The Earth is the Lord's........... and the fullness thereof!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lovely Ann Lowe ~ My Black Star & Extraordinary Seamstress


Shall I label Ann Lowe as simple, petite, classy lady born in Alabama..... a skilled fabric artist/fashion designer who later lived in Tampa Florida.

Her eyes were on the prize of the Big City lights of New York!  Ann Lowe delighted in couture quality gowns that rivaled the best French designers.  Her works of art - her gowns reside in the Museum @ Fashion Institute of technology, the Metropolitan Museum of Art.... and I'd like to venture back to the Smithsonian National museum of African American History and Culture to the the famous Jackie Kennedy gown.

I googled around and round the sweet --- engaging picture of a black seamstress.  


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Why Quilt ~ It's A Stress burner!


 Hello friends and fellow quilters - sewists - crafters!    There is a little shop in OKC... and I snapped the lovely Thread Dome.  Resisted the urge to buy.   DIY... and I don't have a really large room!

A few more thoughts on why quiltin' is good for you... and me!  

In my sewing room last night.... I began a new clutter space..... or in reality... it is a creative space.  A bit of batting on the wall... and wa-la-la.... a design wall!  The bright colors used in quilt blocks can elevate our moods.... and still relax the mind... and push stress-filled  thoughts to the back-burner!

Then... take a few minutes to calculate, exact our cutting methods..... and we are in the flow.  A mild high... and a I'm ready for a good nights sleep.   I stand back and look at the finished flying geese block!  And to know that we are working on a tangible end... a finished-snuggly quilt to keep or give away.... is satisfaction supreme.

Below is a borrowed image..... my basic like for a traditional colorful quilt!


Friday, February 13, 2015

Quiltin is Meaningful Work ~ ~ It does a body good ! ! !

Just casually reading an article....   the statements and view were not brand new to me.... but somehow quite encouraging and refreshing.

Pronto - - - I'll run back to my sewing room tonight.... my haven of peace!

Jillynn Stevens, Ph.D. quoted the findings from the University of Glasgow that studied a local quilting group and found that "Quilting seemed to possess some distinct properties for enhancing well-being that would not be replicable through outdoor/physical activity."   Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/8297639

Still browsing and Pinteresting.... yesterday.... this color scheme was outstanding to me.... my sense of color!  I always say.... wow this would look good in fabric/art quilt!

The article I was reading further stated that "When you're happy and doing something you love, your brain gets saturated with dopamine and serotonin, otherwise known as happy chemicals-especially when you're doing "meaningful work" using your hands. According to Kelly Lambert, PhD and a member of the neuroscience department at Randolph-Macon College, quilting complements these conditions perfectly.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Izzy and ~ The Bliss and Enchantment of a Rose !

I'm inspired... on another Tuesday Tea-drinkers Day...


 My local credit union.... had a dozen pink roses.... on a Saturday drop in...   I asked, and awed.. and Guy said they are for our customers!

I browsed the LINKY PARTY @ The Enchanted Rose today..... please click the link and drop by... Oh such fun!
 It was such a delicate, large pink rose that I literally sunk my whole face into it.  No Thorns.
 About the same time in life... I'm working on a scap quilt!
 I couldn't help but stop a few minutes and share with IZZY....  love this movie (especially boiling in the black pot @ the restaurant)
And finally.... Jesus does indeed love the litle children of the world!  A gift from my kids!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Timeless Thursday ~ a quiltin'

 Hello world of fellow quilters.....  Thought I might share some finished treasures from 2012-2013-2014...   my the years do fly.  Since my blog has been around since 2009-I think.... this might be a bit of reposting.

I think I'll let the quilted images speak for themselves for today.
This quilted treasure is in the book!


 This is in the making....... I feel like savoring... and saving it for someday....only when I say so!

 This is a daughters quilt project.... that I simply have to applique the berries only the log cabin blocks.
 Finished product... to be...

 Japanese folded flowers.....  a show-off quilt....YEP in bright green!
 Forever cathedral windows!   My love, pride and joy!
 Did I say anything about this lovely grandson!!!





Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

All About Blogging..... and Growing !

Today's world of social media seems to drive "US" human beings toward a shared community.   I often think of the single pebble that is dropped into the pond.... and it's ripply effect begins!



Over the last 12-14 years, I have seen God make inroads and expansions into my personal well-being, into my family circle - church family - and within my creative adventures.... via the internet blogland!

So....it's hello and happy to meet YOU ladies and guys --- young and the treasured - seasoned old!  I'm at about 85% percentage points  -- leaning into the old-folks category.   I consider it a bliss!



This is how my garden has grown over the years!    After my dad's passing, I draw towards a closeness in the backyard that he cut, tendered, grew veggies and "piddled around in the yard" !!

Dear Dad
He seems to have been the tip-off point at which I gathered this neckties and stitched - pieced the star pattern and quilted them into a couple of pillows (1997)

Here are my 2004-2005 Quilt beginnings!  Quilt shows, patterns gathered as I travelled on my job to Wyoming, Iowa, Texas, Carolina's, San Diego!


Dear Mom,
She entered a skilled nursing care facility back in 2002 . . and thus I became something of the family matriarch for my sister of 12 years younger... and four great brothers.  I inherited the family homestead --- and I took over the family gatherings of food, canning and almost a love of pots and pans..... all but the cleanup!

A true garage sale / estate sale collector!




I'm an avid quilter..... shows, contests, museums,   MORE TO COME IN RETIREMENT!
I'm excited to find New Tea Buddies on this GROW YOUR BLOG party!!
Bev's Wishing Well ss where I share a brand new world of tea sippers and bloggers...... ahhhhhh the sheer beauty!  
Royal Albert Lavender Rose





My 60th birthday (2014) was a Cake PARTY! 


Blog-land Ladies...... You are my Treasures
Dearest Vicki at GROW YOUR BLOG graced my efforts to participate!   

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Do go by and visit and extend your world of friends!
Thanks!


Be Blessed today and beyond!


   
Have a Great Day!


Beverly
 (Travis-Huggins-Sipuel)
Kirk
ps...... I'm into genealogy! alas!!


GYB ~ Grace - You-n-Me Beauty !

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Grow Your BloG

My thoughts today center around GRACE,  The YEAR 2015-2016, and the Word BEauty!  

This is my opportunity to say hello all my fellow quilters and friends.    

Check out the many great ladies participating with vicki's grown your blog @ http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com

Thursday, January 8, 2015

TIs ready for some Feathered Quilting!!

My intentions are
to learn the feathered stitch... along the long white open spaces!
And on my Pfaff sewing machine - no less!



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