Friday, September 28, 2012

A Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop Giveaway....

edited September 29 at 7:45 a.m.

100 spots filled in less than 7 days

If you have been sitting on the is time to jump off and join 

Send me an email and include a link to your blog...
do it more procrastinating!!
and you could win this copy of Jill Finley's new book
but only if are signed up for Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop!! 

Isn't this quilt gorgeous????

It is in her new book...don't you just love these soft colors!!

Let's do the Jillily Hop

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Holiday Lane Blog Hop....

I am super excited 
to be chosen to be the cheer leader to host the
last Sew We Quilt blog hop of the year organized by Madame Samm.

Holiday Lane Pillow Blog Hop

This is my first blog hop I will be hosting...
I'm a wee bit nervous but I know I will have 
Mme Samm, Jane, Carol, Corrie, Cherry, Wendy, and Katherine 
holding my hand...hope I don't squeezzzee to hard.
Really I am sEw excited to work with these talented ladies.

You can read all about it at SEW WE QUILT.
You are going to looovvve it...
The pillow was designed by the amazing and talented 
Jill Finley at  Jillily Studio.

To sign-up, send me an email and include 
subject line:  I'm in the Holiday Lane Spirit
it is filling up just a few hours  
89 spots are filled
11 spots still available.
edited September 28 @ 12 p.m.
Join now so you don't get left the cold
Join now and get in the Holiday Lane Christmas Spirit....
Join...just join now...Mdm Samm's blog hopes are sEw much fun!!
There will be more info to follow.
I will send out a confirmation email by Monday 
to all that have signed up over the weekend!!

My weekend is a busy weekend sewing on a few projects 
with looming deadlines makes for late(r) nights.....ugh!!

hugs and happy stitching

Friday, September 21, 2012

Dots on Dots blog hop....ends today are the last 2 days of guest bloggers
and there are dots and more dots
big dots and little dots...

September 20th
Cherry's Prairie Primitives
Petit Design Co. 

September 21st 
Ellie Quilter 
 Rosemary B- that other blog
Nati's little things 
Madame Samm

Visit Madame Samm's Pinterest - Dots on Dots board.
She has all the blocks and completed projects.
I know I will be visiting often!

I wish I was playing with fabric dots...

...but I'm still playing with tomato red dots.
I have to pick more from the garden today...
really I'm not complaining, they are sEw good!!

hugs and happy stitching

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What I've been doing....and Day 7 & 8 Dots on Dots

This is what I've been up to...
and I will be making pasta sauce by the weekend again.
There are still lots of tomatoes and I love 
the homemade additives, no fillers,
just wholesome goodness!! was pretty much an all day job yesterday.
Yummy pasta sauce and peach jam...'s dots dots and more dots
and here to share, 
inspire and
motivate us yesterday
September 18th
Ariane Quilts
Karen ~ Briarside Lane 

and today
September 19th
there is quilt goodness to be found when you visit....
The Learning Curve~Quilts and Such
Quilt Monster in my Closet

to Madame Samm and Corrie at Quilt Taffy
for making this all happen.

hugs and happy stitching

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Winner, winner...

...did you know the answer?
What was the product Mr Heinz sold in 1869 before he became famous
for making ketchup?

If you said horse radish in your comment your name was
added to the hat.

...the winner is Connie at Freemotion by the River 
and she won a charm pack.
I have sent Connie an email.
Thanks to everyone who left a comment.

hugs and happy stitching

Friday, September 14, 2012

Tomatoes, Day 4 and 5 of the Dots on Dots Blog Hop and a giveaway

In the spring when I planted my garden I thought I had 2 grape tomato plants... I bought 4 plants, they are taller than me and are mass producing.  
They are super sweet and soon I will be looking like a grape tomato.
 I planted a variety of tomatoes, probably 2 dozen plants.
They included
 yellow and red stripped ones - super sweet
burgundy ones - super sweet
early girls
and bush tomatoes...huge and delicious
well I have so many tomatoes, I'm giving them to friends and
DH is taking them into the office.
Today, I made seven jars of pasta sauce.
It was simmering on the stove all morning. 
We had some for dinner last was yummy.
The garden produced lots of cucumbers too but they are coming to an end.
I planted 2 varieties...eating ones and some for canning.
My pepper did not do well this year, the worst year I've had for peppers.
I planted bell peppers... green, red, yellow and orange ones.

This is yesterdays tomato pickings...a heaping half peck container...
and every couple of days I get this many again. 
Oh how...I wish I could take them to Canada, we are planning a trip soon.
This year the tomatoes are so sweet, must be the hot summer weather.
Most of these tomatoes will be made into pasta sauce.
I love fresh salsa and I'll be making a big batch next week.
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I'm behind in the Dots on Dots blog hop and hope to catch up tomorrow.
Here are the links to the guest bloggers for yesterday and today.
Be prepared to be inspired....
September 13th
Freemotion by the River
Feathered Nest Studio 
Bee in My Bonnet 
September 14th

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I have a giveaway on my previous post.
Mr Heinz was famous for his ketchup, but
before his ketchup he was famous for something else...way back in 1869.
Ketchup was introduce in 1876.
What was he producing in 1869??
Make sure you leave your answer on my previous post
to be entered in the giveaway.
Still not sure what I'm giving away.
The giveaway will close on September 17

hugs and happy stitching

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

DH and I took a short road trip...and a giveaway...

... we went back in time and visited the
'Old Car Festival' this past weekend.
at Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.
DH and I headed to the farmers market and picked up a few veggies
before heading to Dearborn Michigan, about a half hour drive to 
take in the sounds and smells of hundreds of authentic vehicles
from the 1890s to 1932....and the fumes were bad.
Definitely no emission control back then.
They had traffic jams
...isn't this just the cutest Austin Mini...
and this Austin Mini
The cars showed pride of ownership over ...
and over.
...and there was an electric car back then too.
Look at this beauty...the tools to fix the cars were simple.
There were fire trucks and they had manual cranks to sound the siren,
one had painted on the side of the fire truck
 The girls were in pretty dresses and riding the streets.
 This lady slowed her tricycle so we could take her picture.
You could even try riding some of the old bicycles.  
We witnessed only one bicycle mishap.
The weather was perfect for a picnic and this...
picnic quilt was a treasure.  
It had little 9 patches made with 1" squares on point.
You could tell it was old and I didn't want to touch it to check for a label...
no one was was just laid out on the grass
ready for a picnic...beside a vintage car.
There was live music too
This was Greenfield Villages 62nd annual Old Car Festival.
Click HERE to see all the winners from the 
2011 Old Car Festival.
One of the Grand Champions was from London Ontario Canada.

One last picture 
from Noah Webster's retirement home.
Noah wrote many books but was best known as the writer of the Webster dictionary.
Together with his wife, Rebecca, they raised 8 children and were married for 54 years.
Rebecca was a quilter, but then pretty much all women and young girls were quilters.

It was a fun day!!
...and now for a giveaway...
One last bit of info....Mr Heinz was famous for his ketchup, but
before his ketchup he was famous for something else, way back in 1869.
Ketchup was introduce in 1876.
What was the first thing Mr Heinz was famous for???
If you know the correct answer, tell me in a comment 
and you could be a winner of ...????
All I know is the giveaway will be quilt related.
I will leave the giveaway open until September 17.
Please make sure I have a way to contact you by email.

hugs and happy stitching


It is already Day 3 of the Dots on Dots hop, can you believe it...

 I've been inspired sEw far and today I'm visiting
New York, Canada, Minnesota, Iowa, 
New Jersey, Tennessee and Wisconsin and
there are two mystery stops.
I'm excited to get on the road and see just what today's enthusiastic bloggers
have done with their dots...

September 12th
...first stop is a mystery visit to see Kiera at It's Sew Kiki
then to New York to visit with Sharon at VroomansQuilts 
next stop to Canada to visit Kathy's Quilts
then to Minnesota to see Cindy at Quilt Doodle Designs
and to Iowa to visit Amy at A Quilting Sheep
 pit stop and coffee break at Starbucks to New Jersey to stop in at selinaquilts
and next will be Tennessee to visit Jane's Quilting
and a mystery stop to visit with Cynthia at Dream Quilt Create
our last stop is to Wisconsin to visit Dhia at The Peach Patch

Don't forget to visit Sew We Quilt and see the top 2 dots blocks of the day
and the honorable mention...a finished project of the day.

Visit Madame Samm's Pintest to see all the blog hop blocks and projects.

Safe travels and happy stitching...


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dots on Dots blog hop day 2

I'm sitting out the Dots on Dots blog hop...
it makes me )o: that I didn't make any dot creations.
but I'm here to cheer all you bloggers who are sharing in this hop...
that makes me....(o:

I'm sure the September 11th line up will be full of inspiration...
I'm heading out to visit them now, won't you join me.

Our first stop is to see Wendy at Why Knot Kwilt 
followed by Marlene at Stitchin by the Lake
then Beth at Beth @ Plum and June
and Karen at The Recipe Bunny
At the half way point we will visit Sunshine Girl
and now it is time for another coffee before I visit Aunt Marti
followed by Laura Ann at The Fuzzy Hat Quilter
and the last blogger for today is Melanie at Cliodana

Don't forget to visit Sew We Quilt and see the top 2 dots blocks of the day
and the honorable mention...a finished project of the day.

Visit Madame Samm's Pintest to see all the blog hop blocks and projects.

Be prepared to be inspired!!!

hugs and happy stitching


Monday, September 10, 2012

1st Day Dots on Dots Blog Hop...

...and you won't want to miss a single DOT

for 10 days you will see dots and more dots
nothing but dots!!
90 bloggers will share their blocks.
(10.5" or 12.5" unfinished )
You will find tutorials,
you will find giveaways 
you will find new blogging friends 
wanting to share 
a little inspiration and
  some motivation to start a new quilt project...
this makes me smile...(o:, let's join in the fun at today's stops in the hop...

September 10th
Blueberry Moon

The top two picks of the day and an honorable mention
 will be posted each day on Sew We Quilt, 
All blocks and projects will be PINNED onto a Pinterest board.  
We are able to see all the dot creations in one spot!  
Thanks to Madame Samm who makes this all happen!

If you want to see the full schedule, 
click on the Dots on Dots Button on my sidebar.

hugs and happy stitching

Friday, September 7, 2012

The winner...

...of my Bowls with Borders giveaway is
#49 Jennifer Gail...
I have sent Jennifer an email...
I'm sEw sorry I'm sEw late in announcing the winner,
but it is always better to be late than never!!

I have been sEwing lots and preserving the summer fruits and veggies
 ...some from my garden and some from the farmers market.
The Canton farmers market is small  but it has a lot to offer..
the 'candy' onions are seW delicious...the best sweet onion yet.

...sEw far I've made

10 jars of peach jam
10 jars of strawberry jam, 1 jar is gone!!
12 jars of tomato/peach chili
yesterday it was 14 jars of hamburg/hot dog relish
and I'm still not finished my canning.
You can find the recipe HERE.
It smells so yummy in the kitchen.
I still have to make my pickled beets and
some spaghetti sauce.
If only the raccoons would leave my yellow zucchini alone.
I would like to add it to my spaghetti sauce.
I am getting lots of tomatoes from my garden and they are seW sweet.
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I quilted and bound another donation quilt...
it will be going to Margaret's Hope Chest
as part of the 100 Quilts for Kids.

I stitched it with a sports pattern
and it doesn't look too bad.  I'm sure a boy will love it.

The pattern is called Fair and Square
 by Amanda Jean at crazymomquilts.
It is quick and easy, great for a donation quilt.
It is a free tutorial and one of many she offers on her blog.

happy stitching