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!!


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!!!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

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


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

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

and I'll keep one for me


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....
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-law's 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.


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'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.


Monday, December 19, 2011

THANK YOU....Thank you..... all my followers old ones and new ones, friends and family that left me comments.  You are the 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 Wednesday 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....


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Comfort and Joy...guest blogger 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:


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 giveaway is Anne Sutton's Bunny Hill 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!!!

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!!!!


This beautiful plant and subscription to 'taste of home'
was delivered to my door this week.
The door bell doesn't ring very often at my house...99.9% of the time
it is someone trying to sell me 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!!!