Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

To all my friends and bloggers out there I wish you a day full of love, laughter, yummy food and lots to SMILE about!

I want to take a moment today and stop and reflect on all I have and not all the other things that often clutter our lives! I will be thankful for all that brings me joy and say thank you for all of it!

Please have a great day and share a hug or a SMILE....

Thanks for being my friend!
jayne


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

An old love...

I am falling in love with hand quilting again and loving it!  I taught a class a few weeks ago and it was such fun.
I have many older quilts I made (long before corporate America got in the way) and they are all hand quilted. Maybe it was a slower time in my life but I think I just enjoyed the old process of quilting. I love seeing all the new fancy quilt designs and I so admire those that do such beautiful work, but there is something about the needle, thimble, hoop and your quilt that I find so peaceful.

I have been following a few blogs where hand quilting is done and I love what I see.  I was really impressed with a comment I saw....It said "your quilting is like your handwriting".  This is so true.....
I have great memories of some specific handwriting's maybe I am doing the same with my quilting.
This is a piece I am working on now. I used a stencil and some freehand.
 

For this project I am quilting with Valdani  #12.  I love using this along with chenille #24 needles, a thin marking pen from clover and my best quilting tool ever - my thimble from years and years ago....
This project is "big stitch" and it goes so fast! I have also used variegated thread.
 
I love, love, love stitching....I will share a few more thoughts and projects again some time.
 
Le me know if you are a hand quilter - I would love to hear from you!!
 
Enjoy your week and stay warm if you are in all that cold weather I see on the news :)
 
Remember - SMILE always....
jayne



Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What a success.....

The Country Loft had our yearly Christmas Open House this past Saturday,....Oh how I wish you could have come to see....it was such a success and all our friends went  home with wonderful Christmas treasures....

We closed the shop on Friday so we could decorate "umpteen" trees and get the store ready for the great day on Saturday!!!! and what a great day it was :) For all of us that have the joy of working at the "Loft" we can truly say it is a very "special day" each year.

I will share the few picture I have.....not my best pictures but I hope you get the feel of all the joy!!!!

The front room is just full of trees and great treasures. This is where you enter our great shop!

 Another shot of the front room....

Each tree had a theme....

We never leave out the back yard....full of goodies :)

 Our shed is such a fun place....
Look inside ....more trees!

and inside more goodies.  The shed was a favorite spot for all our visitors!

Here is the gang that worked so hard to make the day a very special one!!!!
Susy, Tina, Donna, Kathy, Jayne, Sharon and Colleen....
What fun we had!!!!

Hope you enjoyed taking a peek....we do wish all our "Loft" friends could have been there but for now we wish all of you a very happy holiday season....

Have a great week....enjoy all that you do....I made cookies yesterday with a friend and I must say, it really felt like the season is upon us :)....my favorite time of the year :)

Remember...SMILE always....
jayne