Monday, July 21, 2014

An Aurifil Thread Giveaway is Rushing Your Way

Sew We Quilt has these gorgeous Aurifil Threads as a it!
Madame Samm always has the best giveaways!

All you have to do is sign-up to be part of the Rush Hour Blog Hop
and sew something with red, black, white, and/or gray.

Come know you want to join in the fun!

Leave me a comment that you want to join the hop and that you would LOVE to win this thread.
You have until Wednesday (July 23) to win.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Feeling A Little Rushed?

Joining a blog hop is so much fun! 
Really, it is!
It's so motivating to create a project to share with so many people from around the world.

Bowls with Borders was the first blog hop I hosted for Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt.
There were over 155 quilters from all over the world creating paper pieced bowls
and the majority of us had never even paper pieced...including me!

Wow, was it ever an amazing adventure!

 I went crazy with my bowls because I was loving this thing called paper piecing.

Such wonderful memories and so many new bloggy friends...loved it!

If you want to be part of an adventure there's still time to sign-up for this blog hop:

What's that you say? 
You don't have a blog, but you want to play along with the Rush Hour Blog Hop?

I will host you! 
Yes I will, but only a limited amount of people (5 to be exact.)

How does it work?
1. You email me saying you want to play along.
2. You email me photos of your project three days before your assigned posting day.
3. You email me a short write-up to go with the photo(s) you emailed me.
4. I post it on my blog on your assigned blog hop day.

It's that easy!

Send me an email if you want to "rush" with the rest of us.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

My Kind Of Summer

That Other Lady recently posted some gorgeous photos on her blog showing her yard, flowers, and cat.
(You can check them out HERE)

She said she'd love to see some of our summer photos so off I went to take pictures of my yard. hydrangeas. No pretty kitty. No sheets on the line.

Throwing my "Pollyanna" hat on, I worked to find something good about my summer yard.

“Oh, yes; the game was to just find something about
everything to be glad about—no matter what 'twas”
 ― Eleanor H. PorterPollyanna

Summers in my part of the country are very hot, mainly because it is THE DESERT.
We have lots of rock landscaping to conserve water, but we have some grass for the dogs to play on, too.

We occasionally have summer storms to cool things off...yay!

My tomato plants are still producing, but they are starting to look very wilted and brown from the heat.

 We have flowers, but they are definitely not as beautiful as That Other Lady's flowers! 

As for a fluffy kitty that poses for the camera...nope...don't have that, either.
But, I do have my Bruster who was forced to sit still for my photo.
He didn't like it. Sumatra needs to teach him a thing or two about posing.

I begged a little more and at least he perked up his ears and pulled in his snaggle teeth.

So...what's happening in your summer?

Are you busy sewing? Don't forget the blog hops coming up!

There are still openings for Rush Hour...let me know if you want to join the fun!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

What's Black and White and Red All Over?

The Rush Hour Blog Hop, of course!
I just love the combination of black, red, white, and gray!

My lovely lady was made of red, white, and black and she looks to be in a bit of a rush, doesn't she!

My picnic quilt was red and white with black ants all over.

My Tammy bag could have been part of the Rush Hour hop, too.

You don't have to use the Studio E Rush Hour fabric to play along, just make sure the project you create includes black, red, white, and gray. Easy, right! Come on, you know you want to join in!

Rush over to Sew We Quilt for all the big details about joining this hop...HERE.

Be sure to send me an email if you want to play along.


Email address
Blog name
Blog URL

See You In September still has a few openings, too, so rush on over to
  Shari's blog, Living With Purpose, for info on signing up.

I've almost finished project #1 for See You In September...whoohoo!

Friday, July 11, 2014

It's A Rush Hour New Blog Hop Alert!

Oh boy, oh boy...a new blog hop is in the works and I get to cheer it on!

Doesn't this button totally reflect how you feel when you're in the middle of rush hour traffic?
Love it!

Studio E Fabrics has a new line of fabric called "Rush Hour" and it is so very cool!

You don't have to use Rush Hour fabric to play along, but you can if you want to 
or just make something in black, white, red, and grey fabrics.

Rush over to Sew We Quilt for all the big details about joining this hop

Be sure to send me an email if you want to play along.


Email address
Blog name
Blog URL

Madame Samm dressed up my button for the Rush Hour hop...sweet!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Hot, Hot Winner

Martina from Switzerland
(I've sent her an email)

The temperatures in my area have dropped a little, thank goodness!
It was a total blast to read all the weather reports from around the world.
Thanks everybody!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

What's Up For September

Sew We Quilt is having a little blog hop break, but that doesn't mean I'm not busy sewing.
Quite the opposite!
I have 3 projects to make for the next blog hop in September!

I've started sewing two of them, but of course I can't show them yet
so occasional snippets all summer will have to do.

I think I'm in over my head with this one.
It has a gazillion applique pieces and since I'm pattern challenged, 
I'm...well...a little whole lot challenged with this one. 
It's not an easy pattern to follow (it can't possibly be me!)
Hopefully, I can get it together by September or it won't be seeing you.

ends on July 8th. Look who's been hopping!

June 5 - Jedi Craft Girl

June 10 - Nancy Zieman

June 12 - The Sassy Quilter

June 17 - Just Let Me Quilt

June 19 - Simple Simon & Co

June 24 - Haberdashery Fun

June 26 - Sew We Quilt

July 1 - Jina Barney Designz 

I hope you're having a great summer so far!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

I'll be eating barbecue pork sandwiches, watermelon, and homemade ice cream,
but the best part will be celebrating with my family...including the Monkey Boys!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

It's So Hot Giveaway

Seriously! It is so HOT I think I'm going to melt!

This photo was taken yesterday afternoon from my car's dashboard
(it dropped two degrees just as I pulled over to take the pic in the shade!)

113 degrees! 
Ugh, that is so scorchingly yucky!

Today I ventured out to the local quilt store for just a piece of green fabric.
But, of course, that's not all I bought. 
Hahaha, like I would only buy what I went shopping for! That's too funny!

Since it is so hot and July is a celebration kind of a month, 
I picked up three fat quarters for a
The goofy picture is not's my daughter's and she's not willing to part with it.

Giveaway has ended.
The rules...
  1. Leave a short comment about the temperature where you live.
  2. The three fat quarters can be mailed anywhere...yes, even to the other side of the world.
  3. You don't have to be a follower to play along, but of course that makes me smile if you do.
  4. Giveaway ends at 5 p.m. PST on July 8thEntries after 5 p.m. PST on July 8th will not be included in the giveaway.
  5. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: If you aren't sure whether or not you are a no reply blogger, LEAVE ME AN EMAIL ADDRESS...pretty please! You can't win if I can't contact you! If you don't get a reply from me to your comment, you are a no reply blogger.
P.S. Check out Riley Blake's Blog Tour!

June 5 - Jedi Craft Girl

June 10 - Nancy Zieman

June 12 - The Sassy Quilter

June 17 - Just Let Me Quilt

June 19 - Simple Simon & Co

June 24 - Haberdashery Fun

June 26 - Sew We Quilt

July 1 - Jina Barney Designz 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Thinking Of YOU Flowers

I have several friends with serious "stuff" going on in their lives right now.
We all have "stuff" we go home to, but theirs is more serious than mine today.

So...since I can't be there to hug them or clean their bathroom, I'm sending virtual flowers.

I found these on my walk yesterday

I seem to attract bees when I'm photographing flowers

There were lots of dragonflies hanging around these flowers

Wishing you all a peaceful day!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sweet Adelaide Baby Quilt

It took me just a couple days to sew this baby quilt together and thanks to Julie at Quilted Works
it was beautifully quilted and ready for me to pick up yesterday. The binding is on now, too!
Whew! Just in time for her arrival!

Sweet Adelaide

This cute little girl can be found at Fairyland Embroidery Designs.
The fabric is actually a lighter pink, but it was hard to get my camera to capture the true color.
It is from the "Collection for a Cause - MILL BOOK SERIES circa 1835" by Howard Marcus.