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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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Friday, June 9, 2017

Life is a whirlwind.






SWEET SUMMERTIME!

It is here! 


Much of the last few weeks has been filled with activity. 

We have had dance recitals and piano recitals.


Each day complimented with fresh flowers.  


First tulips then
Peonies front and center.  Just can't get enough.
I am a happy girl when the flowers start to bloom. 





We have had ball games and more ball games.
It is small town America in all of it's glory.
Ice Cream if you win.... sad if you don't.

The garden is mostly planted.  
 We just have to put in a few pumpkin seeds.
We have Potatoes, Tomatoes,  a variety of Peppers , Zucchini, Cucumbers,
Green Beens,  Sugar peas,  Red cabbage, onions,  sweet potatoes, kale.

More than enough to keep me busy.

I love the food that summertime brings.


I tried planting my own cilantro several years ago. 
It has been a bit of a learning experience. 
The first year it basically went to seed.

It doesn't seem to be as hardy and bushy as the bunches
 you buy in the store but tastes just as amazing.
I cut as much as I can until it gets hot and then I let it go to seed.
It is in my flower bed so when it starts to look kind of dried out and sad 
I cut everything off.  Harvest the seeds. 
 Then in the fall chop the soil 
with a rake a little bit, sprinkle the seeds on the soil, 
 you  don't have to worry about covering 
the seeds, I just tap it down with the rake,
  then wait and dream until next spring....  
 when you will have YUM YUM Cilantro all over again. 

It will reseed itself if you just let it go as well, I just don't like looking at the dried stalks and
want to make sure the seeds get to the ground before the snow flies.  

After I cut the fresh cilantro , I rinse it  shake off as much water as you can,
and put it in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel.
It will stay fresh for a couple of weeks. 

If you want a yummy recipe for Black Bean Salsa just let me know.
It is Deliciousness in a bowl !!

It could be my lunch everyday in summertime. 
It is my favorite way to use Cilantro. 


I am trying a few new herbs this year,
lemon basil and marjoram.  




With all the garden activity ... planting and keeping the weeds and bugs under control
and Grand children activities, I have not had much time for sewing.

I did make up this little 16'' quilt from scrappy blue and white squares 
and hope to have fresh flowers on my table as much as possible this summer.
The wooden bowl was a gift for Mother's day.  

The sewing for my Splendid Sampler blocks is on hold.


On a sad note one of our little dogs was given a sad diagnosis of cancer.

We thought he was going to die last week but he has amazingly bounced back 
to his perky self...
We will see what happens in the next few weeks.

The vet thought he could live any where from 2-3 weeks to 2-3 months.


He is a sweet little dog and there has been a few tears shed mostly by me.
I feel so bad for him.   The kids do love him. 

We took some memory pictures just in case he goes to doggy heaven.


Harley is my daughter's dog who has taken up residence with us because she lives in an apartment. 
I never thought I would be attached to a dog... but he is part of our family. 

Happy JUNE, JULY and AUG...



Summertime always flies by !!!

Janita

















Saturday, May 13, 2017

SPLENDID SAMPLER... Falling in love with 6 inch quilt blocks




To me these little blocks have become the sweetest sewing adventure.   Six inches sometimes made of  four  little 3 inch blocks have definitely taken a hold of my heart.  You don't get any where fast making 3 inch blocks for a whole quilt but seriously after I made the Flights of Friendship block I want a whole quilt made with 3 inch blocks!  LOVE  IT !

I am not making all 100 blocks for the sampler.   Eighteen is the goal for now.   Just a sweet taste to make me happy and feel connected to world wide quilters.  It is a goal that will make a snuggle quilt with the  help of some alternate blocks and then I can move on to the next best thing!  Life is fleeting away faster than I desire.

The journey began here HERE  and now I have a little stack of pretties.



10 Snowman String blocks
11 Splendid Sampler blocks 
A little WHOO- HOO moment for me! 


(click on photos to enlarge)


Bonus Block by Pat Sloan 
CHURN DASH    
with tiny tiny star fabric.
Two loves in one block.

I will forever love the churn dash block. 




Block # 12
CHECKERBOARD



Block # 37
DASHING BY CHOCOLATE




Block # 40
FIGHTS OF FRIENDSHIP


This is my, will take ME a lifetime  3'' BIG QUILT desire. 

Those little friendship stars have my heart.




Block # 13
SCRAP STAR       
The  stripes are a thrifted shirts. 
My latest desire is to put something old in every quilt I make. 

Another One that I could make a whole quilt of.




And my latest little Six inch lovey dovey....
The red plaid is a thrifted shirt.


Block #  99
FOUR CORNER SPINWHEEL

YES YES YES
This one too for a Big quilt dream! 

My life is one big sewing dream!
I have lists of quilts I want to make.
Unfortunately life sometimes has other plans that I need to tend to. 

Little by little I sew whenever I can. 


Happy May Blessings to you.

Janita







Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter ...The Beauty of it all !




Celebrating the Resurrection of the Savior today!





Sailors  in the midst of a storm awoke here on Easter Morning 
and named the bay Resurrection Bay.

Seward, Alaska. 

Have you found yourself at one time or another in the midst of a life storm?

JESUS ... 
The Son of God 
Is the one I turn to in the storms of life. 

Today we celebrate the one who loved us enough
to die for us. 

I really can't comprehend such Love. 

The grave could not hold him...
He has risen from the dead.
Just as he said he would.



Today I finished this ...... 



HE CAME.... for me





HE Died .... for me 

I receive his forgiveness. 

 He LIVES  .... for me.
As a child of God
I have access to the throne of God 
every day through Jesus Christ.

Someday he will come for me and take me home.


OH PRECIOUS SAVIOR! 

It has been a beautiful day. 








NEW life. 








Thank you Leanne for the Easter basket
 of goodies I received in the mail. 

Hope it has been a beautiful day for you.

Happy Easter! 

Janita


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Love Shared is the Best Love



I have a little bit of Love to share today.  Quilters connect easily to other quilters.  Age doesn't seem to be a huge factor.  If you are the same age or not it doesn't matter, if you quilt.... there is a strong enough bond just in the fact that you share fabric love.  Two years ago a sweet quilter stepped out of her box after I left a comment on her blog and she wanted to become friends. She pressed in a little closer and she wanted to know if I would be interested in doing a gift swap sometime.   She would MAKE something for me.... I would MAKE something for her and put it in the mail for a sweet surprise in our mail box!   I had never done anything like that before. SCARRY! It is one thing to sew for your own pleasure it is another thing to try to make something that another person will love.  Because we all know if you don't love it.... out to the curb it goes!  I was a little hesitant.... I am a slow sewing gal.  She is a speed sewing gal.   But one day I decided really why not do it?   It will be a good challenge for me. I have sewed for a long time.  I need to step out of my comfort zone.   We both have September birthdays so we decided to do a Birthday gift exchange.  What did I think after it was all over....  IT WAS SO FUN !  and we have been walking in quilty friendship ever since that day.   Leanne http://lizzie-the-quilter.blogspot.com lives in Tasmania but she LOVES to visit America.    Anyway, she has showered me with several little treasures in the mail since then... remember she is a speedy sewing gal.   I am a slowing sewing gal but I finally got a little something made for her just because I love her and she has received it this week so now I can share what I recently made for her.



I love embroidery, but I never seem to find time to do it. 

Well, last fall I decided to change all those
projects that never get done into ...
I'm going to make time!


EMBROIDERED BOWLS !!
Is there a girl out there who doesn't love dishes?

This pattern was generously offered free a few years ago.
I have made some creative alterations to suit me.

"i love ice cream" was added for fun. 
Life is always better with ice cream !!! 


The hand quilting adds a lot of texture 
 which seemed to be just what it needed to make the bowls pop.



and then to finish it off .....
This little hanging heart was the label for the back of the mini quilt. 

Now my goal for the rest of 2017 and forever...
Add a little Love to each day!

Never be afraid to LOVE. 

She measures 13''X10''
All signed sealed and delivered to a happy home. 

Love you Leanne !!! 

Janita



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Splendid Sampler... Hearts a Flutter





February....  Zip- boom- bang!  How did you go so fast???   With a little week expedition to Florida by my daughter and husband leaving Grandma to hold down the fort with a one year old....... Yes the extra snuggles were wonderful but left me a little tired from it all.
I don't have a lot to share but will close out the month with a heart for good measure.  I was able to finish up a couple more blocks for My Splendid SNOWMAN Sampler.

 My journey began here the-splendid-sampler-love-unites.html

                           


BLOCK # 1 
"Hearts a Flutter"
The plaids and the stripes are thrifted shirts. 



BLOCK # 10
"Iowa" 
Again the plaid is a little thrifted shirt YUM !

Really!! The designer named this block IOWA as she was
remembering lots of visits to Iowa to see her grandparents.
This block was the clincher as to whether I would participate in this sew along.

How could I not sew a block named after the state I have lived in for all but 2 years of my life?



I have decided to try to add 
something old to every quilt I make.
Can you spot the thrifted shirts? 

BLOCK # 57
"Starting Point"




BLOCK # 8
"Friends Around the Square"




Another glimpse of my Snowman string blocks. 
They are going to be lovely together!




For the remainder of the year, 
the goal is to add a little love to each day. 

Though I wish we had had a little more snow this winter... 

Spring is on the way !  
My tulips are peaking out of the ground!
I'm afraid it is too early but I'm excited.

Janita
XO



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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







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