TOO OFTEN WE UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A TOUCH, A SMILE, A KIND WORD, A LISTENING EAR, AN HONEST COMPLIMENT, OR THE SMALLEST ACT OF CARING, ALL OF WHICH HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO TURN A LIFE AROUND
LEO F. BUSCAGLIA

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Hayseed Scrap Quilt...

I made the quilt featured in my blog header for my daughter.
D wanted something very special to give to her friends who were expecting their first baby this summer. We went to the Quilter's Coop where she picked out the fabrics to make this Hayseed pattern. She did a great job of it. Special thanks to Sherri for making it a fun experience for my non-quilter daughter! After the shopping and more assists from several of the "Coop" gals, a charming quilt was born. John and Stacey were VERY surprised and pleased with the quilt! Much joy comes with gifting a new family with a quilt. D was pleased! There are photos in my archive of them with baby Jack all wrapped up in his quilt.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Autumn Time...

Pattern from The Cotton Patch quilt shop. Was fun to make and gave me an opportunity to try some machine quilting. Very noticeable from a distance.

Fall Leaves...



Feels good to be done with these and ready to mail.
I like the hangers.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Cat Control...



What drove me to literally screening cat visits? Chewed freezer paper templates, chewed and swallowed, bad for cat tummies. Quilt pieces waiting to be sewn together disappear - who knows where to, chewed iron cords, scissor handles, thread spools and my favorite Grey Mouse pin cushion!...apparently all things quilty are Simon and Schuster's passion, too! My DH hinged this screen door, then attached it to the exterior door frame. This is my solution to much needed cat control. We also removed and stored the original door, which now allows full view of my flannel board that was positioned on the wall behind it. Air flow allows heat/fresh air to move, while the cats are out from under foot, off my chair (no more accidental squishing of the cat) and out of trouble that happens the moment my back is turned. This is a very good thing. Now I can leave my projects as they lay when I need to move on to other things for a bit. Thanks to Country Threads for this idea. They have a screen door in the machine quilting room, not sure it's to keep cats out cause those folks just love cats!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Nothing Announces The Minnesota Fall Season As Well As Batik Fabrics...

Love these deliciously rich batiks! If you look closer you will see that the dark leaf in the upper right corner is actually a pretty purple batik. These colors absolutely glow when light hits them! The yellow adds the "pop" that makes this work...thanks to those Quilters Coop gals who helped me discover just the right shade! This is my first use of batiks. I know! Where have I been? What was I thinking? I visited Colorful Quilts, while MN Shop Hopping. I found some wonderful batiks there, too. Tomorrow, I will bind these in the same fabric as the outer border...just had to get them on the blog. They will look even prettier when bound!


The backing fabric was available during the 2007 Minnesota Shop Hop this past August. Because the wall quilts are gifts for a MN native who now lives in CA and a brave CA native who explored MN this summer (and lived to tell about it), I think the fabric will be a fun reminder of all things MN. I live in the Lake Superior area. The famous Mall of America is a about 200 miles south of Duluth in the Minneapolis area...but most of the really good stuff is up here in the Northland!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Stillmeadow Companions

Tanna and Lucy Lou
~ Ferocious Guard Dogs ~

Ginger cat, Simon & Schuster.
"The Publishers"
Completely exhausted after
a long day of editing...
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Monday, October 1, 2007

Things in the yard...

Cecropia caterpillar has spun her way into her cocoon.
Hope she makes it through the harsh MN winter so
she can turn into a beautiful moth in the spring.