Monday, May 30, 2011
Today my third son, Amos, left for Iraq. The only way I get through these boys and their adventures is to tell myself "They Chose to do this." Silly I know but it sure helps.
He called yesterday to say good-bye. Won't have contact with him for about four days.
I have another son doing who knows what in the Philipines.
So in honor of their service, my worriness and the service of my own Father and my husband's Father, I am having a giveaway.
Won't you join me?
I am giving away POSH POSIES.....can you guess where I got it? If you guessed "I Have a Notion" you are right! It has everything you need to complete the wall hanging. Tomorrow, I just might add something else...who knows??
Have a wonderful Memorial Day.....
I say..."Let's Bring our Boys and girls home!!!!!"
In the mean time "God Bless America and our MEN and WOMEN!!!"
Just leave a comment, I will chose a winner when he makes contact with us. Thanks!
GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED...THANKS FOR COMING BY
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Next Deanna (Wedding Dress Blue, I won the table napkins when she had a giveaway. She included the book mark and pot holders...oh what a fun mail this was. Thanks so much....but I have to confess my most favorite thing of all was a note from her daughter.
So...you ask, why am I throwing in the towel. Well...if you have been following my blog you will know that I started a quilt for a contest I wanted to enter. I had taken out this quilt 4 times and the last time was enough....so from the bits and pieces I concocted this small quilt. I have enough of the quilt remains to do another small quilt. So I will, in time.
Okay, I know that is old news.....so.....I had a Pampered Pooch Jelly Roll from Moda and started to dream again....I got it all out...cut it up...put the quilt together. Mind you, I loved the concept and where this quilt was taking me but....for me, it was poorly executed to put into a contest. But this was my last jelly roll....so once again....I rip it up...
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Some of you will not, this was an earlier post. Like April 2009
Well.....I noticed that Accuquilt came out with a Go cutter similar to this design.
When I was in Samoa I cut out all of these cats and was working on them but got side tracked. They were all scrunched up in bag with the fabrics.
Today I am offering you the pattern for free, just email me. You see the pattern and the cats....the cats don't have their tails.... The tail goes on last. There are eight, I was going to applique them on squares and make a quilt.
If you would like the cats, I am not including the fabrics....you can have the cats as well....I have totally lost interest in doing this quilt. So there are eight cats and I have eight white cut outs so you can sew and turn your cats and then applique them on squares.
Just leave a comment for the cats and pattern. You can try to retreive the pattern from my tutorial and free patterns right under the header.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I am having such troubles commenting on some of your blogs....I am also having trouble getting in and out of my blog. I know it will take time for all of this to be fixed but please know that I have come by..... Thanks to those of you who have sought me out in emails to comment on my post.
I hate to do post without pictures. This is one of 11 crystals goblets that I purchased (12) before I was married. I had the dishes to match. Unfortunately, the dishes have not made it this far. Eleven of the 12 goblets have made it. One thanksgiving I decided to give my children a lesson on etiquette.....have them use the fine crystal. Well...needless to say one child (will not mention names but it is the same child that pulled my very nice singer sewing machine off the counter) must have watched a James Bond movie or something to where they threw their glasses in the fireplace because when he finished drinking....the crystal went flying...... I just felt that was a lesson learned. We continued to bring out the crystal on Holidays until the matching set of dishes became obsolete.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The only thing that is missing is the ocean smell.
Cindy gave me an award,
you can click on her name, it will take you to her blog and the award....and tell you what I need to do..
First off...thanks Cindy.
Here are seven things about myself (I will try to chose things that you don't know about me)
1. I am all girl, I love frills, jewelry, foo foo...you name it.
2. I am very spoiled...where my husband leaves my sons take up.
3. I have excessive behavior and if I get something in my mind, I won't let up until it is achieved or guilt persues....or the whole cake is all gone (HA!!)
4. I have a tendency to get very attached to people (even if I dont know you)....meaning you.
I am like a lap puppy, very loyal
5. I like to joke around and have fun....and sometimes I laugh at the wrong times and when I am really nervous, I get real goofy.
6. I have a strong desire to be a better person today than I was yesterday. I have my weaknesses and flaws but I truly try to work on them....I know what they are, no need to go into details, some of you wouldn't come back.
7. I have always wanted to live in the same place all my life, same grocery store, same bank, but that has not happened. Just recently I have come to appreciate and enjoy the different places, friends, banks and experiences of life. I am grateful for the opportunities of life and all the experiences that come with it, good or bad.
There you have it, a glimse into this world that I call mine. It would be so hard to chose 15 people for this award. Some of you don't accept awards and that is okay. If you would like this one and are a follower of mine, take it...or at least give us seven things about yourself.
Still working on the contest quilt (that is where the excessive behavior comes in).....won't give up~
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Here are my storage bins.
No longer do I hunt for a rotary cutter or scissors (I guess some of you thought I didn't have enough)? This is so wonderful, it has restored some sort of organization to my sewing room. I am trying to get rid of alot of things....I can't stand clutter......but I can clutter up a space in no time flat.....I guess sometimes I am my own worst enemy.
Today I am going to rat out my husband.....well...not really rat...praise him.
Never have I had to empty his pockets, pick his clothes off the floor. He does not make messes (maybe in the kitchen with crumbs....or dishes).....he does not clutter things. If you were to see his side of the bathroom you would wonder if someone was there...but if you looked at mine....(oh....my....I guess I am ratting out myself....). I will stop while I am ahead.
Friday, May 20, 2011
I went to JoAnn's and purchased a storage bin with 10 drawers....therefore sorted through all my sewing supplies.
What a shock it was to find all these scissors.
Here is the Quandary...I have all of these scissors but where are they when I am needing them?
Next is this drawer of needles, pins, and sewing machine needles. How many do I really need?
When I was in Amerika Samoa I was afraid of running out, what is my excuse now?
Next Quandary...... So for weeks now I have been mulling over in my mind, designing and ripping out the same quilt four times. It is for a contest I wanted to enter. Today after the fourth time....I am wondering if I should continue or just quit?
Thursday, May 19, 2011
said I wouldn't.
I made this dish towel and cozy. Thinking about trimming up the towel.
Finished stitching around all of these turtles for a quilt (see...I am trying to finish up a few things this month). I started this project months ago....
Sandra sent me this cute cute fabric (can you tell it is from Canada)? I was so surprised and happy when I got this. Thanks Sandra!
Cindy sent these for "The Things I love" quilt. I just love embroidery machines. I say I won't get one because it will cost me more money...well.....I guess I need to think about what I say because I got a Slice and it is costing me more money. Go figure....maybe if I can get over the initial cost of the machine? Okay, that sounds good....did I save face?
Toni sent me these blocks and such a sweet card.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I have been searching and searching for a good buy and finally I was able to get this half off at Joann's online.
Here is the glass cutting mat, with the sponge and adhesive.
Here is the fabric with fusible on the back, adhered to the cutting mat.
Here are cut outs from card stock.
Here are the cut outs from Fabrics.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
These are some appliques that Sandy (who recently passed away) sent me, I am very happy I have these to put in my quilt.
Then Joanne from Splitting Stitches
sent me these and I made cupcakes...who doesn't love cupcakes?
These are from my Go cutter....
Then.....these....are from my new slice.......which will be another post in the makings, I have been so busy with company and other things that I have not been able to play much with it but my one son and I played with it briefly and this is what we came up with. It was a mother's day present to me...
I think I am going to love making this quilt and enjoy the friends in the group....if you want to join us...go see Betsy....tell her Barb sent ya. Let's have some fun. Maybe do a RRB....round robin Block, we we each make the same block and send it on? We can do all kinds of fun stuff...so stay tuned. Thanks Betsy!!
Friday, May 13, 2011
Because of this.......(took out for a third time)
Here is another one.
So....I took all nine strips and cut them to an exact 2 1/2 inch strip....and with the shaving I put them together and got this..... every overage adds up.
What a difference this makes. This explains the problem I was having when I went to sew my rows on, they were either a half inch to an inch tooo long. I would get my trusty ruler out and my strips were too wide. How could that be?
I am making these....and to be precise I have to have a 2 1/2 inch strip!!!!
I have my pfaff set up on the kitchen table.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Her new address is here
If you have time, go to her blog, she will explain what happened....and if you have been a blogging friend....that is her new home.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
I am actually old enough to be her mother. We have discussed this a time or two and well....sometimes friendship knows no age limit. She is an amazing mother, daughter, and friend.
Didn't she do a splendid job?
Happy Mother's Day to all of you....and to my own mother and sisters out there!!! Hope you all are treated like the qeens you are!!