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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My Nauvoo Quilt

I Can't believe I'm adding another posting in the month of February...
I just had to get this quilt, (I call it a blanket quilts because it's light weight but it's a quilt never the less)...posted
Last March my husband and I went on a Mission to Nauvoo Illinois, which is a little town of 1100 people on the East side of the Mississippi River...We were there for 6 months...My husband worked main with the horses and drove the wagon and carriage touring the town and country side, showing the visitors what Nauvoo looked like in the 1840s... I gave tours to the visitors of the different homes and businesses that were there in the 1840s and shared the stories of how the people lived and how the town grew to 20,000 during the time period they were there...A total of 7 years...
So when we were done with our day jobs...in the evening we did live performances for the visitors...We had 3 shows going on every evening accept Sunday...We as Seniors performance 4 nights a week..We had 3 different casts for the seniors...2 nights a week we performed 2 shows a night because there were so many people there visiting...Summer is a very busy time there in Nauvoo...all this is free to the public...no cost other than your lodging and food... Click on this website and check it out...it's a wonderful place to visit...www.historicnauvoo.net 
So now that you have a little history I'll move on to my quilt....We didn't have TV to watch and I like to keep my hands busy...so I when shopping (we had one day a week to shop, clean, and prepare for the next week,our day was Wednesday...)
I visited Hobby Lobby which was 45 miles from where we were living...and I found this cross stitch pattern of quilt squares...fell in love with the pattern...so I bought a set of 12 squares...and with my off time and sometimes at the homes were were showing we weren't busy so I'd work on my squares...needless to say I didn't finish the quilt squares while there.  It has taken me 5 months longer to complete all the squares and to put the quilt together...and quilt it all...
So this is the finished product...just got it completed this past week...


This quilt is a real treasure to me and I'll be hanging on to it...all is hand stitched except for sewing the seams to each square and adding the binding...I didn't use a frame to quilt it either...first time trying that...and it wasn't bad...












Another project done...I still have one more quilt like this one (different design) to put together...all hand work again...I've got all the squares done now to put it together...may wait until next winter...however, I love to see the finished product...So back to the drawing board...still have a line up of projects I'm working on and need to finish...Hope to be back on my blog in the months to come...til another time...it's good to check in once in a while....bye for now...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Card Making Makes Great Gift

It's been awhile once again since I've been on my blog...Sorry...been working on my new quilt too many hours.. But here's a project I just finished for a friend of mine....Her birthday was the 8th of February and she turned 87 years old...Now my thought was what can you get someone that pretty much has everything she wants or needs...So I came up with the idea to make her a few cards and put them into a pretty box and this way she can sent out birthday cards, notes to friends, or thank you cards...
 The first card I choose to do is more for the boys in her family..I think it's always hard to find/make the cards for the males in our family...I don't know why...but I seem to always draw a blank when it comes to these types of cards...
 Next comes what I call my 'Hello' card...this card can pretty much be used for what ever the event is...plenty of room on the inside to write a nice little note...I like using this type of card when I've hear
a talk in church or Relief Society that has touched me...I like to sent a little card to let the teacher know just
how her lesson/talk affected me....
 A Thank You card... Never have too many of these on hand...
 The last is another set of Birthday Cards...for girls this time...
And last is the box the cards will go into, and each set of card are bundled up together with their envelopes (which have been also decorated up with the same paper as their card) and a ribbon around each set.. along with a pink pen..I'm sure she will be happy to have these cards. This was a fun gift to make...Next posting I hope will be my quilt...Watch for it...just have the binding and one little session to still quilt and I'll be done with it...I'll be sure to post when it's finished...Next project...I'll surprise you...Keep watching and reading....
TaTa...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hello all!!!!       Thought I'd check out my poor blog I've forgotten for so long (13 months, 2 days) pitiful I know...but I have good reason...I've been gone for the past 7 months....but am now home to stay and will
get  better with my blogging...Here are a few things I've done in the pasted month...sorry I put them all together but it was easier...New Year's Resolution to self: Time to improve blog!!! Please feel free to read the happenings of the past month or so...(since I've gotten home) and I'll be back!!!!


I had a few bean I needed to get canned so the last couple of days I've been busy canning  ham and beans...had to buy a new stove and a new pressure canner/cooker..and of course I needed to try them out...ended up canning ham and beans, split pea soup, bacon, chicken, chicken broth...not all with my new canner....The bacon was my down fall...oh, it turned our yummy I did bacon bits...however, the canner for some reason went dry and it warped my canner...and this is when I have to say it's great to shop Walmart...they were so good to me..they exchanged it for a new one the very same model of course...and my canner was over a year old...I explained to the customer service person what had happened. I told the truth) and he exchanged it...I love their customer service..


 These two pictures above are of a scarf I made.  I got the pattern when I was in Nauvoo Illinois for 6 months...I'll be teaching a class this next week end so others can make it...it's so easy or  4 to 6 stitches  depending on how long you want it...

 These two pictures are of my Halloween/harvest decorations....the best I could do just getting home from being gone for about 7 months....Hopefully Christmas will be more festive....
 My pretty new stove...smooth top (love, love, love it)..and my new pressure canner...the front burner is 12" which is big enough for my pressure canner...that was part of the problem with my other stove burner was only 8 1/2" which was really too small for canning...




Last but not least is my food storage room...all the above picture are of my storage room....I'm trying to get it organized....it's been a few years since I've done it...I need some order as to what all I have on hand...these pictures don't really give it a good view....Now my canning isn't completed for the year just yet....still want to can some beef....hamburger and stew meat....I love canning.....all the jars are so pretty!!!  So now you know what I've been doing with my time since I got home from my summer's vacation in Nauvoo, Illinois....Hopefully I'll do better this next year and keep onto of my blogging and keep you more up to date....However, though I left Scrap Me With Style for a little over a year I did set up another blog called Pioneerbyday.blogspot.com you can check out and it will show you what I was doing all summer....Hopefully I'll be back again before the end of the year...Until next time...have a great day!!!



Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Winter Project #1 Jewerly

It's been months since I've written on my blog...and lots has been going on...Now with winter on it's way......My canning coming to an end (still have chicken to put up next week, my first time using a pressure cooker!. I'll have do another posting when I get done)...anyway back to my winter projects...I was trying to be supportive of my daughter-in-law...she has some old necklaces that belonged to her mother, and she wanted to turn them into new ones! We have a friend that offered to teach us how to make jewerly...WELL, OMG, that's all I needed...An invitation to learn how to make jewerly...and I'm off and running...now the problem I have is: Jewerly -vs -quilting...hummmm!! Both are so much fun and use my creative juices...So okay, here are a few of my jewerly pieces I've made in the last week...
This necklace is dark raspberry....I'm wearing it today with a black top...



Next I completed a pink and kindof yellow necklace...don't know what I'll wear it with...oh wait, I have a pretty jacket it will go with...there you go....I knew I had something.


This is my favorite set...Necklace, bracelet, and earrings. I love the color, I have another jacket that this set will go with...


This is a little brown piece I put together in a hurry...still need to make the earrings to go with it...


This necklace is in browns and golds...very pretty and nice looking for the fall...yes, I have something to wear it with too...(brown skirt and jacket). Need earrings for this one too...


This is my last piece...black...I have plenty to wear it with...this has been so much fun....can't wait to get started on my next project...Fun project for winter!!! Ok, now to be fair to my other projects...I guess I need to go work on my quilt I have ready to sew together....catch ya later!!!













Monday, May 30, 2011

Just Thinking!

I am so sorry I haven't had much to post for awhile...but about 6 weeks ago I had hand surgery
and all my crafts (quilts etc) had to be put on hold for awhile...I have pressed my fabric and hope to start cutting out some squares for my next fat quarter quilt...So please continue to visit
me and watch for the uncoming pictures of my next project....Til then, keep your chin up and remember 'It isn't the impression you make when you enter a room or meet someone, it's the impression you leave behind that matters"

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Finished Quilt

Can you guess what I was able to put into this 12x12x6" priority Mail box? Love these boxes!! Can you say queen size quilt!! Yep, you got it right!! A Queen size quilt!!! Pretty good huh?? These are my new 2 best friends! Let me introduce them to you...Simplicity Rotary Cutting Machine and a Simplicity Bias Tape Maker...love, love, love these little machines...They too, could be yours..just hurry down to Jo-Ann Fabric between April 3 and 23. They are on sale!! (Just a note, the Rotary Cutting Machine can also be used with scrap booking! Sweet!! Another plus as to why to buy it. Never have too many tools)


In my last post I shared with you the Rotary Cutting Machine so this post I will explain the Bias Tape Maker.


This is what the machine looks like when you first open it...comes in a nice little case...packs away easily...





My bias tape is ready to go into the machine and be folder...that's what the Bias tape machine does..it presses the fabric in half...ready for you to sew to your quilt or place mat or what every you're making that needs the bias tape. Mine will be on the quilt I'm making..


Here's the first picture of my finished quilt...I really need to learn how to display my projects..these pictures really don't do it justice...(not to brag...just fact!!! If I do say so myself)


Okay, so I moved into the dining room and tried there...not so sure it is any better! however, you can see the squares better. this quilt is called 'turning twenty' using 'fat quarters pre-cut fabric' love, love, love the fat quarters....it makes the quilt go together so quickly...Back to my quilt, I quilted a flower in square. I used crochet thread #10 rather than quilting thread.





Here I am holding my finished project...Zach and Lizzy's wedding gift! (I'm only 2 months late with it) sorry not real good lighting...or maybe too much light!! Anyway this was a fun project and I see in the next ad from Jo-Ann Fabric they have some fun color fabric that I'm going to have to go buy so I can make more of these quilts....I figure if I keep working on the tops and getting them together...then when the next grandchild gets married I'll be ahead of the game...going to have to do some spring cleaning and make room for my quilts...I'm hooked on making quilts...it was so much fun...and like I said before I love, love, love the fat quarter fabric!!! Guess now it's time to make my list and check it twice for projects I've not completed and get myself busy and add a new word to my vocabulary. Can you guess what the word is??? 'COMPLETION' (of projects). So until I find the time to get back to you...have fun and I'll be as busy as a bee, working hard to complete these outstanding projects so I can make room for my quilts!!! TaTa!!until we meet again!!