Saturday, April 30, 2011

Pink Saturday-Some of the things I love...

Pink Saturday-stop on over to Beverly our lovely hostess and check out all of the links.

Spring purse in a very soft light pink tone with a ruffel textured rose...carribean escape hand santizer {notice the cute holder attaches right to purse).

Country Weekend Socks to knit by Madeline Weston, 25 patterns....very nice book, information page on each section of type of knitting, fantastic fashion photos, directions laid out nice format.

French first attempt...Raspberry...good, but next batch will be even better, a little time consuming...just have other activities to do in between each step.  Nice book, photo tutorial, lots of recipes.

Have a great weekend.  Hugs, Michelle

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pink Saturday-Easter Cards, Easter Flower Baskets

Pink Saturday-stop on over to Beverly our lovely hostess and check out all of the links.

This is the Easter card I created this year and sent out to family and friends.  I used a new stmaping up set, an embossing folder, some glitter and some pink tulle.  All photos today are from i-phone, no time this week for fussing.

This is a photo of my daughter that I took probably 15 years ago or so, that I stumbled across and thought would be fun to share, this is when I had my photography studio set-up I took a photo then cut it out and took another photo next to the prop and this photo is a photo of that photo with my i-phone, did I lose anyone...:)  So the quality is not to good but I thought the themed idea was there anyway.
These photos are of my Mom and Dad, they are celebrating Easter in Heaven, but when here...years ago they used to have a greenhouse business.  Easter was always a special time, Dad always wrapping pots in foil and making beautiful bows and Mom making flower Easter baskets.  The display room was always very cool/cold and had the most heavenly scent of spring flowers and the color was spectacular.  Again i-phone pics of photos so the quality may not be too good, but I wanted them to be a part of my current life with their memories.  I miss them soooo much.  I used to go with my Dad as a kid on delieveries and walk the flowers up to people's doors and help unload the Easter Lilly's at chruch.  Growing up we always dressed in dresses, homemade ponchos, purses with handi's and gloves and Dad always made corsages.  Mom always made a delicious ham dinner, that we always had Sunday dinner at around 2:00 in the afternoon.  Easter baskets were always hid somewhere.

This is another Easter card I made up using an embossing folder and a die for a little more of a whimscal card.
Here's is my version of an Easter Flower Basket, I also added afterwards the photos of my parents on some sticks that I had printed up and put those in the basket.
Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed a little more personal look into my life today.  I hope and pray that each one of you has a blessed Easter.  John 3:16
Hugs, Michelle

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Jelly Bean Prayer

The Jelly Bean Prayer

Red is for the blood He gave,Green is for the grass He made,Yellow is for the sun so bright.Orange is for the edge of night.Black is for the sins that were madeWhite is for the grace He gave,Purple is for the hour of sorrow,Pink is for the new tomorrow.Give a bag full of jellybeans,Colorful and sweet.Tell them it's a Prayer....It's a promise.It's an Easter Treat!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Pink Saturday-Crystal Basket Vases, Pillow cases/sham

Pink Saturday-stop on over to Beverly our lovely hostess and check out all of the links.
This post is part 2 from Thursday's blog hop.  Today coordinates pillow cases, and a sham with the quilt made, and I have a couple of antique glass basket vases.  Who wouldn't have sweet dreams with chocolates on their pillow before they reitre, and flowers in the room bring life to the atmosphere.

Thanks for taking a peek today, hope you have an awesome weekend, hugs, Michelle

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring Theme Accuquilt Blog Hop

Welcome to my part of the Spring Theme Accuquilt Blog Hop hosted by SewCalGal {thank you Darlene for all your work coordinating this event}.  I started out thinking I'd make a little table runner, then decided well maybe I'll go a little bigger and make a tablecovering, then it grew very large into a Queen size Bed Quilt for me...believe it or not but I have make numerous quilts but not one for my bed, I had one of those commercial coordinating comforters and all the matching pillows. I'm so glad this challenge came along and inspired me.  What a challenge it was, as life would have it I of course got the flu/headcold this last week and of course I left this project to the last two weeks to do.   I have the accuquilt studio and choose a traditional basket die for my spring theme.  You can read more about the history of basket quilts at this link, I found it very interesting.

I used heat and bond to iron onto my fabric, after that I cut into sizes that would fit over the die and layered them up, which is the beauty of this system, cutting multiple layers in no time at all even with the extra heat and bond, cuts right thru it all, so sweet.  After the baskets are cut and you've cut your squares, you just peel the paper off and iron them on.  Of course there was left over, and not  wanting to waste I decided to cut some little flowers with my Big Kick Sizzix and a Tim Holt Die, and again it just cranked right thru licky split, and I arranged those to fill the baskets.

I used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine around the basket and just a straight stitch on the flowers in pink thread, you can also see the quilting on the block below for the basket squares is a basic little frame with a butterfly in each corner. 

I used the Studio die, 3 1/2 " square for making one of the borders....the scarry part of this is I just started cutting and piling and rolling thru and in no time at all I had hundreds of half square trianges to sew together, with tons left over after I used what I need for the border.  This die is awesome, as you can see on the die the pieces are notched make it a breeze to pick up two at at time and just start chain piecing and wow, this is sooo fast.

Here's a view of a corner, as you can see I added four borders.  This was so exciting for me to put together I totally designed the entire quilt from start to finish and was so pleased with how it came together.

A side view of the borders.
I quilted the white squares in a pretty pink thread and a tulip and butterfly quilt design, which just felt like spring to me, I was careful picking the design, I could have quilted baskets but thought that would be too many baskets, and then I thought about a feather design to be traditional but I didn't want the quilting to fight with the basket block and I am happy with how this looks, I think it is balanced, simple and elegant.

Close-up view of the quilting butterfly and where the center of the block comes together.
I hope you can tell from the photo below, I was trying to capture the dimension and texture created.  I used a very thick loft batting, which with the heavier quilting on the plain blocks and the light quilting on the basket square gave the baskets a raised stuffed look, which I find very interesting.  I thought about adding buttonrs or rhinestones to the flowers but decided I wanted to keep it simplier.

Oh, did I mention the fabric is Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow and the quilt designs are Kim Diamond, thread "so fine", quilted on Gammill Statler Sticher.  I am so happy to have this set on my bed, I can't believe I haven't had a quilt on my own bed, I love it. 
Come back for Pink Saturday and Part 2 to see more photos of this quilt with:  glass flower basket vases, chocolates on handmade pillow cases and a quilted pillow sham.

But don't miss still scheduled today  and tomorrow, stop on over to these blogs.

Thu, April 14th
Just Plain Laine (Laine)

Fri., April 15th
Hollyhock Quilts (Glenna) 
A Quilting Life (Sherry)

Hope you all are enjoying the spring Accuquilt Blog Hop, Hugs Michelle

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spring Theme AccuQuilt Blog Hop

The week of April 11th several bloggers that love their AccuQuilt will be sharing items, all with a Spring Theme, which they've made using their AccuQuilt products. They'll also be sharing many tips, some tutorials, and a few giveaways on their blogs too! Here is the line up for this fun hop:

Mon., April 11th
Andrea's Nest (Melissa)

Tues., April 12th
Bejeweled Quilts (Barb)
SewCindy (Cindy)

Wed., April 13th
Sunshower Quilts (Katrina)
Bits & Pieces (Terri)

Thu., April 14th
Just Plain Laine (Laine)
Rosebud Quilting (Michelle)

Fri., April 15th
Hollyhock Quilts (Glenna)
A Quilting Life (Sherry)

This is going to be fun, be sure to visit each blog on the day they are featured.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Pink Saturday-Quilt UFO's

Pink Saturday-stop on over to Beverly our lovely hostess and check out all of the links.

I have a show and tells today, but no   binding on ...ugg, I'm so bad at finishing quilts and getting that binding on, that last step.

This  quilt is a whole cloth quilt, I just absolutely love this fabric by Kaffe Fassett.  The vase and flowers and colors.  I wanted to try this quilt design also and wanted it to show up, so I used a solid cream backing with this reallly bright green thread, well I like it, and I have a polkadot print whenever I get the binding on.

Last week's give away winner of the cards picked by random generator is:  #5 Niki from Maison Mutt

Niki send me your addressvia email and I'll get those shipped out to you.  Congrats!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Thirty Attributes of the Lord

He is my Restorer (Psalm 23:3)
He is my Comforter (John 14:16)
He is my Strength (Isaiah 12:2)
He is my Redemmer (Isaiah 59:20)
He is my Hope (Psalm 71:5)
He is my Patience (Romans 15:5)
He is my Truth (John 14:6)
He is my Resting Place (Jeremiah 50:6)
He is my Overcomer (John 16:33)
He is my Light (John 8:12)
He is the Power of God (1 Corinthians 1:24)
He is my Bread of Life (John 6:35)
He is my Fortress (Psalm 18:2)
He is my Refuge from the Storm (Isaiah 25:4)
He is my Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6)
He is the Author of my Faith (Hebrews 12:2)
He is my Deliverer (Psalm 70:5)
He is my Counselor (Psalm 16:7)
He is my Peace (Ephesians 2:14)
He is my Rewarder (Hebrews 11:6)
He is my Healer (Malachi 4:2)
He is my Shield (Psalm 33:20)
He is my Wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24)
He is my Purifier (Malachi 3:3)
He is my Hiding Place (Psalm 32:7)
He is my Shade from the Heat (Isaiah 25:4)
He is my Refiner (Malachi 3:2-3)
He is my Resurrection (John 11:25)
He is the Lifter of my Head (Psalm 3:3)
He is my Stonghold in the Day of Trouble (Nahum 1:7)

A few more photos from my trip to the Botanical Gardens a few weeks ago.  It was a lovely sancturary from the cold here.
Blessings, wishing God's favor and goodness for you .....Michelle

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Pink Saturaday-give away-stamped cards

Pink Saturday-stop on over to Beverly our lovely hostess and check out all of the links.

In celebration of reaching over 200 followers, I'm having a give away today.  I've created 8 handstamped cards with variations on pink.  These 8 cards and enevelopes could be a follower and leave a comment.

The cards are blank inside so you can use them for a multiple purposes.  Do you have a faviorite?  I will announce the winner next saturday.  Have a wonderful week.  Thank you to all who leave me comments they really brighten my day....:)
Hugs, Michelle


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