Monday, August 31, 2009

Swaps & Random Acts of Kindness

I've been waiting patiently for my July Christmas Swap package to arrive! It's a delightful package from Shiree in New Zealand and worth the wait. :-) Be sure to click on the image so you can read the sweet sentiment on the bag and you know how much I love redwork and stitchery! Shiree, thank you so much for sharing your talent with me - the table topper will be wonderful on my kitchen table at Christmas. :-)

A while back I made a firm decision to stop participating in swaps - they are too stressful on me. I'm never sure about the package I'm sending - will it be enough, will be cute enough, etc. I decided to participate in this particular swap with Linda and Stephanie because it was an 'invitation only' and I felt honored to be invited. Thank you ladies! Sadly, my partner has not received the package I mailed to her - this has never happened to me. Sigh! I know it has happened to others and now I know the stress and angst you must have felt. My partner has asked me not to send a new package - she's still hoping that the package will arrive. For obvious reasons I will put a new package in the mail soon.

Now my decision to stop participating in swaps is more than firm - I'm definitely done! :-) BUT....(you knew there had to be a 'but') LOL

I don't have much desire to sew or quilt for myself so I've decided that Random Acts of Kindness (aka RAK's as Kaaren calls them) are the thing for me. :-) Maybe if I work on something for an unsuspecting friend the desire to sew something for myself will return!

These are the first four that will be headed out the door before the end of the week. You might recognize the little quilts I made with scraps of 1/2 square triangles leftover from a project. There are four little quilts but one is staying home with me. teehee! (yes I do have a selfish streak) The blue fabric with the chickens is actually the back of a small quilt that will be going far, far away - I can't show you the front right now because she might guess it's hers. LOL

In the meantime, I've continued to work on the Truly Scrumptious girls - this is Miss Scarlett and she's #8 (one to go).

I appreciate your visit and I hope that you won't give up on me!

In Friendship with gratitude!

Friday, August 28, 2009

It's Friday!
(have you missed me?)

Come back later to see my 'sale' items - my camera batteries died - sigh!
Still no sewing or quilting going on here - the quilting mojo has seriously left the building! I did manage to completely finish my Blossom quilt. It's quilted and the binding has been sewn to the front of the quilt BUT about half way through the actual quilting process I realized that I'm definitely in a quilting whirlpool. I was making swirls on the quilt - this was not my intention! Big Sigh!!! I continued because the last thing I feel like doing is ripping out quilting - UGH!!! I knew then that it was time to step away from my machine and take a respite. LOL

I have managed to finish three more Truly Scrumptious blocks. Seven down; two to go! :-)

Here's Tilly tending her garden. Miss Delish reminding us to 'be kind to yourself' - how often we do forget to do that!
And, Miss T Tipsy inviting you to join us for a cup of tea - I'd love it if you would. :-)

I appreciate that you've popped in to visit with me - please come again soon! And, if you find my quilting mojo would you please send it to me!

In Friendship!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

For Sale!

If you're interested in any of the following items please send an e-mail ( I can invoice you through Paypal or I'll accept a Cashier's Check or Postal Money Order . The prices do not include postage/shipping.

The description is underneath the item.

1. I Believe in Angels by Bunny Hill Designs - complete kit
This was a BOM from The Fat Quarter Shop. $140.00 + postage

2. Snowman Country by Bunny Hill Designs - complete kit.
This kit was purchased from The Fat Quarter Shop. $75.00 + postage

Thanks for taking a peek! Lots more to come!
Thank you, Thank you!!!!!

I asked for and received so many wonderful comments, suggestions and encouraging words regarding my struggles with my quilting journey - thank you! It's very difficult to express my gratitude via the written word - you guys really do rock!!!! I will be responding to all comments as the day progresses - bear with me!

I don't have a solution for my struggles and challenges so I'll continue to plod along. Yesterday I had reason to visit one of the local quilt stores and nothing tugged at my quilting heart strings. Sigh!

I have made some huge decisions regarding my stash! I tried to do this before and I didn't follow through - well the time has come! Starting tomorrow, Friday and every Friday until I'm finished I will be posting a ton of things that must be sold and/or given away. I've spent the morning taking pictures of the first batch of items so I'll hope you'll come back tomorrow to see what I have to offer. Lots of bargains!!!!

In the meantime, allow me to share another Truly Scrumptious block - this is Miss Evangeline. :-)

I hope that your day is filled with things put a smile on your face and a song in your heart!

In Friendship with Gratitude!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Quilting Whirlpool

This is "X-Rated" by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co - one of the six flimsies to be quilted this month - done!
I've been making great progress on my August goals but I seem to be in a quilting whirlpool - restless, bored, disenchanted, uninterested, disillusioned - Sigh!!!! I hate my stash - please come get it. I'm just not having fun! Bigger Sigh!!! I'm even bored with my blog!!! Bigger, bigger sigh!

Help!!!!! What would you do???? I need your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, etc.

I'll be waiting for your words of wisdom - thank you for stopping by!

In Friendship!

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Boys, The Girls & I

Have you missed me? Oh I hope so! :-)

I'd like to say that I've been super productive with my sewing, stitching & quilting but the fact is I've been spending time with the Boys and the Girls.

The Boys - my grandsons, Seth & Eli were both down with a strong flu bug. Suffering from high temps and had to be watched for the Swine Flu. They are both better and back in school today.

The Girls - The Truly Scrumptious girls (l to r Ava, Gigi & Izzy). These patterns are by Natalie Lymer/Cinderberry Stitches. I can't help but smile and snicker just a little while stitching these cuties! Six more to stitch!

And, now it's back to my long list of August goals. I hope that you've spent time with your needle and thread - I'll be visiting your blogs very soon to see what you've been doing.

I appreciate your visit - please come again!

In Friendship!

Friday, August 07, 2009

Stitchin' Time

Just a little show and tell of my "stitchin' time".

I've faithfully been printing Gail Pan's free BOM every month. Last week I took the time to trace the first seven blocks and now I'm up to date. The 8th block is now available so I will trace and stitch it this evening!
And, I stitched the 8th Tisket-a-Tasket freebie from Bunny Hill Designs. Need to get the appliqued versions done, too.

Thanks for visiting with me - come again soon!

In Friendship!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

beep, beep, beep.....................

We're bringing in heavy equipment and interrupting this blog to bring you a progress report on Darlene's August goals. She's been a busy gal - whew!!!

Redwork Santas - officially a flimsy. Pattern is "Here Comes Santa Quilt" by Bird Brain Designs.
Redwork Polka Dot Girls - officially a flimsy. Pattern is called The Polka Dot Girls by Bronwyn Hayes.
We overheard Darlene telling Mr Daze that she simply wasn't sure about this one when she started assembling the blocks. We heard lots of deep sighs but then we heard a "woohoo" when she added the final border and heard her say "It's so whimsical - I love it".

That's all we have to report today from WABT-TV - teehee!!! I think there's some quilting in the works so stay tuned.
Don't forget to leave a little cheer for Darlene!
Naughty Can Be Nice,
Thimbles & Snippet, members of the Wabbit Daze Gang

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Another August Commitment :-)

Kelly, at Charming Girls' Quilt Club continues her challenge in August - woohoo! I had so much fun finishing my "1930's Black & White" in July that I absolutely had to find 'the' project to finish in August.

Here's my August project............."Pumpkin Hill" by Bunny Hill Designs will be a completed flimsy by the end of August. I'm excited that I may be able to enjoy it displayed in my home this Fall. :-)

Lots of progress happening on the other commitments - I'll be back with an update!

In the meantime, thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to leave me a little 'you can do it' cheer.

In Friendship!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

I love birthdays!

I'm coming up for air to share the birthday treasures and gifts I received from friends!

The one below is from my dear friend, Nan. You must enlarge the picture to read the sentiment on the stitchery. :-) The Moda Scrap Bag is a fun bag of coordinated strips and not from just one line - that will be a fun scrappy project someday soon. Thank you, Nan!

And, my dear friend, Carol sent the newest hardback book from Debbie Macomber, a delightful bookmark and box of sweet ME notecards - thank you, Carol!

Thank you, Mary for sending new "Wabbit Daze Gang" member - isn't she sweet???? I had a name picked out but it doesn't fit so she remains nameless - for now! The other members of the "Wabbit Daze Gang" have welcomed her and have already put her to work - they are up to something - lots of whispering going on. LOL

A sweet package from Carol. The complete kit to make one of the patterns featured on Moda Backshop. An Aviary Turnover package, background fabric and printed pattern. I will start working on this very, very soon.
Thank you so much, Carol.

Nan, Carol, Mary & Carol thank you so much for the wonderful surprises - definitely a birthday to remember.
Thank you so much for letting me share but especially for stopping by to visit. Lots of progress with my August goals - I'll share later. teehee
In Friendship!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

The Chosen Ones
(flimsies to be quilted in August)

If you looked for this post yesterday I'm sorry I'm late! I don't know what happened to the day - poof it was gone!

Here are flimsies pulled from the pile to be quilted in August.

left to right: 3" rail fence swap blocks, Four Seasons stitchery project, Whirligigs with Oh Cherry Oh fabric, X-Rated (enlarged Schnibbles pattern), A Quilter's Journey stitchery project, and an oldie (need to find the stats for this one). Take note there are 6 flimsies shown rather than 5 I promised in Friday's post.

Last week I quilted my "High Cotton" flimsy. This pattern can by found in Kim Diehl's new book, Simple Comforts.

And, I pulled this oldie; "Sweet Treats" by Fig Tree Designs.

I realize I have set some huge goals for the month of August. I work really well when I have a "To Do" list so I'll check them off as I go along and hope that all have been accomplished by the end of August.

I still need to set a goal for Kelly's, Charming Girls' Quilt Club. I've chosen something so I'll be back tomorrow to show that, as well.
Now, if you need me, you certainly know exactly where you can find me. LOL A friend told me one day that I don't seem to know how to do nothing. I think she might be right! ;-)
I hope that you'll leave a cheer or two through out the month of August as I pop in to show you my progress.
I appreciate your visit - come again soon!
In Friendship!
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