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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quote about Personal Growth by Tupac Shakur with a Beautiful Photo of Tulips

“I want to grow. I want to be better. You Grow. We all grow. We're made to grow.You either evolve or you disappear.” 
― Tupac Shakur

I took this beautiful photo above during this past Spring 2014.  I call it "Tulip's View to the Sky"  

Rag Quilt Pictures Finally From ~ May 2014

I am finally getting around to posting pics of the rag quilt I completed in May.  Seems like summer break just started for my boys a few weeks ago but the reality is school starts this Thursday!  By the time it slowly sinks in that I now have a 5th and 7th grader, it will be time to be decorate the Christmas tree, ohhhh shhhhhhhh, I said that out loud!  

So this was my first rag quilt, now while it was a simple style for me, it was still my first time.  One thing I learned while making one that I didn't expect was that the piecing thread should blend into the fabrics I chose.  I was expecting the raggy cutting area to hide it more than it does.  So that is one thing I would suggest if you ever make one yourself.  Let me know if you have ventured into making one of these before.  The most time consuming part of it was the cutting every 1/4 inch of the seams.  

I hope to be back to posting more very soon.  I have several different projects going on at once right now, but that is always the way right?  =)

This picture shows the true colors of the rag quilt
The true colors are shown in the picture above =)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Progress on a Rag Quilt ~ May 2014

Hello everyone!  My current project has been a rag quilt made with 100% cotton from my local quilt shops (LQS).  Most of you know that I always am wanting to learn new techniques and challenge myself.  This may not be the most challenging of my projects, compared to the quilt that has over 1300 triangles in it that I am still working on but it does qualify as a technique I haven't done before.  The reason I decided to make one of these is I have a friend that may want 3 rag quilts for her adorable grand-babies and I wanted to make one of my own prior to making hers so I would know ahead of time what are some things I should look out for.  She wants them to be really snugly and cozy so we were most likely using flannels.  This rag quilt still needs to be hemmed around all four sides and then snipped on the seams so when I wash it, it will be able to bloom and give off the cozy rag quilt look many love.  Let me know what you think  in the comments section below.  =)

Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy

Monday, April 28, 2014

Baby Quilt for Hannah Addyson =) Applique & Picture Piecing - January 2014

I designed this baby quilt on my own and it was delivered to California in March.  Little Hannah, my niece was born in December and her mother rescues horses, so that was my idea behind including a picture piecing method of a horse head in the center of it and then personalized it with her first and unique middle name appliqued on it. I made it really big so she will hopefully still be using it when she goes off to college one day.  I did not do the free motion quilting myself on this baby quilt, I think it turned out fantastic, I will find out if she has a website I can share right here on my blog as well.  Let me know what you think, leave me a comment please =)

The back was a super soft cuddly minky!
Isn't she a cutie pie?!  =)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Inspirational Quote of the Day ~ Be Yourself ~ April 10, 2014

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
Laozi, Tao Te Ching (Found on a great quote site called Good Reads.

I took this picture this 
morning, one of the 
new baby 
bunnies in the
 yard, decided to prune a 
few of my tulip tops. (It will 
still be beautiful!) 4-10-14
One day later, it has bloomed 
and still a beauty!  4-11-14

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Quote of the Day ~ Happiness ~ 02-22-2014

Real happiness is more than an absence of unhappiness. So what we need to recognise is that real and meaningful happiness (albeit realistic happiness) is a combination of positive emotions AND minimal (but not a complete absence of) negative emotions.  By: Dr. Happy. =D

Monday, February 17, 2014

My New Juki Sewing Machine!

"Sew" I received this new sewing machine made by Juki for a Christmas, birthday and Valentine's present.  I am in love and very blessed to have it.  Okay, I need to stop referring to by saying "It".  She had a name that was Japanese and I know it started with an A, but don't tell her, I forgot it.  So I think I have figured out another name for her and maybe this is semi lame but since "HZL-F600"  is the model and it looks like Hazel to me, that will be her new name.  My friend Stephanie suggested giving her a name and was on the phone with me when I first did, but she also forgot it...hahaha!  I have friends that name their cars and motorcycles so maybe it isn't so strange to name my sewing machine as well.  What about you, do you name your sewing machines / long arm machines or Sergers?  Leave me a note and share with me what you call yours.  =)

Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy