Friday, April 27, 2012

My Liberated Challenge

This little piece has taken on a mind of its own and I've just followed it.  This morning this is the picture I've taken of what I have so far.  The challenge this month was to add color to unify the pieces.

This is where I was last month Blog

Raggety Sister left a comment that this
 reminded her of a "hip city neighborhood."  My mind took a new turn from there!

I started adding pieces and changed the colors I wanted accented.  I also changed the direction of one of the main pieces.

I discarded this
and this
I ended up with this
Still not liking it, I changed it to this
Now, I've got an idea for a border, but I'll wait til next month for the step 4 directions!  See Here for other quilter's designs

A story has come to mind as I've been sewing.  Memories of my childhood neighborhood and what some of the pieces mean will be added at the finish.

I'm also linking over for a Whoop Whoop! here

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Aaaah, Spring.

Not much quilting going on here.  The spring weather has beckoned me outside to enjoy the warm air and sunshine.  DH got the top put back onto our little Pergola and we added a screen on the west side so that the sun doesn't sear us in the afternoons.  This is the first year we beat the rush and were actually able to purchase it.  It's a bit of heaven in our little retreat.
My little "secret garden" is now planted with annuals to fill in some color.  Now we just wait for the season ahead to bring the warmth and the growth.
Our little aspen tree grove we planted just four years ago is doing much better than we ever anticipated.
Last year I trashed some pots and this year a bought two more.  I could still buy more--they are so beautiful, but really sink a hole in the budget and they become slave drivers to keep them watered.  So these will do nicely enough!
The tomatoes are waiting their new home!
A close up of my little herb garden.
I did finally finish the valence for the bathroom.  It was about 4-5 inches short--how in the heck!!!  I measured so closely.  But I added something to the edges to make do.  I may still change it, but for now it is up!
A before picture:

And--the after:
Now to find a shower curtain in a cream color.  I just keep forgetting to add it to my shopping list.

Shhhhh--this is a peek into the Liberated Round Robin II challenge.  I've now got the pieces sewn together and will unveil it later this week!

Now to get the hanging sleeves and labels onto the quilts I'm putting into the HMQS for May!  Ugh!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It's Raining and Cold, but There are Always Quilts!

A cold front has settled in today, hopefully to be gone by tomorrow.  I've finished a couple of quilts ready to show you here.

This one is one I committed to for the NewFO Challenge--see side bar!
The close-up is here

 This one has a rust colored flannel backing and DH has claimed it!

The other one:
This one will go to
 I struggled a bit with the quilting.  I started with a thread that just seemed too heavy for what I wanted and it was yellow which is a color that shows a lot in the quilt.  I was a bit disappointed, but I just didn't want to pick it out, so I forged ahead.  After it was washed--all my worries about it washed away.  It puffed up nicely and the quilting seemed to blend into the type of quilt I had started.  It's hanging now on my banister before I send it off and I just love it.  I hope someone who receives it will love it as well!

My little flowers in front are getting some rain today!
Linking over to Sarah here for a Whoop Whoop!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Oooh, That Feels Good!

A finish of a quilt sometimes just evokes a sigh of relief and accomplishment.  It is so satisfying to sew that last stitch into the binding and then take a look at the finished quilt!
It was so great to get the quilt in the mail from my fellow quilter in Moab, who quilted it for me:  Tommye Paddock.  She is such an artistic quilter as this quilt proves.  She can see lines and swirls within the quilt pattern and then she puts a needle to them!

I'll be putting this quilt in Salt Lake City,  HMQS  from May 10-12. The Delicate Stitchers, a quilt guild in Moab, to which I belong, has been asked to display some of their quilts.  So a little dream I wrote down in a notebook a long time ago will come to fruition.

Linking over to Sarah HERE:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Good Morning!

I love my smoothies!
I make them with a little variation each day, but this is my basic recipe:
1 1/2 c. purified water
4-5 leaves of kale
8-10 frozen strawberries
1 teaspoon True Greens
2 small scoops stevia
Blend until smooth
Add 1 scoop of Raw Protein and blend just a bit more

Today I added a bit of coconut concentrate.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What's on Your Bed?

Bedrooms are such a personal space, but today, I'm sharing with Bonnie's Link
The Mexican Star quilt above the bed is a variation using a dark background.  There is a quilt hidden underneath the bedspread
This quilt proved to be just a bit too small on the sides and I found the perfect quilt at Kohl's to coordinate with the colors in the fabrics of my quilt.
I later made the quilt I keep at the foot of the bed
That is my favorite quilt, I think.  I love the many small blocks that I assembled from 7 inch square blocks.

The pillow is a practice at a block I found on a tutorial.  It's from fabric that my sis had leftover from some of her design fabrics.

Next...  I have an appointment with a gal who will take my nightstand and then paint and antique it to the teal color in the quilt.  I can hardly wait!!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Strings Found and Sewn!

While making some other string blocks last week, I found a little plastic shoe box holding the end pieces of two of my favorite quilts.  I started making them into a quilt and then I paused--they were perfect for a shower curtain valance--well hopefully. 

I remade the design into this:
I've laid it out on the bed (my design wall for this Monday!) by the other quilt that is at the foot of the bed.  I've purchased a rod--had to buy a curtain rod as shower rods don't extend to 75 inches.  I'm hoping it isn't going to be too heavy.  I'll just quilt it onto backing with no batting.  I cut a backing, but had figured the cutting incorrectly and luckily I had more of the backing!  It should be pretty easy going from here!  Hoping to finish it this week.  The white bathroom could use more color!

Linking over to Patchwork Times Here:

Saturday, April 7, 2012

NQR--A Press Release

In a rare diversion from my usual quilting posts, I am sharing a press release of a book that answered many questions I had about the very strict teachings of my childhood and early life.  As posted here
 My life centered around the LDS religion changed drastically.  Many questions that were unanswered in my study about the origins of the LDS faith have been answered in this book.  I've read the free online official biography and I can truly say that the documentation found therein is so well done that many questions I had about Joseph Smith have been answered.  

Yesterday when this press release was announced, I debated about what to do about it.  I have decided to share it on my blog.

Without Disclosing My True Identity - 

The Authorized and Official Biography of the Mormon Prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr.

In the early spring of 1820, Joseph Smith, Jr., claimed to have had an experience unlike any other ever recorded in human history.  In his own words he states:
“When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air.  One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”  (JS-H 1:17)
Joseph Smith testified to the world that two resurrected human beings presented themselves before him, whom the rest of the world would recognize as God, the Father and His Son, Jesus, the Christ.
Later in 1823, three years after receiving what has become known as the First Vision, Joseph was again visited by a resurrected human being, who called himself Moroni:
He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God had a work for me to do; and that my name should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both good and evil spoken of among all people. He said there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang. He also said that the fullness of the everlasting Gospel was contained in it, as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants.  (JS-H 1:33–34)
In both of these unprecedented experiences, Joseph Smith testifies to the world that there are human beings who have once lived upon this earth, who died, and who were brought back to life (resurrected) as advanced and eternal human beings.  These were the first recorded events that laid the foundation for a religious belief system known throughout the world as the Mormons—the largest and most powerful faction of Mormonism being the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).
Joseph’s personal witness of these two events established an order and protocol of how divine intervention takes place between advanced and eternal human beings and the mortals upon this earth.  There is no other major religion in the world that believes that other human beings (with the exception of Jesus, the Christ, who once lived upon the earth) have resurrected and returned to the earth to instruct other mortals.  With his own testimony, Joseph Smith has outlined the official and ONLY authorized manner in which truth can be established upon this earth.  In order for real truth to be established, a fully resurrected being must return to the earth and initiate its establishment.  Without following this protocol, no other work can be deemed official and authorized.
Ironically, since Joseph Smith, not even one of the mainstream Mormon/LDS leaders has claimed to have been visited by a resurrected human being and received instruction face-to-face from an advanced and eternal resurrected being.  There have been some spurious and unscrupulous men and women who have made the claim, but with an honest and sincere investigation into what the fruits of their claim have produced, their lies and imaginations are quickly discounted.
Regardless of how Mormon/LDS faith has deteriorated over the years since Joseph Smith, there has been ONLY one man who has ever claimed to have full access, not only to advanced and eternal human beings (ministering angels), but to the Three Nephite Apostles and to John the Beloved himself.  That man is Christopher!
Through Christopher, the resurrected Joseph Smith, Jr. will now finally disclose his true identity to the world and explain the real truth about what happened from the time that he as a young boy, first inquired into the concept of religious thought, to the time of his martyrdom in Carthage, Illinois on June 27, 1844.  Through Christopher, and under the direct auspices of the resurrected Joseph, the real truth behind the establishment of an organized church, priesthood, ordinances, and everything else associated with his name will be revealed in its fullness.
The last thing Joseph did while mortal was to establish an endowment that reveals the real truth in hidden symbolism—a truth that the world, especially those who claim Joseph Smith Jr. as their prophet, do not know nor understand.
In the temple endowment, Joseph presents two different types of missions for “true messengers of God.”  The first type does not disclose their true identity and observes the world as it is and allows “Lucifer and his ministers” to continue their work unmolested.  The other type discloses their true identity and confounds “Lucifer and his ministers” (who represent all organized religion, including all offshoots of the Mormon/LDS faith), “casts Satan out,” and proceeds to teach the real truth to the people who will listen to them.
During Joseph Smith’s tenure as a true messenger of God upon the earth, he was instructed NOT to disclose his true identity, as the LDS Temple endowment teaches.  His brother Hyrum, who is now Christopher, was instructed TO disclose his true identity and to do what Joseph was not allowed to do.
It was under the direction and instruction of the resurrected Joseph Smith, who created the LDS Temple endowment in the first place, that Christopher published SACRED not SECRET—The Official Guide In Understanding the LDS Temple Endowment, which is one of the books of theMarvelous Work and a Wonder®. ONLY Joseph would know exactly what each symbol, each sign, each token, each name, and each penalty actually represents in terms of true reality, as it relates to the inhabitants of the earth.  And because the resurrected Joseph instructed and oversaw the publication of SACRED not SECRET, the book can appropriately and legally be entitled, “The OFFICIAL Guide.”
For the same reason, this book is the ONLY authorized and official biography of Joseph Smith, Jr.
Without Disclosing My True Identity—The Authorized and Official Biography of the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. will answer all questions about the man and the religion that came forth from his time on earth.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Whoop Whoop Friday!

I've taken a break from making the strings I showed on Monday.  Actually, I decided to make a large bedsized quilt from those strings, by adding a few fabrics to the mix.  If my son likes it, he'll have a bed quilt for his new home!  (If not, I'll start something else)

He did finish a bookcase and texted me a picture and pleaded for a little quilt to cover the top as he uses it for a TV stand too.  I had a postage stamp quilt top and thought maybe I could use what I had assemble, but it was too big.  I had a few squares left and made a few more and made this little quilt.  It has some red binding cut and maybe I'll get to it today.  But, this is my only "finish" for the week.
And I tried my hand at some feathers in the blank space.
Sorry for the shadows--it's still dark and I didn't get very good light.

I'm linking over to Sarah HERE

Happy weekend everyone.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Design Wall, Monday April 2, 2012

Am I really ready to part with my lovely African animal prints?  I've placed them into this arrangement.
I think I may have enough to make 24 more blocks--or should I use the smaller pieces and make crumb blocks for the border for this--or should I use a black print I have for the border?  I'm not sure yet, I'll process it for awhile as I go about and do some other projects I need to complete today.

Linking over to Judy HERE  for more Monday Design Wall peeks! 

Sunday, April 1, 2012