Thursday, October 28, 2010

Has It Really Been One Year?

Yep...on October 28, 2009 at 1:31 pm I posted for the first time here on Blogger!!
I didn't realize how much fun it would be and how many new friends would pass my way! I have appreciated every one of your comments and help with this endeavor.

So as a thank you I want to have a giveaway just for my followers...I am not posting this anywhere's just for you my friends.

Did you see anything you liked? Leave me a comment letting me know which one caught your eye and if your number pops up on the Random Generator you will be my 1st Bloggiversary winner!!

Random Gen will do it's thing on Nov 9th.

Good Luck and thanks so much for being there!!


PS...We are back from our trip down south and this was supposed to post last week but I didn't do something right. In the mean time I got my 100th follower (WELCOME!!) so I am doubling the ante and I will have Random Gen pick twice!
More on said trip to come!:)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Some Gifts...

Soon we will be visiting Don's Aunt B and Uncle Z....thought I'd make them something. They have 6 grandbabies so I figured a Halloween runner would be fun. It has Autumn fabric on the back to make it versatile.
Thought I would make something for the grandkids too. The eldest loves to draw so I made this little bag....

... inside is a pocket for a Marble notebook and a pocket with colored pencils and a pencil sharpener. There's plenty of room for her to add more stuff.
For the three grandsons I made Star Wars drawstring ditty bags and inside I put SW coloring books, crayons and sticker books...I wanted to keep one for James!:)
I can't show you what I made for the other two granddaughters.... I am using them as examples for when I lead Round 9 of the Old Red Barn Company Quilt-Along!! That will start January 1, 2011...I hope you will join me!:) Until then keep visiting ORBC because members are still posting photos and we will be having some giveaways!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Getting Things Done?

Sort of! I'm working on is a top for a wall hanging made out of trimmings from is called Montage. One of the designs looks like shelves full of books and another has numbers and stuff.
Sewed up a lot of batting scraps...never throw that stuff out...

...makes great pieces for mug rugs...also made from scraps! That orange and brown went home with my SIL....I'm still working on the binding for the rest of them.
Here are a few fully finished things. These were for Hoop Up! This owl went home to Courtney....
...and the Tinman went to Kimmie for Switchin' Stitches....I am officially done with all my swaps....until I sign up for for more!
Remember I said I would tell you what was in the silver tin...the present I gave Don for our 25th? He gets to drive a real stockcar for 8 laps around Atlanta Motor Speedway!! WhooooHOOOOOoooooooo!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Chinese Food, Ice Cream and WOW!!:)

Our 25th Anniversary celebration, Chinese food, two kinds of Ben and Jerry's, a slice of carrot cake, two candles (one Halloween candlestick with skull's from Maria's room) and some silver gifts....see that wee brown box?
EXACTLY what I wanted!! It's from an Etsy store called Cinnamon Sticks...I saw her button on Dana's blog, hinted to Maria and...
...she told her dad. It is called "My Cup Overflows" and it does. Isn't it amazing, I just love it. The biggest disc is only 3/4" wide!!
Maria...thanks for hinting to your ROCK!;)
PS...I'll tell you about the other silver gift next time!

Twenty-Five Years Ago...

I married my best friend....I would do it again in a heartbeat....
(Can you tell we are Italian?)
....just not in that dress...or with that hair!


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pumpkin Haunting...I mean Hunting!

The Great Pumpkin....
Weighing in at 1324 lbs...sitting there on his throne with all his little minions!

We had a really hard time picking out a pumpkin...
...but here is our happy wagon load....

And here is our haul
at home!!:)

This little Halloween mini now lives in England...really thought Maria was needing some Witchy love!!
Now to think of something for James!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Batiks, Thanks and Ebay

Thought you might like seeing something made from the trimmings Carly lets me take home from work! Basically a wonky rail fence quilt a la ORBC.
I just had to buy the two border prints....I sure do love those bright colors! I think I am going to use some of my Dutch Wax print fabric for the back but for now this quilt top is joining 7 others hanging in our closet waiting to be quilted.

My little embroidery piece for Hoop Up! was featured on The Selvage Blog. Just wanted to say thanks to Karen for the nod and thanks to Amy for the heads up!;)
Lastly, remember that Pink Fairy Tales quilt that I was lucky enough to get to piece together with donated blocks and is now being auctioned on Ebay with all monies going to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation...go check it out and bid on it!:)
Pumpkin Wizard photo for Maria
Went a pumpkin hunting this weekend...more on that next time!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Witches and Wonderland

Happy Halloween Haunting 3.5"s from that awesome Bitty Block Committee Swap...
...aren't they amazing...there is even a casket with a lid, a bat with beady eyes and Ol' Frankie boy with bolts in his neck!! You all ROCK!!!

But what's most awesome is that Maria is really living in Wonderland...please, please go read her blog post about should follow her's great, even if I am her mom!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Very Productive Sunday...

Finished my ORBC Quilt Along Round 8 project...took it to work to have it's picture taken with the Moda Pure display...I want some of that canvas on the lower right!! I think there may be a purse in my future!
Close up...echo quilting and some radiating lines in the corners. Sooz is does look like a round butt person holding up another person!;)
Here are some bits I made from the scraps...gotta love scraps!
Then just for fun...a Rainbow House and...

...a Dr. Suess cutie peeking out the window!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

My Stitching Hand is on Fire!;)

I've been having so much fun...for the Hoop Up swap I stitched this wonky house for Scott of Blue Nickel Studios.
The fabric he sent was a mint green...made it a little more challenging but loads of fun...added some wee beads for pompoms on the curtains...hope he likes it!
For the Bitty Block Committee mini I totally forgot that I needed to wait for one more block and no sooner did I stitch up my mini (go here to see it before) then that bitty orange fishy on the left showed up all the way from Sandy in Buenos Aires! Oops!! So I torn out the seams on the left side and popped him way I wasn't adding it! There was this big empty space on the upper left.....I asked for some ideas from the BBC gang......
...and this was the winner! Not the greatest says 2010 on the tail of the plane and Paradise Remix on the banner since I had to redo my mini!
For the Advent calendar swap we had to make our own day twenty-five 3.5" square...please tell me you know what this is....Don thought it was ghost!:o
Lastly, for Round 8 at the ORBC, Pat had a little extra project for us to do using the 1/2" wide scraps we trimmed off of our 5" squares....can you believe she expected us to sew 1/2" scraps? Well...I can't run away from a challenge like that so here is my little mug rug...quilted every 1/2" so it doen't fall apart!!
PS...I stitched another little project but it's a secret for the moment...stay tuned!