If we chose to be apart of this exchange, we were to send a tea cup to the person who's
name we were given and send some others items that a tea lover would enjoy.
We had to send the tea cup out within a week, I can't make anything in a week to send with
the tea cup, I will have to post what I am sending her when I am done, I just went today to find the
fabric to make it, while I'm still working on a grandchild quilt and a few other things,
you should see my list of WIP's, I'm working on.
I sent my tea cup without taking a picture of it first, (when will I ever remember to take pictures of everything, no matter what I doing with it).
But, I did send the history of my tea cup with it, where it came from and why it was
used, where it was used and for what reason.
My new friend is not far from where I live in south Florida, she lives in Miami. I have not heard back from her yet.
Here is my tea cup, I received from my new friend in Anchorage, AK
Thank You Dolores
I love and collect tea cups with roses and love Lavender.
I can't wait till I sit down and enjoy a cup of tea from your cup.
May I add, I have never used tea that was not in a bag, so I will now have to learn how to
use a diffuser. I have wanted to and now I have no reason not to.
Also, Dolores wrote a sweet note with her package at the end she wrote,
"The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you.
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance (favor) upon you,
And give you peace.
Till next I see you, remember the verse
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This is what it looks like almost every afternoon here in Sunny Florida. LOL
This is every day since we moved here, except for a few days. I am thankful that on the weekends so far it has been nice (very hot and humid) but at least, Mr.W and I can go do something together. Yesterday, we went and got some tomatoes at one of the spots we go to for vegetables and fish, The Flamingo Nursery, yep, a nursery that sells (fish). Told you last week we went and saw Iguanas, this was the only one we saw on our trip this time.
Saturday we drove south to Biscayne Bay
When Hurricane Andrew hit, Biscayne Bay was in the eye of the hurricane. Makes you feel small.
Well, I have projects I'm working (WIP) on and hope to get some of them done. But here are a few of them
Bertie"s Winter (BOM) just pressed applique pieces down on sat.
Waiting on more thread colors to start my buttonhole stitch.
I started this for a demo at our quilt show (Cabin Branch Quilters, VA) March 2014
This is a quilt for a grandchild (started 2011)
just found the fabric for the sashing that was packed away.
Hey, they're not in high school yet.
I finished quilting this one and is squared and ready for binding, also made a pillow to go with it which I will show after it is sent and grandchild gets it.
Closing for now in hopes the binding gets cut today
till next time have a warm and sunny day even if it is raining and gray.
Just taking a few moments for quilting can calm nerves. I can tell when I need to sit in front of the sewing machine and take a few moments for myself. So I finished the stars on my pillow for my daughter's MIL for her front porch that will go on her bench.
I have some other friends who also love red, white and blue.
The church that Rich and I attend is called "A Place in Time" in Pembroke Pines, FL, a very small church and has only been around for about five years. They have a few ministries that they work on and with some other churches and community organizations in the area. One of the founding members, Trisha has cancer and goes locally for chemo. So, we have put together a gift bag called "Gifts of Love" for other people who also has chemo. In each bag there are items like: Lip balm, mouth wash, wipes, mints, lotion for the skin, a blanket to cover up with because it can get cold, along with some other necessary items. When I was diagnosed with cancer 19 years ago, I use a notebook for things like- questions, feelings, appointments or whatever came to mind. So I thought why not add a notebook to the "Gift of Love bag. I was working on one for an upcoming swap I'm doing with a group online. Here is the one I did for the swap, a needlebook also goes with it, will add that later.
This will look so great in other fabric, some masculine, some for younger people, will have to come back and see what I come up with. Hoping this will bring some sense in a stressful time in someone's life.
A friend from our Wed Bee group (Cabin Branch Quilter's, Virginia) gave it to one of the girls,
who in turn gave it to me.
She knew I love hexie's, all the pieces are hand pieced. I didn't know that you can put hexie's together by sewing them together on your machine, may have to try that later. I am slowly finishing this quilt (slowly).
This is what I work on when sitting and needing something to do.
If you are hand piecing something I hope you will leave a comment.
In another note, we are surviving the summer heat and the days of rain last week. Yesterday was a gorgeous day. This morning was so nice, you could sit outside with a cool breeze and enjoy it.
Now, that I am almost settled, I will tell you about the Liebster Blog Award, that I was given!
I want to send a huge THANK YOU to Nikki over at www.adventuresofabeginnersewer.wordpress.com
on nominating me way back in April. This award is given to new bloggers with less than 200 followers, by other bloggers. It helps them showcase their blog and get the word out about it.
And helps promote encouragement in the world of bloggers.
Nikki, asked me five questions, so here goes.
1. Do you have a favorite sewing or knitting skill?
Knitting, what's that? I don't knit, can't wrap my mind around that. I don't have a favorite sewing or quilting skill, I want to learn them all so I know how to do them. But, my favorite quilting (Art) technique, hands down is Applique. On cotton or wool.
2. Why do you like it?
Applique can make things look so different just by adding different stitches, beads and found objects.
3. How did you learn to sew or knit?
I can remember my Mom teaching me to sew clothes on my grandmothers Singer sewing machine (which I still have today), she also taught me to quilt. On Tuesdays, growing up was Quilt day at the church and we would go spend the whole day. I would sit under the quilts and cut out templates from cereal boxes, this was before starting kindergarten. I still take classes or go online to learn.
4. What is your favourite time of year?
That has changed during the years and as I have gotten older.
But, WINTER with snow is my time of year.
5. What do you like about it?
It is my renewing time. It is time to start new, clean.
Do not like the hot or humid weather.
Thank You for stopping by. I will post the 5 blogs that I nominate in my next post.
This is how I fell this first day of May! I will be gone from my blog until sometime in late May, we are moving to Miami, Florida area. We have been in Virginia, less then a year and now we are off to new adventures - Again. But I am EXPECTING MIRACLES and will tell you about them here in my blog. This art quilt was done by Therese May, you can find her other work here - www.theresemay.com. I was looking for something that would tell just how I was felling and found this quilt. I love the way Quilts can do that.
I have also been awarded a Quilt Blog Award and will be telling you more about as soon as I get back on to my blog after the move.
I was asked an interesting question about interfacing. How do you prevent air bubbles when ironing on to fabric?
Some of you may know or not, so this was my answer. First, I heat my ironing board by ironing on it. Then lay my interfacing sticky side up on the hot area and rub it, till all of the area is hot and the folds are less and is laying as flat as it will get. Then I lay my fabric piece down. I DO NOT IRON, I press, starting in the left hand corner, and pick up iron and move half an iron length, till I get to the other side. Go back to the left corner and continue until I am done. This works for me. And take your time to press, If there are any tips you have let us know.
I'm sure most of us who live in the cold and snow are ready for spring, I know I am and sunshine.
Here is the pillow I made for my oldest granddaughter who loves this color.
This pillow makes a great project for doing while hubby watches golf or sitting outside on warm days.
I have more to post but those will have wait. OH! Did I tell you we are moving to Miami, FL
Not sure about this, I don't like snakes or things bigger then me that can eat me. LOL
I love taking scraps and using them up in as many ways as possible. Here is only one, easy to make and yes, everyone needs one, everyone has one, but we can always use another one. I saw one similar to this, that was done in pastel flowers, very cute.
Or make and give as quick gifts, door prizes for quilt guilds, quilt shows, favors for tea's or swaps.
This needlebook is a batik lovers friend.
Here is the inside. It has 4 pages for needles and pins.
I finished my Skinny Pinny and mailed it last week to my partner in UT.
The skinny pincushion is filled with walnut shells and Lavender and made with jelly rolls and vintage lace. The hot pad or mug rug is made with jelly rolls and then hand embroidered bird design from Gail Pan and has hot pad batting inside. You can make these with candy bars also.
Here is a panel I had been working on for over four years, just click on the picture to see it larger:
Finished this one and now working on panel two. I guess I should have ironed it out before taking a picture of it. I have the fabric to put the whole quilt together when I am done with all the panels, there is only three all together. This one is for my bed for Christmas time.