Monday, January 21, 2013


Back in the fall of 2009, when I started this little blog, I got much encouragement from a few ladies.  One of these fine ladies was Rene'.  She always had such kind words, and her quilts inspired me to reach out and try new things.  Well, once upon a time she made a quilt that I loved, and had never seen anything like.  Being the kind of gal I am, I pestered and stalked her, begging for her to tell me how she did it...send me a copy of her scribbled wanderings...make a pattern and let me purchase it.  I was desperate!

I know for a fact I am not the only gal to love Rene's Peace Quilt.  Sweet!  She developed a pattern!!!  Then, glory be, she sent a rough draft to little, old, stalker me!  Well, what was I to do?  I offered to test for her.

Behold, my version of Rene's Peace Quilt Pattern!!!

I chose to make the lap version of her quilt.  The pattern is great though, and has three size options.  I just love that in a pattern.  The larger quilt has pinwheels making up the peace sign.  It is definitely on my to do list!

I loved how the pattern was designed to be pre-cut friendly.  I got these great batiks at a LQS, and since the pattern is a PDF download, I was able to get started quickly.

edited to add:  Moda Rainbow batik charms are still available at The Quilt Shoppe, and she will mail them to you.  Just call Dawn at 765-649-9102.

The directions were excellent, and the corners met crisply.  I love that!!  I was able to make this even while my home is undergoing renovations.  All in all it is a great pattern that was a ton of fun to make!

Several lovely ladies are throwing bloggy parties for Rene'.  
Here is the schedule of events:

Tuesday, January 22 - Michele at  Nostalgic Cafe
Wednesday, January 23 - Cindy at  Live a Colorful Life
Thursday, January 24 - Michelle at  Frustrated Quilter
Friday, January 25 - Stephanie at Peas in a Pod
Monday, January 28 - Terri at Terri's Notebook
Tuesday, January 29 - Doris at Made by a Brunnette
Wednesday, January 30 - Mary at Mary on Lake Pulaski
Thursday, January 31 - Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts
Friday, February 1 - back to me Rene' at Rene' Creates  for a give away!

I am so honored to be the first host!  Even better, Rene' is offering a free pattern to one of my readers.  Just leave a comment on this post, and be sure I will have a way to email you.  But don't stop there, visit all these ladies for chances to win. 

The giveaway will close Friday, February 1.



Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Chaos Defined: there is nothing pretty here to see!

Thought I would pop in to let those of you not on Pinterest or Instagram know that I am alive, just not sewing much.

When I pulled up carpet in our bathroom, (yeah, CARPET IN THE BATHROOM= hiding something) I found duct tape holding tile down. Underneath all that was subfloor damage from a water leak we were unaware of...because of the carpet.

So this is what my bathroom currently looks like. This time porcelain tile is going in, no carpet. Ha ha!

Of course, one floor leads to another. We are tiling the hall and dining room as well. We had an oak rail taken out in this room making it seem bigger. The nasty paneling will come out too. I will also remove the wall paper. I can't complain about the wallpaper too much because it is my own fault!

But this all means this room will go back to being a dining room again. My quilting corner is again homeless. *sigh*

Well, that is not all, oh no that is not all! We are putting tile in the kitchen too. Only, we want to replace the cabinets in the future (when we fall into a pot of money) so for now we are moving the lower cabinets to tile to the wall, then putting them back in, as well as bringing back the cabinets that were removed for installation of the dishwasher. After killing two dishwashers in six years, I am not eager to spend any more money on dishwashers!

Of course all that open space seems almost peaceful.

Most of my kitchen and sewing paraphernalia is toted and stacked in the family room.

And here is our make shift food station in our living room. Boy, I get tired just thinking about putting it all back this weekend!
Well, that is just part of my Christmas story this year. Here is another of my Christmas presents:

I got a used minivan! Such a blessing because the twelve passenger extended cab van (known as the Maxi van) is a little slippery in this snowy weather we have been having.

Unfortunately, 8 hours later it was hit by a distracted teen driver while we were looking at Christmas lights. I might get it back in a couple of weeks. No one was hurt at least.

Can I get a break from Christmas Break please?