Monday, December 31, 2012

she thanks her lucky stars xoxoxo happy new year!!

wishing everyone a VERY happy and healthy new year !!
a special  thank you to all the  quilting girls for their business...because of you i get to do what i love  twenty-four seven  xoxoxo
i machine quilted over 130 quilts in 2012....WOW !! how is that even possible ??? i spend a whole lot of hours in my happy place [ sewing room]   i am a lucky girl and  sooo very grateful ...oxoxoxo
 thank you to everyone in blogland for the never ending inspiration and generousity...i will never get tired of this goodness...

 xoxoxo pam

last stitches and a bit of stamping for 2012

finished up my sandy quilt last night and got the binding started
used up my extra blocks to piece the back ...machine quilted with my new favorite modern links by jodi robinson
got a few new stamps for xmas...birds flowers trees squirrels and a tooth ~   thank you lily ani and isaac

and i have been playing around w stamped labels xoxo
since i had everything out i made one for my le jardin as well xo

and i got this loaded this morning ... but it took hours of doodling before i got this garden party started xoxo

inspired by my new xmas books by angela walters
loving my concentric circles xoxo
and this is where i left it ...looking forward to finishing this up and hanging it in my dining room close to the deck and garden xoxoxo
so nice to end 2012 doing what i love most xoxoxo

happy new years !! ~ pam

Saturday, December 29, 2012

my in between sewing for ME

finished piecing my sandy quilt today...felt so good to be in my happy place after being so busy with christmas xoxo

and i got started on machine quilting xoxo
next up on the long arm ~ my le jardin xoxo
i am so happy to be taking some sewing time in between xmas and new years for my projects

xoxoxo pam

Monday, December 24, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

friday felicity ~ u can never have enough hot pads on the shortest day of the year xoxox

my beautiful stack of love
i have a little trick ...i load a yard [kaufman] or so of fun fabric on my longarm ~ quilt it ~ cut it up ~ and just like magic ~ i have many many hot pads...

 this michael miller "put a lid on it" is the perfect hot pad fabric

i heart  these riley blake snowmen .. i am sad i only made 4

i round off the corners too for easy peasy binding xoxo
and i am loving these new binding clips from clover...thanks joyce xo...if you haven't tried them yet ??

i am having fun working on this pile of goodness...i can never make enough ... there is always some for me and lots to give away with love xoxo

i left this in a tree today
with a little note  xoxo inspired by ann curry's  26 acts of kindness

in the woods close to where i meet up with my friends a few times a week

to do these is a very special place xoxoxo

and i am linking up to friday felicities for the first time...i have really been enjoying her blog ever since discovering it on BQF ...lots of good stuff happening here xoxoxo
and what the heck i am linking up w crazy mom too finish it up her blog too xoxoxoxo
and so now it is 1:22 pm and i am stepping AWAY from the computer .....

happy solstice xoxoxo pam

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

gumdrop fudge and quilts

this really is the sweetist and easiest fudge ever and it is so pretty xo

finished up linda's quilt w swirl and twirl by lorien

i love the butterfly fabric and the star pattern xoxo

finished up kris's star quilt w all over heart by keryn emmerson...

finished up christi's quilt w modern twist by patricia ritter

and this was a little purchase that just made me happy xoxox

my favorite customer quilt of the week for sure....denise made this quilt for her gma and  gpa for christmas...she just turned 12 ... i love that her mom [who also has 3 younger children] found the time to find me and was willing to spend the $$ ...together we decided on a simple all over and an easy machine stitched binding  to finish it up.... this is an extra special quilt and it made me smile a lot xoxoxo

i have one more customer quilt to finish up before i take a break...but i plan on sewing lots during my time off....hoping to finish  up some of my special projects before the new year....xoxoxo pam

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

twelve twelve twelve

shiny balls in a vase really do make a great centerpiece ... thanks kay

do over on the santa hats ...much better xoxo

pinterest recipe here

love this raven ...a gift from liz  xoxo...check out her alaska artist friend karen beason here
she makes these w plant fibers and fabric xoxox

and i made some more pouches... had some fun with my stamping...tutorial from duringquiettime here
had my first ever visit to lover's a few naughty items for the keep calm and hump pouch... the girl's ugly christmas sweater / white elephant party is tonight...looking forward to our 12-12-12 get together already xoxox
happy hump day xoxox pam

Monday, December 10, 2012

another mexico adventure for lily

boo hoo ... she is leaving on a jet plane with her favorite quilt..xoxo
our youngest is off on her second mexico adventure...she lived in puerto vallarta april- august of this year...she has been back home for 4 months working hard and saving madly to go back...we drove her to the airport this morning ...i am not a cry baby ~ usually ~  but she plans on being gone till may  xoxoxo

she was one happy girl on the way to the airport xoxox

we decorated and celebrated some early christmas with her xoxo

and we did manage to have a great day with pedicures and shopping before she left

we r so lucky to have urban nails close by...

the brothers and ani were home for an early xmas / good bye dinner...sara had to work and joined us later

we made italian soup stew [ surprize ingredient is dill pickles and prawns are a very good addition ] and it is sooo very very delicious and easy to make

i carry your heart w me xoxox i found these here and got them for me and my girls xoxoxo i love this poem...always think of it when my kids are away xoxo

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

it was so very nice to have lily home for 4 months...we bonded ...and argued a teeny bit... cuz she is very messy and loves it that  way ...but she sings all the time and that makes up for it !! i am so proud of her and happy for her ...we will be missing her lots!! xoxoox

happy monday ...i am planning a very busy day to ease my sad heart xoxo  pam

Friday, December 7, 2012

sewmamasew giveaway winner

and the lucky winner is dot dot dot...thanks again to sewmamasew for organizing this super fun giveaway xoxoxo

Thursday, December 6, 2012

new wheels and a few small repairs plus treasures from michael's

first my needle up /  needle down started acting up and then my long arm started making way more noise than usual....
then like usual i called nick in to have a look...only this time he couldn't fix my zoom zoom...
this is when i realize how attached i am to my machine...and how i never want to be apart, not even for a day...
soo i called my local APQS rep sheila on a SUNDAY expecting her to tell me that i would have to pack it up and ship it back to IOWA for a repair....instead sheila and al came out the very next day [i am so lucky to say they live 15 minutes away] and spent 5 hours on my machine... figured out that i had a few issues [installed new brushes and adjusted the timing] also recommended  a grease job and new wheels [merry christmas to me] ...
my machine is BETTER than new...the new wheels are so super smooth .... now i have to call her triple zoom zoom zoom xoxo.
best of all ~  i am back at it ~ hardly missed a beat of that busy december schedule and i cannot say THANK YOU enough to sheila and al for spending all monday afternoon with me and my machine.

these are my 7 year old wheels...i put a lot of miles on these babies xoxo

these are my new faster than ever wheels xoox

YIKES !  i have been to michael's 4 times in the last week ~.spent a whopping $20 for all today's loot...quilt calendars $1.20....quilt planners $.60....button/ribbon cards $.99 ~ these  will make great little quilt lover gifts.....and i promise myself  I WILL NOT  be back at michael's for a while!! happy thursday  xoxox pam

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