More dresden plates....

March 31, 2011

 I love making dresden plates!! These are smaller than the dresden plates I made for my mother-in-love. I used 5" blades in hers. These are 4" blades. 

I found backing fabric for the tulip quilts at a steal of a deal. $3.95 a yard at AAA Quilter's Supply! With the price of cotton going up, I was thrilled to find such a great deal. 

Have a great Thursday! =)

An easy way to help Reese's Rainbow

Patricia Heaton (Everyone Loves Raymond, The Middle) heard about Kirill and the work of Reese's Rainbow. She said:

I know there can be big pitfalls to social media, but I will be forever grateful to the tweeter who alerted me to the work of Reece's Rainbow.  I clicked on a link to see the faces of those little neglected angels who have passed on, and immediately started weeping.  It was so heartbreaking.  Sometimes we feel helpless in the face of such horror, but because of the example of Andrea Roberts, we see that, with a lot of hard work and perseverance, there is something we can do.

Between work and family, I don't have a lot of time.  But I do have financial means and a public profile.  God charges us to use our circumstances, whatever they may be, to share His love with the world.  I had just hit the 10,000 mark for Twitter followers, and the idea hit me - give $10,000 dollars - one dollar for every "Tweaton" who follows Reece's Rainbow.  Accomplish supporting this great organization along with spreading awareness. So far, in a few hours, RR has about 500 new followers, and I hope many more to come.
I am involved in supporting various charitable organizations, but I have recently been asking God to show me where he wants me to be.  I think Reece's Rainbow is an answer to that prayer.  These kids have had very few people to be their voice, but Andrea Roberts has changed all that. I am so grateful to be a part of her work.

To follow Reece's Rainbow on Twitter, visit

To follow them via facebook, go to!/ReecesRainbow

And to follow Patricia Heaton on Twitter - and send her a big Thank You - go to

Block-A-Palooza quilt top

March 27, 2011

The Block-a-palooza ended last week with three layouts to choose from. 

I chose the on point layout since I had never tried it before and because this quilt had me out of my comfort zone many times over, I figured it was the best way to bring it to a close. But, I also wanted to do some applique...

So I made some flowers...

...and added them to the yellow squares.

I this quilt!!

Thank you, Quilt Dad, and all of the other Block-A-Palooza team members, for making this quilt along so much fun! 


March 26, 2011

This is Kirill and his parents. They are being kept apart because a judge in Russia decided that the little boy is too much of a burden to be adopted. He will be better off in an institution. 

I am speechless...

Check out Kirill's family's blog for more information and ways to help bring this child home. 

More information can be found on Reece's Rainbow and on For Heavens Sake.

"Because every family deserves the blessing of a child with Down syndrome..."

Dresden Plates Finished!

March 25, 2011

I was burning the midnight oil with this one. It was almost a compulsion to get it done. I am thrilled with how it turned out. I think the faux piping adds a nice touch. The finished size 70" x 70".

Perhaps now I can catch up with all your blog updates! =)


March 24, 2011

My Casey and I made tutus today for some special little girls in our lives....We followed the tutorial on Precious Cupcakes. Easy and fun!!

Dresden plates ~ Quilting

March 21, 2011

Thank you all for your comments. I haven't taken any time away from my sewing room to do any computer time, which means all my blog reading has been neglected as well.  My nose has been to the needle, so to speak.

To answer a question that did pop up, no I am not using Tipsy to quilt this one. I need to do a lot of practice before I will put a quilt top I have made on it. My LQS has some charity quilts that need quilted and the owner told me I could use them for my practice, so I hope to make a good dent in practice time on Tipsy and eventually quilt a quilt top I have made.

Using the walking foot on Miss Juki I decided to do echo quilting on the outside of the plate. On the inside I made a 10 point star/flower. I'm not 100% sold on the flower/star. I'm thinking I should continue the echo quilting to inside the plate, but at wider intervals. Maybe two rounds and then do something in the circle? I have no idea what I am going to do for the sashing yet. The echo quilting takes a long time, so I have time to think about what I want to do.

Dresden Plates ~ Flimsy done

March 18, 2011

I am thrilled with how this one turned out. I can't wait to get it finished and delivered to my mom-in-love...

Dresden Plates

March 15, 2011

Pokey@ PokeyDotQuilting is making the most darling dresden plates, which inspired me to make a few myself. When finished, the quilt will go to my mother-in-love, Mathena.

Praying for Japan

March 12, 2011

Adding my prayers for the people of Japan....

John Piper posted a beautiful prayer, if you need help in how to pray for Japan.

Father in heaven, you are the absolute Sovereign over the shaking of the earth, the rising of the sea, and the raging of the waves. We tremble at your power and bow before your unsearchable judgments and inscrutable ways. We cover our faces and kiss your omnipotent hand. We fall helpless to the floor in prayer and feel how fragile the very ground is beneath our knees.

O God, we humble ourselves under your holy majesty and repent. In a moment—in the twinkling of an eye—we too could be swept away. We are not more deserving of firm ground than our fellowmen in Japan. We too are flesh. We have bodies and homes and cars and family and precious places. We know that if we were treated according to our sins, who could stand? All of it would be gone in a moment. So in this dark hour we turn against our sins, not against you.

And we cry for mercy for Japan. Mercy, Father. Not for what they or we deserve. But mercy.

Have you not encouraged us in this? Have we not heard a hundred times in your Word the riches of your kindness, forbearance, and patience? Do you not a thousand times withhold your judgments, leading your rebellious world toward repentance? Yes, Lord. For your ways are not our ways, and your thoughts are not our thoughts.

Grant, O God, that the wicked will forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. Grant us, your sinful creatures, to return to you, that you may have compassion. For surely you will abundantly pardon. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord Jesus, your beloved Son, will be saved.

May every heart-breaking loss—millions upon millions of losses—be healed by the wounded hands of the risen Christ. You are not unacquainted with your creatures' pain. You did not spare your own Son, but gave him up for us all.

In Jesus you tasted loss. In Jesus you shared the overwhelming flood of our sorrows and suffering. In Jesus you are a sympathetic Priest in the midst of our pain.
Deal tenderly now, Father, with this fragile people. Woo them. Win them. Save them.

And may the floods they so much dread make blessings break upon their head.

O let them not judge you with feeble sense, but trust you for your grace. And so behind this providence, soon find a smiling face.

In Jesus’ merciful name, Amen.

The Pips are here!

She has a name...

March 11, 2011

In response to my post about my black heart, Marlene @ Stitchin By the Lake wrote a comment that made me laugh. 

Seriously laugh. 

She said:

Like you I'd be scared but with a husband like that you've obviously got a personal cheering section! Everyone says practice and I know they are right but remember to be forgiving of yourself because you won't be satisfied with what you do for a long time. I'm a newbie at free motion quilting and I still think my stitching looks like a drunk monkey did it but I'm finally at the point that I think the monkey is just tipsy...and that's progress. :) blessings, marlene
And in that comment, Miss Fun Quilter got her name...

Drunk Monkey...

I'm kidding! I'm kidding!

Her name, for real, is Tipsy. =)

BTW: Marlene is having a giveaway. Go check it out!

Vignette in Stitches Give-Away

March 9, 2011

Vignette in Stitches is a new to me blog, thanks to Deb @ Mountain Musings and they are having a lovely little giveaway of 15 fat quarters of Where the Wind Blows.

Lovely, isn't it?? =)

{insert clever title}

March 7, 2011

Warning: This post has no continuity.

Thank you all for your encouragement this weekend. I am {very} grateful....

I gave myself a blog makeover. I needed a change. I reserve the right to change it half a dozen more times until I am sure I am satisfied, but I think I am...Maybe...

I practiced on Miss Fun Quilter this morning. We aren't friends yet, but we are better acquainted. It's a start.

I finished a couple of blocks for the Block-a-palooza. I need go see the one posted for today.

The mailman brought me some fabric I bought on clearance. Love the Jane Pindots!

I finished both tulip quilt tops. 

This one is for me.

This one is for my friend. 

The cathedral windows block is taking shape.

That's all I got...*grin*

Baring my black heart

March 5, 2011

My husband is {the most} amazing husband in the whole world.

Yes, he is.

Look at what he bought me, just because he loves me....

No, I didn't ask for it. He did all the researching, went to the Nolting factory many times over his lunch break, called them numerous times to ask them all kinds of questions and then surprised me with this amazing machine for Valentine's Day....

A Nolting Fun Quilter on a Hinterberg stretch frame.

As for me, I am not the most amazing wife.

Not by a long shot...

See the word fun on this machine? It even has a smile on it. I think it's there to convince you she is ever so much fun to play with...

Ummm....My question.

When does the fun begin?

Just keeping it real, people...I am afraid of this thing.

No, that's not entirely true....

Miss Fun Quilter causes me to be filled with anxiety.

Anxiety as in {panic attacks}.

Last night, I cried on my {perfect} hubby's shoulder and told him to take it back.

Go ahead...Take a moment and feel sorry for my hubby for having such a terrible wife.

I'll wait....

I am baring my {black} heart in the hopes that someone...anyone...can relate and will have some words of encouragement for me.

I'm all ears because I really, really want to {heart} quilting with Miss Fun Quilter.

There is a Fountain

When I need encouragement, I listen to hymns. My favorite cd is Together For the Gospel Live. As I was listening to the cd this evening, the hymn "There is a Fountain," caused my heart to long for the days when I would sin no more...That day is coming, Praise His Name....

There is a fountain filled with blood 
drawn from Emmanuel's veins;
and sinners plunged beneath that flood
lose all their guilty stains.
Lose all their guilty stains,
lose all their guilty stains;
and sinners plunged beneath that flood
lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see
that fountain in his day;
and there may I, though vile as he,
wash all my sins away.
Wash all my sins away,
wash all my sins away;
and there may I, though vile as he,
wash all my sins away.

Dear dying Lamb, thy precious blood
shall never lose its power
till all the ransomed church of God
be saved, to sin no more.
Be saved, to sin no more,
be saved, to sin no more;
till all the ransomed church of God
be saved, to sin no more.

E'er since, by faith, I saw the stream
thy flowing wounds supply,
redeeming love has been my theme,
and shall be till I die.
And shall be till I die,
and shall be till I die;
redeeming love has been my theme,
and shall be till I die.

Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I'll sing thy power to save,
when this poor lisping, stammering tongue
lies silent in the grave.
Lies silent in the grave,
lies silent in the grave;
when this poor lisping, stammering tongue
lies silent in the grave.

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