Friday, March 11, 2011

Guess what this is - Heart blocks of LOVE and my Treasure Jar quilt taking lots of time to sew buttons on....


Isn't this the best handbag ever? I got this at the perfect time from Linzel McBride. It was made of candy and cookie wrappers in Mexico. I LOVE it and everyone stops to ask about it. Remember when we used to do this with gum wrappers? I only did the chains, I have No idea how you would do a purse. But it is funky and it is fun and that is what I love. Makes me grin anytime I grab it. Linzel, I am so glad you took my class at Road to California. Hope we get to see each other again.

So One nice thing about being in the hospital is that hearts started showing up at my house and as you can see I have the beginning of a lovely, colorful quilt which will probably have some pieced lettering in it and many more hearts. Stephanie, your heart is at my friend's house as I took it there to show it off. I know some of you sent hearts this week and I will be showing those as well and I will be making my own hearts to add. I have never had a quilt like this and it is lovely to have those of you who made these be a part of my life. I plan to put some comfy backing on this to use for a comfy, loving quilt to have on those days when you need a lift. What better than hearts. And isn't it fun to see the differences in the designs? Deb my friend wrote loving messages all the way around the heart. Quilting leaves us with so many ideas and aren't quilters the most loving people? Just had to share this with you people who read my blog.








I am using my hsuband's computer as I have some kind of virus or problem and it won't let me into my blog! Arggggh. The main problem here is my husband's computer won't let me turn the photos the right way. The quilt below is a series I am doing that has a Bible verse or truism that will be left for my kids, Grandkids or someone once I am long gone. I love the verse that reads "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Years ago my Dad used to get up early and go to garage sales looking for buttons for me. He found lots and I always wanted to do something with them and get them out of jars and containers. This "treasure jar" will have many of the buttons he so dearly found for me. Treasures in this instance aren't really things at least to me. Treasures are people in your life, a lovely card from a friend (I got a lovely selection when I had my surgery), flowers in my yard, a piece of fruit, a shared cookie and cup of coffee with a friend, laughter of children and adults too, stories from my elders, a gift from a friend you can use as a reminder of them, a hug, and loads of other simple things. Counting your many simple blessings leads to happy lives. I think of my many blessings as I read about the people in Japan. They have my sincere prayers for rebuilding their lives and getting back to happy lives and the beauty of Japan.

7 comments:

WoolenSails said...

What wonderful hearts, it is fun to make something from blocks your friends send you.

Debbie

COLLEEN said...

I just ordered my first Mary Lou book Out of the Box. My inspiration is flowing and growing with my 5 yr old grandson's help! I chose my beginning inspiration fabrics at the Dallas Quilt Show today! Your statement in the book that most of us have made enough quilts to go with our interior decor - boy were you "talkin to me". You set me straight to getting my fun Mimi side going! Wonder if I can figure out how to make a Lincoln Logs bow and arrow out of Fabric. What will I use for the rubber bands??? Actually if made right it can shoot all the way down the sidewalk and over the fence! And PaPaw does target practice with it into an old washtub, the old Marine is still a Rifle Expert in his mid 60's. This will be soooo much fun!
Thank you for your books and your blog!
Colleen

Maree in NC :-) said...

You will be wrapped in lots of love with all of those warm and happy hearts sewn into a quilt! Mary Lou, you are very LOVED! :~D

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Beautiful bag and adorable heart blocks! And how sweet that your father looked for buttons for you.

Nedra said...

What happy memories of your dad and buttons. Great way to display them.

jan said...

I am so excited to be signed up for your Story Quilts workshop in La Conner in May. Have wanted to attend one of your classes since I started reading your blog. Could not sleep because I was thinking about my idea for the workshop quilt! Thanks for a lot of fun to come.

Quiltdivajulie said...

So happy to see the heart blocks all together ... may they warm your heart!!