Sunday, November 22, 2015

Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Week # 4

6324 Edgemere - El Paso, TX 79925 - 915.270.9028

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Hello, Quilting Friends Far and Near!

The blocks for Week #4 of the
Moda Sampler Block Shuffle
are posted below.

Be sure to print them or save them to your computer,
because they are only available for two weeks ---
and then they're gone.  :(

You can either click on the photo or the name underneath it
to go to the link where you can print or save the blocks.

Block 10 by Deb Strain

Block 11 by Brenda Riddle Designs

Block 12 by Zen Chic

Leave a comment and let us know what fabrics you are using
for your Moda Sampler Block Shuffle.

A fabric collection?  Scrappy fabrics?  Jelly Rolls?
Layer Cakes?  Charm Packs?  Left-overs?

Be sure to visit each of the Moda design's webpages as well.
They have lots of ideas and abundant inspiration!

Hope ya'll are all having as much fun as I am
making this cute little blocks!
blessings to each of you.
denise  :D

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - Week #3

6324 Edgemere - El Paso, TX 79925 - 915.270.9028

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Hello, Quilting Friends Far and Near!

I originally said I would post the week's blocks 
on Wednesdays, but have decided to post them on Saturday
to give you some more time to get them completed
before the next blocks come out. 

Next week will be Week #3 of the
Moda Sampler Block Shuffle.

(If you missed my first post, you can read about it HERE.)

Week #3's featured Moda Designers are:

Primitive Gatherings
Little Miss Shabby
Jen Kingwell Designs

Here are their blocks for you to download and/or print:

Block #7 by Primitive Gatherings.

Block #8 by Little Miss Shabby.

Block #9 by Jen Kingwell Designs

Remember - - -
Bring your weekly completed blocks into the store,
Made With Love Quilt Store and More in El Paso, Texas USA,
on each Wednesday and your name will be entered 
in to a drawing for an exciting prize!
(One entry per block not to exceed 3 per week.)

In addition, we will have a Sit & Sew Day on Wednesdays
so that you can work on your blocks.  
Bring a lunch and join us!

Looking forward to seeing our local ladies next week!
blessings all.  peace and love, denise  :D

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Moda Sampler Block Shuffle - More Info

6324 Edgemere - El Paso, TX 79925 - 915.270.9028

Moda Sampler Block Shuffle
Fabric Requirements and Finishing Instructions

Thank you to those of you who stopped by the store
this morning to learn about the Moda Sampler Block Shuffle
and watch the Easy Corner Triangles Demo.  :)

Beginning next Wednesday, November 18, 2015,
2-3 new BOWs (Block of the Week)
will be available for download on our website

and here on my blog as well.

Bring your finished blocks from the previous week in to the store
and you will be entered into a drawing for a door prize.

Then you are invited to stay for a bit and join us
for a Sit and Stitch Day.
That's every Wednesday!
A day amongst your quilting comrades!

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Below is some more information about the 
Moda Sampler Block Shuffle
in regards to the 

Fabric Requirements and Finishing Instructions.

Click here for Fabric Requirements and Finishing Instructions

Have fun!  Let me know if you have any questions.
I'm here to help!  :D

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Moda Sampler Block Shuffle

                                                                                                                                   The Moda Sampler Block Shuffle is here!

Many of you met my wonderful SO (Significant Other) during your visit last week  
to my recently-opened quilt store in El Paso, Texas.  
Well, sad to say he is quite sick with a throat infection, 102.7 fever, and can't talk.  
Must've been all the excitement from last week!  
So since I have no idea how to put anything on our web page,
 I'm putting all the details for the Moda Sampler Block Shuffle here on my blog. 

 Let's get started...

                               Each week from November 10, 2015  through January 2016, we'll be                                      sharing 2 to 3 free downloadable quilt blocks you can add to your pattern library! 

    But there's a catch: 

Each set of block patterns will only be available for a few weeks 
so in order to collect the entire set, you'll have to check out our website each week 
to download the latest additions.  
These blocks are created by various quilt designers and 
are intended to increase your quilting skill level.  
We could all use a little help - huh?  :) 

Every Wednesday will be Moda Sampler Block Shuffle Day
 at Made With Love Quilt Store & More.  
Please stop by to see a demonstration of a piecing technique.  
Bring your blocks so that we can take a picture of your block(s) 
and put it on our Facebook Page - madewithloveelp.

Click on the images to download the printable Moda Sampler Block patterns. 
Each one will print two copies of the block pattern - 
one for you and one for a quilting friend!  
But don't wait too long, because these patterns 
are only available for a limited amount of time.

These blocks from Week #1 and Week #2
are no longer available.  :(

Block #1 by Pat Sloan

Block #2 by Me and My Sister Designs

Block #3 by Sandy Gervais

Block #4 by V and Co

Block #5 by Kathy Schmitz

Block #6 by American Jane

Here are so helpful tutorials.  Click on each picture to download them.

 Easy Corner Triangles Tutorial How To Make Tutorial

Here is an idea of the final setting.  It will be available at a later date.

Moda Sampler Block Shuffle

You're gonna love it!

So pull out your fabrics.  
Moda recommends two Jelly Rolls, or two Layer Cakes, or one of each. 
They are using fabrics created by each designer for that designer's particular block. 
I will be doing the shop sampler blocks in the "whatever-is-in-my-stash" collection!

Hope to see you Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 10:00
as we kick off this exciting Block of the Week (BOW)!

blessings, denise  :D

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Awhile back I wrote a very brief post about commenting on people's blogs.
It read like this ---

I have a new acronym...LACE
It stands for Leave A Comment Everytime. 

I know people visit my blog...I see it in the tracker-thingamijig. 
But there's rarely any comments left.  :(

Now we all know how bloggers just love to read
comments left by visitors on their blogs - right? 
But then I got to thinking - that can be dangerous! 
And I have to admit...I hardly ever leave a comment on the blogs I visit. 
Guilty as charged!

So now I will LACE on every blog I visit.  How about you?  :)

Blessings to you, denise  :D

I have to admit that I have not been "practicing what I preach"!
I promise to do better.

It's so much easier on Facebook...
You just have to hit the Like button.
No comment needed.
The person knows you like what they  posted.
That you acknowledge them in some way.

That's what commenting on a person's blog does -
Acknowledges and affirms.
Sends a virtually hug.
Says I like what you created.
Thanks for sharing your life, your love,
your fears, your doubts,
your creative endeavors and your makes,
your thoughts and your ideas.

Simple as that!
You don't have to write anything
a smiley face will do.

Try it!


Monday, July 27, 2015

Made With Love 4 My Sister

I just love making bracelets.
All kinds of bracelets.

Here is a bracelet I made for my sister, Sherri.

This "Sister Love" bracelet incorporates a variety of
turquoise and silver beads with silver findings
that represent the special relationship that we have.

The turquoise cross represents our faith in 
our heavenly Father as well as in each other. 

The silver heart (kinda turned on its side in the photo)
represents the love we have shared for a lifetime.

The turquoise bird represents on times together
at our little cabins in the woods.
My place is called "Niecey's Nest".  :)

The turquoise heart represents our love of our families -
brothers, mother, father, our own children, nieces, nephews,
in-laws, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Whew!  That's a lot of lovin' there!

May God bless my precious sister always and in all ways.
I love you, Sherbs!  xoxo

Saturday, July 25, 2015

"God Bless America" Bracelet

I recently posted a request for ideas and suggestions
for my new bracelet-making adventure on 

One of my quilting friends, Cheryl, suggested
a patriotic "For God and Country" memory wire bracelet.

Here is what I Made With Love especially for her:

The single yellow bead is in honor of all of our military personnel
who are deployed and away from family and friends.
May God protect them and bring them safely home.

I used a variety of patriotic beads and charms with silver findings

Proud to be an American!

Boxed and ready to go to its new home!
Congratulations, Cheryl, for your great idea.

Do you have any ideas or suggestions?
Maybe you could be the lucky winner of a bracelet
designed just for you using your idea(s).

Thanks for stopping by.
Wishing you a blessed day from the USA!
denise  :D

Monday, June 29, 2015

More Bracelets Minus Dangles and Charms

Like I said in my last blog post, 
I have been making more bracelets 
minus the many charms and dangles.

Have a look-see!...

This is a Fruit of the Spirit Bracelet with each bead
representing one of the Fruit of the Spirit 
according to Galatians 5:22-23.

Pink represents Love -
Gold represents Joy -
Pearl represents Peace - 
Purple represents Patience -
Red represents Kindness -
Green represents Goodness - 
Blue represents Faithfulness -
Turquoise represents Gentleness -
Clear represents Self-Control.

Each bracelet that I create is unique - no two are exactly alike.

I use memory wire for the bracelets that I make.
No more struggling trying to put your bracelet on
when there's no one to help you out!

They are finished with a Made With Love Charm
and a Holy Spirit (bird) charm.

I've also made some other styles...

This is The Life of Christ Bracelet with each bead -
glass or silver - telling part of the special story
of the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ,
from His birth to His death.

These bracelets also have a Made With Love charm.
They each include a cross charm.

Each of these bracelets is also unique - one-of-a-kind - works of love.

They are available on Etsy at:

You can also follow me on Facebook at:

I appreciate you stopping by my blog.
blessings to you and yours.  :D

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Making Pretties!

I've been busy making bracelets and earrings the last couple of days.
I'm wanting to do more local Arts and Crafts Shows.
Oh, and some out-of-town ones would be great, too.
(Anyone got any suggestions?)

At my first Arts and Crafts Fair/Farmer's Market a few weeks ago
I received lots of positive feedback.
One comment that several people made though was
"I'm just into the dangley things."

So since all of the bracelets I had made were full of "dangley things"
I figured I needed some "not so dangley" bracelets.

Here are some John 3:16 Bracelets that I made.
Instead of using the sparkly beads like I previously had,
I used turquoise beads and silver components.
I use memory wire for easy-to-put-on bracelets.

Each bead or bead combination tells part of the scripture.

"For God (clear bead) so loved (heart bead) the world (round bead)
That He gave His only begotten son (cross bead) 
That whosoever believes in Him (Believe bead)
Shall not perish (black bead)
But have everlasting life (silver heart bead)." 

Each one is then finished with a beautiful cross
and one of my Made With Love heart charms.

This cross is one of my most favorite.
It is an "Ojo de Dios" - "Eye of God" - cross.
Just lovely!  

And here is a little peek at my crazy, messy creative space in use...

I try to gather all my main components and beads before I begin.
But still...I find myself always hopping from one bead container
to another to another until I find just the right piece.

Crazy creativity happening here!

I also made some earrings to coordinate with the bracelets.

Hearts - I love hearts!  God's love is abundant!

Crosses...Christ died for us for that we would have life eternal.

Birds...The Holy Spirit.

More Crosses.

All of these will be available on my Etsy Shop at:

You can also follow me on Facebook at:

Thank you for stopping by.
blessings to you and yours.  :D

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

What's In Your Creative Space?

I love blog-browsing.  
Just seeing what others are up to
is such an inspiration.

So I thought it would be fun 
to show my blogger buddies
what's in my creative space.

I actually have two Creative Spaces...
My Textile Arts Studio -
aka my Sewing Room!
It houses my quilt making stuff,
my cross stitch patterns, threads, and fabrics,
my crochet stuff, and my rug hooking wools.

I also have My Mixed Media Studio - 
aka my Craft and Creative Room!
In there lives my jewelry making beads, tools, etc,
my journaling junk, and my stamping stuff.

Both rooms are packed!
I need an intervention!

Here are some pictures of My Mixed Media Studio ---

This is my work table.  
A bit chaotic, but I love it.
Everything is within reach 
and I can look out the window
to keep an eye on the neighborhood.  :)

I'm working on travel journals for my sister and me 
from our trip to Paris last year.  Such fun!

Here is my library of wonderful books 
filled with ideas and inspiration.
Lots of happy trinkets and treasures, too.

This smaller table is located to my left
while I'm sitting at my work table.
Loaded with lots of gotta-have supplies.

These shelves are on the wall opposite my work table.
Beads and baubles, papers and pretties,
and tools are housed here.

Love my Lambchops from my sister.

The old library cabinet has stamping stuff in it.

These shelves also house papers and ephemera
for journaling and paper arts like book making.

My favorite - the printer's cabinet!
In here lives more jewelry making goodies
as well as lots of Tim Holtz treasures.

This room gives me such comfort.
Though it's a bit crazy...I love it!

What is your creative space like?
Is it a cozy corner in the dining room?
A little niche in your den or bedroom?
Tell me about it...I'd love to know.

And if you leave a comment about your creative space
you will be entered into a drawing to win
some organizational items.
We all need organizational goodies - huh?

blessings to you on your creative journey.  :D

Friday, June 19, 2015

Made With Love

Many moons ago - okay...many, many moons ago -
I used to do arts and crafts shows with a friend.
She sold beautiful tole painted items
and I sold cross-stitch items.
Such happy memories.

For awhile now I've a had a hankering
to get to back into the arts and crafts show groove,
so when I heard about a farmer's market
and arts and crafts show at a nearby church
I thought "This is God telling me to do it".

My brain started churning...
and cranking...
and creating ideas of faith bracelets.

Let me show you what I made:

The Life of Christ Bracelet 
tells the story of our Lord Jesus Christ 
from His miraculous birth to His tragic death.
Each bead and charm tells a part of the story.

The Salvation Bracelet 
explains the gifts we receive
from our salvation through Jesus Christ.

The Lord's Prayer Bracelet 
is a beautiful rendition of the powerful prayer that God gave us.  
Each bead and charm represents part of the Lord's Prayer.

The Fruit of the Spirit Bracelet 
recites Galatians 5:22-23.
Each charm is an interpretation  of one on the fruits.

Each charm is unique and handmade by me.
I use beads from my mother's old jewelry, glass beads, 
vintage beads, rummage sale beads, and metal findings.

Each bracelet comes with an explanation
of the story it tells.

Each bracelet is different - no two are exactly alike.
They are available on my etsy shop at:

Would love for you to visit and see my other bracelets.
I named my new business Made With Love.

blessings of love to you.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mystery Quilt 2014

I wanted to share another one of the annual Mystery Quilts 
I teach for our quilt guild, El Paso Quilters Association.
You can check us out of Facebook.

This one is a block from Quilters Cache.
The block is named Karlene's Fancy.

The ladies used a consistent background fabric
with scrappy reds, greens, and golds.

This is Harriet, Me, and Therese.

These two ladies (Carol and Nancy) on the left 
used a pink, green, and gold palette.

And Rachel used a rust, orange, and yellow palette.

And Harriet used a green and gold palette.

And here's a green, orange, and yellow palette.

I just love seeing the variety of color choices
and how different the same pattern can look.

What fun!  :D