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. Javan

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. Just not as much as I want.

Since I have not sewn much for the last two years... my tub of kits is still full of kits; the project containers are still over flowing with projects; the stash is mostly still unused (well maybe a slight dent was put in it) and the decorative containers, the ones you buy at Michaels and Hobby Lobby,  are still full of the Civil War block of the months to be completed.  Another container has various jelly rolls, charm packs and layer cakes looking for a project.  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 still feel as if my 9x12 sewing room is 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 time around.

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. Enjoy whatever journey you are taking - make it your own.
 Judy C in NC


Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh sweetness, so good to hear from you! You are in my thoughts and prayers. For being slow to start again , you certainly did a lot of sewing. Just adore the heart hanging and your Schnibbles is gorgeous. I have both of those patterns so leave me out of the draw and luck to the others. Take care my dear.

Quilt Hollow said...

Your Schnibble quilt is wonderful. It was nice to see you post....I think of you....we too have been having a time.