July 31, 2012

I am always excited to take part in Madame Samm's blogging adventures!
And this time around she has Jane as her co-pilot!
They make an awesome team!

This is the Celebrate Red White and Blue Blog Hop and it is all about RWB and Blocks!


Loads of blocks - loads of eye candy - loads of fun!!!
If you don't believe me, just take a look at Madame Samm's Pinterest board!!
Yep, I thought you would agree! :)
A great big THANK YOU!! to Madame Samm and Jane for the time they have given to bring all fellow bloggers such a fun and exciting event!
I have 2 blocks to share today!
The first is...
Cockle Doodle Dandy!!
He comes in strutting his stuff,
all decked out in his red white and blue fluff!
(hey, a poet and I didn't even know it) :)
And I thought it fitting that he have a song!
(tune to Yankee Doodle Dandy)

I'm a Cockle Doodle Dandy
A Cockle Doodle, do or die
A real live rooster - strut-ting his stuff
Born on the Fourth of July!

I've got a Cockle Doodle sweetheart
She's my Cockle Doodle joy
Cockle Doodle came to the barnyard
Just to see the bantum hens
He is the Cockle Doodle Boy!

I found him in 101 full size Quilt Blocks and Borders


My second block made me think of those sizzling fireworks that you hold in your hand on the 4th!.. and it also reminds me of those white flowers that grow in the yard that you can pick and blow on and all of the little white things go sailing off in the wind!
I took a few liberties with the pattern adding the red stitches to anchor the blue threads and making french knots at the outer edge of every other one. The button was just too cool to pass up! I cheated and did the embroidery on the seams with my new machine. I am not sure I like the stitching. My old machine made larger and better designs. I think I may have to give them back the amount they allowed me for trade and bring it back to my sewing room!
The pattern came from
Grandma's Best Full Size Quilt Blocks!
Well, there is my contribution to the overflowing Pinterest board!
Who Else Is Up Today??
Go check them all out!
July 15th
Click this Master Schedule link to see past participants and their wonderful Red/White and Blue blocks and tomorrows bloggers for the grande finale!

Thanks a million for allowing me to participate again!

NOW, I am off to Madame Samm's blog to see what all I have been missing!

I have been super busy and blogging has been on hold!
(as you can tell by my absence on my own blog)

I had 1-8 quilters in my home for 14 straight days for a quilting retreat and then 4 days later I left for Alabama for 10 days! I came home with my granddaughter in tow and for the first week we put away peas, peaches and pickles! Last week I got some longarming and Crazy Quilting in while Allie played on her sewing machine. I will tell you, this old gal ain't what she used to be! I have been hitting the hay by 10 every night and that IS unusual for me!
But it has been tons of fun!

Let's see... How can I round this post off???

A GIVEAWAY you say!!!

hmmmmm..

How about a jar of my homemade pickle????


I have 5 fresh batches making right now!! The first 3 batches will be ready by the end of the month!

How about I give away 2 jars..

2 lucky winners!!

I will send out 2 jars of fresh pickles!
(even though last years pickles are still delicious!)

All you have to do is just comment and let me know if you love a good crisp sweet and tart pickle!!!!!!!!

Who knows.. One of these blocks may be in with your pickles!
Either one would make a great pillow!

Remember... No email address in your comment or google profile = no entry...
I need a way to contact you should you win!

Wanna See Something Pretty!

I am a member of a blog with a group of friends that we call The 12 Of Us.  It is a private blog because some of the friends did not feel safe if we didn't make it that way.  So, although we cannot share with everyone right on the blog, we can share on our own personal blogs as we have things to share.  We are making something for each other over the course of several months.

Dee had my name to make me a sewing hussif.  I received it in today's mail and I am so happy with what came out of the box!  She knows how I love pigs and how I love to crazy quilt so the hussif was made with those in mind!  Her work is exquisite and she designed this herself!  If I could zoom in close enough to show you those teensy tiny binding stitches I would!

It came all decked out with plenty of tools to work with!

I would love to sell these in my online shop! Reckon we could talk her in to making a few to list??





July 23, 2012

A Little More CQ'ing

Since it has been one more hot summer, we are swapping snowballs over at  
an online crazy quilting Yahoo group!

As in a lot of things, I am behind on getting mine out but this week I am taking some time in between finishing the 2 quilts I started prior to my trip to Alabama, to get a few things caught up that I owe others.  It feels good to be getting things out the door, whether they be large or small.  I feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. :)

We set our themes for our own snowballs and chose between CD size or hexies and I chose hexies.  My theme of course was none other than PIGS!! in the Garden!

Cathy Labath sent me this gorgeous Snowball first! I fell in love with it at first sight!


Cathy's theme was flowers, butterflies ... anything in the garden. I chose to do her a butterfly garden with a few other critters to keep them company! 
 I do hope she likes what I have done.  She is a far more advanced  stitcher than I am but I am trying.



If you love to stitch and need a place to hang out where there is a lot of awesome inspiration, come on over to CQI!!  We would love to have you!

July 21, 2012

Crazy Quilt Pincushion Swap

I am a member of an online crazy quilting forum, 

We swapped wool crazy quilt pincushions earlier this summer and this is the one I made for Carolyn!
The dyed lace is from Nicki Seavey's Etsy shop - RavioleeDreams!

And this is the one I received from Leslie!
I really love this and especially the pig! But more so all those tiny seam treatments! That is enough to inspire me to practice harder!
Thank you Leslie!
I have a few other backlogged commitments that I am working on so stay tuned for more photos.

July 20, 2012

Think Christmas Blog Hop!!




Lesley, over at "the cuddle quilter" is going to be the hostess with the mostest for this upcoming fun event!!

There will be  73 bloggers all set to show their Christmas spirit  in the Think Christmas Blog Hop from July 30-August 5. 

Look for me on August 5th!!!

Thank you, Madame Samm
for inspiring us again with all things Christmas...you are an awesome head cheerleader! 

July 17, 2012

WE HAVE WINNERS!!!

I hope everyone is still visiting all of the bloggers who participated in the


I had several commentors showing their love of pickles and have drawn my winners!! 
And as a treat.. I am giving away 3 jars instead of 2!!
Without further adieu the winners are......

Sharon July 15, 2012 6:53 AM
Both of your blocks are just as cute as can be. I love the cocker doodle dandy, just perfect. Yes I love sweet crisp pickles and would love to have a jar...have a great day.
http://sharon-dancingthruthreads.blogspot.com

I love pickles! Oh how great that would be to get pickles from blogland. Maybe I could send you some beets? I love your blocks, especially the "Rooster", he would look darling in a frame in my kitchen! Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to win! 
http://intheboondocks.blogspot.com

Okay, I can honestly say I have never encountered a pickle giveaway before. Clever, clever (and funny!). 
Thanks for joining the RWB Blog Hop this year, it's been so fun discovering new blogs and seeing how inventive everyone is. I'm looking forward to rummaging around in your archives to see other wonderful inspiration and eye candy!!!
http://www.fiberbabble.blogspot.com

Congratulations ladies!!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog on the hop!!  I hop you will all come back for a visit real soon!

I am nearing the big 500 mark on my blog!

I smell a fabulous giveaway!!




 





July 15, 2012

Red White and Blue Blog Hop - It Is My Day!

I am always excited to take part in Madame Samm's blogging adventures!
And this time around she has Jane as her co-pilot!
They make an awesome team!

This is the Celebrate Red White and Blue Blog Hop and it  is all about RWB and Blocks!


Loads of blocks - loads of eye candy - loads of fun!!!
If you don't believe me, just take a look at Madame Samm's Pinterest board!!
Yep, I thought you would agree! :)
A great big THANK YOU!! to Madame Samm  and Jane for the time they have given to bring all fellow bloggers such a fun and exciting event!
I have 2 blocks to share today!
The first is...
Cockle Doodle Dandy!!
He comes in strutting his stuff,
 all decked out in his red white and blue fluff!
(hey, a poet and I didn't even know it) :)
And I thought it fitting that he have a song!
(tune to Yankee Doodle Dandy)

I'm a Cockle Doodle Dandy
A Cockle Doodle, do or die
A real live rooster - strut-ting my stuff
Born on the Fourth of July!

I've got a Cockle Doodle sweetheart
She's my Cockle Doodle joy
Cockle Doodle came to the barnyard
Just to see the  hens
He is the Cockle Doodle Boy!

I found him in 101 full size Quilt Blocks and Borders


My second block made me think of those sizzling fireworks that you hold in your hand on the 4th!.. and it also reminds me of those white flowers that grow in the yard that you can pick and blow on and all of the little white things go sailing off in the wind!
I took a few liberties with the pattern adding the red stitches to anchor the blue threads and making french knots at the outer edge of every other one.  The button was just too cool to pass up! I cheated and did the embroidery on the seams with my new machine.  I am not sure I like the stitching.  My old machine made larger and better designs. I think I may have to give them back the amount they allowed me for trade and bring it back to my sewing room!
The pattern came from
Grandma's Best Full Size Quilt Blocks!
Well, there is my contribution to the overflowing Pinterest board!
Who Else Is Up Today??
Go check them all out!
July 15th
Click this Master Schedule link to see past participants and their wonderful Red/White and Blue blocks and tomorrows bloggers for the grande finale! 

Thanks a million for allowing me to participate again!

NOW, I am off to Madame Samm's blog to see what all I have been missing!

I have been super busy and blogging has been on hold!
(as you can tell by my absence on my own blog)

I had 1-8 quilters in my home for 14 straight days for a quilting retreat and then 4 days later I left for Alabama for 10 days! I came home with my granddaughter in tow and for the first week we put away peas, peaches and pickles!  Last week I got some longarming and Crazy Quilting in while Allie played on her sewing machine. I will tell you, this old gal ain't what she used to be!  I have been hitting the hay by 10 every night and that IS unusual for me! 
But it has been tons of fun!

Let's see... How can I round this post off???

A GIVEAWAY you say!!!

hmmmmm..

How about a jar of my homemade pickle????


I have 5 fresh batches making right now!!  The first 3 batches will be ready by the end of the month!

How about I give away 2 jars..

2 lucky winners!!

I will send out 2 jars of fresh pickles!
(even though last years pickles are still delicious!)

All you have to do is just comment and let me know if you love a good crisp sweet and tart pickle!!!!!!!!

Who knows.. One of these blocks may be in with your pickles!
Either one would make a great pillow!

Remember... No email address in your comment or google profile = no entry...
I need a way to contact you should you win!

July 2, 2012

Red, White & Blue Blog Hop

Have You heard??

The Red, White & Blue Blog Hop Started Yesterday!


You can follow along on the schedule  here.


A great BIG THANK YOU to Jane and Madame Samm


for working together and coordinating this fabulous blog hop!

Look for my post on July 15th!!