November 21, 2010

Birthday Celebration Winners Are Posted!!!

Lotto Selection Form
How many numbers (not including bonus) would you like to select? The valid numbers are four, five, and six ...    four
What is the maximum value for the numbers? The maximum possible is 99....   65  
Is there a Bonus number? No
What is the maximum value for the bonus number? The maximum possible is 99....  0  
How many tickets do you wish to create? You can create up to 20 at a time....    4  

Your Generated Lottery Numbers
3, 16, 28, 57

Thank you so much to everyone who has played along with my birthday celebration and wished me a happy birthday!  I wish I had a pair of these scissors for every one of you but alas, only 4 can be winners! 

Don't despair though...I will let you in on a little secret... shhh... can you keep a secret...There is another give away coming up right behind this stay tuned... :)

I printed out all of the replies and your name was given the number as it fell in line with the responses (unless you had a duplicate post, then the extra one got tossed out)... If someone entered the giveaway and said so&so sent them, then so&so got their name put in the drawing another time right under the person who signed up that they sent...

I used a lotto selection form to determine the winners and the numbers have been posted at the top of this post.  hmmm...but you say who's name goes with which number...hmmm...Well, without further adieu.....

#3 - SewCalGal  Email sent! -- Email answered!!!
#16 - Janice   Email sent! -- Email answered!!!
#28 - lisa   Email sent! -- Email answered!!!
#57 - MJ (no blog but does have email) Email sent! -- Email answered!!!

I have sent each of these ladies an email... If either of them do not answer my email within 5 days ( by November 26 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time),  I will redraw another winner for their spot.

Congratulations ladies!! Enjoy your scissors!!!!!

November 17, 2010


We are celebrating in this house all week long!!  I have a birthday coming up on Sunday and I am shouting it out!!  I love birthdays!  yep I do!!

So, how about a giveaway to go along with my birthday!!!

I will be drawing 2 names from those who reply and ask to be signed up for this giveaway and I will also be selecting 2 of my followers as winners!!  How about that!! 4 winners!

After I contact the winners, they will each have 5 days to answer the email requesting their mailing info and if I do not hear from either one of them, I will select a new winner in that person's place!

What is it you ask?  What is up for grabs??  Let me show you one of the sweetest sewing notions I have seen in a very long time!!

Hettie's Patch sells these darling embroidery scissors!! The link is to their blog but they are trying to get an online shop off the ground!  I called Hettie and ordered mine but if you call, please remember the time difference as she is in Australia!

So without further adieu, I give you the giveaway prizes!!

4 pair of embroidery scissors = 4 lucky winners!

Will it be you???

Giveaway closes on Sunday, November 21 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time!

Send your friends over and if they tell me you sent them, I will put your name in an extra time for each friend you send over here!!!

November 16, 2010

Vintage Tuesday

Well, my Vintage Tuesday post is pretty late today so I am going to post my progress on the vintage fabric squares that I received from my mother in law.  I am only bordering them so I can show off as much of the fabric design as possible.

I am going to call the quilt, Vintage On Display when it is completed.

This post is also going to serve as my Fabric Tuesday offering on Quilt Story's Fabric Tuesday! Go on over there and link up a project using fabric! :)

What do you think so far?

November 10, 2010

Work-In-Progress Wednesday - Pig Quilt!

 This post is part of the Work In Progress Wednesday with Lee over at Freshly Pieced!

This pig quilt has been a quilt in motion for some time.  My friends from the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum send me pig fabric a lot and I have kept every piece ever sent.  I finally took the time about 6 months ago to turn some of those fabrics into a quilt top!

Well, it has stayed in quilt top form since and I finally put it on the frame this week and it is now quilted!

I need to bind it and then it will be displayed on the back of my couch and I will use it to cover up with as we watch tv this winter!

I love the background homespuns!  They were given to my by Lauren at the COF Quilting Retreat in April of 2009 that was held in NH! My first ever quilting retreat and I loved every minute of it!

I loved it so well that I am organizing the 2011 retreat that will be held in Charlotte, NC!!  Right now  my committee and I are preparing for 99 ladies to be in attendance!! WOW!

I am glad this quilt will be finished for show and tell!!!

Treasures In The Attic #1

This is the first post of 4 so please stay tuned as I get the other photos ready for sharing.

I visited with my MIL last night while my hubby woked on some art pieces for a show he is doing Thanksgiving weekend. She had called and told me she had sent her grandson up in the attic earlier in the day and he had brought down 7 bags that she wanted me to help her go through. When I got over there I found out that the bags all contained fabric scraps!

Well, look what we found in one of the bags. Apparantely, her mother had also put some bags of scraps in the attic and had put these 24 9-patch blocks in with the fabric and they were forgot about!! My MIL said the best she could figure these were made 20+ years ago.

Now they belong to me and I am going to finish them into a quilt to use in our living room! Our house is built on the same spot that my hubby's grandmother's house was.

It is almost like these blocks have come home! :)

Stay tuned to see what else was in this same bag!

November 9, 2010

Vintage Tuesday

I bring you Vintage Tuesday ......

Compliments of Granny Ida... and yes, as much as she looks spunky... she was every bit of it!  :)
And compliments of Granny Ella!
Granny Ida was my maternal grandmother and Granny Ella, my paternal grandmother.  

I would like to share with you about something I was handed down when these wonderful ladies passed on to the great unknown.

Granny Ella had purchased 2 sets of this creamer / salt and pepper shaker set and gave one to Granny Ida for Christmas many years ago.  I am sure it had a sugar bowl to go with it at one time but neither of those made it through.

When we divided up Granny Ella's things after her death, I was given a bag with several things in it. One being a creamer shaped like a cow.  It was the only piece in the bag.  My aunt told me that there had been other pieces but they had gotten broke over the years.

After Granny Ida died, my Aunt Lurlie gave me a few of her things.  And I could not believe my eyes when she handed me a set of salt and pepper shakes that looked just like the creamer I had received earlier!  And as fate would have it, the other pieces in Granny Ida's possession had been broke and thrown away years before too.

Aunt Lurlie is the one who told me the story of how Granny Ella had given a set to Granny Ida.  I could not believe that between both sides of my family, the set came back together to live with me.  The sugar bowl is still missing and there very well may not have been one.  I am just glad that I can care for these pieces for my grandmothers now. I know they would both smile if they knew the set was brought back together and it was being cared for by me.


Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story

This is my submission to Fabric Tuesday over at Quilt Story.  Do you have a recent finish that uses fabric that you would like to share.  Hop on over and link up!

I was in a Mini Quilt Swap that was hosted by Holee over on the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum!  I have previously posted about the lovely mini that my partner, Donna, made for me.

Well, I finished and mailed Donna's off to Georgia and she received it yesterday!  This was my first "well done" mini quilt but I think it may be a while before I make another.  I learned through making this one, that it is a LOT harder to sew these tiny blocks than one might think.  But all in all, I enjoyed creating something new to me and I just may make another sometime in the future... like maybe next year. :)

November 4, 2010

Quilt Story!!

I have a story that is being featured on Quilt Story today!!  Hop on over there and read what it is all about!  And while you are there, take time to read previous stories!  Just remember to get a cup of coffee and a snack because you are sure to be there for a while. :)

November 3, 2010

Ronald McDonald House Cookbook!

I had a lovely visit with a new client today. She brought me plenty of work to keep me busy for a few days and presented me with this cookbook as a gift before she left. For those of you who regularly read my blog know that I am an avid volunteer worker and one of my benefactors is the Ronald McDonald House Charities! I work alongside of the many quilters from the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum making quilts for children and also for raffles that I host directly on the forum.

So it was like a full circle come back to me when I looked at the cookbook title and saw it was put out by RMH! Don't you just love it when things like this catch you unaware. This lady did not know I have ran 3 raffles to benefit this awesome organization so it was extra sweet that this is what I received from her.

I have been coordinating fundraisers with the quilters since 2005 but over the past 3 years the HGTV Quilters and I, along with lots of our non-forum friends, have raised a total of $10,052.00 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities alone!

This past September saw our 7th raffle to date and we plan on many more to come! :)

The first page that fell open when I went to look through the cookbook had a recipe for a Pineapple Cheeseball! I have been searching for this recipe for a long time! I went to a baby shower several years ago and they served one of these. The grandmother wrote down the recipe for me but I lost it. I am so glad it is in this book!!! I will let you know how it is when I make it! :)

November 2, 2010

Mini Quilt

This is the first mini quilt I have ever made. It measures 8 3/4" square. I made it for a swap but did not know whether or not I really liked it so made another one for that.

What do you think about this one?  TRUE thoughts please... I can take constructive criticism. honest. :)

Edited to add I sent a photo to the designer of the fabric, Jennifer Paganelli of SisBoom Fabrics, and she really liked it. So I am going on further to finish the wallhanging size I have started in this design. :)

Quilting Books In The House!!

My mother in law and I went into Raleigh this past weekend and with coupons in tow, I found myself searching out the book rack! I don't buy new books very often but this day I came away with 4!!!  WOW! Did I make up for lost time!

These days you usually find me over in the bead section feeding my cravings for anything related to crazy quilting.  But this day, I decided I would not go anywhere near a bead!  Guess what????  I made it out the door without even looking that way!  believe it or not! :)

The first book I purchased is Fat Quarter Quilting by Lori Smith.  There are 21 terrific 16" x 20" projects inside!  I bought this book with a mini swap in mind.  I made one of these quilts for my swap partner!  You will have to wait a few days to see the quilt until she receives it in the mail!
The next book is Country Comforts by Cheryl Wall.  I fell in love with the quilt on the cover and HAD to have this book!!  I have been known on more than one occasion to purchase a book for only one pattern in the whole book! And as soon as I saw this cover, I knew the book was going home with me!  And then I opened the book!!  YAY!!!  I made an awesome choice!  You will love what is inside this book!  Lots of great quilts to choose from!  And another Churn Dash!!! :)
Next up is A Passion for Piecing by Claudia Clark Myers. The adaptations to the Grandmothers Fan design in this book blew me away! You MUST see this book!
Last but certainly not least is More Retro Aprons by Cindy Taylor Oates.  My youngest daughter has been begging for an apron for a year!  This Christmas I am going to delight her with 2!!
So what are you waiting for?  get over to your local JoAnn's or your favorite quilt shop and check these books out!  You will be glad that you did!

Vintage Tuesday!

Today for your pleasure, I am showing a few pieces of a large set of vintage dishes we own and cherish!  These dishes belonged to my hubby's grandmother on his mother's side.  We were gifted these after we moved into our home in May 2004.  My mother in law said that she would like to see us have them since we built our home on the same spot her mother's house stood.  It was such an awesome gift to be chosen to care for these beautiful dishes!

Allie and Prissy!

A few weeks ago I posted photos of a TeaCup Crazy Quilt piece that I made during a contest and then presented it to my granddaughter for her birthday!  I never shared a photo of it framed so I wanted to do that today.  You can read the original post HERE if you did not see it when I first posted it.
And here is Allie with prissy taking a stroll during one of her many teaparties. :)
She even paints Prissy's toenails.  This little dog is so humble.  She has to be to allow Allie to do all of this to her.
Miss Prissy in one of her outfits.
I have entered the story of this CQ piece for Allie to The Quilt Shoppe's blog In Stitches for their Finished Friday feature.  I hope the story makes the cut!! :)