Thursday, May 31, 2012

It's really difficult to believe that it's already the end of May. Yes, I know everyone is saying the same thing but it seriously is hard to believe!

Where do the days go?

The CTTY Train is pulling into it's next stop - May 31.
I hope you had a more productive month than I did. I didn't get any Christmas gifts made this month - sigh! I need to go through my Christmas gift box and figure out how many more gifts I need to make.

Cheryl is away on a much needed respite - a quilting retreat! I hope she's resting, relaxing and enjoying time with friends and her sewing machine. She's been posting some incredible tutorials and ideas on her blog.

I stitched this sweet dishtowel (design by and added the whisk and measuring spoons. I hope you'll enjoy winning this little tidbit. You're eligible to win if you add your Christmas gift post to Mr Linky at the bottom of this post.

I'll announce the winner tomorrow!

"I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year!"

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Your Opinion Needed, Please!

Would this small quilt make you smile if you found it in your mailbox? Yes or No

It measures approx 18" x 21" and made with scraps from California Girl by Fig Tree Quilts/Moda. (cornerstones & binding are from Strawberry Fields)

Picture taken before binding was sewn down!

I appreciate your opinion.

In Friendship!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Urban Cowgirl Meets Doc Holliday

(May selection for Another Year of Schnibbles 2012)

I'm a true urban cowgirl - raised in south Texas on a ranch with cows, horses, goats, chickens, etc. As a teenager I moved to the big city and that's when I became an Urban Cowgirl. :-)

As an urban cowgirl I never met Doc Holliday. Sigh! If I thought there was an chance that I could meet him then believe me I'd hop in my Rodeo (although I sold it recently - LOL)

I'd pull up to the saloon (urban bar) where I heard he was playing cards and challenge him to a game of poker. OK, I don't know how to play poker but that's our secret - sshhh. LOL He'd have his bottle of whiskey and I'd order a caffeine free Diet Coke. I believe that Jesse James and Billy the Kid (he was under age but don't tell anyone) would be drinking beer.

As he stared across the table at me, Doc Holliday would shuffle the cards, have Jesse James cut the deck and deal around the table. The game would be going well because I was winning - LOL. All of a sudden Billy the Kid would stand up, pull his six shooter and accuse Doc Holliday of cheating. With my eyes full of fear I'd grab the money and dive under the table, after all I don't own a gun. I managed to run out of the saloon (urban bar) with all the money and hop on my horse (OK, my Rodeo) and ride off into the sunset.

I don't know whether or not Doc Holliday was cheating but he definitely had Card Tricks up his sleeve. LOL

Thank you for visiting and reading my silly story!

Y'all come back now, ya hear!

In Friendship!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Oh My Dresdens!

I've received a handful of e-mails asking about Darlene's Darling, Delightful, Dazzling, Dramatic, Divine, Decadent, Desirable, Distinctively, Daring, Dear, Dandy, Dreamy, Devilishly, Definitely, Delectable, Decorous, Distinguished, Dainty, Dynamic, Dignified, Dissected, Delicious, Diabolically, Delicate, Dreadfully, Difficult, Dynamite, Downright, Dangerous, Deliver, Delightful, Dresdens, despite, daring Wabbits, dazed with delight!
(thank you so much for playing along with my silly alliteration game - YOU Rock!)

This project was love at first sight! I saw it on Anne's blog and knew it was ME.

The pattern is called Susan's Dresdens by Crabapple Hill Studio.

Piecing + applique + embroidery = bliss

(for a variety of reasons this project has taken serious persistence)

Here's a picture of the pieced dresdens (still need to applique them to the background fabric) and one embroidered block. I have 7 more to embroider but it should go quicker because I'm past the color selection angst I've been experiencing. :-) BTW, the small opening in the center of the pieced and embroidered dresdens will be covered with a yo-yo.

There's tons of details about this project I could share but you'd probably be bored. :-) If you have any specific questions please e-mail me directly.

I hope you're having a wonderful week end.

Please take a minute to hug a Veteran and remember those who died protecting our freedoms.

I plan to spend the rest of the day in my sewing room.

In Friendship!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Fun, Fast & Finished


California Girl meets Spools in the Strawberry Fields

(sorry couldn't resist)

This quilt top (aka flimsy) was so much fun to do! A combination of a fabulous pattern and sweet fabrics was a simple formula for a delightful day.

This is one of Camille's (Thimble Blossoms) new patterns called Spools. Her version is done with Marmalade and my version is done with California Girl and a smidgen of Strawberry Fields, both by Joanna of Fig Tree Quilts. Camille's version has narrow borders along the sides and my version has borders all the way around.

I'm not exactly sure when Marmalade will be available but I'm already thinking I need to use a Fig Tree Designs pattern. It's fun to switch things up a bit.

I appreciate your visit - come again soon.

In Friendship!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Spooling Around!

There's been very little sewing, stitching and/or quilting going on in my house. I'm not going to get philosophical and try to come up with a reason.......seriously, who cares.......just haven't felt like it. How's that for a very simple reason. :-)

On Monday I told Sinta that I didn't visit BOM Rehab because it appears that I may have forgotten how to use my sewing machine. LOL

Here's Sinta's response "hahaha! Well, I guess that is good news... I was afraid that you had been abducted by aliens and they wouldn't let you near a sewing machine because they had a fear of cotton!" ROFLOL - guess it could happen!

So, I haven't felt like sewing until today. There's been a bounce in my step because I'm really excited about this new pattern by Camille of Thimble Blossoms. I saw it on her website before Spring Market and knew I had to have it. Sweet P (Paulette) and Thelma love it, as well. It features the new adorable line of fabric called Marmalade by Camille and Bonnie (her mom) for Moda. I didn't go to Market so I don't have any Marmalade fabric - big sigh! :-)

However, I decided I simply can't wait for Marmalade to show up on the store shelves. I had a fat eighth bundle of California Girl by Joanna/Fig Tree Quilts for Moda and decided it would be perfect.

What do you think of my first four blocks?

Aren't they sweet?

I have 31 more spools to make so I'll be up bright and early tomorrow morning so I can start sewing again. Everything is cut and ready to sew!

I appreciate your visit - come back soon.

In Friendship!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Last Monday got away from me with appointments and such therefore I failed to encourage you to continue your Christmas sewing!!!!

I'm here today - yes I am. I'm here jumping around and shaking my pom-poms cheering you on
as you work on at least one Christmas gift this month. Cheryl's had a very busy week but I know for a fact that she's squeezed in a minute or two to shake her pom-poms, too. Don't forget to visit her blog today - more awesome tutorials and ideas!
"I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year!"

See you next Monday again with a picture of the prize up for grabs. Don't forget I'll post Mr Linky on May 31 so you can share. Have a great week!

In Friendship!

Thursday, May 10, 2012


The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables, as in "on scrolls of silver snowy sentences" (Hart Crane). Modern alliteration is predominantly consonantal; certain literary traditions, such as Old English verse, also alliterate using vowel sounds.

I believe it was 2001 when my friend, Cyndy and I, decided to go to the Sister's Quilt Show through Country Heritage Tours. The tour guide assigned every pair of travelers a letter of the alphabet so we would have rotating seat assignments on the bus. Every day the flash card letters would be moved up thus preventing any battles over the 'good' seats. Very smart woman!

We were R - for Rollerskating Raccoon. Cyndy and I quickly got the reputation for being a bit loud and easily excited. LOL Seriously people we were touring Oregon and visiting a variety of fabulous quilt shops. We couldn't help but be loud and excited (sometime down right obnoxious - LOL) Anyway as the tour went on people kept adding words beginning with R to describe us - Ravishing, rambuctious, righteous, rebellious, riotious, rollerskating raccoons. LOL

Yes, I know - what does this have to do with quilting other than the fact that we visited quilt shops and the Sister's Quilt Show?

Anna of Thimbleanna fame left a fabulous comment on my post about my Dresden plates about how much fun I could have with alliteration i.e. Darlene's Dresdens.

So, let's have some fun!

Leave a comment suggesting a word beginning with "D" to be used in an alliterative way with "Darlene's Dresdens".

I hope you're having a wonderful day! I apprecate your visit - come again soon.

In Friendship!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Doing the Dresden

Everybody is doing the Dresden, except me because I'm late to the dance. ;-) I've been wanting to make a Dresden Plate quilt for a long time but kept procrastinating. No more - I'm in serious Dresden Plate mode. LOL

I spent the afternoon in my 'happy place' sewing away - making dresden plates. I was relaxed, smiling, humming and thinking about next dresden plate project! Oh yes, I was because when people say these are addicting I now know they mean it.

There's so much I want to tell you about these pretties but it's going to be a much longer post and I need to get it together. Stay tuned.

Thank you for stopping by to visit - I appreciate you.

In Friendship!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Stitching to Share

At the beginning of every month, since January, Bird Brain Designs has been providing a free pattern. The theme is fruits and vegetables and perfect to stitch on dishtowels. They are fun, quick projects to do while I'm watching TV in the evenings. I haven't taken the time to rinse off the printable Solvy and I just noticed that the word Cherries is missing. ACK! LOL

Although the stitching is complete, this month's design Bell Peppers, is still in my hoop.

Breaking news!!!!
Did you hear about the conspiracy??? Yes, there's a conspiracy going on in blogland. It seems that there are several other blogger friends missing patterns, books and/or good scissors. You already know that I'm missing two embroidery patterns. Well, it appears that Rhonda is missing two jelly roll books, Cheryl is missing a pattern and Marcella is missing a pair of good scissors. Karen thinks the Wabbit Daze Gang have my patterns and Allie swears there's nothing hidden in her "mess". LOL I think they are all hiding in the same spot and taunting us or they are simply hidden in plain sight.

Again, if you see the missing patterns, books and/or scissors please send them to their respective homes; they are needed. :-)

I appreciate your visit - see you tomorrow!

In Friendship!
Monday means Christmas Through the Year
& BOM Rehab :-)

I know exactly what you're thinking - "is that all she has to blog about - sheesh". Come back, don't go, please stay - I will have more to blog about this week. Seriously, I will. Yes, I know - second verse same as the first. LOL

Here we are into May as we continue our Christmas Through the Year journey. Is it me or is 2012 flying by? Since it feels like it is then we need to get super busy making Christmas gifts. Yes, that includes me, too - I'm way behind. I'm so far behind, I don't even have the prize for this month's drawing. I'm hanging my head in shame and hope to have something by next Monday. I think I need to lock myself in my sewing room for a few days this week.

Cheryl and I will continue to shake our pom-poms and cheer you on.

Oh, Sinta,thank you so much for starting the BOM Rehab.

Lookie, lookie here I'm caught up with the 2011 FQS Designer Mystery BOM. Block #12 should arrive later this week. WooHoo!

By the way, I've been searching for a few days for two patterns in my sewing room (ok, I've searched throughout the house). Have you seen them? If you do would you please send them home - I need them. ;-)

Have a wonderful, wonderful week. Thank you bunches for stopping by to visit with me.

In Friendship!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...