Saturday, December 31, 2011

Crazy Quilting Journal Project

I am ready for the New Year
with a new project.
For those of you not familiar
with CQJP, it is an annual
challenge issued to needle
workers/artists to create a
major crazy quilt project in
a 12 month period.  There
are guidelines to follow and
monthly photo submissionsto be made.
You have seen me create a
block  or hearts for Round Robins
or a Swap, but not a full
project. 
I have completed the piecing
of 12 blocks.  The fabrics are
mostly silk with a lightweight
linen and a cotton or two.

The colors are cream and
lavender.  I have been
collecting threads, silk
ribbon and beads to
use for the embellishing.

 I have my needles and I am
ready to stitch the New Year in!

Love to all,
Deb
  



Thursday, December 29, 2011

What Will Your Word Be?

Jillayne and Laurie have each mentioned
the same topic on recent blog posts.
"Find a word that inspires you."
A word that for the next year, can
bring to mind a dream, a hope or
a goal.
Coming up with a word sounds easy
.........at first. 
Suztats left Jillayne a comment that
said her word would be "Industrious".
Wow, what a word, but that word would
never work for me.  I am just too lazy for
such a word.
"Believe", has long been a favorite word
of mine.  But, using that word would
 be a bit of a cop out.
I need a new word, a word that speaks
to my soul.  A word I can live up to.
So, for the next few days I will be thinking.
Thinking of a word that I can pin to my
inspiration board.  A word that can be
taped to my bathroom mirror, so I will
see it every morning.
Maybe, a word that can have a different
adjective added to it each month. Jillayne
has a friend that chose "Gratitude" for her
word and will add an adjective to her word
 each month such as "Joyful Gratitude".
 I think this is a great idea, as it gives
 new meaning to your word and allows
 you to thoroughly explore your word.
Give it some thought and try to come
up with a word that can be yours
for the next year. I will
announce mine on
New Years Day.
What will your word be?

Love to all,
Deb


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

RR Blocks In The Mail

I have completed the blocks for the RR with
the Shawkl Group. 
Susan's 
Becky's 
Judy's 
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I recently won this wonderful
assortment of elegant fabrics.
had this beautiful
Thearica  of
was giving it away.
is still available on Carolyn's Site.
The fabrics are beautiful and I think
I will make a stocking using them. 
 Really there are enough fabrics
 and embellishments
to make 2 stockings.
Thearica is always having wonderful
giveaways.  She is also organizing
a fun time for crazy quilters.
You may like to participate in her
Showcase !  She will be having
daily giveaways and prizes.

Love to all,
Deb




Pigtales and Quilts: Calling ALL Crazy Quilters!! - Are You Getting Ready For The Show?

Pigtales and Quilts: Calling ALL Crazy Quilters!! - Are You Getting Ready For The Show?

Monday, December 26, 2011

I Got A Scarf...Now What?

Check out this cute video!


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Now for some major inspiration:
I'm on the list and you can be too!
This link will take you there.

Love to all,
Deb

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas To All

For we have seen His star in the East
 and have come to worship Him." (NIV)



Love to all,
Deb

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Worth Waiting For

Marie was having a celebration. 
 A big celebration 1000 posts and 40 months of blogging! 
 To celebrate she had a Giveaway .
I was the lucky winner!

I opened the box to find this beautiful
Her artwork is amazing!
Then the fun of opening all the
 little treasures Marie had packaged,
in dress making pattern paper.
Look at this sweet pincushion
she made in a pecan shell!
Also, included were these 
vintage candy making molds.
I love these and will be using them as
 holiday decorations in my kitchen.  
Marie, thank you for all of these wonderful things.
I have put the box in my sewing room and it looks
right at home!
Marie is active on

Where I follow her.
I titled this post "Worth Waiting For" as Marie's dear
 Father-In-Love passed away. I told her to send
the package when things had settled down.
 Marie wrote many posts on how special he was.
She hoped he would find peace in the fact
 the Lord was waiting with open arms
to carry him home. 

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Another "Worth Waiting For" came from Kathy!
Kathy was celebrating 450 followers!
Kathy creates the most beautiful beaded
 Czech Glass Dragonfly Buttons.
She has an Etsy shop where she sells
the buttons and buttons that have been
beaded like the one I received.
Beading is not her only talent.
She is a Crazy Quilter extraordinaire
and  has a book published!
If that were not enough...she hand dyes lace motifs
and sent me several of those as well!


Kathy is hosting a stitching swap.  A group of us
each created 3 blocks.  Kathy will be stitching
on one and the other 2 go out to members
of the group.  In February our blocks will come
back to us, beautifully embellished!
Since Kathy would be mailing me blocks
I asked her to wait and mail the
beaded button at the same time.
Thank you Kathy, I love the button and will
create a special project to showcase it.

Worth waiting for, yes indeed! 

Love to all,
Deb

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Excuse Me! Did You Call Me A Floozie!

Michelle sent this floozie!  What a great idea.

Lorraine sent this sweet heart!  My daughter thought it looked
like something I had made.  I guess Lorraine and I are on the
same wavelength as my ornaments were felt too!
Laura (who does not have a blog) sent this beautiful button wreath.
How did she find so many green buttons!

It was a fun swap and I am glad I participated.

Love to all,
Deb

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Outgoing Mail

I have been participating in
2 Christmas Swaps.

Laurie hosted the swap

We were placed in groups
of 4.  We made an
ornament for each person
in the group.

The girls in my group were
Laura.
When all their ornaments
arrive I will post the photos.

The other swap was  with
my friends over at
did a postcard swap.

This was something new for me.
I have mailed my postcard
on to Rose Anne .
Rose Anne has created
many postcards and
was kind enough to share
her knowledge with us.
Thanks Rose Anne!
I will post a photo
of her postcard when
it arrives!

Love to all,
Deb

Friday, November 11, 2011

To Continually Expand Your Creativity


When I read the words,
expand your creativity
 and improve your skills.
I knew I had to read,
what all this was about.



Everyone is welcome!

I am joining and I hope you
will too!

Love to all,
Deb


Sunday, November 6, 2011

They Got It!

I often find the beauty in
things cast off by others.
Even my friends will jokingly
say, "Give it to Debbie, she
will make something with it."
There are even friends that
call me a hoarder.  They don't
see the potential in things I
choose to save.


Yesterday and next weekend
I will be selling some of the things
I have created from what others
may call trash.

When you choose to sell things
that are a bit off the "beaten path",
you are never quite certain how
they will be received.
You put your time, energy and
yes, even your heart into it.....
and put it out there for others
to judge.

Sometimes, people will walk
by my booth  and hardly notice. 
 Other times, someone  will pause
and comment how unique an
item is.  Then there are those
times when someone,
 really gets it!

I try to sit back and work on
some stitching, while in my
booth space. This allows the
potential customer time to
see what I have to offer and
think about who they could
buy it for, if not for themselves.

Occasionally, you can tell they
are studying things, so they
can go home and create
something themselves.
That is fine and if they ask me
questions, I truthfully answer
how I made it and where I
purchased any supplies needed.
I have always felt that we owe it
to each other to share our
knowledge,  after all that is how
we all learn. 

Then there are times when you
see people quietly looking and
picking up items with an
appreciation for them.
This happened yesterday.
I noticed them whispering to each
other.  They lingered and I wondered
if they would soon ask, how to make
the item.  They did ask a question...

"Is this your artwork?"

Artwork..."Yes, I made everything
you see."

"Could you please..."
Okay, here comes the construction
question.
"....tell us your thoughts when you
were creating this piece?"

My thoughts?  You want to know
why I made something.... not how.

"Yes, I found the snakeskin in my
backyard.  I had the perfect bottle
to put it in.  As I decorated the
bottle with solder and glass, I
thought of the classic Good vs. Evil.
How a snake often represents sin/
evil and how the Cross is a symbol
of  conquering that  sin/evil. 
To me that was what this piece
wanted to be."

"That is exactly what we wanted
to hear!"  "We love your artwork!"

(There was that artwork word again.)
"Thank you, it is so nice to have
someone that, really gets it." 

After they purchased a few things
and walked away, I thought how
good it felt to have someone
understand.
This was not just an old bottle
rescued from the trash.  Not just
a creepy snakeskin.  "Why would
you pick THAT up?"
To them it was "artwork"!

I felt like the Grinch at Christmas,
my heart filled with so much joy,
I thought it would explode!

So, if you are like me and maybe
have a few too many things, you are
going to use... someday.  Things that
others wonder why you keep. 
Things maybe rescued from the trash.

Because, when the day comes, that
someone looks you in the eye and
you see appreciation and approval
staring back at you.  That day is
....priceless!

Love to all,
Deb




Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Dream Come True

When you are a fabric lover like I am,
you dream of a shop like....
Cotton Blossom Quilt Shop!
The owners Keith and Naomi Cable
are ready to help you create a
successful quilting project.
From the moment you open the door
you are greeted with friendly faces
and helpful advice.
Keith discusses an upcoming class
with one of the knowledgeable
teachers.

So many bolts of fun fabric!
Fat quarters just waiting
for good home!

Sale fabrics! 
No need to keep a red pencil in your
glove box.  You know, the pencil you
use to mark a sale price on things
before you take them in the house!

 An example of one of the many classes.
Naomi offers long arm quilting, if
hand quilting is not how you like
to spend your time.  Although,
there is something zen like, in
 the rythmic stitching of cloth.

More Moda fabric than should really
be seen in one place.

 I have so much looking at these
fat quarters and coming up with
great combinations.

I know, I am a crazy quilter, not
a traditional quilter.  Why would
I be so excited about a traditional
quilt shop?
  I pieced these blocks for a crazy quilting
Round Robin Block swap,
 using fabrics from the
They have an online shop,
 so you can visit and
have fun too!


Love to all,
Deb





Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Homework Complete

Homework was never one of
my favorite things to do. 
 But, somebody had to do it
 and if I was going to put my
 name on it, it had to be me.

I am taking an online
class with Sharon B .
The class is called

Week 1 we were given
instruction on design
and color choice.

We were asked to use
patterns and texture
for visual interest.

My block is complete
and I am ready to
tackle the 50 pages
of Week 2's lesson!

If you are considering
taking an online class,
this is an excellent one.
I have already learned,
so much useful information
that can be used in other
medias.

Love to all,
Deb



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