allie-oops sweet happy life

What a sweet happy life it is!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Straight to Summer

It's just noon and already 91F.  I think we've skipped spring.  Not complaining mind you - after the winter, it seems I can't get enough warmth!!

Do you remember that bulb I planted April 9th?

Guess what is finally coming up!

So exciting.  My African Violets are doing well after getting a new home as well.  The one without flowers has buds.

I was at the library the other day, they had a robin build a nest on the outside of the window in the children's department - so neat!

They've been live-streaming everything.  What a great learning experience for the kiddos.

Not much has been happening on the stitching front.  Mom's home is getting more and more dangerous, so I broke down and called A Place For Mom.  Wow can I recommend them!  So incredibly helpful.  So far I've been contacted by four places, all close by, and mum is very excited - we're going to be taking tours.  They may be able to get her some financial help as she's the spouse of TWO war veterans.  I can't say enough good about this organization.

Bear with me, I'm going to whine a bit - I saw a quilt pattern that I fell in love with the other day, and followed the link to the website.  The digital pattern was over $80!!!  Is this a trend?  I was appalled.  I don't pay that much for a whole BOOK of patterns.  I may be dating myself, but I remember when patterns were no more than $8, and fabric was $3/yd....rant over...

Today is my brother's birthday, we're celebrating tomorrow.  Last year, the fawns were born on his birthday.  I've seen no doe activity around here, but the neighbors have all been working outside, so they may be staying away.  Since I have no pics of baby deer, I'll share a pic of she loves my son!

I hope you have a very blessed Memorial Day weekend, all those in the States - and the rest of you, have a great weekend too!  See ya soon!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sophie And A Free Pattern

I hope you've all been well, it's been a warm and wet spring for us here in Allie-land.  I'd like to introduce you all to my new grand-kitty, Sophie...

That was her first day home at my son's house.  She follows him everywhere.  She loves him so much.

Apparently she loves his retro bathroom, too.  The tile matches her eyes, and the black trim tile matches the rest of her.  I can't wait to cat-sit in July!!!  The rescue named her Sylvie, but he preferred Sophie, and so do I.

I haven't been home a whole lot lately, but today I was able to finish up a couple of new patterns.  Just in time for the holiday!  Here is Liberty - -

Do NOT look close at my satin stitches in the center of the flowers.  I normally avoid that stitch, as I'm rubbish at it, but decided the only way to get better was to just DO it.  I can live with it....

And also, Freedom.

Both are in my shop, Allie-oops Designs, and Freedom is, naturally, free!  My son thought that was appropriate.  Both are finished with a log cabin block to turn them into either snack mats or table toppers, but you could easily put the log cabin block on the bottom for a wall hanging.  Full instructions are included for the mats - if you orient the blocks vertically, just swap out the border strips, put the longer strips on the sides instead of top and bottom.

My next project is going to be a larger quilt.  I've been wanting to do something with birds, and it's starting to come together in my head.  It'll be applique and I'll use that gorgeous romantic fabric I bought, I can't wait.

It's almost bedtime [it's 8pm] so I'm going to sign off, the rest of the week is flat-out busy - have a great week, and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, for those in the states!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Summer Glory

Well spring has finally sprung, the trees are popping out in new clothes everywhere - such a relief on the eyes to see so much green!

And of course the blossoms are just gorgeous!  Everything smells so good, it's hard to close the windows at night!

I just finished a new pattern, it dawned on me that I had no patriotic quilts or table runners hanging around, and that had to be fixed.  Memorial Day is coming, and of course the 4th of July!

Bring it on, I'm ready.  Super fast to stitch - even for ol' slowpoke me, lol.  All done in backstitch, my favorite.

Simple quilting, I just used a wavy stitch on my machine.  I might have to give it to mum, if she sees it.....

If you'd like some patriotic table decor to stitch, Summer Glory is available in my shop now - 

I've prepared Jenny's Live Simply quilt for hand quilting.

I'm looking forward to some slow stitching on this one, hand quilting is so calming to me.  On the machine, it's either flat out or full stop, but hand quilting feeds my soul.

This coming Saturday, my oldest and I are going looking for a kitty.  The Ferndale Cat Rescue has a cafe, or as they call it, a CATfe, where you can socialize with the kitties and pick one out.  John has already completed the preapproval process, so won't we have fun!  I'm really looking forward to it.  I'll be sure to take pictures!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful week, and that you're able to get some stitching done....

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Oh Deer

Well look at that, I haven't blogged since April 9 - where does the time go!  I think someone's been taking it from me and using it for themselves.  

It's been a very busy few weeks, but don't ask me why.  A lot of "mom" days, a lot of spring cleaning, pulled out all the summer clothes just in time for the temps to drop again.  There has been little stitching, my "to be quilted" pile is getting bigger.  I just finished this darling little design by Kathy Schmidtz - 

So so cute.  I also finished the Live Simply pattern from Jenny of Elefantz.

Just have to add the buttons and quilt it.

And I'm working on a summer pattern.

Found a great pic from the Dexter District Library here in Michigan - sums up April.  Yes we had a tsunami.

Thank goodness we haven't had the last two, although there's still time.

Flowers are blooming.  

I was anxiously awaiting the grand opening of this gorgeous tulip, until the deer or maybe this little guy came along.....

and now it's gone.

Billie has finished her quilt top, except for borders, her handsome hubby is modeling it - 

pic shameless stolen from Billie's blog

Hi Mick!!!  I had the pleasure of meeting Billie and her hubby when I went to Austin a couple of years ago - I think I'm overdue to have lunch with them again!

And Karen has finished her quilt!!!!!!!!!!!!

Be still my heart!!!!!  Oh I love it so so much - Karen did a fantastic job, I adore the quilting and the fabrics, well done Karen!!!!  But that's not all - oh no - Karen also sent me a huge box of her fabric scraps, oh they are gorgeous!!

Yes, I've already dived in and the applique wheels are spinning.  Thank you Karen!!!

Seeing Karen's finished quilt really makes me want to finish mine, lol, I guess I need to get busy - but golly I keep starting new things.  Do you do that too?  Please tell me I'm not alone!

That's it for me this week, I'm going to try to get something done this weekend and I'm really looking forward to Monday - always feels like a fresh new start to me, when everyone goes back to work and the house is mine again.  I'll see you soon.....


Monday, April 9, 2018

Just Stuff

Spring is coming.  It has to.  It's a law or something.  It may get here by June.

Flowers are peeping out in the flowerbeds, and trying to crawl back into the dirt - 

I think these may be more crocuses, there are white ones as well.  Mind you, I didn't plant any of them - it's always a happy surprise to see what's there.  Especially since it's snowing AGAIN.

There has been some planting going on inside, though, my poor African Violets were in tiny pots and feeling the pinch.  They have new homes.

I had such a mess on my cutting table!!  My best friend Cathy had given me an Oriental Lily grow kit - isn't it cute?

You plant the bulb right in the watering can!!  So cute!  She got one for mom too!  I hope it grows, that will brighten things up.

There has been little stitching going on - I've been reading a lot, huddled under quilts with the heating pad.  My poor fingers are too cold to stitch much, but I do have some things ready for quilting, I'll be tackling those later in the week.  And look what just came in the mail - 

Flowers of Provence, by Holly Hill Quilt Designs, for Henry Glass.  I adore this fabric - look for some patriotic quilts coming soon!  I ordered for the first time from Bear Creek Quilting Company, online, and they were wonderful - even sent a free quilt pattern!

Today I had to take mum to the dentist, then we came back to my house for a quick bite of lunch.  Grocery shopping was next, so mum had to make a list, and check it twice...

Tomorrow she goes to the eye doctor, hopefully he will take her off the $100/bottle eye drops.  They're not doing a doggone thing for her except lighten her wallet.

It's dinnertime so I'm going to go heat up some chili, and huddle on the couch with the heating pad.  I'm wearing four layers and still freezing.  I'll leave you with a pic of Karen's gorgeous Grace block from the Garden of Contentment quilt - love it so much!!!

See you soon!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Garden of Contentment, Finishing Instructions

All blocks are available in my shop, Allie-oops Designs, along with the General Instructions pdf for the quilt.

It's time to put our Garden together!!  I'm going to repeat the cutting instructions for the sashing and borders, the measurements are already in the General Instructions pdf that I uploaded before we started.  If you don't have that, and haven't started your quilt yet, I urge you to download it - it's free.  I had you cut the borders and sashing before starting the quilt, as they're cut from the same fabric you used for your block backgrounds.

So - without any further ado - let's get busy!

Cut 2 – 4” x 44”
Cut 2 – 4” x 54”

Cut 6 – 1 ½” x 13”

Cut 2 – 1 ½” x 44 

I have you cut a little larger than you'll need, as a precaution.  Attach the sashing and borders, trimming as you go.  Better to have a little longer than you need instead of running short!


Attach a 1 1/2" x 13" strip to the bottom of the Peace block, press and trim even.
Attach the top of the Hope block to the sashing strip .
Attach a 1 1/2" x 13" strip to the top of the Faith block.  Press and trim even.
Attach the sashed Faith block to the bottom of the Hope block.

Repeat for the next two rows.  Press well.

Attach a 1 1/2" x 44" strip to the right side of the first row.  Press and trim even.
Attach another strip to the right side of the second row.  Press and trim even.
Attach your rows together.

Using starch helps a lot with this whole process.


Attach a 4" x 44" border to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Press and trim even.

Attach a 4" x 54" border to each side of the quilt.  Press and trim even.

Sorry for the poor picture quality!!!

And you are done!  Congratulations - you have a beautiful quilt top!  I'm using a jelly roll for the binding, piecing it together.  I do like a scrappy binding!  I'm not sure yet how I'm going to quilt it, nothing fancy because I don't know how.  I would dearly love to see pictures of your finished quilts, you can email me or post on my facebook page (link on sidebar).

I'm off to get more coffee and think about what's next....
See you soon!

(Isaiah 58:11) "And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not."


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