Tuesday, August 24, 2010

3rd GO Cutter Give Away

Go over to Heathers's blog.  She is giving away a GO Cutter and 3 dies.  Fabulous giveaway thanks to Accuquilt and Heather. Can you tell.........I'm on a mission to win one of these Accuquilt Cutters.  I have 2 dies but NO cutter.

Good Luck everyone.

Another GO Give Away

Please visit Paulette's blog.  She is giving away a GO cutter.

She also has a tutorial for a scrappy quilt using only the 1 1/2” and the 2 1/2” strip cutter.   She only uses a ruler and rotary cutter for squaring up her blocks…I have a lot of homespun cottons and will have to add it to my .......to do list.

Good luck everyone.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Give Away

Visit Canton Village Quilt Works and you will be glad you did.  Jackie is giving away a GO Cutter.  The Give Away closes August 26 so you have lots of time to leave a comment.  Good luck everyone.  It just so happened that my GF let me borrow her GO Cutter to show my Dsister, Dnieces and Dfriend how to cut with this wonderful machine when they were visiting for 4 days this week.  I've purchased a few of the dies ......hoping some day......... I will own a GO Cutter.  It is on my Christmas wish list.  I would luv to win. 
I had a great 4 days with my Dsister, Dnieces and Dfriend.  Their visit always goes by far too quickly.  I will post about it later.  

Have a great weekend.


Friday, August 13, 2010

Miss Personality or Miss Attitude?

Just wanted to share this picture with you of DGD2.  No.....She is not eating a lemon or a grapefruit as you would think.  This is the face she makes if she doesn't know you and really doesn't want to get to know you.  She must be thinking ........if I can't see you ........you will go away and I won't have to deal with you.  She really is cute........really she is.


Tracing her embroidery pattern on fabric is DGD1.  She thought the light box was real cool.  She tells me......."Nana some day I'm going to be a designer and I'm going to live in Hollywood."   Please not Hollywood........ At age 7 she is already a fashion diva.  She loves to draw and dance.  She is wearing a pair of my Dollar store glasses, red with white polka dots .......they're a little big.  I popped the lenses out and she thought she looked like a designer.    


My 5 year old DGS was shopping the other day and saw a quilted teddy bear.   My DDIL said to him "Nana would be able to make one.  She makes bears and quilts."  When he got home he  phoned me........full of excitement....... to see if I would make him a quilted teddy bear.   Hopefully, when he comes for his vacation week at the end of August we will be finishing a quilted bear. 

I've no current picture of DGS but will take some and share with you after his week's vacation with us.  He is a real charmer.   Now I have to remember to take my camera with me everywhere I go.  We will take a trip to LTW's farm.........I know he will love that.  Not sure what else we will do to make his vacation exciting for him but I still have some time to think about that.  Shopping at Target will also be a must.

Can't believe summer is almost over...........I'm looking forward to some cooler days.  I just don't handle the heat very well even with my weight loss.  It has been a hot summer in Michigan.  They say it is the hottest summer on record . 

Just another uneventful day.........and that is good.  I went to the gym this morning, did some grocery shopping, sent a few email, went to lunch with TAP, did some vacuuming and dusting........no sewing.  Picked some purple and green beans from the garden for dinner.   Still have lots more to pick.  Next week when my Dsister, my Dnieces and my Dfriend are here for their quilting/shopping visit I think I'm going to have stuffed meatloaf for dinner one night served with fresh beans and a salad.  We had this stuffed meatloaf when we were on vacation in Hershey Pennsylvania in the spring.   It was sooooo yummy.    I made it using my own meatloaf recipe layered with mashed potatoes.  It was topped with sauteed sweet peppers and sweet onions and then with gravy.  It was just as good as the restaurant version.   My creation is pictured below.

My tomatoes are going nuts, with this heat you can watch them ripen before your eyes.  I'll have to make some chili sauce for sure...........I use peaches and no green peppers .    It's another day of 90 degree weather.  We are short on rain this month so I will have to water the garden tonight.  

Don't forget to email your pet photos to info@bunnyhilldesigns.com  as the giveaway ends August 14th ..........and it is one you really want to enter........it is fabulous.  Thank you Anne
Good luck everyone.

Have a great evening and thanks for visiting.  Blogging is getting better.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Little Bit of This and That.

I'm back after a lull in my blogging.  Please don't give up on me.  I do hope blogging gets easier.

Our computer crashed July 31 and now I've forgotten everything I knew 2 weeks ago about inserting pictures. 

This is a busy week.  I'm still  going to the gym everyday, trying to get some sewing done and I also I have to move some of my stash so I can make room  for my........ new to me ......Gammill longarm.  I also have to do some major cleaning to get  ready for my annual Quilting and Shopping weekend with my Dsister, my 2Dnieces and a Dfriend.  They will  arrive from Canada Monday around lunch time and the fun begins..... I think this is year # 5.  We'll start with lunch......chicken salad with red grapes or egg salad (farm fresh eggs from LTW's farm) on toasted bagels....they are everyones favorites, some veggies and dip and something sweet.   Monday afternoon will probably be a shopping day  and we'll sew on Tuesday and Wednesday.   My BFF TAP is going to take a  vacation day from her real job to join us on Tuesday or Wednesday.  I try to show them a new technique or give them a little project to work on.  We've made shlep bags, pillowcases, crayon bags, and appliqued tea towels.  This year I'm going to show them how to string piece a block ( the blocks will be for a quilt TAP is working on.....I promised I would help her) and then we are going to make cup cake oven mitts.  If we have time I would like to do some hand embroidery on a tea towel.   Thank you to Kaaren at The Painted Quilt for her free 5 cent apple pie pattern.  I luv Kaaren's  blog.  She has a lot of free patterns and has a new .........Raggedy & Friends BOM.  It's embroidery and its free.  Check her blog out and you will be glad you did and guess what........... she is from Ontario.   

Speaking of hand embroidery, I've been working on two Crabapple Hill patterns.  I've only two embroidery blocks left to stitch for the Winter Wonderland quilt.......and they are the biggest block.   I luv how the blocks are turning out.   Here are a few pictures of the ones I have finished.

Snow Activities

Snow Birds

I'm also working on Over the River Through the Woods.  It's a lot of starts and stops but luving it too.  Sorry no pictures yet.  I'm planning to start tracing Rabbits Prefer Embroidery by Bunny Hill Designs  next week.  I'll be stitching with a medium brown floss and piecing my blocks in tans, browns and reds.  I'll post pictures after they are stitched.

Take a minute and visit Bunny Tales and check out Anne's blog .  It is another favorite blogs I follow.  She has an awesome giveaway.  To enter send an email  with a photo of your pet to info@bunnyhilldesigns.com .  Email before August 14th ......oh....... so many wonderful pet photos.    Sure would like to win that basket of goodies.  Our family had a wonderful little dog.  His name was Bennie and he was the best.  We had 13 years with Bennie before he got his angel wings.  Still miss him.

Also visit  MakelifeSweet and leave a comment.  They are offering a great giveaway too.

Thanks to my DH ............I've got pictures to share and I've spent about 4 hours blogging.  Is there anyone out there that can find me a few extra hours in my days.