Wednesday, December 24, 2014

From Our Family to Yours

Peace, love, and art,

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Mid-South Book Fest

This is where I spent my day today.  Highlights about the 4 day event here
mid south book festival

I helped out at the information and check in desk

Our crew had fun hanging out  with Lewis, the Homewood Suite Duck.

Lewis and Me                                                         Lewis and Frankie
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Here I am with Vernetta staff member at Literacy Mid-South.

And Sam helped us out too.
Whoa!! What a wonderful day .  Congratulations Kevin , Carley, and Literacy Mid-South for making it happen.

Peace, love, and art,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Long Arm Quilting and Ms. Lou Lou the Kitten

These jewels are going to the long arm quilter this week to be quilted  and back to me hopefully by December 1st.
“Off the Wall Nine Patch” is made from a fat quarter medley I purchased sometime ago from a online quilt shop. I think this pattern does a good job of showcasing the Red Ware Revisited  fabric  by ChanteClarie .  I am very happy with the quilt but it looks much better than this photo.  The fabric reminds me of the Pennsylvania Dutch county I love visiting especially the restaurants

“The States” Block of Month was  2013 project of my quilt guild.  I plan to exhibit this  quilt  at our Christmas party this year. This one also uses a fat quarter medley called
Floral Trails by Moda.
These kick off several of my summer finishes in a big way.

A few pictures of my newest family member Ms Lou Lou. adopted from my vetinary.
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                                 Have a great week of sewing.

Linking up this post with Anything Goes Mondays  Pin It Monday Let's Bee Social
Peace, love, and art,

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Modern Scrappy Triangle String Block

I am making 16 of these scrappy triangle string blocks.  I saw the tutorial  here and here . If you want to try making these I’ve included a few easy steps.

I like to cut my strips between 2 to 3 inches wide. 
Sew enough strips together to get about a 13 x 13 inch block. You will need two of these.
Press strips and trim to  12.5 x 12.5 blocks
Place right sides together and pin strips together with one strip running horizontally and the other running vertically.
Sew a scant 1/4 seam allowance around the entire block.
Cut blocks  twice on the diagonal corner to corner.  You will have 4 smaller blocks now.


Decide which way you want to arrange your blocks and sew together. This
 makes a lovely block.  I plan to frame each of my blocks with a 2 to 3 inch strip of a neutral color fabric. Remember since you are cutting your squares on the diagonal you will get some bias distortion. Spraying the block with a little starch when you press helps. 
My finished block. 

Have a wonderful week.
Peace, love, and art,

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Lightening McQueen Quilt

Kylen posing with his Lightening McQueen quilt.  And he sent a very special video but I  can’ t seem to upload it to this blog post.

“I am faster than fast
Kylen 4
"Quicker than Quick
"I am Lightening
kylen 1

Peace, love, and art,

Thursday, August 28, 2014

My10 Quilty Secrets

10 quilty secrets
Amy , the blogger at 13 spools   did a post on 10 Quilt Secrets  and boy did it go over big .  A lot of bloggers followed her lead and posted their quilt secrets too. WELL confession is good for the soul and here are my 10 Quilty Secrets.
1.  I am proud to say that I only have about 12 UFO’s that I need to finish.
2 .  I have in the past had my used rotary cutter blades re- sharpened.
3 .  I really wanted this gadget, the Quilter’s FabriCalc  that I have yet to use.
4 . I am  getting better at switching out my sewing machine needles.
5 .  I love shopping for new fabric if it is for a special quilt project.
6 .  Sometimes I will use pretty sheets as backing for my quilts.
7.   I prefer not to work with small fabrics pieces.
8 .  I like the quality of Gutermann thread.
9.  The part that worries me the most about my quilting is the binding, I want it perfect.
10. Since I started taking better care of my sewing machine it sews better.
Linking up with Linky Tuesday and 13 Spools

Summer will soon be a  memory and Fall is right around the corner. And I am hoping for a great time this weekend at the high school class reunion. 

Peace, love, and art.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Delta Fair And Music Festival

delta fair and musical festial

Event Details
Delta Fair and Musical Festival
August 29, 2014---Sept. 7 2014
7777 Walnut Grove Rd.
Memphis, Tn. 38120

Visit   Delta Fair  website for ticket information .

This will  be my first time to exhibit my work at the Delta Fair.  I have 3 entries  in the crafts category . Keeping my fingers crossed.  It would be so nice to win the favor of the judges and bring home a prize.
Linking up with New to Me in 2014

Peace, love, and art,

Friday, August 08, 2014

Photo Book on my Quilts

my photo quilt book

I am excited  that  I finally decided on a title for the photo book on my quilts.

   My working title is:   
I  am self-publishing  using the internet website  I am enjoying working with this self publishing platform.  Check it out and let me know what you think?
This will be a photo book and include   personal antidotes, quotes, etc.    I would love any suggestions or comments that you can think of that I might consider.

   I drive by this sign often , today I parked along the curb, snapped picture and said a prayer for peace on earth.


Peace, love, and art,

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Piggy Bank Challenge


I just found out about this challenge today. I am in and you can read more about the challenge at Val'sQuilting Studio

Today was the close of the challenge but Val extended the date to July 20th Whoopee!!!!!!
Next year on July 6th we will empty our banks and share what we saved and what we want to do with our stash. I am not sure what I will do yet but perhaps use it for a quilt/show trip

Miss Piggy is all dressed waiting for the grand finale.

Peace, love, and art,

Piggy Bank Challenge

I just found out about this today. I am in and you can read more about this challenge at
Val's Quilting Studio

Next year on July 6th  we will empty our banks and share what we saved and what we want to buy. Don't know yet maybe for a quilt trip /show or something like that.

Peace, love, and art,

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Frida Kahlo’s Birthday Tribute

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo
I have always admired Frida Kahlo’s  work, but admit I knew very little about her life and art other than her beautiful recognizable face.  So I decided to join the event at Sewing On My Kitchen Table  to celebrate her birthday by making something that captures the style and spirit of Frida Kahlo.
I began by finding a image and a thought provoking quote  I liked to create a journal page. I traced the image  on fabric and filled in with colored pencils.


Her thick eyebrows were her trademark

She wore elaborate hairdos with braids and flowers.

She painted self-portraits surrounded by her pets

 Now these cat-eyed glasses  above  are what Frida wore, but I believe she could Rock these heart -shaped glasses that I embellished.


Dia de Muertos---- Spanish for Day of the Dead a Mexican holiday that celebrates family and friends who have died.  I think this cuff braclet I made would also be a part of her wardrobe.


Linking up with guest host Diana at Red Delicious Life

Have a great week.

Peace, love, and art,

Thursday, July 03, 2014

That's all Right

The 60th anniversary of Elvis Presley's  first rock and roll recording in Memphis  is all the buzz. On July 5th 1954 he was 19 years old and on that day recorded "That's All Right". That day changed his life forever when he went on to become the King of Rock and Roll.

To celebrate this  historic event I made this Elvis pillow cover.  It  is in my  etsy shop here

                        Note this is for a pillow cover only, you will need to purchase the insert .

I have 2 14 inch pillow covers available for immediate shipping and have enough fabric to make several more.

Hey you Elvis fans step back in time and listen to "That's Alright Mama and for information about other events go to

Linking this post with Anything Goes Monday  Linky Tuesday and Needles and Thread Thursday

Peace, love, and art,

Sunday, June 08, 2014

God Whispers

Someone sent me this. I enjoyed it so much I  wanted  to share it with you. If you watch it I hope you enjoy it too . Be blessed.

Peace, love, and art,

"Craft It Now" Book

 Sheryl Hastings over here offered this book  on her blog and  I was the lucky winner.

There are over 75 great handmade projects that require no special skill.


I enjoyed looking at Sheryl's studio she has some great storage ideas.  Take a look

I am working on this quilt panel for a special little boy who loves Cars, especially Lightening McQueen.


Linking this blog post up with Anything Goes Monday and Linky Tuesday

Until next time
Peace, love, and art,


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Salute the Stars- 2014-Bloggers Quilt Festival

I am excited about joining the Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by " Amy's Creative Side".

                       My entry  "Salute the Stars" is in the Large Quilt Category

Machine pieced and quilted to share at my quilt guild xmas party, our party was cancelled due to inclement weather last year and was I disappointed.

The quilt measure 52.5"x70.5" and is made using various quilting cottons.

You can read about one of the star blocks in this quilt called "Annie's Choice" here
Thank you to Amy for hosting the festival and to the sponsors for their generosity. 
Now  relax and enjoy viewing and reading about all the quilts you see.

I am linking this post up here and  here


Peace, love, and art.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Great News

I had totally forgotten about  Sheryl's "Craft It Now"  book giveway that I entered. You can imagine my memory lapse when I received the email. 

 Sheryl set out in January  2014 to take one photo a day for a year. She has a lot going on and I will share more with you when my book arrives.  You can find her blog here 

This is what she wrote:

Hi Angela,

You just won my "Craft it Now" book giveaway! If you could give me an address where you'd like the book sent to, I'll get it off in the mail this week.
Thanks for entering and I hope you enjoy the book!
I've been trying to email you. I hope you get this!


Sheryl Hastings

A wish for happiness to all of you on Mothers Day.

Peace, love, and art,


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Memphis Rocks (a special blog post)

Historically Memphis gets it's name after the ancient capital of Egypt on the Nile river. Founded in 1819 by John Overton, James Winchester, and Andrew Jackson,  Memphis has it going on  many ways.  

One of the Best things about Memphis is the Food.

Most agree that our Barbecue ribs are #1

  And we have a place in Music History.

Known as the "Home of the Blues" and the birthplace of  Rock and Roll.

  We have a place in Sports too. We bleed blue with our UofM Tigers
And a "hunk of burnin" love for our Grizzlies
I am proud to say I live in Memphis. Memphis Rocks.

Peace, love, and art.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

StoreWoot - Promote your Etsy store on Pinterest

StoreWoot - Promote your Etsy store on Pinterest in few clicks:

Promote your Etsy Store on Pinterest  and increase your store views and sales. Get free promotion credit with the above link :
 For example I promoted my "Monkey Baby Blanket" from April 1-30-2014 and got 122 views on Pintrest and 41 repins.

And..... if you invite other Etsy sellers you can earn one credit everytime the referred user buys credit.
This is how it works:

1. Add your Etsy store.
2. Choose the products you want to promote.
3. Promotion begins.
Use the above link  and promote your first product for free.

I have linked this up with  at Free Motion by The River and Anything Goes Monday here:

Happy shopping,


Monday, April 21, 2014

I'm bacccck to Blogging

I've managed to get a lot done and feel less stressful. Every box (and there were many) bag, room, and closet at the home house have been emptied as well as my head. I still need to clear the garage though. I admit there have been some scary moments and please excuse me for leaving so quickly.  I have a book that I have been working on that I am  excited about.  And also  been contemplating my future at this stage of my life. I really enjoy blogging and sharing my art and thank you very much.

Following are some crafty pictures

KRAFT-TEX,  My wonderful new crafting item . Described as a combination of leather and fabric. 

The label says you can sew, stamp, draw, print and wash it.  You may check out this great video for product ideas.


 Finished the tea towel quilt that I blogged about here   It's hanging on the kitchen wall.

Tea towel quilt

 Continue to work on replenishing my Etsy shop

A new item,  Reversible Café Apron with hanging dish towel.

Donated lots of things to Mr. J who set- up and coordinated my first and most likely the only yard sale I will ever do.


Have a wonderful Merry May. I am linking this post up with at Freemotion  by the River

Peace, love, and art,



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