Saturday, November 30, 2013

My Country Charmer Journey

The journey began with this ..
Lynn Wilder of Sewn Wild Oaks' Lovely Country Charmer Pattern
Quilters around the world responded with this ....
Quilt-along organized by Lesley of The Cuddle Quilter and inspiring blog button designed by Sue of Quilt Times.
I fell in love with Lynn's quilt! I ordered my pattern from Inbetween Stitches and committed to the quilt-along.. I freaked when the pattern arrived - "zillions" of very, very small (to me) pieces No way! I then decided to make one block with scraps ..
My First Block
I was totally amazed - all the pieces fit without stretching or cussing - and the block came out the correct size I tried my luck a second, third and fourth time The blocks are such fun!

Thank you, Lynn for the wonderful instructions and that super fantastic layout sheet. 
Thank you Lesley for organizing the quilt along
Thank you Sue for the quilt along button
You girls are so Wonderful!

My quilt top has been finished for a while I plan to have it quilted early 2014. So I have nothing new to show you except the journey of this morning's photo session.
First I moved some furniture around, carefully smoothed my quilt top on the living room floor and climbed on top of the couch for a few photos I forgot something because I got this ...
The naughty quilt inspector!
Ms Cha Cha runs from the camera when she is the subject of the picture! Change the situation where she is not needed and she becomes a camera hog!
The best non-Cha Cha pictures I could get from the living room.
Not anxious to get down and climb up on the couch a second time, I relocated to the bed room with my quilt. Look what I got ....
Naughty, naughty, naughty Ms Cha Cha in action.
The best of the non-Ms Cha Cha pictures from the bedroom.
The photo shoot is done or should I say I  give up? Ms Cha Cha Cat is off on a new adventure. What is this? Did I suddenly grow three feet?

What an exciting, fun journey this has been for me. I love my Country Charmer.

Go HERE to see the lovely Country Charmer(s) from all around the world, If you haven't made your Country Charmer yet, start now You will be oh so glad you did.

On a personal side note - my nephew, Scott, is at Brooks Rehab in Jacksonville, FL slowly recovering from the traumatic brain injury as a result of a hit-and-run 10/5/13. Your continued prayers are most appreciated.

Happy quilting!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sew this is what they do all night?

Sew this is what they do all night? :) From the Pinterest board of Quilting News
 I thought you might enjoy this cute picture. I found it on Facebook. Running errands today - so I likely won't do any stitching until late this afternoon or tomorrow.

I am linking with Hazel of Hazel's Quilts for the Christmas Challenge and QAL. Drop over and join the fun.

Sunday, November 3, 2013


Recycling is a process to change materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials.
My version of Jean Nolte's Scrappy Triangles (featured in the November/December 2011 issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting) is a flimsy and has a name - RECYCLED!  All of the fabric, other than the sashing/borders were scraps which were recycled to become this quilt top. Please ignore the crooked look of my picture. I cannot get it straight on the design tablecloth without help - which my naughty cat refused to offer. The quilt top is truly nice and squared up.

I am linking with Kim of Kim's Big Quilting Adventure for Scrap Basket Sunday. Visit Kim to see what others have been recycling.

Ms Cha Cha Cat has had an exciting morning. First she chased the 1.5 inch long and wavy border fabric. She loves long, wavy fabric! Next came the steam iron - I am totally confused about her iron attraction. When I reach to plug it in she comes running and dances (loudly!) under my feet until she is given the measuring cut with any remaining water. She acts like this water is liquid gold! when, in fact, the water is the same tap water she can find in her water dish next to her food bowl.

 Cats are strange creatures!

Her day just kept getting better. The windows are open. Oh, Yes!
 Ms Cha Cha Cat is One HAPPY CAT!

On a personal note my nephew is continuing to show small signs of improvement. He was moved to a highly monitored ward just outside of ICU which is a bit more comfortable for his wife and parents. Keep Scott and our family in your prayers.