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!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Today is one of those days...

I find that when faced with a mountain I am strengthened by totally saturating myself and surroundings with worship music for hours on end. The windows are raised to carry the music across the neighborhood, the songs of the birds are joining in with the music, today is a day of restoration and answers are at hand!

               My play list:

Praise Adonai Messianic Worship with Paul Wilbur
Days of Elijah The worship Songs of Robin Mark
Absolute Peace Instrumental/John Belt
Another Realm the Soaking Presence 3 /John Belt

Heart For Israel Worship Volume 2
Flowing / John Tussey
The Watchman by Paul Wilbur
Freed to Enter the Glory Realm 

Hillsong / Forever
The Portals of Heaven the Soaking Presnce 2 / John Belt
Soaking in the Glory Realm
Unlocking the Mysteries of the Supernatural
Sacred Fire the soaking presence 4 / John Belt
Freedom / Michael W. Smith
Hillsong / The Secret Place
Contending for a New Beginning
Elolam everlasting light volume 2 / John Belt
The Eye of God / Jansen and Belt
Overcomers to Him who overcomes / John Belt

With God ALL things are possible!
God Bless you this day beyond measure!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


I love flowers! 
I can hardly wait to pop over and enjoy the Say it with Flowers Blog Hop going on over at Sew We Quilt! I am 'sitting' this hop out and admiring everyone's flower gardens.
Thankfully I have a few minutes to spare this morning to feast on the delightful creations by wonderful quilt artists.
I am waiting somewhat impatiently for my garden to bloom this year. 
So...I rummaged through my photo files for these images of my garden I painted a few years ago.

Water Garden

Remember, 'weeds are a flower dealing with an unhappy person'.


Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

String Time!

Yes it is just after 3:00am and I am wide awake!
String Fever Jitters!
Late yesterday afternoon I photographed my very first String Quilt...or very first completed String Quilt Top! :)
And what is racing through my thoughts?
If I start right now....I wonder if I have time to make another one for the String Fever Festival of Strings which starts today?!

Wouldn't it be grand if we were able to create in real time at the speed we can imagine and create in our thoughts?! 

It would be a fabulous 'super-power' and better than being able to fly like Super Man.

My very first String Quilt Top!
I will most certainly be making more string quilts this summer. I found when I was creating this quilt top that making string quilt blocks are a great way to order my thoughts and an awesome stress-buster.

I am so looking forward to seeing all of the lovely and amazing String Quilts showcased in the Festival of Strings hosted by Rachel.

Hoping you have a Fantastic Tuesday!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday Visits with Friends

I'm over visiting with Sarah on her blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict today, come on over and join the fun. 

I will see you back here at Sowing Stitches bright and early in the morning! The 'Say it with Flowers Blog Hop' begins tomorrow and I don't want to miss everyone's creations.

May your day be filled with joyous laughter surrounded by family and friends.
with Love as always,


Saturday, May 25, 2013

DAYcation because everyday should be Fun!

The soon arrival of the last day of school has vacation plans taking over seemingly every conversation, thoughts are filled with summer delight. Tropical beaches, mountain camping, travel to distant lands...
Add to the mix, the conversation thread of Stay-Cations for the crowd staying home this summer and limiting travel within a few hours to save funds or to provide several mini-adventures throughout summer vacation.

The 'official' start to summer launches this Memorial Day Weekend and I've declared the Summer of 2013 to be the Summer of DAYcations! A mini vacation each day with a few hours set aside just for Fun!

DAYcation #1:
A trip to Walmart turned into a fit of laughter. Yes, you read that correctly! The trip began as a search for a new vacuum cleaner and a remnant of gray fabric. [The fabric shall wait for another day.] As we were shopping a quick glance inside our cart is when the laughter hit. Who knew that a cart filled with a vacuum, mop, spray starch, bleach, fabric softner, weed killer, a jug of lemonade and a pack of crackers could cause fits of laughter! Rather it was the comment afterwards..."Oh my, it looks like we are setting up house!".

That's the beauty of DAYcations...Joy, Laughter, Fun are the only required elements.
DAYcations can happen at anytime or anyplace. They can be planned anticipated events or suddenly arrive on the scene all on their own.

Come join the DAYcation fun!
Now, I'm wondering what tomorrow's DAYcation will bring?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

Confession time.
I am a HUGE fan of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazines.

I spend countless hours with each edition plotting and planning creative adventures.

This is one of my latest Quiltmaker Inspired projects. A summer sampler! Created from a selection of some of my favorite blocks in the Summer 2013 Vol. 7 issue. [Which is 'loaded' with awesome blocks!]

Hand quilting begins this week!
I better get busy, summer is just around the corner!

Happy Wednesday!!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Busy busy little Bee

Life can be quite an adventure!
This past week was filled with thrills, spills, broken dreams, encouraging words, new around here is Never boring!

I selected fabrics and have started the quilt pattern, Under Water Stars by Bea Lee. This pattern is loaded with possibilities.

Choosing which blocks to submit for quilting bees for me is like a child in a candy store...I want to make them all! :)

This is 'my' block for an upcoming bee.

This block is addictive! I sat down to make one....and well you see what I've created so far. Here is an awesome tutorial for this block if you are in search of a fun summer project.

And then....I saw these...

Which is when my brain went into overdrive and my fingers started itching and I just had to make this! 

I see this block being 'my' block in a quilting bee very very soon. Talk about a scrap buster, this is perfect!!!

And then there are other bees with blocks soon to be arriving and joining the 'hive'.

I hope you have a delightful day!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Dinner on the Ground

Picnics and dinners on the ground, while technically the same our family definition: picnics are small private meals or snacks  eaten outdoors and dinners on the ground are feasts with friends and family under the shade of trees

Every year, in the town I grew up in, they have a community dinner on the ground. Families plan their schedules around the last Sunday in one wants to miss this gathering! Tables are thrown together using saw horses and plywood covered with white paper to welcome the foods lovingly prepared for the occasion. Boxes, baskets, coolers filled and overflowing secret recipes, 'store bought' prepared foods, it's all good! Washtubs filled with ice, giant coolers filled with lemonade and sweet tea to 'wet the whistle' of the hungry.

Ladies, I wish we lived closer so we could celebrate our friendships and enjoy a dinner on the ground. While not quite the same, I'm hosting a virtual dinner on the ground this we are celebrating mothers, friends, family and our love of quilting.

I've prepared the menu from your favorites submitted. If you can think of anything I've left out...please add it to the menu! :)

Beverages: Sweet Tea,Iced Tea, Lemonade, Pepsi, Sparkling Cider and Water

Sweets:Homemade ice cream,Hummingbird Cake, frozen yogurt, blueberry pie, apple pie, brownies, oatmeal cookies,Tcakes,Butterfinger candy bars, Klondike bars, Chocolate cake, Berry Pie, Lemon Pie, Chocolate chip cookies,S'mores, Peach Pie, Mayhaw Jelly Cake

Baked Beans,Pork & Beans,Boston baked beans,Potato Salad, Corn casserole, Green salad,potato chips, fruit, pineapple, brie & crusty bread,pasta salad, corn on the cob,watermelon,cheese, crackers,fruit salad,fresh cut vegetables and dip,sliced tomatoes,cucumbers,sweetpickles,Cheetos,grapes, strawberries , scotch eggs, green beans,squash casserole,biscuits, fried okra
Entrees:Brats,BBQ,Fried Chicken, Smokies, Egg salad sandwiches,Peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches,hamburgers, veggie burgers,hot dogs, chicken salad with grapes and raisins,pickled bologna, quiche,lobster rolls,Deviled eggs,ham slices, shrimp & chicken kebobs, tuna salad,ham,Steamed Crabs, Subway foot-long sandwiches,chicken salad sandwiches, meatballs,BBQ Chicken

Spread your quilts ladies, it's time to feast!

Susie of legato1958  check your email! :) Christmas will be coming soon to your mailbox.

with Love as always,

Friday, May 10, 2013

I sew around the clock

Hickory dickory dock,
I sew around the clock!
Morning, noon and night
my house is such a fright
as I cut, sew, press & go
Dishes are dirty, beds unmade,
clothes are waiting…I need a maid!
Hickory dickory dock,
I sew around the clock!
If you must know, the reason I sew…
It’s the fuel that makes me go!
Hickory, dickory dock,
I LOVE to SEW around the Clock!

Okay, I got a little carried away with poetry tonight. :)
Off to bed I go!

It's been a fun and busy week looking forward to the weekend.

Sweet Dreams,

with LOVE as always,

Pass it On

I found a treasure this week in my mailbox I want to share with you. It did not arrive by postal carrier, but secretively placed inside by little tiny angels strolling along the street. Inside the box when we checked the mail was a lone piece of paper, quietly waiting...but the message...more valuable than gold.
Arriving at the perfect time, as our weather for a few days is to be warm and sunny. My thoughts turned to summer camp, sitting around the campfire singing "Pass it On" with all the other campers.

Jesus Loves You!
This is the note left by the little tiny angels.

Happy Friday!

May your weekend be filled with LOVE overflowing!!!
God Bless You!
with LOVE as always,


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Birds are multiplying!

Yesterday I participated in the "It's for the Birds Blog Hop" which by the way was loads of fun!
Just like the many bird nests in our yard which keep popping up everywhere, birdie projects are still emerging from my fingertips.
After I admire the beautiful creations by today's participants, I will be busy trying to put salt on the tails of some wayward birds nesting in my sewing studio!

Happy Wednesday!
with Love as always,

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

It's for the Bird Blog Hop

My favorite weather is bird chirping weather.[T.G.]

I started my
journey blog hopping in January of 2013, since then, I have jump started the creative process and embraced the theme by creating a mug rug for each hop...I've found this helps me to gather my thoughts and focus on the projects I want to create. The journey with the Birds begins with.....

Mug rug

After admiring so many of my bloggy friend's beautifully created needle cases I made myself sit down long enough to create one and so far, haven't lost anymore needles in the couch. The secret is now out, "These are FUN to create!" said of course in my very best secret  shouting whisper. :)

Cross stitched Needle Case

And suddenly, an idea hatched! An idea with a mind all of it's know the kind.....The idea takes off unwilling to listen to any of your suggestions and suddenly you find yourself just 'watching' from the sidelines. Well, I am still watching as this project is evolving and chirping away telling me what to do each step of the way...
Once these little birds are hatched and home to roost I will be posting their pictures here. At the moment, they are camera shy and do not want to be "exposed" as a 'work in progress'.

An extra big tweet-tweet thank you goes out to Mary and Madame Samm you both have inspired, encouraged and cheered each of us to spread our wings and fly soaring like eagles on the winds of creativity!

One more chirp...
I have a giveaway this morning, one that is packaged and waiting for a name and address! This little bundle will come in handy for the Christmas in July Blog Hop. To be eligible for the giveaway, please answer the following question: what are your three favorite picnic foods? Winner will be randomly selected Friday evening, remember I will need a way to contact you if you are the winner. Thanks for stopping by my little nest for a visit. I'm spreading my wings to fly over and visit all of the other Bird Loving Bloggers posting today. Come join me, it's going to be loads of creative fun!

May your day be filled with joyful bird songs!
with Love as always,


Tuesday, May 7

Monday, May 6, 2013

This little Bird is going to bed

Perched on top of my pillows in their new birdie pillowcases is one [I bought several colors] of my 40 Blinks Ultralight Sleep Mask.
I laughed at first sight, there is no way these would work, how could they with their comical bikini shape....well, I am not laughing now!
These are amazing!
They do work!
The light is blocked completely,  they are soft and comfortable.
And yes, I am sleeping at night! It has been decades since I have know real restful restoring sleep!
When our children were born, I trained my ears and body and became a very light sleeper....Not Good!
Let's just say I was very good at light sleeping.
Now after a few weeks of using my 40 Blinks Ultralight Sleep Mask, my body is being retrained!
Ladies, SLEEP does a body good!

Goodnight little chickadees, morning comes early! I will be hopping tomorrow with a flock of very creative 'birdies' in the "It's for the Birds Blog Hop".

Sweet dreams!

 with Love as always,

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


I hope this is not happening with everyone!

For about a week or so, when trying to post a comment on someone else's blog ... as I am typing the comment box vanishes into thin air, and it doesn't come back!
This doesn't happen every time and I haven't been able to determine a pattern, there seem to be no identifiable common factors.
Even when I go back later, thinking there has been some glitch in blog-world...the same thing happens again.

To all of you I've been trying to chat with...I'm not ignoring is not letting me chat.
I've reset, refreshed, used different browsers puzzled at the moment and not sure what the next move should be in the vanishing comment box saga.

So, the questions of the morning: Has this happened to you? And how did you fix the problem?
I think I shall step away from the computer, have some tea and a bit to eat and then...the fun begins!

Happy Wednesday!
Happy May!

with Love as always,