Friday, July 31, 2009

Let the Games Begin!

Recently I was told that I don't seem to finish anything and that if I didn't stop sewing my pile of flimies (aka quilt tops) would be incredibly large! What????? In my mind I seem to finish quite a bit and yes maybe my pile of flimsies is just slightly too large but they are all stored in my home so ....

Anyway, those two comments have been subconsciously bothering me so I've decided to set some goals for August!

This is the only quilt top that is not officially a flimsy. It was started a long time ago and it just needs borders - so I will add the final borders and quilt it. BTW, this Blossom by Fig Tree Designs.

This has been my baseball watching project - Santa, the D'backs & Me. I finished the final Santa earlier this week and in August I will assemble the quilt top and quilt it. It will be adorable in my home at Christmas.
Sadly, I have gotten behind with my Bunny Hill Designs Tisket-a-Tasket BOM so I will get May, June, July & August blocks done. Take note that I am current with the redwork version :-)

My Polka Dot Girls project has been waiting to be assembled. All blocks have been stitched for a long time; this month I will assemble the quilt top and quilt it.

Yes, the pile of flimsies is very large so I plan to pick out at least five flimsies to quilt during the month of August. I'll be back sometime tomorrow (Saturday) to show you which ones I've selected. And, I will also show you two flimsies I quilted this week - they are officially quilts.
I received some wonderful birthday packages from some bloggy friends so stay tuned for pictures of my new treasures and treats.
Enjoy your week end - thank you for stopping by to visit!

In Friendship!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Charming Girls' Quilt Club Project - DONE!!!!!

The Wabbit Daze Gang joined Kelly's Charming Girls' Quilt Club challenge on my behalf and I have finished my project. Yes, my "1930's Black & White" quilt is finished! WooHoo!

I have to show you the backing - found 4 1/2 yards high on a shelf - PERFECT!

A "1930's Black & White" flimsy on my design wall - this baby was a ton of work!

The quilted "1930's Black & White" - whew!

On July 15th Kelly tagged all club members with five queries....
1. My favorite fabric:
I don't have one favorite; I like it all and seem to work with everything (exept Batiks)
2. The pattern I'm most looking forward to sewing is:
I have plans to work on a few more projects from "Simple Comforts" by Kim Diehl
3. The food that is my weakness:
Chocolate might be the obvious answer but I don't really have a food that I consider a weakness.
4. If I knew I couldn't fail, I'd:
In hindsight I wish I'd gone to college - always feared failure.
5. The best "Life" advice I know:
Treat others as you want to be treated.
Thank you, thank you so much for all the birthday wishes and wonderful comments - you guys really ROCK!!!
Do something today to make your heart smile!
I appreciate your visit - come again soon.
In Friendship!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ode to the Fifties!

Five years ago today I excitedly celebrated my 50th birthday! I truly was thrilled to be 50 and told everyone I knew that I was now 50. :-) I suddenly felt empowered - silly, I know! And, since then I've really enjoyed being 50-ish. I've never been afraid or ashamed to admit my age; afterall I've lived it so why not! :-)

Today I am quietly celebrating 55 and I can't help but smile because I'm going to enjoy telling the world for the next year that I'm 55. I feel empowered, yet again. More silliness? Maybe!

I've quietly looked over the past 55 years and feel pretty good - a good childhood; a good career; married to my Sweetie, Ron, for over 32 years; raised a wonderful daughter, Kristie, who has given me 2 grandsons, Seth & Eli. And, so many other wonderful chapters.

No big plans just a quiet day enjoying and celebrating in my own way.

Thank you for letting me share. Look out I'm a Leo roaring that I'm now 55! :-)

I appreciate your visit - thank you!

In Friendship!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Spoolin' Around
(this is what Dawn called it - LOL)

Carol, Wendy, Judy, Dawn, Sharon & I have finished another block swap and we are thrilled with the results! The final five blocks arrived today and I couldn't wait to add the final two rows!!! We swapped these blocks for six months and the arrival of new blocks every month just made all of us giddy with the results - it just makes me smile :-) Swapping with these ladies has been a wonderful experience. Carol, Wendy, Judy, Sharon & I have swapped before - you might recall our 3" 30's rail fence blocks that we swapped last year. It was fun to have Dawn join us this time.

It's finished just the way it is - no border - just a nice dark binding to create a frame. Everyone else is almost finished with their quilts, as well, so stay tuned to their blogs.

Thanks for letting me share! And, I appreciate your visit - please come again soon & often.

In Friendship!

Do you remember this 16 patch quilt (on the left) I showed several months ago? This is my pattern and it came about strictly by accident. I had these four patches that weren't playing well together so I made 16 patches...... and on and on and on. I finished the quilt, posted it on my blog. Carol asked me for the pattern - what????? - there is no pattern - well write one she said and I'll test it for you - what????? LOL! To make a very long story short - I looked at my quilt and sent instructions over a period of several days and her quilt was finished! (on the right)

I love Carol's quilt as much as I love mine and am thrilled beyond words that she wanted to make one. I can't help but smile when I think about or write about this little venture. No, there is still no pattern. LOL

I hope you're having a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping - come again soon.

In Friendship!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

From My Heart!

Over the past few months I've received some thoughtful, surprise gifts from some blogging friends - these treasures touched my heart in ways that I can't express. I decided that I wanted to do something to thank them so I've been working on some small quilts to say thank you. These are the first four and I have a few more to do.

Do you remember these? A couple of weeks ago I made these four using one Civil War Crossing Layer Cake (by Moda). I finished quilting and binding these and they are now winging their way to their new homes. I'm not ashamed to admit that after I finished quilting and binding these I have been VERY fearful of sending them to their new homes. Why??? Well, they are not perfect - I did a very simple meandering so I fear judgement. If you know anything about me then you know that I seek acceptance and don't like judgement. So, I'd almost decided to just keep these and go shopping for some treasures to send. Then my sweet hubby reminded me that I made these from my heart with my hands and a very willing spirit for four lovely ladies. So, hopefully they won't be judged and just accepted as a gift from my heart. Sigh!!!!

So, tell me - do you think they will be surprised? I'm not looking for compliments just your thoughts!

I do appreciate your visit - come again soon!

In Friendship!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Pickin' Cotton

I haven't done much sewing this week however this evening (well, Sunday evening) I got a major burst of energy and worked on my 'High Cotton' quilt. It's officially a flimsy! WooHoo!!!!

As I was making the blocks I was second guessing my fabric choices and now that it's all done I'm beyond excited - I love it!

I ordered the border fabric for my '1930's Black & White quilt and it has arrived. All 25 blocks are finished so now I just need to start sewing it all together. WooHoo!!!

Thanks for popping in to visit - come again soon.

In Friendship!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

"High Cotton"

"High Cotton" is a Southern-American term used to reflect the best of times; a time of well being. The term originates from the rural farming community in the Antebellum (pre-Civil War) when "high cotton" meant that the crops were good and the prices, likewise, were better. It is commonly used in conjunction with several phrases such as "We're in high cotton now" or "You're in high cotton", meaning all is going very well.
Retrieved from ""

A post from me - just ME and not the Wabbit Daze Gang - LOL! I wanted to be mad at them for hi-jacking my blog but it's obvious they had a ton of fun, and hopefully you did, too, so how can I be mad? Goodness, they even had a giveaway and then informed me that I had to go shopping. LOL

Thank you so much for all your wonderful cheers, compliments and comments. Things have settled down and hopefully will remain that way. :-)

I spent Saturday in 'high cotton' - a truly blissful day! I was up and out of bed at 5:00 am and the sewing machine was humming by 6:00 am. At the end of the day I had a total of 20 blocks for my "1930's Black & White" quilt - 5 to go. woohoo! This pattern is called "1930's Black & White" and it's by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet.

These blocks are adorable but can be a bit tedious so I took a break and started a brand new project! I couldn't help it, I could see the book out of the corner of my eye and the quilt on the cover was taunting me. So, what's a girl to do? :-) This is from Kim Diehl's new book, "Simple Comforts" and the quilt is called "High Cotton". When you're making the blocks you actually make two idential blocks so I have a total of 16 blocks and need 63 for the center of the quilt. I'm making my quilt very similar Kim's but rather than 4 lights, as she has in her pattern requirements, I've chosen to use 8 lights - just wanted a little more variety. I really enjoyed making these blocks and am looking forward to doing more digging through my stash.

Thanks so much for popping in to visit with me. Come again soon!

In Friendship!

Friday, July 10, 2009

(catching up - whew!)

I'm sorry we've been MIA. Mr Hubby Daze has been busy and we needed his help to do all of this - he's a real keeper! teehee!!!!

From Joy: Here's the scoop on Darlene's recent finish - the hourglass quilt I found draped on the small ironing board. The fabric is called Miss Jump's Scrapbag by Moda (it was a fat quarter bundle with 40 fat quarters) and she cut two 10" squares from each fat quarter (two layer cakes ;-0) and then made quarter square triangles aka hourglass blocks. Each block is 8 1/2" finished and there are 8 blocks across/10 rows = 80 blocks. She doesn't plan to add a border - it's finished just like it is and she'll make a scrappy binding from the remaining pieces/parts of the fat quarters.

I'll bet you think we've forgotten about the drawing - if you left a cheering comment to help Darlene finish her "1930's Black & White" quilt. Without further ado we have a winners ............ yes, we have winners, as in more than one - woohoo!
Come on down!!!!!

1. Kaaren, The Painted Quilt (#16)
2. Carol (#12)
3. Allie (#25)

Please send an e-mail with your complete name and address and goodies will be coming your way vewy, vewy soon. Mr Hubby Daze says that Darlene will get your prizes together and get them mailed - OK?

Darlene has had some vewy, vewy busy days and she wants to thank you for all your good thoughts, too. Remember when she asked for prayers for her daughter a couple of months ago? Well, all your good thoughts and prayers are helping because things are starting to look much better.

Thanks for playing along with us..................The Wabbit Daze Gang will ride again vewy, vewy soon!!!!


Naughty can be nice,
The Wabbit Daze Gang

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Psst - over here!

My name is Joy and I'm a member of the Wabbit Daze Gang! I was out for a little ride and slammed on the brake to come to a screeching halt (dragged my foot) when I saw this flimsey. I don't know anything about it but I'll do a little snooping and get back to you! Just felt the need to share!

The Wabbit Daze Gang will ride again later today to announce the winners of our "Cheer Darlene On" contest! And, I'll have all the facts about this flimsey! See you soon!
Naughty can be nice :-)
Just Joy (a member of the Wabbit Daze Gang)

Monday, July 06, 2009

The Wabbit Daze Gang Rides Again!

Remember me, Nibbles? Yesterday I was left out of the picture because I was taking the picture! No more, Mr Hubby Daze has told us that he'd help us keep this blog alive! WooHoo!!!!!

So, to reward me he took a picture of just me after we (the other wabbits & I) loaded Darlene's latest quilting finish onto our Radio Flyer wagon. We huffed, we puffed, we pushed, we pulled, we tugged, etc and finally did it. Whew!

We thought loading the quilt on the wagon was a major feat! Well, that was nothing compared to unloading it, unfolding it and spreading it out so Mr Hubby Daze could take a picture. Darlene needs to sew down the binding but it's too darn hot to hold this beauty on her lap so it could be awhile.
Here's what we know about this quilt - it's called "Confetti Cake" by The Pattern Basket and a Primary Primer layer cake by Minick & Simpson/Moda was used.

Wow, 36 left cheers for Darlene to finish her "1930's Black & White" - thank you, thank you! Mr Hubby Daze is going to help us with the drawing so stay tuned - we'll be back to announce the winner!

We need a nap zzzzzZZZZzzzZZZZzzzz but we'll ride again very soon!

Naughty Can Be Nice
The Wabbit Daze Gang

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Wabbit Daze
(beware ---- long post)

Darlene is busy taking care of all the curve balls and feels that she needs to take a blogging break - well, we can't let her blog just sit.


We can't just let this blog sit - let's find a project for her to work on - we must show the world - come on, Joy, hold the blocks; no, you hold them; she's not going to be happy with us; does "Wabbit Stew" ring a bell with anyone; who's going to protect us from her (maybe her sweet hubby - he likes us, doesn't he?). Oh my goodness, I can't believe we're doing this - we're going to be in so much trouble - SIGH!!!!! Whose idea is this any way????

I was reading her e-mails last night and she's committed on Charming Girls Quilt Club Blog to finishing an older UFO so let's put this one out and "commit" her to finishing it. teehee! Let's make this official - snicker -

Darlene is going to finish "1930's Black & White" by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet by the end of July

It's really a cute project and I remember when she started it.

Oh my goodness she has to finish this project; it's really, really cute; and remember when she searched high and low for this pattern. Let's share the story (as we remember it)

This pattern is "1930's Black & White" by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet. Darlene saw a picture of the quilt on somone's webshots album and couldn't get a response from the owner of the album. She knew it was by Lori Holt but had no other information, so she Googled Lori's name and found that a quilt shop in Utah might carry the pattern. Excitedly she called and was told that they carried other patterns by Lori Holt but not this particular one but would get it for Darlene. Darlene waited several days - NOTHING! I think she called Lori at home and found that Material Girls might carry the pattern so she called Nadine - - POOF in a matter of days Darlene had the pattern in her possession. She was a very happy girl and started searching for the fabric (especially the black and white prints) and made the black and white nine patches in no time (quick like a bunny - teehee). Then she started working on the blocks but needed a good variety of 1930's solids - ordered those from someone on the web - made four blocks and then the project sat. Huge Sigh!!!!

We're going to put the project box by her sewing machine and hopefully she'll take our BIG hint! LOL I think she'll be so excited, she'll forget about our antics and get busy sewing. LOL

Please join us - The Wabbit Daze gang - in cheering Darlene on to finish this project by the end of July!!! Darlene finished quilting one of her flimsies earlier this week and if we can load it in our wagon, spread it out and take a picture we'll be back to share with you vewy, vewy soon ---------------

So, leave us a comment to cheer Darlene on to finish her "1930's Black & White" project and we'll toss you name in a drawing and send you a little something. teehee!!!!

Naughty can be nice
The Wabbit Gang

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Oh Life!

Life has thrown a few curve balls my way so I must take a blog break for a bit! As time permits I will visit your blogs but I can't promise many comments. Thank you!

I hope that you'll visit again when I return!

I appreciate your visits!

In Friendship
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