December 5, 2012

Creating Smiles - One Child ~~ One Quilt - At A Time!

 2013 Quilt Drive!

Charity is near and dear to my heart so you can tell as you read over past post on my blog.  I have been involved with charity work for over 30 years varying from working with a volunteer fire department, my Alma Mater, having benefits for families who needed help, and making quilts for children and the sick, and helping to raise funds for different organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Susan G. Komen  Foundation.  It is part of what makes me, ME.

I have been working with The Masonic Home for Children and The Central Children's Home, both in Oxford, NC for some time with the ongoing help of quilters from the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum, presenting the children who reside at both homes, quilts to call their very own.  These children live in the homes for various reasons and the gift of a quilt can go a long way in making them feel special and loved.

 When we present these quilts I always ask the cottage caretakers to never discipline the children by taking away their quilts and they always give me their word that such an act will never happen.
Would you consider helping us reach the remaining children at these homes?  Can you make a quilt to send for a child?  We would truly appreciate any and all support from quilters far and wide!

Due to health problems with my legs, I am asking for finished quilts as I cannot quilt very much myself at the moment.  I will be making a few to present myself but I cannot stand and quilt several that might get sent in as tops on top of the ones I will be making too.  I hope you all understand.

 The children range in age from 6 weeks to 18 years of age so we need quilts ranging in sizes from at least 54 x 62 and up to 72 x 80. Please put a label on the back that will have a place for me to write the child's name so that their quilt can never be questioned who it belongs to. Feel free to put your name on the label as well so the child can see who gave them the quilt (first name only is sufficient)  and your location would be great.  Just be sure to have a spot for the child's name.

This will be an on-going quilt drive for the year 2013 so do not feel that you have to "hurry up" and get a quilt finished.  They house the children 5 to a cottage within a 5 year age span so as I get multiples of 5 quilts in the same size, my friend Marie and I will go over and present those quilts.

I will always post photos of the presentations but due to privacy laws, I cannot post photos of the children's faces.  Here are a few of the past presentations to the children. This is the way photos have to be made in order to make them public on the internet.

We hope that you will consider helping us to reach the many children who live in these homes with a quilt that they can call their very own.

Thank you to all who will answer this call. :)

Please comment on this post if you would like to be a part of this and I will start a list of quilters with a link to your blog.  Non-bloggers are also welcome and encouraged to participate!

When you are ready to mail your quilt in please send an email for my mailing information.

I will keep a count of everyone's quilts as they come in and at the end of the year, 2 weeks before Christmas,  I will put your name in a drawing the number of times as the same number of quilts you sent in throughout the year.

I will draw 3 names from all of the entries and send nice prizes for participating!

Please grab the button and add it to your sidebars to help spread the word.


December 4, 2012

"What Was I Thinking?"

 Have you ever had one of those days when you labored in your sewing room only to ask yourself "What was I thinking" when you finished what you were working on??  Welll, today I did just that!!  This one is one for the record books!!! egaddss!

I have to make a stocking for a swap on the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum.  I had this idea in my head of making a modern looking stocking and frill it up so it would be fun, fun, fun.  Well.. it is ugly, ugly, ugly!!! Or so my hubby thinks, and honestly, me too!   He so lovingly said " He was very nice about it.. he said "Now honey you know how it is with us crafters, sometimes things just don't turn out the way you have it pictured in your mind". lol  Bless his heart!!

Well let me poll the audience... Is this one for the "What was I thinking" awards?

I went back upstairs and made a new stocking!!  What do you think of this one.  Traditional and not so frilly.  The little gift boxes are part of a UFO from a swap I hosted several years ago.  I am trying to incorporate some of these things in to my work and I thought they were perfect for this!  I left the top of each gift box open so I can stick small surprises inside!!

Got any ideas of what I can do with the blue/purple stocking??

I am linking up over at Fabric Tuesday!

December 2, 2012

Chloe's Bed Pillow and Giveaway Winners!

I am linking up with  Karen over at Sew Many Ways!
If you enjoy linky parties, scoot on over and take part!  There are several links to enjoy already!  Who knows, you might just find a new blog to add to your growing list of favorites!

There was no waiting to do Chloe's pillow!  Parkers abundant energy kept him asking and asking this morning if I was going to make Chloe's pillow so what does a grandmother do... she puts everything else aside and makes her grandchild happy. lol

Parker went outside to play with his neighbor friend and when he came back inside I had the pillow made and was about to sew the backing on!  He was excited!  So what do you think about Chloe's bed pillow!  Do you think she will be snoozing in holiday style?

Parker immediately found the 3 gingerbread doghouses that I put on Chloe's bed.  He was all smiles!

And I want to thank you all for being so patient for the announcement of the coin purse winners.  Since we left home almost 2 weeks ago, we have put a little over 2,000 miles on our truck!  A lot of places where we were had no internet service and then when we did get somewhere that had it, all I could do was collapse in to bed.  And for being so patient I am going to give away 6 coin purses instead of 3!! How about that!

The following bloggers have been contacted via email that they have won a coin purse to be specially made by me for them.  They will have until Friday, December 7th to reply to the email or I will choose another winner.  This will give everyone who may be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday plenty of time to get back home to see their emails.

Now for the winners...
ALL have claimed their coin purses! :)

I wish I could give you all a coin purse... But if you keep visiting my blog sooner or later you may wind up winning one of my giveaways! :)

I LOVE visitors!

December 1, 2012

Shower Debbie With Blessings Presentation

At last, what you all have been waiting patiently for!  I have had to resize and crop the photos twice so it has taken me longer than I expected.  There are well over 250 photos so doing it once was a big job let alone doing it twice. :)  I tried a new photo album software to try and make this in to a flip scrapbook that you could open full screen but I had a time figuring it out and then in the end wound up deleting my photos, which deleted from my picture storage too!  How did that happen???  Oh well, I should have used my old stand by to begin with... Picturetrail ...has the option to make Flicks and I have used it for several things and so I will be using it for this presentation as well.

There are 5 Flicks in all for your viewing pleasure.  Each flick can only contain 60 images and we have over 250 to share!!  So grab a glass of tea and a snack and enjoy the presentation!
We had to do the shower in 3 stages as my camera battery kept going down because I had kept it on so long but we finally got every last box, envelope, and bin opened!  You will be able to tell when the battery started waning because a few of the photos are a little blurry.  I didn't want to leave them out so you will have to forgive those few.  

If two Flicks show in your browser at the same time you can turn them on and off in the lower left hand corner so they both do not flip photos at the same time.

Flick #1

I have to say that you all went way and above the call of duty!  I do not think there is anything that she did not receive!  From fabric yardage, to tons of pre-cuts, seam rippers, rotary cutters, extra blades, all sizes of rotary rulers, rotary mats, iron, Janome sewing machine, handmade quilts, batting, tons of threads, lots of scissors, and the list goes on and on and on.....  I could not help myself but to smile the whole time she was opening her gifts!  My mouth was sore when we finally finished!

Flick #2 

Throughout the photos you will see many facial expressions from Debbie and they tell the story... she was super amazed and could not believe the blessings that had been sent her way.  They truly are blessings... they have lifted her weary heart in a time of trouble.  She kept saying "Thearica, can you believe these people, they have sent so much?"... and I would answer "Yes, aren't they amazing!".

Flick #3

Debbie read each and every card that you all sent with your packages.  I did not photograph her reading all of the cards but I did catch a shot of a few of them so you would know that she did read them.  They put that little extra spot of personal and it was like icing on the cake.

Flick #4

When things look down and dark, quilters can come in and quickly shine a light so bright that you can't help but be in a far better mood than you were in before.  You have no idea just how far reaching even the smallest of things can be...

And I humbly thank you all for coming in to Debbie's world and shining your light upon her!  You truly are an amazing group of quilters! May you be blessed richly for your kind and giving hearts!

Flick #5

I sit here still amazed at the overwhelming amount of participation that this call out for help received!  I knew several of you from a quilting forum that I belong to but there were several of you who I did not know.  I want to thank you for trusting me to make sure Debbie received her gifts from you.

May all of your lives be richly blessed for what you have done for my friend!

November 4, 2012

Ever Saw 900 Pounds Of Raw Tobacco?

Now you have!
Each of these bales weigh close to 900 pounds.

This is hubby and his dad, along with 2 workers getting ready to take in the last load of tobacco for this season!  We were so thankful to sell all of our pounds!  It was a close call this year but we made it with the Lord's help! We signed next years contract when we took in this load and are farming even more tobacco next year! Bring it on!!

Getting the tarp ready to cover the load.


Waiting for Guadalupe to bring the last bale.

Guadalupe has been helping out for 15 years!

Last bale of the year on the truck!!!

Helping Debbie - 102 Packages and Counting!

Would you like to see what 102 packages of pure quilting love looks like?

 I cannot even begin to convey my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have helped make this gifting of quilting supplies possible to my wonderful friend Debbie!  You all know how to leave someone speechless! And I have had word that there are a few more boxes enroute.  I hope they get here before I hit the road. :)

There will be a party right here on the blog of Debbie opening all of her gifts so stay tuned!

November 1, 2012

Message In A Bottle Crazy Quilt Challenge!

Hey All You Crazy Quilters!!

Visit my website if you are interested in a chance to win some awesome prizes by creating a unique crazy quilt piece!!

Visit this  LINK  for all information!

October 31, 2012

Christmas TableRunner Up For Grabs!

Who loves tablerunners!
If you do and you would like a chance to win the one I am offering, just follow the rules and you will be eligible.  

To enter...

Write a limerick in your comment about Halloween.

A limerick is a funny little poem containing five lines. It has a very distinctive rhythm and rhyme pattern. The last words of the first, second, and fifth lines all rhyme with each other.  And the last words of the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other. 

 The first, second, and fifth lines all have one rhythm pattern while the third and fourth lines have a different rhythm pattern.

One limerick entry per person!

I will choose my favorite limerick from all of the entries on Halloween!

What will the winner win?? 

I have a Christmas tablerunner that I want to gift to someone this year.  I am going to make a new one for this holiday season so this one needs to be gifted to a new owner.

How do you like my witch tablerunner???
Candy is ready... Now I need little ones to scare! hehe!!

October 29, 2012

Crazy Quilting!

My friend Colleen and I are in a crazy quilting round robin together and her requests was for linen, old lace, and old metal things.  I think I hit the mark.  I am right proud of this block and I hope she likes it!  It is headed to the next person in line and then her set of blocks will go home to her. :)

Yes... those are washers and old rusty screws in her button cluster!
Trust me, this is right up her alley and I hope it makes her smile. :)

October 27, 2012

Helping Debbie!!

At last count we had 87 packages for Debbie!

As of October 27, 2012 we now have

94 packages!!!

And the stack continues to GROW!!

This is amazing!! 
My heart is bursting!!!

October 25, 2012

The FIND Of A Lifetime!

I LOVE to Ebay!  There is no telling what you might find on any given day of the week there.  More things to tickle your fancy than you can shake a stick at! I was browsing crazy quilts last week when I just happened upon 2 auctions very near to finishing.  They were both crazy quilts from the late 1890's - very early 1900's time period... both from the same family. I could not believe my eyes at where the price was when I looked at the close up photos!  These quilts were far superior to most crazy quilts that I had ever seen!  The work was highly impeccable! I HAD TO BID!!

I waited until the last few seconds and bid on the first. I won!! I then went to the 2nd quilt's page and bid there as well.  Someone ran the bid up over the final 2 minute period but I still paid FAR FAR less than what it was worth!

I actually hit the mother-lode!

I received these quilts yesterday and my first initial reaction was tears!  HOW could the family members allow such treasures to go outside of their family??  Upon closer inspection of each block and the embroderies on them, it is clear to me that they surely must be blocks made by friends and families for a certain couple that married and then put in to a quilt.  That just sent shivers down my spine!  There were actually so many blocks made that 2 quilts came from them.  There is no doubt they were made at exactly the same time by the same group of people.  The fabrics and colors tell that story loud and clear.

These quilters painstakingly took hours of their time to create these blocks!

I sent an email to the Ebay dealer and asked him to call me.  he did and I asked for some family history if he had any. he said he would try and find anything he could and get back to me.  These need to be documented!   I have googled the names Samuel Pierce and Blanchie Darst and have sent a couple of emails out to family members I found.  I have one distant relative calling me this afternoon.  I am excited to talk to them.

I know there is no end to how far the internet can reach so if you know of family relatives of this family please let them know about this blog post.

Please enjoy the photos...

 Samuel Pierce and Blanchie Darst Pierce Family Crazy Quilt