fabric · pretty fabric · quilt top · quilting · quilts · sewing · stash busting

Small Change = Big Difference

Ok, so I really like these fabrics together.


I really like the individual stars I’ve been making with them.


However, I  wasn’t liking them together. It just wasn’t working for me.  I was feeling like I was really messing up a lot of pretty fabric.


And then I rearranged them…again.  But I used a different approach.  Instead of trying to alternate lighter star/darker background blocks, I quit paying attention to that, and laid them out according to backgrounds only.  Much better!  Now, it’s working for me.  🙂


Only 29 more to go!

longarm quilting · machine quilting · quilting · quilts · stash busting

Happy New Year!

I did manage to get my Daddy’s Log Cabin quilt completely finished last night, by putting the final stitches into the label.  I didn’t get as many projects finished as I had hoped, but all things consisdred, I think I had a good “quilty” year.


I have started my “2009” page, which you fill find under the “Quilting Projects 2009” tab at the top of this page.  I’m ready to start getting some numbers going on my stash tracking page!

I just finished eating lunch.  Blackeyed peas & cornbread, of course!  Yummy!  I will confess that I didn’t make the peas from “scratch”.  I made my cornbread from scratch, but the peas came from a can.  Bush’s Blackeyed Peas with Sugar Snaps.  They are so good and so quick and easy.  Speaking of quick and easy food, here is one of my favorite new products from 2008.  Ore Ida Steam ‘n Mash ‘taters.


I was so excited when I saw the commercial for them on TV.  This is a great time saver for me, and they are really good!  Now my family gets mashed potatoes on weekdays again.  When I get off of work at 5:00, and come home to start dinner, peeling and chopping up potatoes is not high on my list of things I want to do.  These guys get two thumbs up from me.  They also come in sweet ‘taters, and galic herb and some cheesy ones.  I like the sweet and the regular russets the best.

Sometime today I have to do statements for the shop, but I am going to spend some more time working on my Gracie’s Star blocks, and my Oklahoma Backroads.  My vacation was officially over yesterday and I went back to work.  But today is another day off. 

A few months ago, back in October, I had a mammogram scare.  Turned out to be nothing at all, but for almost two weeks, we didn’t know.  It made me think about scary words like mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, reconstruction, and fighting for survival.  Well, I start this year with a great appreciation that I’m not facing any of those things.  I’m thankful that my family is in tact, and I have more blessings than I can count.  Every day is gift.  Thank you for sharing this past year here with me!