Memorial Day is a truly patriotic holiday which is celebrated on the last Monday in May. It is a day set apart for remembering and honoring those who died while serving in the American Armed Forces.
In 1971 Congress passed a law making Memorial Day a national holiday. Typical Memorial Day celebrations include parades, special programs and speeches. Americans often attend picnics and baseball games, and almost any other type of outdoor event made possible by the freedom these soldiers died to protect. This holiday is the unofficial beginning of summer. "I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did." Benjamin Harrison,the 23rd President of the United States.
The SewMamaSew! Giveaway is over. Did you get to visit all of the blogs?? When I first started blogging, SMS Giveaway Day was the very first giveaway I participated in. What a great way to meet new bloggers, and visit old friends from all over the world.
I always find it fascinating where my visitors come from. During this Giveaway Day I had comments from 46 US States, plus Puerto Rico, 9 Provinces from Canada and 27 countries abroad. WOW!! The internet surely makes it a very small world.
And so now on to who won the TWO jelly rolls??
The winner of the SewMamaSew! Giveaway Day is Carly.
Thanks so much to ALL who visited during the Giveaway Day. I hope that you will come back again and stay a while. It's been wonderful to meet so many new friends. And of course I always look forward to seeing my old friends too.
And so it grew to this - And finally it became this -
This is a project I've been wanting to make for as long as I have been saving selvages. I based it on a pattern that was in an old copy of McCall's magazine. I made a couple of changes to the pattern, but I'm so happy to finally make my Selvage tote. I'm telling you, those string blocks are so addicting.
Many of you know that I love to take you along with me when I visit a Quilt shop. One of my favorite places to visit is Quilts on Plum Lane. It's such a lovely shop.
Always lots of eye candy and beautiful sample quilts made up.
Don't you just love to browse and take it all in??
I just have to add -Wow! I am amazed and blown away at the amount of comments on my SewMamaSew Giveaway post. Over 600 comments so far!! Thanks so much for stopping by. I usually reply to comments, but there are so many of them this time, that I just will extend my thanks here.
I hope you can enjoy a lazy day to shop. But if not - Happy Quilting!!
Well it is here once again. The SewMamaSew Giveaway Day!! And what a fun week we have ahead of us. Be sure to stop by and visit the many blogs that are participating.
So what am I giving away this time?? We all know how much fun it is to work with pre-cuts! So how about a jelly roll??
No?? Not good enough???
Well how about.................
Two Jelly Rolls?
Yay, that's more like it!
What do you have to do to enter?? It's always fun and interesting to find out where my visitors come from, so to enter this giveaway please tell me where you live. What state or country.
And as always, because I ♥ my Followers, Followers (old and new) may leave a SECOND comment. You must have a way to be contacted. If the winner is a no-reply comment, it will not qualify and I will draw another winner.
This giveaway will close on Friday May 25th. Comments are now closed.
Thanks so much for stopping by. If this is your first visit to my blog, welcome! Old friends are always welcome :-)
I hope you will enjoy the Giveaway Day. Have a Happy Quilting day!
Every Spring and Fall Amy's Creative Side hosts a Bloggers Quilt Festival. I've been privileged to participate in each Festival that she has hosted. As a simple, traditional quilter, I enjoy making quilts for friends for special events in their lives. So is the case of this quilt.
This pattern was found in the Nov/Dec 2010 issue of Quiltmaker magazine. It's called Anita's Arrowhead.
It was a fun quilt to make and stretched me in learning to work with bias strips.
My daughters very dear friend had a baby girl and this quilt was perfect for little Heidi.
If you are a new visitor to my blog, thanks so much for stopping by. Please be sure to come back on Monday for the SewMamaSew Giveaway Day!
There are some pretty awesome quilts being talked about on blogs lately. Recently Cottons 'n Wool challenged herself to make the Country Homecoming Quilt. I fell in love with those primitive houses and had to jump on the band wagon.
I gathered up my homespuns and started on the first block. It looks like I will need to pay a visit to one of my favorite quilt shops, Quilts on Plum Lane, for dark sashing. They have a great selection of homespuns and primitive fabrics.
Would you like to know if there is a reason that you sign up for giveaways and never win??
SewCalGal has compiled a WANTED list of bloggers who enter a giveaway on SewCalGal, but their settings disqualified them, as they cannot be contacted. This isn't a problem just for SewCalGal, but for most blog giveaways. If you would really like to fix the problem, go to Insights from SewCalGal and read THIS article.
After you fix your settings, you can start by signing up for these giveaways this week.
You know how I like to take you along to my favorite quilt shops. Last month, Crafty Threads sent me a Birthday card with a discount on a purchase during my birthday month. So on the very last day of April, I took the time to pay them a visit.
I did not make a very big purchase, just some fabric for an ongoing project, but it's always fun to be inspired and enjoy a little bit of fabric therapy.
Cat Patches is having a Birthday giveaway. She's giving away a fat quarter bundle of Misty Impressions by Ty Pennington.
There is a Blog Hop and giveaway for a copy of Sewing MODKID Style. Check it out at Fat Quarterly.
Leona's Quilting Adventure is giving away a copy of Alex Anderson's book Super Simple Quilts plus four gorgeous fat quarters from Jennifer Pagnelli's, West Indies fabric line, a package of Betweens for hand stitching and a roll of coordinated Green Perle Cotton.
What draws you to a pattern?? Is it the samples on the cover or the design?? I have wondered this question for a long time. I see books and patterns with gorgeous quilts on the covers only to discover they are mostly a common pattern that has been redone.
I've used this pattern for years. It's the one I use to teach beginners to quilt. It is one sheet of paper that was from a quilt class many years ago. But it's still my favorite for teaching the basics of quilting. Do you think they look different made up with different fabrics and color ways?
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