May God Bless You this day beyond measure! May He pour out His richest blessings in lavish ever-increasing abundant overflowing blessings of LOVE, JOY, PEACE, HOPE and PERFECT HEALTH upon YOU!!! May your every need be met and may everything you put your hand to prosper. Know that you are His chosen child and you are Loved and Treasured by the King of Kings. God Bless You!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Cleaning

It's time....the dreaded time of year when the Spring Cleaning Bug bites!
This year I think I might need to rent one of those giant dumpsters builders use on the job site....that would make the process so much easier...than trying to find new homes for all of the items that must go.
The house and studio are a wreck!
I am seriously considering an 'elimination-diet'!

You know, where you keep and maintain the beneficial and eliminate all else!
Drastic measures!

I have also been sending out resumes, over 30+ and interviews have begun!
This process has aided in the drastic Spring Cleaning efforts...purging of all areas in my life is underway.
I think a trip to the ABC store is needed to get a good supply of empty boxes to help in the sorting...
 

Leaving in the first wave of cleaning.
*Clothes that no longer fit 

 [since going gluten-free I've lost a ton of 
  weight!]
*Fabric Scraps
*Recycled Art Supplies
*Old Magazines

Now what I rather be doing....
Working on a new amazing quilt design that came to me in the middle of the night...when I should have been sleeping!!

Happy Wednesday,
with love as always,

Carol a.k.a. Beulah

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Resumes and Waiting .............

This past week I sent out over 14 resumes!
5 have resulted in nibbles, requesting more information and one position had filled before the posted closing date.



What do YOU do when waiting?

I am currently waiting on responses to the resumes sent out.
I am waiting to hear if my proposal was selected in a national search.
I am waiting for a certain publication to be released that has some of my work within the pages.
I am waiting on Spring to finally arrive with warm sunny days.
I am waiting at the gate ready to spring into action....

Logic says I should wait patiently...
Reality, the energy of waiting has me overflowing with activity!
Many new projects are underway!
The house is a mess...when the creative flow is moving...well, mess happens.
I could post photos, but I'm afraid someone would report the mess and the house might be declared as unfit for human habitation.



Off to work on my nephew's wedding quilt...

Happy Wednesday!
with love as always,

Carol a.k.a. Beulah

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Traveling Soon

Soon and very soon the Traveling Stash Box will be headed to a new home! Just a few tiny details to take care of....RivkaBelle....I hope you have plans for this Traveling Stash Box! :)The box is packed to the brim with possibilities!!You can see I need to find stronger tape!




RivkaBelle please check your email for information about this box of happiness!




Now on to a few other items, this is my son's 'rescued' kitten, he is staying at our house for a season or two...But a very wise kitten he is...this is how to 'handle' power outages in an ice storm! You must first locate the largest pile of warm cuddly blankets and then dive in for a long winter's nap!







Before, during and after the recent Ice Storm ALL I could think about was Spring and warm sunny days! Almost as soon as our power was restored I began working on these quilt blocks! 10 more blocks to go and then....I will assemble the quilt top! I got the pattern for this quilt block from the March Queen Bee in the WeBeeWithIt online quilting bee. Thanks Nan!

Happy Thursday!
May your day be filled with delight!
with Love as always,

Carol a.k.a. Beulah



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New Discovery on this Wonderful Wednesday!

I have an Explorers heart...
I love the thrill of discovering!
As a child I loved searching in the plowed fields for broken china and pottery. Somewhere hidden away in boxes in the attic are some of my 'special' childhood treasures, not all...as that would fill a dump truck!


Sharing one of this morning's discoveries with you now!

Cathy has a new product line and a giveaway to celebrate! Make sure you take a moment to explore, she has some BEAUTIFUL items!!!And you can see, the link provided takes you right to her new adventure!


http://cathydanielsblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/new-product-range-and-giveaway.html


Also, this is a reminder...the winner of the Traveling Stash Box will be selected by random selection tonight and announced Thursday March 13th! I will also be emailing the winner!

Happy Wonderful Wednesday!
with Love as always,

Carol a.k.a. Beulah

Sunday, March 9, 2014

We Have Power!!!

Just dropping by for a quick update!

We have power at the house!!! We lost power days ago! I never knew just how much I depended on my electric sewing machine...
Most certainly time to restore my Singer Treadle!!!
So very thankful that Duke Power was able to restore our power, as there are still tens of thousands without power in our area!

It was really bad and somewhat unexpected and under-predicted by the weather folks. Most were unprepared for the latest winter weather event. The local grocery is still without power, they will have such a big loss and mess to clean up with all of the spoiled foods. Even the big 'box store' has suffered a major loss..all of the foods in coolers or freezers are now spoiled and can't be sold.


Once I can get caught up on restoring the house in order and taking care of damages I will be back for a nice long visit! Oh how I have missed everyone!

Happy Sunday!
May your day overflow with blessings beyond measure!


with love as always,
Carol a.k.a. Beulah

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday begins March 5th



The big news over in the Sowing Stitches bee hive....
Wonderful Wednesday begins Next Week!!!


Life here has been in such a flutter I've just noticed...ooops...
I forgot to post this earlier.
With that in mind, I have signed up for the first slot.

Wonderful Wednesday will be a gathering of friends, each week a different tutorial for a quilt block!
And No blocks to mail!
You choose the block or blocks you would like to make in your own time...no pressure.

The link below will take you directly to my post on Flickr...
If you are interested, we would love to have you JOIN the fun!
All of the needed information is spelled out in the flickr post...

http://www.flickr.com/groups/2238164@N21/discuss/72157641609408413/


Happy Thursday! Hope to see you on Wonderful Wednesday!
with Love as always,
Carol a.k.a Beulah

The Traveling Stash Giveaway

Are you an active blogger?
Do you LOVE all things sewing/quilting?
And are you willing to share some of your fabric stash?

If so, you may be interested in this giveaway!



The Traveling Stash Box
is a Large Flat Rate Box which ships by Priority Mail filled, and I mean FILLED to the brim with a great selection of usable high quality products all related to some aspect of quilting. Fabrics, kits, notions, patterns, books, thread.... The only draw back is due to the amount of postage [around $12 in the USA], shipping is only within the USA.

For your chance to be the next to receive the Traveling Stash Box, leave a comment [what was the best quilting gift you have ever received] along with a link to your blog. That's it, pretty simple right? [ps*If I don't have your email...I will not be able to contact you if you win!]

Then on March 12th the next person will be selected and announced here on the blog March 13th!

Happy Thursday!!
with Love as always,

Carol

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Unexpected Pleasure and a Giveaway

Yippie!
I have unexpected blogging time this afternoon! And a giveaway announcement...
But first some Gluten Free Foods.

 
I was very excited to learn Hershey's Cookies'n'Cream Premium Frosting is Gluten Free and has No Trans Fat!! This tastes amazing on Gluten Free Brownies!


Now for something a bit healthier...Gluten Free Salad. Organic Spring Greens, wild caught tuna, and fresh strawberries![no dressing]




I've been busy working on many projects!
But this is one of my favorites at the moment...I'm embellishing bee blocks I received in January!



Monday the Traveling Stash Box arrived at my house! The box was packed and literally bursting at the seams!!! Before sending it on to the next person, a trip to the Post Office is in order to pick up a new box!

I will be writing another separate post later today with details of how you can enter for the giveaway and join in the fun.

Hint:You must be an active blogger...Love all things sewing/quilting...and be willing to share some of your fabric stash.

Happy Tuesday!
with love as always,

Carol a.k.a. Beulah



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Missing.......

I will be missing and out of the 'loop' for a few weeks....yes, you read correctly weeks not days.

Terrible timing!

Each of you will remain in my thoughts and hopefully when I return I will have some very exciting news to share with you!

with love as always,
Carol a.k.a. Beulah

Saturday, February 15, 2014

And the Winner is......


The Grow Your Blog Party is over and I don't know about you...this year's party was so much fun!!! So many new friends and exciting blogs! Thanks Vicki for hosting such a great party!!

Now for some fun...the winner of my giveaway from the Grow Your Blog Party was the very first to comment...

Gina of Sew Much and More
You are the Winner! 


Gina please check your email.



Happy Saturday everyone,
with Love as always,

Carol a.k.a. Beulah

Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog ~ 2014

I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit! A cold winter weekend visiting with friends near and far is the Best 'cure' for the winter blues!The kettle is on and fresh from the oven are these yummy homemade gluten free cranberry cinnamon rolls.

Gluten Free
You guessed it...I'm having to learn "how to cook" all over again! I've not had gluten [except for accidental contamination] since July 2013. Oh what a difference, and all for the better, minus having to relearn cooking skills. If you have questions about a Gluten~Free lifestyle and the need to eliminate gluten just ask...

I'm Carol a.k.a. Beulah an artist working with thread and fabric, ink, paint and whatever else catches my eye. An organic gardener, Gluten-Free, dreamer and does, consumer of tea and chocolate along with lots and lots of salads! My family calls me the 'leaf eater'. I try to sew or create several hours each day and especially love the days when creating begins at sunrise and ends well into the night. What you will find here on the blog...a bit of everything...I don't have set days for posting, and write often about what is consuming my time at the moment.
 

2014 began like every year, a blank canvas but is rapidly filling with an ever expanding creative list of projects and new adventures!
Blog Tours, Online Quilting Bees, Publications, Wedding Quilts,Writing,Gluten-Free Cooking, Charity Quilts,Gardening, a New Business...more on each of these in the coming weeks.

I won't 'keep you' as I know you, like myself are just 'itching' to pop in and visit with everyone! Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to our visits in 2014! But before you go I have something to share...my first giveaway of 2014!

Just leave me a note and let me know you were here and where you call home, that's it! :) And on February 7,2014 by random selection one of my guests will be notified by way of email [make sure I have your email]and posted here on the blog, to be on the look-out for some 'happy mail'. The giveaway...now that's a secret...what fun is a surprise if you already know what it is???

If you would like 'extra' entries there are several options for a total of 4 'extra' entries.

1. Become a follower of my blog via GFC and leave a comment telling me that you are a new follower = 1 additional entry

2. Become a follower of my Twitter@sowingstitches https://twitter.com/sowingstitchesand leave a comment with your Twitter 'handle' = 1 additional entry

3. Become a follower of my Pinterest Boards
http://www.pinterest.com/sowingstitches/and leave a comment with your Pinterest url = 1 additional entry

4. Become a follower of my InstaGram @Sowingstitches and leave a comment with your IG name = 1 additional entry.



Until next time....
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Stay warm and cozy,
with LOVE as always,
Carol a.k.a. Beulah


The complete listing of all participants in the Grow Your Blog Tour 2014 can be found here on Vicki's blog, she is the one who gathered us all together! :)

http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com/

YIPPIE! Grow Your Blog Tour 2014 Starts Tomorrow!!!

Less than 24 hours.....and the FUN begins!!!!
A perfect weekend for visiting too!
I can't think of a better way to spend a bitterly cold weekend!!!
Hope you are able to join the fun......there are over 500 participants this year.
Talk about good chats and giggles with friends....
This is the best cure for those 'winter blues'.

Happy Friday!
with LOVE as always,

Carol a.k.a. Beulah

Friday, January 10, 2014

Growing

It's the most wonderful time of the year....... Nope, not Christmas....
It's time for the 2nd Annual Grow Your Blog Tour!
I participated last year and it was LOADS of fun!
Perfect visiting during the dreaded cold days of winter!
Thinking that YOU might like to join the fun, I am providing the link but you must hurry and sign up, as the deadline is but a few days away!

http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com/2013/10/grow-your-blog-2014-this-is-official.html


Happy Friday!
with LOVE as always,

Carol a.k.a. Beulah

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Itsy Bitsy Spider.......



 This post is NOT about spiders...just the song. I keep singing it over and over in my head as I work on these blocks for my Postage Stamp Quilt!

Progress is occurring with these lovely blocks as the box of 1 1/2 inch squares is slowly emptying!


Happy Wednesday!
with Love as always,

Carol a.k.a Beulah

Monday, January 6, 2014

"Go for the Gold" Block Challenge

     "Go for the Gold" Block Challenge
In celebration of the spirit of the Olympics I plan to challenge myself to create a quilty project as I enjoy the Olympic coverage.
A project to use my highest level sewing and quilting skills to push me to achieve a higher level.

You are welcome to join the fun!
Take a few days, think about what you would like to create and we will 'get together' here sometime next week and cheer each other on as we prepare and train for our "Go for the Gold" Block Challenge.

We have a few days to come up with a project and set fabric aside, clean our work areas...

But I need your help!
I'm not sure what I want to create!!!
I can't decide if I want to create a total project or just the blocks for a quilt...
 

What has been your most challenging project or skill when quilting?
Where do you go for inspiration when it is time to create a new quilting project?

Time to flex my fingers, sharpen my scissors, load my bobbins, clean the sewing room....

Happy Quilting!
with love as always,

Carol a.k.a. Beulah

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Scrappy New Year!



Scrappy New Year!
That's right...
Scraps are the theme for 2014 here at Sowing Stitches.
The sewing studio is overflowing with scraps and snippets of every size, shape and color imaginable!
There are boxes, bags, totes, piles, shelves basically mountains of scraps that must be used! (No sense in letting good fabric be thrown out in the trash.)



I've spent hours researching, gathering ideas, pining inspiration, all on the topic: Scrappy Quilts.[500 quilt blocks should put a dent in my scrap pile...right?]

Honestly, now is the time to tackle the abundance of overflowing scraps!
So for every creative adventure in 2014, 1 new quilting project created means that it will be mandatory 2 scrappy quilting projects must be created BEFORE starting the next 'new' project.

[We shall see how long this lasts...just like all well intended New Year's Resolutions...life may well happen...and something more exciting may come along! :)]

*No fabrics were harmed in the production of this post.

Happy Scrappy New Year!
May 2014 be filled with many happy hours of sewing, blog hops, quilting bees, laughter, and friends! May everything you set your hands to prosper and may you be blessed with Love, Joy, Hope, Peace, Prosperity and Perfect Health.



with Love as always,
Carol a.k.a. Beulah

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sowing Stitches: Calico Dots and Gingham Quilting Bee

Greek Cross

I decided to go 'simple' for this bee block..thinking 'simple' is best for putting the fabrics in the spotlight. Then, I fell in love with this block, (Greek Cross). The block makes up fast with nice clean lines and the fabrics just sing! I'm pretty sure that the next baby quilt I make, the Greek Cross will be my block of choice.

Below you will find the tutorial for this fun little block.

You will need the following:
2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch rectangle template

4 3/4 inch square rectangle template
4 1/2 inch square rectangle template
scissors or rotary cutter

pencil
ruler
iron
pins

Fabric: 3 different pieces:For this bee I selected: calico, dots, gingham

Creating the block:Cutting the fabric you will need to cut and place pieces by unit.



Fabrics stacked and ready to assemble

Cut 1 calico 4 1/2 in square [for center]



Unit #1 creates 4 
Cut 4 calico 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch rectangles

Cut 4 gingham 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch rectanglesUse 1/4 inch seam, press open

Unit #2 creates 4
Cut 2 gingham 4 3/4 inch squares
Cut 2 dots 4 3/4 inch squares

Place facing fronts together using one gingham and one dot fabrics, draw a diagonal line corner to corner then stitch 1/4 inch from the line on each side. After you've stitched 1/4 seams on both sides of the drawn line, cut along line to create two completed units.


Unit 2
Units ready to layout

Ready set Row! Using 1/4 inch seams.
Press seams open.
Why I press seams open. It's a simple tribute to my grandmother who taught me to sew when I was only 4. I have tried over the years to press towards dark or gasp even avoiding the process all together. I just can't, so help me, press my seams any other way than with a hot dry iron pressing the seams open and flipping and pressing the seams from the front as well.

Almost done! There are only 2 remaining seams! I told you this was a quick and easy block. :)
Now for this step, I pin! I'd rather take the few seconds to pin matching seams than to dig out the seam ripper dealing with drifting stitches. I think it might take a total of 45 seconds to pin the rows together matching seams.


Pin matching seams! This prevents drifting stitches!!



Press open your row seams and ta~da! You have a brand new Greek Cross quilt block.


Enjoy!
Happy Quilting!
with love as always,
Carol a.k.a. Beulah




Monday, December 30, 2013

We Bee With It January - June 2014

January is my month to be Queen Bee
in the We Bee With It online quilting bee!
For me, the hardest part of quilting bees is choosing the block, there are so many wonderful blocks to choose from!!! Finally I have decided which block I will be using, thanks to "Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe"






(I just love this book!) I was inspired by Kati Spencer's "Improv Color Blocks", immediately I thought these blocks would be a great way to use many of my scraps, Kati's quilt is on page 72 of the book. My blocks will be Scrappy Blocks instead of Color Blocks with at least one piece of solid white or muslin per block. As I stated earlier, I was inspired by Kati's Improv Color Blocks...my blocks will be 12 1/5 inch square and not 10 inch square.  



Once all the blocks are completed I plan to sash them with very narrow dark sashing add a border...create a scrappy back and hand quilt. I hope to have it completed by the first warm Spring day so I can celebrate with a picnic! :)




 

Making the Improv Scrappy Blocks[the best part: no 2 blocks are the same]

You will need:

12 1/2 square template[I made one using copy paper]
fabric scraps
iron
sewing machine

thread
scissors and or a rotary cutter


1. Gather fabric scraps, you may need to iron them if you are like me...wrinkled fabric doesn't trim well.

2. Make sure that there is some white or muslin fabric in your scraps.
3. Prints, solids, florals, plaid, dots basically anything goes.
4. Lay out your fabrics, in the shape of a square roughly 16 to 20 inches. Don't panic, this allows for seam allowances and trimming.
5. When assembling the blocks, work in small sections, pressing seams open after each seam is stitched...this prevents 'bulk-build-up'. After the individual unit sections are completed the assembly of the block is a snap!
6. Once the block is in one piece, press again [so it will lay nice and flat] pin the 12 1/2 inch template in place and trim. The remaining scraps can be used in your next scrappy improve block or yet another creative adventure!


                 ::TIP::

        Y Seams are your friend!
When creating improve blocks, let's face it, seams don't always line up nice and neat. Y Seams allow for what I like to call 'broken seams' and mismatched shapes.

When creating Y Seams, it helps to leave about 1/2 inch un-stitched where the seams come together temporarily as you fit the sections to each other...this makes joining the seams much easier.

To help if you have never sewn Y Seams here are a couple of tutorials, the first one is 'still shots' and the second is a video.

http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=1373




http://www.jinnybeyer.com/quilting-with-jinny/tips-lessons/detail.cfm?instanceId=71DAA699-0AFE-8A90-85D38BA999BD18D8


These blocks are a fun way to use bits and pieces of fabrics scraps of almost any size can be used! I am looking forward to being able to use many of my favorite fabric scraps...I'm sure you have some too! You know the ones...the fabrics you love and just can't part with even the smallest scrap.

Happy Quilting!
with love as always,

Carol a.k.a. Beulah

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Chasing the Winter Blues: 39 days to Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics!

No winter blues allowed in 2014!
The mulli-grubs, winter blues, hibernating, longing for warm sunny days will not be tolerated this year!
There is just no time for the energy sapping brain drain of the winter blues!
On tap for January: We Bee With It quilting bee, Calico Dots and Gingham quilting bee, purging fabric scraps, once a month bake off, details next week for the Sowing Stitches "Go for the Gold" Block Challenge [in celebration of the Winter Olympics February 7 - February 23 2014 in Sochi], making my nephew's wedding quilt, hand quilting my Valentine's quilt, teaching sewing classes...and this is just the beginning of many great creative adventures.
I feel like I'm forgetting something.....
 

Enjoy the last few days of 2013!
with love as always,

Carol a.k.a. Beulah

Sunday, December 22, 2013

In the Stitch of Time

Trimming blocks and snipping threads was the 'theme' last week as I put together my bee blocks from a recent online quilting bee. I so enjoyed creating these blocks and found it quite difficult to stop making them after I had completed the blocks for all of the other bees. Which I am now thankful I kept on making them [sadly, many of the bees dropped out]had I not made all of the additional blocks this lovely quilt top would still be drifting along in my imagination! I keep hoping the missing bee blocks will arrive in the coming days...I plan to use them to create pillow shams or a matching baby blanket!


Now to decide on the border...and the backing! This is going to be a large quilt when completed, roughly 96 X 96 inches.

Curiosity is getting the better of me!
What would you choose to create the border and the backing?

Merry Christmas!
May your week be filled with Joyful Delights, Love and Laughter,surrounded by Family and Friends!


with love as always!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sewing Machines and Ministry You Bet!

I have a dear friend in the ministry, her name is Bess of Bess Graham World Ministries. She will be going to the Women's Ministry Graduation in India, January 2014, just a few weeks from today.
At that time there will be 23 women graduating from the Tailoring School.
She hopes to gift each of the graduates with a sewing machine so they can have a way to take care of themselves.
These women are widows and abused women.
A sewing machine cost $150.
If anyone is interested in helping please message me and I can give you Bess's contact information.
I appreciate any help you can give towards these machines, our sisters in India will be greatly blessed!
Together one stitch at a time we are binding up the wounds and spreading LOVE around the world!

with love as always!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Adventure began Sunday December 9, 2012

It has been a year since I decided to join the blogging family...One whole year! 
December 9, 2012 I made my first post a huge step for this pencil and paper loving girl!
Looking back, I'm glad I took the plunge. Regrets?
Certainly, wishing I had a set schedule to post regularly...but...as I see the learning curve from here, there is always tomorrow or next year in this case.
I plan to be more organized in 2014!
This was a huge 'technology/social media' year for me.
Not only did I take the plunge and start blogging but I also started hanging out at Sowing Stitches on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Flickr!
I tested quilt block patterns for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine and various designers, pieced a quilt top that will be in John Adams [Quilt Dad]new book to be published in the spring, hosted and participated in several other online quilting bees, hopped in blog hops and still found time to sew!

Don't panic! I am still very much in love with my paper and pencils, I filled up countless journals this year...writing new books, creating designs, and recording dreams and my doodles.

Thanks to each of you who have made this journey into the cyber world an easy transition! I could not have made it this far with out you!!!

with love as always
 



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Official Clothing and Fabric Recycling Center

Creating Space in Landfills in a round-about way....

My sewing studio is now an Official Clothing/Fabric Recycling Collection Center.

I will gladly take your discarded clothing [shirts, pants, suits, dresses, shorts, scarves...]  fabric or other sewing notions [even table linens, curtains, bedding] and use these resources to create items to be given to those in need locally or make items to be sold to raise funds for overseas missions.

Old or new, tattered or torn, even stained as stains can be avoided...please no undergarments or items with oil/fuel spills as they can not be cleaned.
If it is fabric...it can be used! :)

Spread the word....together we can meet the needs of many!




with LOVE as always,

Beulah

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Day 100


This is the block everyone is working on for November in the Sowing Stitches Calico Dots and Gingham Online Quilting Bee. A fun block! And come January, when I am hopefully 'caught up' on all of my projects, I am planning to make a scrappy star quilt using this block.

You heard it here first, in January a new online quilting bee will be starting...details will be forth coming in December.




Today is day 100.100 days on the journey to better health. 100 days of no gluten...well almost...gluten hides in very strange places. And there were days that I thought what I ate was gluten free when in reality was loaded with the stuff...and yes, I paid the price. But life hasn't been all bad going gluten free, there are many perks and advantages...and one very welcome aspect...5 inches have vanished from my waist and 27 pounds are no longer mocking me when I step on the scales!


I am NOT in anyway suggesting anyone go gluten free as means of a 'diet' to shed extra pounds. The reason I've lost weight is simple...in a scientific manner...My body does not process grains that contain gluten, gluten is used by the food industry for a variety of reasons and can be found in many foods. My body reacted to the gluten like many allergic reactions...the tissues in every cell of my body tried to  flush the gluten..since I was constantly eating foods containing gluten...the cells were constantly irritated and filled with excess fluids. That is a simple view of what was going on.

Now my body is being restored and is healing as I monitor closely the foods and drinks I allow to enter. I take time to 'listen' to my body, I document everything that goes into my mouth and make notes of how if any reaction occurs.

Happy Quilting!
with love as always,

Carol aka Beulah

Friday, October 18, 2013

Quilting Gallery Entry My Scrappy Star Table Runner

I have an entry in Quilting Gallery's Scrappy Stars!
You can join the fun enjoying the collection of Starry Quilts and by entering the weekly give-away at Quilting Gallery, below is the link to all the fun
http://quiltinggallery.com

Display name: Carol a.k.a Beulah
Quilt name: Scrappy Star Table Runner
Quilt size: width: 36 height: 24
Quilt description:
This is my original design, machine pieced and hand quilted. I love stars, scraps and 9 patch...so I created this table runner using a combination of quilt blocks: a star block and vanishing 9 patch. I love merging traditional quilt blocks to create 'new' blocks.
Photo thumbnail:



Winners are chosen by popular vote.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sowing Stitches Calico Dots and Gingham Quilting Bee

 This is our second month of our creative journey with October's Block selected by Stacy.
A very fast and easy block to create lots of possibilities!
Can't wait to see her final project!




Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Good Morning October!


Good Morning Friends! Happy October!
This beautiful view was captured recently from my sewing studio.
I so enjoy starting my day watching the sunrise!



Now to reveal the completion of the Summer 2013 Quilting Challenge, you may remember the earlier post back in July.
I asked for your input concerning fabrics and quilt patterns...then with the information collected I created an original design for a new table runner!
I combined vanishing 9 patch blocks with a star block and tons of scrappy fabrics...
I love the pattern so much, now I am collecting scraps so I can make a full size quilt!




Vanishing 9 patch with Evening Star
Original Design by Sowing Stitches
Off to clean the sewing area...sewing class today at 'high noon'. Teaching children to sew is never boring! :)

Hope you have a delightful day!
Happy Sewing!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Feast and Flop Day: Brownies

Gluten Free Brownies.

Fast and Easy to Make!
I thought Gluten Free meant no more chocolate brownies. What did I know???
I made these from simple ingredients, NO grains or flour in these yummy chocolate treats!



Gluten Free Brownies
1 15 ounce can rinsed and drained Black Beans
3 eggs
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 cup ground almonds
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup sugar [I used brown sugar]
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla

The easy part: put all ingredients in a blender or food processor! Blend until smooth and there are no 'bean lumps'.



Place batter into lined muffin cups and bake at 350* for about 20 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 15 - 20 minutes before eating. Makes 12 Gluten Free Brownies!



Books.



This is one of the best books I've read in the last few weeks! If you have been considering a Gluten Free lifestyle but are not sure if you would benefit...Get your hands on this book! An easy read, very informative and encouraging to know that it is possible to be free of so many ailments directly related to the consumption of wheat and other gluten.




At the Dinner Table.



MENU:
Wild Caught NC Shrimp
Steamed Squash
Kale Chips
















Lists from my phone.

A Quick Glance what to Avoid!

Wheat,Wheat Germ, Bran, Bulgur, Couscous, Male, Malt Vinegar, Barley:barly grass, malt, groats, pearl barley, caramel coloring, malt vinegar,"Natural Flavors", Durum, Vegan protein sub sriram, Einkorn, Emmer, Farina, Farro, Cream of Wheat, Stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl, Triticale, Tritcosecale, Tritium, Graham Flour,Matzo, Orzo, Panko, Seitan, Semolina, Spelt, Udon, Rye, Oats[many are cross contaminated], Dextrin, Brewer's yeast, Modified food starch, Smoke Flavoring, Softener [in foods],Vegetable starch:many are created from gluten grains, Citric Acid:in USA in most cases is created from Wheat and not citrus fruits.
Disclaimer: this list was created from reading many many books and much research on gluten. It is not the 'end all' list and most likely many sources have been eliminated.



Breakfast.


Carrot Juice! Each morning I start my day with Carrot, Apple Juice...somedays I add spinach, celery and cucumber to the blend. I use a Champion Juicer to make the juice fresh and blend crushed ice into the juice to create a festive start to my day. I also drink a large glass in the afternoons to which I add fresh spinach...the color is not as bright or beautiful but the trace elements in the spinach = a better night's sleep!


Flops:
*The gluten free brownies mold when not stored in the fridge.
*Gluten hides well in many foods...I paid the price for a hasty lunch when I didn't read the food label. I'm learning to ALWAYS READ ALL LABELS!

Hopping you have a wonderful weekend!
 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

5 x 6 = 30 Or so I thought!

I was preparing my blue and green churn and dash blocks this morning for a simple 5 x 6 [30 blocks] small quilt.
When I realized the blocks were beginning to multiply! 


I had originally cut out the pieces and assembled the pieces for 30 12 inch completed blocks yet there are now 52 blocks!


I could understand 1 or 2 extra blocks...but 22 extra...I have no idea how this happened!

The only logical answer at the moment is that the elves visited last night and created the extra 22 blocks!
Now if I could get my chocolate supply, my fabric stash and bank account to multiply like this...oh what a happy day! :)

I shall now be making a nice big quilt 7x7 with 3 extra blocks to be used creatively in another quilty project.

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Feast and Flop Day

Knowing that there are others besides myself who have had their world changed overnight by health issues or the resolve to live a better healthier life, knowing the need for support and understanding...
I have decided that beginning today, Friday will now be known as Feast and Flop Day here at Sowing Stitches.
Pretty much, I went 'cold turkey' eliminating gluten, dairy, eggs, artificial sugars,meats that are not wild caught or organic and corn.
Each week will have spotlight something different and primarily I will dedicate this time to share tips [what works & doesn't], support, book reviews, helpful websites and blogs, recipes and be available to answer questions....and if I don't know the answer we can research together! :)

Thankfully the local Public Library has a wealth of information! [And if by chance your local library doesn't have these titles, if you ask, they may just order the book! Our local branch has ordered several books just because I asked!! One of the great things about public libraries, they truly do like to have available the books patrons want to read!]These are a few of the books I have been reading since July. Unfortunately I didn't record the first dozen or so stacks of books...I may try to check them out again so you can have more titles available.
 

And if the library is 'not your cup of tea' the internet has loads of information! I will have a list of internet resources available for you soon.

First of all...eating a diet free of Gluten and other foods mentioned above is not a 'death sentence' there are many great tasting foods free of Gluten! One of my favorites, wild caught shrimp. One just has to be very dedicated to read labels...and when in doubt...do without! The effects of hidden gluten can be quite devastating.

I have found weekends to be the most difficult with the transition to a better healthier lifestyle. It does require a bit more planning for grab and go meals...but...I am new at this and with time comes knowledge and increased speed of preparation!


  One of the biggest helps is the list "Foods to Avoid" in my phone so that no matter where I go I have a handy reference. I have another phone list of every imaginable name for gluten,corn, dairy, eggs etc... this has been a 'life-saver' when reading labels in the grocery store! I also keep a list "Feast and Enjoy" foods that are 'user friendly' to my body.

Happy Feast & Flop Day!

with love as always,
Beulah

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

National Sewing Month!

Yippie!
An entire month to celebrate the love of sewing!



September 1st marked the launch of Sowing Stitches' Calico Dots and Gingham Online Quilting Bee!  
 
Block Design selected by Nan


Block Design selected by Sharon

My health continues to improve as I learn to recognize the hiding places of the 'no-no' foods. All gluten, corn, oats, dairy, eggs some meats are the worst offenders. I am currently juicing like crazy with my Champion Juicer and progressing towards a more vegetarian lifestyle. [Eating meat = no sleep...unless it is wild caught fish/seafoods.]
Personally, I feel that the food industry should provide all food sources on their labels....The vague labeling practices of such as 'spices' 'natural flavors' etc...really should be eliminated. I've also learned that citric acid in the US comes primarily from corn and wheat and not from  citrus fruits as one would expect.
It continues to be an eye opening journey...food can be fuel for the body or poison. Ditching the 'toxic foods' has made such a difference!

with love as always,

Beulah

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Summer is Over...Life is Back to Normal

Mercy! The last 23 days have been a blur of activity! Brainstorming, a trip to the Zoo, painting, sewing, gardening and creating new flower beds, waiting at the hospital, changes, anniversary #29, stargazing....

What a difference a meal can make!
A chance viewing of a news story inspired me to brave up and make some changes to my diet. Since that wonderful day when it all came together in clear focus...I now no longer consume, eat or even taste foods containing Gluten or Dairy or Eggs or Corn or Tomato or Onion or Peppers...meats are limited to chicken or fish. My day now begins with a Smoothie created from Carrots, Spinach, Celery, Apples and Cucumber. I eat real great tasting foods just not the ones I used to eat. Yes I miss breads and the other foods I have removed from my diet. But I LOVE the way I am feeling more!!! GONE are migraines, swollen joints, muscle pain, fatigue, sleepless nights, extra weight is melting away and reading glasses are no longer needed to name a few...In just 3 weeks my health is rebounding!!!


With all of the extra sleep I have tons of energy and creative ideas are flowing like flood waters and raging rapids...I am now writing and sketching ideas down so I can get back to them when I have more time. I've been busy!



 I painted the front door and replaced the doorbell
earlier this summer.

Which got me started on a mini-makeover of the front porch...one of my favorite thinking spots.
This is the spot where dreams come to life.
I added a few fresh coats of paint and a bit of varnish to create my
"new" porch bench.





A quick peek of some projects from the last three weeks. With all the extra energy I cleaned out closets...and then had to decide what to do with all of the discards.



A new messenger bag created from an old shirt.
Inside, lots of room and 5 hidden pockets!

A new project bag..created from an old shirt.
A perfect size to hold multiple projects and snacks!

There's more to share in the coming days. I'm off now to start a few new projects and catch up with my Blog-Land Family. 3 Weeks away is far to long!



You see an old blue shirt....I see a new market bag.

Happy Saturday!
with love as always,

Carol a.k.a. Beulah





Thursday, July 25, 2013

Summer 2013 Quilting Challenge Step One Complete


Fabrics have been pulled from my stash.
I may have to make a quick run to the fabric shop for additional pieces. :)

Today's task: decide on the quilt block[s] to be used.

I am seriously considering a making a medallion quilt since the format for the quilt is square.


Happy Thursday!
with LOVE as always,

Carol a.k.a. Beulah

PS: Have you looked at the calendar? Christmas is only 5 months away! Yikes! I better get busy!!!!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summer 2013 Quilting Challenge

A week ago I sought input for a Quilting Challenge I've created to get the creative juices pumping during the Dog Days of Summer. I asked a series of questions and 3 lovely assistants responded. Una, Martha and Tami you are awesome!

         The Challenge

Create a quilt using the following design elements.

1. COLOR: Black, Purple, Aqua, Dark Blue, Burgundy Red, Blue, Green, Yellow and Red.
AND Beige, Orange, Brown and Sea Foam Green. [These are the colors 'discarded' to never be used in a quilt.]2. FABRIC: Dots, Modern, Gingham, Batik, Floral, Text and Solid.
3. Quilt Block: Crazy-Patch, 9 Patch or Star.
4. Quilt Format: Square

The quilt MUST be constructed using all of the colors listed above...I know there are some colors, GASP, that are on the "never use list"....part of the challenge, time to stretch the color selections. The ONLY fabrics that can be used in the quilt are those listed in section 2. A bit of flexibility on the quilt block to be used: Can use one or a combination of the blocks from section 3, HOWEVER, the completed quilt must be Square.

This challenge is open to anyone who would like to participate in some "Creative-mind-stretching-beating-the-heat-of-the-Dog-Days-of-Summer" Fun!


I am headed now to raid my stash pulling fabrics for the Summer 2013 Quilting Challenge. I promise to keep you posted on progress! :)

Happy Wednesday!
with LOVE as always,

Carol a.k.a. Beulah