The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface - So it is that we develop - But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Quilt That Shrank and Became ...

Hi - I couldn't be happier that you are here. 
Doesn't this say Spring? Not sure of the pattern or maker, I just know I love this little quilt.
 If you know anything about this wonderful quilt, please let me know.
 

Fooled you for a second, didn't I?  Bet you thought that is how I shrunk my Hook!
I wish...

Thank you to Sinta at Pink Pincushion and Sherrie at A Quilting Life. for posting the parade and of course to Carrie Nelson who continues to be our inspiration with all of her creativity

 The quilt that became a Table Runner is my this little Schnibble I named
Hook, Line and Sinker and is for my Dear Wonderful Husband (DWH)
who takes very good care of me in this,  our waiting room of life.
  
My Hook was downsized and became a table runner - why, you may ask?
surely I can make a small quilt in 30 days - not this time!
Some may have thought this pattern was easy - not so much for me and it started with step one!!!
  I do wish I had bought the paper piecing pattern because I think I would have been much more successful. 
.
I came down with Shingles on my back and side March 3rd, so along with my frustration with that, doctors and all the steps in the pattern, I am sure my patience level was very low - plus I could only work a couple hours a day sewing.  I quickly decided a table runner would be best for me this month instead of a quilt. 

I give you my Hook, Line and Sinker...
  
 
On Red Bench
 Another kinda closer look ...

On Green Bench
Sure wish these pictures were better - my camera batteries decided to die on me in the middle of our photo shoot.  Well, of course!!!
 
I used two Moda Road 15 charm packs by Sweetwater and I love the squares with the charming little houses on them. The backing is a Jo Morton fabric from stash, the binding is Riley Blake's Lost and Found and the background is the only color in my stash that truly went with all the charm squares.
I am glad I used a stripe bias binding to brighten up this quilt.
  
 Sure do hope the next selection is a breeze and happens to be a pattern I already have.

May your day be delightfully filled with happiness and lots of fun things.
I know for us it would be better if the sunshine would just stay on ... for awhile!!!
Judy C in NC

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Keep Calm and Carry On Sewing

In the waiting room of life, my desires and my health are in conflict with each other... but I have been sewing every chance I get.
 

Since I have not sewn much for the last two years... my tub of kits is still full; the project containers are still full of projects; the stash is mainly still unused, well maybe a slight dent was put in it; and the decorative containers,  the ones you buy at Michaels and Hobby Lobby - well they are still full of the Civil War block of the months to be completed and various jelly rolls, charm packs and layer cakes.  I do believe there might even be a fat quarter pack left in there.  I have had four garage sales since we downsized - and participated in a side walk sale at the local fabric shop and I still feel as if I am busting at the seams.

When I found the Schnibble sew along last month, I thought what a wonderful use for  all those layer cakes and charm packs. Thanks very much to Polly over at Aunt Polly's Porch who convinced me it really would be fun... I just needed to be nudged a tiny little bit and no arm was broken.  Which BTW, I did also spend part of last year with a real broken arm.  Be sure to check out all the patterns available from Carrie Nelson.  For certain you will probably find quite a few you like.  I did.

Don't forget to visit Sindy and Sherri to check out all the gorgeous Schnibbles on parade for this month.   "Free choice" patterns were a hit this month.

Dulcinea Pattern by Carrie Nelson
My Schnibble selection for February "free choice" month was "Dulcinea" ... I really love those sweet little double pinwheels and just knew my two charm packs called "Lovely" by Sandy Gervais for Moda, would look wonderful for a Spring quilt. My dilemma was that this line is a couple years old and there was not very much  yardage for sale.  I dug dip into the stash to find the perfect rosy coral.  Not a very good picture !!!

I got so excited with this first Schnibble, I bought nine more patterns only to find out that I already had two of the patterns in my Schnibbles Times Two book. What's a girl to do!!!   Give them away of course.  The patterns for "Spin City" and "Imagine" are going to be giveaways for two people who leave a comment - tell me what your favorite quilt color combinations are and leave a way for me to get in touch with you.

I also made some mug rugs this month for the wonderfully kind caregivers at the Cancer Center of NC who give so much to so many. 


and some Valentine mug rugs for family and the ladies in my neighborhood.


This banner is a "just because it was something I wanted to make" for Valentine's Day and happened to be just the right size to fit over the mirror in the entry way.  Love it when a plan comes together.  McCall's Quilting magazine, Jan/Feb 2010 issue.

 




Hope all you wonderful people have a delightful March.  I am patiently (not) waiting for all the new growth on the plants, bushes and trees this year and all the bulb plants to break ground - out second Spring in the cottage home.  Sure hope March Schnibble will be a pattern I have and looking forward to creating another Schnibble with you.  Judy C in NC

Monday, September 23, 2013

Life Lessons We Should Learn


We all need to read this - at least once a week.  Please make sure you read to the end,

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of Cleveland , Ohio .

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good..
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15.. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words : 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does..
33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."


My contribution...
If you always worry about what others think,
 you end up believing their opinion is more important than your own.

I had several "light-bulb moments", did you?
Friends are the family that we choose and I wanted to share this with you.

Happiness on your journey - it is yours to make.




Thursday, July 4, 2013

God Bless America



My little flag,  29" x 24",  I made from a Hancocks brochure hand out. 

North Carolina celebrates our military
and our Patriotism shines brightly for all to see.
To all the Men, Women, and their Families who keep our country free
we thank you for our freedom...
we are so proud and grateful for your service and dedication.

Happy Birthday America






Friday, June 21, 2013

Cottage Maze

Look what happens ...
with a few days of rain.
A quilt is completed.

This went together fantastic and
I love it.  The pattern is Cottage Maze
by Carolina Patchworks and
the beautiful fabric is Terrain by Kate Spain.
Love the colors and a beautiful combination.

Will become part of the long-arm quilter's list now...



May your journey be an adventure...



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Choices ...


"You are never too old to be what you might have been." George Eliot
 

Heartfelt thanks Madame Samm and Jane ...
for choreographing all this inspiration and creativity.
A big thank you to the very generous Debbie, Cyndi, and Madame Samm
for these wonderful patterns -
what would we do without you - you give us sew much!!!

We all love Presencia and Colonial Needle, our
wonderful sponsors.
 


I downloaded all the patterns, printed them ... and then decided.
The three I picked really told a story to me of a different time. 

Being a child of the 50's and 60's
 - what a clean, fun time with really good music -
 there were very few options for females after high school.
Some of my friends got to go to college or as they referred to it,
"A place to find a husband and get away from home."
 

 Others were limited to finding work at the local store or telephone company,
 or to get married and start a family.
We were accepting of being stay-at-home wives and mothers,
and were content with that choice.
In my opinion, they were the greatest and hardest vocations of all.
 
Sad but true, my generation simply did not aspire to be a lot more independent.
Aren't we happy today that our sons, daughters and grandchildren
 have so many options open to them.

Did you see the 2003 movie,  Mona Lisa Smile, starring Julia Roberts?
  A really great one to rent or buy.

excerpt ... 
"In 1953, a time when women's roles were rigidly defined, free-spirited, novice
art history professor Watson (Roberts) begins teaching at the prestigious all-female Wellesley College - which despite its academic reputation, is an environment where success is measure by "how well" the students marry.  Encouraging these women to strive for a more enlightened future, Professor Watson challenges the administration and inspires her students to look beyond the image of what is, and consider the 
possibilities of what could be - contrary to popular belief." 
from the Yahoo Movie clip  
 
"Professor Watson lived by example
 and compelled us all to see the world through new eyes."
 
My stitchery represents so much more than what is shown -
I have stitched all the dreams, the choices, the acceptance,
 and determination of our generation into this,
while remembering a really happy other time.
 
 
 
I chose the comfortable old chair pattern because 
I love being a wife and mother and to me it represents my home.
The 50's gal (had to add ruffles for Samm) gave me so much comfort and the
styling lady (turned her around) gave me the joy of dreams and what could have been.
 
My professional career came later in life.
In truth, we really do get to choose our destiny.
 
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I decided to do another stitchery as I have a lot of time right now -
a redwork "House in Spring" pillow to add to my collection.
I Love this pillow... and the bunny surely is quite comfortable. 
 

 Jane had the perfect "Spring green" Presencia Finca Perle Cotton,  
  and the red floss is new for me - DMC 115, variegated garnet. 
  Kaaren Johnson told me about this and I really like it.
 
 I used an off-white, tonal background

Please be sure to visit all the blogs and let them know you love their participation
in this wonderful, creative and inspiring hop.
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I leave you with this thought ... because we could start a Bee!!!
"In my Father's house there are many mansions, I hope yours is next to mine." 
 
 Kristin @That Other Blog
Shade Tree Quilting - there you are !!
 
Happy Easter Everyone from Judy C  
Spring has Sprung

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Waiting and Wanting Spring

Seems like I spend a lot of time wishing my life away ...
here I am waiting for Spring and wanting to get to planting things.

I keep trying to organize my sewing space ...
and then again just maybe I should accept the fact that it
isn't going to happen.  It is suppose to be a working room after all.
This little wall hanging quilt is only 38" x 38" and was on my UFO list from last year...
remember, the year I took off, so thought it was time to get 'er done.



First Five Blocks
Simple enough to piece and the applique
will be a good project to do when I get to sit outside on
my first ever screened porch and watch the flowers grow
while the birds and squirrels squabble for the seeds.  The pillows for the wicker were
made before we moved in and the cushions have been under wraps all winter.

Brings me to a question I have ... what to do about the treasures.
As I try to decorate my new sewing space, I realize all that I have made
and framed over the years - embroidery, needlepoint, applique, cross stitch.
 I had oddles of room before and I am now faced with what
to do with all my pictures.  I can part with the bought prints
or silly little signs, etc. but I am really stumped
over parting with the handiwork I have done.
My daughter is left with no more room to store these treasures,
even though she wants them all because I made them.
Any advice at all will be considered and very much appreciated.

North Carolina, at least where I live, had their first snow over the weekend.
I know it does not look like much compared to what
most of you have gotten ... but we love any and all snow we get.
We are not choosey at how much either - the great grands
got a snowman out of it, and they were so excited and happy.   Yeah!!!




 Garden bench by the
driveway with husband's
sign that says.
Welcome, be nice or leave!

Our kids have had a lot of chuckles
 over it.

The Garden Fairy keeping
sentinel over the
Lenten Rose plant that had
just started blooming.

The tulips we planted in January
 have started sprouting up -
Surely the Jonquils
can't be far behind.
I did see some little green peeks
through the mulch.

We surely do love our seasons here in the South.  Come on Spring
in all your glory.  I would love to make a quilt with just the
colors of Spring.  Can you replicate that Spring green from the trees?
I have yet to find the perfect shade.

Cross stitch and embroidery I can't part with.

May your week be delightful, creative and full of happiness
Judy C


We are born into this World
Like a blank canvas
And each person that crosses our path
Takes up the brush
And makes his mark
Upon our surface

So it is that we develop

But we must realize there comes a day
That we must take up the brush
And finish the work

For only we can determine
If we are to be
Just another painting
Or a Masterpiece ~ Javan ~

I have learned that people come into our lives and some stay for a really long time and some stay for just a short time ... I know they all come for a reason...







Monday, February 11, 2013

Heartfelt Pictures and Stuff

Already Valentine's week and here I am
wishing you a very happy Valentine's Day full of love, family and friends.
Valentine quilts... just for your enjoyment.

Beautiful batiks done in stained glass method...

Hearts using doilies for the hearts - guess I should have put on point ...

Redwork heart with roses - rainy here so could not get a good picture ...
just completed last night.

I have been playing in the sewing studio, and yes I think I can call it that
now that I have yet AGAIN reorganized and rearranged.  The room just was
not set up right before and I was feeling claustrophobic -
know what I mean?  More pictures later.

Showing you my progress these last two weeks - time well spent ...
Valentine potholders for the neighbor ladies ...

My Magnolia Wreath wall quilt I started last week,
needs some sort of quilting but really love it...
I want to "wave" the borders
and I plan to use on the round dining table.  

I actually have two embroidery pieces completed,
 will probably be Christmas presents and
certain person(s) may be looking at this... pictures later.

Hopefully, I will not wait another two weeks before
posting - I really meant to do better - just got very
involved with all the organizing and we have
also unpacked another 20 boxes - yeah for us!
One day we will have it all organized and put altogether, 
hopefully, we will remember where we put it.

Spend some love time with your loved ones
and remember how special we all are.

Judy C

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Encouraging Signs

Ever so slowly, and hopefully on a daily basis, I am returning to
my sewing room.  After a very long illness and a broken arm,
I am calling this "my kind of physical therapy."


This past week I definitely enjoyed sewing and having fun,
even if my arm doesn't particularly like a lot of cutting right now.
I can work with that by just spreading it over a couple days.

Thank you ever so much to Marlene from
for her brillant idea of "Welcome To The Neighborhood"  visits.
We will be getting to know our blogging friends a lot better
so be sure and comment telling me a little something about yourself,
or what you have been working on or hope to be working on,
or any new quilting trends or really good tips I likely have missed,
Everything works for me ...  
What Fun -

From the first of January

 
To the last of January...
All that inbetween stuff is what took so long and I am pleased
it is now a workable room with new organized bookcases and plastic bins.
I "kinda know" where things are stored and anticipate rearranging as I go along.
.
I downsized from a 14'  x 24' to a 10' x 12' room,
spent many days unpacking tubs reorganizing
and labeling, sorting and stashing.
I now have my own gorilla shelves in the garage for batting tubs,
 and other "needful things."  Love it !!!

Projects and progress for this past week ...
Magnolia Wreath Cut Ups

An old UFO Pattern



















Starting off small and all ready to sew tomorrow.
I found my tub of pillowcase kits that were made by
my Golden Girls sewing group a year ago when we sewed bi-monthly
for ConKerr Cancer patients.  A couple of the ladies have moved away
and we lost one of our very creative Golden Girls.
 I want to finish the pillowcases for ConKerr, A Case For Smiles, while
 remembering all the really good times we ladies had making them .
I started with the Easter fabric kits.



Oh so cute.









Another wonderful finish was my Redwork tea towel last weekend...
this is a Busy As Can Be design.
A future Christmas present and isn't she lovely!!!
I feel that I have a made a good start with my sewing room therapy...
which feels more like mental therapy.  I have so many kits and projects
that were packed away last year -  all just waiting for my attention.
I definitely forgot all the projects that I have been so richly blessed with.
Feels pretty darn good to be creating and sewing again.
I will be looking around to see what kind of wonderful things
I can pass on in a giveaway very soon.

Thank you for dropping by and
please have a delicious kind of day
filled with joyous things that make you happy.
Don't forget that comment!!! and come back often
to visit.
Judy C