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 ~


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

merry Christmas

Celebrating the SAVIOR!
Hope your day has been blessed with LOVE!
 God loves you!
Live each day believing that.
Jesus left heaven  and came to earth to touch us with his love.
Jesus the son of God was born to die
on the cross for Me and YOU!
He is the perfect unblemished lamb
offered as a sacrifice for our sins.
Through His blood we have a way to heaven
we are forgiven...
It is the way of salvation and eternal life.
We are forever loved!
Christ in Christmas!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

word verification ....DRIVES ME CRAZY!


Thank you Bonnie Hunter..... I share your point of view even though i am just a little ole granny blogger.   STOP Word Verification!

If Bonnie Hunter who is loved by many can turn it off  so can you.

Click on the link above and she will walk you through the simple steps.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I love to visit other blogs but leaving a comment with word verification makes my hair stand on end and drives me crazy!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Let's talk turkey!

This turkey is made with VINTAGE  fabrics.   I belong to a quilt guild that makes charity quilts. We are pros at making something out of nothing. Most of the fabric we use is "vintage" or old and ugly  and donated to us because people no longer want it. We try to make it into something new and pretty!  We had cut some 5" charm squares and I used those to make the tail feathers.  For the rest of the runner  I added fabrics from my stash to "dress" it up.  You need some dressing with your turkey you know.   The red reminds me of cranberries..... It is just a feast on fabric.

About 10 years ago, maybe more time flys you know , An older lady who is good at taking people under her wing ,  invited me to start coming to the guild because I had told her that I wanted to learn how to quilt.   Our family life circumstances have changed in the last year or two.  My husband has a new job and travels 30 miles to work each day.  The stipulations that came with the job would be a request to move to the town where he works in a period of 18 months.  Allowing us time to find a house.   We still have not found a house so I am not sure when we will be moving but I wanted to say thank you to the ladies in my quilt guild for teaching me how to quilt.  Now just seemed like a good time to be thankful....... SO I MADE SOMETHING FOR THEM!

You have heard of a traveling trophy..... well this is a TRAVELING  TURKEY.   At our last meeting I gave this table runner/wall hanging away as a door prize.  Linda won it and she will keep it for  a day, a week , a month or a  year.....  It is probably not the most amazing thing she has ever won.... but she can enjoy it as long as she wants it,  but by next october it needs to be passed on to another member of our guild to enjoy.  The back is plain cream Kona muslin. I want everyone to write something they are thankful for on the back before they pass it on to the next person.  It will be a signature quilt of sorts.   Who knows where the runner will end up in the years to come, but we will just keep passing it around until we tire of it.

It is a life filled with blessings......  I am giving thanks!


You can find the pattern a Jan Patek quilts .   Hope you are finding much to be thankful for.

And now I can say I have joined the dresden plate rage.  It was easier than I thought. This is the first time I have made a dresden plate and I will be making another,  maybe even another turkey for myself!

Gobble, gobble!
Thanks for the visit.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Zippity Doo Dah Jelly Roll Happiness

Once upon a time.... I won this jelly roll. Zippity Doo Dah designed by Sandy Gervais.  It was the very First Jelly roll to inhabit my stash.   It was a treasure and so cute all rolled up. I marveled at it for a long time, then one day knowing that there was no going back once it did this ..... I opened it up!


Have I told you before that I love red, white and blue ??
YES I do!

Early in the spring....
I came across this site www.jellyrollquilters.com and guess what they were doing, a Jelly Roll mystery quilt.  It was sure to be beautiful they promised so I jumped on the bandwagon.  Soon I had 2 friends who are experienced quilters on the band wagon too.

I know some of you quilters are probably jelly roll pros and use a lot of jelly rolls, but for me when I buy fabric I always buy a little extra.... just in case. With a jelly roll.... there is no extra. I love all the different strips of fabric but you get 40 strips of 2 1/2" wide fabric,  that's it.  I was a little hesitant making the first cut,  but this project was a great confidence booster.

 ( This translates into MORE reasons to buy Jelly rolls !)

 HORRAY for  Me!

In the process of the mystery I discovered.... I am not a mystery girl.   I like to know how it is all going to look in the end. I am definitely a visual person... See it then do it.  I had a hard time deciding what to use for the background fabric. I wondered if I had sorted my strips "correctly".  So long after the mystery was revealed and  my two other quilting friends had their mystery all pieced together and were Glowing that they had accomplished the task at hand..... I started because they kept asking me.... "Have you started yet???"  Now mine is finished sans the borders.  Hopefully that will be added in the next few days .

The strips were separated  into 3 bags for months.

Finally after some serious goal setting and a few deep breaths,  months 2 and 3 of the mystery became touchable blocks.....


Once I had these done I was thrilled.
Pretty easy blocks but still thrilled!

Month 4 created more hesitance and a few more deep breaths were needed because I had to cut the strips for this month IN HALF  to  1 1/4 inches .  After I had accomplished those Sweet little 6" Log Cabin blocks.... I was in Love!  This is the first time I have ever done a Log Cabin block.   I was so proud of myself... They turned out perfect and so like a proud momma with a camera I thought they needed their own little .......

        FALL photo shoot.  







zippity DOO DAH !
It is all together!
All in it's flimsy glory!

We had show and tell at our quilt meeting last week.

Here are the quilts of my two quilting friends

Linda used Papillon by Three sisters/ MODA

Jeanine used Lollipop by Sandy Gervais/MODA

They both own long arms.... theirs are all nicely quilted!
Thanks for sticking with the proud  momma: )
Thanks for stopping by.
Say hello down below
pretty please.
It would make my day!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

20 Little things I love about FALL

1. Spying Scarecrows everywhere.

 2. Hearing rustling leaves
blowing down the street.

3. Pumpkins on the porch.


5. LOG CABIN  Blocks
creating Log Cabin Love.


                                          6. MUMS


7. Everything SPICED with Cinnamon.

and everyone is buying it!

Pumpkins all in a row at the Shaker Village
Harrodsburg, Kentucky

9. Pumpkin desserts


Finding time for family 
 celebrating birthdays.



Pillows stitched with Pumpkins.

The Harvest season.


Did I mention PUMPKINS????
The bigger the better !
We found this one in Tennesse!

SIX.... and soon to be a TEEN....
time flys you know..

Emerson turned SIX
started Kindergarten this fall

No matter where you go.
(This was on a building in Charleston, South Carolina)

Making New Friends on a September day
in Beaufort, South Carolina.
( hello Lars and Kerstin)

LEAVES the color of GOLD

The Table Centerpiece changes!
Mrs. Butterworth, I knew you would come in handy some day!
You are a delight holding my cat tails : )

Count your BLESSINGS
name them one by one!

Count your many BLESSINGS
see what God has done!



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Turning SIX !


I can't imagine life without your love .

These are the things I love about you....

you are Spunky
You ALWAYS make me laugh : )
 You are full of Imagination.
You are Smart , you amaze me ,
and you  are a powerful persuader.

You love your mom and dad a whole bunch
Nanny and Opa's house 
is the best place to visit on earth.
Your love for us runs deep
And I love that you love to spend time here.

I love your hugs!

Already there is a sweet spirit of God in you.

You help me to know for real
God's love for me.

seeking buried treasure

I love you my little Miss Sugar Blueberry Pie!

Promise me you will always be sweet and never sassy.

I love you to infinity and beyond.
I think being six will be super fantastic!

God bless you sweet child.

Love ,


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