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My name is Sally Johnson and I adore quilting... I have lived on Cape Cod since 1974 and I am married and have two sons...

Monday, December 17, 2012

A Tribute to our Angels

 
 
 
As we reflect on the incident from Friday in CT. I would like to offer my prayers to all who
suffered tragedy. Our hearts go out to all of the families who are dealing with all of  the sadness.
 
twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
they were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.
they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
"where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
"this is heaven." declared a small boy. "we're spending Christmas at God's house."
when what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King
and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.
and as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."
then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!"
"may this country be delivered from the hands of fools"
"I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"
then He and the children stood up without a sound.
"come now my children, let me show you around."
excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
and i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
"in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."

Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA
 
 
I am asking for some help from my Facebook and Twitter family.  I want to create a memory quilt to memorialize those Angels that God has brought into his home sooner  than we were ready for them be be taken. I feel I am doing this because as a young child grew up in the area and remember playing just down the road from the school.
 
 
Why does it take such a horrible tragedy for people to start thinking about God and prayer? "Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face ALWAYS" (Psalm 105:4)
 
 
 
I am looking for twenty-six 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 unfinished blocks to construct a quilt. I would like to have these blocks consist of an Angel, and an area on the Angel where I can write the first name of each of the people lost with there age.  Attached to the block I will add a sashing and then sandwich the quilt. These blocks can be either applique' or created in a way you best feel you would represent an Angel.  If I receive more than the twenty-six I will construct small wall hangings for the classrooms. Quilting will be delicate and simple with a stitching around the Angel and stitching in the ditch. I know as we are so very busy due to the holidays, could we as a quilt & sewing community ban together to create one block each and send them to me. I am looking only for twenty-six blocks, and I will provide those interested with a shipping address so that I can create this quilt as a joint act of kindness. I would like to have this done by months end so that it can be presented to the school by the beginning of January.  I will be presenting this quilt as part of a team I volunteer with through local police & fire departments. I have backing and batting that I am donating and I too will construct a block. Please email me through here or find me on facebook or twitter if you are able to help me out... I will be giving credit to those who are able to contribute to this project on the label that is placed on the back of this quilt. I will take a photo of the finished quilt front and back post here on my blog, facebook, twitter and Instagram for those wishing to see the finished work of art. 
 


Monday, December 10, 2012

Looky what I Shared on Craftsy

 
 
 
Hello all my quilty friends I thought I would share a project I did recently but decided to share on Craftsy. How fun is this, We can go onto Craftsy see projects and share them too. I am thrilled.
 
 


So if you want go over to Craftsy and seek me out follow if you like... Hope you all are have a wonderful holiday season... Now that I know I can share on Craftsy I will be sharing there a lot. And if you ever want to learn any of my projects that I post there feel free to email me through my blog or find directions there...  http://www.craftsy.com/project/view/chevron-table-topper/77621?fresh=true

I also will be starting classes not only will I be happy to book classes for you or your sewing group, but I will be sharing with all of you Blocks of the month beginning in January and I am also starting a huge Mystery quilt along.  All are welcome class it's free... Who doesn't like free...



Monday, December 3, 2012

I've Been Published Again

 

 
Hello and Happy Holidays Everyone 
 
Hey Quilter's I have exciting news to share with you. I've been published again! Yes I did it again. Published is what I said... The pattern is featured in this months issue of
The Quilt Pattern Magazine".
My first quilt ever submitted is actually published in an online magazine.

The quilt is called Crossflower Boxes and I designed it on Quilt Design Wizard which is a simple yet less complicated program associated with EQ7.  The pattern has been classified as an "Intermediate" level and is loaded with the technique of using HST's (Half Square Triangles).
 
From start to finish I never thought I would ever get to this point in my life. It is very exciting and a tad overwhelming to see ones name in print. As one of my twitter friends said to me "Sally seeing your name in print never gets old".
 
Below are a few photos of this quilt from constructed to finished product. I do hope you enjoy the photos. Please share your thoughts with me I am dying to hear from all of you, and if you don't follow me here take a shot I would love to have you here...
 
Here's the block that inspired me to go forward with making this block into a quilt.
 
 
After seeing the different styles of blocks congregated together on my dining room table It was at this point
I wanted to submit this to a magazine.
 
 
The quilt top finished I contemplated what to do with quilting. So at that point since I didn't have any machine set up or the training to really WOW!!! readers of a magazine. I decided to call a friend. Gee does this sound like "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" I use the call a friend card without any hesitation. My quilting friend Lisa who owns a long arm quilt machine is the one who created the work of art with the quilting. She is so talented and I can never thank her enough for being there for me when I needed her. She totally made the quilting work on this.
So sorry the blurrieness doesn't help!
 
 
 
Here it is in its glory laying on the couch. It currently hangs in my bedroom as a wall hanging. I am tickled pink with how it turned out and now with the fact it has been published.
 
I would like to thank all the ladies at "The Quilt Pattern Magazine" for believing in me and for publishing my first ever submitted project. Really how many people do you know that submit their first works of art and something as exciting as this happens.
 
See mine name is in print:


 
As I end this very exciting post I want to wish everyone out there a happy and healthy holiday season!!!
 
 




 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgivivng

 
 
Wishing all my sewing and quilting friends and wonderful
Thanksgiving
 
 
 


Friday, November 16, 2012

A Little Help from my Friends!!!

 
 
My friends I would like to share with you something that
came in my email today. I received a lovely email from a magazine today that
would like to review my designs from EQ7 so that if I am even considered to be a designer for them they need to see if I am worthy or not.
 
I guess I should be elated with the thought that they would consider looking at my work.
So with that said I am asking my sewing and quilting friends for a wee bit of guidance. Tell me briefly what is was like to have someone asking to look at your work when you first started. Seriously I have only been doing this for three years and I have one simple block that was published and two quilt designs and patterns that until released I cannot share sorry :(  !!!
 
So I am asking for your stories. Let me know what you did to get into the business of
designing, sewing, and ultimately being published. I would love to hear from you all.
 
 
 
 


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Little Chevron Trivet

 
 
A few weeks ago Kristen from KD-Quilts
 
did a Chevron quilt along. I saw many of these quilts and love the pattern and was thrilled at how beautiful these quilts came out. So with that said I decided to cut some HST's and try my own little Chevron quilt. It isn't as impressive as the quilts I saw but I think it came out kind of cute. Tell me what you think I always love to see your comments and enjoy hearing from you all...
 
 
On the table


Back side of trivet

 
Can you see the zigzags?


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

It's Offical

Hello gang it's official I have been graced with being published in the Winter 2012 issue of Generation Q Magazine. On page 13 of this issue I am one of the featured designers who submitted a design of a block based on a challenge to complete a block with lines already in the design. Here is what I came up with an boy am I thrilled to have been picked...
 

 
Go visit their site at www.generationqmagazine.com to see more of their great stuff. Thank you to Scott Hansen and Jake Finch for their great support of every ones work.


Monday, November 12, 2012

I Got an Awesome Gift from a Friend

 
 

A few weeks ago I got a great gift in the mail. As I was already having not the best of days as many of us have them and for me they are far and few between I came home from my daily errands to find a lovely package at my door. This pillow cover that my twitter friend Jane Davidson aka quiltjane as we know her on twitter made for me,
Oh ya did I say it's from Australia, ya Australia. Well Jane made this for me and I was so thrilled.
I still have to find a pillow for it but I haven't gotten that far yet, when I do, you betcha it will be on my nick knack shelf in my quilt studio or I will use it as my support pillow on my chair for my back.
Leave it to Jane to support her friends.
 

I can honestly say I feel like one of the luckiest people on this earth to be associated even via Internet with some great people. Quilt Jane from http://www.quiltjane.blogspot.com is one of the ladies I have skyped with. It's just like meeting her in person. I have met SmilieMommy aka Tiffiny, and have had the pleasure of phone conversations with SpoolhardyGirl from http://www.spoolhardygirl.blogspot.com  Miss Mary Miller. These people are just the Cats Meow. Another person I have met that is on face book and twitter is the absolutely wonderful Pat Sloan from http://blog.patsloan.com. I have been blessed to have taken her applique class twice and each time I learned something new. Her husband Greg is fantastic. Warm hearted, kind and very sweet. Especially when I was taking  class off cape in Beverly,MA and my GPS died. he tried to help me however it did meet its maker and ened up in the dump.Nonethe less he was kind enough to come and help a damsel in destress... So when I say you can meet a lot of great people here and the people you meet at quilt shows and markets, there's no descibing how awesome it really is to be affliliated with all of these great people...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I Got a teaching Job!!!



I have great news to share with all of you out there. I wanted to teach what I knew about sewing and quilting, so I applied for a contracted position through Jo Ann Fabrics. I got the job. YEEHA!!!! I am now one of three teachers at the Hyannis, MA Joann's Fabrics that will be teaching Quilting 101 and Quilting 102. When I get my new schedule I will be sharing with all of you so that I can post here on facebook and twitter when and what I will be teaching... If you are interested in taking a class and you are around, go to Jo Ann Fabrics in Hyannis, MA and sign up for a class... I am stoked....

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November is Pancreatic Cancer Month

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Flowers in the Subway



             I made this quilt top from one of Moda's fabric line called "Ruby" by Bonnie and Camille. I love this fabric and cannot wait for the quilt to be completed. I am quilting it with diagonal lines. I found this quilt top to be quite easy to put together and it was also very fun... I hope you like it and would love to hear how you feel...




Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My First Program

 
 
I am doing my first program at my local quilt guild... How stoked can someone get...
 
Tomorrow I will be presenting a program on Organizational Tips
for your sewing/quilt space... I will share my ideas on how to maximize even the smallest areas. Then for a bit of fun I will have an open forum so that anyone who attends the program can share there ideas.. I have a theory I follow in life and that is " You never can learn too much so take what you learn from other whether it be criticism or just sound advice and fly with it" It always works in the end...
 
So come out and join me at the Cape Cod Quilters Guild at the Dennis Senior Center
Rte 134 in South Dennis at 7 pm.
Guest fee $5.00 and if you like what you see join our group we would love to have you...

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Charity Quilt

 
I couldn't sleep last night so I got out of bed left my husband snoring away and decided to sneak down to my quilt studio and start cutting and sewing... I definitely had my "Mojo" on... If I only could have this on a daily basis I could be whipping quilt tops out left and right... I made this quilt from fabric I obtained from a woman that's involved with the Local Quilt Bank. I looked at the fabric and it came to my mind very quickly... So this is what I came up with the only thing I need to do now is to get the back created and to throw it on the quilt frame and quilt away... I hope the lucky recipient of this quilt enjoys the quilt I created... Share your thoughts...
 
 
 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Come See What is Happening at The Quilt Pattern Magazine

 
 
I have the great pleasure of sharing a really fun event at "The Quilt Pattern Magazine"...
 
Come join the fun of making a Winter Mystery Quilt...
 
Easy to join in, just pop on over and subscribe to a wonderful Eco-friendly magazine that you can view only on-line (www.thequiltpatternmagazine.com) No worries of having magazines pile up on the coffee table or killing those beautiful trees...
 

For $1.25 a month you get:
Free bonus pattern when you subscribe
More than 60 tested patterns per year
Interesting articles
Workshops, mysteries, BOMs and more
Membership in Pattern Pastiche


And what is even better you can get involved with all the fun projects that go on and chat along the way...
 
 
The Winter Myster Quilt Project is now going on Never to late to join in on the fun...
 Maria Hrabovsky Best describe the group like this:
 
 
We thought we’d have some fun in order to offset the stress sometimes associated with the upcoming holiday season. So, we’ve decided to introduce a short, four-month-long Winter Mystery Quilt, structured in such a way that it’s not too taxing, but still fun and a little mysterious.
As you contemplate the upcoming holidays, think about who might need a quilted gift. Use Maria’s planning guide to help you decide, then get ready. By the beginning of December, you’ll have a lovely quilt ready for someone special and you’ll be able to check at least one name off your list! Note that you can make the table topper set and you’ll be able to check two names off your list! We hope you will join us for this mystery. Go with the flow and have fun!
Maria Hrabovsky’s Winter Mystery Quilt


So click on the link above and check it out... You won't be sorry you did...



Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My Hand Quilted Lap Quilt

 
 
 
 
Yesterday I finished my friend Cathy's Lap Quilt. What a perfect time of year to have a lap quilt... The colors of this quilt go perfect with her living room...
 
 
I made this quilt because she is recovering from an injury that happend when she fell. Thought this would be a nice gift for her especiall since the beginning of the month was her Birthday...
 
 


 Here is a close up of my hand quilting, I hope you like it...



Here it is the fourth day of Autum and I still have Summer flowers out with the blossoms...




Tuesday, September 11, 2012

See What's up with Heather Jones

My twitter friend Heather Jones has excititng news to share and I am helping her spread the news. Heather has been chosen as a finalist in :
 
 
I want to share with everyone what Heather has to offer all of us with her style of modern quilts... I especially love the quilt I won last year to support breast care awareness...
 
 
 
This modern style quilt has style, color and screams MODERN QUILT!!! I am thrilled to be associated with such talent. So go to Heather's blog at http://www.oliveandollie.com and check out what beautiful creations Heather has to offer and scroll down to read her post on Martha Stewart's "American Made Awards"
 
So vote once a day everyday until September 24th... Lets  make it work for such a nice person...

Friday, August 31, 2012

Come Check out What is Gong On

Hello sewers and Quilters. I have some very exciting news for you... In September beginning on Saturday the 15th I will be hosting a series of classes that will be held at:
 Flax Pond 
31 Dupont Ave, S. Yarmouth, Ma 02664







Open Sew:



Start a new sewing project or finish something you have been working on. Learn tips and techniques







to finish that must need project. Bring your project, sewing machine and notions needed

to complete your project. Personal instruction available to help you finish what you have struggled

with. Have fun meet new sewers and learn new things. Beginners welcome.







Cost: $5.00


pre-registration for each class is required.







24 spots open, (minimum of 6 to run class).

Dates: Saturday Sept, 29th, Oct. 20th, Nov 3rd: Time: 10:30-4pm







 
 
Project Sew: Quilting:
 
Want to learn a new quilt project. Come join the fun of learning new tricks and techniques of
quilting. Each month you will learn to create a new design and to assemble
the blocks to created a wonderful quilt. Bring your machine and notions needed to complete the
project. Personal instruction available, meet new sewers.

Cost: $35.00

pre-registration per class is required and includes pattern and personal instruction
on how to create a project.
 
Here is project number 1:
 
This class includes pattern, kit to make the block and personal instruction.

24 spots open (minimum of 6 to run class).

Dates: Saturday Sept 15th,(CXL'D)
Oct 13th: Time 10:30-4pm


Details for each project class will be available at
Yarmouth Recreation and on their website a week before each class
Please register online: at http://www.activityreg.com/selectactivity.wcs or at the Yarmouth Parks & Recreation office
for either program.


Yarmouth Parks & Recreation
424 Route 28
West Yarmouth, MA 02673
508-398-2231 ext 1520
www.yarmouth.ma.us





 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Check this Out

I am so excited to see that I made a block for Generation Q Magazines blog... Check this out and tell me what you think.   http://t.co/nK71aai, I want to thank Scott Hansen for inviting me to submit a block...Life is so good right now...But make sure to go and see what Scott and his gang did. They used some beautiful fabric... Made me feel like I was on the ocean... Thank you again Generation Q for having me visit and play along...

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sneak Peak

Well quilters I have been doing a lot of creating in my quilt studio lately ... I looked through some stuff so I thought I would create some a quilt tops from some of my stash... And there is a lot to be had... I almost have the quilt top completed.  So I thought I would share a sneak peak of it. I am making this lap quilt for a friend of mine who has been healing from a dislocated shoulder.  This is minus the hand quilting I am doing and the bindng...







Share your thoughts:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

It's That Time of Year





Yup quilters it is that time of year again to start thinking about the 2nd Annual Christmas Blog Tour of Quilts. Last year we had a wonderful group of people who posted on their blog some of their wonderful designs they had created... We did give-aways and the tour was really a great success... Some of the people who were involved:

Jamie Kalvestran from www.jamiekalvestran.com 

Kristen from www.kd-quilts.com


Guest Blogger: Ana Earl
Carolyn McKinnon: http://www.carolyn-justonemorestitch.blogspot.com

Email me if you are interested in the tour @  tikerbell44@gmail.com for details...

Friday, August 3, 2012

A Featured Guest

My friend over at http://www.freepatchworkquiltinfo.com has given me the honor of allowing her to show her newest pattern tutorial her on my blog... Tiffiny from Smile Mommy Quilts has Block #15 for the Free Spirit Christmas in July Quilt-A-long...

freespiritfabrics.blogspot.com

This block turned out amazing and the tutorial is definitely something to look at... The pattern and tutorial are FREE!!! How could you turn that down. So do me the honor of introducing a very talented lady who is stepping out into the world of quilting... She is definitely on her way to creating some beautiful stuff... Check Tiffiny out and feel free to follow either one of us... We welcome you with open arms...
 Here is a sneak preview of what Tiffiny did... Go to her blog at http://www.freepatchworkquiltinfo.com and let her know what you think...

A New Addition to the Family

A couple of days ago I was sitting out on my deck and noticed two incredibly cute creatures that came to visit me in my yard. The bunny who was there is very small and definitely a very young... The other is the chipmunk who thinks he rules the roost... Both are too adorable for words. But nonetheless I have chosen to keep them around... When I say keep them around I mean that if they are in the yard I leave them little goodies like the lettuce or some carrots... I think they like them or they wouldn't stay around let me know what you think:



The bunny we have named Pete he is so cute all I want to do is cuddle him...



The chipmunk I have chose to call him Scooter, because all he does is scoot around the backyard... He too is so cute I wish I could just cuddle him...

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Another Word from the Redneck Quilter

So I have been a little lacks on writing this article primarily because I would rather be quilting... Go figure... Well truth be told I have been busy at work, working on doing a long over-due spring cleaning, and just plain wanted to chill out away from the computer.... Honestly I know this isn't a great excuse but I can honestly say I love a really clean house... Cabinets and closets washed and oragnized... Just a nice feeling...

So with all that said I think being a Redneck in the north is a way of life... Not necessarily rough, unruly or gross just a way of life that is a bit out of the ordinary...  I have done some other strange things that some would call "redneckish". I recently replace a few things in my bathroom. I took the old decrypted toilet and told my husband not to throw this away. He quickly asked what you plan on doing with this. I told him you'll see...  His eyes immediately rolled up into his head and said "Oh My God Woman what do you have up your sleeve...  Therefore, I told him to go play somewhere and I would call him when I was done. In addition, also told him “Don’t you dear peak“…


After about an hour or so, I called him outside and said, “So what do you think?” He looked and said Oh My God Woman what were you thinking? Who in there right mind would use a toilet for this purpose? Surprisingly so he looked more carefully and said, “It does look pretty”… What do you think?



 As you can see it isn't all that bad... I must confess I have changed the flowers out to Impatience because they are sturdier flowers... I then have another confession to make... I found through a friend of mine another great planter to add to the collection in y back yard... Again being a Redneck is a way of life... I was at a sewing group on a Saturday in July and was sitting with a friend of mine and telling her about my new garden planter... Showed her the photo and she said do I have a find for you... So as we were talking she mentioned to me that she had a Claw foot Bathtub in her back yard near her shed her dad had for sale on Craig's List... It hadn't sold. So of course I asked how much it was... Lo and behold it was $125.00... Yippee!!!!!!! for me what a find... I said sold the the girl in the Eggplant colored shirt... My husband will go absolutely nuts when he hears what I have done... Soon after that I got my tub and it sits in my backyard awaiting dirt and flowers... I am just having the best time ever... Soon I will be posting picture...

So being a Redneck is a way of life and it isn't totally crazy just different... I hope you enjoy this episode of the Redneck Quilter and if there is something you care to share please leave a comment and give me an idea I would love to feature you on my blog... All of you are so talented and I would love to hear from you... Let me know if you want to share your thoughts here...

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Swoon Quilt Done

I finally finished this quilt... YeeHa!!! Fortunately I have a great recipient of this beauty... My husband has a friend who is a state trooper and when he saw this quilt top, he said his wife would love something like this... So now that I have just the label to make I am pretty psyched that it has a new home to go to... the quilting on this is very heavy and has lots of feathering on it... I hope you all like. Please share your thoughts I love to hear for all of you...


Here is the back side of the quilt that shows the quilting...


Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Redneck Quilter

Again it is time for another posting of the Redneck Quilter. As we last me I was sharing with you how supportive my husband was with the fact that I wanted to quilt while on our mini vacations, when we go camping... I posted also about how I had a great weekend away to camp and work on my latest project. While I was there I had many people in the campground stop at my site to see what I was doing. As you can suspect how many people do you know that bring a sewing machine camping with them. I think my husband regrets saying yes to the question: "Will the generator work with the sewing machine in the camper?" I think he created a monster as well... So camping and sewing are now just routine for me. My first experience doing this was the last weekend of May

We usually go camping to a local state park. Partly because we love camping, my husband enjoys fishing, and it is Memorial Day weekend, the start of the summer season here on Cape Cod, MA. Life at the campground is very different. First, we camp with a large group of friends. All of which are somewhat younger that me. I must admit my husband is younger than I am as well by eight years. However, with that said, I get along quite well with all of these people. We all share our everyday goings on, drink, and life in the lap of luxury in our campers decked out with generators. Does this even sound like camping? The only thing remotely close to what we do as a camping tradition is that we make campfires and we make sores at the fire. Most of what the women in this group do is ready those trash magazines and talk about who did what when and where. Therefore, this past weekend I thought I would be very redneckish. I brought my laptop and my sewing machine and I decided to write a few thoughts down and do some sewing… I am currently working on blocks for a charity quilt for my guild and for another organization I am involved with. I ended up sewing ten blocks. Since one of the quilts is being designed by other members in my guild and one of the quilts is being designed for me to donate,  I'm not to sure how many, so I think I will sew until I run out of material.   Sounds good enough for government work to me…

So with this post I ask you to help me out, and to give me ideas of what you think. I have gotten positive results from all of you in the past, so lets keep it going... Share your thoughts...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Weekend to Remember

This past weekend I went camping with my husband. I had the best time ever... We went out the first night for dinner at the Lobster Pot in Wareham. Had the best scallops ever... Then the next day we both did various things.


How wonderful can it be to be able to sew while on vacation... As you can see here I am at my camp site having a wonderful time while my hubs fishes... I am working on my latest pattern and started sewing the block... I am "The Redneck Quilter

Friday, July 6, 2012

The Red Neck Quilter




Did you ever want to know what being redneck really is? Well I am about to share with you what some of the quirky things rednecks here in the north do… First, I am a nurse by trade, married with two teenage sons. One adopted and one biological. I have only quilted for about two years however, I have been sewing since I was about ten or eleven years old. I had always wanted to learn to quilt as a child but the opportunity never happened until I left my corporate healthcare job just over two years ago. Then I went and bought a quilt kit from Joanne Fabric’s I was with a friend of mine. It’s all her fault. She created a monster... Just the thought of cutting fabric and the sound of the sewing machine makes me feel so relaxed. Almost as if, it is a form of therapy. To think sewing is therapy and no medicine required. YEAH!!!   As soon as I started, I thought to myself, OMG! I just love how this is turning out… In addition, the more I did the more I wanted to continue and learn. I turned to another friend of mine and asked her advice of how I really should start. I think now she thinks she too created a monster… I cannot get enough… I soon joined a quilt guild she is involved with and now I am the Program Coordinator. Go figure… I often turn to one of my very best friends, yup, husband for loads of advice. He always shares his comments like many husbands would but in this case he was answering in a very supportive kind of way. He always has the same answer for me when I go to him for any advice sure if you want to... Very predictable... So with this said I forged ahead into the world of quilting...

I will be sharing with all of you on a weekly basis the things a "Redneck Quilter may do. I will also be showing some photo's. I also invite you to make comments so I can see what all of you think and share with everyone else. Feel free to share ideas and follow blog...

Sunday, July 1, 2012

I won the Liebster Award

Do you know what a Liebster Award is? I sure didn't until I woke up this morning.

 My friend at SpoolHardy Girl gave this to me and boy am I shocked. to receive this today... Mary is a great gal and a very talented quilter. Check out her blog at http://spoolhardygirl.blogspot.com/2012/06/im-liebster.html?showComment=1340980764157#c4062380587536280277 and read all about the Liebster Blog Award...

Liebster means Dearest in German and the award is a 'share the love arrangement' that is given to inspirational bloggers with less than 200 followers. There is a list of things that recipients are required to do upon receiving the award.
  • Thank the person who presented you with the award on your blog. 
  • Link back to the blogger who gave you the award.
  • Copy and paste the award on your blog
  • Present the Liebster Award to 5 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.
  • Let them know you've chosen them by leaving a comment on their blog.




Now for the next few that I have chosen to receive this award...

First first person I would like to introduce for this award is Tiffany from Another Pie in the Sky.
She is super talented, kind hearted and a very busy mom of   girl with another bundle of joy on the way... Go and visit her blog at: http://blog.anotherpieinthesky.com and congratulate her.

The next participant to receive this award is Kitty Pearl from Road Home Quilting. Her whitty syle and lively creativity inspires so many go visit her blog at

Our next winner is the Nerdy Sewist Kristina Tabor has a fantastic blog loaded with information about a variety of things dealing with our wonderful craft. Visit her blog at
http://nerdysewist.wordpress.com and congratulate her and the others on their accommplishments.