Saturday, February 2, 2019

History in Our Own Backyard

Hello Sweet Teacupers! I had the grandest adventure this week and I wanted to share earlier, but life happened. On Tuesday I took my Cub Scout Den to a local community museum to learn more about our town as part of the Cub Scout program. Our town was founded by members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) thus the city's name, Friendswood.

It was certainly an eye-opening experience to learn so much about the start of our community, the beliefs of the Quakers and how community are over generations. We visited the Frank J. Brown Museum and Barn where the house is a replica of the first home built in the community. The first floor of the home was decorated and furnished with all the remaining home goods of the founding family. IN the small downstairs bedroom the bed was covered with two beautiful quilts that was passed down through the founder's family.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

For Love of Lone Stars

Hello my lovely Teacupers! I hope are are having a marvelous weekend! Today was a busy day filled with Cub Scout classes and museum visits, but I had the fun opportunity to talk remotely with Dr. Elizabeth Townsend Gard for an upcoming Just Wanna Quilt podcast while I sat among the stubborn blooms of the Houston Museum of Natural Science's garden terrace. Well, I'm feeling a bit "Southern" today, so we can call it a veranda.

The goal was to talk about being a Brand Ambassador for Quiltsmart, but like any gathering of quilters, we talked about that and so much more. The plan for the blog post today was to talk about the fun versatility of Quiltsmart's Lone Star because earlier this week I started pulling out my current Lone Star projects. I have completed tops, almost completed stars and collections of cut fabric, ready to stitched to printed fusible interfacing and spend the rest of their lives as STARS.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Mr & Mrs ... Ready to Display

Hello Sweet Teacupers! I've been busy both cross stitching and sewing/quilting this last week so this week's post is a little late. If you are following The Teacup Cottage on Insagram and Facebook, you may have seen that I will be teaching some classes in the next few weeks. Some have been announced, like this Quiltsmart Placematties and Intro to Quilting: Half Square Triangles, both at The Sparkly Elephant, but others have not, so be looking out for that.

I have been working on samples for both classes, but also had time to frame this 2017 Cross Stitch Finish:

Friday, January 4, 2019

New Year, New Goal, Old Projects

Hello Teacupers!! How is everyone enjoying 2019? I'm going to reserve final judgment until February 1, but so far, I'm loving it!

As you may have noticed, we had a short blog break over the holidays because we were spending time with family and friends and I assume many of you were doing the same, so you have not missed anything!! But while we're at it, may I say you are looking amazing since we last chatted last year! (Ha! Ha! My kiddo is already over my "last year" jokes.)

While the blog was quiet, Creative Life was as busy as ever! So let's have a cup of tea and catch up ...

Thursday, December 13, 2018

A Quiltsmart Christmas

Hello Teacupers! I hope you are almost ready because there is only

12 Days Until Christmas!

You may have gotten everyone else's Christmas wishes under the tree, but what about your Christmas wishes?

A few days ago a friend and I were talking about how great it would be if our husband's had a true wish list of the quilting and sewing projects we wanted to do in 2019 and surprised us with them for Christmas. Now, truly one of the best parts of making a project is going to Local Quilt Shops (or visiting shops when you travel) and finding fabric. So then I joked that wouldn't it be great if we could just make a Quiltsmart wish list for them. I have so many projects that I've done for our home already, it would truly be a present for both of us ... I mean, he uses the quilts and tablerunners too ...

So if my true love wanted to get me something for Christmas I wouldn't mind ...

Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Modern (Quilt Guild) Christmas

Hello Teacupers! How are you fairing in the colder weather? Here in South Texas we are trying to brace ourselves against the relentless wet winds that are blowing through our area. We don't usually have cold winters, maybe short bursts of cold temps, but there have been many Christmases in shorts, but we are surviving!!

Many of us are keeping warm with hot chocolate and quilting ... well that's my master plan. Today however, I did venture our into the cold and wet weather for the Guild Coast Modern Quilt Guild monthly meeting and Christmas Party, and it was worth it! Part of the festivities included an (optional) White Elephant with handmade gifts, so of course I made Quiltsmart Wine Shades in a festive fabric.