Monday, October 10, 2011

The Winner Is---------

Linda from All Stitched Up! Congratulations! I did the random number generator and you were the lucky one.
Email me with your snail mail address and I will get your goodies right out to you.
These give aways are a lot of fun. I will be having more of them in the future.

I found a new LQS about 30 miles from my home.
While I was there the other day, checking it out, they were having a trunk show. They let me take a few pictures. I just had to share these stunning beauties with all of you.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sylvia's Bridal Quilt

Have any of you read the "Elm Creek Quilt" books by Jennifer Chiaverini. They are a nice, fun read. They are stories based around the lives of a group of quilter's. In the "Master Quilter" they all make a surprise sampler quilt for Sylvia's wedding gift. The pattern is posted on this webpage, Patterns by Row. The quilt consists of 140 different blocks. I am just picking out my favorite blocks and will be making a smaller quilt. I am using "Heaven on Earth" by Northcott. I will be giving it to my sister for Christmas. I know, can you believe that I am actually getting a jump on Christmas. I generally start my projects in November. Just thought I would share the first 6 blocks with you. Maybe you all can keep me on task and I will have it done before November.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Charity Quilts

I am still here!!! I have been extremely busy since I last posted. It was our baby's 7th birthday, we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary, first month of school, and I have made 3 baby quilts, 3 twin size quilts and 1 lap size quilt. All for charity. My church has been asking for quilts to get ready for winter, they have a huge world wide humanitarian effort and this time of year there is a great need for quilts. So I have been stash busting and making string blocks like crazy. I still need to take some more pictures, but here is one of them.

Oh, I also made a baby quilt for my nephew's little girl. He is in the service, stationed in Germany. He and his little family were able to come home for a visit before he will ship out to Iraq again, for the third time.

Whew!!! I am tired just reading all of that. Hope to get back to posting a little more regularly. Even though I haven't been keeping you all up to date, I have tried to keep up with what you all have been up to. I may not always leave comments, but I do try to read everyday.

During all of this busyness, one of you wonderful blogger's sent me something that I will treasure forever. I will leave you in suspense for now, but I will post about it as soon as I get some pictures taken of this wonderful surprise.

Good nite, my friends and thanks for stopping by!!!!

Birthday's -- He's 1 and I will be old!!!!

It was my darling little grandson's birthday on the 16th. He turned 1!!! We had a party for him at my daughter's (his mommy). He reminds me so much of his Mommy when she was little. He was almost a birthday present for me but, he came 3 days to early.

I am still painting instead of sewing. :( I needed to paint my open stairwell. My Dad helped to rig up this scaffolding. Well, I have to tell you that I was to much of a fraidy cat to go out on it. I made my Dad paint it instead. I HATE ladders and heights!!! I couldn't conquer my fear enough to go out there and do it. I still have the lower portion of the wall to do. But, I can reach that from standing on firm ground. :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


I went for a nice walk yesterday before I picked up Ethan from school. It was a beautiful Spring day. Just a small breeze and a little warmth to the air.

You can see that their is still quite a bit of ice to melt along the river's edge and lots of snow still to come down out of the foothills and the mountains. We should have plenty of water for the growing season this year.

I love the white clouds against the beautiful blue sky. Even the trees and bushes are beautiful, still waiting to wake up from their long winters nap. I would love to make a quilt using the colors from these pictures.

I just had to share these pics with you all.
Hugs & Stitches, Julia

Monday, October 3, 2011

Thank You Gift for Teacher

The school year is coming to a close, tomorrow is the last day. This has been a fantastic year for Ethan. He loves school and has progressed really well. This is in no small part to the wonderful teacher that he has had this year. I can't thank her enough for the time and effort she spends on behalf of the children in her class. I so admire teachers!!! I think that they have one of the most under appreciated jobs in this country. They are helping to shape the minds of those that are most precious and dear to us. Thanks to all teachers every where for all that you do!!!!!

I made this for Ethan's teacher as a small token of our gratitude for the excellent job that she has done.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Full Moon

I noticed the beautiful full moon when I was taking Ethan to the school bus stop on Wednesday, so I just had to grab my camera and take a picture when I returned back home.

It was so pretty and big!!!

I had some help the other night in my sewing room.

I was pinning a little wall hanging in preparation for some hand quilting and Kyson seen my gloves that I use when I do free-motion on my Bernina 630. (Which I don't do much of since I now have my SuzyQ!) He just had to put them on and pretend he was helping. Look at that smile!

I made this for Kristy from the same tutorial that I used for mine. Although I did change mine up a bit. Her's is exactly like the one that Kim made for the tutorial. Thanks again for sharing this fun pattern Kim!

These are so nice for just a little spot of St. Patty's Day fun!

Our sweet little Kaden (grandson) turned 4 years old yesterday. I think he was afraid that he was going to drop the cake. Happy Birthday precious boy! How grateful we are to have you in our family!

Hugs&Stitches, Jul♥a