Monday, December 31, 2007

Valentine Postcards

Today has been a relaxing day! Christmas is over and I am finally able to play. I thought a fun Valentine postcard would be fun to get started on. Here is a pic of the postcard. It is pretty simple but fun to make. The heart could be embelished with embroidered words of "I Love You", "Be Mine" or other Valentine sayings. Here is the pattern for this Valentine.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Paper Pieced Quilt - Kites

This picture doesn't doo the quilt justice, but hope everyone gets the idea. I did the kites using the foundation paper piecing method. The kites in the corner are also paper pieced Then I added the checkerboard border using 1 inch squares. I am giving this one to my 5 yearold grandson.

Here is a link to my paper piecing instructions.

Family Pictures




BJ and Zack



Grandpa filming it all

Velvet and her Gift

Jason and Kim

Roger, Kim and Trent

Natalie, Velvet and Garrick

A new year is upon us

This past year has been a whirlwind of excitement and frustrations. All in all I count my blessings for each and everything that has been granted to me. I am aware of the omnisience (sp) of a kind and loving Father in Heaven who grants me trials as blessings. I am thankful for the trials I have experienced this year. They have made me stronger and most of all more compassionate and charitable toward my fellow men. I thank Him for my talents and abilities, for a loving family who in thick or thin sticks together for each other. WOW! I am truly blessed!

We just returned from 5 days in NM visiting with family. It was a fun time remembering the past that we thought was forgotten. We played a lot of games and laughed until we cried. In some instances we just cried in empathy for trials of the past year.

When it all boils down to it, I realize that family is my most precious comodity in this life. We must treasure each other and make life good for all that we meet. Big things are of little importance, it is the little things, such as a smile, a kind word, a hug or a simple , "I care".

My wish is that we all focus on the "I care" this year. What a better world it would be if we just cared a little more.

Happy New Year to all!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

My Quilt for Granddaughter Ashley

It is almost ready for the FAT man to appear and like everyone else, I have been busily making things for those we love and care about. This quilt I made for my Granddaughter, Ashley. She is 14 and is into PINK. I thought this quilt was just the right sofistication ( is that a word?) for her. I love the black and white with the accent of the hot pink. I hope she will love it!

I am a bit of a rebel when it comes to patterns and such. I like to put my own twist on things. As I was putting together the blocks, they were all supposed to point in the same direction. I really liked the way I arranged the blocks to make the stars and the crosses. I hope you enjoy looking! The picture really doesn't do it justice. It's probably my picture taking abilities or DISABILIES!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Quilting Patterns Give Thanks

I have been working on this quilted sign. I'm not sure about the colors, but I love the applique pattern. Check out all the quilting patterns at Here is a picture of the Give Thanks sign. It measures 14" x 26"
TFL, Susan

I have been working on this quilted sign. I'm not sure about the colors, but I love the applique pattern. Check out all the quilting patterns at Here is a picture of the Give Thanks sign. It measures 14" x 26"

TFL, Susan

Monday, December 17, 2007

Grab a few, FUN Quilting Patterns

Click the link for some unique and fun quilting patterns

If you are like me, Christmas is EXHAUSTING! All those last minute shopping trips, and in my case, slick icy roads are not all that fun! I would prefer to sit at my sewing machine and create some fun things. Saturday, I made some hotpads for my mother-in-law. I think my FIL will probaby use them more. He is a baker and loves to be in the kitchen. Here is a picture of them.. The finished block is 8" which makes a very nice size for a hotpad.

Here are a few tips on how to make a hot pad.

Do NOT use batting! The batting will tend to get very hot when next to a hot pan coming out of the oven. I use my old towels, hand towels or washcloths instead of batting. I usuall put two layers of towell material between the quilt block and the backing. Then I use a polyester filament thread as my top thread and a thread to match the backing fabric in the bobbin.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Sale is going to END tomorrow!!

It is still not too late to order a Knitted Personalized Christmas Stocking to start a new tradition. These Knitted Christmas Stockings have been a fun addition to our family's tradition. Our grandchildren will carry their Knitted Christmas Stocking around the house all day! They love them! These are an under $20.00 gift as well and are on sale until December 15, 2007. That's tomorrow!

Our Personalized Clocks have been a great hit! These clocks are a great buy at under $20.00. Right now they are on sale at a 20% discount. The sale will end tomorrow, December 15, 2007, so take advantage and save a few bucks!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas Gifts - Quilting Patterns - Signs

These are fun signs to make for Christmas gifts! It didn't take too long to make these fun gifts to give for Christmas gifts. Also a fun way to use up scraps of fabric!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Personalized Christmas Stockings

I almost forgot! (How could I?) Our Personalized Christmas Stockings are up! Orders are coming in fast. These Christmas Stockings are knitted individually as the orders come in, so if you want on, get your order in now to receive them in time for Christmas!


Cool personalized clocks for your Christmas Giving

It has been very busy around here. This is a good thing! You may want to get your orders in for Christmas! Time is running out. I can't believe that the year is almost over! We are still waiting for snow, which we are so badly in need of. We need water to grow those good Idaho potatoes!! Hope the holiday will be a blessed time of year!

Until next time...

Friday, November 30, 2007

My Shopping Cart WORKS!

Holy cow and hallelujah! It has been a long time in coming but finally the darn thing is fixed. Who woulda thunk that an electronic devise could be so difficult! Oh well, all is well now! If you want to take advantage of a great sale, EVERYTHING has been marked 20% off!! So get that Christmas shopping done. Have you been thinking about that hard to buy for person? How about a photo of your family or theirs put on a clock? Order yours today to get it in time for Christmas!

On a personal note: I have been making quilting labels. These are eensy weensy replicas of quilt blocks. Since I am new to this blogging stuff, I am going to attempt to make some sort of slide show to let you see these itty bitty things!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Quilt Block Of The Month

It is almost time for a new Block of the Month to appear at! If you haven't already checked out this month's block, you'd better get crackin'! If you want to make this quilt, the first month requires 17 blocks to be made. But.... no worries!! You can catch up by doing a few a month because the next month's blocks will only require that you do one block per month. I like to get the hard stuff out of the way first. Be sure and read the article about choosing colors. .

By the way!! My shopping cart is working!! It has been a long time in coming. Everything at Quilting For Less is marked down 20% off in celebration. The sale will last through December 15th so don't miss out on these great bargains!

We are just about ready to launch a new product at Quilting For Less. So get ready for the announcement! It will be fun!

Hoping your holidays are filled with sweet memories!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Just a Start

Okay, people, watch out! I am starting a new blog! I have been buried at my computer for the last 3 months working on my website. It is almost ready! All I lack is the shopping cart to get fixed and I am open for business!! Anyone can still browse, though. A lot of interesting stuff can be found. The website is I hope you all enjoy your visit. The cart should be ready this week!! You will find a lot of fun and unique items for your gift giving this year.

On a personal note, we just returned from our daughter Amber's. We spent the Thanksgiving weekend with 6 of our grandkids. It was so fun except for the leaving part! Our little 3 year old (who just turned 3 on Thanksgiving day) asked if we could come back tomorrow. That made us very sad! Our son Micah was also there. All in all it was a very fun visit.
We are planning a surprise trip to Disney World the first part of January. We will be taking three of our grandchildren, our son and our daughter. The surprise is for the grandkids. They have NO idea, yet!! It is hard to keep a secret that BIG!! We bought sweatshirts all alike to give to them on Christmas to announce the event. My DH can hardly keep his lips zipped!!