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I Promise I’m Sewing

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I let myself have fun with blog hopping and cross stitching this weekend  I am still getting some sewing done though.  I promise I am!

I had a guild meeting this morning and I was able to get this sewn for my spring mystery quilt.

Pardon all of the threads on my design wall.  This is my spring banner.  I will thread a string through the letters and hang it on the top of the quilt.

I also got the back ready for the wedding quilt I’m making.  The quilt is 95 inches square so it was a HUGE back to make.  I had to get that made because I was wanting to use what I trimmed off of it in the front of the quilt.  It doesn’t seem like a lot but at least I feel like I accomplished something.

If you haven’t entered in my giveaway check out the previous post.  You still have until Saturday to enter.

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Quilting Gallery Blog Hop and Giveaway!

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Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

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I’m so excited to be participating in this blog hop.  I love hosting giveaways.  I’m not going to take up a lot of time telling you about me and my blog.  If you want to know you can read my about me page.  I will say though that I love quilting and many forms of needle work and I started this so that I could share that love and find other people like that.  So thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you will want to come back again.

Now for the fun part.  Since I’m loving hand stitching right now I wanted to share it.  I’m giving an embroidery package.  It includes the book Stitchin’ Retro, 2 towels ready to be embroidered, 10 skeins of DMC floss, a pair of embroidery scissors, and one of my favorite tools a frixion pen.  I’m going to make this an easy giveaway.  No hoops.  I would appreciate it if you follow my blog if you like it but all you need to do to enter is leave a comment.  Tell me about one of your favorite projects or just something you are working on right now.  This giveaway will be open until Midnight March 23rd.  I will draw and post a winner March 24th.  The winner will also be notified via email.

Also be sure to follow this link http://quiltinggallery.com/quilters-fun/quilters-blog-hop-party/ to visit other blogs participating.

I also wanted to share a drawing that my favorite embroidery store http://www.embroidery.com is having.  They are giving away a $50 gift certificate.  All you have to do to enter is to like their facebook page.  They will be drawing for the certificate on April 3rd.  If you like their page and come back and let me know I will give you an extra giveaway entry but it isn’t required.

Favorite Things

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The truth is that I’m not my happiest tonight.  I want to post but I didn’t want it to sound whiny.  So I was thinking about things I enjoy and things that make me happy.  Then I thought why not post and share some.

Always at the top of my happy list is music.  I always have something playing in the background and it is a must for when I’m sewing, stitching, etc.  One of my favorite groups to listen to right now is Blackmore’s Night.  Their music goes a long way toward cheering me up.  I’m listening to it as I type.  So I thought I’d share one of my favorite videos of their from youtube.  I hope you enjoy it.

As you probably know I’m feeling extremely hand stitchey lately.  I would be happy to spend all day every day cross stitching.  So here’s a sneak peak at the pattern one of the patterns I’m working on right now.

It’s a silhouette of a fairy which actually puts her in another category of things that make me happy.  I’m a big fan of fantasy.  I may be all grown up but I still look through the flowers and plants for the fairys that I know are in there. 😉

Along with the hand stitching I also found a lost little embroidery today.  It made me very happy to recycle an old frame and give it a home.

Another thing that I love and that makes me very happy is making other people happy.  Nothing will make you feel better faster than making someone else smile.  So with that in mind I am helping a friend of my mother’s by making her a quilt for her granddaughters wedding.  She is such a sweet little lady and every time we talk about quilt plans and how it’s coming I can’t help but grin.  So here’s a look at how her quilt is coming along.

This is the center of the quilt.  Now I’m going to start piecing triangles for the star points.  This is actually a quilt I’ve made for myself before, it is on my bed right now in fact and they couldn’t be more different.  I am loving how this one is turning out though.  The granddaughter requested bright colors.  I was a little apprehensive about these fabric choices because I was used to mine that was so different but it is looking gorgeous.  This will be a quilt that I’m going to be proud of.

Now for my last happy thought of the evening.  Food!!!  Not only am I a fan of eating it.  (A little too much sometimes)  I also love to cook.  This month was my turn to bring snacks to our guild meeting so I broke out the old recipe book.  I wanted something different and I found Fiesta Pinwheels.  They were good.  So as I promised my guild pals here is the recipe.

 

Fiesta Pinwheels

1 pkg. cream cheese

1/2 c. sour cream

1/4 c. salsa

2 tbs taco seasoning

1 dash garlic powder

1 can olives chopped

1 can green chillies

1 c. cheddar

1/2 c. sliced green onions

flour tortillas abt. 8

Beat the first 5 ingredients till smooth.  Stir in remaining ingredients except tortillas.  Spread abt. 1/2 c. on each tortilla and roll the tortilla’s up.  Wrap in plastic and refrigerate overnight.  Slice and serve.

 

And now if you have been brave enough to read this far, thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.  I love to be able to share my thoughts, projects, love and addictions (shhhh…).  I appreciate all of my internet and blog friends.

Giveaway Winner and Swap Quilt Reveal

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First things first I visited Random.org this morning to generate a random # for the Leap Day Giveaway.  The winning # is…….(drum roll please)

#37

Joyce Mitchell

Congratulations Joyce!  I will be sending you an email for shipping info.  Thank you so much for everyone who participated in this giveaway.

Now I had promised that I would share my finished Name Game Swap quilt when my partner had received it.  It arrived safely at it’s new home a couple of days ago so I can reveal the finished quilt now.

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Here’s a look at the finished quilt the back and a couple close up’s at some of the fun embroidery I got to do.  I had so much fun making this quilt and I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.

LEAP DAY GIVEAWAY!

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Leap Day Giveaway

Happy Leap Day!!!

As promised here is my Leap Day giveaway.  When I was in My Girlfriends Quilt Shoppe to pick up my mystery kit for the week I found something that I’ve wanted to try making for a while now and I decided it would make a great giveaway.  It’s a kit for a 10 Minute Table Runner. Here is a picture of the one that I made out on our table.  They really do take about 10 minutes to make.  The kit for the giveaway has different fabrics in it.  I tried to get a picture but the plastic they are packaged in made it so the pictures didn’t work very well.  The kit has brown fabrics with red, blue and green accents.  The front fabric is cupcakes and the back is polka dots. I wanted to make this a simple and fun giveaway so all you have to do to enter is comment.  No rules just stop by and say hi! The drawing will close at Midnight.  Then be sure to click on the link at the beginning of this post to visit more fun giveaways.

If you want to enter a giveaway of your own.
Here’s how it works:
• Choose something to give away on Leap Day. Keep it simple. You can make something, give away a bit of your stash, offer a service, buy your favorite gadget to give away or offer something completely non-crafty. Your blog, you choose.
• To participate in the blog hop, your giveaway must start and end on Leap Day {February 29, 2012} in your time zone. You can open it at 10:00 am and close it at 10:00 pm, or go midnight to midnight, or anything in between. Your blog, your rules.
• Your giveaway winner does not have to be announced on Leap Day, but should be notified within a reasonable amount of time.
• Post your giveaway and then link up here. Please remember to link to your specific post {instructions here}. Please also include the Leap Day Giveaway button {code found below} somewhere in your giveaway post.
• The linky will open at noon MST on February 28th and close at 10:00 am MST on March 1st, to allow for people in different time zones to participate.Thank you for participating and good luck!

Long Weekend

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I made a goal on Friday to finish the Goodnight moon quilt I was working on for the store.  It didn’t happen.  I was interrupted by my sister asking for a babysitter and it got me out of my groove.  Later I was just getting back into the swing of things and my hubby decided he was hungry.  I guess I should have known that when you get a husband you have to actually take care of them. 😉  So then while cutting onions for our hamburgers I slipped and tried to cut off the tip of my finger.  I didn’t think of the quilt at all the rest of that night.  Saturday morning I got up and went to town to get my first kit for a mystery quilt I signed up for.  Then I came home wanting very badly to get that quilt finished before I had to head over to my sisters.  After way more trouble than I had expected I got it finished and taken back to it’s home.

It turned out really cute but the pattern I was using had a few problems that I also had to rewrite for the store.  In the end though it all came together.  I have one more quilt to sew for them and I’m super excited about this one.  It uses a pattern by Valorie Wells and I love her patterns.

I did go to my sisters with my hubby last night and we watched her kids and spent the night there.  Apparently we’re more fun than I realized because they did not want to quit and go to  bed.  It was a good thing that we had no plans today because I’ve already had 2 naps.  The funny thing though is that my tinkerbell won’t let me get far out of her sight today.

I laid down on the couch and she decided to use me as a pillow.  Then…

I was just sitting there and she came and wriggled under my arm and sat down beside me.  I love it when she is in one of her snugly moods.

Great Customer Service

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This is the quilt that I’m working on right now.  I got this and another quilt to make for Suppose Thursday night.  Can you see what the fabric is?  I was so excited to be able to make these quilts from them because The Lorax is my favorite Dr. Seuss book ever!!!  I’m thinking that I’m going to have to ask them to sell one of them to me when they are done using them.

This is the pattern I’m using.  I’ve always loved the Aardvark Quilts patterns but this is the first one I’ve made.  When I was cutting out my large triangles I realized that I didn’t have enough fabric.  I emailed the pattern company and got 2 fat quarters from the store to make the rest of my triangles.  To be honest I didn’t really expect them to email me back, but a few hours later I heard back from the pattern designer herself.  She let me know that there was a typo in the fabric requirements and offered to replace the patterns for the store.  I was very impressed with how fast she responded and how helpful she was.  I will definitely be using her patterns again.

Before I started my Lorax quilt I finally got these blocks sewn together so that  I could use my design wall again.  I love how the blocks look.  Now I just need to get the fabric to do the applique and the borders.  Hopefully soon because my deadline to get my pattern testing notes back is the 27th.

I also finished my quilt for the Name Game Swap.  I want to show it off so bad because I love how it turned out but it will have to wait until my partner receives it.  I took plenty of pictures though so I can show them as soon as she gets it.