Saturday, December 31, 2011

To all my family, friends and followers.....



wishing you a new year full of
happiness and joy
good health and
may your heart sing always!!

hugs


Monday, December 26, 2011

A Christmas Teddy Bear....

for my DGS....

Kyler Sews Age 5

...let's go back to August 2010.  My DGS spent a week with us that summer....and one of the things he did was quilt some fabric.  It was straight line quilting and I told him I would make a quilted teddy bear for him after all the lines were stitched.  He had turned 5 on May 13 that year.  It was a big job for a new sewer who was only 5 years old.  I was so proud of him....and today I surprised him with his teddy bear. 


Kyler's Teddy Bear

I found this little sweater and it fit just perfect.


Kyler's quilted teddy bear with his sweater

It has been a long time since I made a bear....maybe 8 years or so.  I used to make mohair bears....and this week I realized just how much fun they are to make.   Mohair has a bit of stretch and it is a lot easier to make a mohair bear than a quilted bear using homespun cottons.  I made the paw pads out of 100% wool.  Kyler is happy with his new teddy bear and I'm tickled pink at how it turned out.

If anyone can give me the formula for 36 hour days I would really appreciated it.  I have so many things I would like to make but just seem to run out of time. 

I have a house full of family for a few days.  My 2 DS's, DDIL and 3 darling Grandones...
Noreen, we miss you.....she had to stay back in Canada to work.....and look after Miles, their dog that doesn't like the car......

.....I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with lots of hugs and laughter with family and friends.....

.....this is my 100th posting and I've over 500 followers.....
I think I have to celebrate. 
To let you know how much I appreciate you visiting my blog and leaving me comments....
I'm going to have a big giveaway next week. 
See you next week!!!

hugs


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays and a few last minute finishes........

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a couple Dish Soap Aprons
by Camille Roskelley's from Thimble Blossoms
It is a free tutorial on her blog 'Simplify'.
It was her project for the Moda Country Fair Blog Hop.
...adorable!!

the snowman embroidery is from
Bird Brain Designs's pattern
'Holiday Nine-Patch RedWork'



and one for me

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Rylee's pillowcase and pillow

a pillow case and pillow for DGD Rylee Jane's bed.....
I used the fabrics to match her bed quilt
Snippets by American Jane.
The center of the pillow is an embroidery pattern by Tasha Noel. 
You can find her blog 'alittlesweetness' and Etsy shop HERE.
She has the sweetest patterns....
and
Leah's pillow

a toss pillow for DGD Leah's bed to go with the Wonky Log Cabin pillow
I finished last month....

Wonky Log Cabin Pillow

...made a hugh batch of  nuts and bolts. I used my
Mother-in-laws recipe with a few modifications.....
and a few old Made in Canada Crown canning jars.
The dates stamped on the bottom of the jar are all in the early 50's.
Thanks Mom...luv the jars they make great containers.

Jars of nuts and bolts

I've still got a few WIP's (Works in Progress) but not needed for
Christmas gifts.

WIP's

The tea towels are traced with the free pattern by Bird Brain Designs,
the small table mat is an iron on transfer and
the redwork embroidery is the centre of another pillow.
The embroidery pattern is available at 'alittlesweetness'.
Check out her Etsy shop, it is full of sweetness.....(o:

....but I'm still working on a Christmas gift....  
...a quilted teddy bear for my DGS, Kyler.
There is no picture yet and I will not be seeing him until sometime on Monday
so I think I can do this......I'm going to work on it now.....it's about half finished.



Wishing you and your families
the Merriest Christmas with family, friends, good food and laughter.....
the warmth and goodwill of the season....

and a new year filled with good health and happiness.

hugs



Monday, December 19, 2011

THANK YOU....Thank you.....

....to all my followers old ones and new ones, friends and family that left me comments.  You are the BEST......in the new year I will have another giveaway to thank you all for helping me reach 500+ followers...I am overwhelmed to say the least!!

and now the winners..........


 
The winner of the Bunny Hill Pumpkin Pie pattern is #47...

Joanie's Quilts said... 47
Amanda Murphy designs some wonderful fabric. I do not really follow any particular designer. I'm working to transition toward more of the modern fabrics, but not quite yet there.

I would attempt to follow but your gadget to do so is not available. I'm having problems with mine. I have more friends than what it shows. Any hints on repair.

Anne, you are the BEST, thank you for sending me the embellishment kit, it will be on it's way to Joan as she happens to be a new follower. 

....the winner of the apron is #39



Kathie said... 39

Great tutorial! I live in Bucks County, PA and if I were lucky, I'd like the polar bear apron. Thanks!


Both ladies have been sent an email...if I do not hear from them by noon Wedneday December 21, I will draw another name......

Wishing you and your families 
the warmth and goodwill of the season
and happiness 
throughout the new year....

hugs



Thursday, December 15, 2011

Comfort and Joy...guest blogger

...you can find me today guest posting on Sew We Quilt.

I'm sharing an apron tutorial using the pillowcase 'hot dog method'. 
Please check it out and come back and enter my apron giveaway...(o:


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I will be giving away one of my aprons
from comments left on this posting.
  Don't forget to enter my other giveaway. I'm participating in the Quilt Gallery Blog Hop
 ...my giveaway is Anne Sutton's Bunnyhill Designs 'Pumpkin Pie' pattern
and as a bonus
if you are one of my 485+ Google Friend Members pictured on my side bar
 you will received the embellishment kit with the pattern.
I will announce the winners for both giveaways late on December 18
or early December 19....
You do not have to be a follower
but it would make my heart smile if you choose to follow...(o:
Please, please make sure I have an email to contact you....
a 'No Reply Comment' is a 'No winner'......
One comment only....
tell me where you live
and if you like the kitten apron or the polar bear apron
that's all you have to do...(o:
I live in Canton Michigan and if I were to win I would like the polar bear apron....
Happy Holidays and all the best to everyone in 2012!!!
hugs

Friday, December 9, 2011

Quilt Gallery Blog Hop....


I am participating in the blog Hop...
...that includes Giveaways from over 226 bloggers from 20 countries.

I am giving away Anne Sutton's new Bunny Hill Designs pattern
'Pumpkin Pie'



To enter the giveaway

Leave one comment.....telling me who your favorite designer is.

It is not necessary to be a follower for this giveaway
but...I would luv it if you choose to follow...(o:

If you are one of my 440+ Google Friend Members
pictured on my side bar
you will received the embellishment kit with the pattern.

"No reply" commenters that do not leave their email
address are not eligible for the giveaway.

I will post the winner on December 18th

Thank you for visiting....good luck everyone....(o:

Have fun blog hopping




Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A little stitching.....

Moda tea toweling by the yard......
you can buy it at Crazyquiltgirl.....
There are ready made tea towels available too.

Moda tea toweling with Bird Brain Designs stitcheries.   Moda Tea Toweling with Bird Brain Designs.

and the little embroideries are from
Bird Brain Designs pattern 'Here Comes Santa'.
There are 20 corner stones to choose from in the pattern...
...make it a Christmas or an everyday tea towel!!!

'Here Comes Santa' pattern by Bird Brain Designs

Bird Brain Designs has a new 'Freebie' Snow People pattern and it is just the cutest.....
and for the month of December they are offering
FREE SHIPPING for all USA orders!!!!

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
Crazyquiltgirl has Moda's Ruby yardage on sale for $3.99 a half yard
 but it ends tonight at midnight...
hurry, hurry, hurry, no coupon code needed.


Hurry over to Crazyquiltgirl and Bird Brain Designs
for lots of great holiday gift ideas......

.....follow their blogs
Crazyquiltgirl and Bird Brain Designs
and you won't miss any of their specials or freebies....(o:
hugs and happy stitching

Thursday, December 1, 2011

My heart is still singing.....(o:

Thank you Cori......I luv it!!!!


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This beautiful plant and subscription to 'taste of home'
was delivered to my door this week.
The door bell rang...it doesn't ring very often at my house...99.9% of the time
it is someone trying to sell me something...so 99.9% of the time
I ignore the door bell...well this time he/she was persistent...
rang the door bell again...still I didn't answer the door...
I was still in my pj's and it was after lunch.
(luv those pj's days)
I know I should have been showered, dressed and out the door by now.
OK...I now decide to get in the shower and the phone rings...
by the time I throw on my robe and I find the phone...
they hang up...I redial the number.
He is still in my driveway and says he has a delivery.
I say...can you wait one minute please...sure...quickly I throw on my clothes
and he is standing on my front porch...a floral delivery...
I say....who would be sending me flowers....I can't image who it would be....
I sign the delivery board...yep it's my name on the board...
He says...there is a card inside...

...last week I did a favor for my friend Cori...
...she was in New York to watch her son march in the
Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
...what an honor for her son and a proud Mom to watch him...
Cori has an online quilt shop Crazyquiltgirl..... and while she was away
I was filling the orders....manning the shop so to speak....
....being the holidays and just before Christmas
it was not a good time to have to close her shop and
I asked her if she thought I would be able to do the shipping....
...she has patience to spare and the confidence in me that
I didn't think I had.
I was thrilled to be able to help her...
it was a good week.

Thank you Cori
you are a wonderful friend
the best of the best!!!


hugs



Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Winners, winners

Thank you, thank you for all your kind comments.
You make my heart sing!!

The winner from the comments on Sew We Quilt is

45

soren2go said... 


Wonky blocks! Sew easy, Sew fun, Sew fast!.


...and the winner from the comments at Quiltnqueen is



New follower, and I live in Lino Lakes, MN. I started on the quilting journey a few months ago and love Sherbet Pips. Thank you for the chance to win!


I have emailed both winners and they are 'happy bloggers'....(o:


hugs




Friday, November 25, 2011

Blocks for Jeaneane....

This past summer a tornado hit Joplin MO with a vengeance. 
I read a posting at Bunny Hill Designs 
where Anne Sutton asked
fellow quilters if they would help make blocks for Jeaneane. 
I could not imagine if this had happened to me. 
I knew I was going to help in some way
but it was a very busy time for me so...
...I sent a small package to Anne for Jeaneane...
no blocks but a charm pack of Kansas Troubles...
...so Jeaneane could start to build a new fabric stash. 
This past Sunday I spent the day with my friend Christa...
...we were going to have a sew day....something we haven't done in a long time.
she brought lots she could have worked on,
but instead we made blocks and more blocks
...blocks for Jeaneane.
We shopped in the morning,
 came home for lunch
 and sewed on blocks all afternoon,
had dinner and Christa left about 8 o’clock
....she said she had a ‘great day’ when she left.
  I had a great day too.  She is a great friend.
This is what we made on Sunday.
8.5" unfinished block x 10
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Monday night Christa came over again, I ordered pizza and
we made 4 more blocks and made plans to make more...

here are the 4 blocks we made on Monday
More blocks for Jeaneane


and we are not done yet!!!
Anne Sutton is having a giveaway on her blog for anyone
who sends her blocks for Jeaneane.
You can read about it HERE.
Send the blocks to Anne so she receives them before December 10.
Anne says it will be a great prize.....(o:

*******
If you would like a chance to win a Moda Sherbet Pips Jelly Roll by Aneela Hoey
be a follower of my blog....and  
leave one comment on my block tutorial posting on Sew We Quilt
and one comment telling me where you live and
if you are a new follower or you have been following me for awhile
on my previous post....
and you will have 2 chances to win...
drawing will be Tuesday November 29th...


happy stitching everyone

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Guest posting and a giveaway...

......today I'm guest posting at.....

SEW WE QUILT @ STASH MANICURE
It's a block party!!  Come on over!!
Everyone is invited!!
It's an easy block to make with lots of possibilities!
I hope you like it....
You can find my tutorial at Sew We Quilt.
Wonky Log Cabin Pillow

...and now for the giveaway...
 2 winners...
1 winner will be chosen from the comments at Sew we Quilt
and 1 winner from the comments from this posting....
(if you comment on both blogs you get 2 chances to win....)

each winner will received a Moda Sherbet Pips Jelly Roll

Sherbet Pips Wonky Log Cabin

Simple rules....

....be a follower of my blog
....just please tell me if you are a new follower
or if you have been following me for awhile.
....and tell me where you live....
I'm always curious where my followers live!

If your comment is a 'no reply' I will have to pick another number!!! )o:

Giveaway is open to international followers!
 thank you
to all my followers and Mme Samm for helping me reach 400+
I will pick the winners on Tuesday November 29th.

Thanks for Good Luck!!

hugs

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Friday night sew in.....

.....with Heidi and Bobbi.



Yes I participated...
I was working on a tutorial.
I'm guest blogging on Wednesday
over at Sew We Quilt at Stash Manicure.
I was beginning to stress but now feeling pretty good
about the whole tutorial.
I'll be ready......I've no peeks....
just a hint....
I was working with Heather Ross's Mendocino fabric line
and it will go in my DGD's bedroom....


Leahs HR Mendocino Quilts

See you Wednesday with a giveaway!!

happy stitching

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A package from Australia.....

A few months ago.....Vicki at the Pickledish Patch
was looking for some 'Swell' by Urban Chicks
and in my stash I found some yardage. 
I also had some 'Sweet' by Urban Chicks
and they work well together.
Vicki and I did a swap and I just luv my goodies. 


Swap from Vickie

Don't you just luv 'Monday is Washing Day'....
the cutest clothes pin bag I've every seen
....for sure I'll be making a few of these....

and the 'Quilters Cottage' pattern....luv it
it has a wash line too!

I luv to hang my clothes outside on a washline
but am sad to say the subdivision I live in
does not allow them......it infuriates me when I pay the property taxes
and the home owners association tells me
 what I can and can't do on my property.
'just found out we have to get permission from them to put a new roof on our house'

'''this is not right'''


I've always been a quiet one but this 'quiet little old' one
just might have to make an appearance
at the monthly meetings....what do you think??????


Willow Valley patterns

Thank you Vicki....luv all the patterns and the
cute 'fairy' scissors.....

...coming soon......my 400th follower giveaway...


happy hugs



Saturday, November 12, 2011

A bad start to the day and a thank you.....edited

...last week before we changed our clock back and gained that hour
that I never seem to get....
DH was driving into work...and it's blacker than the ace of spades
the car is not sounding like it should...and he suspects a flat tire!!
oops! (not his words I'm sure)...yes....it is...
he pulls into a parking lot with flood lights and he changes the tire
....in suit and tie and his AAA card in his wallet...
he arrives at work....leaving the hub cap in the parking lot.
On his way home....blacker than the ace of spades again
he stops at the lighted parking lot.....NO hub cap to be found....
The next day I take his car into Belle Tire....
(they had installed the tires exactly 2 years ago)
I waited for nearly 2 hours.....thank goodness I took my stitching.
...finally they call my name.......and this is what they took out of his tire
it is 5" long
flat tire culprit

the good news
the tire was under warranty so NO CHARGE!!


♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

and now a BIG 'THANK YOU' to Cori....
THANK YOU....Cori
for donating the Minick and Simpson paisley fabric to make the pillow cases for
John'aLee's project 'Her Lost Soldier Boy'.
Pillow cases for Johna'lee
If you have never visited her online quilt shop
 please stop in....Crazyquiltgirl Fabric Shop
you won't be disappointed!!
...she offers great 'everyday low prices' on all her fabrics, patterns and books,
(she even has some Lynette Anderson patterns and buttons in stock now)
...she refunds you the difference if she can ship for a lower price
...USA orders over $100.00 ship free
...sign up for her newsletter
...follow her blog and say 'Hi'
...she offers a weekly special on Fridays that runs till Wednesday midnight



This week it is an additional 20% off 
all Moda LITTLE APPLES Fabric by Aneela Hoey
combine that with Cori's everyday low price and you can
get a jelly roll or a layer cake for only $25.59
and a charm pack for only $7.49
Find the promo code in her newsletter and on her blog
enter the code at checkout to get the additional 20%. 
ends November 16 at midnight 

Moda LITTLE APPLES Fabric by Aneela Hoey

....she has a sale section and best of all
....she offers fast and fabulous customer service!!!


...thank you for stopping here for a visit
I appreciate the time you spend reading and commenting
....it makes me smile...(o:
hugs

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Her Lost Soldier Boy's Quilt Project.....


...some finishes sent to John'aLee,
she is working on a very special project...
(if you haven't read her story click on her name)

6....8.5 inch blocks
using Minick and Simpson fabrics
8.5 unfinished blocks
.....and a 12.5 inch block
Fat Quarter Star Quilt Along
and 7 pillowcases....1 more than the picture shows
...one for the soldier that fought beside Chris.
 
 
Pillow cases for Johna'lee
It has been over 2 months since John'aLee's family suffered the tragedy
that changed their lives forever.
As life goes on...and time passes
they will cherish their memories of Chris forever
and some day their hearts will sing again!

hugs and prayers