Friday, January 31, 2014

{This Moment}

{This Moment}
 A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

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SouleMama 's {This Moment} 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Scrappy Frog and Toad Update

All of my projects seem to be WIPs right now.
I feel like I always pick the most complicated and time consuming projects.
I guess it's what I like. 
I am still on block #10 of HocusPocusVille, 
I think I have 27 blocks made for my 'Farmer's Wife' and there are about 111.
I'm stitching 'And A Forest Grew' and it's pretty big. (I'm loving it so much)
Also I am on block #3 of Frosty Forest which will be a 9 month stitchery. 
And then I have my Scappy Frog and Toad...
Only 28 made.

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It's really called 'Frog Pond' but I changed the name because I love toads just as much as frogs. So I'm making my little amphibians look like frogs and toads.
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I've added a few frogs and toad on logs also...
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but I'm not sure if they be in the center , middle ring or outer ring yet.
These guys are a tedious little block to made.
It takes me almost 2 hours to cut out and sew two.

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But in the end, if that ever comes, I know I will love this quilt!

In my backyard...
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We've had snow a few times.
I love a good snow but I'm pretty over it now and am positively ready for Spring.
I miss my chipmunk, the bees, the frogs and toads
the caterpillars and the butterflies.
I even miss the spiders.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Aussie Baubles

I bought this kit 2 or 3 years ago. I bought it because my son who is animal crazy,
loves Australian animals and wants to visit or live in Australia one day. (because of their cool animals)
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This is block 3 of a whole Aussie animal Christmas quilt and the pattern is by McKenna Ryan.
So, I started it years ago thinking I would give it to my son for Christmas that year.
I had all the pieces fused and cut out ready to add to the background but
it never got done,

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until now! I finally pulled it back out and was determined to finish it up.
My son's birthday is in February so now it will be a birthday gift for this year.
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I quilted it while watching one of my favorite musicals, 'The Fiddler on the Roof'.  And as my son came in to see the progress! Yes, even though it's a gift for him... he knows about it and has watched the progression of the little quilt. I love that he gets excited about it's progress (and the animals on it) and can see the work that his mom has put into it.
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We both think it turned out super cute!

The animals from left to right : a Sugar Glider,  a Bilby , a Tawny Frogmouth (which is my fav of the 4), another Sugar Glider and a Kookaburra. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

And A Forest Grew

In my stitching world...
It's growing and I am loving it
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'And A Forest Grew' by Karen Kluba of Rosewood Manor
I love the details... all the different trees and animals. Lots of birds...
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(The linen is white, not light blue. I took the photos at dusk)

One of my 'stitching' New Year's Resolutions (goals) is to work on and try to finish stitching my 'And A Forest Grew'. If I don't finish, that is ok. I will enjoy every stitch!

In my backyard world...
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My husband surprised me with a cool Squirrel Buster bird feeder this week.
I just put it up today so we'll see how Jeffery the Ninja squirrel likes that!
This little guy likes to watch me through my kitchen window to make sure I am going to feed him daily.

In my world lately..
My sweet children took me to the Virginia Historic Society to see a quilt show.

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It was called "The Great Western Virginia Cover-Up : Historic Quilts & Bedcovers".
It was an exhibition from the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum of Ferrum Colllege.
I think my children even enjoyed it a little bit.
My youngest was going around trying to figure out which quilt was oldest.

Happy Stitching

Friday, January 3, 2014

Snowy Deer

My favorite so far...
'Snowy Deer'
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This is the second block in the 'Frosty Forest' series.
I'm not using the where the snowflake button would have gone,
I stitched a female cardinal flying.
I love her.
I love the trees in this block too. The colors are gorgeous!
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I can't wait to get the next block.

In my backyard...
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My sweet female cardinal!!

Our Christmas decorations are mostly taken down and I am a bit sad about that.
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My Pooh Bear ornaments are put away. I've had this one since I was 7 years old.
I am happy that the house is less crowded though.
We rearranged the furniture back and I vacuumed all the pine needles up.
Now back to stitching and sewing!
I hope everyone had a wonderful New Years Eve and
New Years Day!