Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It's almst HERE! - Ushering in 2014 w/Creativity and Inspirational Wishes for YOU... ;-)

I searched long and hard to find just the perfect pieces to escort us into our New Year of 2014, and I think I've come up with the winning combo.  The first is one more beautifully inspiring composition from those divinely creative Piano Guys in their recent concert at Red Butte Garden.  The surprises in this piece are breath taking, and encompass my message to you for 2014 - Please Enjoy!

The second is an astounding Quilt of Valor quilt top, sent to me once again by Clairellen of the Quirky Quilters Guild in Wisconsin, correction Michigan!  (Don't know WHY I keep getting their address/state wrong, but surely sooner or later I will finally get this right...Thanks Clairellen ;-)  This stunning 3D QOV top will be one of the most challenging and FUN quilt tops for me to quilt, and I look forward to loading it onto my frame as one of the very first quilt tops in the New Year:

Irene's gorgeous 3D Quilt of Valor, ready to be quilted in 2014!
What better way to ring in the New Year than with a gorgeous Quilt Of Valor!  This quilt top is not only impeccably pieced by Irene, but each star is a 3D work of art.  Once loaded onto my frame, I will showcase close-ups of this incredible quilt top.  I've mapped out most of the quilting for this creative piece, still working out a few last minute details, but should have those resolved once it's all nice and loaded and I start the SID stabilization process prior to the FUN quilting, which allows me to better 'get to know' the quilt.  You can be sure, McTavishing will play a huge role in the final quilting outcome w/a few inspirational quilting twists from Professional Quilt Artists, Angela Walters, along with some template magic of Kimmy Brunner's.

This QOV (along w/a few others ;-) has been in my quilting queue for quite some time and I sooo appreciate the patience and generosity Irene has bestowed upon me in allowing a much needed quilting delay...Thank YOU, Irene!

And now, like I always say...time to get back to it!

Stay safe and have a wonderful Happy New Year!!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

'Angels from High' Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas...!

Here's wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!  And to help you celebrate this glorious day with their best Christmas carol rendition yet:

Wasn't that FUN?  And Beautiful?  Did you find the 'Elf on the Shelf', Simone?

Merry Christmas to ALL...

PS...thought you might enjoy seeing a couple of 'Before' and 'After' photos of our Family Christmas ;-)

Before the Christmas guests arrive...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve w/'The Kings'

Hope You and Yours have a wonderful Christmas Eve.  Here's another favorite Christmas carol for you to enjoy, which does such a supreme job of capturing that endearing Christmas spirit:

Stay Safe and don't forget to Have FUN w/Family and Friends this Christmas Eve!

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Special Christmas Carol for You...

This is one of my Very favorite Christmas carols and I LOVED this rendition of it sooooo much, wanted to share it w/YOU - Hope you enjoy it half as much as I have the past few hours ;-):

Peace to You and Yours,

Friday, December 6, 2013

A First for my Blog...;-)

I've recommended LOTS of quilting books and tools and fabrics and templates and*....BUT, I've never committed an entire blog posting to recommending anything, until now.  This brand-new quilting book by Judi Madsen is different:

"Quilting Wide Open Spaces" by Judi Madsen
...and the amazingly talented author is very different, too.  Judi Madsen's book is chock-FULL of the most pleasing quilting eye candy!  Even though I knew I was going to have to get up early to scoop snow and ice, I stayed up well past Midnight trying to take it ALL in.  It wasn't until later that I even realized not only are there some eye-popping quilting designs, but quilt patterns to ALL the gorgeous quilts themselves are included in the book w/excellent descriptive instructions and wonderful illustrations - and every quilting design outline AND quilt pattern are included on a CD with .pdf printables!

Here's one of my favorite examples:

and another:

But my very favorite (so far;-), is this gorgeous red/black/white beauty - Betty and my favorite colors:

Modern Flowers quilt in Red/White/Black - our favorite colors!
This book is genuinely 'Judi', which showcases not only her incredibly amazing quilt talent, but her beautiful spirit as well.  My Christmas Wish for EVERYONE is that you will wake up to find this awe-inspiring book in your stocking on Christmas morning...don't forget to ask Santa!

Happy Quilting (and shopping) EVERYONE,

PS...Judi Madsen's brand-new book, "Quilting Wide Open Spaces", available here:

Signed Copy         Amazon.com

*PLEASE NOTE:  I am not affiliated in any way shape or form w/author, the book publisher, Amazon.com and am not being compensated to say/write any of my recommendations for this book.  In fact I pre-ordered and paid for my copy months ago and would do it again in a heartbeat - I just love recommending products I use and enjoy...and hope you do, too!