Sunday, July 26, 2009

Cute Project With Scraps

This was taken from the blog of fotaniche, or at least that is what I wrote underneath the bottom of the photo. Now I can't find her blog or address to ask permission to use her picute.I will keep trying to find her. Aren't these cute? You also need to click over on Tallgrass Prairie Studio and see what Jacquie just added to her blog. Great inspiration.

Christmas Runner

Here is a runner my sister and I did a few years ago, it is really a lot cuter in person. I would like to make another one and redo it with something a bit different. Any ideas?
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Laugh for the Day!!!!

Friday, July 24, 2009


I am going to host a giveaway and it is going to be a good one!!!!!! What would you like to see me give away? What is it that you would love to add to your fabric inventory? Perhaps you would like a piece of china painting from me!!!! Please leave your comments and tell all of your friends to stop by and leave me a note and I will post in two weeks from today,with the winner and the item!!!!!!! If there are lots of great suggestions, I will give more than one item away. Barb

"It is better to give then to receive!"

A Great Week!!!

This has been a great week! Many of you will wonder how I can possibly say that after all that has happenend in our household. But it truly has. People are so kind and always willing to go the extra mile for you. For instance, I went to the quilt show in Canada, and forgot my camera. Lori Hiebert volunteered to take photos for me, after I made up a list for her, and is going to send them to me to put on the blog. I took back some strawberry pails for the people at the local bank and guess what, Frieda, gifted me a large pail of the most beautiful strawberries you have ever seen!!!!! Then DH did the dishes for me and cleaned up the house and went to Music in the Park. WE had a nice time listening to the music, it was a gorgeous evening. Another friend brought over two meals, delicious, with another drop of fresh cherries later one evening. My swap partner sent me a gorgeous package, more fabric came in the mail, and my friends called from the library and gave me first chance on the new Quilt magazines to check out. The painting arrived and was to me a great treasure, I will love it forever!!!!Friends are driving me places and I am visiting with so many people and getting calls of encouragement daily.
Most of all, I am so happy not to have a cast, surgery, or lots of pain or have had a head injury or been severely hurt from my fall. God was watching out for me. I also hit DH vehicle while backing out of the garage, he laughed. Can you believe it? He didn't get mad!!!!!
Life is good. Deb from New Zealand ( has sent me some lovely notes and shared patterns with me . If I have forgotten anyone I am sorry, you are all the best!!!!

Morten Juvet


Many of the Norwegian bloggers may recognize this painting or work by Morten Juvet. Mr. Juvet is a famous painter who has work in many art galleries throughout Norway. For more information on his work, you may go to to learn more about his work and exhibits. I recently purchased this painting and am enjoying it immensely. Not everyone in our home thinks it is a great piece of artwork. Guess who?
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Fabricworm Delivery!

Yesterday, I also received a package from Fabricworm. She has a great shop on Etsy which I order many things from. I thought I needed more variety in my Spare Change quilt and also extra pinks and oranges for another project. These are all half yard pieces, which will be nice to have on hand.
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More Photos




Here are a few more photos for those who could not distinguish everything in the last photo.
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Two Wonderful and Generous Swappers!

Thank you so much Lisa and Sarah!!!! When I opened my package, I smiled and smiled as I opened all of the lovely items I received. Each one was so special and so nicely done!!!!! I laughed outloud when I saw the dog fabric,I absolutely love my dog, looking to see if there was a print that looked like Heinrich and also trying to think of how I would use it in a project to show all of you. The gift tags made out of paint chips was very clever!!!!!The chips were punched with a Christmas tree, I believe it is a punch from scrapbooking supplies! They added ribbons and wrapped everything up so lovely. This was a great swap, anyone who receives a special gift from both of you will be blessed. It really was uplifting and made my day when my husband brought in the mail


The doctor just called and the radiologist in Fargo said that my elbow was indeed broken. Luckily for me, it was a clean break, no cast and same treatment, sling and ice. I am so thankful and so cheerful, things could be worse.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


I tripped and fell last night just as I was finishing weeding the garden in front of our house. Unfortunately, I fell back on the cement and hurt my right arm and elbow just like Hillary Clinton. Fortunately, no fracture or hairline crack showed up on the ex ray , but I am in a sling with an ice bag sitting on the sota like Queen Bee. Just what can a person do with a right hand injury? Nothing but entertain all of my company who has come to see me and accept the wonderul gestures of food and good will. DH is busy doing dishes, putting away laundry and running errands for me. Life is good, the swelling is down tonight. Thank goodness for wonderful men. Poor Heinrich sat beside me outside last night and wouldn't go for help. Loyal man, my little furry child.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

cute cupcake papers!

I have done nothing today, absolutely nothing!!!!! I drove out to the lake to see all of the spectacular Christmas in July lights and then came home and read blogs until I was blurry eyes. I saw these on I will have to order some.

Exchanged Fabric Already!!

Jacquie from emailed me a great suggestion on how to swap my fabric. You have to be invited, so I sent in my request, got invited and swapped the fabric all within an hour!!!! It is a very reliable source she said. I will let you know how the swap goes. It is fun too look through everyone's fabric and see what everyone has left over and all of the up to date fabrics to choose from. Did you know that there is a big sale over at Pink Chalk?????

Thursday, July 16, 2009

P.S. On the Fabric Exchange

I like the fabric I have listed under July 7!!

Fabric Exchange

"Kiwi" by Alice Kennedy is shown in the above photo. There are 6 pieces of assorted prints in half yard cuts. I would like to exchange it with other fabrics you don't like or some that are just sitting in your stash. It would be great to receive a box of your scraps or anything comparable in prints using orange or blue. I like bold colors and prints but especially like Amy Butler, Denise Schmidt, Kaffe Fassett. Please email me privately at my email address or leave a comment if you have anything available. It would be wonderful to mail this within a week from todays date!!!!! Happy stitching this weekend!!!!!!!!
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

An Unedited Version

The small quilt started like this, then I modified the bows for a totally different look to send to my swap partner. I bought the small gift bows uptown at the drug store and am planning on using them for another small quilt that needs a bow. The quilt is cuter in real life. The basic design is going to be modified again tomorrow in another project.
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Swap Item is Done!!!!!!! YEA

I finally finished my items today and got them in the mail!!! I am so excited you have no idea!!!!!! Now to get photos downloaded so you all have a sneak peak is a real problem. Something must be wrong with my printer because two different cameras will not work !!!!!! This swap idea is great and I for the first time in a long time I get things done in a timely fashion!!! My items are not like my new swap partners, hopefully they will grow on her. What is the use in sending her things ike she already has?????? See you all tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Dieting is Underway!!!!!

I thought I should tell all of you I am watching my caloric intake. Weight Watchers has a great program, I feel better and don't feel guilty about myself since I started. Walking a bit each day is a wonderful day to unwind and have a few minutes to oneself. This is a great photo of a few pieces of furniture I would like in my spare bedroom and another quilting project I have no time to do. This particular piece is from Syko in Norway. She has a great site to visit for inspiration. Thought you might all like another good idea. The blue fabric is great. I will post photos of sneak peaks of my swap tomorrow.

Michael Jackson

It was a nice funeral, very personal and well done with speakers and personal memories. But, I am sick of it, and actually have kept the television turned off the past week.

Working on my projects today was a total bust so I just put them aside. Tomorrow is going to be a big sewing day for me. Please go to www.theangelandthepukeko.blogspot and see what Deb is making. Very cute embroidery projects and a link to the source where you can make their purchase. She does nice work also. Lucky person who gets her swap item!!!!

Sunday, July 5, 2009


I must have a thing for beds. I just love this one too.
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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Guess What This Will Be!

I hope that my swap person will like brights, because that is what I am making. This is the first time I could get my camera to work. It is turning out cute! It took about 2 hours to machine quilt the fabric!!! It must be evident to everyone who looks at my blog that I have a love affair with bright colors, mainly primary colors. But it is interesting that I also like pastels for the bedroom! I am pondering having a giveaway. Could someone tell me how to set it up in this blog? Thank you.
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Christmas List!!!!!!

I thought I would make a list of things I would like for Christmas.

1. Striped scraps so I can make the quilt below. The one with the circles.

2. Fat Quarters that are pale blue and would go with my 15 yards of white
Essex cotton and linen blend.

3. A big bag of remnants or scraps from Denise Schmidt, Heather Bailly, Heather Ross
or Kaffe Fassett.

4. Sheets of steam a seam.

5. A really really good book about Paris, maybe a cookbook, or something with
great photos.

6. Needles, assorted shapes and sizes.

7. Carl Larson prints like the one shown with this post.

8. A year's supply of emails that would keep me on track to keep walking every day.

9. A cookbook devoted to breadmaking.

10. A great pair of dangling earrings. Artsy and really uptown!!!!!!

Happy Fourth of July!

I spent all day sewing on my Christmas Swap and just have a few touches left. I can't retreive my photos off of my camera, thus this Christmas picture. Tomorrow I will ask a friend to give you a sneak peak!!!! Today, I made my bag so big I turned it into another item for the swap. If the swap director is reading this, aka. Linda, thanks for the call. Tomorrow is my last day to get this project ready to mail, except I need to find tome white organdy. Stay tuned for my next project.

Fourth Of July

I saw this sleeve today and I just love it! It would look great in other colors too. It would look great as a sleeve when I play my cello.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Too Many Irons in the Fire!!!!!!!!!!!!1

I thought I had better add the logo for the Christmas In July Swap. I am working on the project, I will take a few days off to actually sew up my things. These poppie would make a wonderful waterfolor painting, like I have time to whip up one of those! Practicing the piano every day is what I am doing, I am going to play the prelude again in church this sunday, it takes me forever to get 4 or 5 songs ready. See you again in a few days.

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due~

I want these earrings!!!! I also want the necklace and bracelet to match. I am going to order them. They were shown on the website, . I also need a good looking outfit to wear with them. The kite quilt is called Spare Change from www.2ndavenuequilts.blogspot. Rachel is a dream to help out in answering questions and does great work. It seems like this small quilt is taking my forever to put together.

Now, I cannot for the life of me remember where I saw this cute small striped quilt. If you are the owner, please let me know and I will give you the credit. You did a wonderful job.

More Pictures of the Quilt.

The cute quilt was one at the quilt show in Morden, Manitoba. I don't know the name of the person who made it, but it sure is cute. I want to make a pillow like the green one. It will look great in my bedroom in another color. When will I have time to get all of this done????????? The sewing fairy will be coming to my house.

Didn't Fall Off the Face of the Earth!!!!

I have been away from my posing for quite some time. Here is the scoop, been busy with the yard, in one week helped a friend with graduation, a trip to Fargo, 300 miles, Grand Forks 150 miles, two baby showers, one wedding shower, a trip to the dentist, church and played the cello, entertained company at my house in addition to the cooking, cleaning and laundry. It is tiring. I must say that I am doing my Christmas exchange, and my camera also died!!!!!! Sorry all! I will try and borrow one and put something on here soon.

I was working on a small wallhanging and it is awful! IT is stretching and looks absolutely awful. If any of you have any suggetions please let me know! I am still walking for those of you who are interested. It really makes a difference on how good I feel afterwards.