Tuesday, June 12, 2018

My Day on the Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop!

Who loves flowers? I do, I do! 
I certainly couldn't resist joining in on this blog hop 
hosted by lovely Carla at Creatin' In The Sticks.

The one and only rule was to create a project using some form of flower.
I could do that!

Sadly, I did not get my project completely finished in time.
The month of May was crazy busy with school jobs and just when I thought I'd have the last week of school free from subbing, I was called in to sub in an Art class. The teacher had broken her elbow, so rather than sew, I was helping kids create. 

Then, the day after school was out, we went on a week-long vacation to Sedona, Arizona! 
Oh, how we love Sedona...those red rocks! Swoon!

So, now I share what I've got finished so far on my Flower Project.

Hang on til the end of the post for a fun giveaway!!!

I've long admired the Park Bench Posies table runner pattern shown in the 
2004 Martingale book titled Stitch and Split Applique. 
I've had the page tabbed forever and knew this was the time to get 'er done!
 (It WILL get finished!!!)

All fabrics came from my stash. Love that!

Cutting out the shapes was the most time-consuming. 
I'm always so anxious to get sewing!

Then the 3 pieces were sewn onto a background square 
and the inner parts were trimmed out to reduce the layers. 

The squares were cut into quarters and do-si-do we went with new partners!

Choosing a border fabric is soooo difficult!
One by one I eliminated a fabric and settled on the purple. 
I'm not too surprised really. 
Purple is my thang.

The borders and corners are on, the iron-on batting is affixed. 
All is needs is quilting, binding and the time to do it!
(It WILL get done!)

The top portion is the backing fabric (also from my stash) and the leaves need to be sewn on. 
After that, all it needs is quilting, binding and the time to do it!
(It WILL get done!)

Kinda looks like a magic carpet, doesn't it? :)

My finished table runner will measure 31" x 50".

I hope you're having fun following along with Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop!

Be sure to stop at each blog to check out the beautiful creations this week!

Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop Schedule

I did mention a giveaway, didn't I?

I have an "intermediate level" foundation piecing pattern called
Mango Hummingbird
that I'd love to give to a lucky reader!

It's so delicate and pretty!

Because of postage costs, I will mail only to U.S. addresses.

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Linking up with Myra at:
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wish Upon A Star Blog Hop!

Welcome to the opening day of Wish Upon A Star Blog Hop!
Hosted by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt, this hop will showcase beautiful projects featuring "stars" today through May 25th.

pssst....there's a giveaway at the end of this post,
but don't miss the pretty pictures along the way!

My star table topper happened when I had many leftover HSTs from my Easter table runner.
I loved the colors and fabrics and rather than store them into a bag, I used them!
I was inspired by the Lone Star block pattern that is so popular. 

Once the blocks were arranged and sewn together, 
I moved onto the task of adding the side strips. 
I wanted only one star in the center as this was the focus. 

This meant pulling fabrics from my stash. My beloved Joel Dewberry fabrics fit right in!

I free-motion quilted the topper using a clam-shell design.
Nope, it's not perfect. I'm not into that. :)

I also used a pretty fabric piece from my stash for the backing. and a light green for the binding. 

Using this on my dining table following Easter still kept me in the Spring mood and lead us right into Mother's Day. 

I set my Mom's musical teapot and her doily on top to give her a place at the table. 
She's been gone almost 9 years, but still feels so close!

My star table topper measures 22" x 33" and is a perfect size for several spots in my home!

I  hope you've enjoyed your stop here on the blog hop!

Be sure to visit the other creatives this week and see more star projects!

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May 25
Just Let Me Quilt

I am giving away one copy of Martingale's Pincushion Appeal.
It is even autographed by the authors!

I will mail only in the USA due to postage costs. 
Giveaway ends Friday, May 25th and I will contact the winner by email.
If the winner has not responded within 48 hours, I will choose another name. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Mystery Quilt Along Finish!!

I got a late start on the Mystery Quilt Along hosted by

Fortunately in mid-March, my jobs slowed down enough for me to have a few fun afternoons to spend in my sewing room.
Just in time, too, because this project was due March 31st! 

The challenge started January 1st when the rules were posted. I love simple challenges that don't have a LOT of requirements. This definitely fell into that wonderful category! All that was required was to use a specific fabric using the pattern and project of your choice. 

This is the fabric we needed to use: 

It's called Biscuits and Gravy - You Be You in Fluffer Nutter Blue
and made by Moda.
When I saw it online, I thought it was more of a gray color, but it's really more like a green/blue. Very pretty and as I found out, it coordinates well with many fabrics I had in my stash! 

I settled on a lovely charm pack that I had long admired, but hadn't found the perfect project for....yet!

This is such a pretty collection called High Street by Lily Ashbury for Moda.
It mingled well with Fluffer Nutter!

I searched on Pinterest for blocks using charm packs
and found I had a gazillion choices.

I got started by making a gazillion half-square triangles.
I wanted to play with the blocks before deciding on a pattern. 

So many choices! I loved them all!

This is the layout I loved the most. 
Here is Jax showing his approval. 

Why is it that of all the places a dog can rest,
they always choose to lay on the fabric???

I shared this photo on Instagram (follow me @ _duchick_) and it made me smile.
I was ready to close the sewing room door for the day when I turned around to take a last peek. I was happy. 

Below are photos of the finished runner on my dining room table. It's finished just in time for Easter. 

This table runner measures 19" wide x 50" long.

I kinda love it!

Thanks Tracy and Cindy for hosting this Mystery Quilt Along!

Linking up with:

Inquiring Quilter: Wednesday Wait Loss

Sew Can She

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Review: The Healing Powers of Essential Oils

I am new to the world of essential oils and am probably one of the last ones to jump on the essential oil wagon! It was only a month ago that I bought several combination sets of oils online at a well-known site. I really didn't know how to use them, when to use them, or what purpose they had, but I wanted to be on that wagon with so many of my friends!

Shortly after that purchase, I found this book and hoped it would fill in all the questions I had. 

I was 2 days into reading this book when my husband contracted some flu-like virus. His temperature spiked, skin was tingly, muscles ached, and he became miserable with congestion and coughing. I went to the index of the book and looked up what I'd need to help him as he was open to anything to relieve his symptoms and possibly get over this quickly.

In the book, I found several recipe combinations that I felt could help him. Even though I was short one or two oils for each recipe, I gathered what I did have and mixed them with a carrier oil from my kitchen and applied it to his temples and behind his ears. He also kept a small jar nearby for light inhalation. 

Did it work? It really did! The next day he was feeling a lot better! The symptoms of the flu (fever, aches, tingly skin) were gone and he felt like he had a minor cold. He continued applying the essential oil combination for the next few days and found he was on the mend very quickly. 

"Essential oils can help you sleep better, relieve your pain, heal your digestion, support you in losing weight, and help you feel vibrant enough to pursue abundant and radiant health in all areas of your life."   This is stated on p.78 and the above instance alone dealing with my husband's virus, sold me on the powers of essential oils. 

What I love about the book is the table of contents and the index to easily find what you're looking for at the moment. Within the pages, there is also discussion on how to get the best results from the oil(s) you're using and where to apply them. 

You can find more information about this book here: The Healing Power of Essential Oils

More information about the author can be found here: Dr. Eric Zielinski, D.C.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Saturday, March 10, 2018

A Stitch in Time–Challenge 5 of Project QUILTING Season 9

My mom always told her 8 kids (I'm #7), that we were "a wee bit Irish",
so that was enough to say we could officially wear green on St. Patrick's Day and call ourselves "Irish" at least for a day. 

In a way, I think that was also permission for me to enjoy green beer in my college days. 
Yes, I had my share.🍺

Last year, my husband and I had our DNA tested and mom was right!
My results came back that I was a whopping 6% Irish and
my husband is 4%! A wee bit Irish, indeed!

Knowing that, it was "about time" we had ourselves a wee bit of green shamrocks to decorate our home with.
Catching on to me method of thinking, are ye?
Anyone with a smidgeon of Irish blood needs at least one green shamrock-y table topper! ☘

And so it had to happen.

I had pinned this table topper and now was the time to make it! It is a freebie from Canoe Ridge Creations....thank you!
It really is a simple project and I finished it in 2 short afternoons.

I was enjoying my make so much that I didn't take too many pics early on. Gasp!

This is my first photo before I had the top and bottom borders on.

Above, straight lined quilting was the go-to choice today. 

 So many decisions!!! Which binding would look best?

I hope you chose the sparkly shamrock binding!!

Never mind those Mardi Gras beads. I am only 6% Irish, after all.

This wee little guy fits perfectly on the side table near my chair. I really love it!
It truly was time to have some green in our home. 
A stitch in time, indeed!

Made in my home in Dubuque, Iowa
Made with 3 layers: fabric top and bottom with batting
Measures: 15.5" x 15.5" square

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