Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thankful Thursday - Happy People

This quote makes me smile!  The pure simplicity of knowing that we can choose to be grateful and that, in turn, this makes us happy. YES!  Who doesn't want more happy in their life?

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Mini Terrific Tulips

My Tilda fabric scraps are getting my sewing attention again this week. 

I am making progress on turning pretty scraps into a second prototype for a design I created awhile back, using an adaptation of my terrific tulip block . I've bounced back and forth a bit on whether I should turn it into a pattern, due to the scale of the pieces in this project.

This is the project I was working on prior to getting sidetracked and making this sweet pouch.

I am leaning towards writing the pattern, in part because I know I like a mix of challenging and easy designs to choose from in my own sewing - and I believe that I am likely not alone in this.  Plus, I am  loving this design so much and would love to see more versions of it made - which is perhaps the most fun part of putting a pattern out in the world for others to use.

What are your thoughts on tiny patchwork? Do you find it too fiddly or do you enjoy it (perhaps every now and then as an occasional bit of sewing)?   Would love to hear your thoughts!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Thankful Thursday - Beauty and possibility

Our season of calling Silver Star mountain our home, is nearly over. We have really enjoyed living here, with so much peace and the beautiful views.  I am so grateful that we had the opportunity to live here!

This week, I am grabbing hold of this quote, as I am currently in the midst of searching for the next home for my family and I to rent.  I want to stay focused on all that I am grateful for, rather than letting the fear and anxiety that can accompany uncertainty or the unknown overwhelm me. I wish I could say that it's always easy, but it's not!

I have felt those same feelings earlier this year, threatening to drown me in negativity. I made conscious efforts to choose to be open to possibilities and chose to be grateful for the time we had at our previous home, rather than getting frantic about where we would be living next.  With less than two weeks left before we had to move, I found the rental on the mountain.  It has been a blessing! I wonder what adventures we will have and where we will be next?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Making Mini Mushrooms

Summer is almost at an end, and harvest time is right around the corner.  Perhaps like me, you're looking for a quick and simple sewing project.  Something to make just for the fun of it!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Monday Maker - Tiny Terrific Tulip Pouch

A little sewing time this weekend, resulted in a sweet and satisfying finish for the scrappy terrific tulip blocks I shared last week.

Using straight pins to temporarily hold my project layers together so I could hand baste to prepare for machine quilting.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thankful Thursday - Decide

Bundles of pretty vintage sheets worked as the background for this beautiful quote - it all came together using PicMonkey!

I am a believer in the power of words - what we say and what we think.  Perhaps that is why I love to continually collect quotes that give me pause in my day-to-day living, and lift my thoughts. I jot these quotes down on any available scrap of paper when they cross my path.

 Months ago, I started adding some gratitude quotes to some of my photos, as gentle reminders to myself.  The simple act of being grateful keeps me focused on all the good, all the blessings and all the abundance of life.

Knowing that a positive attitude can make a world of difference, especially when we face challenges in life (which apparently is what life is about! ... hello, personal growth! ;o), I decided that perhaps it's time to share some of these wonderful quotes here on my blog, with you.    My hope is that you will find that they give you a little boost as well.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Monday Makings

 Treated myself to a little stitching to kick off the week!

I'm using my scraps from my Tilda fabric stash paired with a variation of my Terrific Tulip Block pattern for a new project.  I'm excited to see this come together as the idea just popped into my head as I was working on some pattern writing using this block.  One idea leads to another and it can be so much fun to see where inspiration takes us!

Thursday, August 2, 2018


July just zipped by and August is promising to do the same.  Somehow the stack of sewing works-in-progress, doesn't seem to be keeping pace with how fast the days fly by!  Might have something to do with all the distractions of summer. 😉

Using my terrific tulip block, I'm working on a new design - this time in some lovely Tilda fabrics!

One of the projects in the teetering stack, is a pattern I'm writing using my Terrific Tulip block. I'm playing with a second prototype using some Tilda fabrics that I've been stashing.

Keeping it real... designing and sewing with pretty fabrics is my favourite part of the process! I have to work harder at the pattern writing aspect - it's where my perfectionistic tendencies can slow me down. It also seems that I always come up with more ideas and more variations of ideas to try and better methods to use, once I'm in the midst of things.  That also slows me down.  Anyways, I'm determined to keep plugging away at the techie end of things and get some patterns together for pattern testing.  I want this to be a month of finishes! Fingers crossed.

How about your plans for this month?

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