Thursday, May 30, 2013

Downton Abby Fabric......can you believe it?????!!!!!

I was so excited today when our local quilt store showed this fabric inspired by one of my all time favorite series...DOWNTON ABBY !!!!

Take a peak...then wait for it to come in...and go buy it ALLLLLLL...

My give away is ALMOST  ready to post...soon !!!

Blessings all, 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Give Away ...coming this week...I hope !!!!

I am working on the "Give Away" and hope to have it all ready this week...hoping!!

Keep posted to see when I have it ready so you can enter to win...

any ideas on what you think it may be???

Blessings all,

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Working on UFO...leaves

Our Guild VP told us to bring something about the log cabin pattern last week and I went looking for a block of the month quilt that I won and could not find it...but look what I did find.

A UFO ...

Started several years ago when I really did not know what I was doing and I got bored.

So here I go again...and I am excited.

The vines were mostly sewn in place so I finished those up and am now appliqueing leaves...

Freezer paper applique for the hearts and leaves and for the vines I used a bias strip maker...

and heart flowers too.
You just never know when something old may become new again...

Subbing this week for my co-worker who is also a FACS teacher (Home Economics) so I can get some stitching time in and her students always love asking never know, it may inspire a future quilter!!

Think I just might put up my quilting frame and hand quilt it...somehow seems right for this pattern with hand applique.

Blessings all,


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Strawberry Bread for Daddy....and memories

We lived on the North Carolina coast for 6 years in a small fishing village and in the neighboring area. While there we would often get fresh produce from the Jones Strawberry Farm in Pelletier. I purchased their small but wonderful little cook book which I have used many times over the years.

There are recipes for strawberry punch, cooler, sauce, pies, jam, cake (yummy), biscuits with strawberry topping,...but today I am baking the strawberry bread. Daddy brought me some strawberries from the farmer's market last week and I am just getting to them...subbed all last week and NOT used to working anymore...

He will be 86,  YES 86 !!! tomorrow...he always loves telling us that he was born on the day that Charles Lindbergh  flew his famous trans Atlantic flight!!! He is grilling steaks for all of us (eleven, I think) on Friday and insisted that we NOT bring gifts this year. It is also our great nephew's 5th birthday and to just bring Simon presents...

So, I will take him his strawberry bread for his "present" tomorrow.

Nuts that my sweet guild friend shelled for me this winter after her husband unexpectedly died and she needed to "fill some time"...I cherish these pecans.

And my handy little grater...fresh nutmeg adds such a special touch.

My "MaDugette's "bowl...isn't it great and I use it all the time!

Here is a good picture of daddy with "his girls"...Melissa, daddy and me...
You know we've not been the same since mama died almost 8 years ago..but he had gone on beautifully with his life at church, friends, cooking and washing, delivering Meals on Wheels, just no more golf because his friends are dead or can not play...he's in fantastic shape and still exercises EVERY day...86 !!

Blessings all,

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Needles & Pins on Facebook...

I have been on facebook for a while and if anyone had every told me that I would have enjoyed it so, I would probably NOT have believed it!! It has been a great way for me to keep up with friends since retirement. AND, I am on too much...probably!!

But, I also have a business facebook page and I am trying to remember to post on it as well...

Do me a favor and "Like" it
so I can get more readers
if you, too, are on facebook!!

Blessings all,

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Fun Quilting...

What fun to make quilts for special occasions!!! I am currently working on a Wedding Guest Book Quilt for a June wedding in PARIS....yes, I said Paris. Isn't that exciting.

 The bride chose an "Old World" theme in colors of pale pink and grey. Look what lovely fabrics I found for her...

The most special thing was having an Etsy friend hand stamp some additional fabric squares with the Eiffel Tower, poste cards etc...take a look at her work.

Here is her shop fancydesigns for you to enjoy.

She has made several items for my personal use in the past as well.

All packaged up and in the mail.

She will return these to me after the wedding and I will make the quilt...more pictures then!!

Blessings all,

keep looking for my give away coming...

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Cabbage and Quilting...

Well, the time has finally come to begin cooking from the garden...potato salad with garden onions and those hard to keep "debugged" pointed head cabbage.

And another baby girl quilt from my  Needles and Pins shop on Etsy.

And take a look at my new fabric labels.
I am very pleased with how they came out.

I ordered them from Michelle at Inked Papers.
You will have to give her shop a look too!!

Have a restful Sunday and and wonderful week.

Blessings all,
Kathy planning a give away real soon!!