Friday, May 30, 2008

The Inspiration Guild~ Guild to fight Ovarian Cancer

One day, like many days in my life, I was talking with my Mom about the projects she was working on at her house. She told me about how her local guild, the Marquette County Quilters Association ,was asking their members to pick up this special Ovarian Cancer kits and make a block. She was telling me how she was doing a "grandmother's garden" block with the kit. This week, she surprised me by sending me a kit of my own to help with the fight. Here is what my kit looked like. It has 4 coordinating fabrics (Blank Quilting Inspiration Collection) and the instructions of what they are wanting.
Quilters across the country are coming together with creative inspiration, a passionate bond for their artistry, and their commitment to find a cure for ovarian cancer by creating Inspiration Quilts. You can help too!
Inspiration Quilt Blocks
-Submit as many 12X12 blocks as you wish made from at least 50% of any Blank Quilting fabric along with a photo of yourself and the completely form to:
Inspiration Guild
P.O. Box 8644
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Inspiration Collection
-Increase you donation by creating your block from one of the six unique Blank Quilting Inspiration Collection designs featuring the distinctive teal ribbon colorway of the ovarian cancer cause. For every yard sold, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
-An Inspiration Block made from the Inspiration Collection means a greater donation!
The Inspiration Commitment
-For every block donated, Blank Quilting will donate $1.00 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
Inspiration Online
-Log onto and see your block assembled into the latest quilt, along with your photo. Every Inspiration Quilt is made from 81 blocks. As one is completed, another is begun.
For more information, go to
After reading all that, I was so excited to start on my block. Stay tuned for my assembly and finished quilt block. I will then follow thru with the quilt my block was put on! So exciting!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Lil additions to my lil shop.

*Don't let your cold glass of iced tea sweat in the hot days of summer and get water all over your table!*
Just wanted to give a quick update on my shop items. I have made two matching sets of coasters to the Jasmine oversized Tablerunner and a made a set of coasters for the Funky Floral Tabletopper. They up for sale on my shop... $10 each! These are starting to be my favorite things to make lately!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Jasmine Oversized Tablerunner

This is my newest post! A few days ago, I was looking through my stash and found this fabric I had totally forgot about.... I was so excited and thought, this would be the coolest table runner ever. I didn't use a pattern, I just went from a picture in my head, I got so ahead of myself and I wasn't thinking right, this turned out huge! I used almost the whole yard on this table runner. I love how it turned out, it would be perfect for those huge high tables that seat 6? It also looked great over my large trunk to. I figured someone out there will probably be looking for a special table runner for their special table. I love it either way. Big isn't bad, its just more to love! haha I decided I will make some matching coasters as well, so that is my project for today. I have to get back into the quilting mood, it has been lacking lately... but I think I am there!

A few weeks ago, I sold my Tulip Trio table runner and 2 sets of Charm coasters but it has died down since. I need to get some updated items that I know with sell! Patience is a virtue, RIGHT?!?!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

This Man makes me so PROUD!

Here is my husband in his Class A's! This uniform doesn't get taken out of the closest often but since he is in school, he has to get it ready for his graduation, in about 5 weeks. I walked into the bedroom last night and was taken off guard by him looking in the mirror and adjusting his medals. I just stood there watching the pride he had plastered all over his face... I was there soaking it all in. He finally noticed me after a few minutes and I just told him first of all, DANG you look hot in that uniform but then just took some time to tell him how proud of him I am. I told him I had to take a picture, he humbly agreed but couldn't smile since his lips are hurting because of sunburn. He has been putting in a lot of time and energy to doing well, we both have!
He is doing extremely well in school, the first week was rocky but now, he is one of the head shooters in the school, doing very well on his written tests and this Monday kicked some major butt on his PT test! I just cant express enough how proud I am of him, all the years (almost 8) in the Army and sacrifices he has made for me and the kids. He is an amazing soldier, husband and father! I just cant be any more blessed then that!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day Mom!

So this is my mother, my best friend (along with my sister, cant forget her!), my mentor, my comfort, a person I can talk to about anything and everything, a person that I can vent to without judgement, my daily adult interaction..... and the list could go on and on! Today on Mother's Day I want to show off my Mom... I am so blessed that I have her in my life! She raised us the best she could with what cards that were dealt to her... and for the most part raised 4 great children! Thank you Mom for being so good to me and that you have given of yourself to better me as a adult... the ups and downs of my life has made me the person that I am, so it was worth it! I love you Ma! (This picture is of my Mom and Alyssa at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks, Alaska.)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Ashley's Woodland Dream quilt all finished and sent!

On May 1st, Ashley's Woodland Dream quilt was sent off to Kathy! It was a long process and a lot of work along the way, the flowers were added so it looking more "girly", a lot of detail but overall, it was perfect! Two days later, this quilt arrived to Kathy and was opened by Ashley herself. When Ashley saw the quilt it full view, the first thing that came out of her mouth was "oh the pretty flowers!".... which made me SOOO happy... reason being, that was my own choice to add it and to hear Ashley was drawn to them right away, that was my validation it was the perfect move! At the time she failed to see the bear, canoe, trees, mountains... she could only focus on the Michigan wildflowers! A few days later, I receive an email from Kathy saying, since she has gotten the quilt, she is starting to sleep all thru the night... not sure how that is BUT I have been informed it may be the quilt I made for her. Kathy will email me here and there and tell me about whats new with Ashley and the quilt... she told me of the story that the either night, Ashley was laying on her bed (without noticing Kathy standing there) and was pointing at the pictures saying "bear, trees, deer, boat, pink flowers, purple flowers...." made me so happy to hear it. I now know all the work that was put into this quilt was SO worth it all.... Ashley's reaction to this quilt was the biggest payoff of all! It also made my day that Kathy emailed me pictures of what the quilt looks like on Ashley's bed... I had never had something like that so it meant a lot to me! This Alchemy was so much more then just a sale under my belt... there were alot of lessoned learned, new techniques but I also found a new friend! She has become a friend I stay in touch with and talk about things in our life (past and present)...... this Alchemy to me has been so much more rewarding then just the money, sales and feedback.....