Cat Crossing fabrics ... wait no longer ... out of 170 comments, the winner is: 

Very pretty table runner and would like the chance to have it on my fall table. Thank you for the opportunity!
Gracie looks to be a new commenter and I sent her my congratulations and notice in an email.

I thank each and every one of you who took the opportunity to comment and enter for a chance to win ... totally unexpected by me and if you haven't yet received a reply from me, please know it's not from want of trying!  For you see ... I've been a bit on the preoccupied side this past week or two.

As noted by Madame Samm at SewWeQuilt ... my wicked broom was traveling through several states which started from Missoula, Montana on Saturday the 25th and landed this past Monday the 27th in Memphis, Tennessee.... actually my broom looked like this:

And, instead of Toto, my little doggie, Izzy, was my traveling companion:

Friends and job opportunities have brought me to this location, and I am, in fact, staying with friends that have opened their home to me until I can find work and a place to call my own again.

Change is never, never easy.  Even though a person knows it is necessary, and the change will be of benefit in so many ways ... it is hard as I am sure many of you can attest.  The unknown, the consequences, and heck, just the plain unsettling nature of change keeps so many from making necessary changes.  I have many I need to thank for their support and friendship through my recent adventures, though each and every one of them say no thanks are necessary.

Well ... I give them.

Lots about my relocation is still up in the air ... 
especially considering the two halves of my heart remain in Montana until things are settled.  
Ironic how you can still function without a heart when you have no other option....
Yes, even now I can't think of that without great sadness ... 
but I know I've done the right thing in moving, and 
can promise I have researched every. single. option. possible.

Soon I will find a spot for my sewing machine to be set up, my bicycle to be parked, and a home to create and life may again find a normal routine.  Until then, prayers for all involved are appreciated!

Bless each and every one of you who are my support and who I count as friends.

I will see you soon on the Twas the Night blog hop hosted by Marlene of Stitchin By the Lake. Should be some very good ideas for last minute Christmas gifts for those of us who find ourselves in a time pinch ... not, I am sure, that any of us would admit to waiting until the last minute!

Until next we visit, happy stitching ....

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day One - Wicked Black Cat Crossing Hop

Hello and welcome to Day One of the 
Wicked Black Cat Crossing Hop!

I extend Wicked Welcoming Wishes to all who visit...

This year's blog hop is graciously sponsored by Maywood Studio's and their Black Cat Crossing line of fabric which you can see more of by clicking the link above. 

For my project, I chose to make a table runner from Disa Designs' My Runners Keep Going book.

 I chose to use the creams, greens, and blacks of the Black Cat Crossing fabric line for my project, thinking these colors lend well to a longer fall season that just a Halloween decoration.

 This is my fifth (or sixth ... {wink}) book from Disa Designs as her patterns are simple and, I believe, adorable ... each and every book has something that I want to make "one of these days" ... so what better excuse to pull out Disa's patterns than for my wicked hop assignment?

But, of course, since this is the Wicked Hop for which I am the hostess, I immediately thought of Patrick Lose Studio pattern Happy Haunting which I purchased several years ago and never got around to making.

I see that by clicking the above link, you can download this pattern if you wish.

I present to you my black cat who's happy to haunt your Wicked path:

My cat is hiding in the trees, ready to pounce on the next person to pass along it's path ... well ... not actually, but I thought it more fitting for this cat to hang around in the trees for this picture. It will soon find a home of a dear lady friend who enjoys Halloween decor just as much as I.
 (I do believe my walls and surfaces are becoming full of Wicked creations!)

And on that note ... a Giveaway Opportunity!

Should you wish to have the Black Cat Crossing table runner I created for this hop ... leave a comment on this blog post telling me so.  On November 1st I will draw a name for these comments and the runner will be yours. 

International visitors are just as welcome to enter the giveaway as my stateside visitors.

Please be sure to visit my fellow Wicked Hoppers who are sharing today ... I know they will appreciate your visit and kind comments:

Monday, October 20
Why Knot Kwilt? --you are here!

Many thanks go out to Maywood Studios for sponsoring this year's wicked hop and to Madame Samm for all of your support in pushing us forward and your continued inspiration for these hops!

Thank you for your visit, and I wish you all a wickedly wonderful day!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Memory Triangles

As many of you know, I quilt for others and last spring I was asked to create a quilt from a bag of scraps ... literally, a bag of scraps which had been cut by hand with scissors along with a bunch of other bits and pieces collected over time.

Not that this is anything unusual to most of you, though I have to admit I'm such an OCD quilter that I have difficulties working with a bunch of scraps that aren't ever meant to go together, so yes, this did create a challenge for me. However, this bag of scraps had a story ... many stories, in fact.

256 HST squares - 4 1/2" blocks - end result 64x64

I was given this bag of scraps by a stranger whom I'd never met before who got my name from my LQS owner.  To her, every single piece of fabric in the bag meant something. As she and I discussed the possibilities of what materials could be used, and what kind of quilt could be constructed, my heart nearly broke as I watched her pull out each bit of fabric from the bag and cry as she told me what fabric was cut by who, and what fabric was from what project her mother and/or her daughter had used it with. 

You see, both her mother and her daughter contributed pieces of material to this pile of fabric.  This was a project that a grandmother and a granddaughter were working on together ... before both of them passed away.  Yes, both mother and daughter of the owner of the bag of scraps are gone and the lady was left with this bag of "memories."  

As most of the scraps were hand cut into triangles, my options were a bit limited.  I added the taupe fabric as a neutralizer and though I tried many layouts, I thought the end result of color blocks of triangles worked best. I was honored to piece this quilt together and as I constructed this blanket and quilted it, I could not help but think of all of the bits and pieces of memories this lady will now have to comfort her as she sits with this quilt. 

Memories are such a huge thing ... either something you see, hear, smell, or touch... memories can mean so very much.  Yes, sometimes memories hurt, sometimes memories make you smile, and other times memories can make you laugh.  Memories ...

So I share with you today this quilt of someone else's memories.  I hope she finds reasons to be happy when she sits with the work I created for her.

As for me ... well, I've got to get back to the sewing room and finish up another project or two which will be shared with those of you who visit me in a day or two for the Wicked Black Cat Crossing hop. 

Yes, our reason to be Wicked this year starts on Monday, October 20th ... I would enjoy another reason to visit with you and please know your comments truly do brighten my day ... making happy memories of your kind words for me to pack away to remember another day!

See you soon and until then, happy stitching!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer is here and another Share

Looks like summer is truly here ... 

Goodness, here in my neck of the Montana woods, we even hit 93 degrees today.  A rarity I confess and not too hot by many of my internet friends' standards ... however, it just goes to show Summer is here.  When I saw how high the temp was to be today, I chuckled to myself because it wasn't that many years ago that we had snow on the Fourth of July ... several times that has happened in fact!

So, I will enjoy this fine weather and be sure to investigate many ways to get outside with my daughters in the coming weeks :) ... 
surely we can all find reasons to smile!

I share with you today a project I created over the weekend
in hopes of making another face smile ...

I call this "Whatever Your Direction" ... 
I named it thus not only because of the directions of the "arrows" 
but I also quilted into the borders ...

"No matter the direction life takes you, 
always know you are loved."

It seemed to me to fit ... I'm still pleased as punch with it :)

The origins of my quilt began with a quilt I found via Pinterest that I really liked and discovered that Jennifer Jenkinson of That Girl ... That  Quilt designed this quilt for a quilt along in 2011:
Obviously, having just found the quilt I didn't participate in her quilt along in 2011 and after a few weeks of searching, I could not find any instructions.  So ...

As is typical of me these days, I created my own version using a Moda Sweetwater Route 15 jelly roll and some other yardage ... I'm sorry, but the name of the additional fabric escapes me right now.

This is what the full quilt looks like:

Granted ... it does look different than the Chasing Chevrons I was inspired by, but with using strip piecing techniques and adding on extra borders, I think I came up with a good alternative. Let me know what ya'all think as I've been asked to write up the instructions for this, so perhaps I'll make it available upon completion. 
The finished quilt is roughly 64 by 78 .... 

I say roughly because I have packaged it up and
mailed it away to a young man who turns nine years old this weekend.
I truly hope it puts a smile on his face!

Thank you for visiting and I wish you all
lots of reasons to smile!

Until next we visit, stay cool ....

Sunday, June 22, 2014

AMB Winners

Friday brought the last day of our fabulous American Made Brand blog tour...I have to say I so enjoyed learning more about each state and seeing the fantastic plate designs was inspiring!

Thank you American Made Brand for sponsoring such a terrific hop!

As for my stop on the tour, I promised two winners.  One from the USA which AMB will ship to the winner a fat quarter bundle:
and one from my international readers for whom I will send a bundle of 5 1/2 inch squares cut from my remaining AMB cottons:

To that point .... my winners are:

American Made Brand blog tour winner as generated by Random.org:

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Result: 2Powered by RANDOM.ORG

AllisonJune 16, 2014 at 4:03 AM

Some day I'll get to visit Montana. Such a beautiful state! I live in the USA, in Pennsylvania near Philadelphia. There are some days when I'd love some wide open spaces.

I had seven international readers leave a comment and of those seven, the winner of my American Made Brand drawing as generated by Random.org is:

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Result: 2Powered by RANDOM.ORG

Beautiful! I live in a small summer village in Alberta, Canada. Thanks!

I sincerely thank each and every reader that left a comment .... I am sorry I have not replied to each comment yet, but I will try.  For those inquiring about pdf availability, I will contact you directly ... if you wish a pdf of my block, please contact meI cannot contact the no-reply blogger inquiries.
My thanks again to Clothworks and American Made Brand cottons for sponsoring this hop!
Best wishes til we visit again,

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Welcome to Montana on the AMB Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop along the American Made Brand blog hop tour.  I share with you the state I call home ... Montana.

When I first thought of developing my AMB block, I wanted to start by taking a look at Montana license plate designs ... however, after discovering that Montana has more than three times as many specialty license plates as other states in the region ... 

courtesy of KPAX.com
I decided I'd best design my block with my own ideas!

So, with that in mind, I give you a brief tour of my state with the hope of showing you what inspired my block:

I took this photo last month at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge just south of where I live.
Montana's name is derived from the Spanish word montaƱa (mountain) and, living in the western part of the state ... you truly see mountains in every direction ...  a total of 77 named ranges are part of the Rocky Mountains.

From Glacier National Park, 
the "The Crown of the Continent"  
courtesy of GORP.com
to portions of Yellowstone National Park, 
America's first national park, 
courtesy of paradisegateway.com
Montana represents the untamed, the wild, and the natural.  

Of course, with fifteen ski areas for winter recreation ....
courtesy of SkiMT.com
We have plenty of reason to get out and enjoy the natural splendor in cold weather also.

courtesy of Montana-Wild
Montana contains thousands of named rivers and creeks, 450 miles (720 km) of which are known for "blue-ribbon" trout fishing.  In 1992 the Robert Redford directed movie "A River Runs Through It,"  extensive fishing scenes were filmed in Montana's Paradise Valley on the Yellowstone River; south of Bozeman on the Gallatin River and south of Big Timber on the Boulder River. In 1998, Robert Redford returned to Big Timber with "The Horse Whisperer." 

Montana is ranked 4th in size, but 44th in population with 1,015,165 people living in Montana .... Yes, that is 1,015,165 people living in the whole state! Wide-open spaces anyone?

courtesy of Vital Grounds
Since forests cover approximately 25 percent of the state and Montana has the largest grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states, I've included them in my block along with the state flower, the Bitterroot, and stems of grain to represent our economy.  With a 1/3 of our great state covered in mountains, that leaves the remaining 2/3 area covered with plains and grassy ranges and provides area needed for supporting Montana's economy which is primarily based on agriculture, including ranching and cereal grain farming. 
Wheat Harvest - MT: aerials of wheat fields with grain combines at work
 courtesy of nbc.com ... Robb Kendrick  /  Aurora file

With this wealth of information, I attempted to make my block represent the whole state ... mountains in the west, plains in the east, river waters in between and topped by our great big sky:

So there you have it, my representation of the State of Montana in one 6 1/2 by 12 1/2 inch block. 

My thanks to Clothworks and American Made Brand Cottons for hosting this fantastic tour of our United States.
Clothworks is generously sending one Why-Knot-Kwilt commentor eight fat quarters from the 
American Made Brand Cotton Solids!
Grown and Made all right here in the
Good Ol' USA!!

In addition, I am hosting a second giveaway for my wonderful international visitors.  

Those of you from outside of the United States have a chance to win this bundle of 5 1/2 inch squares:

which I cut from the remaining Clothworks American Made Brand Cotton Solids not used in my block.

If you wish to enter the giveaways, please leave me a comment on this post, with the following information:

1) which country you reside;
2) where you live in your country of residence; and most important;
3) make sure I can contact you! 

If I cannot contact you, 
you will not be able to win.

Drawing will close on Friday, June 20th.

Please be sure to visit Bloomin’ Workshop who is sharing the State of Washington with us today.

Hope you enjoyed this brief tour of the state I've called home for the past 33 years. When my day is at an end, I have to admit...
courtesy of Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge
 it is a pretty beautiful place to call home.

Until next we visit, happy hopping ~