Friday, March 29, 2013

Stitch me up Blog Hop Day 8...'s my day to share my embroidery projects. 
Embroidery is one of my all time favorite things to do.
I find it very relaxing.

BIG THANK YOU to Mme Samm and head cheerleader Jane
once again did an awesome job!!

BIG THANK YOU to the talented ladies 
who designed the free patterns for
all the participants of the Stitch me up Blog Hop...

BIG THANK YOU to our generous sponsor 
You just have to love their needles and the Presencia threads,
I know I do.
I made three projects before I ran out of time...

The first is an activity bag for carrying coloring/drawing supplies
to Nana's house.  
My grandones love to color and draw.
I fell in luv with the Wee Tots by Madame Samm.
I used a purchased place mat, folded it in half
..attached a mini quilt with some antique pearl buttons to the front
and added some handles.
I stitched the Wee Tot in black 12wt Precensia Perle cotton
using the back stitch... 
as if it was a page from a coloring book
...waiting to be colored.

I sewed 4 recycled plastic bags down the center of the inside.
I put some art and drawing supplies in the bags.  
The plastic bags had 2 white domes to easily close the bags.
(I think mattress protector sheets came in the plastic bags.)
They were all the same size and were heavy plastic
...perfect for this project.
I sewed a cloth pocket to the back to hold a coloring book
and a sketch pad...
...added another cloth pocket with a velcro closure
...good for a ruler, eraser and a pair of scissors.
 I added ties to the hold it all together
and as a learning tool.
Most kids do not know how to tie a bow.
Velcro sneakers are all you can find now.
I know my boys could tie their shoes when they started school.
Not too many children can today.   

Next project is a tea towel with a crocheted edge.
It kinda looks like ric rac but it is crocheted using 
#8wt Precensia Perle cotton.

The last project is a clothes pin bag.
It is a pattern I got last year...
called Monday is Washing Day by Catherine Baynes
I procrastinated starting the seemed so detailed.
I used 2 strands of embroidery floss and I used the stem stitch. 
 The embroidery was the easy part...
I struggled with the pattern instructions and almost gave up.

I luv how it turned out and 
I'm going make another one as a gift.
The color is a little off...
the reds match much better than the picture shows.

The Quilters Cottage is another pattern by Catherine Baynes
that I stitched last year....I luv it too.
I used a single strand of embroidery floss.
Quilter Cottage by Catherine Baynes

Please be sure to visit all the talented ladies
sharing their Stitch me up projects today.


Liberty Threads (no show)
Ga's House (no show)

Also, check out these blogs offering free stitchery patterns.

Michelle Ridgway Designs - an Australian designer
The Noble Wife - Jacquelynne Steves
Birdbrain Designs - Robin Kingsley
Super Mom - No Cape - Susan Flemming
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Super Mom - No Cape has a free weekly stitchery pattern.
...the little girl embroidering is week 3.
Next week will be week 7...they are cuties!!

Thanks you for stopping in for a visit!
Happy stitching

Friday, March 22, 2013

It's voting time and a giveaway...edited....

I entered my Up Up and Away quilt 
in the Quilting Gallery Show and Tell 
Baby Quilts Contest.
It was a very last minute entry.

I love the simplicity of this quilt.
This is one of those quilts that can be as scrappy as you want it to be.
Up Up and Away is one of 16 Modern Scrap Projects found in 
Sunday Morning Quilts.
It is a book by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison.    

The fabric I used was Lily and Will II by Bunny Hill Designs and
 Moda Ivory for the background.
It has 589 little triangles....
You can read more in my previous post.

Up Up and Away on park bench

If you have the time to vote... 
I would love it if you used one of your votes for 
Up Up and Away.
The link to vote for your favorites is HERE.

Keep scrolling down past the voting area and
be sure to enter the giveaway by answering the question
"what is your favorite baby name".
To have to leave your comment 
with your favorite baby name
on the Quilting Gallery post.  

The give-away winner will win a Rolie Polie of Ladybug Garden 
by Doodlebug Designs for Riley Blake!

Thanks bunches!!


I'm joining Heidi's FNSI...
I'm glad I'm not the only one doing things last minute!!
I have lots of projects I'm working on, 
Here is a peek of what I'm working on...
It is the one on the left...I've had it traced and ready to stitch
for 2 years....I'm working on a dead line so I'm hoping
to get another UFO finished.
Willow Valley patterns
and this
 Happy Town fabric 

You can find this fabric at Crazyquiltgirl Fabric Shop.
I am hoping I get some productive sewing done tonight. 
Read all about the contest using the Happy Town fabric 
designed by Jacquelynne Steves.



I'm linking up with CrazyMomQuilts Finish it Up Friday.

I'm excited to finish another UFO.
It has been about 4 years since I started it.
I still have to give it a name.
Bring on SPRING!!  The bench needs some flowers.

Have a great weekend everyone...

Happy stitching


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Big Thank You

to everyone who voted for me in the

I came in 2nd with 125 votes.
I couldn't have done it without your support!!


Thank you to everyone who took the time to leave me a comment
during the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party...

Thank you to all of you who are new followers and...

Thank you to all my followers who have been following me for awhile.

The winner of the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party is
Sinta Renee
I have sent her an email.


The Stitch Me Up Blog Hop starts today....I'm excited
because I love to embroider...
My day is March 29.

Let the fun begin...

WEDNESDAY March 20th

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

It's a Nancy Drew Day and it is my day share my Nancy a Clue project.
First let me shout a big thank you to Mme Samm and to Carol
for another great blog hop!!  
Well done ladies, you are the best!! sure to visit my partners in crime show casing their
Nancy Drew projects today.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 
Quilt ‘n are here

I collected my fabrics and searched for clues, inspiration...
to make the perfect project...
...finally it came to me...
...I needed a pillow and a quilt for my car.
so I decided to make
a quilt in a pillow called a quillow.
I started with 1-1/2 yards of the dot fabric for the front...
 and 1-1/2 yards of blue scene fabric for the back.
I quilted it as a whole cloth quilt and added the binding.
I centered a 15" x 15" quilted square to the back of the quilt
by sewing the sides and across the top of the square, 
leaving the bottom open to create a pocket.
2 pictures of the back of the quilt
Here it is stuffed in it's pocket.
I love how it turned out and it will be a great pillow for my car.
I can use it as a pillow, a quilt...and it will even be great as a picnic blanket.
I hope you have enjoyed my Nancy Drew project.

Thanks for visiting today.
I have a giveaway on my previous post.
Enter HERE for your chance to win 2 charm packs.
Giveaway ends March 16th...
winners will be announced March 18th
after I return from my vacation.
Thursday I am at the AQS Quilt show in Lancaster PA.

Happy stitching

Friday, March 8, 2013

It's a blog hop Party

****Giveaway closed March 16th***

The Quilting Gallery is hosting another quilter's blog hop! 

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

I am participating in the on the button
and find over 200 bloggers participating from 11 different countries.
Comments posted by March 16, 2013 will have the chance to win 

2 charm packs from Crazyquiltgirl Fabric Shop.

Your choice of Bunny Hill's Windsor Lane, Aneela Hoey's Sew Stitchy or 
Minick and Simpson's Independence Trail

WINDSOR LANE Charm Pack by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda FabricsSEW STITCHY Charm Pack by Aneela Hoey for Moda FabricsINDEPENDENCE TRAIL Charm Pack by Minick & Simpson for Moda Fabrics
Please only ONE comment
if you have already left 2 comments I will delete one before I use

I'm keeping it very simple.....
  • Leave a comment here on this posting telling me where you live and what charm packs you would like...they can be 2 of the same or 2 different ones.  
  • No need to be a follower but I would luv it if you did ....(o:
  • I will ship internationally
I will post the winner on Monday March 18....

Make sure you include an email address so I am able to contact you.  If you are a no-reply blogger make sure you leave your email address in the comment section.  
Two of my friends are participating in the blog hop... sure to visit their blogs at Crazyquiltgirl and Mama Sparks.


I've never done this before....but I luv my Holiday Lane pillow so I entered it 
Holiday Lane Pillow
hosted by Michelle Foster at the Quilting Gallery. 

I'm not asking you to vote for for the one you like best...
...but if you do like my Holiday Lane Pillow I would luv your vote.
Voting ends Monday morning March 11th.
Vote and leave a comment HERE and you could win a giveaway too!

Happy Blog Hopping....(o:

I'm still smiling....and a special request at the end of my post...

...a few more pictures

Can you tell I am a very proud Nana!!!

I  may be dividing my time between making tutu's and quilting.
DH may be taking up sewing in his laughing now 
and I'll have to limit blogging to only 23 minutes a day!!

I apologize....I have been very quiet in blogland. 
I've over committed myself again, I have to practice saying 'no'
...I still have a zillion things to get done
before we leave on vacation...just a few more sleeps.
We both really need a 'full time vacation'!!
I hope everyone is inspired by all the Nancy Drew mystery projects...I am!!
Oh how I wish I had the time to sew up a few more projects.

I have been visiting all the Nancy Drew Mystery blogs
and the creativity by all the talented quilters is outstanding! 

My day to share is on March 14....hope you can come by for a short visit.
DH and I are heading to the AQS Quilt show in Lancaster PA.

Friday, March 8, 2013 
I've never done this before....but I luv my Holiday Lane pillow so I entered it 
Holiday Lane Pillow
hosted by Michelle Foster at the Quilting Gallery. 

I'm not asking you to vote for for the pillow you like best...
...but if you do like my Holiday Lane Pillow I would luv your vote.
Vote and leave a comment HERE and you could win a giveaway too!
Voting starts Friday afternoon March 8th and ends Monday morning March 11th.
Thanks for visiting!!

hugs and happy stitching

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I'm smiling, my heart is singing...and it's not quilt related....

This past weekend our youngest DGD2 performed in her first dance competition.
I wish I had been able to be there to see her,
 I can't stop smiling at these pictures!!
Oh to be 5 years old....and fearless of stage fright.

Cinderella and Prince Charming you are just the cutest!!!

I think she broke his heart in the next dance....

...and how sweet is this???

DGD1  is 10 years old
and loves to dance....and oh soooooooo talented!!

DGD1 is in the centre...
LL...thanks for the pictures...
any pictures of DGD1 ballet solo.
 She said her favorite dance was her ballet solo.

Congratulations girls...I can't wait to see you perform
in April when we come to Canada
and May when you perform in Michigan.
LP and RJ are amazing dancers
KJD you are an awesome brother!!
I can't wait to get my big ((((HUGS)))))
you make Nana's heart sing!!

This is what their Mom says....and I agree!!!!
"We should all do something in our life that brings us JOY!"

hugs and happy thoughts