"...in a time lacking in truth and uncertainty and filled with anquish and despair, no woman should be shamefaced in attemping to give back to the world, through her work, a portion of its lost heart." Louise Bogan, American Poet 1897-1970

Monday, July 18, 2011

ButtonMad Buttons

     I found an awesome website called ButtonMad aka Incomparable Buttons that is based in South Africa. You can read about them here http://quiltinggallery.com/2011/03/10/lets-go-button-crazy-give-away/  (This is an old giveaway) or here http://incomparablebuttons.blogspot.com/2011/02/sunshine-team.html.  These buttons are all handmade and handpainted in South Africa. These are the ones that were given to me:

     I just love them! Thank you again, Tamara! There are all kinds of buttons. Almost anything you can imagine from fancy to whimsical. I think the cats and dinosaurs are darling, but then so are the turtles and......  Well go and take a peek for yourself. Like they say, "Why buy plastic?"  They are based in South Africa, but have places where you can buy them in the USA, so you don't have to pay international shipping. Actually, they are all over the world.  They are also on Facebook for my FB friends.

    Bless yourself today by going and reading about these fabulous ladies and checking out their buttons!  Deborah

Friday, July 15, 2011

Borders and Backing

     All the borders are on grandson's quilt and I even got the back made yesterday. YAY, me! Now it just needs a really good pressing, then clamp it to the table and pin the heck out of it so it is ready to Free Motion Quilt!!  I have three pictures to share with you. The first is the top, then the back and last is a close up of the beautiful Native American fabric I found at the quilt shop over the hill that I used for the borders and back.  I'm happy with how it turned out. I have decided to go with a stippling stitch (meandering stitch) for the FMQ. Wish me luck.

I wish you all a happy and blessed weekend,  Deborah

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

One Border On

     Yesterday I managed to get the first border on grandson's quilt and I'm hoping to get the second on today, or tomorrow at the latest.  I'm feeling bugish today. Like that word? Bugish. Sad tummy and headache kind of day. I may have to take to the couch and finish the book I'm reading. I'm very anxious to get the quilt top done so I can begin FMQing and post my work on the new blog!  I don't want anyone to think I'm a flake or some such nonsense.  I think a little reading and maybe a nap is in order. The nap is sounding really nice. Let's go with that one.
     Blessings, Deborahzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Saturday, July 9, 2011


     I was invited to be a contributing quilter on the new "Celebrate! Big Girl Pants,"  free motion quilting blog. Me? Yes, me. :o)  It is for quilters who want to learn FMQ, have already been practicing and everything in between. Any quilter who is ready to put on their BIG GIRL PANTS and take the plunge. Here is the link: http://fmqcelebration.blogspot.com/. It is already so much fun and it was just what I needed to push me out of my funk. I'm still a little raw around the edges, but I was able to dash over the hill this morning to the quilt shop and buy the borders for our grandson's quilt. They are in the washer as I type.  I want to thank you all again for your kind words during our loss. Some of my favorite people live in my computer.  People I've never met, but are becoming some of my dearest friends along with my dear old friends.  I am blessed.
     I'm very excited about quilting my own quilts. To be able to do the complete quilt - cutting, piecing and quilting - would just be so awesome. And to have this little community of other quilters cheering each other on is just icing on the cake. Yep. I am blessed.
     May you feel happy blessings all over your weekend.  Deborah

Friday, July 8, 2011

Our July 4th

     Our July 4th was not the greatest.  We lost one of the best dogs we've ever had.  Her name was Tootsie and she was a Border Collie/Lab mix.  Tootsie was wonderful with the grandkids, a silly dog with a personality all her own. Losing her has zapped my creative side where I can't seem to focus on quilting. Not cutting. Not designing. Not sewing.  One day she was healthy, four days later she was gone. It was some kind of liver disease that does not show itself until it gets to the acute stage; until it's too late.  I really miss her.  Kinda hard to wrap my mind around.  Know what I mean?

      Wishing you peace and blessings, Deborah

Friday, July 1, 2011

Go Vote!!

     Here is the link so you can vote. http://quiltinggallery.com/2011/07/01/vote-now-patriotic-quilts-2/  Hopefully it works this time. You can vote for 3 quilts. There are some beauties.  Here is my quilt once more.

     Thanks for taking the time to vote!
     Blessings, Deborah