Archives for the month of: March, 2010

Geez, why is it that everytime I slip into a productive mode, I end up with some malady or another?  I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired this winter! just want this winter to be over, over, over, wahhhhhhhhhhh!!!  And it is not enough that I am sick? Lydia was diagnosed with pneumonia and is on a nebulizer and meds.  We are all quite beside ourselves as I am too sick to take care of her and well, her mommy has to stay home with her until daddy gets off work to watch her so mommy can in go into work.  Sheesh!  Enough I say!

Well that pretty much covers everything in my title for this entry.  Hah, and you all thought I was going to abandon this blog yet again, ey????  Nope, only a really bad cold has put me on delay of a few days, but I am amassing all my goodies (acquired just before I caught this darned bug) for their photo shoot 🙂 

On Friday I went resale shop shopping? (is that a correct statement?)  and found all kinds of neat loot to play with in sewing and crafts.  Items such as fabric, shabby chic style for my bedroom curtains, 12 pre-cut wof 12.5 inch strips of white cotton for stitchery projects (my second best find), down on the farm 1/2 yard remnants to match my Debbie Mumm jersey cows, 2 brand new white napkins in all cotton just waiting for some stitchery and a bag pattern :), one new pink pillowcase ready for stitching, a bag of bead baubles to add to my stitcheries, and more.  Bottom line?  I only spent 15 bucks on the whole lot which made me a very happy, thrifty shopper! But then, wait!  Yeah, all that thriftiness took a left turn when I did a drive by at Joanns 😦 but….in my defense?  I only bought sale fabric, the jumbo ric rac (pink of course), pellon extra stiff for fabric baskets, pattern tracing paper (on sale for 99 cents a yard), a bag handle, and my bestest, most coveted buy?  A matroyshka (babushka) pattern for quilt and baby items!  And like I said, this entry is just to let you know I am not abandoning this blog, so pics of all the above will follow, and hopefully my cold meds will take effect and I can get it done yet this morning 🙂   

So until late peeps!

Carmen in thawing out AK where our temp is expected to go over 40 degrees F today!


Well this is a big hellloooooo! from many months of absence!  Yes, life gets in the way and in my case, well, it got in the way big time!  My little granddaughter has turned two, my Kaleb has turned 4 and he has twin sisters on the way and should make their appearance in June!  You can well imagine how running after the two of them at 2 and 4 can get in the way <G>  but then that is only two days a week atm. 

Catching you up with other news, I now am doing all my sewing from home instead of my quilting studio 😦  Alas that is a sad story, indeed, and one that I will share in my journals later.  Suffice to say, I am really much happier working from home and I do get loads more accomplished! 

My quilting journey has come full circle.  I have returned to my first love in needle art, that of hand embroidery, after many years of depending on the machine to do all my work.  I have even started designing BOM’s in embroidery which brings me to the point of re-establishing my presence on this blog.  My cyberfriend from Cut-n-Shoot Texas and I are designing a Scripture quilt based on the beattitudes from Matthew 5:3-13.  All in all there are 25 blocks, 11 scripture, 11 companion, and 3 floral.  We have been working on them for about a month now and design elements are mostly finished.  The actual working of the blocks has just begun but I must say that having nearly completed the first of them, I am loving it to pieces!  Got you a little curious?  Hmmm…perhaps by tomorrow I will have a finish for you to view 🙂 

Anywho, my point is, I will be sharing our journey on this blog as we work the blocks and perhaps, share with you all 🙂  I have taken a rather antique appearance to mine by using sepia type threads and companion fabrics in rich creams, apricots, and deep russets whereas Bobbie is using more contemporary colors such as blues, yellows, pinks etc. to go with her chosen companion fabrics.  Pics will follow tomorrow also of her choices and mine. 

Right now I want to share with my inspiration for doing a scripture quilt BOM.  Val Laird, on her blog, recently completed her Love is series which is what I used for my DDIL birthday quilt. 

Danielle's Birthday Quilt 

I worked the blocks in less than two weeks  and that included the lace heart appliques that were edged in embroidery floss in the blanket stitch.  After framing out the blocks, I added a Scripture border that included the love is verses from Corinthians.  The overall look of the quilt was of quiet femininity but the message was and is powerful!  Danielle had wanted a scripture quilt for many years and it was a true labor of love that I made for her.  Here are some of the details of the blocks:

Love is and lace hearts


Part of the scripture border

 Well needless to say, many people have fallen in love with this quilt, most importantly ME!  and DDIL the elder who is pregnant with twins 🙂  So Mine is coming first and she will get hers later!  I am doing “Fruits of the Spirit” for her 🙂 

Now to let you all know, I will share these patterns with you all once I figure out how to upload to the blog that is–anyone feel free to help me out on this now LOL and I do mean it HELP!!! 

I have recruited my son to help out, but well he has a full time job plus extra hours and a pregnant, nesting wife, so….you can read the writing on the wall with that, right?? 

So if you all have any helps, please feel free to chime in!  All comments and helps much appreciated!  So until later today,

See ya, I promise,