September 24, 2012

Dare To Be Ugly - Photos Posted!

I promised to show you the results from the 1st Annual Dare To Be Ugly Challenge this morning and here they are!

To recall the fabric in question...

If you missed what Penny had to say about this ... ahmmm... not so gorgeous fabric visit this link... Be prepared to laugh out loud!

These ladies were given 1/2 yard of this and could make anything they chose to for the challenge... So, let's just see what they all came up with!

We shall start with Penny... Even though she thought it was hideous, she made a really nice quilt with it and her other fabrics...

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The back...

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 Colleen loved the fabric so much... mmm.. not... that she dyed it to get rid of that ghastly sight.. lol
She made a gorgeous sewing kit!

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Marie made her cat a bed!
 
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Amanda made this beautiful quilt!
 
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I made this silly quilt for my granddaughter

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Rondi made this fabulous quilt!
 
Patty made this ironing board cover
 
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 This challenge was back in 2009 so some of the names are escaping my memory so please forgive that I can't put names with every creation.
 
Quilt

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A purse.
 
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 Plastic Bag Dispenser

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  Purse with wallet

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 Childs Outfit w/ matching purse and bear

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 Quilt
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Reversible Purse
 
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Reverse Of The Purse
 
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Pincushion
 
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 Soft Sculpture Doll w/ Apron

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Cat Doll
 
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Awesome Cat Bed!
 
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Quilt Titled "Therapy In Session"

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 Quilt Titled "Kitty Litter"

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Mini Quilt - Potholders - Coffee Mugs

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 All of these quilters rose to the challenge!

I hope you have enjoyed the show!

Would any of you bloggers be interested in taking part in a challenge such as this?



September 23, 2012

It's A Celebration! - Blog Giveaway!!


I have chosen to give away some fabric that I will purchase from The Fat Quarter Shop because I think it is wonderful the way they give back to quilters in the way of sponsored giveaways so many times!  I want to pay forward what they have done for me so many times in the past!

I brought up their Fat Quarter Bundle page and started looking for something fun and I found it!!
This could not be more perfect!!!

And how about we have 3 winners!!!

But first you have to know how I came to choosing these fabrics.

Madame Samm has become a wonderful friend of mine through the blog hops that she hosts on Sew We Quilt!  If you ever wonder where you can go to find some awesome fun in blogland, you have no further to look than Madame Samm!  She hosts some of the most fun blog-hops ever and you have the opportunity to make so many new friends by hopping from blog to blog during each hop!  Everyone is always welcome to participate in her hops...
there are no special invitations... 
ALL are welcome!
  And if you have ever seen a photo of her you can see that she is a beautiful redhead.

And for myself... I was born a blonde.  My hair was so blonde when I was little that it was basically white like cotton.  My mother was always buying shampoos to guarantee that my hair stayed it's natural color.  And now 51 years later, I am a dirty blonde because it is trying to go either dark or grey on me. ughh ...  I don't know which I had rather have!
This photo shows me with my 2 beautiful daughters,
 both blondes as well... 
(and blonde-headed Miss Allie)

Actually Heather was born a red head but her hair quickly turned blonde before she was 2 years old.  My brother was a red head from birth... so red, he was called "carrot top" in school. What a nick-name to have to carry around!  He now has the most gorgeous auburn color hair ever!   My Aunt Beck, Granny Ella's sister, was a red head so Doyle got his red hair from our father's side of the family.

There is a whole lot of blonde going on between me, my girls, and my grandchildren.... 
Proof positive that I am a natural blonde. :)
My oldest daughter Audrey with her children..

My youngest daughter Heather and her family..

This is a true rendition as to how blonde my hair once was. 
Parker's hair is so blonde it is almost white like mine once was!

Now, let's talk about one other hair color and that is brunette!  My husbands favorite hair color on a woman is... yes, you guessed it... BRUNETTE!!  He and I talked on the phone for a while before we actually met face to face. I was really nervous wondering if he would like me... me being blonde and all.  He told me if he had met me passing on the street he may have only given me a passing glance since I was blonde... but getting to know me as a person before actually meeting me was what mattered to him... not the hair color.  (PRICELESS!)
I tease him occasionally about wanting to dye my hair to brunette and he quickly tells me I better not!

So, when I went looking and found these fabrics, I KNEW I had found the PERFECT fabrics for the giveaway celebration!  And not only do all 3 hair colors have meaning to me... but...  
Madame Samm's native language is.... FRENCH!
So...What do you think?? Would you want to win some of this fabric?
These fabrics are by Lonni Rossi for Andover Fabrics
There will be 3 winners... 
1st name chosen wins the Redhead French Twist
2nd name chosen wins the Dirty Blonde French Twist
3rd name chosen wins the Brunette French Twist

What do you have to do.....

Leave me a comment and tell me what  hair color you were born with and what it is now.  And if it is different now than what you were born with tell us why you changed your natural color?
This should be a fun discussion. :)

You can get a second chance if you blog about this giveaway on your own blog (being sure to link back here)  and come back and tell me that you did... Or if you go create a post on your blog before you comment here, you can answer the question as well as tell me you blogged about the giveaway in the same comment instead of leaving two.

While you are here please visit some of my past posts to see what I have been up to.  Being a follower is not mandatory, but I would love to have you as a regular reader of my blog if you like what you see while you are here. :)
Madame Samm created a button for my blog and I would love it if you took it and put it on your sidebar! :)

The giveaway will run for 10 days to give me time to unveil a new surprise that will be debuted with yet another giveaway!!  HA!!!

Winners announced on October 3rd!!

I Won Something SUPER Nice!!

I just got a call from 66 wonderful quilters!!!  They had me on speaker phone!!

Where are all of these quilters?  They are in branson, MO at the 6th Annual Circle Of Friends Quilting Retreat!   This retreat was started 6 years ago as an annual event to bring the quilters of the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum together in a more personable way and it is an awesome retreat every single year!

 If you would like a glimpse in to one of our retreats, this is the POST where I shared photos and write ups of the COF Retreat in April 2011 that I hosted in Charlotte, NC!  You can tell that this group of ladies know how to have some serious good times together!  COF 2011

Do you recall the post about the 2012 Ronald McDonald House fundraiser!
The Ronald McDonald House has become dear and close to the hearts of all of us quilters on the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum!  We have raised well over 10,000.00 from the quilters making quilts (from their own pockets) and then using them to raise money to help the RMH!

Lindsay has been overseeing this years fundraiser while hostessing the 6th Annual Circle Of Friends Quilting Retreat in Branson, MO!  The funds this year have, as of today, been presented to the Springfield, MO RMH!!  I did not get a chance to ask her how much was raised but 2 days before the retreat began this past Thursday, almost 2800.00 had already been raised.  Lindsay was going to sell tickets up through last night so I am sure she went well over the 3,000.00 mark!

I am feeling like one lucky little duck this morning!!  I won 2 of the quilts and 1 of the baskets!!!  You cannot get any luckier than that!!  But, I am not keeping all of that goodness for myself... I am sharing!  I would not feel right keeping such an awesome loot!!

I kept saying that I did not care if I won anything as long as I won my friend Bluesnail's quilt!  from the moment it arrived here at my house, I was just in awe of it!  It is made from the churn dash design, my Granny Ida's all time favorite!!  How could I not love it!  It was in orange, black and white fabrics.. and although I have always strayed away from orange, since that quilt came in to this house, I have been making things with orange fabrics! ha!

Isn't this a gorgeous quilt!!  And it is all mine now!! 


 My friend warmbuns is hosting a small retreat for some of us in November so she will be taking it with her from the retreat in Branson and hand delivering it to me in Odenville, AL when we see each other in 6 1/2 weeks!  I am so giddy!!  Bluesnail will be at the retreat in Odenville as well and I will get a photo of both of us with the quilt and share it with you.

I also won yet another quilt!!!  YEP! I did say lucky duck didn't I??  I also won the quilt that was made and donated by my friend mountainlaurel.


Lindsay, as hostess of the retreat,  had not won a quilt and since she worked so hard getting the retreat planned and brought to these fantastic ladies, I had it presented to her as my thank you for all of her hard work and time given to the forum! Love you girl!


And if 2 quilts were not enough!!  YES!!  I won one of these awesome baskets filled to the brim with tons of sewing related items!!!


I am also going to share this with another friend of mine who was at the retreat I hosted and also at this years retreat!  Her daughter brought her to the retreat in Charlotte because it was in their backdoor and she knew her mom would have a fabulous time!  And she did!  Well, that got her hooked so when sign ups went live for the Branson retreat, she was right in there signing up to go!  She is also taking part on our forum now that she has met all of these fabulous quilters and has made so many new friends!

Ms. Mildred... You are truly a remarkable lady!  And it would be my pleasure to share my wealth with you!  I will be going by to see her when we go to Odenville in November.


WOW!! What a way to wake up on a beautiful Sunday morning!!

Thank you God for all of my many blessings which include all of my quilting friends!

Prelude To Tomorrow's Post

I have been showing you some of the finishes from challenges I have hosted on the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum.  Tomorrow, I will show you what started it all by posting photos of the first Dare To Be Ugly Challenge. 

The following hilarious write up is what one of the contestants had to say about the fabric.  I hope that it makes you giggle and puts a skip in your step this morning!

Penny missed her calling!  She should have been a writer!  I have linked her name to her blog so you can go check her out!

(copied and pasted straight from her blog with permission)

Dare to Be Ugly

Okay, I am working on the HGTV Message Board "Dare to Be Ugly" Challenge. The gist of the Challenge is that a Hostess, who clearly has either a mental condition or a mean streak, bought some butt ugly fabric and sent it to all the fools who thought it would be a fine idea to try to make something gorgeous out of it. She sent us a half yard and the rules of the Challenge are that we are to use 90% of the fabric and can’t get more. As if we would want to. According to the rules, I won’t be able to reveal what I am working on until about Thanksgiving. But that doesn’t mean I can’t show you the ghastly stuff and let you suffer along with me.

Ta Da!!



 OMG.

CATS.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I really like cats. But I don’t consider myself to be a “cat” person although I fully intend to get a cat when we get back home to Oklahoma. A barn cat.

I read somewhere that dog people who buy fabric with dogs on it are very specific about wanting dogs that look like THEIR dogs. I haven’t found any Samoyed fabric but that would be abundantly cool. Cat people, so the theory goes, will settle for any old picture of a cat. Which may explain this fabric and why some people think it is cute. Oh gag me.

But I digress. Truth be told, even if I was a dyed in the wool cat person, I would still think it is ugly. Can I get an Amen?

In the first place, I don’t like directional fabric.


 So there is that.

In the second place, most of the cats have their eyes covered with sunglasses or stars or something.

I think that is creepy. It is like they are on drugs or something. And if you look at the ones with eyes that show, their pupils are just dots which furthers my theory that this is a fabric with stoned cats on it. I say, “SAY NO TO DRUGS!” It is a little hard for me to get behind using fabric that promotes illicit drug use (or prescription drug abuse).

If illicit drug use/prescription drug abuse was all this fabric was pushing, I might be able to overlook it. But seriously, it even looks like they packaged it for little kids and called it Nip Nap.


That is just wrong.

And I am fairly certain that at least one of the cats on the fabric is a pimp. I mean, just look at him:


Look how he is pocketing all the hard earned money he grafted from his stable.

And that guy behind him with the scarf and the shoes? There is something seriously twisted about him. He looks like a pickpocket and while I don't condone thievery, I can't say as I'd lose much sleep over the pimp getting ripped off.

Look at her – if that isn’t a madam, I’ll eat my hat.


And look at that shameless hussy admiring her sin laden self in the mirror.

If you aren't convinced this is an assault on the morality of quilters everywhere, look at this guy:



K*tty p*rn if I ever saw it. (asterisks added to keep p*rverts from searching and finding my blog - I'M WAY AHEAD OF YA, BUBBA!!).

It gets worse and worse.

So I tell myself that I am being too negative and there is bound to be something I like about this fabric.


Well, I am glad there isn’t a whole yard of it.

Upon reflection, I also like the colors. I like red, white and black (RWB) and had been planning to do a project with those colors in it for a long time. I hadn’t planned to use something like THIS for it, however. Do I want to “waste” my dream of a RWB quilt on this fabric?

Okay, so I go grab up my tenderly hoarded RWB stash and stand there stunned.

The Ugly fabric isn’t red. It is Orange.


ORANGE!! As if I have orange in my stash. Now I have to go buy orange fabric. And DON'T assume that orange fabric next to it in the picture is part of the project. I honestly am just using it in this picture to show you that it really is orange and not red.

Now, if you are from Oklahoma and an Oklahoma State Cowboys fan, things would be looking up. Their colors are orange and black. And in fact, my son-in-law graduated from OSU. That being said, I don’t see using this fabric to make him something. I love my SIL. He is good to my daughter. I can’t saddle him with this just because of his tawdry OSU past.

We aren’t supposed to talk about our design ahead of time so I will stop now other than to confess that I am well on the road to completion (I had to do something over the weekend when the internet was down - heaven forbid I might actually SEW). Here is all the nasty stuff I have left:


Let me just say that all those smug cat people who think they have a leg up in the Dare to Be Ugly Challenge just because they think this rag is cute – look out! These cats may be cute to you but the mentally healthy among us recognize ugly when they see it. And will design accordingly!!


 I hope this gave you a chuckle as it has so many since it was written! :)

Come back tomorrow to see what Penny wound up making with the fabric as well as the other entries!