Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Busy, busy, busy...

Although I haven't been in the blog scene for a few weeks, I have certainly not been idle. 
I had the extreme pleasure of spending time with my grandson while my
daughter and her husband were on the east coast for 2 weeks.
This little one was my constant companion for 2 days.
I miss him and wish they would all move back to the area.

I also spent time completing my second Marcia Derse quilt.

Just finished putting the borders on yesterday and delivered it to the store in the afternoon.

I also got to spend an afternoon with a my friend, Anne, of Orange Crumpled Napkin.
We were both working on our CQ blocks. 
This block of mine will be in the center of a 9 block wall hanging that I am
working on for the CQJP 2013. This is my first experience with the satin stitch. I was actually surprised at how tedious it is to get every entry and exit of the thread just right. When I was finished this part, I noticed one place where I could have added another stitch, but I'm not going to worry about it now.

These are the Japanese symbols for peace.
For most of my life, I have had one word that I cling to. A word that, when needed, brings me back to center when I am tottering. Balance was my word for almost 30 years. Now, it is

When I was going through all my batiks and cutting a 2 1/2" strip from each for my giveaways,  I made a pile of scraps and fat quarters. I had fun making these two 16" pillows. Other than the scraps, I only needed one FQ for the front and one for the back. They were pretty quick and easy.

Now that things have calmed down a bit with my schedule, I made a list of all the things I need to get done. Wow! The list is way too long.
Better get started...Happy sewing!

Stay tuned! Another giveaway coming up......

Sunday, February 10, 2013

What are the odds?

So, here's a story.
Last week, a blogger friend and I both had a giveaway. 
Yesterday, I found out that I had won hers.
Today, she finds out that she won mine.
Seriously, what are the odds?
....and I don't think I've ever won anything in my life!

Anne, of Orange Crumpled Napkin, you are the winner of the
28  2 1/2" batiks strips.

Onto playtime with  new Marcia Derse fabric: nouveau chic and necessities...

plus some of the Line 5 collection...

and I'm excited!

Off to teach and then home to play!
Have a wonderful Sunday...

Monday, February 04, 2013

February Giveaway...

Here are
Twenty-eight 2 1/2" batik strips
for you to play with!

 Colors include blacks, grays, blues, and teals!

No strings attached....truly.
Simply leave a comment. Tell me how your day is going, what you are working on, or any other thoughts you want to share.
Will be letting you know who will receive this
on Sunday February 10th!

Have a wonderful week!
Smile and spread peace everywhere you go.

Friday, February 01, 2013

An award???

One of my dear blogger friends, Ann, from Orange Crumpled Napkin has nominated me for the Liebster Award! The Liebster Award is an award for new bloggers  with small followings who fit the requirement of having less than 200 followers and happen to be doing something the nominator really likes.
When nominated for the Liebster Award, one must give a thank you speech and:
  • Answer 11 questions posted by the person who nominated me
  • List 11 random and hopefully not too weird facts about myself
  • Nominate & tag up to 11 new bloggers with 200 followers or less 
  • Write 11 questions for the bloggers I nominate.

Ann, thank you, thank you (bows). Here are the answers to your questions:

1. When did you start quilting?
     Probably made my first quilt in my early twenties. Simple squares from my old blue
2. Do you think of your quilting as an art or as a hobby?
     art: The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination
     hobby: An activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure.
3. Have you traveled much in your life?
     I have traveled a bit around the US and visited many of the neighboring islands, but I    
     did not see Europe until my 50th birthday when I visited England, Belgium, and
4. What color dominates your fabric collection?
    When I purchase fabric, I choose whatever color resonates with me at the moment. I
    can say that purple is my favorite color, but it is not the color that always satisfies my
    creative longings. Sometimes, it’s dark and monochromatic….other times it’s bold
    and bright. I never really know what is going to sneak up on me and grab my creative
5. If you could dress up like a gypsy and go to work, would you?
6. What’s your favorite yogurt flavor?
    Seven Stars Biodynamic Yogurt – Original Maple
7. After you have paid off your debts and taken care of your family needs, what
    would you do with yourself if you won the lottery?
    Probably just keep living the way I do now minus the financial worries.
8. Introvert or Extrovert?
    Definitely introvert.
9. Which is the career you wanted to pursue and for one reason or another
    Something in the arts, for sure!
10. Who is your role model and why?
      I am inspired by anyone who is eager to explore new things and be continually
     challenged, whose creative spirit flows in the face of obstacles, and who loves
     deeply and has a generous soul.
11. Do you remember your dreams?
      I have a few dreams that have been reoccurring since early childhood. I remember
      my current dreams…..sometimes.

Here are some random things you might not know about me:

1. I have eleven wonderful, crazy children. (Yes, I birthed them all)
2. I have and continue to supervise their education at home.
3. I love to cook and eat food of every nationality. I like it spicy.
4. In order to make sense of a rigid past, I got an Associates Degree in my fifties.
    I studied contemporary spirituality.
5. I know almost nothing about Tarot, however, I have a collection of Tarot cards
    that I have purchased over the years simply because I find them beautiful.
6. I collect books published by the Folio Society in London. I hope these kinds of books
    never become obsolete.
7. My favorite color is purple.
8. If I could have everything I need delivered to my door, I would probably be content to
    stay home.
9. I choose to be barefoot, hate shoes, and value comfort over style in my clothes.
10. I am an avid tea drinker.
11. I am a compulsive organizer.

Here are the bloggers that I nominate:

Here are eleven questions for the bloggers that I nominated:

1. What is your favorite season and why?
2. What is your favorite outdoor activity?
3. What edible thing do you have trouble saying "No" to?
4. What life lesson are you still struggling to learn?
5. Do you have a collection of anything?
6. When you're with your best friend, is there a subject you gravitate to?
7. Name one of your personal goals for 2013?
8. Write a brief creative history...
9. Who has been the most instrumental in your creative development?
10. When you are in the creative zone, what noise if any do you surround yourself with?
11. Of all the creative activities you love, do you have a favorite and why?