Thursday, December 17, 2015

Every Tree Needs A Skirt


Two years ago, Ben and I took our first paper piecing quilt class.  We both love the looks that can be accomplished through paper piecing; points are so sharp and seams line up so nicely.  Last year we saw a few patterns for Christmas tree skirts that we liked and decided that we would make one this year.  During the late summer, we drove out to Philomath Oregon to visit the ladies at JanniLou Creations, a quilt shop that specializes in Judy Niemeyer paper piece quilt patterns and we bought one we loved and some batik fabrics we thought would compliment our tree.

I am happy to say that it is completed and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out.  There was a lot of time put into this skirt and it looks great with our tree.  I have to say a big THANK YOU to Susan Miner for her wonderful quilting (check her out at Trendy Threads.)  

I put all my faith into her and I was knocked off my feet with her talent.  The quilting really brought out the different sections of the quilt and I love what she did with every section.  I can't say enough good things about her and I think I hugged her 5 times when I saw what she did.

We hope you all have a wonderful holiday!!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

At It Again

I know it's been a while since I have written a post.  I was at a local quilt shop (Something to Crow About) talking with the owner Kennette and after showing me her blog, she kicked my but and got me motivated again to update mine.

We had some family up for our first Thanksgiving, so I snapped a few shots of the table and the food.

 Ben and I went vegetarian about a year and a half ago, so this year I made an UnTurkey.  It came out delicious.  I know it sounds a little weird but it really was so good.

We had such a great day spending time with our family in our new home.  We didn't even make a dent in the food though, so I guess we will be eating leftovers for the next three weeks.

On a side note, Ben picked up some new fabric and we have decided to start the Sampler Block Shuffle.  We are 12 blocks behind, so we have to get sewing.  We will keep you updated.

Till next time....

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


It has been over a year since there have been any updates and I think it's time to start this blog up again.  What can I say, Life got in the way.  In the past year we completed a bunch of projects, purchased another sewing machine and made a move from California to Oregon.  We have met lots of new quilters and sewers to inspire us and now we just closed on a new home.  Considering the move, I thought this would be a good way to keep our families and friends up to speed with what is going on in our lives.  Over the next few weeks I will try to post to get everyone up to speed on what we've done over the past year, and our lives we are starting here in Oregon.

Here are some before pictures of our new home.  We have some painting and some updating to do but this is what it looked like on closing day.  I cant wait to see if after all our furniture is in and our updates are done. 

The dining and living rooms.  We have already started taking the yellow wallpaper off the walls to realize there are two more layers under it.  Removing this is the plan for the coming weekend.

This room will become my office.

These are pictures of the main living areas, Kitchen, Kitchen Nook and Family Room.  I can't wait to see what these rooms will look like after some color on the walls and our furniture in them.  We did find a round cherry table for the nook.  it will be different not eating dinner on the couch.

The staircase that leads to the second floor.  Up here we have a bathroom, bedroom and bathroom for visitors, the master bedroom and most important, the sewing room.

Outside we have a wraparound deck, we have to have it rebuilt because it is old but we are excited to see the finished product with the new materials we decide to use.