Friday, December 31, 2010

Healing Quilt #3

I'm welcoming the new year with my 3rd healing quilt, just finished, washed, photo'd, and listed on etsy. It is a bright happy quilt with 36 positive affirmations stitched on that I hope will bless someone.
New Year's resolutions?
Hopes, dreams... I would like to complete more quilts, I would like the quilts to have a dual purpose - one of comfort and warmth physically, and one of comfort and joy mentally and spiritually.

Wishing all a blessed and joyful year!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Grandpa Leonard "Woody" Woodward

In memory of Grandpa Woodward

At 99 years old, Grandpa was the nation's oldest active Boy Scout. He died on Christmas day 2010.

We love you Grandpa.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

May you have the gift of PEACE this Christmas day!

Wishing a blessed and Merry Christmas to all my blogger friends.

And wishing a Happy Birthday to Jesus.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Good Morning

Me + Coffee = Good Morning
See the Bodum coffee press in picture? It makes the BEST cup of coffee! I didn't know what a coffee press was until I went to Sweden this year. I ordered a cup of coffee in a little shop and they handed me a press and a cup... and they had to tell me how to use it. Silly American.
It is a delightfully dreary Saturday outside, gray and a little bit foggy.
Looks like a perfect day for sewing.
Have a Happy Saturday!
[...and am I the only one living in the dark ages? Do you know what a coffee press is?]

Thursday, December 02, 2010


Sometimes Simplicity is Super.
to Sit on a Stool and Sip your Slendid tea.
My kid's and I used to try and make sentences of all or mostly words that start with one letter. Makes for a good travel game.
Or just a good get silly game.
Back to Simplicity though.
Simple quilting on simple patchwork.
Just the size for a cup of tea
or two
and a teapot.
Now on etsy.
And yes, I Advertise A lot on my blog. Absolutly.
And check out this great giveaway at Our Happy Place.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

2nd Healing Garden Quilt

Finished the 2nd Healing Garden Quilt and got it listed on etsy. I totally enjoyed doing the quilting on it, in fact I enjoyed everything about making the quilt.
The fabrics are from Kaffe Fassett's collection (except the back). The quilting is very close and dense - should make for a soft quilt after washing.
I've also made up a few table runners. Some inspired by Japanese zen gardens (sand raking) with rows and rows of stitches at about 1/4" apart.
And playing with shot cotton - woven beauties - to created this long runner.
I've been able to get a lot of sewing done over the past couple weeks, but am going to launch back into an overtime vigil tomorrow with my job, so will have to cut back on the quilting fun.

Happy weekend all!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Quilting flowers and leaves

I've started quilting on a second Healing Garden quilt this morning and have decided to try an all over design of flowers and leaves and swirls. All I've quilted on big quilts has been a meandering stipple and straight lines, so this is new to me. I've done extensive designs on small 8x10 pieces, but not a large quilt. It's hard to move that much fabric around smoothly and as I want to!

I'm working on keeping those stitches more uniform size... and other than that it's just fun to go totally free-style!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Healing Garden Quilt

I named this quilt "The Healing Garden".
It is for a young woman (19yrs) who is going thru radiation treatment daily for cancer. I work with her mom.

She is a bright and vibrant girl and I wanted the quilt to reflect that.
The quilt also has 16 positive affirmation words stitched onto some plain pink and green blocks. Faith, hope, love, heal, grace, pray, etc...

Prayers and hope for Kiera!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

October Sunset

October sunsets are just outrageous!
We have been getting night after night of such beauty and glory.
Just had to share this one with you!

I'll be posting a quilt soon - almost finished...

Happy Halloween.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Cobblestone inspirations

Sweet Home.
Inspirations from cobblestones
of Gothenburg.

Quilted fabric bowl with stitched cobblestones:
...and a few tall buildings to line the streets...
This one was inspired by the falling leaves:
I've listed in my etsy shop.
If you are interested in buying, convo me before you pay pal,
mention that you saw it on the blog, and I will reduce the price $5.

Happy October!!!
P.S. I love October.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Goteborg Sweden

I am in Goteborg Sweden!
It is beautiful!

I am here visiting my SIL for 1 week, she is here for 2 months. It is a very different lifestyle than at home, which includes a LOT of walking, it's wonderful!
I'm off to explore in a few minutes... hopefully to visit a couple museums, the river front with ships, and to wander thru the Haga District.
Happy ME!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Girls Quilt

This doesn't mean I've been sewing... just that I finished the binding on a girls quilt that I started a long long time ago... It is fun bright colors and simple strips sewn together, with a patchwork back as well. The quilt has a message on it...
Listed on etsy today.
As the temperature starts to fall, my desire to create starts to return. I wonder why that is...

Saturday, September 18, 2010


It's been a long time since I have posted! Summer has consumed me. I have been putting in a lot of hours at work, have tried to keep up on the garden, plus vacations... haven't done a bit of sewing and hardly any blogging!

We returned this week from a road trip to Minnesota, where we attended a wedding and visited with my husbands extended family. Here are a couple photos...
We parked our motor home on about 4 acres of cut grass by a lake. The above picture is of the early morning fog over the water and the sky is tinted with the sunrise. The Jack pack loved running on the grass.
The dogs had a lot of exploring to do, Whiskey discovered and spooked up a giant Blue Heron by the lake - gorgeous bird! The 3 dogs seemed to tune in with instinct suddenly and got the wild look of the hunt in their eyes.

Above is Annie taking a break from all the excitement. Notice her muddy front legs and wet coat!
This was our first long road trip in the motor home, and it was a great success! We enjoyed all of it, even the long hours on the road.
I did get to meet a blogger, Reba from the same small town that we visited. We chatted over coffee and caramel rolls. Had a great visit; it's fun to see a little slice of someone else's life!
As with all vacations, it was nice to come home to a welcoming hug from the mountains. I miss my mountains when I'm away!
Happy September to everyone!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Welcome to Camp!

We were camping on Saturday night and this awesome creature and a second one decided to join us. They passed right by camp. The moose were munching on trees and stayed around the area for a long time.
I've been having computer problems - modem crashed, the new modem doesn't play well with my main computer. Hopefully we'll get everything working soon!
Smiles to all!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Tomatillo Lanterns

This is my first year to grow Tomatillos.
I didn't know they were going to be humongous plants,
somehow I had the idea they were ground cover...
Didn't do my research!
What I've learned is they grow big
and they grow zillions of yellow blossoms
then around the blossom a lantern grows.
The lantern is empty at first
then starts to fill with the fruit.
Here is a shot of the plants.
I did research just enough (the worker at the nursery told me)
to know you need to plant 2 plants for pollination.
And below, the cherry tom and a Jack bomb.

Happy growing to all!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bunnies in the Aspens

In September 2009 we went camping up on Monte Cristo
and I took a sketch pad and drew pictures
of bunnies in the Aspens.
Of course there were no bunnies way out in the wilderness
except in my sketches.
This weekend we went to the exact same place to camp,
and look what was there...
Did I make that happen?

He even liked us.

The Jack pack had to be contained though...

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Some July pictures...

I heart you.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

It's JULY!!!

Fabulous July!
Love'n Summertime!
I hope every one had a wonderful 4th of July long weekend!
I spent mine painting the pergola
and making some monster babies.

I made some with matching quilts too...

gave one, sold two, and put the rest on etsy.

They were fun time-passers for me as my sweetie was on his 4th annual visit to Alaska to see his brothers and fish for Halibut with them. He brought home a good bit of it, but it was very hard work - from the stories!

Smiles to all

and I hope your summer

is going GREAT!

Sunday, June 06, 2010


No time for blogging... summer is HERE now, the garden needs tending, the Jack Pack need adventure, the motorcycle needs to be riden, vacations need to be had, and I'm still working lots and lots of overtime!

This first picture is of Whiskey. We were up on the Little Grays River in Wyoming, just out of Alpine, which is about 50 miles south of Jackson Hole. Beautiful country. Whiskey had gotten in the water and was ready to climb in the vehicle with the heat on.

The next picture is Annie and Jackie, in the vehicle after exploring. They are trying to convince us to let them in the front. They were unsuccessful.

And last is a garden update. All is growing wonderfully. We will have a wall of tomatoes!

I hope everyone has a wonderful JUNE!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

All Planted

Save my Back Gardening
All my vegetables are above ground now
to the perfect height to sit in my yard chair to tend.
My sweetie built the composite wood beds last year,
he put the grid up for tomato support this past week.
In front of the tomatoes I planted peppers since they don't
get so large. Kind of like the square foot gardening technique.
I added 4 whiskey barrels this year
for the overflow.
They have squash in them, and a Roma tomato in one.

We're still thinking of what to put over the black weed block. We have large bark in a couple places in the yard and the dogs carry it off to chew on...
I love planting... and then I love an easy garden!
Happy Weekend all!!