A Sign of Hospitality

I searched and searched this house for a pineapple (other than the can in the pantry). An Instagram daily photo prompt is the source of this distress. I knew I wouldn’t be venturing out on the town today so it was up to me to get creative. And since the last Sunday Sampler was in March before the April AtoZ Blog Challenge, it’s definitely past time for a new one!

Grabbed the tools, the fabric and a little inspiration from Pinterest — not necessarily in that order.

Cut enough squares to make 3 of these quilt squares. I don’t think they’ll be used together but you never know?

After a few minor adjustments – like increasing the size of the squares that were to become 1/2 square triangle blocks – I think I accomplished what I set out to do.

A little batting, backing ,basting and it’ll be quilting time! My plan? A wall hanger will be the final outcome of this symbol of hospitality. Thanks for visiting!

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Pastel Bavarian/Sunday Sampler

This is Sunday and time for the latest photo proof of my needle labors.

There are many free tutorials online that demonstrate this technique called Bavarian Crochet. I chose to purchase a book because I am old fashioned like that.

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Each motif is about 2 inches across.

I have to admit that it took me 3 attempts to finish the beginning (blue) section before I could do the color change. I started this in the waiting room January 19 during my mother’s heart stent surgery. There was another crocheter passing by who was certain she knew exactly how I needed to accomplish the pattern. Guess what? She was stumped too. lol My loving sister was silently observing during this moment and I could see her silently chuckling to herself. The joke was between us but I’ll let you in on it……she knew I would figure it out just fine without this lady’s interference. I definitely caught her eye roll as the woman bragged on her ‘years’ of crocheting as punishment as a child.

Crochet for punishment?? Whatever?!

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Crocheters of the world, I hope you enjoy this rendition of ‘Crochet Crime and Punishment’. As far as I’m concerned, I’ll be just fine sitting on my back porch with needles and thread. Punish away!

Sweet Stripes/WPC/Sunday Sampler

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To begin with, I like to provide pillows to the children in my home daycare. Soft spots to lay your head when you aren’t really ready to be awake yet. Getting here at 6:30 a.m. is not always on the agenda of a child under age 5. Getting up from nap can have the same outcome. They often let everyone know. Pillows offer something to clutch, hug, squeeze, sit on or even punch. There are days you don’t know what you’ll get in the realm of childhood emotions. I present an option to keep those pillows neat as a button and the children Sweet on this Sunday Sampler.IMG_0937

Now lately, some pillows have been coming undone from their protective cases. This is with the help of little hands. This new discovery of “I can pull out the pillow” is a great dexterity skill but, as the whole country knows, flu season has been relentless and not keeping pillows sanitary is not an option. So to keep pillows safeguarded, I am putting my snap tool to use. Why?

  1. Because I don’t have time to make feel like making 15 more pillow cases with envelope closures.
  2. Snaps are more secure because…..
  3. They would soon figure out the envelope opens up.
  4. Never, ever underestimate the ingenuity of a 2 year old.
  5. Or even a 1 year old.
  6. Trust me on this!
  7. I’ve even had the pleasure of seeing a child stick feet into 2 separate pillows to walk around pretending they had Big feet this winter. Who’dathunk?! (but it was cute).

Now that I’ve made my case, here’s a little slide show of my tool and the finished result.

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Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!!

 

No Skating/ WPC/ Sunday Sampler

More Stitching, Less Bi#$hing. My mantra for the week. I would have loved to head out on a nice neighborhood walk to participate with a lovely, picturesque view as your ‘Tour Guide” in the Weekly Photo Challenge, but the weather didn’t cooperate all weekend. We ended up with this view out my back door.

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No skating for me.

So you’re going to get a tour through a quiet weekend at home alongside my sewing machine. Hopefully it’s not too boring for you.

Choosing the pattern first, I thought this one would be user friendly for my out-of-practice dressmaking skills. I can’t even remember the last time I made a garment — out of fabric that is. There have been plenty of hats, shawls and the like via crochet just to clarify.

I like the new look of the flared sleeves. But for myself, they are not practical. I’m the roll-up-your-sleeves kind of gal during the week. I have to wash hands, dishes, toys and wipe too many noses during the day in my line of work to bother with that style. So I decided on View D.

Drum roll………….

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Thanks for dropping in on this cold, Missouri Sunday Sampler!

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Framed/Sunday Sampler

I recently read something that said, “Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story.” What a great way to describe my latest Sunday Sampler finished project.

In a prior post, I showed a gift from Aunt Maybelle and my plan for it. This was my Christmas break undertaking. It was time to do some quilting that had been on the backburner for a bit due to life in general. Here’s a picture to refresh your memory. ChristmasEveBlog2

I’m please to say the block is completed and ready to put on display. Before going further, I wanted to share a picture tutorial of one way to display a single quilt block should you ever find yourself in possession of one of these gems.

A slide show seems to be the best format for today’s share. So hope you enjoy seeing the process I chose to complete my latest piece of hand quilting.

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And for the finale’, I present The Dresden Plate. The start of my own “Beloved” unique wall ‘plate’ collection.

Thank you so much Aunt Maybelle! I am extremely lucky to have such a great encourager of my hobby! Love you bunches!

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Help With the Dishes/Sunday Sampler

It’s snowing here in central Missouri this morning. Not our first, but another one of those little 1 inch varieties. Just enough to keep me home. The plus to that is I find things to do that need doing. Dishes are always on that list.

This Sunday Sampler, I decided to share a little something from the shop that you might be interested in using to dress up the kitchen counter while doing the dreaded dishes.

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Should you decide to make one yourself, all you’ll need is some fabric sewn together in a pleasing pattern, cotton batting for the center, another fabric for you backing and some bias binding for your edge finish. I would recommend the cotton batting for good absorption. You might also upcycle an old towel or cotton blanket for the middle layer. Be creative!

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Here’s a little peek at the backing and binding.

In case the dish mat is not your thing, there are a few other ideas for its use.

  1. Dresser Scarf
  2. Candle Mat
  3. Place mat
  4. Doll blanket
  5. Wall hanger
  6. Pet Dish Placemat
  7. Snack Mat
  8. Mug Rug

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Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!

Icing/Sunday Sampler

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While the world is trying to ice up outside this morning here in Mid-Missouri, I’m going to show you a little recipe from yesterday. It was the hubby’s birthday and I wanted to change up the typical cake result. What better way than with the frosting??

The recipe below is from a 1st edition of America Cooks, my Etsy find and a wonderful reference in case you care to look one up. Be prepared to pay. They are highly sought after and I am grateful to have found mine.

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Before the toppings begin though, you naturally have to have the cake. So, whipped it up, poured it into 3 pans, and baked it.

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Do you know how much a difference an extra cake layer can make? Trust me, it elevates flavor to a new level. No pun intended.

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Very sloppy appearance here but I had only a teeny window of opportunity for the picture taking. Had to work fast to keep the cake layers from sliding and breaking.

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And there you go, a little glazed on the sides but it didn’t disappoint the samplers. Mission accomplished, a keeper recipe and another birthday for the books. Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!

 

2017 Favorites/WPC/Sunday Sampler

2017 Favorites

 

This is the last post for 2017 Favorites”>2017 and as the title states, it’ll have my favorites for the year. So without further ado, I hope you’ll enjoy my little rendition from various photo/blog entries of the past year.

To begin on the Sunday Sampler portion of the blog, I introduced my lovely bride-to-be-niece shopping with me for a quilt project. This was a true delight to me to have another member of the next generation interested in creativity of this kind. I was very honored to make the couple a quilt for signatures and sentiments at their wedding reception. And of course, love went into every stitch 🙂

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The post that went with this pic also had the most likes for the2017 Favorites“> WordPress Photo Challenge this year. Seems roads to fabric stores are favorable to many.

Which leads to the next pic which won the 3rd most Hearts on my Instagram page for 2017…

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But it was my personal favorite for the Little Moments app project. (yes, I have been neglecting you a tad bit WordPress) 

And at this point, I would be amiss to not mention the A to Z Challenge from April 2017.

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The vote for here on Word Press was a tie between black and blue. On my Facebook page, the blue was the winner. Sadly, I still need to make those sashings. It is coming soon. Gotta be ready for the A to Z of 2018 so wouldn’t want to leave this behind. It will be hand quilted by myself and will be no small feat with my schedule.

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For my Thursday Doors entries this past year, the post with the most likes was my post on Route 66. I’m pretty sure it must be the idea of Ice Cream that did the trick. Ted Drewes being world reknown might have a teeny bit of influence as well. 😉 And my lovely models truly enjoyed that refreshment–as did the hubster and I.

Here’s to a Wonderful, Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New 2018 to all of you!!                 As always, thanks for reading!

Missing You/ Sunday Sampler

I’m back with the Sunday Sampler this Christmas Eve 2017. And Quilting is the topic. I’ve been taking advantage of some time off for Christmas by readying some projects for time consumption. Winter keeps many of us indoors more and I am no exception. What better time to be reunited with one of my favorite creative outlets, quilting?!

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The pattern above is shown with scraps but a grey background. I chose the tan instead. It definitely needs a neutral solid to make the colorful scraps stand out. The only downside is that I wish I would have made the blocks a little larger than the pattern dictated. It could have been much bigger had I done so. Noting it on the pattern for next time.

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Larger view of the quilt. It’ll most likely be a table topper. Maybe for the outdoor patio table this summer?? (I say this as we’ve just received our first measurable snow for the winter.)

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This is what we quilters call a OBW (One Block Wonder). I have more than one of these from my aunt but this one is the most complete so I have a plan for it once it has been quilted. Hand quilting is a longer process, but it is well worth it. Not to mention, this block deserves that tender care as it is old and a little fragile. Well worth saving.

Hope you’ll check out the other Sunday Sampler posts from past Sundays by clicking the tab at the top of this page. And…..

Wishing you all the very best in holiday wishes today as you celebrate!

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

Pulling the Plug/Sunday Sampler

Introducing my newest model for the Etsy shop. We were just about ready for breakfast bright and early one morning last week when I took advantage of a wide awake young lady in a very happy mood. Perfect recipe for some Fun photos!

Special thanks to her parents for giving me the chance to feature this little princess!            Love That Face!!

Thanks for stopping in for this week’s Sunday Sampler!!