Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mi Papa

My father underwent a biopsy this morning to determine if the two spots/holes on his spine are cancer. Your prayers are greatly appreciated. I know our heavenly Father will get him through whatever he has to overcome. Our God is an awesome God!

I love you, Dad...
Niecey :D

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Martha's Fabrics in Ruidoso, NM

I recently happened upon the most wonderous fabric store I've ever seen. Not your typical fabric store or quilt store, Martha's Fabrics is filled to the brim...literally...with decorator fabrics, quilting fabrics, and everything in between.

Martha has owned a fabric store in Artesia, NM for over 40 years. Her twin daughters, Clarisssa and Cassandra, run the Ruidoso, NM store. Mom visits and helps out the girls as well. They are a truly delightful trio of women. :)
There are gift items, home decorating, and much more...

In the assortment of rooms there are fabulous fabrics everywhere in creative chaos! This is the Amy Butler Fabric room...

You can find wonderful ribbons, lace, and trims...

...and then more fun fabrics at the next turn!...

There are beautiful buttons - antiques and vintage buttons...

...and then more terrific trims for your fun and funky side!

...and more trims - cordings - and "stuff"!

...and more, more, more!

They have patterns for bags, aprons, pillows, quilts, and jackets.
Martha's Fabric is a unique experience.
Or visit one of their stores:
Ruidoso, NM (575) 630-2231 or Artesia, NM (575) 748-2231
Let your lil' light shine! Hugs, Denise :D

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Smiles Every Day :D

My father was recently in the hospital in Georgetown, Texas for a pulmonary embollism. Each day as I drove to the hospital to be with him I passed this funky fence of old bicycles. That little fence brought a smile to my face each and every day. The simple pleasures of life...

My father is in a rehab center now. Thank you, Lord, for your loving care.
Blessings to you and your families, Denise :D

Quilts for the Cabin

Wanted to share some of the quilts that I have made in the past few years. They finally found a home in which to "lil' cabin in the woods." This first one is a One-Block Wonder quilt using just one fabric to create the kaleidoscope centers of each block. The fabric is a vegetable print...perfect for the kitchen. Yum! It's title is "Mom Always Said To Eat Your Veggies".

I taught this quilt in a class with my dear friend, Karen Odom. Luv ya, Girlfriend! :D

This quilt is a variation of a quilt that was a Row of the Month in the magazine "Quiltmaker". Some of the rows come from their version and the others are my original creations. Each row represents a specific scripture...beginning with the stars God created...the eagles ("...soar on eagle's wings")...the sun and moon...the leaves...the green pastures...log cabin blocks ("as for me and my house we will serve the Lord")...and the trees.
I taught this quilt at a quilting retreat several years ago held at Sacramento Methodist Assembly in the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico. The retreat was titled "Come To The Mountain."

This last quilt is just a fun scrappy quilt I made a few years ago. The pattern is called "Hugs and Kisses" or "Xs and Os" because the blocks make an "X" (Hug) or an "O" (Kiss). I love scrappy quilts. :)
Whether it's cutting paper or cutting fabric, I love the process of creating something so special. The colors...the textures...the patterns all warm my heart and make me smile.
Create every day!
Hugs, Denise :D