Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday Stash..Chasing Rainbows...

Happy Saturday! It has been a while since my last blog post. I had hoped for life to get back to some sort of normalcy sooner, but it continued on with much more drama than I had planned. As you know my sister died at the end of February. During the four months that have passed by I came in contact with my father, who I had not seen in fifteen years. As children we were victims of child abuse who became adult survivors. My father apologized to me at my sister's funeral for the years of abuse, but in reality over the past several months of contact with him, nothing had really changed with his personality. It is very sad because he is ninety and I really wanted to believe that I would have a father who would accept me as an individual and an adult. I have finally come to the conclusion as a survivor of a parent who is a pedophile, that sometimes in life it is just better to walk away and begin again. For as sad as these statements may seem, looking ahead will help me return to a quiet, normal life filled with normal things...family, friends, sewing, creating, cooking and working. 

Stress has left me chasing rainbows! In the midst of all of the drama I made way too many purchases and some of them have been fabric! My poor mailman has made almost a daily trek to my doorstop with packages of gorgeous fabric and threads. I haven't done much sewing, but my stash has grown immensely! One of my latest rainbows is from Dear Stella and is a gorgeous collection of Dots!
 The next stack is from V & Company and is actually two of her collections combined. They look so gorgeous together!
 This is actually two fat eighth bundles that I purchased on Instagram from the #greatfabricdestash! One is a Robert Kaufman Remix bundle and the other is a lovely stack of yummy fabrics from different designers.
Free Spirit Solids are always beautiful and the rainbow will divide up nicely into different upcoming projects. Riley Blake dots printed in a gorgeous array of colors just makes me smile all over again!
True Colors by Jenean Morrison and more the combination of additional Dear Stella Fabrics just make a happy collection of fabrics for later use!
There have been many more fabric purchases that were added to my stash, but the common theme of chasing a rainbow for a better day appears to have happened. In my heart I know that whatever happened in the past with my family wasn't my fault, but in my soul I just longed for a meaningful apology to make up for all of the craziness. 

It is time for me to return to sewing again. My sister used to stand at the door of my sewing room when we lived with her for several years in Pittsburgh. She would walk into the room and sit at the extra chair and see what I was making. I miss her opinions and an occasional email from her that would critique a blog post, or correct my grammar. As I return to my new sewing room I will share pictures with you and always think of her. She would want me to sew again and I need to re-find my creative soul to heal the rest of the way. Thank you for following my blog and hanging in there with me. Life truly is a journey. Have a Happy Saturday and Happy Quilting!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hello Again!

Hello Again! Happy Saturday! It's been a while since I've blogged. I hope that all has been well with you. Life has done nothing short of running at record speed since the death of my sister. I have wanted to blog many times, but just have not been able to organize my thoughts enough to sit and type them out. So much has happened since the end of February, but grieving has seemed to fill most of the space in time. Thank you for all of your kind thoughts, emails and cards that we have received. Your friendships mean more than words can say...

My sister died at the end of February and a day has not gone by when I have not thought of her. We used to speak several times a week and it has been odd to not read an email from her or be able to pick up the phone to hear her voice. I miss that the most. From time to time she would email me with typos on my blog or about a post that I have written, so today I dedicate this post to my sister Tammy. Tammy was an Ovarian Cancer survivor for eighteen years. She went to chemo for fifteen years and died waiting for open heart surgery. She was extremely organized and lived her life in a hurry. Tammy was independent, yet at the same time very empty and hollow inside. She used to drive fast, rush through the grocery store and move through a to do list quicker than any person I ever knew. My sister and I were different people, with different dreams and aspirations. She was tall and beautiful and I petite and very plain. We didn't always get along as all siblings have their differences, but she was my big sister and was there for me when there was no one else. Life is just so short. 

We moved at the beginning of this month back to our old neighborhood. We have surrounded ourselves with friends and neighbors that we love and cherish. It feels good to be back again. This time my sewing room is in the living room! I will post pictures as soon as it gets a bit more organized. I hope to start to get back to sewing again soon and sew my way back to feeling happy again.

Before we moved, I made some fabric baskets for some swaps and clubs that I am active with online. The two fabric baskets below were fore some monthly birthday clubs on Flickr and Instagram.
The next two fabric basket pictures below are of one of the Pay it Forward baskets for a woman on Instagram. 
 
The final project below was for a Flickr Swap called the Friendship Bag Swap. This was made for Pam and I decided to make it without handles to be more functional. Pam picked the colors and theme for her friendship bag!
I have fallen behind on the Birthday Club and want to apologize. A mass mailing will go out by Mid May catching up on all of the belated packages. You have not been forgotten, just life got in the way for a while. Pay it Forward Baskets will begin to be made once I get caught up on my Bee Blocks. My goal is to start sewing again this weekend and get back in the swing of things! The signup form is live on Flickr for Round Five of the DS Doll Quilt Swap! This is an international swap and all are welcome. Please visit the Flickr Group to learn more! If you would like to join the Monthly Fabric Swap Group on Flickr the sign up for the May swap is now open! This swap is strictly a fabric, notions and candy swap. The swap is international and all are welcome! I will be posting a Giveaway tomorrow. Have a Happy Saturday and Happy Quilting!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday Stash, Cosmo Textiles...

Happy Sunday! The weekend went by really fast! Hopefully you had time to sew and relax with your family! This week's Sunday Stash features yummy Japanese Fabrics from Cosmo Textiles in Japan! The rainbow of cute, happy novelty prints just makes me smile to look at them!
My first experience with Cosmo Textiles was several years ago in a LQS that no longer exists. I still have some of the fairy tale prints in my stash, waiting for the perfect project! The cute bears, woodland creatures and fun food prints will be used for fabric baskets, an Economy Block Quilt and perhaps a pillow cover. All of the prints came from Fabric Supply on Etsy. If you use Instagram you can follow @bunnydesigns or drool over the hashtag #cosmotextiles! 

Today we continued packing and are getting ready for the big move! We packed 85% of the kitchen and another bookshelf. It will be such a relief to fill the last box and return to our old neighborhood again. What did you do this weekend? Did you get to work on a special project? Hopefully, you did! Well, I better run for now. Have a Happy Sunday and Happy Quilting!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Two Sisters Travelling Stash Box goes to...

Happy Saturday! I hope that your past several weeks have given you time to sew! I have been busy working and packing for the move. March first will be here quickly and my goal is to have everything ready by the end of the month! I have been donating household items to hospice and doing a bit of destashing on Instagram to lighten my load. Most likely more fabrics will go up on Instagram this weekend.

The next recipient of the Two Sisters Travelling Stash is:


Stephanie @ Quarter Incher said...
Wow! You're so generous to replace so many items Leona! I'm glad the other contents are going to a good cause. I haven't done a travelling stash yet but think I'm ready :)
Please email me with your mailing address! 
We have to go to the grocery store today! I have been trying not to purchase too much at a time, so when we move there will very little frozen stuff to contend with. I am hoping to cut fabric for Bee Blocks tonight after we get some packing done. This weekend a Sunday Stash will go up on my blog with some pretty new fabrics to view. What are you doing this weekend? Well, I better run for now. Have a Happy Saturday and Happy Quilting!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Two Sisters...Travelling Stash....

Good morning and Happy Saturday! I have been away from blogging for a while. Life has become busy again with packing to get ready to move and a full time work schedule! This weekend I am going to take some sewing time during the day and pack at night! 

About two weeks ago I received a travelling stash box. This box began it's travels in August of 2012. When I received the box, read the rules and examined its contents, I noticed that the box had grown weary from travelling. The contents of the box that I received will be donated to a church group to use for hospice quilts. The travelling stash is a way to Pay it Forward to quilters. When you receive this box it is filled with an assortment of fabrics, patterns and notions for a wide range and skill level of quilters. The two pictures below are of most of the new items that will travel to the next recipient.
 
The rules to receive this box are fairly simple. You must be an active blogger to receive this box.
  • The definition of a Stash is a secret store of valuables. For quilters it is a collection of usable quality products. The stash contains fabric, patterns and notions. ALL FABRIC IN THE BOX IS AND MUST CONTINUE ON AS QUILT SHOP QUALITY. THE FABRIC SHOULD BE NEW AND UNWASHED. 
  • PATTERNS/BOOKS should be new or in a gently used condition. (No free patterns from the Internet) Books take up a lot of space and the box is limited, so please include fabric instead of a big book.
  • Other items such as tools or notions should be packaged and in new or gently used condition. Nothing should be old or tattered.
  • WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE BOX, feel free to take whatever you like and replace it with the same quantity and QUILT SHOP QUALITY THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED. REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE PAYING IT FORWARD TO THE NEXT QUILTER TO RECEIVE THE BOX. 
The Giveaway for this box will remain open for two weeks. YOU MUST BE AN ACTIVE BLOGGER to receive The Two Sisters Travelling Stash. This box is limited to travel within the United States only. Please leave a comment and the winner will be announced on February 14, 2014. Thank you for visiting my blog, have a Happy Saturday and Happy Quilting!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy New Year...

Happy New Year! I hope that your holidays were wonderful! I took a much needed break from work and blogging to get myself a bit re centered for the New Year! 

My December was pretty busy with work and I didn't take much time off to keep up with my customer's needs for Plumbing Parts. My son and I hung out at home for New Year's eve. We ate some junk food and I fell asleep around ten o'clock. I made a pork roast and some black eyed peas for New Years Day and shared them with my neighbors across the hall.

I didn't do a lot of sewing over the holidays. I mainly ate, spent time with my son and the dog and slept. The projects that I did complete are below.

The fabric basket is for a friend on Flickr in the Munki in the Middle Bee. I love making fabric baskets and this one is delicious! The two pictures are of the front and back of the basket.
 
The next two photos are of blocks for the Strip Quilter's Bee on Flickr. The row created is for my friend Mary who is a quilter that I am in awe of. It will be so exciting to mail this off to her because my row finishes her quilt top! I love the creation of negative space in with the solid black!
 
Mary will also receive a really cute fabric basket to use as a thread catcher in her sewing room! The little panda is Sew adorable!
The post for the 2014 Birthday Club will go up tonight. The parameters have changed a bit due to the International mailing rates spiraling out of control. Wishing you a fantastic week number two in 2014! Have a Happy Sunday and Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas....

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! I hope that your holiday is going well! The day is pretty quiet for us. We made cookies yesterday and today we are bringing a tray of lasagna over to share with our neighbor for the holiday! My friend Katy sent me a X Block and some really cool Japanese fabrics! 
Joni from the Munki in the Middle Bee on flickr sent me a beautiful package with some X Blocks, a gorgeous zipper pouch. For our December round of the Bee we each were able to sew in secret for someone in the Bee! 
The picture blow is of the X Blocks that have been coming in the mail from The Munki in the Middle Bee. The quilt will be gorgeous! I want to add one more row of blocks to this quilt top...
The final project to share is a mini that I made for the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap on Instagram. My secret partner wanted a mini made with Art Gallery Fabrics and text fabrics. The purple and aqua really look pretty together!
Finally, the winner of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway is :
Paula said...I'm in love with all things aqua now. Yum! Thanks for the chance Leona!
I sent Paula an email to let her know! Well, I better run for now. Have a happy Wednesday and Happy Quilting!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!


Thank you for visiting my Blog! I love participating in this giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a Daisy Mae Charm Pack by E.Vive for Benartex Fabrics! The charm pack is filled with bright fun fabrics!
Winning this Giveaway is easy Peasy! This is what you need to do to enter:
Leave a comment about what your favorite color is!
It is just that simple!
This giveaway will end on December 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM.
Winner will be announced on December 15, 2013!
Be sure to visit all of the blogs participating in this event!
Have a Happy Monday and Happy Quilting!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!

Fabric Baskets in the Making...

Happy Monday! I hope that all is well with you! Life has been pretty hectic with work, packing and getting my old house ready to move back into! The move most likely won't take place for several months.
I have been busy in my spare moments trying to get caught up on projects. The four baskets pictured below are for four different swaps. I am not going to name the swaps because it may give away their final destinations!! None the less the baskets are all adorable!
 
 
 
It is exciting to start to make some progress after being sick. There is still a ways to go to get everything finished, but I need to begin to pack my sewing room! Immediately after this post the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway will be posted! Yay!! Have a Happy Monday and Happy Quilting!