Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A Birthday Box!

First let me say thank you, thank you, thank you for all the birthday wishes you left for me. I appreciate it very much!

I had a terrific birthday with my family. My wonderful daughter, Kris cooked my favorites for dinner and then we had cheesecake for dessert - YUMMY! We spent the evening laughing and carrying on while everyone (except me) played with the Wie. Wonderful birthday treats and a huge surprise (although I can't show you any pics because my camera batteries are dead) - anyway there was an adorable mug with cupcakes, a cupcake candle and a new flat screen TV with built in DVD player for my sewing room. WooHoo!!!

The picture shows the treats I found in a box I received from Wendy. I love, love the wallhanging and I need to find "the" spot to hang it in my sewing room. Beautiful Mrs. March's fabrics in blues and browns; an embroidery pattern; a note pad and Twizzlers (I love Twizzlers and Wendy remembered)

There has been absolutely no time for sewing and such - it's been weeks since I've spent serious time with my sewing machine. Sigh! LOL I haven't even taken time to prep some handwork. All work and no play makes for a cranky ME. :-)

Have a wonderful week and I'll be back soon! Thanks for stopping by - please come again and often.

In Friendship!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Another Year! (sigh)

I can't believe another year has gone by. It's time to celebrate another birthday - mine!

It's basically just another Saturday however later this afternoon we're headed to see my DD and family to do a little partying. :-)

I wonderful birthday package arrived from Wendy on Thursday. I'll share pictures later - lots and lots of yummyness! :-)

I hope that you're having a great day! I thank you for stopping by - do come again and often.
In Friendship!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

How'd I Do?????

I made one - woohoo! LOL

Thank you for your responses with links and such! The phone calls from Linda and Nadine were wonderful, too. :-)

I've actually made two but I need to do a little work on the second one - I'm not happy with the results.

I knew I could count on you.

In Friendship!
Need Help, Please!

I'm searching for the instructions to make a pincushion like the one pictured. Wendy sent this cutie to me many months ago and I'd like to make a few for friends. Can you direct me - I've searched high and low to no avail.

Thanks bunches!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

On My Nightstand!

This is "Sister's Choice", the latest Shenandoah Album Novel by Emilie Richards and as I was reading last night I came upon something I had to share with all of you. I won't ruin the blot, etc.

page 177
Grace invites Jamie into her sewing room and asks Grace if she has a quilt in progress.

Here's Grace's response: "Yes, indeed. That's a question you never have to ask a quilter. There are quilts in our heads, quilts in the way we pile fabric on our shelves, quilts on our design walls, under the needles on our sewing machines. Quilts waiting to be bound. Always quilts. Some of us will die planning the next one. We won't even notice the final breath"

This is so incredibly true and struck a chord with me. It's so difficult to explain a true passion to someone that doesn't have one. Quilts are always on my mind! :-)

Thank you for letting me share!

You've stopped by to visit and I appreciate it - please come again and often.

In Friendship!

Monday, July 21, 2008

There's a New Girl in Town!

A new Tiny Annie arrived a few weeks ago and I failed to share her with the world. She's tiny, adorable and quite cute!

I've had some busy days and while I don't feel that I've accomplished much I actually have!

I've been doing a block swap with four blogging buddies and I'd gotten behind - sigh! LOL So, I whipped up the blocks for June, July and August! (basically, late, on time and early). teehee! August is our final month so I'm officially done. They are packaged up and ready to go to the post office today!

I finally packaged up the Pay It Forward gifts for Nan, Linda and Sara - ladies watch your mailboxes!

My list of promises and obligations is still quite long but I'm moving right along!

My sister is coming today for two weeks but she'll probably spend more time with my DD and her boys (Eli and Seth) than she will with us. She's 16 years younger than me but only 5 years older than my DD so they have more to share!

I hope you have a wonderful Monday! Hopefully I'll have something quilty to show you in a day or two - tomorrow and Wednesday appear to be free days for me. :-)

Thanks for stopping by - please come again and often!

In Friendship!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Something Accomplished! :-)

Lest you think I've been wasting time - here's little cutie all quilted and will be on it's way to a friend very soon. Since I took the picture earlier this afternoon I've finished the binding - so it's completely finished!

Almost seems a little unfair to count these last four little finishes as finishes in my "Finish Five in July" challenge but I guess technically they are finishes. I'll get back to larger flimsies in the next day or two. So stay tuned.

Thank you so much for stopping by - come again!

In Friendship!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Oh My!

Two free days to play and I can't figure out what to do! Sigh!!!!! LOL

I sat down at my sewing machine and attempted to work on a SUPER simple project and now I need to call out my buddy Jack the Ripper - grrrrr!!!! Thimbles, Joy & Miss Millie were snickering and giggling at me and one of them said "step away from the machine". LOL

I've finished binding my three Pay It Forward gifts - time to visit the post office.

I need to finish gathering goodies and treasures for The Cupcake Swap but I'm waiting for the mailman to bring a piece of fabric.

I obligated myself for 6 more PIF gifts and I can't decide how to handle those. I don't want to post a Pay It Forward because I don't want anyone to have to obligate themselves to something. Any ideas or thoughts????

Maybe I need to just walk out of my sewing room and find something else to do. Sigh!

Thanks for visiting - please come again - hopefully I'll have something interesting for you see. LOL :-)

In Friendship!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Paying It Forward

Last July three (Nan, Linda & Sara) signed up for my Pay It Forward announcement and they have been patiently waiting. :-) I spent yesterday late afternoon and evening quilting these three little quilts. Last night I sewed down the binding on one while watching Animal Planet with my DH and plan to have the other two done by mid-week and all three in the mail by the end of the week. WooHoo!

HMMMM - will these count as three more finishes on the "Finish Five in July" challenge????

Have a great Monday and once again thank you so much for stopping by. Come again soon and often.

In Friendship!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Happy Saturday!

Linda has dubbed these three "The Three Amigos" - LOL
Miss Milly, Thimbles and Joy have quickly become friends and now they're busy whispering and plotting. I'm sure they have shenanigans and antics planned.

I've gotten two more awards from Peg for finishes #2 and #3. Thank you so much, Peg. I've really been enjoying your challenge and really glad that I joined. Are you enjoying your Saturday? Have you spent a little time with your needle and thread? I hope so!
Thank you again for stopping by - please come again and often!

In Friendship!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Fun Mail and Finish #3!!!!!!
(things are a bit scattered - blogger won't cooperate today - grrr)

Get comfortable I have lots to share with you.

My mailbox has been overflowing with goodness this week - I really feel loved.

First a package arrived from Pam in British Columbia. That beautiful bag was stuffed with all the goodness you see around it. The tin full of chocolates, the 30's fat quarters, the book to hopefully help me learn how to handquilt and sweet notecard. All this just say thank you for being a blogging friend - Pam thank you for being such a sweetie and for your generosity. I appreciate you and your friendship!

This little gem arrived from Sharon. Pay It Forward gift from her. I need to find "the" spot to enjoy it. Thank you so much, Sharon!

Allow me to introduce you to Miss Milly! Isn't she the cutest? She arrived from Lorraine in Australia and she brought along the sweetest pincushion. This was part of the pincushion swap on Linda's blog. I'm already a little concerned because Miss Milly has already become fast friends with Thimbles and Joy - I think they've all started plotting. LOL Lorraine, thank you so much for your kindness, thoughtful and generosity. I'm really touched.

Last but not least - finish number three for Peg's "Finish Five in July" Challenge. This is a pattern called Night and Noon but I don't know who it's by - I took it as a class last year at one of the local quilt stores. Most of the fabric is from April Cornell's line called Sunshine.

Thank you for visiting with me and for all your complimentary comments on my finishes. I'm really enjoying Peg's challenge. Please come visit again and often!

In Friendship!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Habit Forming!

How many times do you have to do something before it becomes a habit? Here's my second finish for the "Finish Five in July" Challenge and I'm hoping this will become a habit. LOL

This one is called "Graham Crackers" and I used charm packs from Poetry Collection by April Cornell/Moda. I've sewn the binding on and soon I'll have it sewn down. WooHoo!

Can I get another WooHoo?????

Thank you, thank you so much for all the wonderful comments and compliments on my first finish. I appreciate all your kind words.

My award from Peg for my first finish! YeeHaw!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much, Peg!

More to come! :-) Thanks for stopping by - please come again and often!

In Friendship!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

One Down! :-)

Today I finished quilting the first of my "Finish Five in July" challenge. Can I please get a WOOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOO, please?

I do need to sit and sew down the binding later this evening but I hope this will count as a 'finish' anyway.

I used several charm packs to make this cutie and it was my own pattern idea. You might recall my 4 patch tutorial that I posted in Feb '07. (Linda, is this what you asked about?)

I'll post my second finish soon. Thank you for visiting, come again soon!

In Friendship!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Decisions Made - Ready to Meet the Challenge!

You might recall that I've joined Peg's "Finish Five in July Challenge". It's already July 4th so it's time to get serious about this challenge - wouldn't you agree? :-)

The pile of flimsies is very large - six have been pulled and WILL be finished by the end of July! Yes, they will. LOL I'd like to quilt a few more but before I get too ambitious I need to start with these six - this might just get the quilting ball rolling.

Enjoy the holiday, be safe and Let Freedom Ring!

In Friendship

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

In The Groove!
(scroll down to see a picture of my new project - woohoo)

I've been around Blogland trying to catch up with all your happenings. I'm not leaving comments everywhere I go but please know that I have been reading all about you and yours! :-)

Nan - She and Pinkie have been busy snapping pictures everywhere they go.
Libby - The Princess is back in the Kingdom - woohoo!
Carole - The renovations are going well in their home (Stephen has been busy) and she's been finishing lots of projects in anticipation of her new baby. :-)
Carol - She spent many happy days with Master Hampton and had a ton of fun.
Sharon - The birthday month has come to an end so she can stop celebrating. LOL She's been sewing up a storm - cute new projects.
Linda - Lots of stitching and sewing happening there and trying to keep us all on task with the pincushion swap.
Wendy - Completed school with flying colors and will hopefully now take a little time to relax and enjoy her needle and thread.
Judy - Still nursing her hands and arms - I hurt for her! Still not able to do any handwork but can sew for a bit on her sewing machine. :-)
Nanette - Shophopping with her daughter - lots of great inspiration in her area shops. Some place to visit. HMMM
Tammy - Daniel has graduated from high school (talk about a talented musician!)

More to come...................... :-)

On my design wall

.....drum roll please....a new project! Just the beginning but I'm liking what I'm seeing. teehee

Thanks for the sweet comments welcoming me back to my regularly scheduled life. :-) I appreciate that you stop by. Come again real soon!

In Friendship!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Back at it!

I dropped my mom off at the airport this morning. She was here for two weeks and kept me busy and on the go - whew! :-) Now it's back to my regularly scheduled boring and quiet life.

I don't have anything to share with you :-( I am anxious to get back into my sewing room so come back soon cuz I plan to sew like the wind.

I hope that you missed me and didn't give up on me. I'm off to visit all my favorite blogs!

In Friendship!
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