I've been entrusted with the care of this little doll named Tama.  She is so sweet and has been well loved.  I swear I felt a connection with her the moment we met.  Her Mommy asked me to give her a little TLC.  She is missing an eye and her nose and her clothes are a wee bit damaged.  I feel like the doll doctor on "Toy Story II" and am honored I've been asked to fix her up.  In the meantime she will be getting the royal treatment until she is reunited with her family.


Teeny, Tiny Inspiration

I'm so excited about the new block I'm working on for the Cocorico Bee!

Annabel's theme is orchard so I'm going to use this tiny fabric swatch as inspiration. It came with a group of vintage fabrics I purchased on Ebay and it is by far my favorite piece. It only measures 4" x 3 1/2" with each little square at about 1 1/2". I'm not sharing which little square I'll be using, but I thought it would be fun to share my inspiration.
I'm off for a little swim with the family on a beautiful 80 degree day!
Happy Creating !


Yummy Ice Cream....mmmmmmmm

We have had a wonderful August filled with outdoor swim lessons and a few fun get - aways. But I've found time to sew! I was so honored to be invited to join an incredibly talented group of ladies in the new Flicrk Group - Patchwork Pattern 318.
Each month we pick a theme from the book by Kumiko Fujita and make a block for that theme.
The first month Ayumi picked sweets' shop. You must check out her site here. She is an incredibly talented sewist and sells super cute fabric on her etsy shop.
I chose this truck and paper pieced the itty, bitty ice cream cone.
I used a new paper piecing technique from Kerry and you can find it here.
She is another incredibly talented gal in the group and you should really take a look around her blog - very inspiring!
Happy creating to you!


Living in God's Open Air

" If this question put by THE FARMER'S WIFE had been asked me fifty or even twenty years ago, I am sure I should have said No. But no position in life has changed so much this last fifty years, as the standing of the farmer's wife.
I could give you a hundred reasons for saying yes. I would have her marry a farmer because there she has the chance of living in God's open air, of living a pure life, away from the meanness of a rural town, and the petty thing they make so much of and away from the temptations of a big town."
Mrs. J. E. F.
Valley County, Mont.
So I've decided to approach the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along in a different fashion. I was doing the blocks in numerical order but was not reading the letters which is really an integral part of the book and the quilting blocks and is honestly the best part of making this quilt. The author, Laurie Aaron Hird, designed blocks to correspond with a particular letter. So, going forward, I will do the blocks and share an excerpt from the letter that corresponds with the block!!