Friday, September 30, 2011

Halloween With A Dash Of Christmas Give Away

My final give away of the month. Just leave  me a comment and become a follower, I will pick the winner next Thursday. Thank you so much for all the nice comments and encouragement. It is so great to have a new group of "friends" in blog land.

There are always good ideas in here.......

something I made complete with googley eyes.....

just in case you are inspired to get going on some holiday presents, I will give you a head start. Good luck!

FYI.......I saw this in the new American Patchwork and Quilting! I totally missed out on the Flea Market Fancy when it came out....I won't this time!

Our get away was a lot of fun...Jane is making a commission using a woman's old clothes for her son. Yes we are talking moo moo's.....don't you love the parrots?

I personally think Bailey found the best use of the fabric...a dog bed.

The selection of fabric got aaaaah, more interesting......I can't even imagine wearing this She has her work cut out for her.

Terry finished up her soldier quilt and will take it home to quilt on her new long arm.

Christine power sewing as usual...I forgot to take a picture of her finished top. I will put it in a future post.

Cheryl made 2 casserole holders and a commission piece where she made photo transfers and put them inside the shawl (I can't remember the official name). I think this is such a great idea to be wrapped up with your family.

I will post about my projects tomorrow, I have one that I need to finish up before I show you.

Thanks Cheryl for another good time and good friends.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pumpkin Patch Threads

My granddaughter Maddy picked the name and the winner of the give away is....Barb of Fun With Barb.  Congratulations Barb! I can't wait to see what you make.

The get away was a blast as usual, will post some pictures tomorrow along with the last give away.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Leaving On A Jet Plane

Well not really, in a on a sewing trip for a few days. I promise pictures when I get back.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Give Away - Pumpkin Patch Threads

Are you planning on doing some sewing for October?

This week's give away includes the book, Pumpkin Patch Threads by Need'l Love........inside you will find

a gorgeous quilt, some very cool pin cushions and a cute rug hooking pumpkin....just to name a few things.

This pattern called Gourdy's Gang by Threads That Bind....

So cute! You could also do these in cotton fabrics.....

This is one of my most favorite fabrics by Alexander Henry called "pumpkin party"...I will part with 1 yard! I used this for a backing and the kids love it.
So leave me a comment and become a follower if you aren't already. I will announce the winner next Thursday.

Happy birthday to my oldest son, Johnson...I can't believe you are 35!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Waning Garden Days

Summer is coming to a close and my garden took a beating this year. This is the first time I tried Dahlias, this is such a pretty and intense reddish pink color.

My other favorite is nasturtiums in this pretty vase from Mexico that my son and his wife brought back from their honeymoon. These have the most lovely, spicey, delicate fragrance.

I made this little moss garden yesterday. All you do is dig up some moss in your yard and plop it in a little container that has some soil in simple yet very fresh looking. I hope I can keep it alive!

The purple berries are called Beauty Bush, I think the Latin name is calicarpa. It is so pretty in the fall especially against my sweet potato vines.

The impatients and coleus did well in their pots, I was diligent about watering them.

Even the black eyed susans look kind of cool now and ready for Halloween. The finches are happy to munch on these!
The teddy bear sunflowers will be making another appearance in my garden next year, so beautiful.
Not only do I like the pleasure of digging in the dirt and watching things grow, I also enjoy the inspiration and the color combinations that mother nature provides. What flowers inspire you?


Give Away Winner

The winner of the give away is Alexis of The Quilts of Mimi Park . Congratulations! Please email me your address and I will get it into the mail to you right away.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Quilt Show!

I loved this quilt....they are always so much better in person. It is by Patti Morris of Canada.

Smiles by Sieglinde Schoen Smith

Sandi McMillan

Dawn Prayers on the Ganges by Meri Henriques Vahl....Sujata this one is for you!

Joy Is A Special Friend by Jois Podolny

I love the painterly feel of this quilt. Garden Tritych by Dilys Fronks

Sound of Ensemble by Taeko Okamatsu

Congratulations Sejiu-Shiki by Masae Ogawa

As I was leaving the show there was this couple walking ahead of me....they touched me very much. He is carrying her bag and they are holding hands. I can only hope Bob will be going with me to quilt shows when I am this age, I think he will as long as I bring candy to keep him happy!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I Am Seeing The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Life has been very full for the past week...all good but it left me no time to post. I miss it and I am behind in reading all my favorite blogs.
I took a workshop with Frieda Andersen last week on machine quilting. I really enjoyed it and urge you to take a class with her if you have the opportunity. She is lovely and has tons of good tips for machine quilting. I will share her best tip...practice! so simple but really the truth. The more you do it the better you get.

She even used our machines to show us it is not the machine but the this picture I turned mine on an angle to try and keep the table from didn't work.
She had things for sale.....

and lots of eye candy....

Later that day I went to a "Granny's Tea" with Elliot at his preschool.....he loved showing me his artwork and his cool room. They had little treats in a basket and apple juice.

My granddaughter Fallon turned 8 (how can that be?)....

We took a quick trip to LBI (Long Beach Island) with friends on motorcylces and froze.....

Picked what are probably the last of my flowers from the garden and marveled at how well Mother Nature can do color. The next post I will show some quilts from the quilt show.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Give Away and AAQI Quilts

I am celebrating my first year of blogging with a give away every Friday in September. I went to the PNQE quilt show yesterday and found some things I think you might like. The book Scrap Republic and a set of charms called Ruby . All you need to do is leave me a comment, become a follower and then check back on Thursday when I will announce the winner. No reply people you must leave your email or you cannot win so please be sure to do that.
Wednesday was a very successful day for one of the guilds I belong to, Calico Cutters. We had our challenge, that was to make a small quilt for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative . We had 48 people make quilts! They were all so creative and many agreed they were a lot of fun to make!

This is just a few of some of the wonderful quilts our ladies made. We also allowed anyone to buy a quilt for $100 with all the proceeds going to AAQI. We sold 9 quilts!!!! Yes we made $900!!! The rest of the quilts will be auctioned off at their website. If you are interested in purchasing a quilt go check it out. Great job ladies!!!