Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Table Topper Blog Hop....

...hosted by Mme Samm at Sew I Quilt

Today is my day and I'm 'tickled pink' that Mme Samm asked me to participate.
Thank you Mme Samm for always believing in me...

The table topper frames are available at Ackfeldwire .


I'm excited about my creations and hope you like them too.
The first one is a message board...




...made with chalk cloth,
the fabric is Java by Deb Strain for Moda....it was in my stash.
  
The embroidery is Aunt Martha's iron on transfer called Java Break #3997.
I purchased it at Joann Fabrics.
There are 9 different embroidery patterns that would be great on
some tea towels and pot holders too....they are on my 'to do' list.
The bottom of the message board has pockets....
with one to hold the chalk 
and the other to hold cards or bills that have to be mailed.


My second topper is my Cafe Mocha  message board...
In the larger pocket are cards I received.



Topper # 3 is pretty special to me.
The verse on the table topper was printed by my DGD1. 
when she was just learning to print.
 a special Christmas gift to me.  
It was framed in a wooden embroidery hoop 
and has always been in my sewing studio.
I removed it from the embroidery hoop and cut it down to make 
the topper....I luv it!!
I'm going to hang it on the wall...(o:

The verse is hard to see but it reads....

'Even when I can't see you
I love you all the time'
She lives in Canada and I'm in Michigan.




It was a page from a book I gave her when she was a baby.
The book was called 'I Love You All The Time'
by Jessica Elin Hirschman & Jennifer Elin Cole

And for my last topper I have a Halloween one!



The embroidery is from the pattern by Oh My Bloomin' Threads
designed by Ronene Wilkinson
and it is called Eeek.
The bottom are log cabin paper pieced blocks.

Thanks for stopping by to see my parade of table toppers.
and now I have a giveaway...a chance to win

one of the coffee message boards  
and the
Halloween embroidery pattern. 

The pattern shows the embroidery made into a pillow.

Please leave me a comment 
and be a follower of my blog
and you could win but I will need
 an email address to contact you.

I will draw the winner Monday April 30th
...the giveaway is open to everyone.

Please let me know if you are interested in a tutorial for the message board.
It there is enough interest I will do a tutorial for them in May.
I purchased the chalk board fabric at Fabric.com.

Don't forget to visit 

**Pauline** that's me


you won't want to miss seeing all the table toppers!!

hugs and happy stitching

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I'm freaking out....


....IT HAPPENED WHILE I WAS SLEEPING!!!

Last week many bloggers have complained about the new Blogger format.

Mine didn't change until today!!
and let me tell you...Mr. Blogger...you couldn't have picked a worse day.

Today I have to finish my posting for Mme Samm's Springtime Blog Hop
I have a Dr. appointment and other commitments.
I'm sure you all know that my computer and I are not compatible....
HE stresses me out big time.
Yes my computer is a HE....only a HE can do this to me.
It always takes me forever to write my posts...
like hours and hours, now it will take me days.

Well I figured out how to post a picture...yippee, so far so good!!!


I would like to share with you a piece of artwork I received from my DGD1...
...she was 3 or 4 years old
and it brought happy tears to my eyes when I opened it Christmas morning years ago.

Wish me luck with my posting tomorrow, I'm off to get ready for the Dr....lucky me!!!
...by the way...I won't be buying my lottery ticket today.

I can do this, I can do this, I can do this!!!

hugs and happy stitching


Monday, April 23, 2012

A little late but I wanted to share a few surprises....


few weeks ago...
I survived another one....
...a birthday that is.
I had a perfect birthday...
DH had a 4 day weekend and we headed to Canada.
I got hugs and spent time with my grandones...
...on Saturday we got to see our DGS skate and play a little hockey for the first time...
...got to see my DGD practice her dances for upcoming competitions...
 we had a delicious prime rib dinner complete with yorkshire pudding
mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots
prepared by my DSon2...he even made the gravy from scratch.
 Dson1 and DDIL joined us, we had a lovely visit and a delicious dinner.

On Sunday, my DSister and DBIL hosted a delicious Easter dinner...
got to spend some time with my DMom and DBrother
my Dniece and her Dhusband...

It was a beautiful Birthday weekend!!

DH always gets me roses for my birthday but this year
he told me he chose to forgo the roses because we would be away for the 4 days.  
Good idea...

Well to my surprise...
a week later he stopped to buy these beauties on his way home from the office...
...totally not expecting roses!!


...he is the sweetest!!!

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and then a surprise on Wednesday at our quilting get-to-gether
...from Mama Spark
 a Tasha Horsley custom print...

and it goes with this print Mama Spark gave to me at Christmas


Thank you Pam
....and now I have to get them framed.

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and still another surprise from Crazyquiltgirl
a gorgeous basket of flowers!!
Thank you Cori



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I've been playing with fabric
and just finished cutting FQs for a kit....
 ...coming soon to Crazyquiltgirl Fabric Shop


...is Bunny Hill Designs Merry Merry Snowmen quilt kit.
There will be only 12 available.... 
Cori will be listing it soon
and when they are gone...they are GONE!
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Available now at Crazyquiltgirl Fabric Shop is 
Bunny Hill Designs Raining Cats and Dogs Redwork quilt kit.
 only 4 kits available 

kit includes a fat quarter bundle of 
Chloe's Closet Redwork Renaissance for Moda
and all additional fabrics for the top and binding,
...the pattern,
...embellishment kit, 
... Aurifil 12wt cotton thread
and free shipping in the USA...
...what a great deal!!
You can order your kit HERE.

Redwork Renaissance yardage for backing is available separately.

Don't snooze or you will loose!

hugs and happy stitching



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

3 Winners....

  


I want to say

THANK YOU
for your sweet comments 
here on my blog
and to my followers....
my regulars followers and to my new followers!!

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The winner from Sew WE Quilt is
#47 ~Julie~
Oh my word!!! These aprons are the cutest ever!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway!!! :)

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The winner from my blog is
# 87 Bonnie Gay
You've really been busy, all your finished UFO's are beautiful. The apron is cute, I have a friend who would love one and since it seems easy enough I might even make one for me. I always forget to put an apron on until I am covered in flour or spaghetti sauce. Granny's garden probably would not show the splatters as much but I like the Moda Pastel Plaid best.BonnieGay

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and I've decided to pick a third winner
just because it was my birthday last week.
  
My birthday winner is....#15 Judy

Moda's Pastel Plaid and Hideaway is beautiful! Thanks for the chance.


The winners have been sent an email.


hugs and happy stitching




Monday, April 16, 2012

Table Topper Blog Hop



for 
at least some of us are .... but not me!
I'm still frantically stitching...good thing I'm on the last day!
Not to worry......I will be ready on the 25th...

Thank you Mme Samm for organizing the Spring Blog Hop

Table Topper Blog HOP Schedule

now get ready to be INSPIRED...by  hopping over to see...


Monday April 16th


Tuesday April 17th


Wednesday April 18th


Thursday April 19th


Friday April 20th 



Monday April 23rd



Tuesday  April 24th
Syd 

Wednesday April 25th 


See you all on April 25th


hugs and happy stitching



Friday, April 13, 2012

Moving sale....edited

...at Bird Brain Designs studio

10% off everything on their website...(o:
and that's not all
FREE shipping on orders over $25.00

*** ENDS WEDNESDAY APRIL 18th ***

...a few more blocks from Love Me, My Cat Redwork Quilt 





Follow Robin on her Blog and you will be
the first to know about her sales, shows and freebie patterns...:o)

If you are looking for my giveaway from my previous post
enter your comment
and for a second chance

hugs and happy stitching






Thursday, April 12, 2012

Guest blogging and a giveaway....

I'm guest blogging at Sew We Quilt today and my tutorial is a tea towel apron.
Finished apron   Tea Towel Apron Embellished

The 2 aprons are sewn following the same tutorial.
They can be tied at the front or the back 
and the straps can be sewn to the back or the front of the apron bodice.
2 different looks with simple changes.
The toweling and the coordinating fabrics are from Moda 
My friend Cori has an online fabric shop in Canton Michigan and
and she has the toweling at her Crazyquiltgirl Fabric Shop.
She currently has 18 different choices of tea toweling available
and she is always adding more to her shop.
You will find Cori's prices and customer service simply the best.

...and now I promised a little show and tell...

I've finished a few UFO's...the first one has been quilted for a number of years
and just needed the binding.    
The fabric is Lightning Bugs by Heather Ross
Heather Ross 1 
the back is Kona cotton and I think the color is sky.
HR2 reverse
I used a two sided binding.
It was machine quilted by Liz Bowman, Milan Michigan.


The next quilt needed just the binding also
and it, too, was quilted by Liz Bowman.
 Lady Bugs
The third quilt  is a small lap quilt, also pieced years ago...
... it was a quilt top used to practice long arm quilting on my Gammill.
It is a simple meandering and any little girl would love to cuddle with it.
Disney Princesses Finished
The binding is on and I now have 3 finished UFO's...I'm pretty happy.
I have 2 more of the princess quilts that just need the binding.  
They were quilts used to practice meandering on the long arm.
I think I will use a 2 sided binding on them.
I am really liking the 2 sided binding...
...the quilts are about 30" by 36"...a nice lap quilt for a little girl.
They will be donation quilts...now I want to make 3 boy ones.
2 Princess quilts
There is still lots more I have been working on...

...and now it is time for a giveaway


My give away will include:
1-1/2 yards of tea toweling
1/2 yard of coordinating fabric
...that will be enough fabric to make an apron and a matching tea towel.


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My give away will be open to everyone...
...for this giveaway you do not have to be a follower.
I would luv it if you did choose to follow but you can
simply leave me a comment telling me
what tea toweling package you would like to win
Moda's Pastel Plaid and Hideaway fabric on the left
or Moda's Granny Garden and Amelia fabric on the right...


...for a second chance to win
please visit SEW WE QUILT and leave a comment there.
If you are a 'No Reply' blogger.....
include your email address in your comment!!
Winners will be announced Monday morning April 16th


hugs and happy stitching



Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I have been sewing......really I have

I've been working on a number of projects and here is a peek at just one of them.

Embellishment

It's a finish and you can see it tomorrow on Sew We Quilt.

I am a guest blogger and I will be sharing a kitchen tutorial with you.

I will have a give away at Sew We Quilt and also on my blog.

See you tomorrow and you will see a little more of what I've been stitching.

hugs and happy stitching