Friday, December 2, 2016

Good Intentions and Pleasant Distractions

I know I told you on Monday I would share my scrappy rail fences as a finish. Sorry I lied, not intentionally though. I had good intentions. I was working my way through the quilting and was about halfway when my youngest son called and asked if he could stop by. Of course! We had a lovely chat. He raided my fridge. I love that my boys still do that when they stop by. They tell me how much they miss my cooking. By the time he left it was time to fix dinner for my hubby and DD. So here we are with a half finish. 
Prior to my son's visit I made another batch of  detox soap. Here it is all ready to be cut. It smells heavenly! A special blend of orange, lavender, vanilla, and sweet anise essential oils.
Find more of my skin loving soap here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Another scrap project

While I wait for more gray background fabric for the project I showed on Monday, I pulled out my scrap bins and began cutting quarter square triangles. I'm not quite sure how these will come together, but I think they will be fun to play with.  They will also make a nice leaders and enders project.
 While cutting them up I also ended up with a bunch of hsts and bitty strips. Funny how in trying to use up scraps you end up with more. No wonder I can never make a dent in all my scraps.
No worries they are good friends that give me hours of enjoyment.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial ~What to do with Thin Scrappy Strips

Do you ever wonder what to do with all those strips of fabric that are a little to thin to sew with but are so cute that you don't want to throw them away. I know they make cute ties on bags of candy and popcorn balls for the holidays. But that hardly puts a dent in these fun strips. On the other hand a Christmas garland is festive and will put these pretty strips to good use. First gather all these pretties.Cut them into about 5-6" lengths. You do not need to be precise in this. I just fold them until they are about the rights size then cut a bunch at one time. You tie these onto a piece of string. I use hemp. I tie a bead on the end of the string so my little pretties don't fall off.Then you just keep adding the little pretties. Pushing them together to make this fun garland.To decorate your Christmas tree. This is a simple project that children can help with. A great way to create not only a fun garland but a Merry Christmas memory.

Another use I have found for thin scrappy strips is fabric twine. I've been making this recently. I do it while I watch a show with my hubby at night.  It is easy, mindless and has many uses. I think it will be festive on holiday packages, or to hang homemade ornaments. Here is the tutorial I used to learn how.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Moving It Forward

 I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  Over the holiday while eating way too much food I also started another scrap project. Having finished the top with my blue rail fence blocks with the warm tone wedges. I'm hoping to get it quilted this week and share it with you Friday. I needed a new scrap project. I had a bunch of odd shaped triangles in my bits bin. I thought they would look nice with a gray background. I did a little playing with their placement on the gray and came up with this block.
I made a bunch and squared them up. Here are my pretty trimmings
I ran out of gray background before I ran out of odd triangles. I may never run out of odd triangles. I've ordered more background. I'm hoping it will arrive sometime this week. I really want see where this one goes.

 Hope you were able to move a few projects along with all your holiday festivities. Link up and share with us what you were able to do. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Gratitude Parade V

Welcome to the final day in my Gratitude Parade

I am grateful for my Savior for his atoning sacrifice that enables me to repent and become better.
 For the beautiful world He created for me and the closeness I feel to Him as I create
 For His word that gives me hope and strength to carry on.
 I'm so thankful He hears and answers my prayers
 For the temple where I can learn and feel His peace.
 For church leaders that give of their time and talents to serve me and my family
And for an opportunity to serve and give back.

Thanks for taking time to read my ramblings. This is just a small portion of all I have to be grateful for. I truly am blessed.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Gratitude Parade IV

Welcome to day four. I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am.

 I'm grateful for good neighbors who take care of me with meals when I'm sick and relieve me zucchini when my garden is a little too prolific.  
For a wonderful community that is safe and full of wonderful people who work to create fun Fourth of July celebrations, Easter Egg hunts, and Christmas lights and caroling events.
For a great local produce stand (in the winter it has Christmas trees)
For a grocery store where the checkers know me and bag boys that help with all my groceries.
For all the wildlife I see on my morning walks, from deer to the tree so full of birds it sings.
For my friends grandpa who waves to me from his horse as he goes down main street.
For all the little kids that use my rope swing and hopscotch now that my kids have grown up.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Gratitude Parade III

Welcome to day three
I'm grateful for my share group that every other week shares what they've learned along with a lovely lunch.
 My SQS group and Layton Quilt guild for the almost 20 years of friendship and learning. They took me under their wings when I was a newbie and taught me everything I know about quilting.
 For the wonderful young women I've had the privileged of enjoying every Wednesday evening, at girls camps, youth conferences, and Sunday lessons.
 For all the wonderful nurses, doctors and other patients I met through my care that gave me courage and insight. Especially Ginger who has blessed me with a means to give my quilts to so many in need.
 For Sarah and her H2H drive each year that help me boost the number of quilts I can give to those wonderful people. To all the quilters who share their talent to help this cause.
 To everyone who reads my blog, joins my link ups and leave such kind comments.
For all of you who keep blogs that give me so much inspiration.