"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27

Sunday, August 17, 2014


I've been super busy with getting my classroom for school, school starts on Tuesday! I've been trying to find good Christian books for my 3rd through sixth graders to read also.
 A couple of weeks ago we went to Branson for our 19th Anniversary, I found a groupon for an old fashioned photo.

I also got to briefly meet one of my bloggy and treadleon.net friends.  We were passing on a treadle for another friend.  We met in Springfield at the Bass Pro shop there, it's humongous!
Cheryl from Cheryl's Teapots 2 Quilting.  Be sure to check out her blog, like me, she does all of her quilting on people powered machines, but she has a lot more then I do!

I'll leave you with a cute picture of Pippi.  She thinks this is her rocking chair, LOL
Don't forget to vote for me at Lily Pad Quilting!  All of the links are in this post.

Pray for me as a start a new school year, it's been a few years since I taught in a school!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

More Baskets and a reminder

Hello everyone!  I'm sorry I have been so quiet on here, but I started a new job.  Last week I got hired as a part time reading teacher at a local Christian school here.  I am super excited!  That means I am super busy trying to get ready for school to start next week!
Don't forget to vote today over at Lily Pad Quilting.  I have entered the cats on quilts category (#6) which you can see here, and the cat themed quilt category (#54) which you can see here.  If you like my entries, please vote for me!  You can vote here:

A week ago I got several more basket blocks from the Sew Sweet Bee.
These two pink ones came from Pam Kitty Morning.  She said that she did not like the first one, so she made a second one.  I think both look great and will use both of them.
 This pink one came from Amy at a Quilting Sheep and she also sent me a sweet charm pack!

 This last yellow one came from Heather at Vintage Grey and she sent me a sweet fat quarter!

I love how all of the blocks I have been sent have had practically the same fabric on the baskets!  I am loving them!

School starts next week so I am going to be super busy getting my classroom ready.
I hope ya'll have a great day!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cat quilt Finished!

 I am really excited about my wall hanging!  Wednesday last week I decided I wanted to put together my cat blocks from an exchange on Treadleon,net  with the cross stitch Amy gave me.
All of the cat blocks were made with either hand cranks or treadles.  I pieced it all on my Singer 99 hand crank.  I quilted it on my Singer industrial 16.  Pippi was a big help!  I love this picture!
I quilted the border with tiny straight lines, I used the edge of my walking foot as my guide.  I love this bright cat fabric I used!

I was not sure how I wanted to quilt the cats at first and then decided to quilt faces and zig zags on the bodies.  I'm not sure how well you can see it.

You can see the faces better on the dark fabric.  The black block with the yellow fabric has a bird that started as a fish, but my husband said it sill looks like a fish.  LOL

I went ahead and signed the bottom of the quilt in lieu of a label, but I wish I had drawn a paw instead of a spiral.

 The purple has a fish, blue says cats and red says meow.  My paw prints definitely need work though!
 The backing and binding is a navy material with a tan print that says I love my cats with paw prints.
 Here is a close up view of some of the stitching on the back.
 Here is a full view of the back.
I had to show you this picture of Tiger helping me decide where to put the blocks.
I am entering this quilt into the cat quilt category at the Pets on Quilts show at Lily Pad Quilting.  If you like my quilt, please vote for me!
I have also entered a cats on quilt post, be sure to check out that post also to see more of my fur babies!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering

I love blogging about books for Bethany House publishing, sometimes they send me a book to read that I would not normally pick.  Julianna Deering is a new author they introduced to me.
They just sent me Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering.

Here is an excerpt from the book.

I had already read book one and had to go buy book two before reading the third book in the series.  It is part of the Drew Farthering mystery series.  I never knew that I would love murder mysteries!  She is great about inserting how God can help you in different ways and it is part of the story.

Drew Farthering is an English gentleman and Madeline Parker is is an American dubutante, they make a great team solving murders.  I don't want to ruin the story for you, be sure to check out the books, you will really like them!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

August Goals

It's already August!  Can you believe it?  It's time for another month of goal setting!
I counted how many blocks I have left for my scrappy trip around the world blocks, I think there are only 19 blocks left!  So my goal this month is to finish sewing all of my blocks, I can see the end!
 My husband was doing stuff in the living room and I wanted to be near him, so I just set myself up in there with him!  My husband is so sweet and bought me that black table at Wal-Mart, it is adjustable and great.  The best part is I can take it with me on retreats too!
I finished a top!  This is going to be a wall hanging.
The center is a cross stitch made by my friend Amy, she stitched it on burlap.  When I quilt it should I hand quilt it by tying it?  Just the center.  Or can I free motion quilt burlap?
I was thinking of FMQ the word "meow" between paw prints.  I can do that either on the burlap or the cat blocks?  I was also thinking of skinny straight lines on either the cat blocks or the outer border, there is also the idea of tiny free motion circles on the outer border?  What would you do?  I'm hoping to get it quilted tomorrow so I can enter it in the Pets on Quilt Show.

When you set monthly goals, do you prefer setting a lot of goals or easy goals you can attain?

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Cats on Quilts

Welcome to the Pets on Quilts Show from Lily Pad Quilting!  I decided to express what I go through during the making of a quilt when a person has cats and wrote a corny poem illustrated with my cats!  I am entering this photo in the cats on quilts category.
Custard and Oreo on a log cabin quilt my MIL made
Seriously, how do you pick just one photo when you have such cute babies?

Piecing a quilt,
A labor of love,
Stopping to move a ball of fuzz.
Now I'm full of guilt.
Custard on my scrappy trip around the world blocks

Ready to FMQ,
Again, here's the cat,
I gently say, "scat!"
What am I gonna do?

Tiger and Cupcake on a great granny square quilt
Stop, let her sleep,
The camera I grab
Snapping away, she looks fab!
Out of her, not a peep!
Pippi on a nine patch quilt
Now it's time to smile,
The quilt is done,
The race has been won!
But my cat is full of guile!
Tiger on a rail fence quilt
Trying to take a picture,
Don't see a cat anywhere,
Taking the shot with care,
There are the cats out of nowhere!
Custard, Cupcake and Oreo fighting
It's a well known fact:
Cats on quilts,
Quilts on cats,
Where there is a quilt, there is a cat!
Oreo in the wagon on my strings quilt, Cupcake's behind under the quilt, and Pippi sleeping on the log cabin quilt.
Oreo, Custard and Cupcake.  Siblings on the nine patch quilt.
I hope you enjoyed my corny poem!  Don't forget to hop over to the show and see some more great blogs with pets on quilts!
 If you are wondering, yes, I have eight cats but did not want to put more pictures then I already have on here!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

I'm excited!

All of my bloggy friends know I love my cats and love to take pictures of them.  It should be no surprise to anyone that I look forward to the Pets on Quilt Show every year at Lily Pad Quilting.  It is so much fun!  I get to shamelessly share pictures of my cats on quilts!
For more information hop on over to her lily pad!

Oreo and Tiger
I pulled out my cat blocks from the swap I participated in earlier in the year.  I also pulled out the  cross stitch my friend made me and am making a quilt for the cat quilt category!  I'm adding the final borders tonight, I hope I get it done in time!

I also have hundreds of pictures to sort through to find the best cat on quilt picture, what a tough decision!

The blog hop starts on August second, if my quilt is done, be expecting two blog posts that day!  If you like my posts, I hope you vote for my furbabies!

Missy and her fur babies, Precious, Squeeky, Muffin, Tiger, Pippi, Oreo, Custard and Cupcake.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July Finishes

July was a pretty busy month for me!  
First of all, I finished all of my goals!
My first goal was to finish ten more Scrappy Trip Around the World Blocks.  I am almost done with my blocks, if I counted right there are only 19 left!

My second goal was to finish my nine patch quilt for my uncle.  You can read more about that here.  It was finished and received by my uncle.
I also finished this month's BOM.
We also spent ten days on vacation traveling through KY, TN and Atlanta, GA.
I finished the month off having a Pampered Chef party!  If you want to order some Pampered Chef, Thursday is your last chance!

July was a pretty busy month!  Did you meet your goals?  You can see more goals that have been met at the linky party.


A Lovely Year of Finishes

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tea Cups Row!

 I finished my row for this month's BOM!  There are a few days left to get this pattern free!  Just go here to see all of the blocks so far!
 Since I don't drink coffee I am calling these tea cups!  I guess I could also call them hot chocolate cups though.  I'm not sure if everyone knows this, but I love penguins.  I thought this would be a perfect place to use some of my penguin material because if you were to look in my cabinet you would see a lot of different penguin cups.
 I love how the appliqued steam turned out too, I had the perfect material in my stash for it!
 The middle tea cup is tiny snowman, I only had four penguin fabrics that would fit, I did a lot of fussy cutting for these cups!
 I did not have enough of the snowflake fabric so I had to find a blue in my stash that was close and just mix it up, then as soon as I was done I found these two strips!  Oh well, that is one more row that will have dark blue snowflakes!
Just a reminder that I am having a Pampered Chef party.  We had the physical party today and I had five ladies show up.  It was really nice getting to know some ladies better and making new friends!  If you would like to place an order just go here  
 Be sure to click on the "ship to" box and change it from hostess to guest.  Don't worry, Amy will double check all orders to make sure they are being shipped right!
All orders need to be in by Thursday, July 31

What is your favorite Pampered Chef product?  Mine are the scoopers and the chopper, I use them at least once a week!  Imagine never having to cut onions again?  She showed us a new veggie thing that cuts veggies in swirly strips, it was pretty neat!

Have a great Sunday!

"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." Psalm 34:8

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