Saturday, February 6, 2016

A View from my part of the world

I love to take photographs and enjoy experimenting with my camera.

When I saw Soma's challenge to take a photo each day, I was intrigued and set out to capture my part of the world.   I didn't quite manage to take photos every day but here are some of my favorites.

We had a storm in January that dumped mainly sleet but then dusted it off with snow.

Our Halloween pumpkin 

Fresh fallen snow

Ice covered driveway
Since a lot of my blog in progress photos are taken inside, I need to practice choosing the correct settings on my camera to get the best photo from available lightening.   See the artistically staged dust in this first photo?


I've committed myself to taking a walk everyday.  Some times with a friend and sometimes just me and a podcast.   There is a beautiful lake near my home and after I did the walk around the lake trying to avoid the mud, I grabbed my camera.

I love that little pink in this photo from a young girl feeding the ducks.

The lake

North Carolina winter
There you go - this is a view from my part of the world.

I'll be joining the linky part at Whims and Fancies here.

Happy Stitching!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Farmer's Wife 1930's - Golda (38) and Grandma (39)

I really enjoy using this red fabric in the quilt.  I may need to go on a shopping hunt to buy some more since my supply is running low!.

This is Golda (38) - very fun to put together.

Grandma (39) - really like the way this one turned out.  I need to do more red /orange combinations (which is why I need to find more Fig Tree red.

And Gnome Angel has a block bingo underway - here is a photo of five of my favorite blocks!  I picked ones that make good use of my favorite red fabric - Addie (1), Autumn (9), Betty (14), Coral (24) & Dolly (28).

Interested in playing along?  These are from the book -   Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt and there are two great quilt alongs with plenty of tips and ideas.  VeryKerryBerry  is doing the blocks in numerical order while Gnome Angel is doing them in order from easiest to hardest.

My fabrics are from Moda Fig Tree.  There are so many different versions underway right now - so much inspiration out there!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Plant Kindness

I found this cute stitchery at Fort Worth Fabrics.  I am having fun in the evenings doing some stitching.  So relaxing.

My goal for February is to finish the stitchery and make a mini quilt using my mini charm pack.

I will be linking up here for OMG.  Will you join us?

Happy Stitching!

Monday, February 1, 2016


Meet February - both the month and the mini quilt!

Why am I calling it February?  No idea.  I always like to name my projects and inspiration comes from wherever you can get it.

I had fun doing simple straight line quilting.

This runner is my interpretation of Sheri's Hope Chest mini quilt pattern. When I started the project, I had every intention of making the whole thing but other things kept jumping up and down for my attention.  I like this 3 block version!

Sheri of A Quilting Life and Michele of Island Life Quilts gave us the challenge for the January's Minis and More QAL.

Here in NC, it looks like we are easing into February with several days of warm temperatures.

February is also the beginning of Elm Street Quilts Hugs and I would like to turn February into a month of handmade hugs.

My blog series kicks off today on my Elm Street Quilts blog where I'll be posting all month about different groups that accept handmade items - quilts, pillowcases etc - and distribute them to someone who needs extra support.  Someone who needs to know that people care.

Do you have some fabric in your stash that would make a fabulous donation quilt?  Some UFO blocks that could be assembled into a baby quilt for donation?  Or maybe some novelty fabric that would make a terrific pillowcase.

Or maybe there is a friend or family member going through a rough time and a gift of handmade would help.

Share via blog, Facebook, Instagram and join the linky party here.  Please help me spread the word and let's spread kindness with some handmade hugs.  The social tags are #handmadehug and #ESQHugs.

Read more about turning that novelty fabric into something useful on today's post on Hugs: Give a Pillowcase.

I'll be linking my February quilt at  Blossom Heart Quilts,  Sew Fresh Quilts and Freemotion by the River.

Happy Stitching!