Saturday, January 31, 2015

Inspire your Heart

Today is Inspire Your Heart with Art day.  I am not an artist, but with Valentine's Day so close, I thought I would share this quilt with you.

I made this quilt for my late Mother in love several years ago.  She had undergone open heart surgery, and when I found this pattern in a book by Gai Perry, I couldn't resist making it for her.

So go be inspired by something beautiful today.  And be sure to share that beauty with someone else.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January in Florida

So much snow blanketing many parts of the US.  But here in Florida, this is what January looks like.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Good Monday Morning!

I'm sorry that I have been so quiet these past two weeks.  Since the passing of a near and dear family member, there has been a lot going on with arrangements and helping in other ways.  It can be a tiring and emotional time for family members.

But I am here today to announce the winner of my Sock Hop Blog Hop.  Thank you to each one who visited during the blog hop.  It was fun seeing the different patterns made up in the beautiful Island Batik fabrics.  The random generator picked Peggy.  She has an amazing blog called World of Charity Stitching, and I would ask that you stop by and pay her a visit.
World of Charity Stitching

The blog consists of an online group who enjoy making and distributing to those in need.  And it appears to be worldwide.

Wishing you a terrific week.  And Happy Quilting!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sock Hop - Day 7

Welcome to Day 7 of the Sock Hop Blog Hop!  I am the Happy Cottage Quilter and am honored to represent Island Batik as one of their Ambassadors. 

Island Batik is hosting this Sock Hop Blog Hop, visiting various bloggers and Ambassadors to present their new line of fabric.  We have each chosen a classic block to bring to life the new fabric lines.

The Nine Patch is one of the most basic blocks in all of quiltmaking and has probably been around ever since someone first took up a needle and thread.

This easy block is made from nine small squares.  What could be more simple?  Unique color combinations, optical illusions or three dimensional effects are some of the things that happen with seemingly limitless possibilities for setting and arranging Nine Patch blocks.  What wonderful quilts they make!

The Nine Patch blocks can be set straight, or parallel with the sides of the quilt.  Small squares connected diagonally across each Nine patch block results the overall design as diagonal. When the blocks are set diagonally, or on point, the design forms a square grid parallel to the edges of the quilt. The possibilities are endless when you add a variety of fabrics or combine with other pieced blocks. 

 The Island Batik fabric I chose was Johnny B Goode.  A basic pattern for the Nine Patch can be found HERE. 

Island Batik is giving away 2 Bundles of one of their newest lines.  Go to the Island Batik blog to sign up on their Rafflecopter

And as a little extra giveaway, I will be giving away a selection of 5" charms of Island Batik fabrics.

Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the giveaway.  The giveaway will be open until next Sunday. Please be sure to leave a way to contact you.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy quilting and blog hopping!!

Here’s the schedule of bloggers, blocks, and fabrics. Don’t miss a day!
1/12 – Island Batik 
1/13 – Susan Vassallo Quilting Arts – Topsy Turvey Log Cabin
1/14 – Freemotion by the River – 54-40 in Running Water
1/15 – Beaquilter – Hunter Star in Crimson Tide
1/16 – One Quilting Circle – Flying Geese
1/17 – Mary Mack’s Blog – Sisters Choice in Down in the Boondocks
1/18 – Happy Cottage Quilter – Nine Patch in Johnny B Goode
1/19 – Kauffman Designs – Drunkard’s Path in Downtown
1/20 – Tamarinis – Pinwheel in Saturday Night Fever
1/21 – Bejeweled Quilts – Maple Leaf in La Bamba
1/22 – Six Gables Designs – Friendship Star in Full Bloom
1/23 – Purrfect Spots – Duck and Ducklings in No Particular Place to Go
1/24 – Inchworm Fabrics – Another Star in In the Summer Time
1/25 – Sew Fresh Quilts – Stepping Stones in Cry Me a River

Monday, January 12, 2015

He is at peace

A man I've known for over 40 years has gone home to be with the Lord on Friday morning.  My dear father in law, 95 years young, left the shackles of this life and is no longer in pain or sorrow.  He deeply missed his wife of almost 70 years when she passed away 3 years ago.  It was so sad to see him mourn the love of his life.  He was a kind, gentle, quiet man, who loved his family and his country.  He served in World War 2, and worked hard to provide for his wife and 5 children.  He enjoyed fishing and bowling, and bowled every Thursday until a stroke brought him down in late October.
He will be missed by his children, 9 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. But we have the blessed assurance that one day we will all be reunited together in heaven.