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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, February 14, 2017

The Splendid Sampler... Love unites quilters!




It all began one year ago today.... The Splendid Sampler quilt along.  So began the making of 100 / 6 Inch quilt blocks.   There was so much excitement as quilters all over the world united.  It was to be a 6 inch quilt sampler for our generation!  You can find all of the information and the blocks here.   http://www.thesplendidsampler.com/blocks-and-bonus-projects/

Everything will remain available for free until March 1, 2017.  After that you will need to buy the book to access the patterns.

I wanted to jump in with both feet.   I wanted to say I was part of this beautiful group of ladies creating simple beauty bit by bit.  It sounded so doable, 2 six inch blocks a month.  I love little blocks and I wanted to belong to the group.   35,000 women have made at least one block.   WOW... feel the love.

Well here we are one year later.  This sew along  was never meant to be a race to see who could sew the fastest.  It was meant to be a fellowship of quilters creating joy and challenging us to grow as quilters.  Try new things in small measures.  Now days and months have passed,  I  have marveled at others making blocks,  I  downloaded patterns for the future,  I tried to decide on fabric I wanted to use, along the way life happened.  I lost hope that I would ever make this quilt.  Love was growing cold, I just couldn't get started. Though each block was beautiful, some blocks I loved more than others.  I wondered if I could keep on with all 100 realistically if I was not in love with it all.   I know thyself.  I didn't want or need another project stuck in a bag.

And so you wonder have I made any blocks..... YES!
Am I going to make all 100... NO.  For me it is the right choice.

One day in January my heart skipped a beat and I had a revelation.   I was trying to clear out some clutter in my sewing room, along with that process I saw another idea on another blog.  I hopped over the pile of potential fabric for the splendid sampler blocks lying on the floor, opened the blue string drawer and I started making some string blocks.


 Little 6" snowman string blocks.  

I didn't have enough snowmen to make a big quilt so I needed to add another type of block.

HELLO SPLENDID SAMPLER 6 " blocks !!

I loved this idea of making a FEW of the splendid sampler blocks
 and adding them to the snowman string blocks.

So it will still be a Splendid Sampler... just a smaller version. 
Quite a bit smaller.   I am only going to make 18-20 blocks.

 That's my story of Love Renewed......
Hello Splendid Snowman Sampler.

I started with Block # 57  " Starting Point" 
Seemed like the perfect place to jump in. 



I'm just using scraps.  My favorite kind of sewing. 


 I made Snowman string blocks as leader/enders as I was sewing the sampler blocks. 






The second block I made ....

Block #8  " Friends around the square"
I love my sewing friends. 



These little blocks are sweet... I'm sure I would love them all if I made them all because that is usually how I feel about things I make but it is just not going to happen. 


I think they are going to be perfect together. 
I haven't decided on the final layout.  
I'm thinking about turning each block into stars but time will tell. 

And so the sewing LOVE continues
 fast or slow....

It really doesn't matter....
I am reminded to 
Just let it flow !



I'll be spending the week with my favorite little one year old lovey- dovey.
So there is probably not going to be much sewing done this week.

Happy Valentine's Day !!! 

Janita







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




















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