Sunday, April 24, 2011

Things to Remember...

Is it my age?
I'm getting so forgetful!! A few really nice things happened to me this past week that I forgot about...!
I'm straightening up the living room, and what do I find?  Some beautiful mail!

Thelma at Cupcakes 'n Daisies sent this beautiful mug rug and lovely encouraging letter AND post-it notes!! How did she know I love, love, love post-it notes!?! :-D  I even have post-it note fabric in my All about Me quilt!! Very cool, Thelma! and thank you so much.  She sent the gift to me for finishing Eventide, a Miss Rosie pattern quilt-along she hosted.  It was such fun to do -- and she's giving me a gift!?! Awesome!

I also got my fabric from Diane in the Hands-2-Help Challenge over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict!  The quilts we make from this challenge will go to orphans in Romania.
I'm seeing pinwheels or something equally light-hearted and playful with this bright fabric! Fun, fun, fun!  
Joanne over at Thread Head is hosting two weeks of practicing your free-motion quilting! I've not officially joined (I'm so intimidated!), but I practiced and managed to passably quilt one of my UFO's for this month.  Pick Up Sticks is a Jo Morton quilt, and I used my walking foot to quilt in the ditch between the "sticks" then free-motioned the feathers on the border.  The back doesn't look as good as the front (I should have used a better matching thread to camouflage my mistakes!! LOL), but it's not too bad as one of my first efforts on my home sewing machine.

 Finally, I got this in the mail yesterday:
The Mary Mannakee Quilt block-of-the-month from Common Threads.  I have NO recollection of ordering this BOM! LOL None!! But I love it -- and it's red and green and so pretty!!!!  So, whether I remember it or not, I'm NOT sending it back!! LOL  It goes on the list. Or I may break over and start it...

If I don't forget!!

Psalm 103
 1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

On this Easter Sunday, I dare not forget His benefits -- the most important being that He conquered death, hell and the grave!! -- and that He did this for you and me!!

Praise the Lord!

P.S.!!  I almost forgot -- the Traveling Stash!!! chose number 37 from the entries:  Jen W who said, "Would love to explore this box!!!  I've got MANY things to add to it also - just never want to GIVE away good sewing supplies...I always want them to go to a good home where they'll be used. Awesome idea!!!"  An email is winging it's way to Jen!! Thanks to everyone who commented!!


Rachel said...

I think you did a great job on your FMQ. You just have to keep practicing, FMQ is one of those things where practice really does make perfect. :)


Sarah Craig said...

Wow, your feathers look awesome! I haven't tried those yet - no time to stop and practice! But you're doing great!! And I love your H2H fabrics - they'll make a great quilt!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Great job on your 'practic' piece - I think you did an awesome job on those feathers. Your H2H fun flowers and dotty fabric would make a lovely pinwheel - love that idea.

Paulette said...

Your practice FMQ is pretty impressive! I'm going to have to check that link out. Love your fun swap fabrics from Diane.

Handmade Crafts Done While RVing Blog said...

Practice does make perfect but you did better then that on your first try. I am seeing pinwheels in your future.

Happy Easter!!

Diane said...

your quilting looks great! way to go!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

ooo a traveling stash, I have one of those headed my way now. Can't wait to get my box and see what kind of goodies are in it.

Carol said...

Your feathers look fantastic! Your fabrics are going to make a wonderful quilt...yes looks like happy pinwheels to me too.

Ruth said...

You did a great job on your quilting! I'm doing the FMQ challenge and for me, I think it will help to force myself to practice.

Jen W said...

Mary Lou, it's Jen W! Just checked your blog this morning and saw that I won the box! I'm SOOOO EXCITED!!!
Thank you ever so much for the opportunity to join the giveaway.
Can't wait!

Me and My Stitches said...

Your machine quilting looks wonderful! I have tried, but just can't do it - I will stick to hand quilting for now (and my local MQ!).

Crispy said...

Now that is being VERY forgetful LOL. Such wonderful gifts your received. I didn't know anyone was offering the Manakee as a BOM, not that I would do a BOM anyway as I already have the pattern. Besides, I will NEVER do another red & green quilt....gimme LOTS of color :0)


Crispy said...

Oh I forgot to say, your feathers are awesome!! I can't draw one on paper let alone with a sewing machine!! Well Done Girl Friend!!


Lori said...

How fun to find "forgotten" mail!!

Janet said...

I think your Free motion quilting looks wonderful!! What a great finish.

Cheri said...

I really like the fabrics in the Mary Mannakee quilt. I have been on the fence about starting this block of the month but seeing your pattern and first blocks fabric I feel myself tipping.


Barb said...

what a cheery mug rug - and missing mail is such a joy.
Your quilting looks really great, first time, seriously? you look like an old pro!

Anne said...

Didn't see any mistakes to camouflage! You did a great job quilting that lovely piece!

I saw that Jen W won the stash box, but I was unable to locate her most current blog. I'd like to follow the box on its journey, so if you happen to know the winner's blog address, let me know. Thanks!