Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Day to Remember

As many of you know, besides quilting, I am an artist.  Today, I finished my first commissioned piece that I have titled "A Day to Remember". 

This piece has been a great experience for me.  I can't begin to tell you how much I have learned from working with someone that is willing to have your work hang in their home.  I don't know that I will ever get the chance to do other commission work, but I am very excited about the outcome of this one.

Now, that this one is finally complete, except for the clear glazing which will protect it, I can work on my other pieces that I have sitting in my studio.  So, stay tuned for new works coming soon.

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze! Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday Treasure

Today I will not be linking to Melody for Tuesday Treasure.  One of her close friends lost their son at the age of 27.  When I read her post she ask that everyone tell your family that you love them because life is not predictable and we never know what will happen.  I immediately thought of the plane crash on Thanksgiving day, in Arizona, that took the lives of 6 people. A father and his 3 children were among the 6.  When tragedies like this happen the first thing we do is ask why.  We will never get the answer to that question but we can be comforted by the thought that God will take care of us and our families.

Ricky and I say we love each other everyday, especially when one leaves to go somewhere.   So my Tuesday Treasure is a prayer that all who are hurting, due to any kind of situation, will find comfort in Gods love. 

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Dear Jane and Sylvia's Bridal Sampler

Well, this week I have been busy adding new pages to my blog.  I decided to post pictures of my blocks for the Dear Jane Quilt and Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Quilt.  You can read a little about each quilt and see the photos by following the tabs at the top of my blog.  I am working on Dear Jane in Civil war fabrics and Sylvia's Bridal Sampler is in 30's fabrics. I am excited about each quilt even though I know it will take a long time to complete each one.

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day!

Friday, November 25, 2011

I'm Stuffed!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day.  I enjoyed family and friends and then a nice quiet evening at home.  I think the pets had a great day as well.  Here's a cutie just laying around, kinda how Ricky and I felt last night.


Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday Treasure

Today, as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I want to share a poem with you as my Tuesday Treasure.  It was written by Helen Steiner Rice.  Her words have given hope, strength, courage and most of all a belief that faith in God will carry you through anything.  God bless!

  A Thankful Heart

Take nothing for granted, for whenever you do
The joy of enjoying is lessened for you,
For we rob our own lives much more than we know
When we fail to respond or in any way show,

Our thanks for the blessings that daily are ours
The warmth of the sun, the fragrance of flowers,
The beauty of twilight, the freshness of dawn,
The coolness of dew on a green velvet lawn,

The kind little deeds so thoughtfully done,
The favors of friends and the love that someone
Unselfishly gives us in a myriad of ways,
Expecting no payment and no words of praise.

Oh, great is our loss when we no longer find
A thankful response to things of this kind,

For the joy of enjoying and the fullness of living
Are found in the heart
that is filled with thanksgiving.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Rain, Rain, Rain

Woke up at 3am to thunder, lightning and rain.  Back to bed, after I let the cat back in and up at 6:30.   Check the weather report and it's going to be rain all day.


All the leaves are now off the trees and it looks depressing outside.  Not a horse or cow in sight.  They must be inside the barn.

 I guess it's true that only ducks and geese like the rain because they are the only animals out in this mess.  Oh well, at least I'm inside, dry and getting ready to start my sewing for the day.  I took a short peek at all the blogs and I can tell that everyone has been busy with different projects.  I will have to get caught up on my reading tonight.  I have you all have a great day and I will check in tomorrow when I post my Tuesday Treasure.

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze! Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday Treasure

Thanks to Melody for hosting Tuesday Treasure.  If you would like to join in you can find her by following the link or clicking on her button.  My treasure today is this board of cards and mini quilts I have received from wonderful people throughout the states and around the world.  


Several years ago, I was involved in a postcard, ATC & mini quilt swap.  The themes changed from time to time and I can still remember how excited I was when I found a new card in the mail. I keep this up as an inspiration for me to continue to step outside the box and look at new ways of creating.  The robin and guitar are pieces that I have thread painted.

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze! Have a blessed day!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Front and Center

Wow! What a surprise for me, when I attended the reception at Gallery on the Square in Franklin Kentucky.  My painting, The Girl with the Pearl Earring, was in the window.


I was thrilled to see that someone had an appreciation for the work that I do.  Our group, Artists On Main Painting Society , have our paintings featured at the gallery for the month of November and December.  I also have Mona Lisa hanging in the gallery.  The reception was great, everyone was so nice and I had so much fun.  Before I left David, our art director, took a picture of me sitting in front of the store, so here I am for all to see.


What a great evening!

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze! Have a blessed day!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Clean Up and UFO's

Yesterday I picked up the recent Studios magazine and while reading the articles I realized I wasn't utilizing my shelf space.  This morning I started re-organizing and actually found extra space for storage.  Imagine that!

During the clean up phase I found my Double Delight quilt pieces.  If you're familiar with Bonnie Hunter, it was one of her mysteries in 2009.  I started the step one, got all the pieces cut, pieced about 1/4 of the sets and stopped.  I didn't like the cream colored print I was using and I was going to "rip" and cut new pieces but never did. 

Well, today I picked out new fabric colors that I am very happy with and now have it added to my list to complete.  The dark color is chocolate brown.  I'm still using the blue squares I picked before.

I also pulled out my Dear Jane binder and Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Binder and added those to my list to start working on.  Dear Jane will be in the traditional Civil War fabrics (already have those picked and put aside)

 and Sylvia's will be in, what I call, Flour Sack fabrics or Depression Era fabrics, what ever you want to call it.

  I have to purchase some of those because I don't have enough to work with.  Now add 3 more quilts to my list of UFOs and I think I have enough on my plate. 

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze! Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Single Irish Chain

The other day I was looking for something in a quilt book for something, I can't remember what now, but I saw a Single Irish Chain pattern and thought that would be a great quilt to make.  I looked at my fabrics and immediately new what I wanted to use.  Here is the first block.


The solid fabric is navy blue, even though it looks black, and the print is a cream with a tiny blue design.  I think this one will be one of Ricky's favorites.  Last night he told me he was glad I made big quilts and that he liked them on the bed.  I'm still working on the Blue Ridge Beauty and getting ready for Bonnie's mystery so it looks like I will be a busy bee this fall and winter.

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze! Have a blessed day!

Tuesday Treasure

Today is Tuesday Treasure day and I'm sharing one of the first quilts I made.

The Dutch Doll pieces were found in my Grandmothers cedar chest.  They were left over from a quilt she had made.  I have this hanging on the wall in my studio.  Grandmother was born in 1900 and passed in 1981.  She taught me to crochet but I did not become interested in quilting until 1995.  I know she would be happy to know that the quilting tradition has been carried on in our family.

I started my Tuesday Treasure by reading Melody's blog The House on the Side of the Hill.  Melody lives in Australia and has a great blog.  Each Tuesday she posts and asks what your treasure is.  There is a way you can link your name and blog to hers so others can share.  If you would like to join in check out her site.  Thanks Melody for making this available to us.
Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze! Have a blessed day!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Before and After

Today I thought I would share a little bit about the making of my studio.  Below is a picture of our home and to to side is a storage building. 


This is the "BEFORE" picture.


This is the "AFTER" picture. 

My sewing room was in the only room we have upstairs. After I quit working and really started to spend more time sewing, Ricky ask me if I would like to have a building of my own for my studio, which he calls a shop. I was thrilled with the idea, so we had a friend of ours who does remodeling work come out and take the old building down to the frame work and build my studio. Just a few steps from my back door and I'm ready to work or play.

 
Once you pass my studio you can walk on out to the barn and Ricky's shop.  The arbor in the picture is our blackberry vines.  We also have grape arbors and a few pecan trees in the yard.  Behind the house are the fields where the horses, a few of our cattle, emus, ducks and geese stay.  The rest of our cattle are in another piece of property that we have about 1/4 mile up the road. 
We love our life here on R and K Farm and I know we will never live anywhere else. 

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze! Have a blessed day!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thread Painting

Friday I finished this piece, titled "Northern Cardinal".  The 2nd in a series of birds of the seasons.

The actual photo was taken by Dave Gigliotti,  a wonderful photographer from Harford Maryland.  I  was viewing web images and found his photo, which led me to his site Shuttermonkey.  I sent him an email requesting to use his photo for an oil painting and fiber art.  I was thrilled when he replied, yes & send me a picture so he could see my version.  Now, I'm starting on the painting, which will take a little longer than 2 days.  A big thank you goes out to Dave for giving his authorization to use his work.  If you're in the Harford Maryland area and need a photographer, by all means look at his work.

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze! Have a blessed day!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Credit Due!

Monday I posted about a gift from the mailman.  I was so excited to recieve my thread that I failed to take time to give credit to the great service that I received from  Sew Thankful  in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.  I found their site while looking for Bottom Line thread and was thrilled when they had it on sale.  I placed my order on Thursday, Oct. 27th and received it on Monday, Nov. 1st.  Now, I don't know about you, but coming from New Mexico to Tennessee, that's great service.  So, if you have never heard of them or your looking for some great customer service visit their site.  I think it will be worth your time.

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze! Have a blessed day!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mystery Quilt Fabric

Well, I've done it now, gone and joined another one of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilts at Quiltville.  I really need to use up some of this fabric that I have so I thought this would be a great time.  The mystery title is Orca Bay. This is the photo she has posted on her website.




This is the fabric that I have chosen.  Several years ago I purchased fabric from a quilt shop that was closing.  It was a great buy but now I need to put this to good use.  Bonnie is a scrap quilter and makes wonderful quilts.  I will be testing the blocks using different color layouts to see what I like best.  If your interested in reading more about Bonnie and her quilts pay her a visit. 

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze! Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tuesday Treasure

Today I want to share my Tuesday Treasure with you.  They are a set of cups and saucers that have been in my family for years.  Each cup is 2" high and each saucer is 4" across.

They originally belonged to my Great-Aunt, Joe Kate Stone.  She was born July 28, 1882 and in my opinion, was a woman ahead of her time. 


From the stories my mother told me, she loved to travel, plus she was a college professor of mathematics  in Arkansas and somewhere along the way she changed her name to Josephine.

The cups were given to my Grandmother, who was born in 1900, handed down to my mother and now I have them displayed on a shelf in my kitchen.  I have always wondered if someone gave them to Auntie Joe or if she purchased them somewhere during her travels.  I guess that part will always be a mystery.

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze!
Have a blessed day!