Friday, December 31, 2010

A WINNER announced

Good morning and Happy New Years Eve!  We are tucked in snug at home for the second day of a winter storm that is expected to last into Saturday morning at least.  As long as the power stays on I'm a happy camper to be snowed in for a couple of quiet days.

I've used the random number generator to select a winner from all of the lovely posts on my blog.  And the winner is . . .
If Linda will email me with her mailing address, this Central Park cham pack will be in the mail on Monday morning.  You'll find my email address on my blog profile.  I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon.

And in the meantime I'm working on my list of UFO's that need to be tackled in 2011.  I plan to post that list tomorrow.  And I'm already working on the binding of one of the items on that UFO list.  By this afternoon I hope to have finished binding my "Hip Holiday" wall hanging and maybe I will have started working on another UFO item.

Monday, December 27, 2010

200 posts & a giveaway

I'm excited to announce that I have reached my 200th blog post and am offering a little giveaway to celebrate.  It's a charm pack of Central Park, by Moda.  It is so pretty - full of yellows, blues, pinks, etc.  This will be a perfect item to get you motivated on a spring project in the middle of winter. The deadline for entering is midnight on Thursday (Dec. 30), and I'll announce the winner on New Year's Eve.

Here are the ground rulesto earn an entry (or 3) in the drawing to win this charm pack.

1.   leave me a comment on this post for one entry

2.  blog about my giveaway on your blog and let me know for one entry

3.  become a follower and let me know for one entry.

Looking forward to hearing from lots of potential winners!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

The stockings are hung, the pumpkin pie is out of the oven, the turkey is smoking on the deck - and my kids are arriving to do all of the cooking. Laura arrived early this morning and got that turkey going. Her husband Jamie will come after work this afternoon.  Jerilyn and Darin are on their way.  It should be a great Christmas.  I hope everyone has a blessed holiday with friends and family!

I'm healing nicely from my surgery and will probably feel like sewing next week.  I have some fun things to show you all.

And I'll be posting my 200th blog posting GIVEAWAY in the next few days.  Can't wait!  Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas stockings

Another pre-scheduled post!

The stocking in the middle is one that I made a couple of years ago. It is hand appliqued and hand quilted.  Looking at it now however - maybe those snowmen need some hats added to their bald little heads.  What do you think?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas hearth

I love the ability to schedule posts even when you aren't able to connect online. 

A quick glimpse of my living room hearth with the poinsettia and the darling mini quilt. I got this last winter from Denise Russart for a mini quilt swap through Quilting Blogs.  I love the colors as well as the design.

It is a perfect fit on the small iron frame that I keep on this hearth just for mini quilts.  It's such fun to switch them around for different seasons and holidays.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Nearing a milestone

I'm getting very close to my 200th blog post since I began in 2009.  Watch for a great GIVEAWAY coming up to celebrate.  I'm guessing it will be sometime around Christmas!

In the meantime, I'll be missing in action for about a week while I have some surgery.  See you all soon!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

100 Blocks - not enough time

I finally picked up a copy of Quiltmaker magazine's 100 Blocks (volume 2).  Just like Volume 1 last year, this is full of exciting new block designs and variations of old block designs. Very inspirational.  There is a paper-pieced snowflake block that I just HAVE to try out soon.  I even have tons of scraps of blues from my snowflake quilt from last winter.  If I decide the paper pieced block will be an "orphan", then it will make a spectacular pillow to go with my quilt.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Stash report

I made a total of 38 pillowcases for our charity project, with the final 10 made this weekend.  We gave 50 beautiful pillowcases and 50 new pillows to the area safe house yesterday.  And we plan to give away another 200 pillows and pillowcases at the Love Feast on Dec 16.  We still are a little short on the pillowcases but hope to make our goal before that date.  We had very generous donations from 2 local elementary school faculties to buy enough pillows.

So this afternoon I did a little figuring on how much of this fabric actually came from my bins and closet. The pillowcases average about 1 yard of fabric per case, and of course not all of it came from my stash.  But a lot of it did.  My estimate is that I used up approximately 20 yards of fabric from my stash. Unfortunately that also means I bought nearly the same amount.  But it was for a really good cause so no guilt is involved.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Guess what I'm making!

Guess what I'm making with this cute little jungle baby print?  I have a layer cake to work with.  And the pattern is Ten Cents, by Me and My Sister Designs.  Love their patterns!  And hopefully my first grandbaby will love this quilt when he or she arrives in early June.