Cozy Christmas Quilt

As I was stitching the buttons on to finish up the embellishments, I was thinking about just how much FUN I've had making this quilt!

I always enjoy sewing, but this one was just so much fun to make – from tracing the fun shapes, to choosing fabric, to the applique, embroidery, and I'm thinking the embellishments were the most fun part of all. So, big thank you's and XOXO to Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet!

Since I just don't find enough time to sew as much as I'd like, I decided to machine applique (it's so much quicker) this one using a very small blanket stitch, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I used my Winter Wonderland pantograph to quilt this one – it has these darling snowflakes with hearts that I love!

Here is another favorite part of the quilting process for me

unrolling it from the frame when I've finished quilting it – it's the first time I really see it in "quilt" form ;)!

I backed it with this darling snowman print from Lori's Cozy Christmas line. I didn't order enough, so I had to add that strip of white to make it fit.

NOTE TO SELF: Factor in the direction of the print when ordering backing ;).

Here is a close up of a few of my favorite blocks:

the sweet little gingerbread cottage,

and the Christmas tree, all buttoned up to look a lot like our real Christmas tree (which is decked out with lots of pink ornaments ;)

the Christmas wreath with lots of love ;)

the Hot Cocoa with giant marshmallows (because the Marshmallows are the best part ;),

this chunky little stocking with its ric-rac trim and heart hanger, and even this

sort of messed up little gingerbread man! You see I was going for a Gingerbread Angel, but when my husband saw it he said "Oh – a Ninja Gingerbread Man", and laughed because he knew I was going for an angel. Then I cracked up, because in all honesty, he does look a bit Ninja-y ;)! I thought about fixing it, but we both got such a laugh out of our differing interpretations that I had to leave it in – sometimes imperfections give special meaning, or a little giggle every time you see them – and well, this is one of those ;)!

Yup, I love this one – imperfections and all!



Joining The Hexie Craze and New 30’s Collection Prints

I'm so excited to have added a few new darling prints to the fabric stash family over here.

These are from the 30's Collection by Atsuko Matsuyama by Yuma, and to be honest,

I'm just smitten with all of them

(especially this pink garden labels print)!

And, while searching online for these, I accidently ran into this darling Vintage Baby Panel that I just had to get (please tell me this happens to you when you're shopping sometimes, too ;)!

It's also by Atsuko Matsuyama - so you can see, I mean honestly girls how it accidentally appeared on my Ipad - and also how I couldn't resist it due to it's extreme VINTAGEY CUTENESS factor ;)!  I really can't wait to quilt this up for little Aubrey Grace (our granddaughter who's coming to join the family in July ;).

And, my sweet friend Marilyn, who I met on Instagram, has been stitching up the most darling little hexagon flowers, and she's given me all of her tips on how to make them. So, I've ordered my supplies, they've all arrived,

and I'm ready to join the hexie craze!

And, I'm thinking this sweet little pink print will be the perfect fabric to start with ;)!



Sugar Dish Quilt

I think I'll call her "Sunny" or maybe "Hello Sunshine", because these little Dresden Plates remind me so much of sunshine!

This quilt was a classic case of love at first sight! When I first saw this pattern (Sugar Dish) by Cluck Cluck Sew, I just had to make this quilt. I added a few rows, including an extra row of Dresden Sunshine to make it a little larger.

And, I used "Fresh Air" fabric by American Jane for Moda.

And, although it's made of 30's fabric, it reminded me so much of Spring time (again – those sunny little Dresdens), that I decided to quilt it with my "Butterfly Garden" pantograph!

And, my new Gammil has a fun little feature

that tells the machine running time (it takes a lot longer to quilt with loading, rolling, adjusting, etc.), and the number of quilting stitches in the quilt! So, this quilt took almost 2 ½ hours of quilting time and has almost 95,000 quilting stitches in it :0)!

I think we're going to be snuggling with this one for a long time to come ;)!



Flower Sugar Dish Draining Mats - Tutorial

It really is the little things in life that bring so much joy. And, today, I'm almost giddy over these cute little Dish Draining Mats I made for washing dishes! I'm a firm believer in using your best china and finest silverware (and even cloth napkins) every day, but I can't bring myself to put them in the dishwasher.

So, needless to say, with all the cooking we do around here, I spend a lot of time washing dishes, and these darling little Flower Sugar Maison mats – well, they just made doing dishes a lot sweeter ;)!

Here is a quick tutorial for you, if you'd like to make some! They're Super Cute and Super Simple!


1 – 18" x 24" Rectangle Cotton Canvas

1 – 22" x 28" Rectangle Piece Batting (or 2 for more water absorption)

1 – 22" x 28" Rectangles Muslin

2 – 2 ¼" x WOF for Binding

Basting Spray


1. Layer one piece of muslin on top of the other. Fold the top piece back half way, spray with basting spray and smooth out. Then, fold the bottom of the top piece up half way, spray and smooth out. Repeat this step with your batting, and finally your cotton canvas layer.

2. Quilt as desired. I did a simple cross-hatch, and I used painter's tape to mark my lines so I wouldn't have to draw on the fabric.

3. Trim and bind.

4. Marvel at the darling dish drying mats you made (that are so much cuter than the ones you can buy), when you are washing your dishes ;)!

I even made one for our camper!

Of course we don't have nice dishes in there (though we do have cloth napkins ;) – but, we also don't have a dishwasher, so . . . . ;). This goes perfectly with the Flower Sugar décor I did the camper in last year! I fussy cut some of those darling dishes – might make some fun little tea towels and hot pads for the camper with them ;)!

I just tried one out for the first time with this morning's dishes! They aren't quite as absorbent as the one I got at Bed, Bath, and Beyond – but, plenty absorbent for us and seriously you guys, they win on the Happiness, Cuteness, So Make Me Smile Factor

hands down ;)!



Our Life In Pictures – March 23 – 29, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

(Impromptu Relaxing Trilogy Movie Day ;)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Our son, Alec was admitted to The University of Missouri Law School in Columbia – his dream come true! We are over the moon excited for him! I spent the afternoon cooking up a Celebration Dinner of Blackened Chicken Alfredo (one of his favorites)

and a Boston Cream Pie for dessert (the closest dessert I could do in MU colors of black and gold ;)!

I also spent much of the afternoon crying, because he will be moving so far away from home, and we're going to miss him terribly (and, of course worry about him, too)! Strange, that a heart can be so over-joyed, and yet so deeply sad all at the same time.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I started embroidering these darling bunny tea towels today. This Vintage Pattern was originally printed December 19, 1948 – it's such fun to be stitching something that women nearly 70 years ago were also stitching ;)!



St. Patrick’s Day – Family Style

This year, we celebrated St. Patrick's Day with the kids and grandkids. I was in charge of the food

and, Kate was in charge of the fun!

We took a fun family walk,

and even got photo bombed by the kids ;).

The boys played a few games of kick ball, we did sidewalk chalk,

I slow cooked some corned beef in the crock pot and made our standard St. Pat's fair

Rueben sandwiches!

Kate planned a ton of fun activities! We made green volcanoes

and played Leprechaun's Treasure,

and we made super fun St. Pat's shirts with Landon and Tate

And, I guess us old folks must still have it, because

we wore these two little ones OUT ;)!!



Filled with Excitement and Joy for Both Our Kids!

We truly are just over-flowing with joy and excitement for both of our kids!

I just keep thinking about that line in one of my favorite movies, "The Story of Us", where Katie says "First there were no people there, and then there were people. And, and they grew."

It's still hard for us to believe our kids are grown (really doesn't seem like that long ago that they were little). And, it has been one of the greatest joys of our life, watching them grow into adults. Of course, we didn't know when they were little how their personalities would develop, what career they would choose, or who they would marry and who our grandkids would be . . . . It all seems to have unfolded really slowly over the years, and yet it's passed by at the speed of light at the same time. And, this past week was a big one for both of them!

Our son, Alec, had his interview for admission to UMKC School of Law last Tuesday – and he's in! They accepted him at the interview! This is no easy task (only 57% of those who apply are accepted), and he's one of them. He's worked extremely hard for this, and we are elated for him, and so proud of him.

And, then, there's our Katie Bug! She's an amazing mom, and she's always doing fun activities with the kids. Parenting is really hard work, and somehow Kate just does it with a grace and ease, and we are super proud of her, too! She's expecting our third grandchild, and she had the reveal party on Wednesday! She had Landon (with a little help from Tate) hit a ball filled with

pink sand that sprayed out to announce – IT'S A GIRL! We would have been happy with either, but given that we already have two awesome grandsons, we are really excited to welcome a Baby Girl to our family!

So, a big congratulations to our two amazing and wonderful kids! And, a big thank you to them too, for all of the love, excitement, fun and joy they continue to bring to our lives ;)!