Thursday, October 1, 2015

Kaffe Mini Swap

Today when I got home from my workout there was a big box on the front porch!
Yesterday I showed my quilt that I was sending out. Today I can show you the quilt I received! How gorgeous is this? A quilter from California named Jeremy made it and this was his first swap.

His box had "Happy Mail" to alert me something good was inside.

Also inside was a nice big Starbucks mug and this adorable mug rug that must have taken forever to make, it is so intricate.

Here is a better shot of the mug rug and some other little fun things that he included.

Everything in the box was stitched into Kraft paper. What a great idea, I think I have to steal that one. Thank you so much Jeremy, you made my day!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Lovely Rainy Wednesday

I signed up for a Kaffe Fassett Mini Quilt swap over the summer. I have a lot of those fabrics and wanted to use them up, this was the perfect excuse. I included a magazine and some extras for my partner who lives in Austria.

I found this cute little needle keeper and now wish I had bought one for myself.

This year in my Penn Oaks quilt guild we are having a 4 patch swap. As you can see this month's color is pink. If all goes well at the end of the year I will have 90 assorted 4 patches.

My sister in law and her husband left for Texas yesterday and it took everything I had to stay awake the rest of the day. A fun week of partying, an out of town wedding and no exercise has taken it's toll. I will admit it up front, I took a nap! After dinner I just had to go up into my sewing room, even if it was just to pick up and look at my fabric. Well one thing led to another and before you know it the 4 patches were made. I still wanted to sew but knew that I also needed to get to bed. I grabbed some scraps that were laying around and this sweet pincushion was born, It gave me a good feeling of satisfaction. It was just enough.
I especially like the "sewing box" label that was on a selvedge. I think it adds a nice touch. It feels so nice to be back in the saddle even if I am only on a pony!


Monday, September 28, 2015

Family Wedding

Jim and Jordan

We had a lovely family wedding this weekend in Pittsburgh. My niece Jordan got married in a gorgeous outdoor setting.

I love this shot of the parents, Jim and Denise on the sides with Jordan and Tim in the middle.

The bridesmaids.....

and the groom with his groomsmen.

It was cool and overcast, perfect for enjoying the ceremony and great for taking pictures!

The infamous cookie table did not disappoint! There were tons left for the after party the next day.

AJ and Bob

Good family time!


Monday, September 21, 2015

Avalon NJ

For the past 4 days my husband and I have been relaxing down the shore, in Avalon NJ. It was a perfect time to go. The crowds are gone and the streets are empty!
The town is beautiful and I couldn't help but show you some of the gorgeous houses.
The one above is for sale in case you are looking.....!

The weather was cooperating and every day we biked for at least 2 hours. We would go to breakfast and then tour the town. Check out the mermaid weathervane on top.

Bob on the bike.

The gardens were equally impressive, especially in the hot beach weather. I am pretty sure all those pretty flower boxes had a watering system.
This was one of my favorites, I loved the symmetry and the flowers for sure! To the right is their pretty garage and a pool too. Don't you just want to walk through that arch, covered with a mandevilla vine?

Every single home made sure you had a great view of the Atlantic and decks to take advantage of the cool ocean breeze. Again how pretty are the flowers!

It has inspired me for next year's garden. The flower boxes had either petunias or ivy geraniums.

This one had a lovely deep side porch that overlooked the ocean. I am pretty sure there are lots of parties held there!
While these houses are over the top, the ones in Stone Harbor are even more over the top. Next time I will share some of those with you. In the meantime I can only dream about what they look like on the inside!


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I Am Hurrying!

Before I announce the winners I wanted to tell you why I was so late getting around to pulling the names. It has been a full week of obligations, ones I truly love and wouldn't trade for anything. One of them was book club and I was hosting. Our book was 11/22/63 by Stephen King. This is a first...... EVERYONE like the book! I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good read, we had a great discussion. I did a bit of a theme to make it fun. One of the characters smoked Lucky Strikes and I couldn't make myself go out and buy the real thing so I improvised.

So on the heels of reading a great SK book I went out and got this at the library and I am really enjoying it. In the beginning he talks about how his career in writing started (he tells you all about the inspiration of Carrie) and some wonderful tips about writing your own novel. Not that it is on the list yet.....


Some babies needed to gets squished, hugged and kissed all over. Finn is pulling himself up at 5 months old!

Cameron 1 month
Jaxon 1 month
Two needed to be fed, burped and changed.............repeat many, many times.

So the winners are--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Juliann--- of Lining Up My stitches
Judy Newby

Congratulations ladies!

Next week is another crazy filled week, but all of it is good. We have out of town family coming in and we are going to a family wedding next weekend. My goal is to get back to my regularly scheduled blogging, really I promise. I have missed it!


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Blog Anniversary Giveaway!

So much for my "I'll be right back with a giveaway!"  Time just seems to be slipping away.
I cannot believe I have been blogging for 5 years. I truly gave me back my sanity in a difficult time after a bad accident. It filled many long hours and kept me entertained, not to mention all the friends I have made in blogland!

We had a wonderful speaker and workshop person who came to our guild named Gyleen Fitzgerald from Maryland. I highly recommend her, she is funny, talented and kept us all laughing. She wanted to go to a local quilt shop so I took her to The Quilt Block in Exton PA. It was the perfect time to shop for my giveaway. These fabrics are from Zen Chic and they are brand new!

I took these pictures after dark so they aren't so great but the colors are beautiful in real life. These remind me of olives.

This one reminds me of lanterns.

I could not get a good picture of this one. If you look at the stack that one is better.

This one reminds me of olives too!

Because I have been so lax in my blogging, I am giving away 2 stacks, along with the cute little buttons.
To be eligible to win you must make sure I have your email or I will move on to the next person. I will send this anywhere and I would love it if you were a follower.
I will randomly pick a winner next Wednesday 9/16/15.
I would also like you to tell us........ Do you still get quilting magazines? If so which ones and if not why not? It is not necessary to answer in order to win, I am just curious to know!
Give Away is now closed.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Colour My World

Do you remember that song by Chicago from the 1970's? I was in high school and worked at the Tastee Freeze. Whenever that song came on the radio all the girls working there sang it out with enthusiasm. I found a little tidbit about this song......
  • One of the band's most popular songs, "Colour My World" never charted because it wasn't released as a single. It was used as the B-side of the "Make Me Smile" in April, 1970, and as the B-side of "Beginnings" in June, 1971.
I did love the song Make Me Smile too. 

So back to the quilt......I am doing a workshop this fall and needed a sample as I gave away all the other ones I made using the free form stick figure trees. I had this Alison Glass fabric that I was using on another project and decided it might work for this one too. I love all these colors and mixed some other Anna Maria Horner fabrics in too.

Sometimes no planning works and sometimes it doesn't. My blocks did not come out the size I wanted (my mistake in cutting) so I need to give it just a little something. I made some free form triangles as setting strips and do like how it gives it a punch.

Isn't it weird that when you try to be accurate you never are and when you try not to be accurate you are? All of my "free form" triangle are pretty much the same.....

I did some simple straight line quilting that I feel goes with this type of pattern.

Good things can happen when you are not paying attention. The fabric pattern on the binding has a perfect scallop all the way around! If I tried, I couldn't do it again I am quite sure.

I really enjoy a good backing fabric. I have had this in my stash and thought the colors went perfect with the front.

I just finished making a bunch of bow ties for a swap with Barb and am getting ready to mail them out. That acid green with pink in the center is one of my favorites.

but I kind of like these too......

or maybe these are my favorite. I think you get the picture.

The Farm Girl Vintage quilt is coming along too. I highly recommend this if you are a beginner quilter. There are some great techniques to learn and all the blocks are very easy. There are only 12 more to make.

I am on mom mom duty this week (it is so nice to be in demand!). Wednesday is my 5 year blog anniversary! I will have a give away next week when I have some time to figure it out!