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, October 26, 2015

Halloween Haunt hop

To Marian of Seams To Be Sew I give my sincerest gratitude for arranging this Halloween Haunt blog hop. I also wish to thank everyone who participated with their wonderful projects without which we wouldn't have treats to hop along and be inspired.

Thank you!  Please be sure to visit all of those haunting on this hop today:

Tuesday, October 27

Why Knot Kwilt (you are here)

For haunting this year's Halloween hop, I created the Boo Ghost table topper (or wall hanging, in this case) 

from the Art to Heart Table Please Part Two book.  You all know that I adore Nancy Halvorsen's work and once again she proves to be as dependable in her quick and easy patterns.  Always a favorite.  I discovered that since this is Part Two, I obviously will have to find Book One ... goes without saying {wink}.

I thought my daughters would enjoy this happy ghost shouting boo at them.  I feel the colors are not the typical dark but still work with the Halloween theme... besides, the ghost is just so cute! 

We also have been provided a generous $25.00 gift certificate giveaway from the

Fat Quarter Shop

If you would like a chance to win this gift certificate, please visit the Fat Quarter Shop website and comment below telling me which Jolly Bar you would purchase if you won the $25 ... not that you have to purchase it, but just for purposes of this giveaway.

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As a bit of explanation for past readers, followers, and friends of my blog, I will admit my contribution to this hop may be limited, especially since I haven't posted here since April.  I actually signed up for this hop in hopes of getting back into the swing of quilting and blogging.  

It didn't work out like I'd wished.  Having to trek to libraries, coffee shops, book stores, or friends' for internet access kind of limits a person's desire to browse blogs at one's ease during down time.  Lack of internet was not the only hindrance this time.  The burn out of yet one more well-used Bernina sewing machine puts a bit of a kink in the plans of a quilter.  However, I found another hand-me-down for which I'm grateful and I had several generous offers of loans for use to finish some projects.

Where there's a will .... there's always a way!

Always be positive, kind, and grateful!

As for any said down time, during the last several months my writing skills have been used for composing legal documents in on-going court battles regarding my two most precious daughters who still reside in Montana while I live and work in Tennessee.  That fact alone has lent towards a huge downwards spike of staying inspired, creative, and light-hearted.

My reasons and needs of having to leave the life I had in Montana remain the same and the decision to leave would not change had I a "do-over." However, when a person is presented with pages of her blog in Court to be used against her for some unknown reason and without explanation, she begins to question the desire to write and share on said blog. 

 While I am still in the battle that is my day to day life, it is understood that my friends have had to move on with their lives as my problems proved exhausting or overwhelming to them on top of their own lives. I will always remain grateful for everyone and everything that has gotten me to where I am today.  My email and phone number are unchanged so always welcome friendly, supportive conversation! 

To everything there is a season.... 

Today, I am grateful my daughters are alive and healthy ... as am I.  I am grateful for my faith and belief that God has a plan for us for which He is preparing me.  I am grateful for the wonders of my new work experiences at FedEx and the opportunities of furthering my education in hopes of providing my daughters a strong, capable role model as not only a mother but as a woman in today's world.

I am grateful for each and every one of you that have stopped by to leave comments through this blog over the years. I sincerely thank you for your time, thoughtfulness, and kindness.

I will always be grateful for all of your kind words about my creative works.  I hope to one day be back to earn that kindness again soon.  

Until then, Happy Stitching!

Happy hugs and warm-hearted wishes, 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Latte Lovin'

Wow!  I see it has been three months since I posted ... holey moley!
For those of you visiting after such a long absence from me, I thank you for visiting and give you my sincere appreciation for believing in me to share something worth you time...

Joan of Mooestash Quilting  has assured me that if I just "Have A Latte," it'd help put be back in the swing of blogging.  Joan, thank you for cheering us through this hop and helping me find a bit of inspiration to get be back to the sewing machine!

I'd also like to thank Dan DiPaolo of Clothworks for creating such a fun line of fabric. 

 I admit to having a bit of coffee with my flavored creamers on almost a daily basis (my scales tip a nod or twenty with that statement!)  While I enjoy my latte drinks, I was struck by Dan's fabric for which a line in the design of his panel truly inspired me.  I show you here:

I've been wracking my brain and digging through a mountain of patterns trying to find something  "coffee-ish" if you will, to make for this hop, however I could never settle on one particular design to create.  I just couldn't commit until inspiration struck.

Funny thing about inspiration, you just never know when it'll hit.

So, yesterday morning ... (YES! I KNOW! Procrastinate much????) ... for some reason when I looked at Dan's fabric panel, I instantly knew what I wanted to do.  

I got out my pencil, graph paper, fusible web, as well as my bundle of Have A Latte collection and designed this project to share with you today.   

Granted, there were so very many beautiful fabrics choices, but again, once the idea stuck, it STUCK.  I wanted to use the other fabrics to piece around the striped border.  In fact,  I even cut up a stack of squares.  But nope, this design spoke to me and said "this is it ... no more." 
I have to agree with the design... I love it just the way it came out of my head.
This wall hanging is roughly 20" x 32" in size.

So I have more to use for accessories in my new kitchen when I clear the sewing machine and cutting table from two days of intense creativity ... 
(you fellow crafty-folk know exactly the pile that waits in my sewing area)

Fortunately, it stopped raining and the sun came out long enough for me to get pictures taken this afternoon:

Where Good Friends Meet .... 
for a cup of coffee ...
for a spot of tea ...
for a quick chat ...
for a long visit ...
for just .....
Where Good Friends Meet.

I have said it before, and I probably will a hundred times more, I am thankful for my online quilting, stitching, and blogging neighbors who have shown me so much support and provide me with so much inspiration!  

I would love to say I'm ready to hop back into the blogging neighborhood again but I don't know if I'm there yet.  However, I give you all an open invite to join me any time for a spot of sweet ice tea out in my lovely new favorite outdoor backyard spot:

where good friends meet....this spot is just asking for a visit!

Please visit my fellow Latte loving bloggers today:

Why Knot Kwilt (ya'll are here)

Again, my thanks to Joan for her cheering of this hop and, as always, 
to Madame Samm  for her creative imaginings to get us all involved!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TIME for All Seasons Tammy Bag. ...

I begin this post with my apologies ...

You see, I didn't complete my project.

I had every intention and ... well ...

Life happened.

Seriously ... I learned life had different 
plans for my time and I refuse to 
admit I failed ... as I tried so very hard
but to no avail so ...

Along with my apologies to all of you
who worked so hard and completed
these wonderful projects unlike myself ...

I give my sincerest gratitude to
for creating such wonderful patterns!

I give my sincerest gratitude to
for ALL of your hard work and dedication 
to pulling this hop together!!

Thank you Madame Samm ...
for everything!!!

I also wish to thank our fantastic
sponsors for this Tammy Bag for All Season hop:

DMC Threads
H.A.KIDD -- monaco fabric
MsAppleHeart --Tammy Bag Pattern
READERS -- Best Readers ever!

Without further adieu I share with
you what I did get completed:

You see, I chose Fall for my Tammy Bag ...
Fall ... beautiful colors, crisp autumn
breezes, not too hot and not too cold
time of year.

But then again, now that I've moved
to Tennessee from Montana ...
Perhaps I'll fall in love with another
season ...

I was able to take my photos outside 
without snow!
In January!


Love the weather in this new place I call home!

Above is pictured the materials 
I had cut out for my bag ...

What I did get finished on my Monaco Fabric...
Have to admit, I've never cross stitched on fabric
so small but I love the outcome ... 
may even add some of this fabric 
to my Aida cross stitch fabric stash ... 

Yes, I have a cross stitch fabric stash also!

I will say though that I was extremely, extremely
grateful for my pair of Reader glass ... I didn't
think I needed them since I wear everyday glasses with bifocals ... how wrong was I!!

Love my Readers ... pink checked too!!

One thing this move of mine has turned up
is that I have two QSnap frames ... 
they are awesome but I know I can 
only use one at a time so I am giving
this second frame away to one of my
blog followers who'd like to share in
the cross stitching hobby:

I thank you again for visiting and ask that
you visit my fellow bloggers to have certainly
done a much better job at their commitments
than I ....

Remember, if you're interested in winning
the QSnap, tell me in the comments that you'd
So many no-reply bloggers which sadly cannot be contacted ...