Saturday, February 14, 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WE SUPPORT YOU

We Support You


 Welcome to my day on the We Support You blog.  As it happens Feb.4  2015 is World Cancer Day.  I doubt if there are many whose lives have not been touched by this awful illness. In March I will be a 9 year Surivor.  As a survivor of Breast Cancer I entered a whole new world. 

Thank you to Mdm.SammMdm.Samm and Pat for being such great supporters. And please visit my fellow hoppers: 

I sew my way through so many things but it was difficult to choose a project for this. I had a basket of Breast Cancer fabrics picked up over the last years sitting on a shelf which has been calling me for a while.  


So a quilt it was to be.

Very simple square in a square pattern. The top is stitched and ready for the quilter. And a cozy flannel picked for the back.



I did not realize how many different prints I had accumulated.  Or how many had words.

Because when you are diagnosed your world seems to be fragmented into so many pieces I thought a crazy patchwork block was appropriate.

 

We have angels among us. I figured they needed their own memory block.


And for that special friend who so generously offered time, energy and especially emotional support a pillow. She has been my sounding board and always has a listening ear ready.


I belong to a support group for Breast Cancer Survivors.  At the start of each meeting you give your name and the number of years since diagnosis. It is so powerful to hear voices say 28 years ~ 16 years 5 months ~ 6 months etc.  There is so much hope offered in hearing these voices.  Especially for the newly diagnosed and those starting treatment. A whole world of friends sharing wisdom.  

At the end of each Women Alike support meeting we form a circle, join hands and recite: " We have the power to make this day a good one." I wish you all a good day because within ourselves we have so much power.

Frances




~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If I was writing a letter this would be the P.S. moment. I spotted this on a Pink FB page and borrowed it. We all need a sweet moment.






Saturday, January 31, 2015

BITS & PIECES

Bits & Pieces


Hard to believe we are one month into 2015. Despite my resolutionsto do frequent blog updates; use stash; not buy more fabric and not begin any more projects until the UFO pile shrinks I jumped feet first into newness and forgot all my best intentions. And I began with small pieces ..

I did raid my scrap box for Pat Sloan's HipTo Be Square challence. So far there is space for 375 2 1/2 squares in my scrap bin. At least it is a start. I think my scrap useage is controlled random because I have trouble just pulling bits and stitching them together.


I will also work on the Sloan Mystery 2015 .. Vacation Time. I am stitching this in two different colorways and mostly stash . I did however need to buy a lovely green to match the flowers. And a picture in the snow seemed to fit the weather.

These are paper piecing blocks from The Adventurous Quilter's  2015 BOM. Last fall I picked up PP again and am enjoying how relaxing it can be.

I am also playing with these pretty fabrics for the We Support You blog hop hosted by Sew WE Quilt.  Watch on Feb 6 for my creations.


We are in the middle of a snow/freezing rain/ice pellets combination so the happiest place for me might be stitching with a cuppa near by.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

~~ Happy New Year ~~

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 Santa's helper elves are back in the North Pole and are "settled down for a long winter's nap". But not before they grabbed a warm afghan and indulged in a fine meal.   



I did stitch a few runners before Xmas.

Tea With Santa



 One of the crafting magazines I read recently said to look to your surroundings for inspiration. This is what I found:

Greeting Cards

Napkins & Christmas Jugs

A Christmas Arrangement

Church


A Tree Ornament I Crafted Eons Ago

My Sister's Shower Curtain

Creative Crayon Use

And my beautiful niece with her horse.


It would be my dream in 2015 to quilt inspired by the spirit around me. To look at something and see a vision and translate that into fabric. 


My wish for you in 2015 may be found in this Gaelic Prayer:

Old Gaelic Prayer of Peace

 ~~~ Deep peace of the running waters to you  ~~~ Deep peace of the flowing air to you  ~~~ Deep peace of  the smiling stars to you ~~~ Deep peace of the quiet earth to you ~~~ Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you ~~~ Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.  ~~~                                                                               (Fiona MacLeod, 1855-1905)

Happy New Year 

May your bobbins be full, may your stitches be small and even, may your seam ripper be dusty and may your year be full of fabric and quilts. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MR OCTOBER

Mr October


 I just had to bring Mr October back as he enjoys the last of our Canadian fall. He has become one of my favorite decorations. Hasn't aged a bit. 




Skeleton Parade
by Jack Prelutsky
The skeletons are out tonight,
they march about the street,
With bony bodies, bony heads
and bony hands and feet.
Bony bony bony bones
with nothing in between,
Up and down and all around
they march on Halloween.
 



Happy Hallowe'en

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BLACK CAT CROSSING

Black Cat Crossing

                                             

If three cats take a stroll along the East River does that qualify then to join a blog hop ? 

Welcome to Black Cat Crossing the spooktacular Halloween hop where ghostly creativity shines. And keeping the brew stirred is Wicked Wendy and Mdm Samm

 I wanted to stitch this paper pieced cat pattern by Artisana for a long time. 

My plan was to use this as a table runner but after seeing it in nature I might have to add a quilt sleeve.


A young lady I know worked with children last summer and they drew skateboarding cats. A perfect pattern for a cat on the move.

 She gets a new bag to carry her art supplies.            




A spooky cat  mug mat with wide eyes will keep you alert.

I became the owner this summer of this lovely mat which was too cute not to include. My sister does lovely stitching doesn't she ? I am not that fond of bugs but this one has been very peaceful since she arrived home with me.

I am not supposed to be starting new projects but when I saw this sweet pillow in the latest issue of Quilters Connection I could not resist.  I thought the cushion is lovely, I could use up Halloween scraps and better yet I could easily have it finished for the hop.

That was much too cute to just make a pillow and I had a basket of scraps and who needs to finish on time anyway. So I have another UFO (must be consuming too much witches brew)

   So pour a cup of brew and have a visit with today's other hoppers. I am lucky enough to have Girl Guide cookies for my sweet snack. 


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