Sunday, November 29, 2009

So what am I doing?????

I am getting writers cramps from all of your names in this quilt drawing....but....I will give one last effort to those of you who really want it....

if you will post about this between now and midnight my time tomorrow,Dec. 1st, I will throw your name in for another 3 entries

and if you purchase from my niece's store I will give you 20 entries....and those that have already purchased...I am waiting to hear from Jennifer who you are but I will give you 10 more entries if you just coment on this post that you purchased. Only comment on this post...don't go back to the old one because that will mess me up (cause me more work)...sheweee can you just see the sweat coming off my brow???

I will tally all the comments on this post along with all the other ones and announce the winneer as soon as I get up on Tuesday, which will be about noon your time, if you are in Central US???? Give or take a few hours.

Saturday's Mail

I ordered these sewing caddies from Sew Fun quilts. aren't they cute???

Then she sent me some fabric for the laides I have them along with others that sent fabric in a box under my table. thanks sooooooooooo much

Then a little gal I know, I have known her since she was a little tyke...she was garage selling and she sent me these old quilt squares....don't you just love em????


My husband and I decided to go hiking.

These are just a few pictures of Mt. Alava, it is 3 hours in and 2 out....why, because on the way in it is mostly decided to do this.

I found that it was easy for me to go up the hill but coming down was harder because I was afraid of slipping. Also, I had an advantage over my husband,he had a backpack on his back and I also do the gazzell everyday( exercise equipment). So it was very easy for me, easier than for him.

So...we almost get to the end, I am guess about 30 more minutes and we would have made it but my husband could not go another step up those he rested while I went further to check it out and well..there was no way he could make it.

I was worried he was going to have a heart attack. So....we turned back and am I ever glad we did. I was so proud...patting myself on the back for doing so much at 52 ( I am not ashamed of my age....I am proud that I have been allowed to live this long) but about 15 minutes before we got to the car I was feeling it....and let me tell you those last few minutes was as if I was wearing lead shoes.

We had to come home and take a nap....and I am just now getting rejuvinated. So enjoy the trail....

Absoutely beautiful up there...

The one picture before this next one was above the ocean scene.

I mustered up some energy and did this quilt, just two pieces together for a lady at church that had a baby....and then just sewed straight lines...easy!!!
It is more pink than what you see and this is Mary's material from Quilt Hollow
Hope you like what I am doing with your material Mary...and thanks so much!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009


As most of you know, I am on a towel addiction (anyone know a cure, please email me) I am moving fabric around from place to place (oh yes....I have a true mess in my sewing room)....I should say from pile to pile. Moving papers, scribbles, notes, patterns..... I am contemplating my next towel and I am thinking of doing tree skirts, (I have the cutest pattern). Anyways.....I hear this voice.... "Barbara" most people call me Barb...who could this be?

So...I ignore the voice until it happens again...and this time I recognize it as I say "What's up self?".......and then I remeber this.... from I have a notion, it was a giveaway win.....

Then I have moved this more times than I want to admit. I won this over at Fabric Artist

So I tell myself to get lost....I am busy doing towels...but the voice calls says "You know you want to....just come feel the wonderful fabric,
smell it...
can't you just see that wonderful wall hanging already done up?"

Go away self...I already have too much to do! you can see from the next picture....I a weak....really weak...I confess it!! You heard it here first....yes....I am oh sooo weak...and my self won out....

Oh yes............

I made it a little bigger than the wall hanging and I also changed it up a little.
I am so thrilled and so now....back to the towels and tree skirts....

Anyone have a cure for shutting up the self??? Or am I skizoid? Do I have dual personalities? Hummmm, you better ask my husband that one?

Maybe he would like my self better....Barb or Barbara? Hummmmm Does he already know and is cheating on me?

Friday, November 27, 2009

Ginger Jar cut outs

I will solve this problem, Pat and Gene both will get one....




You ask what is???

So I asked my husband to pick a number between 1 and 28 for the winner of my Ginger Jar cut outs.....and well.

Okay you say...get to it...


GO to my post about the giveaway....and count down to number 12...yes, that is the number he picked....just go....and then come back here....

What are the odds??? Just what are they???? Now just so you know, I have sent this person something for all the help she has given me and so this is not something I just schemed up....ask her, she will tell you...... I am still laughing....what are the odds....yep, this is going to be a good you see....

What goes around comes around....what you send out comes back to you...and this person sends out nothing but goodness.

Thanks for all of you who entered this giveaway....the quilt giveway is Tuesday....

The winner is Pat, she says it is Gene but I have counted 5 times and come up with her as number who is it? Pat or Gene? Either one would be wonderful...

Jennifer does have 4 of those totes with the cut outs if you would like one, only one will have the original pattern, couldn't get any more than just let myself or her know ifyou are interested.


My husband has been home since Wednesday and so as you know, my time is his time. So inbetween going to the store and walking the airport I made these......

I don't like how the stems turned out....

Pat and Hetty will like this one....

You just gotta have a Santa Claus....

I guess the reason I like to do these so well is because it is a project that gets done fast and so you feel like you are accomplishing something even when your time is limited....besides they are so fun!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Some of you asked for they are

This is our walk. We went again on Monday and this time I took my camera and some good shoes.
See the first white spot on the end of the picure, that is where we walked to on Saturday.

One day we are going to walk out in the ocean on these rocks...should be fun but will make sure high tide is no where in the makings.

The next is just a picture of part of the path....

We had to walk through these pesty bushes....

Now the rest are just some rock formation from the lava flow, thought you would like to see what we see. I am going to have a hard time leaving this place.

These pictures will come out on Thanksgiving so all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! We have alot to be thankful for.

Thanksful for my amazing sons.....this amazing island and my wonderful amazing blogging friends....

Thanksful for this beautifl world we live in and the wonderful creator of all things our Father in Heaven....who loves each of us and listens to our prayers no matter how small or great the asking.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009


ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhHH GOTTA LOVE IT!!!!! and it is mine...all mine....doing the dance...doing the dance!!! Feel the earth move?

Lots of yummy fabric....

Lots of yummy treats.....she knows me, brought a big smile to my face today when I opened this package up...first seeing the treats and then came out the eye candy...ummmm ummmmm good.

Thanks are turning me into a fabric snob....truly....anyone care to join me?

By the way, don't forget about the 10% off in her store and the giveaway of the quilt, it will end Dec. 1st....just click on the picture of the quilt and you will be transported there. Thanks for coming by, thanks for entering the giveaway and just thanks for being such wonderful blogging friends. again...sorry.....I was able to get my hands one some ginger jar patterns. I told the person I did not want copies, that I wanted the original because that would be breaking the copyright ( I can always copy the pattern but I am trying to be honest about this) and this person assured me that they were the we will see, if that is the case, Jennifer will be selling the little totes with the ginger jar cuts in her store. There will be four of them, just waiting for the patterns to show up.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanks so much Suzanne from Minous Minute!!! These totes will come in all of you see how big they are? Great for shopping (alot of people ride the bus, so these are perfect).

Then sad but true, this is all I got done today........

AND....still missing the eyes.
I have Betsy from Quilting Fiesta to thank for this addiction I have to making these towels. If you remember she sent me this awesome fall towel...I totally love it, my friends love it...and all know I get these hangups and just cant get off bare with me.!!! Soon very soon I will go merrily on my way to something else.

Monday, November 23, 2009


Cute little tote wouldn't you say?

I wonder what is in it?


Inside this tote are the cut out pieces to make your own Ginger Jar, no sashing, binding or backing are included, only the ginger jars themselves. How fun is this? If you can't win the quilt, you can make your own.

I have tried to contact the owner of this Ginger Jar and the magazine to no avail. I have contacted a company that used to sell the patterns but they no longer sell them. Soooooooooooooooooo I will order you the October 2007 issue of Quilter's world.... So you will get these lovely jars and the October 2007 issue of Quilter's World.

So you are saying....what kind of hoops do I need to jump through to get these?

1. Post about this for 3 points
2. Purchase from her store 10 points (10 points will go towards the quilt as well).
3. Leave a comment for 1 point, let me know you are a follower of her blog Inch worm Fabrics4. and you will get two points.


Sunday, November 22, 2009


Saturday was such a busy day for me. We made our weekly run to the Post Office, then we walked around the airport (it is so beautiful, ocean all the way around) for 2 about being tired. I lost the soles (yes, the soles to my water shoes) I had two pairs of socks on and then just the soft part of the shoe....I lost them one hour into our walk. Walking over lava rocks, in the ocean, on the beach....and yes, lost I had to walk an hour back without them. Next time I go, I will take pictures and you can see that it truly was very difficult to make it back but very beautiful as well.

Then I had a meeting at 5:00 and afterwards went to dinner with a few friends. But...inbetween the Post Office and before the meeting, I made these two hand towels...the penguin needs eye....

Got the penguin at

The snowflake I got at

Friday, November 20, 2009

A wonderful giveaway!!!

Go over to Sew Cal Gal, she is having a wonderful Thanksgiving Giveaway!!
These are just some of the things she is giving away!! you must go and check it out!! I stole some of her pictures....hummmmmm

And this....... and much much more!!

Now I want to say something about Sew Cal Gal, she is an amazing person. She sent several packages to the relief efforts of the Samoan people. She is a very giving and thoughtful person. She is more than willing to help anyone, as I am sure most of you are too but for now we are talking about her, so please go over and show her some support!!! Get to know her, you life will be truly blessed!!


Names are ready......time to mix the pot!!!!

and mix the pot!!!

Sigh.......and mix the pot.....

We want this to be fair to yes....mix the pot again!!!

The winner is SANDI......Congrats to Sandi and a big thanks to all who entered!!

We are going to take a break from the giveaway this week-end and start up again on Monday...see you then!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Look what the plane brought me!!!

Look at all that wonderful baby fabric....

Do you see the necklace? love the necklace.

I don't know if you can see but the chocolate is gone out of that chocolate wraper.....ummm ummmm good.

The card it one that plays music, how fun is that?

This came from a very dear friend. I have known her for 16 years. Our sons were friends in their youth and still friends to this day. We have weathered alot of storms together......she knows me and still loves me.....that is a true friend.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Go over to Inchworm Fabrics to put your name in the pot for the muffin mix!! It has been added to the towel and pot holder giveaway!!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009


So my niece and I have our heads together, she designed the muffin, I brought my own ideas to it and this is what I came up with. I did my own lettering but you can find lettering anywhere but if you are interested in mine, I would be happy to scan them over to you (ooops...better make sure my scanner is working...oh....better yet, make sure my husband has scanner working...been out of commission for a while). is the deal...comment on my blog and you will win this towel as part of our giveaway. Then go over to my niece's blog and check out what has been added to it, along with my niece's applique design, free for the chosing.

Blog about this and you get 3 extra points...order from her store, Inch worm fabrics and you get 10 along with 10 entries for the quilt below.

My niece has a background in the food industry, she told me once what her major was but I can't remember for the life of me but that being said.....

As a special is a Blueberry Muffin receipe

Go to the store and get a poppy seed muffin mix....don't use the poppy seeds and add your own fresh or frozen blueberries.....Easy enough?

If that is not easy enough, just go buy you a blueberry muffin mix.

And you are saying to she serious????

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup cooking oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Grease muffin tin, or use muffin cups.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Make a well in center and put to the side.

In another bowl combine egg, milk, and oil. Add to flour mixture.
Stir until do not want to over stir, so you will have lumps.

Fold in 3/4 cups of Blueberries....I put more....because more is better!!

Spoon batter into muffin cups. Fill about 2/3 full.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.

ummm ummmmm good.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Thanks so much Lyn from Blue Bird Quilts. This is just wonerful....these pajamas and underware are just awesome. Notice the little sewing machine....that is a little gifty to me....yepeeeee....Thanks soooooooooooo much Lyn, I know you have been feeling bad, hope you are better!!

Now I have something to say...first thanks to all of the wonderful quilters that sent care truly are making a difference.

Next is, I am struggling. I have designed one baby quilt and one wall hanging. I really feel like I am mediocre at best and who am I to put my work out there. I don't feel like I am good enough or creative enough...the list of not enoughs are long. I have put off finishing these items for fear and this quote by Nelson Mandela came to my mind.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

So, that being said, in the next few days, weeks when I have finished my instructions, I will be posting what I have come up with, that is if fear does not take over.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


got more mail very grateful to those who keep sending.

These pillowcases are from Rumi, Lucky Frog, I know someone will be so happy to lay their head on one of these.
Thanks Rumi

These are from Pat, Silver Thimble Talk Some more lovely me when I tell you that these will be so appreciated and used.

Thanks Pat!!!

Next is Sandie, Crazy bout quilts. See the skittles and dish towels...those are for me....thanks so much Sandie, have you seen my hand towels hanging on the line, just wondering if you saw them and thought I needed new one (which I do).

Thanks for everything you sent, will be well used!

Don't forget about my niece's giveaway, Inch worm fabrics, you will get three points if you post about it.

And then there is the Ginger jar quilt, just click on the quilt on my side bar, that will end Dec. 1st.

Thanks for coming by, commenting and supporting my niece in her new venture. if you find that I am the one answering her blog, it is because her comments are coming to my yahoo account....hummmm I need her to change that so she can have fun answering the comments....but thanks for coming by.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


away the above honey bun and turnover......go to her site, Inch worm Fabrics. Only comment on her blog not this post. So you will get one entry for commenting on her site and 3 enteries if you post on your blog....

Then if you purchase something at her store, Inch worm Fabrics, you will get 10 enteries, 10 for the honey bun and turnover and 10 enteries for my quilt here. It just doesn't get much better than this now does it? But be sure you comment on her post not this one and if you want the quilt go down and comment on that one.....

Time limit....we will say Tuesday of next that will be the 17th of November! Thanks for coming by!!! more thing....look what I won over at "I have a Notion", I want so bad to make this but I have no business starting a new project. Thanks Kelly....if you have not been to her blog or really need to find out what you have been missing....she is crazy...totally out of this world...and if you are having a bad day and need a laugh....her blog is the blog to visit.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

These pillowcases came all the way from awesome is that??? Thanks so much Rose Marie.

Mary from Quilt Hollow sent these. Now she sent alot of material for me to use....little did she know that I was asked to teach ladies from different villages and in turn they would go to their village and teach others what they learned. This non profit organization I talked about is trying to get people to learn skills that they can possibly turn into a home business. So we will see and definitely these supplies will come in handy...along with what Lee sent and Linda. Thanks so much!!

Finally, Debi and I were wondering if these pillowcases were ever going to come in....yepeeee. Aren't they lovely? You can find Debi over at Quilting with Debi

Pat from Artfully ooglebloops sent all of these amazing clothes...and a big thanks to Connie too.

Darlene from Sew Cal Gal
thanks you so much....all these things will be soo appreciated.

Nancy from True Blue quilting nana
The kids will love all these wonderful books and crayons etc. I was told that alot of the kids are afraid to go back to school, maybe this will motivate them?

Melinda from Melinda's fabric fancies, thanks sooooooooooooooooooooooooo much, what you all have sent is so wonderful!!!

If anyone know of a place I can get used sewing machines?