Monday, October 31, 2016

Next Event Coming Soon!

My next event is my biggest craft/bazaar show of the year!  November 11th and 12th.

I have been participating in the New Hope Marketplace for three years now and am looking forward to year four!

As already mentioned in a previous post, my theme this year will be "Little Houses".  I will be displaying the small wall quilt that was in the recent quilt show, and selling lots of items that feature little houses.  See previous post about this little quilt:

Also, I have already blogged about some of my new 'little house' products:

So . . . sew . . .  today I want to show you my "Little House" ornaments!  I think they are so cute, besides being unique!

As usual, I often finish my posts with: 
"Whatca think?"

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Quilt Show Rap-up

I was recently entered in the Old Aurora Colony Museum's annual quilt show that ran from October 14th thru Oct 23rd.   It was fun to show my quilt, (which will also be displayed at the upcoming New Hope Marketplace in my booth).  There were lots of antique quilts and a couple of Amish quilts from Berlin Ohio and, of course, the handiwork of many of our local quilters.  Although I didn't take many pictures,  I do have these two:

My favorite of the show, since the smallest of the pieces in the quilt are about dime size!  Wow! What an awesome piece of work--keeping all that straight!

This one that has great applique. My youngest daughter is enjoyinng it!

And then there is my quilt in a 'not-so-great picture' of me sitting in front of it. Just don't look at me--Enjoy the quilt!  :)  I just needed another opportunity to show it off! :)

OK, quilt show done, on to other projects!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Foggy Autumn in SW Portland - WW

P.S.  You might want to open the pictures in a separate window.  The sunshine thru the fog is pretty awesome looking and doesn't show too well in these small pictures.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Moving on to New Baby Creativity!

The quilt show being over, now is the time to switch the gears of creativity.   I want to share some of my recent creativity in regard to babies!  I am going to be a great-grandmother again!  Can you guess the sex of the baby with this little embroidery hoop that I made:

For sale at my next bazaar!

Yep!  It's a girl, but no pink for her!  Her mother wanted bright colors for the baby blanket:

It's made of fabrics that I had left over from all the aprons that I have made for my wholesale customer in the past several years.  I added a bright backing of stripes and a monkey print.  It really turned out to be fun!

Besides this project for my granddaughter, I had a client's custom project--a layette for her baby. Here's a few pictures. The interesting thing about this project was that we ordered the cute panda fabric from France!

Minky Blanket and Nursery Pillow

Fun bibs!

Receiving blankets

Matching diaper bag!
Whew, that was a large project, not even showing all the items!  Lots of work and satisfaction for me! Now it is on to my craft show season!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Crazy About Aurora

You may remember that I entered a small wall quilt in a local quilt show.  See that post:

When I went to visit the show on Saturday with my daughter, I also entered their Twenty-second Annual Block Contest.  The Old Aurora Colony Museum hosts the quilt show and block contest to raise their yearly operating funds.  The block contest solicits entries from local quilters.  Blocks are displayed at the quilt show and at the end of the week, they are judged on size, workmanship and overall appearance.   20 blocks are chosen to make up a new quilt.   Museum members spend the year putting the quilt together.  The finished quilt is then auctioned off at the next quilt show.  Proceeds benefit the Aurora Colony Historical Society and it's programs.    I hope my my block will be one of the blocks that is chosen!

The name of this years block contest is "Crazy About Aurora".  All blocks must be crazy quilt style.   My block features the Steinbach Log Cabin which is an authentic pioneer log cabin from 1876 and one of five buildings found on the museum grounds.

Here is my entry:

It features ribbon embroidery, fused applique, hand embroidery and attached trims.  I did my block in pinks since it is October and Breast Cancer Awareness month!  Wish me luck!!  I sure would like to be featured in the quilt for next year!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Autumn Fun!

I literally love Autumn!  It's my favorite season;  yes, Spring beauty rivals it, but my heart soars as the weather cools, so I can enjoy a crisp morning on my patio among my mums.  I have anxiously been waiting for their blooms!

I took my camera out the other day, after a morning rain and captured a few shots of area trees beginning to display their colors:

And this one that seemed a bit confused, with only half of it turning color!

Happy Autumn Everyone!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Columbus Blue Day Sail

It's said that . . .

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

And he discovered America!  It's Columbus Day here in the USA, and we have a holiday.    Banks and official buildings are closed,  and some stores have sales.  So why not I?

This sale is just for you (my lovely readers)
who are "Johnny-on-the-Spot" (an old American idiom)
because it will only last one day!  

 Use coupon code:    

in any of my shops and receive FREE SHIPPING
(to sail across the ocean blue if need be :)

Thanks for taking a look 
and don't forget to use your coupon
for the
Blue Day Sail (Sale)!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I'm a survivor and so happy about it!  I am blessed as a survivor of over ten years and I want others with the disease to be favored too!  Favored with a cure!

October is the month for me to celebrate and the month to collect donations for the cure!   I am adding links for your conscience for any possible donations that you would like to make.  Also, you could find a run/walk and support the cause.  You can sponsor a walker.  I would like to encourage you to "make an effort" to support the cause.  Hey! even the NFL football players wear pink this month!  I salute them for their effort!  

And this pic from our college UO Ducks team: (I'm an Oregonian, whatcha expect?  :)

Picture from the uoduckstore blog 2014

Making Strides link

BCRF link

National Breast Cancer Foundation link

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wordless Wednesday--Family Summer Gallery!

Almost wordless . . . remembering summer family activities . . . .

Watching my boys play ball- sons and grandson

Spending time together on the 4th
Our Five Generation Picture with my mom, son, g-daughter, and great grandson

And the best part of the summer . . .  these grand gals

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tuesday's Tea Towels

After making my little house quilt (see Sept 26th post) I made several more styles of houses for kitchen towels, and hand towels.  

 "little houses"  towels

 I happened to find this little house print fabric at the fabric store.  I had to buy it!  

Terry towel finished product

Free motion textile art tea towels/dish towels

Love "drawing" with thread and fabric!

Again, these are not listed in my shop yet, but they are part of my new "Little House" line!