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, 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  :  )



Christine Barnsley said...

Love your quilt top Janita! It is so pretty and I think you should try new things even if you do have older projects waiting for attention.... you should be creative in any way that makes you happy! Happy Thanksgiving! Christine x

Leanne said...

Hello sweet friend. I LOVE your quilt, its so pretty and so perfect for your grand daughters. You are doing a great job of working on your list. I can't wait to see your projects when we visit. xx Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. xxx

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading and seeing the pictures on your blog. The quilt is perfect. You have such a good eye for putting colors together. I'm sure you enjoyed your family over Thanksgiving. All our family was here (15 of us) for Thanksgiving, and we celebrated Christmas at the same time. We had a wonderful time together. Enjoy the Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus.

quiltingbydawn said...

How did I miss this post of yours? I love the idea of using something old in every quilt! Your quilt makes me smile...such cheerful colors! The log cabin is one of my favorite blocks and the very first quilt I made (many years ago). I do agree that having a monthly goal of moving along an old project yet allowing yourself to still create is good for the soul. I joined one monthly goal (OMG) and found that I strive to achieve moving some old projects out. That has been good for me too! dawn


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