April 2014

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How was your Easter?

easter pic 3

Spring is a time of re-birth and new beginnings.

As many of you know I’ve moved recently and it’s been fun to walk around the yard and see what’s new!  There’s something new every time I “take the walk”.  New buds opening on a shrub, a perennial poking it’s head out of the ground and yesterday, a bird nest!  I LOVE flowers so seeing all that’s new (to me) around here has been lots of fun.

Easter is the celebration of new life in Christ.  The fact that God loves us enough to sacrifice his Son on a cross always amazes me!  I know I’m not worthy but he loves me THAT MUCH!  I am so grateful for the unconditional love He shows me.  He’s the only one that will never let me down, never leave me and will always be by my side, guiding and loving me (no matter what).

What do you love about Spring?

Take time to enjoy some of the beauty out there this week!

Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~


January 2014

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Quilt Cruise in the Caribbean!

Sorry for the technical difficulties!  As some of you noticed, the pictures in the last post were upside down.  :-(  We think we’ve gotten to the bottom of it.  Long story short, the way I took the pictures on my iphone caused them to be upside down in mobile applications which include ipads and maybe tablets?  Sigh……Computers will be the death of me some day!

My sister Brenda and I have been wanting to try out a quilting cruise for some time.  Partly because it just sounded like a GREAT vacation and partly as research.  We’d like to host a quilting cruise ourselves sometime.

The cruise was to the Eastern Caribbean, hosted by Liz and Brenda Lou of Scottie Dog Quilts in Eureka California.  They were great hosts!  They treated us with lots of surprises and fun along with great projects.  They traveled with 14 suitcases to put on this cruise for us!


On the three days we were at sea Liz and Brenda Lou demonstrated techniques used on the three projects offered (along with some fun, small project demos).

Caribbean Breeze quilt

Caribbean Breeze quilt

Zipper Bags

Zipper Bags


Quilter's Tote

Quilter’s Tote

We had the option of purchasing kits, pattern only and bring our own fabrics, or just bring our own project.  Brenda and I choose to do the quilt and zipper bags.  Here’s our quilts.

My Quilt I got my center done!

My Quilt
I got my center done!

Brenda's Quilt

Brenda’s Quilt
She got her rows done! I adore the soft blue and gray.

Here’s some blocks from other quilters Caribbean Breeze quilts.

Here’s a few shots of the meeting room that was open for us 24/7  for quilting.  We could go sew anytime we wanted.

right side sewing group

left side of room

Here’s some other projects the gals were working on while at sea.

tote project 2jeannies quilt











quail quiltgreat totes











chickenborderless quilt












The Group~

group pic

We visited St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and Nassau.  I love the colors of the Caribbean!  It was so beautiful.  It was in the 80′s most of the trip.  Here’s a little sampling of the sites from the islands.

caribbean color in Nassau lighthouse


st thomas view

ST Thomas license platetour bus in St Thomas







yellow building

pink house

blue church

Carribean color in St Maarten

St. Maarten courthouse


St Maarten beach

cruise ship parking lot


Brenda’s a bird watcher.  She enjoyed hunting for birds on St. Maarten and I got a few good shots.  I love shooting flowers and I found a little lizard while Brenda spotted a large iguana.

I’d love to hear what you think about a quilt cruise.  Have you been on one?  Does it sound like fun?  Would you consider going on one?  We are thinking of doing an Alaska cruise summer of 2015.  Would you like to join us?

Hope your week’s been good and you have a GREAT weekend!!

Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~


October 2012

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Hello Monday!

Monday’s….. to me they feel a lot like a mini New Years Day.  How you say?  They feel like a new beginning.  I tend to clean up and organize after the weekend.  Think ahead to my schedule and what I need to accomplish.

Ella with new toy

To Ella this Monday meant a new toy!
Sorry it’s a bit blurry.

Yesterday at church our new pastors sermon was on GRACE.  It made me think……..  who might I encounter this week that needs grace.  Do I judge or make assumptions that get in the way of grace?  I don’t know what someone may be going through or what circumstances caused them to be where they are.  I know I’m in a place in my life that I never expected to be.  I’m so thankful for the grace that God has extended to me.  I hope I can do the same this week for those that cross my path.

Besides being mindful of practicing grace this week I have a few samples to make of my new Snap -n- Go pattern that will be heading to Quilt Market at the end of the month.  I have 2 classes this week and a Sleep in Your Own Bed Retreat.  A project I’m working on for a Craft Faire my quilt group at church is participating in ………….. I guess you don’t need the whole list!!  Oh, and if you were wondering – NO, I never get to check off the whole list but that’s OK.  Most things will carry over.  :-)

We’ve had an amazing start to fall in the Pacific Northwest!  We had no measurable rain for 3 months!  Well that’s all changed this past weekend.  Fall is here, along with the rain that we are so famous for.  I’m leaving you with a few pictures of flowers I took recently in the garden.  They are now being pummeled.  Sigh……



Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~