Friday, January 31, 2014

Sheep in the Willows

The blocks were gifted to me over a year ago from Karen at Log Cabin Quilter.  Karen used wool on cotton and embroidery to complete the blocks.  I believe a design from Buttermilk Basin called, Sheep in the Willows or something similar. I've finally set them with sashing strips and this fun border print.  It's now in my to be quilted stack.
....a closer look and one of my favorite blocks.  Thank you Karen!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Meow - The Cat Quilt

When Cyndi told me she was making a cat quilt to donate to the NO KILL animal shelter where she volunteers, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

I could never volunteer at a shelter without bringing them all home with me!  There are so many times my husband and I want to stop in to see what dogs are available but I know I couldn't look them in the eye and walk away with just one of them.

Cyndi wanted kitty paws all over the quilt.  We found a great quilting motif with paws and the MEOW tossed about too.

Cyndi also used the purr-fect backing!   The quilt is back in the mail today so she can finish up the binding in time for the auction.

When I woke this morning our home had a beautiful glow coming through the front windows.
....and because he loves me.  

Monday, January 20, 2014

RAKES...yep, another treasure!

Start looking at things you find in flea markets differently and they become treasure!  I always knew they would make a fun quilt display.  I quickly tossed a few small quilts on to show you my idea.
My formal dining room is anything but formal!  I love it!  I turned the photo so you could see the great trim work my builders made.

Sunday, January 12, 2014


Some will call it clutter and I call it treasure!  Today I unpacked some things that were stored in boxes this past year.   Most of my pieces were bought in German markets while stationed there.  The fun begins to figure out where to place them in our new home.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Here I Am...

It's not the best photo this morning but I thought you may want a peek into my quilting hollow.  It hasn't been decorated with exception of one quilt and my empty thread rack for my longarm thread.  You can see my mess.  A quilt top on the floor that needs borders then quilting, bins to the right that need emptied and shelved, etc.
Here is an unexpected surprise from a dear no blog friend, Mary.  Can you see the hanger has been personalized?  I'll need to make a special quilt for this.  Maybe something with a kitty cat since she adopted a sweet little kitty from me that now lives in sunny Florida.
Have you seen these Pillsbury Grands cinnamon roll waffles advertised on TV and Pinterest?  We tried them in my Belgian waffle maker this morning and will pass on making them again.  We prefer them baked.  But dang, photo makes them look so good!

If you follow my blog you know about this chapter we currently live and I thank you for checking on us. My husband is doing well after both surgeries and he starts chemo on Monday.  Several of our new neighbors have also reached out to help us when we need as well.  I think I'm really going to love it here!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Fellowship of the Flowers Debuts Today!

 What is the "Fellowship of the Flowers" you ask?  Michelle May of The Raspberry Rabbits is an artist, designer and creator of something new to many of us called, "Folk Art Fusion."   I'd love for you to visit her blog to learn exactly what this new project for 2014.

A sweet surprise arrived at my door step yesterday from my bunny loving friend.  The card simply read, "Dear Mary, Sometimes we all just need something fun and happy to look forward to.   Looking forward to spending every Wednesday together in 2014.  Your friends, Shell and the Bunnies.

Curious about what I received?  Hop on over to Michelle's blog to learn about "Fellowship of the Flowers" and a chance to win an autographed copy of her book called, "Fabled Fusions."

I hope many of you will join in on the fun she has planned for us in 2014 and spread the word to your friends and giving you opportunity to meet so many new friends around the world!

One more thing, watch for Michelle May's Folk Art Fusion techniques on PBS starting this month!  She is one of the featured artist/designers in the 1300 series of Quilting Arts TV!!!!