Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WIP

I've been working on finishing up the Project Linus quilts.


All that is left is the binding at this point.

I'd love to get these in the mail by the end of the week.

What have you been working on??


Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Quilt Show

SewCalGal is sponsoring the annual Christmas Quilt Show. It has been a fun adventure to be a part of SewCalGal's Quilt shows in the past. This year my Christmas Quilt is not exactly a traditional red and green quilt.




I was given a panel with all these little Christmas sayings. The pattern is a tumbling block.

Getting ready for the Christmas season ahead.

Let's Deck the Halls!

I hope you enjoy the Christmas Quilt Show.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tis the Season

Are you digging out your Christmas Quilts??

It's that season you know!!

To enjoy a cup of hot cocoa

and wrap yourself up in Red and Green.

It's almost time for the Christmas Quilt Show starting on Monday November 28th.

Will you be there to share the fun of the season? And show us your Christmas quilts?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving



May your day be filled with love, laughter and gratitude that brings joy to your heart.

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving


We have so much to be thankful for! Thank you for your sweet friendship!

Enjoy a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Welcome to the Sunshine State

We have a lot of visitors that come to Florida in the winter time. Of course many of them are hitting the theme parks and the beaches. But YOU know where the quilters are going!!









Rainbow's End in Dunedin is a great place to visit. 20,000 bolts of fabric will give you an afternoon of fabric delight. So if you are near the Central Florida area, be sure to plan a trip. There are lots of restaurants in the area and it's not too far from the beaches :-)

Rainbow's End Quilt Shoppe
941 Broadway Street
Dunedin, Florida 34698
Phone: 727.733.8572

If you have any questions about other quilt shops in the area, just leave a comment and I will try to update you on which ones are still open.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Modern quilter........ME??

If you have been a reader of my blog for very long, you know that I am a traditional quilter. I love Civil War fabrics, and mostly traditional patterns.

So when Pat Bravo asked for help in making Project Linus quilts, I raised my hand and she sent me a bundle of fabric scraps.

And let me tell you, they are beautiful! I just have never put together a Kaffe type color scheme before. But I am progressing.......... slowly :-)



I hope to have these finished by the end of the week. Sometimes it's good to stretch our creative brain ;-)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

I Am a Happy Blogger


Someone wrote to me and asked about my little girl badge "I Am A Happy Blogger" on my sidebar. If you click on the little girl, you will be taken to Happy and Rosie Design site. She has lots of other freebies and creates blog headers.

Just thought you might like to take a peek :-)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Busy days

Are your days starting to get a little busier? Is life starting to become a blur? Here we are in the the middle of November, and before you know it Christmas will be here! And can we actually be writing 2012 in just a few short weeks!! Didn't it turn the new century just a few months ago??

So before this day disappears from the calendar, here is the winner of the Beam N Read light..................

BEV C. from Western Australia

Bev C said...

Hello,

I would probably pass this onto my Mum. It would be great for her crocheting and sewing.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter.
happy days.
Bev.xoxo

November 9, 2011 4:07 AM

Bev, you now have your first Christmas gift for your Mum. I hope that she will enjoy using this light for her crafting. Check your email box, and please send me your postal information.

And because I would love for you ALL to be a winner, start your holidays off right with a BOGO offer from Starbucks!

Check it out HERE

If I haven't told you before, I am most thankful for you dear reader. I am encouraged each day when I read your comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting :-)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Good Monday Morning!!

Well, I have been down with the crud this past week, and I am finally feeling like I am coming out of the fog ;-) It's miserable at this time of year. In the deep south we have beautiful weather, but on the days that it is cold, it's COLD. And waxing back and forth between cold and hot can really do a number on me.

But last week I received a package in the mail. amylouwho was having an awesome little giveaway on her blog and my name was randomly picked. Do you want to know what I won??

Isn't it a beauty?? And look at the size? What a great tote for any occasion. Sara at Sew Sweetness makes the most amazing bags! I absolutely love the colors she chose for this bag. And it even has leather handles.

And one more package that arrived this week.

Do you know Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics? She sent out a request for a Project Linus quilt and sent me these amazing scraps. So now the brain cells have to come up with a quilt pattern for a little child who is in need of a bit of quilty love.

Here is Project Linus mission statement -
Project Linus is comprised of hundreds of local chapters and thousands of volunteers across the United States. Each volunteer and local chapter all work together to help us achieve our mission which is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers."

Together we have distributed over three million blankets to children in need since our inception in 1995.

Please remember this is the last day to sign up for the Pre-Holiday Beam N Read giveaway. Go HERE to sign up.

I hope you are having a Happy Quilting day!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Mini Quilt

Amylouwho is hosting a fun Mini Quilt Challenge for her Sew & Tell blog party. Now I have to admit that making mini quilts is fun, but sometimes I'm not really sure how to use my mini's. I've made mug rugs, and little table toppers before, and I suppose a mini quilt can be used for that purpose as well. What I think would be really cool is to have a wall to display different mini quilts. I absolutely hate to throw away scraps from other quilting projects. So this little mini was born from the snipped away triangles of a Schnibbles pattern I was working on. They were all sitting nice and patiently in a little zippy bag.

So here is my Mini Quilt.

You can judge the size as it sits next to my cup of tea and my cell phone.

I hope you will visit the other creative Mini Quilts posted today.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Face of Quilting


I recently read a blog post on Cat Patches about The Face of Quilting. It appears that there is a misconception about quilters in general. It's an old ladies hobby. Doesn't that bring to mind old polyester quilts hanging on the line in the mountains?? Jennifer at Sewhooked challenged us to share our take on Quilting in 2011.

When I was in High School I learned to sew in my Home Ec class. No one in my family sewed. I started out making garments and a few little crafts. But after my son was born 26 years ago, I took a quilting class at a local craft store. Now in those days we used scissors and templates to make our blocks. At the end of the several weeks, working on Sampler blocks, our teacher took out a gizmo that looked like a pizza cutter. She told us it was the newest cutting tool. Of course we all thought what could be better then scissors! Boy was I wrong.

About that same time, my sister in love took a class at a LQS using the then new Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day method. And of course she taught me the fun and quick way to put a quilt together. This is the first quilt I made using Eleanor Burns method.

I never did put together the Sampler blocks I made in my first class :-(

I am a simple quilter. And after teaching my children for 24 years, I am now back to the craft that I love. The things that I enjoy the most is quilting, reading, photography, collecting vintage glassware and teacups. I am one of the Faces of Quilting.


How about you??

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pre-Holiday Gift Giveaway

Last summer I was privileged to host a giveaway for a Beam N Read personal light. The Beam N Read light is a great tool for sewing, quilting or reading. This light has proved to be an excellent aid for those with low vision.

As we are starting to get ready for the Christmas season, a time when we share from our hearts and think of others, Beam N Read wants to help you get a head start for Christmas! They've created a fun Pre-Holiday Gift Giveaway campaign.

To enter this giveaway for a Beam N Read LED6 personal light, leave a comment on this post telling me who you would like to give an LED6 personal light to and why. Just let me know if it's your Mom, Grandpa, your child's teacher, or maybe an organization like a Senior Citizen center, a hospital, or your local library.
I'd really like to know who would benefit from this gift.

This giveaway will be open until Monday 11/14, when a winner will be chosen. Please be sure I have a way to contact you. If your settings do not allow me to reply to contact you, leave your email address embedded in your comment.

Here is the list of the blogs hosting this generous giveaway.
** If you would like to purchase a Beam N Read light, you will find it available at I Have A Notion. Kelly always has service with a smile :-)


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Just a Little Reminder



For those of us who enjoy that extra hour of daylight, don't forget to change your clocks tonight :-) If you'd like to read more about it, check out this post - Prepare to turn back the clocks.

Have a glorious weekend!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sew & Tell

My Sew & Tell is not finished, but will be by this weekend.

I've been working on this quilt for a Baby shower next week and I used a Moda Bake Shop pattern.


It went together easily, but being the first time making this pattern, I had to think it through and make sure I was lining everything up.

What have you been working on this week??

Thursday, November 3, 2011

WIP's

Tick, tick, tick................

I'm working on getting this baby quilt finished for a Shower next week! This is Amy Smart's Moda Bake Shop pattern Baby Lattice Quilt.

And what am I doing with these??

Pop over to Amy Lou Who's blog and read about her Mini Quilt challenge!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Will wonders never cease..........

Last week I was shopping at our local Super Walmart when I happened to notice something.

I'm not sure if you can read the sign, but it says FABRIC!!!! Whaaaattttt?????

Our Super Walmart had done away with their fabric section and most all of their sewing supplies. But they're back!!!

I asked the girl at the cutting table when did they put the fabric back in the store. She said about 8 weeks ago! Well that explains it. You see I never go to the back of the store anymore, well, because there is no reason to. The girl said that a lot of people complained. So it's back. I don't buy a lot of fabric from Walmart, but I do sometimes pick up sewing notions, ribbons, buttons and such. However, their fabric was nice. Not a huge selection, but it felt really good. Good enough for me to pick up a couple of pieces :-)

You know you can never have enough polka dots!

And one other little tidbit. As I was talking with my BFF recently, I mentioned that I had used my JoAnn's 50% off coupon at Michael's. She did not know that you could do that. Now I'm not sure if applies to all areas, but Michael's will honor JoAnn's coupons, and JoAnn's will honor Michael's coupons on items they both carry. So check it out!! You may find that those hot little 50% coupons will come in handy one day.