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Blessed by everyday blessings

these are a few of my favorite things

~smiling faces~

~hugs and kisses from grandchildren
and hearing the name Nanny from far away places~

~mostly old sometimes new~

~quilts with love stitched through and through

~Babies and butterflys and all things created~

~To know you are loved makes life sweet with grace traces ~























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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Log cabin lovely.... love made me do it : )



I love old fashioned quilt blocks. I fell in love with the log cabin block a few years ago after making some little 6" blocks HERE and have been wanting to make a whole quilt using the block since. Wow that was 4 years ago!  Wish no more...  I'm happy to say I have done just that!    Though I love small 6'' blocks my reaction to this quilt is ....  Big time log cabin Love. These blocks are 14"!


Recently I decided that I am going to try and put something old in every quilt I make. Something about that makes my heart happy.  So this quilt includes a thrifted shirt.  Love recycled!



This quilt was inspired by and will be used by my granddaughters.  Lots of girly things here.... Pink and more pink, polk-a-dots, gingham and because once upon a summer day while sitting in a tree, my granddaughter told me her favorite flower was the rose....  I added some roses.   Love me some Tanya Whelan roses.




You can find the free pattern link here.   Apple Bloom Quilt.   http://www.tildasworld.com/blog/

With a little bit of chain sewing it goes together really quickly.

Allow me to overload you with photos. : ) while you Sing along with me......



I Love you, a bushel and a peck,







a bushel and a peck


and a hug around your neck





a hug around your neck,


a barrel and a heap,


a barrel and a heap,



and I'm talking in my sleep




(Click any picture to enlarge)


about you ! 






Doodle de do ! 

Little by little make a list.  I told myself to just "cut the fabrics"... One step girlfriends, before that it was "finalize the fabrics" ... Putting "Make a quilt" on the list looks too daunting. 
break it down into little steps now I have a quilt!
It took me 2 weeks to make 16 blocks.... not 2 years! 
Though actually finishing it might be a different story.  That is where I struggle.
But I'm going to keep the pedal to the middle and commit to finish this soon.  
My little peeps are growing up tooooo quickly.  


I wouldn't call myself a sewing whiz quite yet because the life of projects in my sewing room seem to linger for far too long before finishing, but Making a " Month list" of  6-7 things (5-6 things is probably more realistic)  to work on in my sewing room rather than a daily to do list has seen some encouraging progress over the last 2 months. If I finish ONE thing a month and move a few things forward I will be over the moon happy! And I am allowing myself to work on one new thing each month.... even though I have plenty of guilty old projects lurking trying their best to steal my joy and make me feel bad like I have a ball and chain around my neck. Some say I have to finish those before I can start something new. I say HOG WASH.  Creative expression needs room for new ideas!  Yes I am still working on being a better finisher but there is a fine line of motivating factors that either keeps me stuck or moving forward. This quilt was my October "New" project and the flimsy was finished rather quickly.  Giving myself a WHOOP WHOOP for that fact.

So What are YOU waiting for.... Sew something today! You can find lots of free patterns on line.

Homemade makes the world Happy!

If you need a pumpkin pie recipe for your Thanksgiving festivities we'll be eating this!  http://thegirlfriendgap.blogspot.com/2015/11/considering-all-things-pumpkin-lets-be.html

BYE- BYE  Pumpkin Pie  :  )

 Janita




















Friday, October 7, 2016

A little pumpkin YUM YUM.


If there ever was a pumpkin heaven..... I'd want to go there!

Just can't get enough PUMPKINS.



I'm trying to savor each season but
Life is still clicking along lickity-split here.  

I spent many days of summer with my little pumpkin peeps.
They bring JOY to my days.


so THANKFUL to be present in their lives weekly.



We had many chats... her in the tree me in my lawn chair...


talking about favorite things and playing Would You Rather... 



 This little bug in a rug is now 8 mos. and crawling. 


Outside is our favorite place to be.






We have created memories ... pretended we were pioneer women.
making do with what we have. 


 We didn't plan to do this we just did it !
Now fire baked and ready to eat !  
 Finding out an oven is a blessing : ) 
It would have been so much easier to bake it.



Life at home .... is where I want to be. 


Here and there I've cozied up the nest taking trash .....


..... turning it into TREASURE !


I've wished I had a barn.... 


I've thought about the past 


Lived in the present.... 


 Not knowing really where to start,
  I decided one day to just take the first step 
to make this flea market treasure into something.....
this has been patiently waiting for sometime in my sewing room.
Years upon Years actually.

Each day I'm learning that in life...
one step leads to the next, be patient, take it step by step.
Hurrying only leads to worrying.  It all works out in the end.
Everything is falling into place.


Once I got the front figured out
 the back of a thrifted shirt became the perfect back.
In one day it all came together beautifully
because it was the right time!! 
I love Adding JOY to the world in little ways.
When it all comes together.... you can't believe how
Homemade makes me giddy with excitement !!


Life seems to go round and round but much stays the same. 

If you want life to be different you have to do things differently.


I have been wanting
 to make this little wall hanging for a long time.
I don't know why it took me so long ....
 just could never find the time.
but last month I decided to do life a little differently.
I made time.... 

And it finally happened!!!
A little happy birthday present to me! 

Pattern " Be Thankful"  Pam Puyleart
Backdoor Quilt series 

It is not a fancy life but it is a good life 
And for that I am THANKFUL !!

Hope your fall days are filled with pumpkins !!

Janita










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