Thursday, October 28, 2010

Final Win Arrived.

It turned off cold last night. We had 30* early this morning, but the wind was still howling. Our old house is so cold when the wind is blowing. I was dressed for warmth today, yet still felt chilly. I had on my sweats, a sweater, my wool lined slippers, a shawl and an afghan around my legs. I looked like I was bundled for a blizzard. LOL I am so NOT looking forward to winter. Thankfully it got up into the upper 40's and the wind is starting to lay. I even took my sweater off. (grin)

Look what came in the mail yesterday. It is my Fall into Fall giveaway win #3. It is called Season Sampler by Cabbage Rose and was sent to me by Cheryll of The Memory Keeper.
I have been wanting to start another applique quilt this winter and this has some great projects. Look at this one called Feline Fancy. Isn't it cute?
Here is a couple more projects in the book. It may be hard for me to decide what to do first. (grin)
This book has 8 gorgeous projects in it. How many hours of fun will that be? LOL Thank you so much, Cheryll. I love it. I found out that Cheryll and I live in the same state and she actually went through my home town a few weeks ago on her way to visit family. How neat is that?

I want to again thank Jeanette, Patty, and Cheryll for all the goodies I won during the Fall into Fall giveaway. Also, thank you Debi for organizing everything. I know it was a lot of work, but I am sure everyone had just as much fun as I did. 

Well, I know this is a short post, but I want to get settled down in front of the tv with Bob's quilt. Tomorrow is grocery day, so I may not get a chance to post, but I will show you the latest bag soon. Everyone have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for visiting and please come again.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Number 2 Win Came

This week I received my second winning from the Fall into Fall Giveaway. I received this gorgeous Fabulous Fall panel from Patty at Granma's Charms. I am thinking this will make a nice fall wall hanging.
Patty also sent these 3 fabrics to match. There are over a 1/3 of a yard of each of them. I love these colors.
Didn't Patty do a good job of matching the panel?
I have been busy this week. I now have Bow Tucks bag #6 done and #7 ready to put together. I have about half of the last border hand quilted on Bob's Patriotic Shoo Fly and all but 3 blocks done on Jeremy's Nine Patch. I have also been quilting the sashings and sashing stones as I go, so soon will just have the border to do on this quilt. I had hoped to have it done by the end of the month, but I am happy with my progress.

The wind has been fierce here this week. It isn't even easy to walk outside. They are predicting it to lay tomorrow. I sure hope they are right. According to Yahoo, the temps here are 64*, but it sure doesn't feel like it. I am sitting here with a sweater on and still do not feel comfortable.  So I think I will go huddle under one of the quilts and work on it. LOL I hope to be back tomorrow to share a picture of the next bag. Thank you for visiting. Please come again.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

One of My Winnings Arrived

I receive the panel that I won from Inchworm Fabrics this past week. It is so cute. It is called Cut Blossum Lane Panel. I don't usually work with these colors, but I really like this. Not really sure what I will make with it. That will probably be a winter project. Thank you, so much Jeanette. I love it.
Sorry I didn't iron it before taking the picture, but I wanted to fold it back up till I am ready for it. Isn't this a cute and cheerful panel?  I was in JoAnn's on Friday to pick up another spool of red Gutermann hand quilting thread and just happened to see a fat quarter bundle of bright fabric. I used my 50% off coupon  so it only cost me $5 for this cute bundle of fabric. It is pretty good fabric too, not the best, but definitely not the worst.
Don't you think these go good with the panel?  I need to get my thinking cap on to create something with the panel and these fat quarters. These bright colors are starting to grow on me. (grin)

Of course, while I was in JoAnn's I had to check out their red tagged fabrics. They were 50% off the red tag. I found this brown polka dot fabric and just love it. It only cost me $2.50 per yard and is from the Stonehill Collection. It is a nice quality fabric. I bought 2 yards. They had buy one get one free on the thread, so I got my red and then picked up a color I use a lot.
It has been a gloomy weekend. It rained hard all night Friday night.  Saturday was muddy and very windy. It got up to 75*, though.  It is still windy today, but the clouds have moved back in and it is chillier out. So this has been a mostly inside weekend. We did get some work done yesterday, but Kevin just wanted to rest today. I have been working on another Bow tucks bag and piddling on the computer.

Noah has gotten into the habit of wanting to talk to me every time his mama calls. I so enjoy those little talks. I put his grandpa on yesterday. Oh my, Kevin was so happy to talk to our little man. Then Izzie has to get on the phone. She doesn't say a word, but bye-bye at the end. So cute. So I talk to her and she listens, then tells me bye-bye. (grin) Haze had parent/teacher conference last week. Noah's teacher says he is doing great. Really good news for us. He is so shy, I was worried about him. He still needs to work on the shyness thing, but does great on all the work.

I made chili on Friday and bought lunch meat, hot dogs, and chips. I haven't had to cook all weekend. (big grin) Not the healthiest meals, but sure easy.

I think I will go work on the BT bag some more. I am ready to put it together. I am getting faster at them. Thank you so much for visiting. I am trying to get back to responding to my comments. I got so behind during the Fall into Fall giveaway time period that I decided to just start over. Thank you for all that left birthday wishes for our Jonny. He says thanks too. Everyone have a great day and please come again.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bow Tucks Bag #5

I finished everything but the handwork on bow tucks bag #5 today. This is the red one. I am trying different battings, etc in them. I used fusible fleece on the back of the front and back and the pockets, but I used a craft fuse for the lining. The craft fuse is pretty stiff, which gives this bag lots of shape. I will probably continue to use the craft fuse for the linings. The good thing is that it is less expensive than the fusible fleece. (grin) Anyway, here is the red bow tucks bag.
I made a booboo on it. Look closely at the pocket. I sewed it on before I quilted it. I started to take it off and quilt it, but I really sewed it on good. LOL Kevin says it will be fine like this, so I left it.
Here it shows the ties.
Here is the inside.
Now all I have left to do on this one is whip the bottom of the lining closed and sew the button on it. I need to get some more buttons with shanks. Sewing those on is my least favorite part of the whole bag. I am horrible at sewing those shanks on. I have the the next one cut out and ready to go.

I lined them all up for a photo shoot. What do you think? Of course the fall one has a new home now. (grin)
We have been having lovely fall weather. No frost yet, but I'm sure we will have one soon. They are forecasting lots of rain this weekend. That should bring lots of leaves down from the trees. It has been nice during the afternoon this week, yet not warm enough for those nasty bean bugs to be on the move. I could live with this weather year around. (grin)

Everyone have a great day. Thanks for visiting and please come again.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Jon!

Today our baby turned 22! Wow! Hard to believe that our baby is 22 years old. Seems like just yesterday he was running around aggravating his older sisters and brother. LOL I have very few pictures of him on this computer. He is like his dad and does not like to have his picture taken.
Happy birthday darling. Your dad and I hope you  have a good one. We love you. Wish we could spend the day with you. Throw those nasty cigarettes away!

I have 2 more Bow Tucks bags done except for the handwork. (sewing the button on and whip stitching the bottom of the lining together. I made these two at the same time. Probably won't do that again. I think I like getting one done quicker.
Here is the inside of one of them.
I will try to get the handwork done this evening while watching Biggest Loser. Then again, I may decide to just do some mindless quilting on Jeremy's quilt. I now am at the half way mark on the blocks. This one is going quickly, but it is mostly straight line quilting. That does go fast.

I started another Bow Tucks bag today. This one is mainly reds. I have the front and back quilted. I may work on it some more in a minute. What do you think? I haven't made the front pocket yet, but it is laying on top.

Well, that is it for me today. It got down into the mid-30's last night, but still no frost where we are. It is kind of chilly today at 65*, but it is the time of year when it is supposed to be cooling down. I need to get off here now. Thanks for visiting. Please come again and have a great day.

Jonny, once again, we love you, babe.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Winner of My Giveaway!

I am sorry that I did not make a specific post to announce the winner of my Fall into Fall Giveaway. I edited the original post instead. Sorry if this caused any inconvenience to anyone. I really want to thank all of you wonderful people for entering for a chance to win my bow tucks bag. I was totally shocked at the number of entries I received. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to visit my blog. Now the winner of my bow tucks bag is Liz of The Encourager! I have already emailed Liz and have her bag on the way to her. I am sorry everyone could not be winners.

I also wanted to say I have been very lucky again. I won 3 giveaways. Yes I did. I won The Season Sampler book by Cabbage Rose from Cheryll at The Memory Keeper.

I won a Fabulous Fall panel and some fabrics from Patty at Granma's Charms.

I also won a Blossom Lane panel from Jeanette at Inch Worm Fabrics.

Woohoo! I need to get these quilts quilted so I can have some fun with my new goodies. (grin)

Thank you for visiting. Please come again. Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Last day of Fall into Fall Giveaway!

It has been quite a week around here. I had planned to blog a little more, but it just didn't work out. Our daughter's FIL passed away on Sunday. Kevin had to work his hours around so that he could attend the funeral with me today. The funeral was an hour away, so we had two hours in just driving. I am glad we could go to support our SIL, Bob. I know he and his family appreciated us being there. Kevin had to work last night, now tomorrow he goes back to his regular day shift. It is not easy to switch to a night shift for one day, then switch back, but he wanted to do this. Robert's death was not a surprise. He had been sick for a long time, but it was still hard on his family. They had a very nice service for him. He will be missed, but is in a better place.

I was so sure that I could get Bob's quilt done. Then I ran out of thread. Never a good thing when you see your spool like this. LOL
Now that spool is completely empty and in my purse so that I can get the right color the next time I am in JoAnns. I never would have dreamed I would use more than a spool of thread on this quilt. I have one whole border side left to quilt. Oh well, this gave me the excuse to move on to Jeremy's Nine Patch. Oh, I am having so much fun with this one. I only started it Monday and already have almost half the blocks quilted. It is mostly straight line quilting, cause Jeremy likes simple. LOL I am using a 80/20 batting and muslin for the backing. I am loving this muslin on the back. The needle just goes through it like butter. Here is a section of the nine patch.
I love how the quilting is showing up on the back. That muslin really shows every stitch.  Shows wrinkles too. (grin) Good thing I like the crinkled look. Hope Jeremy does. LOL
Last week end, I played around a little with some charms. Nola, do you recognize these little pink squares? I cut some of the pink charms I won from your giveaway into 2 1/2" squares and made this cute little quilt. I then machine quilted it. I am trying to come up with an idea of something to applique in the center. If not, I will just bind it and give it to one of the granddaughters for a doll quilt. This was another just pure fun quilt.
Now I am buckling down and concentrating on the SIL's lap quilts. If Ivan's goes as quickly as Jeremy's has, I may be able to be done with them before the end of November. That would be good!

I will be closing the Fall into Fall giveaway at midnight tonight and will draw a winner and announce it tomorrow sometime. Not sure what time since tomorrow is once again grocery and errand day. I want to thank everyone who has commented to be entered in the giveaway and all of the lovely people who have become followers. I never dreamed that I would have over 300 entries for the bow tucks bag and over 100 followers. Wow! Even my husband is amazed. LOL  So if you haven't entered my giveaway yet, you still have a few hours, about  5 to be exact. (grin) Good luck!

Thank you all for visiting. Have a good day and see you tomorrow. Won't tomorrow be an exciting day in blogland!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Little Pumpkin Quilt

I really have to quit getting side tracked or I never will get the SIL's quilts done. LOL Today I decided to make Sandy Gervais' free pattern. I used her pumpkin and star pattern, but changed most everything else. I really like how it turned out. This is another project that is all done on the sewing machine. All of it is scraps except the border and backing, and they were both in my stash. Even the batting was a scrap.
Is Blogger having problems? I tried 3 times to upload this picture. The little line would go about 3/4 of the way, then stop. I finally got it to work on the 4th try. So this post may not have very many pictures. LOL Here, hopefully, is a closeup of the pumpkin. Kind of wish I had used less bright orange for it, but I wanted to use out of my scraps.
Ok, blogger is doing the same thing, so I will try to add some more pictures tomorrow if I have time. I'm too tired to sit here and wait on it. (grin) Might as well admit, I'm also too impatient. LOL

For those that have entered my Fall into Fall giveaway, thank you. I usually try to respond to comments, but this time there are just too many. I hope you all understand. I think I will turn in now. Thanks for visiting. Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I've been playing!

Wow! is all I can say. I never dreamed I would have so many entries for my Bow Tucks bag. Thank you to everyone who has entered. Also thank you and welcome to all the new followers. I have almost doubled in followers this week. I am still kind of in shock. LOL This Fall-into-Fall Quilters Giveaway has been a wonderful experience for me. It took me 4 days to get through all the giveaways LOL,  but I had fun. Thank you so much Debi for organizing this. It had to be lots of work and time consuming. I appreciate everything you did.

I have been busy quilting on Bob's quilt. I am about half done on the third border side. Kind of feeling the pressure to get this done. I really need to have either Ivan's or Jeremy's done also by the end of this month. I quilted till my fingers were too sore to do anymore. LOL So I took most of yesterday off to play on my sewing machine. I made this cute little table runner. I love it. Gudrun designed it. Isn't it adorable?
Here is another picture of it. I really had fun with this. It is quilt as you go. I used my scraps and some scraps from Cyndi.  The only thing I bought was the black border. I saw that in Walmart last week and thought it was so cute. So glad I got it.
Very seldom do I do a project that is all with the machine, but this one was. I still have to do some machine applique around the candy corn, but that shouldn't take long. Here is the back. Not very exciting, but I usually show the backs of my projects.
If you look at the top of the first picture, you will see my helper. Callie just can't let me work on something without her imput. LOL Doesn't she look interested in this picture. (grin) She has been busy today chasing poor Buddy around the house. Thankfully, her hiss is worse than her bite, but he doesn't know that. LOL
 I bought my Klutz glove Friday. I was totally shocked to see that it cost $24.99 at JoAnn's. Wow! That is for one glove! I was really grateful that I had a 50% off coupon. I even used the glove yesterday when I did the cutting on the little table topper. My husband asked last night if I used it. I figured he would. (grin) It is kind of a pain to put on and take off, but I promised him I would use it. I guess I will get used to it. Does this look like almost $25 to you?
Sorry I haven't commented on many blogs this week. We have had nice weather, so I have been working outside a lot. Also trying to stay off the computer a little. I will have plenty of time for the computer this winter. (grin)  If you haven't visited Gudrun site and the Fall-O-Ween blog hop, you really should. These ladies have shared some cute, cute designs on their blogs. Well, I need to get back to work on something. Thank you so much for visiting. Have a wonderful day.

Friday, October 1, 2010

It's Time for the Fall into Fall Giveaway!

The winner of the Bow Tucks Bag is 'An Encourager'! Congratulations! I have already emailed the winner and await her mailing address. Thank you to all who entered. I wish you all could be winners. Have fun checking out blogs today and tomorrow!

Woohoo, yes it is. I am very excited about this. I entered lots of giveaways on the last one that Debi had and even won a couple of things, but I did not have a blog back then. This time I do. So what am I giving away? I am giving away a fall colored Bow Tucks bag made by me. I knew there was a reason I just never could start using this bag. LOL Here it is. This is the front. I just did a simple crosshatch machine quilting on it.
These bags are big. They can be used with the ties on the side tied or untied. Whichever you prefer. Here it is with the ties tied.
It has lots of inside pockets and one outside pocket for keys or such.

Here is the back of it.
Ok, there you have it. You can enter to win this bag. I may even try to make some accessories for it. I am a simple girl. All you need to do to be entered for this bag is leave me a comment. Anyone can enter. You don't have to have a blog. All I ask is that if you are a 'no reply commenter' that you also leave your email address so I can contact you. You do not have to become a follower, but I would love it if you do. I really appreciate my followers. I will draw a winner on October 15th. Good luck to everyone. Now that you have entered my giveaway, click on that scarecrow over to the right and go visit over a hundred other blogger giveaways. You have 2 weeks to hit all of them. You can come away with some pretty neat stuff. Quilters are generous people! Thanks for visiting. Have a good day!
Giveaway closed. Winner announced soon. Thanks!

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