Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winner of Giveaway Is......

The winner of the giveaway is Jane of Jane's Fabrics! Congratulations, please send me your address so I can send out your goodies.

I loved reading all the comments. Part of the reason I asked the question is that in reality it doesn't matter how many things we made, what matters is the joy and excitement we get in creating them. Even if you only made 1 item in the past year, if you enjoyed making it you are a winner!
Thank you for all the nice birthday wishes too!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

12/13/14 Giveaway

Some of these look red but they all are pink!

How cool is today's date? 12-13-14......and it's my birthday! I decided on a pink giveaway today, just because I wanted to. I enjoy each and every comment you make on my blog. I have learned so much, and made so many friends. I truly enjoy each and every comment and try to  respond to every single one.

So leave me a comment become a follower, if you aren't one already, and tell me how many things do you think you made this year.....quilts, bags, mug rugs, whatever I want to hear! I will pick a name at random on Thursday, December 18th. This is open to everyone. It may not get mailed until after Christmas depending on the lines at the post office!

If you are interested in any of these fabrics above, or the cute little scissors you can find them at the Quilt Block in Exton PA 610-363-0404.  Good luck!

Giveaway is now closed.


Friday, December 12, 2014

We Need A Little Christmas!

Right this very minute! I love that peppy song when I am decorating.
This cookie jar above is one of my most favorite Christmas decorations, no cookies in it though.

I have not sewn a stitch this week. Last weekend I got the house decorated and my shopping done. I had 2 Christmas concerts with the grandchildren, that will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit! Their happy, shining faces singing out so enthusiastically is so much fun to watch.

I feel like I can now relax and enjoy the season and all the festivities. My friend Judie said she decided to get all her shopping done by the 10th, so I followed her lead and it was a great idea!

A big change for us this year, we went with a small, live table top tree that we will plant outside in the spring. I love it!

One of the things I love to put out is all the pictures of the kids/grandkids with Santa Claus. If you look in the center back, my then 21 year old son finally sat on Santa's lap. He screamed bloody murder as a child so we gave up. I told him I was so sad I didn't have one of him, wish granted!

Jan and Cynthia at the Quilt Block gave me this as a gift, isn't it pretty?

Tomorrow I will be having a giveaway that has nothing to do with Christmas.  So come back and see what I am up to.....


Friday, December 5, 2014

A Day In December

My birthday is in December, it also means that every 4 years I need to make the pilgrimage to the Department Of Motor Vehicles, also known as the DMV. It is never a fun place, ever. Everyone that works there seems to hate their job and people coming in never know what they are supposed to do, where they are supposed to sit and it takes forever for your number to come up. Let's just say I had a ton of things to do and was not looking forward to spending the day there. My number was 172, the number on the wall was 140.....and I forgot my book. Thank goodness for an Iphone!

Imagine my happiness as I opened the mailbox and saw there was a great big package in there addressed to me! I signed up for a the Little Quilts Swap a few months ago and could barely contain myself to get in the house before I ripped it open.
Kim from Kentucky made this adorable quilt and hand quilted it too! I didn't know she was stalking me because your partner is a secret but this was the one I picked out that I liked the best. I was so surprised to see all the goodies tucked in with the quilt.Three fabrics, a small little seam ripper that I will be putting in my Sew Together bag, 4 candy bars.... I immediately ate one as I perused my loot,
a spool of variegated blue thread, a Creative Grid ruler in a size I don't have and if you look at the top right of the picture those little hooks that you slip a bobbin on and then put it into the spool to keep your colors together.

Look how wonderful the hand embroidery looks, I could never get mine that perfect. You can also see the hand quilting up close.

It instantly put me into a good mood and made me forget all about the DMV. Kim thank you so much, now I have to look for the perfect spot to hang my little quilt!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Good and The Ewww

My quilt is complete and I am very happy with it! I decided to chuck the border in favor of a nice red binding because I am running out of sewing time! I just realized I forgot the buttons on gingerbread boy....
Looking at it hung up I would definitely change the star fabric background (bottom left) it just doesn't go in my opinion. Hey that's what it's all about learning from our mistakes! I also fused the ribbons on to the wreaths, they were supposed to be dimensional.

Yesterday was our bee's Christmas lunch. We opted out of a restaurant this year and Robin hosted at her house. It was so much fun and way better than going out. Above are the gifts I received from my friends.

How cute is this? Jean did such a nice job and made each one in our "colors".

Robin made this again in our colors. I decided to put it in my sewing room so I can enjoy it year round, though it may go on my Christmas tree too.
I will have to hide Ellen's hand lotion and hand sanitizer or a certain granddaughter will leave my house with them. Kathy's granola will be a nice addition to a morning cup of yogurt. Thank you again ladies it was a super nice day.

So today I see they picked the Pantone color of the year.........I cannot even put it on my nice, bright, cheery, clear colors blog..............Marsala! Not one vote on my survey for it! It's a brownish red, all I can think of is dried blood.... I am sure there are people out there that will love it but I can never see putting it any place in my house, let alone wearing it. Okay maybe a lipstick? On second thought no way! Just my opinion, but then again I like lime green, caribean blue, aqua and hot pink, they surely did not have me in mind when they picked it!
Please tell me what you think about their pick!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Food Coma

Thanksgiving weekend was fun but too many days of celebrating is taking it's toll. Honestly I was very good about not eating too much but I was exhausted come Sunday!
I finished up my quilt. I took this picture before it was quilted and the bows are not on the wreaths yet.

This is one of my favorite blocks....

and this one too. I opted not to do a border but a nice red binding to frame it as you can see above.

I also am participating in a mug rug swap and got this one out in the mail yesterday.

I am going to start another project tomorrow using these pretties as the clock is ticking.

I have decided this year to get a live small tabletop tree instead of a big one. I am curious to see what my kids  have to say about it and the grandchildren! I have a lot of social obligations coming up so blogging may have to take a back seat with only a few posts here and there. I will be back full force in the new year.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

My blocks are coming together. I have two more to sew up and may try and get to them today.

I did make yet another Sew Together bag. Instead of piecing the exterior I used a cool print and let it do the work.

Those fun fabrics from the last post found their way into this bag!

I wish all that are celebrating Thanksgiving, a happy and fun day. It is my favorite holiday that we will be celebrating on Friday instead of Thursday so all my children can be together with us. Thank you to all my readers who comment and make my day that much better every day!