Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dec.OMG-Christmas Fat Quarter Quilt

"Roar".... as my grandson's dinosaur (my current pencil holder) would say....but look:
I bought this polka-dotted bundle of Christmas fat quarters probably two years ago and ya know what, this month I'm going to dust them off and get them made into a quilt! 
Hey, it might just be a quick and easy pinwheel quilt...but they'll finally be a quilt.
Goal setting and linking up with everyone at the Dec. OMG. 
Welcome December!!
Our December themes have been posted on the sidebar.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday Archives #139: Memory Quilts

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This week's theme is: MEMORY QUILTS

Hi guys! I have spent time the last two days revisiting Jo's process of "pixalating" a quilt in memory of her young son John. Jo and her family lost John tragically in a car accident  just four years ago. 
When I first saw this quilt I was amazed at allllll the little pieces. But in reflection, realized that it was in that exact process of putting all those pieces together that guided Jo towards putting the pieces of her own life back together as she gradually finds a new sense of normalcy without John in her life. We've emailed a bit this week and I find strength in her journey as a parent and comfort in use of quilting to help her heal. It is with honor and respect that I highlight Jo's series of creating this beautiful memory quilt of a son lost too soon: 

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

New Applique Project Prepped

I've really missed having a applique project at hand, so am grateful to have had the time over my holiday break to prep these as I begin the first of four Seasonal Celebration wall hanging quilts.
The perfect Slow Stitching as I sip my morning coffee and enjoy yet another sappy Hallmark Christmas movie during this cold, overcast Sunday we are having.  
Linking up with everyone else at Kathy's:

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Nov. OMG: Batik Finish

I met my November goal with time to spare this month! 

I even met up with my friend whom I intended this quilty hug for right before the holiday.
She was genuinely touched by the use of my Breast Cancer pantograph and soft minky backing.
She leaves this weekend for her six weeks of radiation and sadly, due to the stage of her breast cancer, she found out she will have to endure six months of chemo afterwards. If she ends up getting a port I will definitely be getting her one of Carole's Port Softies. As a cancer survivor myself, I'm so grateful to have had the time to visit and allowed the opportunity to give her hope and support.

And guys look!
 As I promised myself after our Tuesday Archives: Quilt Labels linky earlier this month,
 I was SURE to label this one! Thank you for your inspiration to label my quilts.
Linking up and sharing with everyone at OMG.
Next week's theme is: Memory Quilts
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

We find ourselves for the first time in 28 years, spending Thanksgiving with just the two of us...and it isn't  weird! I still found myself getting up at the crack of dawn like a kid on Christmas morning. I had much to prepare before I get to the applique I have set aside to work on during the Macy's parade. (I love the Macy's parade!! Don't you?! Oh! And the National Dog Show that follows!) Sooo...the turkey is prepped. The pies are made. The champagne is chilling and our table is set...for two! Trading in the long family table for a romantic setting in front of the fireplace is kinda fun.
Quite honestly, I think the fact we just spent last weekend celebrating with our kids makes today easier and a bit more special for hubby and I. We get to enjoy all that we have to be thankful for, quietly together. As I'm sure it has for many of you as well, the gifts of Life and Learning, with it's sneaky, unexpected twists and turns along the way, creates an overwhelming sense of gratitude to have ended up in the good places we are.  For me, to travel this life adventure together in marriage, with my very best friend, is what I feel most blessed for. 

Welllll....and for the love of this little guy too!  I don't think I would have made it through that empty nest transition some seven years ago, without him (or quilting)
Today he gets his very own meat bone to enjoy the entire day!
Thank you for stopping by today. It is truly my wish for you  
 that your day is overflowing with love and gratitude as well.
Happy, Happy Thanksgiving friends!!
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