Hello and welcome to my blog. I am the owner of Pumpkin Patch Primitives, an online Quilt Shoppe catering to primitive lovers.
I live in NH, and my "real" life revolves around my son. He is the light of my life and the stars in my sky, he is 17 now, and he is autistic.
I am a homeschooling Mom. I paint, I quilt and my favorite place to be is my home; even when it's a mess!
I recently moved from my little love shack into a much larger home with lots and lots of home improvement projects in the works. It seems that not a day goes by when something needs to be tended to and I truly do look forward to a day, in the near future, when I can settle in and enjoy the fruits of my labor. At this pace, it might be a few years from now...but you're welcome to join me in this crazy journey.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Brenda=)
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Just a few weekends ago I went on my second retreat. Yes, that would be my second QUILTING retreat. I went to the Boston Modern Quilt Guild Retreat in Kennebunkport, ME with my niece and the new pumpkin in our patch, Jessy.
I had such a great time just hanging out without a care in the world, just stitching the day away while the machines hummed my nerves into a craftiness coma that I only managed to wake from on Sunday, when it was time to come home.
I managed to complete (well, almost complete), ONE project. This one.
Now I know you feel joy for me and my accomplishment. I mean, you're all so supportive and you know how hard I work at my craftiness perfection (or lack thereof) so I'd like to share with you, what I like to call my I spy pictures.
I spy my quilt on the FAMILY wall (these are my niece's blocks, made at the retreat for a quilt she is working on. She worked on other projects too, but these are her "completed" blocks. And there under my "project" are Jessy's blocks, which she cut and stitched at the retreat. She cut TONS of these, but these are the ones that were "completed" and made into strips. This will be her first BIG project, and she was on a roll. She also made a knitting needle case for her mom while I worked on my one project... did you find it in the picture?
Oh, I did finish the stitching around my Wool & Needle January mat too.
I was so productive!
Oh, but there were other projects that were pretty impressive and as all girls do, I had to compare mine to theirs and see how I measured up in the productivity department. Soooo, I went on a little mission after hours... seeing how my guy "measured up" to the "Big Girls" quilts. Here's what I found.
Here I spy my project next to a hexagon masterpiece that had me wishing I had a love for piecing...
check out those block! Holy smokes! Yeah, she fussy cut the center blocks too. Sigh.
Mine was "almost" as nice as hers...
But not feeling as accomplished as I hoped I continued my quest for my equal, and although I thought this wouldn't be a fair comparison, I did try to measure up to this one....
but the scale was all wrong. Can you even see my project in this picture?
Yeah, the little spot on the big quilt, that would be mine, LOL...
Quilt after quilt I saw that each one was unique and ever so beautiful but none was quite like mine. Which made me think of how lucky I was to be welcomed into such a talented group...
and to have my little guy playing with the Big Girls!
Can't wait to do it again next year. =)
As you may or may not know, I am not snow's biggest fan. I appreciate the need for snow and understand that my garden has a crush on it but I personally, well... not a fan.
I prefer warm days and crisp nights as opposed to cold days and freezing nights. I hear snow is coming and I feel a chill up my spine. I get so stressed, "What if the power goes out? Do I have enough wood? Do I have enough groceries? Are my flashlights where I can find them?" UGH, There's so much drama in my head, you'd think it was a Tsunami alert. Yeah, I'm bad, LOL
Having confirmed that the pantry is full, that I have a stash of batteries that rivals Home Depot's inventory stock, I can now move on to how I spent the last few nights. I spent them making this cute little snowman pocket.
It's made of wool, lined in flannel, embellished with hand dyed buttons and even has a little painter's blush to complement his embroidery smile. A fast, fun and easy weekend project... or snowstorm nerve calmer.
Hope you're staying warm and crafting up a storm while you wait for Spring. Be well! B=)
As another snowstorm threatens the peace and quiet of our Winter landscape I have to ponder the age old question, why the heck do I live in NH if snowstorms send shivers up my spine? Why, oh why, don't I just move to the hot and spicy southwest like the rest of the women in my family?
Oh, it's the crisp Fall days and the sunny Summer afternoons that go on forever. It's the fresh apples picked straight off the trees and the blueberry picking, I love blueberries! NH has a lot to offer; and if I loved the cold I would be in heaven. Instead, I will whine about the weather and dream about the clear blue water that lies beneath that white chunk of ice in my backyard and remember that the best part of Winter is that it doesn't last forever....