Monday, February 20, 2017

A colorful treat

Question for you ... share with me what a small, simple thing is that you do for yourself when you want to treat yourself? Something that doesn't mean spending loads of money, eating lots of calories, or investing time when you don't have the time to really pamper yourself? Y'all know those moments I mean ... something just to give you a little give you a boost of happy for a moment?

For me, it was always my flowers... digging in the dirt, breaking the dirt clods with my fingers into tiny dust balls, smelling the freshly turned soil, seeing the flowers bloom, enjoying the soft pastels as well as the bright colors. I don't even mind the weeding of the flower beds as it gives me time to reflect on God's miracles of such beauty blooming from such a tiny kernel of seed.  But I digress, pardon me ...

Flowers have been missing from my world for quite some time.  This weekend, having collected the amount due from another bag I made and sold ... more on that further on ... instead of using the dollars for groceries or gas ... I splurged on flowers.  Okay, so maybe just a few pansies, but for this girl from the northern realm of Montana, pansies in February still a wonder to me.

This is my small, simple treat... when I look out my window during the day, I get to enjoy the pretty faces of my pansies. Simple pleasures.  Bonus here ... using my phone on Saturday, I took my youngest daughter with me to pick out the flowers and while I held the phone to the display of flowers, she made her selection via FaceTime.  Bonus for me, as not only do I get to see my pretty pansies, I get to enjoy them knowing my baby girl helped pick them out.  Cool and cooler!

So ...  I mentioned above that I sold a bag in order to purchase these beauties. By word of mouth and the kindnesses of co-workers, family, and friends, I've picked up the stray odd-jobs.  Here are some recent projects, including this past week's which was another favorite, the Saturday Market Bag, pattern by Heather Bailey.



I mentioned last week that I would share a few of the other items I've made, and while I've been saving them to my Pinterest boards, I know many do not visit there ... so, I'm attaching a few for your viewing here... 



This week I am only including the "bags" as I do believe you would be bored and overwhelmed if I tried to include everything I've tried to create in my blogging absence. It appears that when I lost both my laptop and my desktop to virus last fall, many of my pictures went down with the machines, and blessed and lucky are you fine folks as you do not have to suffer the slide show of viewing all my many creations ... they would be more of the same in the many variations of colors.

Thank you for visiting with me today.  I look forward to coming back and visiting with you again in the very near future.  Believe it or not, but I've actually made a quilt or two during my absence that I'd be happy to share if you would all indulge me and then perhaps we could get on to more fun things ... more to come on that later....

Bless you and please, come again!










Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Allow me to introduce ... a long read

Hello. I feel the need to introduce myself. I've been away from blogging for quite some time.  Over two years in fact.

The death of my  blog started in a courtroom in September 2014 in fact. When one sees pages from your blog in full color brought before the judge for some unknown reason during a custody hearing ... well, that is a blindsiding blow to say the least. Never did find out the reason as the pages weren't allowed to be discussed.  Still, it stupefied me.

My desire to share died further every single mile of the two thousand miles I drove away from Missoula, Montana to Memphis, Tennessee without my two reasons for living -- creativity ... happiness ... breathing ... Well, at that time, its what it felt like.  However, at that time, I thought my daughters would be joining me at any time.


Fast forward two years  ... two very emotionally and financially draining years ... I am still without my daughters, though I do get visitation during school breaks, until they are of age and can decide where they wish to reside. I have a good job at the corporate world headquarters of a Fortune 500 company which should provide stability and longevity.  I am also slowly learning the area and developing friendships.

While this life I have is not the one I ever dreamed of having, nor the one I would ever have chosen, it has proven me to be a strong woman that can survive more than I ever thought possible.  I am not the woman that drove away from Montana.  That woman is no longer in existence.  I do believe I am finally becoming the woman that I believe will be proud to have her daughters emulate as they grow.  While my worst fear is for my girls to ever believe that I abandoned them, with the use of cell phones and FaceTime, email and thanks to my job express mail, I can stay in daily contact and even "see" them.  One day they will look back on this time, they will learn the truth as all children do, and I pray they will be proud of their mother ... just as I am of my mother ... for what she endured, what she survived, and for what sacrifices she had to make to make sure her daughters had the best life a mother could give them.

I believe I'm even beginning to heal and perhaps forgive myself for the failure I believed myself to be.  No longer will I allow the judgments of people that have not walked in my shoes matter to me -- and real or imagined, to me that list of judgmental people was long. By no means is my struggle over, but today ... today I am okay. Thank you for being here.

To that end, I'd like to start back into my creative outlet of blogging again. Once upon a time, this was a community of support, inspiration and creative "community" for me. I would like to join that community again.  Though this time, I am different. I have different expectations and I have different experiences.  My blogging may be different as will the stories I have to share.  New friendships will be made and I hope some old friendships will be renewed.

I'd like to share something I did for my daughter's school when the principal put out a call for any of the parents that own businesses to provide gift certificates if they chose to support not only the local business but also the teachers for Christmas.   Y'all know that I like to support my daughters' teachers, but this year it was going to be hard with my Emily in sixth grade ... how do you pick one teacher out of nine classes, I ask? Then I thought, do I have a business to offer a gift certificate?

Ha!  Give my creative mind a bit of time and a real friendly local-quilt-shop owner that I work with in the same town as the school and this is what I came up with:


I put together a choice of twelve table runners from three books by Disa Designs ... LOVE these patterns! I wrote up a gift certificate providing the winner with their choice of the runner as well as the ability to work with my friend and quilt shop owner, Vicki of Vicki's Quilts Down Under in Missoula to make their own fabric choices.  I arranged with Vicki to pay for the fabric and to mail it to me in Memphis.  I then sewed and quilted the runner and mailed it to the winner of the gift certificate.  I felt like I got to participate in my daughter's school teacher's gift exchange, Vicki's local quilt shop got business and possibly a future customer, and the teacher was gifted with a table runner of her choosing.  Here is a picture of the end result:


I do believe the recipient was quite happy with her tablerunner.  I was happy with the results and knowing she chose her own colors helped me be pleased with creating something for a person I'd never met.  Winners - all!  Yay us!

If you have read this far, bless your heart!  I hope to share some of the projects I have worked on over the past two years as well as share projects as I work them in the future. 

This life may not be as we plan, but I know God is the author and I have complete faith that He has the story line well in hand.  Today I look forward to turning the page to read what tomorrow brings ...


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Why Knot ... ??

Bless you, Carin for asking because I will answer with the truth in how I feel about my Why-Knot-Kwilt blog ...

I actually deleted my blog yesterday afternoon and then thought twice about it last night and "un-deleted" it.  

Honestly, I don't know if I have anything of interest to say any more... my heart broke when leaving Montana and having to leave my daughters behind due to legal matters which continue to this day ... two years later.

I'm not the same person I was and I do miss my blogging community ... but I know that most of my community of online friends have moved on without me and again ... what do I have to share?  I try to be positive ... I do ... but to date ... two years into this new life, I feel I'm still trying to find a life and yet the battle for my reason for living sans my daughters continues.  Foolish and dramatic sounding I am sure ... and I apologize for that. ... but it is my daily reality ... no one else's.  I know for a certainty that we each carry our own burdens.  I also know for a certainty that I am blessed in so many fortunate ways as so many others are not.  However, my burdens are mine, just as each of you own yours. I put a smile on my face and deal each day, just as most of you do. I stay positive the best I can. I thank God each day I wake up and face a new day. But ... I am a different person... a different person with a different outlook on what is and is not a priority.

Every time I go to write on the blog ... well I either wish for what was, or what isn't any more. This blog for me was a creative, sharing, and comforting outlet.  Many of you fed my creative soul with your kindnesses and your encouragement.  I don't wish to dampen or disappoint.  I don't wish to discourage or bring any one down. 

I want to encourage, be kind, uplift and inspire ... I feel I'm getting closer to wanting this creative writing outlet, but wonder if it needs to be a different direction because I'm a different person now.

I know how my mother feels how about the blogging community .... Any advice? 

My love to each of you and my sincere appreciation for the ask, Carin ... may God Bless you!

~ Wendy

Monday, October 26, 2015

Halloween Haunt hop



To Marian of Seams To Be Sew I give my sincerest gratitude for arranging this Halloween Haunt blog hop. I also wish to thank everyone who participated with their wonderful projects without which we wouldn't have treats to hop along and be inspired.

Thank you!  Please be sure to visit all of those haunting on this hop today:

Tuesday, October 27

Why Knot Kwilt (you are here)

For haunting this year's Halloween hop, I created the Boo Ghost table topper (or wall hanging, in this case) 


from the Art to Heart Table Please Part Two book.  You all know that I adore Nancy Halvorsen's work and once again she proves to be as dependable in her quick and easy patterns.  Always a favorite.  I discovered that since this is Part Two, I obviously will have to find Book One ... goes without saying {wink}.



I thought my daughters would enjoy this happy ghost shouting boo at them.  I feel the colors are not the typical dark but still work with the Halloween theme... besides, the ghost is just so cute! 


We also have been provided a generous $25.00 gift certificate giveaway from the

Fat Quarter Shop

If you would like a chance to win this gift certificate, please visit the Fat Quarter Shop website and comment below telling me which Jolly Bar you would purchase if you won the $25 ... not that you have to purchase it, but just for purposes of this giveaway.

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As a bit of explanation for past readers, followers, and friends of my blog, I will admit my contribution to this hop may be limited, especially since I haven't posted here since April.  I actually signed up for this hop in hopes of getting back into the swing of quilting and blogging.  

It didn't work out like I'd wished.  Having to trek to libraries, coffee shops, book stores, or friends' for internet access kind of limits a person's desire to browse blogs at one's ease during down time.  Lack of internet was not the only hindrance this time.  The burn out of yet one more well-used Bernina sewing machine puts a bit of a kink in the plans of a quilter.  However, I found another hand-me-down for which I'm grateful and I had several generous offers of loans for use to finish some projects.

Where there's a will .... there's always a way!

Always be positive, kind, and grateful!

As for any said down time, during the last several months my writing skills have been used for composing legal documents in on-going court battles regarding my two most precious daughters who still reside in Montana while I live and work in Tennessee.  That fact alone has lent towards a huge downwards spike of staying inspired, creative, and light-hearted.

My reasons and needs of having to leave the life I had in Montana remain the same and the decision to leave would not change had I a "do-over." However, when a person is presented with pages of her blog in Court to be used against her for some unknown reason and without explanation, she begins to question the desire to write and share on said blog. 

 While I am still in the battle that is my day to day life, it is understood that my friends have had to move on with their lives as my problems proved exhausting or overwhelming to them on top of their own lives. I will always remain grateful for everyone and everything that has gotten me to where I am today.  My email and phone number are unchanged so always welcome friendly, supportive conversation! 

To everything there is a season.... 

Today, I am grateful my daughters are alive and healthy ... as am I.  I am grateful for my faith and belief that God has a plan for us for which He is preparing me.  I am grateful for the wonders of my new work experiences at FedEx and the opportunities of furthering my education in hopes of providing my daughters a strong, capable role model as not only a mother but as a woman in today's world.

I am grateful for each and every one of you that have stopped by to leave comments through this blog over the years. I sincerely thank you for your time, thoughtfulness, and kindness.

I will always be grateful for all of your kind words about my creative works.  I hope to one day be back to earn that kindness again soon.  

Until then, Happy Stitching!

Happy hugs and warm-hearted wishes, 





Sunday, April 19, 2015

Latte Lovin'



Wow!  I see it has been three months since I posted ... holey moley!
For those of you visiting after such a long absence from me, I thank you for visiting and give you my sincere appreciation for believing in me to share something worth you time...

Joan of Mooestash Quilting  has assured me that if I just "Have A Latte," it'd help put be back in the swing of blogging.  Joan, thank you for cheering us through this hop and helping me find a bit of inspiration to get be back to the sewing machine!

I'd also like to thank Dan DiPaolo of Clothworks for creating such a fun line of fabric. 


 I admit to having a bit of coffee with my flavored creamers on almost a daily basis (my scales tip a nod or twenty with that statement!)  While I enjoy my latte drinks, I was struck by Dan's fabric for which a line in the design of his panel truly inspired me.  I show you here:

I've been wracking my brain and digging through a mountain of patterns trying to find something  "coffee-ish" if you will, to make for this hop, however I could never settle on one particular design to create.  I just couldn't commit until inspiration struck.

Funny thing about inspiration, you just never know when it'll hit.

So, yesterday morning ... (YES! I KNOW! Procrastinate much????) ... for some reason when I looked at Dan's fabric panel, I instantly knew what I wanted to do.  

I got out my pencil, graph paper, fusible web, as well as my bundle of Have A Latte collection and designed this project to share with you today.   

Granted, there were so very many beautiful fabrics choices, but again, once the idea stuck, it STUCK.  I wanted to use the other fabrics to piece around the striped border.  In fact,  I even cut up a stack of squares.  But nope, this design spoke to me and said "this is it ... no more." 
I have to agree with the design... I love it just the way it came out of my head.
This wall hanging is roughly 20" x 32" in size.

So I have more to use for accessories in my new kitchen when I clear the sewing machine and cutting table from two days of intense creativity ... 
(you fellow crafty-folk know exactly the pile that waits in my sewing area)

Fortunately, it stopped raining and the sun came out long enough for me to get pictures taken this afternoon:


Where Good Friends Meet .... 
for a cup of coffee ...
for a spot of tea ...
for a quick chat ...
for a long visit ...
for just .....
Where Good Friends Meet.



I have said it before, and I probably will a hundred times more, I am thankful for my online quilting, stitching, and blogging neighbors who have shown me so much support and provide me with so much inspiration!  

I would love to say I'm ready to hop back into the blogging neighborhood again but I don't know if I'm there yet.  However, I give you all an open invite to join me any time for a spot of sweet ice tea out in my lovely new favorite outdoor backyard spot:

where good friends meet....this spot is just asking for a visit!

Please visit my fellow Latte loving bloggers today:

Why Knot Kwilt (ya'll are here)

Again, my thanks to Joan for her cheering of this hop and, as always, 
to Madame Samm  for her creative imaginings to get us all involved!



Sunday, January 18, 2015

TIME for All Seasons Tammy Bag. ...


I begin this post with my apologies ...

You see, I didn't complete my project.

I had every intention and ... well ...

Life happened.

Seriously ... I learned life had different 
plans for my time and I refuse to 
admit I failed ... as I tried so very hard
but to no avail so ...

Along with my apologies to all of you
who worked so hard and completed
these wonderful projects unlike myself ...

I give my sincerest gratitude to
for creating such wonderful patterns!

I give my sincerest gratitude to
for ALL of your hard work and dedication 
to pulling this hop together!!

Thank you Madame Samm ...
for everything!!!

I also wish to thank our fantastic
sponsors for this Tammy Bag for All Season hop:

DMC Threads
H.A.KIDD -- monaco fabric
MsAppleHeart --Tammy Bag Pattern
READERS -- Best Readers ever!

Without further adieu I share with
you what I did get completed:


You see, I chose Fall for my Tammy Bag ...
Fall ... beautiful colors, crisp autumn
breezes, not too hot and not too cold
time of year.

But then again, now that I've moved
to Tennessee from Montana ...
Perhaps I'll fall in love with another
season ...


I was able to take my photos outside 
without snow!
  
In January!

Wooo-Whoooo!

Love the weather in this new place I call home!



Above is pictured the materials 
I had cut out for my bag ...




What I did get finished on my Monaco Fabric...
Have to admit, I've never cross stitched on fabric
so small but I love the outcome ... 
may even add some of this fabric 
to my Aida cross stitch fabric stash ... 

Yes, I have a cross stitch fabric stash also!

I will say though that I was extremely, extremely
grateful for my pair of Reader glass ... I didn't
think I needed them since I wear everyday glasses with bifocals ... how wrong was I!!

Love my Readers ... pink checked too!!




One thing this move of mine has turned up
is that I have two QSnap frames ... 
they are awesome but I know I can 
only use one at a time so I am giving
this second frame away to one of my
blog followers who'd like to share in
the cross stitching hobby:



I thank you again for visiting and ask that
you visit my fellow bloggers to have certainly
done a much better job at their commitments
than I ....


Remember, if you're interested in winning
the QSnap, tell me in the comments that you'd
like it and MAKE SURE I CAN CONTACT YOU ...
So many no-reply bloggers which sadly cannot be contacted ...



Monday, November 24, 2014

Doings Down South ...


Hi Y'All!  

I feel I can fully embrace my use of "y'all" and "sweetie" now that I officially call the South my home ... 
{grin}
 ... who knew I had a touch of the southern gal living in my soul??

Job search is continuing, as is the wait for my daughters to join me, but Faith and Hope continue to live strongly in me ...
I appreciate each and every prayer made on my behalf!



I had the pleasure of meeting Arlene Blackburn, owner of Delta Patchworkthis past weekend.  I was able to enjoy a bit of fabric therapy by means of visiting Arlene's internet quilt shop that she occasionally opens for her local customers. The shop is neat and clean with lots to choose from ... just as she has in her online store!  And those she had helping customers ... so wonderfully kind and helpful!

Sweet, sweet lady and a true representative of kindness towards others.  I hope to return often, even if only online until she has another Delta Patchwork Warehouse day for her local customers.  Be sure to visit her online shop and I know she's on Facebook too ... link here. 

Found the above fabrics on the marked down shelf ...

I picked up a recent magazine for inspiration along with some materials I needed for current projects I've got in the works ...  
And the little birdie you see above ....

Perfect zipper pull for the bag I made recently!

Well ... I will get to work now on those previously mentioned projects so I have more to share in the near future.  Thank you for visiting!

Y'all come back now, ya' hear?
(sorry ... couldn't help myself... heeheehee)






Monday, November 10, 2014

Twas The Night .... For Me



Hello to all of you stopping in for a visit today on the Twas The Night blog hop!

I wish to thank Marlene of Stitchin’ By The Lake for all of her hard work arranging this hop ... having just finished leading the cheers for the Wicked Hop, I cannot imagine the amount of work she had to do with this gift exchange and hop coordination!  
Holy-camoly!!  Thank you Marlene!

And, of course, our squad leader gently pushing us forward ... Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt ... thank you for your continued inspiration, leadership, and amazing cheers!

The basis of this hop, as I understand it, was to create and share projects that could be made at the last minute ... you know the "night before" ... as many of us tend to have so much going on that we tend to work until the last second trying to fit everything in that we want to make ... 

So, I share with you today what I sent:


Pictured above is a little wall hanging I had in mind to make up before I left Montana to relocate to Tennessee .... it is truly a gift that can be made in a day or a weekend should you need that long.

Knowing the type of schedule I was expecting, I really took to heart the instructions for this hop and chose a project that could be accomplished quickly.

I reviewed my stash of  books with a Christmas theme and chose this project from the Art to Heart Ho Ho Ho Let It Snow book.  And what do you know, I even had some of Nancy Halvorsen's Benartex coordinating fabrics to go along with the project ... oh the bonus of a fabric stash!!

This project included easy applique which I zig-zag stitched around and a couple of borders sewing on.  I added a bit of stippling and straight-line quilting to finish up the hanging ... and wah-lah ....
instant Christmas decoration!

I've been told my giftee really likes it .... 
YAY!


and what I received:



I received from Marian of Seams To Be Sew several ornaments, a tea light holder, a gift box filled with Swiss chocolates and a jar of pistachio creme which  Marian assures me is a popular creme used in many dishes in Sicily.  While she wished to include regular tea lights, I am quiet happy with the colorful lights Marian did include ... fun!
Thank you Marian!!



And .. before you go, I am thrilled to also share with you the spot where I was able to take the photo of my gifts from Italy ... 
The park pictured is just down the road from my new location ... and as it is November ... I am so very thrilled at how nice the weather is considering temperatures are well below freezing with snow and rain where I called home just a month ago! 

Blessed and blessed again!

Please join me in visiting my fellow bloggers who post this day:

Tuesday, November 11th


We shall certainly receive inspirational ideas for some creative last minute gift ideas!

Thank you for visiting and I look forward to visiting with you again soon ... 

Warm hearted-wishes and happy stitches ~


Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Wicked Broom ...




Oh my goodness but this Wicked Hop sure stirred up some wonderful creations and lots and lots of inspiration!  My thanks go to Maywood Studios for their fun line of Black Cat Crossing fabrics which was the catalyst for this year's Wicked hop.  I also give my sincerest thanks to Madame Samm for her continued support and gentle nudging from the behind us all.

I am sure many of you are coming to visit to see who was the recipient of the runner I created with my Maywood Studio Black Cat Crossing fabrics ... wait no longer ... out of 170 comments, the winner is: 

Very pretty table runner and would like the chance to have it on my fall table. Thank you for the opportunity!
Gracie looks to be a new commenter and I sent her my congratulations and notice in an email.

I thank each and every one of you who took the opportunity to comment and enter for a chance to win ... totally unexpected by me and if you haven't yet received a reply from me, please know it's not from want of trying!  For you see ... I've been a bit on the preoccupied side this past week or two.



As noted by Madame Samm at SewWeQuilt ... my wicked broom was traveling through several states which started from Missoula, Montana on Saturday the 25th and landed this past Monday the 27th in Memphis, Tennessee.... actually my broom looked like this:


And, instead of Toto, my little doggie, Izzy, was my traveling companion:


Friends and job opportunities have brought me to this location, and I am, in fact, staying with friends that have opened their home to me until I can find work and a place to call my own again.

Change is never, never easy.  Even though a person knows it is necessary, and the change will be of benefit in so many ways ... it is hard as I am sure many of you can attest.  The unknown, the consequences, and heck, just the plain unsettling nature of change keeps so many from making necessary changes.  I have many I need to thank for their support and friendship through my recent adventures, though each and every one of them say no thanks are necessary.

Well ... I give them.

Lots about my relocation is still up in the air ... 
especially considering the two halves of my heart remain in Montana until things are settled.  
Ironic how you can still function without a heart when you have no other option....
Yes, even now I can't think of that without great sadness ... 
but I know I've done the right thing in moving, and 
can promise I have researched every. single. option. possible.

Soon I will find a spot for my sewing machine to be set up, my bicycle to be parked, and a home to create and life may again find a normal routine.  Until then, prayers for all involved are appreciated!

Bless each and every one of you who are my support and who I count as friends.

I will see you soon on the Twas the Night blog hop hosted by Marlene of Stitchin By the Lake. Should be some very good ideas for last minute Christmas gifts for those of us who find ourselves in a time pinch ... not, I am sure, that any of us would admit to waiting until the last minute!

Until next we visit, happy stitching ....