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 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

It's My Day For The Tree Bird Blog Hop!

Anyone who knows me knows I love BiRdS!

I have a little place in the mountains called Niecy's Nest.
It is decorated with all kinds of birdie items.
I recently hung this cute little sign!

The nest has three eggs to represent my 3 kiddos - Jenn, Chris, and Bekah.
"Niecy" was my nickname when I was a little girl.

So it was only natural that I wanted to take part in the
Tree Bird Blog Hop

Since I have made a commitment this year to 

Use It Up - Wear It Out
Make It Do - Or Do Without!...

...I have used fabric from my stash.

I'm not using the bird fabric collection that you 
may have seen on some of the other blog posts.

Here's the collection that I'm using...

It is available at JoAnn Fabrics.  I love the colors!
It also has a coordinating panel of birds.  Wonderful!

So I cut the panel prints apart...
Then added a wider border around each bird.

Next I made some blocks using this pattern from Quilters Cache.
(They have such a great selection of block patterns in many sizes.)

Then sewed them all together - Whala!...
I made a quilt!

This block pattern works so well with the panel blocks 
since it forms a secondary chain design.

I still need to add the borders.
I'm thinking a green inner border and
then the overall bird print as a wider border.
What do you think?

I wasn't able to get it finished...
hernia surgery last week kinda got in the way!  Ugh!

But this birdie quilt makes me sing!

Be sure to check out these bloggers pretties, too:

                                                       Tuesday, March 17
                                                      Tomorrow's Treasures Today
                                                      Childlike Facination
                                                         Stitch and Quilt
                                                    Ella and Nesta's Little Room
                                                    Thimblemouse and Spouse
                                                    Gracie Oliver Arts

And now for a give-away!  Everyone loves a give-away!

No jumping through hoops or standing on your head!
Just leave a comment and you are eligible.
If you become a follower - or are already a follower -
you will have two entries to win.

The give-away will be something handmade using
this bird fabric collection.  It's a surprise!

birdie blessings to you all!
tweet!  tweet!  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Mystery Quilt 2010

Every year I teach a Mystery Quilt for our quilt guild.

Here is one of the past quilts we did...

Some of the ladies only had pieces and parts to show!

One of the ladies chose a different colorway and even added another border.

Here are close-ups of the two blocks that were used.

Now she's waiting for the quilting.
Oh....when will I ever get around to that?
That's another mystery!

xo  :D

Friday, March 13, 2015

Tree Bird Blog Hop - Day #1

      The Tree Bird Blog Hop begins today!

  Yippee! --- Oh, Boy! --- Yeah!

(Just a little birthday card I made for a friend.)

So fly on over to these tweet ladies' blogs to catch a glimpse of the cute little bird things they've been making.

Friday, March 13

It Seams To Be Sew

Life in the Scrapatch

Amy Stitches

Lakeshore Stitches

Needled Mom

Quilt in a not - Shell

Suebee's World

My day is next week, March 17th.
Be sure to come back for a birdy giveaway!

birdy blessings, denise  :D

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Tree Bird Blog Hop Coming Soon!

                  Look what's coming your way!
                     It's the Tree Bird Blog Hop

                     Hosted by Madame Samm of
                                Sew We Quilt

                    Our Cheerleader is Lana of
                          It Seams To Be Sew

                    Here are the dates and the blogs...
                       So mark your calendars now!

Friday, March 13

Monday, March 16

Tuesday, March 17

Wednesday, March 18

Thursday, March 19

Friday, March 20

Monday, March 23

My day is March 17th so be sure to check back -
I will have a giveaway for some lucky winners!

birdie blessings, denise  :D

What's Up?

Wow!  My last post was December 22, 2014.  Really?

I've actually started several posts, 
but just never finished any of them.

I did go ahead and publish one of them,
but as you can tell
I obviously did not meet my Post-a-Week Challenge.

Ugh!  :{

So gonna start now...For reals!

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...

So what have I been up to?

I've been doing some quilting and crocheting,
cross-stitching and Bible Journaling.

Here are two of the Bible Journaling pages I've completed:

This page is the scripture about the mustard seed - Matthew 13: 31-32.
I used zentangles and colored pencils

This scripture is one of my favorites - Psalm 46:10.
The flowers are cut from an old calendar.
Was able to use some Sizzix dies for the verse.

Check out Bible Journaling with Shanna Noel at 

Or Documented Faith with Stephanie Ackerman at

Both are very talented and inspirational ladies.

There are also Facebook groups for both.
What fun!  

Join in the experience of growing closer to God!
blessings, blogger friends.  :D

Be Brave

Okay...I wrote this post back in the beginning of January,
but never posted it to my blog.  :(

So here we go ---

This year I have chosen the word "BE"
to creatively describe my life and me.

I have challenged myself to create a BE post every week.
That's fifty-two...52 posts in 2015!
I will post every Saturday beginning today with...

  Be Brave!  Defined as...

--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

So have you heard about the Brave Girls Club?

Check it out here:

So will you?

Me?  I will!
I will Be Brave enough to believe.
I will Be Brave enough to begin.
I will Be Brave enough to live!

What will you Be Brave enough to do in 2015?

Abundant blessings as you begin 
your creative journey in 2015?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt - Clue #4

Bonnie posted Clue #4 of her Grand Illusions Mystery Quilt!  Yippee!

You can read all about it here on her blog:

Here is my progress...

This clue used more of the yellow and black squares from Clue #1.

Then added with these two half-square triangles...

to make these two different Broken Dishes units...

So here is Clue #4...the only two I have made!

Been busy with physical therapy for this crazy broken arm.  
Have to schedule surgery for a pesky hernia.
Getting ready to go to Puerto Rico for a wedding.

Wishing you all a blessed Christmas.
denise  :D

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt 2014

Since the day after Thanksgiving I have been participating in
Bonnie Hunter's 2014 Mystery Quilt - Grand Illusions.

You can read all about it here:

I wanted to share my version with ya'll.

First - here are my fabric choices:

Bonnie chose her colors based on the beautiful
Grand Illusion Hotel she recently visited.

She is going with a scrappy quilt - using several fabrics in each color.
I wanted to use the same fabrics throughout my quilt.
I also chose this fun pink print for my "neutral" fabric.

Clue #1:

Lots of Half-Square Triangles...

Sewn together with some yellow and black squares...

Makes this cute little unit.  Clue #1 complete!

Clue #2:

Using some pink and black squares and background rectangles...

Resulted in this diagonal unit for Clue #2.  Clue #2 in progress!

Clue #3:

Using strips of the green, black, and background fabrics
gave me my Clue #3 units.  Clue #3 - lots more to go!

It's going to be quite interesting to see how all these units go together.
Isn't it?  I can't wait!

I love Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilts and scrappy quilts.
If you are not familiar with her, then you will want to check her out.

You will be able to visit some of the other participant's blogs
on Bonnie's Monday Link-Up.

Have fun!  That's what it's all about!
blessings, denise  :D

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"Why Do I Blog?," She Asked.

Today in one of my blog-bouncing moments

She had a very thought provoking post about
blog friends and real life friends 
that can be read here:

So I commented.
Here is my comment...

"I have face-to-face friends that I get together with every week.  We are quilters and crocheters and cross-stitchers.  We chat about life - our children, our dogs, our husbands or significant others.  We share what our next projects will upcoming quilters' retreat (that I am hosting!)...our favorite blogs or websites.  But we shy away from talking about/sharing about ourselves.  Our fears - our worries - our shortcomings.  Why is that?  It is so much easier to share with strangers than people we see every day or at least every week.  And safer - far safer!  No worry that someone may go spread your secrets with others - it's already out there!  No worry about being judged or talked about at church or the next lunch date.  Which is best is determined by where you feel you can be you --- all the time!  And be accepted for being who you are and who you are not."   :D

What do you think?

Here's what I think about 
my blog,
my blog posts,
my blog bouncing,
my blog friends... 

I began blogging as way to share 
what I have created and what I have experienced.

I have to admit I wanted to have people comment on each and every post.
After all, that's what I'd seen people do on other blogs.
But that didn't happen.  :(

I wanted to blog on a regular basis.
I took pictures galore of my daily life.
I looked at everything as "I can blog about this!"
By golly, I was going to blog everyday -
or at least several times a week.
But that didn't happen.  :(

I wanted to have followers and people that visited regularly.
I've had numerous giveaways - just leave a comment!
I've been in various Blog Hops - got lots of comments then!
I really believed readers would come by to see what was going on.
But that didn't happen.  :(

I've been discouraged.
Why are some people's blogs so popular?

I've been frustrated.
What can I do to make my blog better?

But I've also been grateful.
For those who do visit my blog -
even if they don't leave a comment.
(I even wrote a post about that...
Called LACE - 
Leave A Comment Everytime!

I've been awed.
At the number of followers that my blog has.

I've also been flattered.
When someone compliments me on something I've made.
Or comments on something I've done.

So why do we blog?
I blog because I want to share ---
--- the joy of making something by hand.
--- the love of a place I've visited.

I blog for me.
(Okay - I admit...I still want the comments and compliments!)

blessings be to you for all you do.
denise  :D