Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sunflower card

I have several sunflower stamps, but this one is my favorite, I'm going to plant a tone of sunflowers next spring all along the playhouse in my front yard, and then in front of that some orange corepsis and in front of that some giant yellow and orange marigolds.

Antique Castle Wall Quilt

I purchased this top on e-bay, it's an antique quilt top with many vintage fabrics, feedsacks, etc. The name is Castle Wall block and there are over 1600 pieces in this top. It was all hand pieced and I machine quilted it. A very colorful scappy quilt. A nice addition to any collection.

Taking Tea with Mom

Saturadays....shared so many of them with my Mom. One of our activities together was taking tea, sometimes at home, sometimes out, but always special. At Mom's the tea pot/coffee pot was always on for whenever someone dropped in, which was very often on a daily basis. She was a very sweet, generous, kind hostess, always something homemade and baked by her. I learned my baking skills and love of it from her. She made a "mean" apple crisp, apple pie, graham cracker cream pie, zucchini bread, texas sheet cake, cookies and many more {famous potatoe salad}. Her kitchen was a large country kitchen with orange stained cupboards made by my Dad and a huge picture window that overlooked a pond that my Dad and Grandpa created and beyond that a large field and on top of the hill, woods, they had 24 acres. They viewed turkey, deer, ducks, flowers, apple tree and waterlillies, {family and friends coming}, the weather, out of that hugh picture window. I can't imagine that window not in the kitchen, it was so much more than just a an opening to the world, that you took time to stop and admire God's creative handiwork. There was also a bird feeder with many visitors. Her kitchen was the heart of their home, abounding in love, the true gathering place. The kitchen table not only served as a place for meals, but also an entertainment center for playing cards with family and friends {several times a week} and a place where conversations over tea/coffee were heartwarming {happy times, sad times, funny times}. How wish those time had never ended, I long to be able to go there just one more time and soak it all in and feel the warmth and love. The kitchen is so much more than just a kitchen...I can only hope that my own kitchen may evoke a little bit of this for my children's memories. I can only imagine what she may be doing today in heaven using her special gifts, and skills to worship and serve the heavenly Father. I thank and praise God that he promises to reunite us for eternity.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Psalms 103-one of my favs

I bless the holy name of God with all my heart. yes, I will bless the Lord and not forget the glorious things he does for me. He forgives all my sins. He heals me. He ransoms me from hell. He surrounds me with lovingkindness and tender mercies. He fills

my life with good things! My youth is renewed like the eagle's! He gives justice to all who are treated unfairly. He revealed his will and nature to Moses and the people of Israel. he is merciful and tender toward those who doen't deserve it; he is slow to get angry and full of kindness and love. He never bears a grudge, nor remains angry forever. He has not punished us as we deserve for all our sins, for his mercy toward those who fear and honor him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence him. For he knows we are but dust and that our days are few and brief, lilke grass, like flowers, blown by the wind and gone forever. But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting, tho those who reverence him; his salvation is to children's children of those who are faithful to his covenant and remember to obey him! The Lord has made the heavens his throne, from there he rules over everything there is. Bless the Lord, you mighty angels of his who carry out his orders, listening for each of his commands. Yes, bless the Lord, you armies of his angels who serve him constantly. Let everything everywhere bless the Lord. And how I bless him too!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pantograph Floral Quilting Design

This quilting was done on a client's quilt. This is a beautiful design that works well with a lot of quilt patterns. A pantograph is an "overall" edge to edge" type of quilting technique. This design is one of Anne Brights, one of my favorite designers for the Statler.

alcohol ink autumn cards

These cards were so much fun, I love the tree and leaf stamps, you can't go wrong no matter what you do. The colors of fall are rich and warm and the techniques of alcohol inks lend themselves well to both the stamps and color of the season.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Market Tote Bags

These are great totes, a nice large size with should straps for easy carrying and sturdy, can stand alone. Possibilities are endless, one fabric, two fabrics, trim, no trim, what fun!


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