Thursday, December 31, 2009

"Corkie" my best friend

I am very sad at the moment and wanted to dedicate this post to my very best friend in the whole world which was my Pomeranian "Corkie". He always had time for me, listened to me even when I babbled, which is every time I get up tight, he never sassed me or talked back, he always wore a smile which I needed to see many times. I had him since he was 5 weeks old and he was going to turn 11 this february. I will miss you my friend, thank you for being part of my life..

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What is Love?

This is a free stitchery bom and it ends in January 2010 but all the months are still there for download...

Monday, December 28, 2009

A very precious gift

I have a good Friend in Colorado, Leslie, and she sent me a beautiful gift for Christmas. I have been waiting for a pretty sunny day to take a pic but this will be the 4Th day with very little sun so I am going to post it anyway....Leslie has been a friend of mine since I started crazy quilting and she belongs to the very first group that I joined when I decided that I would love to learn this beautiful art which is crazyquiling international or CQI. She has been there to help me whenever I needed it and has always given me a warm smile and/or a boot in the pants if I needed it. She has helped me get the very nasty self critic, that I have trouble with, off my shoulders and is very encouraging. Her talent for crazy quilting is UN-matchable, I think her art signature is "trees" she does some pretty awesome ones and I am proud to call her my friend. I trust her opinion immensely. Thank you Leslie for this beautiful gift and I will treasure it always..I look forward to a day when we can meet in person.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Phalynns' first Christmas

Here is some pics of Phalynn with Aunt Leigh-Anne & Uncle Jeremy (my daughter & son-in-law) and her just being her...

Phalynn's first Christmas

Just wanted to share some pics of my granddaughters first Christmas along with her Daddy (my son Gene) and grandson (Dayton). I think she had fun she really is not feeling well cutting her tooth plus she has a touch of something...enjoy

Ma's Teakettle Corner

Oh if you all want to see some lovely pics and a wonderful blog please visit the link above. She is truly gifted and is having a lovely give away. If you visit you will see what I am talking about..

Christmas Crackers

I finally got to open my Christmas crackers that I received from the crazy quuilting group that I belong to. We received them in the mail about 2 or 3 weeks prior to Christmas and if anyone knows me I am not the waiting type. I received from Alice and Debbie and they are just wonderful. But I did manage to hold out this year and they are filled with all kinds of yummie stuff to add to my cq stash so I would love for you to take a gander at them....enjoy

Christmas at my house

Well the big day has ended and I truly enjoyed my family this holiday. We had dinner and chatted, played with the grandkids and my daughter leigh-Anne and her Husband Jermey gave my husband and I one of those scrolling picture frames and it is really awesome to have so many pictures to look at just by glancing at it....I am posting some pics of my house on this day and I hope you all had a wonderful time with friends and family..Pictures of family to follow since they are on the other camera.....

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas

I wanted to take this time and wish my friends and family a wonderful Merry Christmas. Thank you for being a part of my life you all have enriched it in some form and I thank you. Hopefully if you click on the link it will take you to you tube and a song that reminds me of the reason for the season....enjoy

Love & Hugs

Rebecca's blog

Rebecca has a wonderful blog and I can go there and feel like I just visited a friend. If you get a chance please go and visit. She will give you that Ahhha moment that you need

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Crackers

On my CQI group we exchange Christmas crackers. Which are actually about an 8" towel paper roll filled with buttons, thread, fibers, beads, fabrics and all kinds of trinkets, silkies, lace to do crazy-quilting with. You make a cq block and wrap it around the roll and then you can add wrapping paper or fabric around that and tie it off and then send it to different cq sisters and you get one in exchange. The hardest part is waiting until Christmas to open them. Now I have to tell the truth here and say that last year I could not wait...curiosity got the best of me and I had to open but so far this year it has not and I think I may be able to hold out...only because I am really busy this year with Dayton being with us and all that I kind of try not to think about it...this is a pic of the two that I sent out this year. I will later take a pic of the 2 that I received....

Our first snow

I am finally getting around to posting some pics of our first snow here and it was beautiful. We never really get too much here anymore but this was early in the morning and so beautiful. It melted by noon but all 8 of us were up at 6:30 to see it. My grandson Dayton never saw snow before so we bundled him up so he could throw his first snow ball at age 8. Pretty awesome huh? There is something about the snow when it has not been touched that always tugs at my heart. It is so clean, so quiet I guess a could way of explaining it would be pure in the truest form. But I hope you see what I saw that morning.....I hope you all get to hold your family close and keep goodness in your heart. Happy Holidays!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

iron caddy

A friend of mine saw a pic of an iron caddy in a magazine it did not have a pattern it was just a picture so she designed a caddy similar to the one she saw in a magazine and this is my version. This way when you take your iron with you and it is hot you can still pack it up and be on your way. No more waiting for it to cool...yeah

My last kitten

My siamese cat got out one night and then 8 weeks later we had 3 beautiful kittens and I only have one left and would love to keep her but since I am allergic to cats I think one is enough don't here is "Bella" who had just found a new Mom I will miss her..

Journal covers

I have been working like mad trying to get some gifts done, here are a few that I managed to complete and I had a deadline to get them done..there is one more that I am almost done but need a little more time. I won;t post that one until my good friend receives it but here is a pic of some of what I have been doing...enjoy

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Angela's beautiful gift

Here is a beautiful gift done by Angela...not just the give a way but all her work is truly wonderful..just follow the link to her wonderful blog and sit back and enjoy her talent..

Cathy's wonderful give a way

Morning all...I was just reading a wonderful give a way that is going on over at Cathy's blog....It is filled with a variety of wonderful stuff for all types of art..please go check her out...Have a wonderful day..

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving & a wonderful giveaway

Good morning everyone! It is our Thanksgiving and I just wanted to say to all those who are having thanksgiving today that I hope you all make wonderful memories with friends and family and cherish each other every day. I know sometimes I don't think so but I do have allot to be thankful for and it is days that I spend with my family that remind me of that. Take the time to believe in each other, love each other and have faith in each other.
To all the families that have men and woman across the ocean I say "thank you" for giving of yourself in order to help bring freedom for all of us.

Now if you go to the above link you will find this wonderful site that has beautiful fabric that she is so graciously sharing with us.....

Monday, November 23, 2009

Mudbay Musings

Good morning everyone...I visited this wonderful site of Cathy's this morning and I cannot tell you what a wonderful artist she is, you will have to go check her out yourself. She does amazing things with all different fibers and mediums...
She is also having a give a way that is wonderful but go check it out for yourself, enjoy your day.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

My stocking exchange

I was on Lyn's stocking exchange group and I received her beautiful stocking along with a beautiful journal..Thank you Lyn for this wonderful gift.

2 CQ blocks

These are 2 cq blocks that I finished so now all they need is beautiful stitching.


I went up to our local quilt shop to do a quillow for the Hatch's house ( which is a childrens cancer unit here in CHattanooga) and manage to finish it up...Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Life is beautiful

Helen from Hugs from Helen is having a wonderful give-a-way. One that makes you stop and think and remember all the wonderful things in your life. Go and visit her and take a look at her new wonderful pattern...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Geta's November Quilt Giveaway

Geta is having a wonderful November give-a-way. She make beautiful quilts her way you need to check her out....jsut click on the above link and it should take you there...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

CQ Stitch

Morning everyone! Over at the CQI group that I am on is the novice group and Kerry gives a stitch a week to learn. Here is the raised spider stitch....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hawthorne Threads

I found this wonderful site that has delicious fabrics and wonderful patterns. They are also having a giveaway. Just click on over there and see for yourself.....have a wonderful day.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Moments...A Liz give-a-way

Hey everyone I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend..... I have visited Liz's blog and she is haveing a wonderful includes a really cute needlecase. Just check her out right here . I have been trying to plan a little dinner for just me and hubby tomorrow (monday the 9th) it does not look promising as of yet but I am still working on it. It is our 35th wedding anniversary and since the economy is not good for us right now we will not be able to do anything special so I am trying to just do a little something here for us.....cross your fingers...It is also my daughters birthday her 30th, and it does seem to be affecting her a little but it shouldn't she has got it all going for her right now and I hope she can enjoy it a little and not let it get to her...Leigh-Anne if you read this have a wonderful Birthday.....I am proud of you, your are bright, beautiful and a true blessing, I love you!!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Gudrun's cross country Chrstmas Blog Hop

Wow Gudrun has a wonderful bog hop that she is having in November go visit her wonderful blog for all the details....enjoy

Sunday, November 1, 2009

My recent class "Cathedral Windows"

Well I had signed up for a class about 2 months ago and almost forgot about it. But it was for the machine version of "cathedral windows" Well we only got this far in the class. Now if I do get to start mine in the new year I will be using the red fabric as I want it for a Christmas quilt but I will be not using the muslin, that was just for the class and learning the technique. I can tell you that it was nice working on their sewing machines and it only enriches my tast for a Bernina some day....enjoy

Note: I had this marked for "attic" windows until Pat reminded me to check my windows and they must have been dirty because it is "Cathedral" windows pattern, thanks Pat

Happy Halloween with the grandbabies

I hope you all had a fun time with Halloween. I know I loved seeing all the kids with their costumes, just thought I would share a pic of the grandkids...Dayton was not feeling well as he got bit by the dog earlier but he still managed to go out a little bit....Happy November! Our youngest, Phalynn was having a wonderful time as a monkey..

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Jackie's Canton Village Quilt Works

Good Friday morning all!! I have found this wonderful website and blog and on top of that she is giving away not 1, not 2 but oh you just have to go see what she is giving away it is very generous. And her work is awesome. I know I love her pineapple quilt and her clutch. But you have to hurry it will be ending soon...enjoy your day.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Geta;s Quilting studio

If you click on the above link you will see Geta;s beautiful trapunto work....I mean just beautiful and she is also offering a beautiful quilt give-a-way, take a look and enjoy

Monday, October 26, 2009

True Up

Follow this link to another wonderful give-a-way. The fabric is very cute and the site offers wonderful information..enjoy In case you cannot hit the title because I cannot get those squares off the corner here is the link

A gift

I wanted to share a pic of a gift that was made for me for my birthday. I know allot of us quilters journal and I have always wanted to make myself a journal fabric cover. Well a friend of mine, Linda, she is the lady I met over the internet through a mutual internet friend of ours. Well Linda took the first step and sent me an email since she lived in Chattanooga also and was looking for a stitching buddy. Well since we met I have invited her to a few guilds here in town and she joined. We have also set up Wednesdays for now since I am not working to spend some stitching time together and I am so glad we did. I think we truly enjoy the time we get to spend together. Well I don't know how she knew but this is what she made for me and gave it to me for my birthday. Isn't it lovely? THank you Linda I cannot tell you how much I appreciated the gift and intend on making it my 2o1o year journal...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pumpkin Patch Primitives Humungus Halloween Give=A=Way

Hey everyone I just wanted to let you in on a great give-a-way that is going on over at the Pumpkin Patch Primitive site. It is one of the biggest I have ever entered. The site is wonderful, the store is awesome and well the prize you will not believe...go take a look for yourself and tell me if it is not awesome...Enjoy and good luck.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My Christmas Stocking

I am on an exchange list for a christmas stocking. I just love receiving one of these and making one to give out also. I was on one last year and decided that I wanted to do it again this year. Well I finally finished it and here is my christmas stocking for Christmas 2009. The theme was Santas so to me that meant that somewhere on the stocking you had to show and do your best to depict a Santa or colors of what Santa has meant to you. I hope you all feel I did this and I feel pretty good about it. Enjoy and as always please leave a comment and let me know what you think...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Don't Look Now

Wow you all have to visit this wonderful site. She is having a great give-a-way and is going to have a sew along. She has had a wonderful turnout for this and thought maybe some of you would be iterested in it also....have fun


This is where I was born and although I have been away for a long time I still have fond memories of growing up there, especially around the holidays. It was a time where I had my Dad living, we did not have to lock our doors at night and Halloween was a "dancing in the streets" kind of celebration. Well the founder of Philadelphia was William Penn and it is his birthday and I just wanted to make a note of it.

Oct 24, Birthday of William Penn (1644-1713) — British Quaker; advocate for peace and liberty. Penn founded Philadelphia ("city of brotherly love") and considered Pennsylvania his "holy experiment”: ”that an example may be set up to the nations."

Friday, October 9, 2009

Karen's wonderful stitches

A wonderful site for you all to visit if you are interested in stitching is Karen's. She does beautiful work and is very down to earth. I truly think you will enjoy it. Hopefully the link will work..

Monday, September 28, 2009

Replacement block for a wedding quilt

On my stitchmap group there is a lady named Lyn who is putting together a replacement cq wedding quilt for a lady that she knows. Alot of us in the group offered to do a block to go into this quilt and I wanted to show you the beginning of mine I have only added lace and a bit of stitching but wanted to post the before so I can post the after, enjoy

Friday, September 25, 2009

My birthday is on the 26th

My birthday is on the 26th and so you will have a little insight on me a friend of mine sent me this reading she had done on me....interesting I thought so I wanted to share.

Section 1: How You Approach Life and How You Appear To Others

You appear gentle and soft, and you act rather reserved with
others until you know them well and feel it is safe to be open
with them. You have a strong need for emotional security and a
sense of belonging, and are deeply attached to the past: your
heritage, roots, family, cherished friends, familiar places, etc.
Making radical changes or moves away from what is known and safe
can be very painful and difficult for you. You tend to cling and
hold on to people, memories, possessions of personal or
sentimental significance. Having a home, a safe haven, is very
important to you.

Section 2: The Inner You: Your Real Motivation

Harmony and balance are your keynotes. You instinctively
understand the need to accommodate other peoples' interests and
desires, and you are always fair and willing to meet the other
person half way. Tactful, diplomatic, and with considerable
social awareness, you do all you can to avoid conflict and
discord. You express a spirit of cooperation and compromise and
often achieve through charm and discretion what would have been
impossible to achieve by a direct, forceful approach

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sweet Nostalgia

If you have noticed I put a new link on the sidebar here to go to a new stitchery bom that is starting out....she is also doing a give-a-way. Check her out if you are interested....thanks

Monday, August 31, 2009

The painted Quilt

Karen over at the Painted Quilt will be having a Friday freebie starting this Friday. She does beautiful work you might want to check her out..

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A gift of Love and friendship

i don't know if I ever posted a pic of the beautiful quilt that was made for me from a group that I have been in for quite a few years. About 2 years ago I was having a really rough time in my life and the girls from the beginners and beyond group got together and gifted me with this beautiful quilt. I take it with me if I go away and it is on my bed most times. It made me feel special and I really love this quilt it has such a special meaning to me. I hope you enjoy it.

2009 Jan Pateks girl gang

I just wanted to post a pic of the Girl Gang that I have been doing since January of this year. It is all handstitched and we only have 4 more blocks to go plus the flying geese and then we can start putting it together. I can't wait!


There is a new stitchery bom that is starting on the new Ruby Woman enzine that is out. I went to get some off white linen and saw this pretty light, light green so I changed my mind and I think it will look awesome done in this color..What do you think. I don't even know if the light green color will come out..

Betty Boop

I just wanted to post a pic of my favorite cartoon character and I still collect things with her sassy way about her..

Dayton's first football game

Dayton had his first game today and it was hot and muggy out. I felt so sorry for him dressed up in all that gear the water was just running down the side of his face. But I wanted to share a photo of him in all his gear.. enjoy

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Jo's etsy shop

I almost forgot about her etsy shop. If you are interested in this lovely stitching and would like to have something made by Jo please go visit her Etsy shop...she has some wonderful stuff there and you will be suprised at what she can do with a stitch

Jo's wonderful Give-A-Way

There is another wonderful site for all you cq artist to go and check out ans she is having a wonderful give-a-way also. But her work speaks for itself. Even if you do not win just taking a gander and what she can do with needle and thread is awesome. Just click on the title and it will take you there...good luck

Monday, August 24, 2009

I won a beautiful birds nest

OMG I won a beautiful birds nest from Pat Winters site. I cannot believe I won one. They are beautiful. For those of you who do not know who Pat Winter is, in my opinion she is a truly wonderful CrazyQuilt artists she wrote a book recently and if you visit her blog you will see her beautiful tallant and the beautiful bird nests...go here if you want to see some gorgeous work Thanks Pat for all the inspiration that you give!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Yeah I was a winner

Oh I have to show off these beautiful Moda fall FQ's that I received from winning on the Quilted Treasurers blog. They are in beautiful browns, russets, golds etc. colors.. can you tell I am really wanting fall to arrive here in Chattanooga.... enjoy

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Layering my Stitches

It is so hard for me to find the time to stitch anymore. My job is pretty stressful lately well the last 4 months or so and I never seem to have much "me" time between all that goes on at work and at home. I am constantly bringing it home with me and I need to stop it right now. Don't get me wrong I am so thankful I have a job in this day and age but it has been a bit overwhelming. But enough about that.
I have a mentor that has been helping me learn to layer my stitches. She is a wonderful friend named Leslie and I promised myself I am going to just somehow make the time and tonight I did just that here is the Herringbone and the Cretan stitch which the later I am not fond of. I really like the way it looks just not the way I make it look. Do you know what I mean? Hopefully this Saturday I will visit with a stitching buddy here in Chattanooga, Linda, but I will have to see if I have to work on Saturday first. So here is a pic I wanted to share. All helpful criticism is welcomed but please be Enjoy your Day!!!!!

Grandson and football

Well after all this time I finally get to watch my 7 year old grandson playing football. Well he is not playing yet but practicing... It seems like we have been waiting forever since he left us a few years ago and we only got to see him every now and again. He use to live with us when he was 4 & 5 then his Momma came and took him back to Florida with her and now he is back again. I can not tell you how if fills my heart with such joy to have him back with us again.. Here is a few pics of him in his uniform.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Check out a new challenge for a Name Badge

Here is the link to a wonderful "Name Badge Challenge" The badges will be made in Amy Butler fabric. View this location for all the details..

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Feed Sacks

I have to share this tidbit of news. About 2 or 3 months ago I was gifted with 2 bags of fabric if you remember. Come to find out they were all vintage fabric from the 1925ish to 1932ish period. Well yesterday I was gifted with another bag of feed sacks from the same Lady and they are all different from the first 2 bags. She had told me that there was a missing bag and she would have to find it and well she did. I never was into this kind of fabric but after reading up on it and really giving it a gander it has grown on me. I hope to post pics after I get them all straightened out, which thanks to Vicki who helped me with the first 2, will help me with this one also. I have the story about where they came from and everything and I think that is what even appealed to me more. Just had to share!! I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Long & Short stitch

I am working on some handwork at the present time. Needle & Thread, Mary's site is having a lesson on the long & short stitch. So this is a pic of just one box that I have done so far following her directions. I think it does look pretty.