Tuesday, November 30, 2010

true words.....

                                       " my soul is fed by needle & thread "

found this simply stitched in a primitive frame on a blog by snippets of a quilter....my feelings too
enjoy, cheri

Monday, November 29, 2010

Home for the Holidays

Counting down the days till Christmas, tomorrow is another blog hop day Ja Patek I believe.....are you excited I am!
In the holiday spirit playing Christmas music & decorating all day long!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Anniversary Surprise

yesterday was mine & Greg's 10th anniversary....he is so sweet & incredibly fun, he gave me a card in the morning with a bag of my favorite mint M&M's...then as the day continued each grandchild or adult would had me a card with bags of more mint M&M's ended up with 14 bags, why that number I don't know but it was fun and sweet plus all those romantic, sweet, funny, emotional...cards, plus I received new CD's to listen too, which what I do while sewing room, Three Dog Night, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton.....how lucky am I to have found him!!!!

New Tree Topper

Broke my tree topper that I've forever a couple years ago, looking but haven't found the right one till today at Home Goods love it fits right in with our vintage, primitive look.....this isn't our tree, just for the picture....

New Thanksgiving Traditions......

this was a different Thanksgiving Day for all of us in the Payne, Saffiote, Moore, Gaudet families....we usually spend the day with all the family but this year it was brought up because their are so many of us, mostly from me & my kids & their kids, anyway we split the families of my mom and her sister, my aunt Sydney which was to begin with strange.... so Greg & I hosted which was my idea as his parents have both passed on this year and he always made their Thankgiving dinner, we delivered it spent some time there visiting then went on to my family's gathering....they were of course always invited but because of age and ailments didn't feel comfortable going with our very large group, so that was our way of being with both....and so I felt having the gathering at our house would keep him busy & cooking, which he loves to do..... everyone got to choose what to bring and since our normal was not anymore they choose different dishes, which was fun & my mom was excited because she didn't have to bake all the pies, got to take it easy.....still a very large group but my sister Barri Sue Gaudet from Bareroots, yes that's my sister incredible I know....she got a bruised ear drum last minute and couldn't drive down another difference never have had a Thanksgiving without her till now, sad but we kept going.....the feast was delicious and the family gathering was entertaining and a good time was had by all.....then as the day wore on into the evening Greg started the player piano going we don't use it much, mostly because it's always covered with photos and such but I had cleared all off for more room in the house and so he got to play it, so much fun we were all singing & dancing around the house.... a new Thanksgiving tradition was born!
a fitting glorious end to the day.....
hope that all of you enjoyed your Thanksgiving as much as we did..... 
then with my aunt & cousins we women of our families met for an after Thanksgiving breakfast followed by shopping at Home Goods, another new tradition.....change can be good
dishes are finally done, Greg & I unloaded the shed with all the Christmas decorations, so that is done, got a little stitching ready to go for tonight, warm & cozy by the fire....

make sure you check out Lynda's primitive santa pillow, the newest Home for the Holidays share....
                                      enjoy, cheri

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

So once in every we throng upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song in thankfulness of heart.....
Aurthur Guiterman

Monday, November 22, 2010

Home for the Holidays...

Getting ready to post a note to remind everyone to check out Lisa Bongean's blog for her sharing of holiday goods & I realized I just purchased her new book Nine Patch Gatherings last week....inside she has a method for making positive & negative 9~patches, different than my normal, thought I'd give it a try.....pretty easy & fast....posted is a photo of how mine are coming along....to be used in little quilt gifts....so remember to visit her blog for the Home for the Holidays & give her book a look see......  enjoy cheri

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sewing day....

Totally got so busy cutting & cutting forgot to mention today is a Home for the Holidays day....Plum Cute Designs with a Christmas Candy Cane stitching design, very cute I would say....I find each day too short for all the quilts I want to make.....cheri
This is one that I started today, of course will still receive the applique touch when blocks get sewn together.....

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dresden Turkey

The dresden turkey block is from the Missouri Star Quilt Co. They have a how to video on YouTube....check it out I did, fun.....

A Quilter's Turkey

My quilt class teacher returned from a New England visit with this turkey block....LOVe It! Thanks to Linda now we all in class want one or a whole quilt of them....maybe Simply Libby will share where this quilt block came from.....

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Got a Package

On my to spend the day playing with Cooper & Lisa, stopped at the post office to pickup a package for me.....flea market finds purchased from Pineberry Lane, vintage wire basket, big old pins, coffee pot & old black wool   too fun, don't you think!   Well off I go grandkids are a waiting..... cheri

Home for the Holidays Blog Hop day 5

it's day 5 of the Home for the Holidays..... A Sweet Winter Angel is on the list from Liberty Star, really wish I could make dolls right now....so hop on over to Renee's blog & if you're feeling ambitious you could make me one too!    Sew Many Winter Wishes  cheri

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Just Thinking....

I notice as I go on a blog journey ..... Oh My Gosh there are so many over whelmingly talented & prolific ladies out there, what an amazing world to have joined.....anyway back to my original train of thought, if I was to do a giveaway (just ifffing at this point) as I see being done on other blogs....how do you do that, put followers names in a hat?   Just wondering, answers, ideas or thoughts when you have the time.....it's a beautiful Sunday here spending my day in jammies at the sewing machine       enjoy your day cheri
                         As you can see mint M&M's have been opened

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Country Loft Christmas

All is wool & merry.....

Country Loft Christmas

All is bright.....

Country Loft Christmas

Today is a day with lots of, can be rather sad emotions....it is the 4th year of my stepson's passing....Greg flew out for business in China today...left alone with my thoughts, remembering is good dwelling too much maybe not...I thought what better way to lighten the soul but a quilt shop.....Country Loft is in full holiday spirit & a few Christmas presents for our home were found.... spools of tinsel, chenile and flannel garlands lovely little SewBeIt angel and tiny little ornaments.... the snow branches with the lights are an awesome find....talked to Greg before his flight took off & he's hanging in there, excited to see the purchases.....
Greg got to be so close to Casey today....flying in the clouds & heart full of memories....

Country Loft Christmas

Snow branches with twinkling lights....ready to decorate, hurry up & eat I'll say to my Thanksgiving guests I've got decorating to do, haha not really I can wait a day!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Home for the Holidays blog hop

Home for the Holidays day 4.....for some Christmas JOY go see Kathy Schimtz blog & cookies too!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Seasons Greetings

The sight of scraps in reds&greens is a sure sign that the Holiday Season is upon us....I love celebrating with homemade gifts and homecooked treats....our family has for several years exchanged handmade gifts with each other, these are not only from the hand&heart but definitely unique in their individuality....
                  Very Merry Christmas to you & yours all the year through....

Quilt Layout and Appliques

Sugar Cookies


Christmas Sugar Cookies

I'm sharing with you our family Sugar Cookie recipe that has been baked & decorated by our family every Christmas Holiday since I was a small child.....pictured are my most treasured sugar cookies made by our children & grandchildren for me and Greg to have as Christmas Tree ornaments every year, as the real ones get gobbled up very quickly.....of course I cried tears of joy, so touched by these handmade cookies....and they have continued making a special family gift for us every Christmas, my favorite tradition I think......we have the most wonderfully special family, makes holidays even more meaningful for all.....

                                                             Christmas Sugar Cookies
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1 cup soften butter....1&1/2 cups confectioners' sugar.... 1 egg.... 1 teaspoon vanilla.... 1/2 teaspoon almond extract......mix together thoroughly

2&1/2 cups flour.... 1 teaspoon soda.... 1 teaspoon cream of tartar.... add dry ingredients and mix well

                                                             cover & chill 2 to 3 hours

preheat oven 375 degrees.... roll out dough on lightly floured surface....cut into desired cookie shapes....place on lightly greased baking sheet.... bake 7 to 8 minutes or until light brown.... let cool

                                  decorate cookies with food colored frosting & fun candies

Holidays at my Home

Christmas is a magical time of the year....it always inspires me, especially in decorating our home....memories unfold as the boxes of decorations and trimmings are unpacked and the decorations are placed ever so thoughtfully in their special place....some in the same traditional spots, others find new homes as our antique Christmas collection continues to grow, after the house is decorated which takes a few days let me tell you I have a lot of stuff...the Holiday Traditions begin....first I shop for Christmas Mint M&M's, my FaVoriTes, then we gather together and make handmade Christmas ornaments, cookies...I buy more M&M's....we take the grandkids to the 99cent store for their family Christmas shopping, it's the funniest, honestly....still have fond memories of shopping at the five&dime store right before Christmas Eve, back to now....oh yeah need M&M's....Christmas Eve is&has always been at my Aunt&Uncle's house, Greg plays Santa Claus for the kids always funny and sweet.....Christmas morning is brunch at one of our son's house, then unwrapping, sharing, ohhhing & ahhhing and tasting (our theme this year is edible presents) everyone's talents....then after Christmas sale, you guessed it mint M&M's.....
                                Holiday Greetings to All&Good Wishes

Folkart Gathering

Folkart Gathering block 4 is done!  Pattern available on my website 
Remember tomorrow is day 3 for Home for the Holidays Blog Hop....you'll be visiting my blog for holiday goodies.....see you then

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Little Applique info....

The stitch used going down the rows is the feather stitch, I used 3 strands of black floss and do the stitching after quilting is done...
Printing percentage I've been told works is multiple applique page 120% & single applique page 75%.....
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010


My soot&ashes has all it's stitches stitched, been quilted & washed....posting the applique pieces, mine are all in wool but of course it is your choice to use whatever material & placement works for your quilt....applique pieces were scanned original size should be two 8&1/2" x 11&1/2" pieces of paper.....enjoy appliquing, look forward to seeing posts of finished quilts  cheri

Applique for soot&ashes

Monday, November 1, 2010


Home for the Holidays Blog Hop & Cookie Swap
         Day 1 arrives 12:01 cst  Nov. 2nd
With cookies, holiday themed projects & inspiration
             Brenda Gervais starts it....... November 2nd
                           See you there!  Cheri


Autumn's best of Cheer....
      Enjoy, cheri