Sunday, December 29, 2013

Feeling Special


I feel ashamed!  There wasn't a single gift or holiday card that went out.  In fact, given the situation we were in, no gifts were bought and no holiday tree or decor up.  Yet wonderful friends were sure to brighten not only my Christmas but birthday too.
Shirley and Carol gave me beautiful fabrics to play with.

Karen from Log Cabin Quilter posted about this one and I had no clue it was for me.  It's all wool and gorgeous!

Karen also made me this wool piece.  Dang cute!

My sweet friend Debbie of Woolen Sails sent me this darling candle mat...love prim!

Then there is this sweet quilt from Wendy Snippets of a Quilter.  I was totally surprised and love, love, love it!

So many emails I'm behind on from so many checking on us that I'm just now trying to answer.  After spending 6 days in the hospital my husband's colon surgery the pathology report came back with Stage 3 cancer.  Most of our time is being spent at doctor appointments these days.  Tomorrow is our 30th wedding anniversary and we have a big date day marked on the calendar with three appointments.  At least there is a plan in place for chemo and looking forward to a better holiday season next year.

Thank you ladies for my pretties and your friendship.

Wishing everybody a wonderful New Year!






Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Happy Holidays

To all my blog friends, wishing you Happy Holidays!  It's early yet, but for my family some very busy weeks ahead so I'm guessing writing a blog post is the last thing I would be doing for a bit.  I do promise to steal bits of time to read yours.  Thank you all for keeping my husband in your thoughts and prayers.

You know I like a photo with my blog post.  I snapped this weeks ago in Lowes Home Improvement.   I loved that snowman but then the angel so pretty too!  I didn't make a purchase since we won't get to decorate this year.  But I can tell you they must have been a huge hit because they were all gone today.

Monday, November 25, 2013

More Frosted Quilts

As promised, a few more quilts that I must share now that they made their way back home.  I'm convinced I need more Baptist Fans on my own quilt tops.



The above quilting motif has been a very popular one called, Cottonseeds.
Daisies is another happy quilting pattern that makes me smile!  Love the texture.
Thanks again for allowing me to frost your quilts.  A few people commented on last few posts that are NO REPLY BLOGGER.  I have no way to contact you unless you change your settings.  Recently Lori of Humble Quilts Blog posted a good tutorial.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  Enjoy your time spent with loved ones as each day is a gift!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Sink

A few days ago I shared my excitement of the kitchen tile.  What excites the guy?  The sink in HIS garage!  This is his tinkering garage next to the laundry room entrance door (still needs steps).  Yep, we planned to have the laundry room right there so he can just drop his dirty clothing at the washing machine.

I'm sharing this tidbit because yesterday my husband said he was showing the guy across the street photos of the build.  The guy LOVED the sink and said something about wanting one.  Apparently the only photo of excitement.

I should be more excited too.  After all, no more bringing his bucket into the kitchen sink for warm water.  Oh....and he does read my blog so feel free to comment away with fun captions.  Giggles these days are well received.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Frosting

I quickly grabbed a few photos of quilts frosted these past weeks to show that I am a quilter and geez...where are the quilts for the blog right?  If you have questions on any of these just leave a comment.  Also, if you see your quilt feel free to comment the name of pattern or any info you like for others to read.   There are more quilts to be posted soon.












Thursday, November 21, 2013

New Pattern Alert!


Hot off the presses and delivered to my mailbox today is Marcie's new pattern and what makes it even more special is Marcie wanted my "frosting" on her quilt.  It's fun to see my quilting in a published pattern too.  As I quilted this one I kept thinking how it is a perfect size finishing at 38".  I've added it to my list of must makes!  I've shared the back of her pattern so you can see fabric requirements and information to order your own.  Thanks Marcie!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Home of a Quilter?

My husband went to the house today and found the tile guy working on the piece I've been dreaming about ever since making my selections months ago.  This is the wall behind my stove top.  Hmmm...does a quilter live here?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Extreme Home Build

If you are a follower of my blog you may be curious about our home build.  The builder's are working like crazy to get us in the home before my husband's surgery.  We were at the home yesterday to go over the layout for the concrete drive and walkway that is being poured today.  While there I snapped a few photos to share.
 This is a view of the new Quilt Hollow quilting room (less the fixtures and flooring).  I love that this room has the natural light of the day as I hoped for when we made the home plans.

 This is a view of the dining area so far.  The floors will get finished soon.
 We got our first look of the granite.  I love the tropic brown granite against the bisque colored cabinets in the kitchen.
Thanks to my scouring both Pinterest and Houzz for "something different" my builders were able to add in this sweet little cubby in the guest bathroom.  The mirror framing is the same style and oh so dang cute!

I've been "frosting" several quilts and just hadn't taken the time to put together some photos to share with you yet.  There are just a couple more that I must get finished before taking down the longarm for the move.

The POD will be here on Tuesday so that we can start filling it with the things we won't need right away.  Thankfully when we moved to this rental home we left a lot of our things boxed up.

Thank you well wishers.  Your prayers, thoughts and concern for my hubby are truly appreciated....just taking it a day at a time here.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Unexpected


I don't even know where to start with this post.  Thank you for comments received, emails sent and phone calls made with regards to the news of my husband's colonoscopy result of cancer.  I'm telling you....getting your colonoscopy is just as important as your mammogram!  Thankfully this is caught early but results after surgery will determine the stage or even if further treatment is necessary.

We met with the surgeon yesterday and the surgery is much more intense than we initially were told.  My husband will require 7 days in the hospital and then a six week period of no lifting or working and this is if he recovers on time.  Do you know how hard it will be to keep him from doing nothing?  This is the guy who tinkers on his jalopy and is constantly doing something because he can't just sit.  I've considered teaching him to hand piece but honestly he won't go for it!  Perhaps applique?  Hmmm

The surgeon also instructed my husband avoidance of stair climbing during recovery.  Here we are in this rental home that is all about stairs with all bedrooms and the showers up.  We have awesome builders who are moving up the date we get the home to accomodate the situation we are now in.  We should get the new home Dec 6th with just a few days to get everything moved before he goes to surgery.  Granted there will be no time for decorating the new home at least the heavy work is done and he will have comfort with single level living.

I have my moments of crying, rants, raves and all that goes with and that this is a simple wake up call of what is really and truly important in life.

Last week when we were at the house my husband took a few pictures.  The above is a part of the front door.  I love the scroll work.  We were also surprised when we walked in to see cabinetry going in as well.  My kitchen cabinets are a bisque color.

Quilting - - I'm doing what I can to get the tops "frosted" that are here.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Important Read!!

Here's a peek of Karen's (Log Cabin Quilter) applique quilt that I finished and was able to hand deliver to her hotel room!  Karen and her husband were traveling through and stopped in my town for dinner with me and my husband.  It was a fun and fast meeting and how I wished we could have spent a few days together!

The next thing I want to chat with you about is the importance of getting your colonoscopy done and why.  We've been tossed for a loop here in the hollow.  My husband turned 50 and a week ago today had his first colonoscopy.  The doc found "an area" and did a biopsy.  The results came in and sure enough it is the C word.  I can't even tell you the mixed bag of emotions I've had this week.  Blood test have been done, his CT Scan was this morning and he will be seeing a surgeon very soon.

The cancer was discovered early and the doctor feels pretty confident that just a surgery is in order and that gets determined by the surgeon of course.  But what I'm saying is...don't delay and don't put off....get it done!  The doctor told us to be thankful we got in there and didn't wait a year.

In the meantime to help keep my mind occupied I've been quilting like crazy!  It's that time of year too when everybody wants their tops done for holiday gift giving etc.  I'm really enjoying "frosting" your tops.  Thank you.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Are you the Winner?

Several quilter's shared their "make-do" piecing and I enjoyed reading them.  Today I've loaded a backing that can be a whole quilt in itself.  As I was admiring it I noticed many "make-do" areas where borders weren't quite long enough or blocks large enough so bits of fabric were added on to get the length or sizes needed.  The perfect example of making do!
Many new names left comments on my blog to win the Schnibbles pattern...I do hope you come back for a visit someday soon.  The winner's name drawn - VROOMAN'S QUILTS was chosen!  Congrats!!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Schnibble "Good Fortune" Pattern Give Away!

 Here's my Schnibbles "Good Fortune" quilted with feathered roses and bound.  It's a finish and a happy finish too because a few times I was ready to toss this one in the trash bin due to some really stupid cutting errors I made.

Being a longarm quilter allows me to really see how others piece their quilt tops.  It is always fun to find "make-do" piecing.  So what if a piece doesn't fit just right because of a wrong cut or lack of fabric...just make do!
 While I love this quilt, my version is not exactly the same.  You see, I didn't care for "grading" the pink inside border but did on the first border to get the smaller stars to fit correctly.  In my version the two outside borders or a bit wider making my quilt top 35" square vs. pattern's 32" square.
If you would like to win this slightly used pattern leave a comment with something you've "made-do" in piecing your quilt tops or what fabrics would you choose to make this one?  The winner will be chosen Sunday.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

In The Works...

 Blogland sure is slow these days!  Where's everybody at?

This past weekend I just wanted to sit down and piece.  The above photo are blocks to the start of a Schnibble pattern called, Good Fortune.
 Thanks to my mom the yo-yo maker I've stitched down these for the makings of another pillow for a friend.
Finally a house picture to show you!  We had to meet the builder yesterday to review that all framing, electrical, heating, and plumbing to our specifications so that they can now start the insulation and sheetrock.  The brick was finished up yesterday however the outside has a long way to go before it looks like the house we envision.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Show & Share

 Keeping busy and finally put together a few photos of show and share.  I have to apologize in advance that for some reason I can't get my LINK tab to cooperate so I won't have direct links to the blogs because of pure frustration here!

First up is a small table topper quilt that I pieced and quilted for my Etsy client, Myra.  She needed just the right red for her decor so mailed me her fabric and a photo with a specific size she needed for her table.  I think it turned out pretty darn cute.

Doreen's Zig Zag Quilt with pumpkins and vines quilting.  Doreen teaches at her local quilt shop and this was for a shop sample I believe.  (Aunt Reen's Place Blog)

 

Cherries!!!  I had two quilts back to back with cherry quilting requested.  The above is a glimpse of Sue's (Cozy Quilts) and below is Carol's (Carol's Crafty Creations).
 Baptist Fans for Karen's reproduction beauty!  (Log Cabin Quilter)

Erica's (no blog) purple and pink beauty with Deb's Feathers.
 Marcie of Patchalot Patterns has this posted on her Facebook page.  It's going to be her newest pattern!  She used Pam Buda's new line of fabric American Gothic.  It's a stunning wall size quilt.
 Oodles of hearts!  Thanks to Mary (Needled Mom) and her ability to embroidery over 150 I can now start the quilting and pass them off to my future DIL, Joyce.  Her job will be to finish them up for wedding guest.  Did I mention my son's marrying March 8th?
No house photos yet....but that too is in the works.  Until next time....  (and I'm sure I forgot and left somebody's quilt out or something out.....)