Tuesday, September 16, 2014

See You In September Winner


#6 - ANITA!
(An email has been sent to her)
Congratulations!

See You In September was a great hop!
Thanks for all the really nice comments everyone left...I loved them all!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Around The World Blog Hop

Kathy at Kwilty Pleasures invited me to be a part of an 
Around The World Blog Hop...sweet! 
Thanks for thinking of me, Kathy! Check out her post here.


What a great opportunity to check out different blogs from all over the world...I love it!

The BIG QUESTION is...
Who am I?

Sewing has been a part of my life since I was just a kid. I've sewn wedding dresses, prom dresses, curtains, quilts, dolls, and anything else that used fabric. I'm definitely not a perfect sewer or quilter, but I have fun with the process of creating and putting it all together.

About twice a month I'm involved in blog hops with Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt. Being a part of these blog hops means there are times when I can't show the progress of what I'm working on because with my own special day to show off what I'm sewing, I don't want to spoil the surprise by posting about it before my big day. I must say that because of the blog hops, I have been challenged into making and learning things I never thought I could, such as...

Making a few of those dreaded Dresdens.

Hand embroidering on a quilt when I hadn't embroidered anything for years.

Designing a mug rug when I didn't know what a mug rug was.

Creating a pincushion or two.


What am I working on now?

I finished this for the last blog hop, See You in September.

and this

Just finished this...I love Halloween stuff!

I have a few projects for the Rush Hour Blog Hop which I can't show, yet.

I'm hosting this blog hop which starts on September 23rd...I can't wait!
All creations have to include only red, white, black, gray fabric.
This will carry something very, very important to me.

This was just plain fun to make and will be perfect for a little girl.

I'm working on a quilt for the oldest Monkey Boy. He picked out the fabric and drew his own label
for me to embroider. It should be ready in time for the Rush Hour blog hop....I hope.

There's a project in the works for the Riley Blake Flannel Exhibition Blog Tour
that involves flannel, of course. It's wonderful flannel!

My day is October 3rd and the rest of this will be on my blog.

Then, after all that, I'm off and running with Black Cat Crossing!


I'm not sure what I'll be making, but just look at this beautiful Maywood fabric!

Are you finally bored hearing about me? Sorry, but there's more!

Why do I create what I do?

Because it makes me feel good when I create something from fabric!
Plus, it is better than sitting around doing nothing.
Simple as that!

How does my creating process work?

This question made me laugh...really it did! You'd think I was a bit nuts if you saw how I sew.
I sometimes have a problem focusing on just one thing at a time. 
I'm kind of like Tigger...I bounce from this to that and then off I go in a totally different direction. 
I even bounce ideas off That Other Lady and she's so nice not to point out how crazy I am. 
(Thank you!) 
There's almost always something on my design wall and two or three (sometimes four) plastic
 containers are on the floor full of the fabric  I need for the next blog hop or project. 
It's a very organized mess...trust me!

Then there's the dining room table that doubles as my cutting table with whatever 
I'm working on, and the ironing board is usually hanging out in the kitchen. 
I'm lucky my hubby tolerates all of it! 

Most of what I make is all in my head and I rarely draw things out, though sometimes 
I put a general idea in EQ to work from. Not all those ideas in my head work out perfectly,
but let's not talk about them...really, I'd rather not! 

Quite often I see something one of YOU made and it spurs me on to make it, too. 

Speaking of using something one of YOU made, the person I tagged for the Around The World Blog
Hop, Kris from Kris Loves Fabricusually gets me all fired up to make whatever it is she's making
because she is just super duper amazing with all her creations! 

Like the time she made this for a blog hop:

So I HAD to make a similar one using the same fabric line and black birds...so did Madame Samm!

This is just one of her gazillion gorgeous projects: 

Then there's this beautiful yellow quilt...oh, and she has a huge garden, too!
I'm so jealous...of her quilts and garden!

Kris agreed to answer the above questions on September 22nd (next Monday) on her blog.
You'll want to see what she's working on! I've already bought the fabric to start making it, of course.

There's still hopping going on, too!

Wednesday, September 3
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Bumbleberry Cottage
Thimblemouse and Spouse
Mad Quilter's Disease
In The Boon Docks

Thursday, September 4

Jane's Quilting
Life in the Scrapatch
Sew Many Yarns
Gracie Oliver Arts
Everyone Deserves a Quilt

Friday, September 5

Stitchin' By The Lake
Coeur d'Alene
Words & Stitches
TheSlowQuilter
Pig Tales and Quilts
All Thingz Sewn

Monday, September 8

Quilting Quietly
Creatin' in the Sticks
Procrastination Queen
Lovelli Quilts
Cherry Blossoms

Tuesday, September 9

Just Let Me Quilt
Marjorie's Busy Corner
The Quilting Queen Online Blog
Marla's Crafts
K and S Sweets and Stitching

Wednesday, September 10

Secretly Stitching
Buzzing and Bumbling
Quilt n Queen
Quilted Delights

Grandmama's Stories

Thursday, September 11

Susie's World
Needled Mom
Cate's Linens
How ART you?
I Like To QuiltBlog

Quiltscapes

Friday, September 12

Sunshine-quilting
Sew Peace to Peace
MoosestashQuilting
More Stars in Comanche
Living With Purpose

Monday, September 15

I Piece 2-Mary
Till We Quilt Again
Vroomans Quilts
Nini and the Sea
Seams To Be Sew

Rush Hour Blog Hop Schedule

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I've Had A Touch Of Halloweenish-itis

Halloweenish-itis
Noun ~ Hal·low·een·ish·i·tis
-a mysterious and sometimes (almost always) contagious virus that causes one to begin buying
Halloween fabric and sewing Halloween projects long before the month of October.
It might also include playing in PicMonkey to make an avatar look a little creepy.

Possibly a ghoulish fever caused it or was it that nasty bronchitis that was haunting me?
Whatever it was, I got it BAD!

It all began with a trip to Quilted Works to spend my Stash Cash (funny money earned from
purchases made over several months. I had a small large HUGE stack of them.)

As I walked through the door of Quilted Works, there IT was. A little bundle of Halloween joy!
It said, "BOO" and it had a black cat.
SOLD!
I whipped out my stash cash faster than you could say "Creepy Carol!"
That's when the symptoms of Halloweenish-itis started to appear.

I knew I had it bad because I had sworn there would be no more Ghastlies added to my stash.
But I could tell it was too late. The Halloweenish-itis had taken control of my brain.
I found these fabrics in my bag when I got home. I have no idea how they got there.
It had to have been the Halloweenish-itis. Had to be!


I was shocked to find more in the bag! What's this? Four Halloween pillowcases?
The virus must have known that I have four Monkey Boys...that just gives me chills!


Wickedly split, the fever from the Halloweenish-itis broke and I found that I had managed to
completely sew this pillow. I guess I was lucky to have caught the virus! It might also have been a
big help that the pillow came as a laser cut kit with everything (except the pillow form) included.

I guess that virus wasn't so bad after all!

A little imp over at Quilted Works told me they have this pillow kit for sale on their website...
HERE.

Oh, my...
I hear there are several others fighting the Halloweenish-itis bug!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Me Here, Monkeys There

I had no idea these scary looking clouds would stop me from seeing my sweet Monkey Boys, 
but they did! 
They poured down some torrential rain which then caused major flash flooding in two states.
Add a washed-out freeway that is the main road connecting one state to another and what do you get?
An almost impossible journey from where I am to where the Monkey Boys live.
- Insert my very sad face here! -

The sky on Monday...beautiful, but not very nice!


The road that takes me to the Monkey Boys...gone!

They're estimating it will be several days before the road is open again with just one lane each way.
There's an alternate route, but it adds a considerable amount of time and slow traffic to the trip.
There were also many homes washed out in this area causing horrible damage.
No Monkeys for me, but I'm lucky I still have a home.

What's with this crazy weather!

In the midst of yucky, we still have a blog hop going on with so much inspiration and tons of reasons
to smile and find a little happiness. WAIT...does that sound too much like Pollyanna talking? Sorry!
I'm DEFINITELY NOT a Pollyanna, but here's some places to visit and just have a happy moment.


Wednesday, September 3
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Bumbleberry Cottage
Thimblemouse and Spouse
Mad Quilter's Disease
In The Boon Docks

Thursday, September 4

Jane's Quilting
Life in the Scrapatch
Sew Many Yarns
Gracie Oliver Arts
Everyone Deserves a Quilt

Friday, September 5

Stitchin' By The Lake
Coeur d'Alene
Words & Stitches
TheSlowQuilter
Pig Tales and Quilts
All Thingz Sewn

Monday, September 8

Quilting Quietly
Creatin' in the Sticks
Procrastination Queen
Lovelli Quilts
Cherry Blossoms

Tuesday, September 9

Just Let Me Quilt
Marjorie's Busy Corner
The Quilting Queen Online Blog
Marla's Crafts
K and S Sweets and Stitching

Wednesday, September 10

Secretly Stitching
Buzzing and Bumbling
Quilt n Queen
Quilted Delights

Grandmama's Stories

Thursday, September 11

Susie's World
Needled Mom
Cate's Linens
How ART you?
I Like To QuiltBlog

Quiltscapes

Friday, September 12

Sunshine-quilting
Sew Peace to Peace
MoosestashQuilting
More Stars in Comanche
Living With Purpose

Monday, September 15

I Piece 2-Mary
Till We Quilt Again
Vroomans Quilts
Nini and the Sea
Seams To Be Sew
My Quilting Journey

Tuesday, September 16

Life, quilts and a cat too
Meadowbrook
Apple Avenue Quilts
Just Keep Swimming
Patchwork Sampler
Sew We Quilt



September 4 - Riley Blake
September 9 - Quiltscapes
September 12 - Sew Fishsticks
September 16 - The Stitching Scientist
September 19 - My Fabric Obsession
September 23 - Sassy Quilter
September 26 - Simple Simon and Company
September 30 - Fabric Mutt
October 3 - Just Let Me Quilt
October 7 - Jedi Craft Girl
October 10 - Rose and Odin
October 14 - Sew We Quilt
October 17 - Haberdashery Fun
October 21 - Leigh Laurel Studios
October 24 - The Cottage Mama

Monday, September 8, 2014

It's Me Seeing You In September

After a long, long, long break from blog hopping, it's time for my day of
SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!
Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt got us working all summer on three projects of our choosing.
Shari at Living With Purpose is cheering us on and keeping us organized.
Thanks to both of them!

Project #1

With the big scare of losing some of our favorite gingham, we had to include gingham in one 
of our projects just to show Riley Blake that we LOVE their gingham!  
I used Riley Blake's aqua color gingham and dots to make this ruffled chevron quilt.

While I was looking for a good spot at the park to take a picture, a mom and her two kids
volunteered to help hold up the quilt. They didn't even know me, but they were so nice!

I love how willing this boy was to help...his little sister was adorable, too!

I added a little ric rac above the ruffle and straight stitched a gazillion rows to quilt it.

Project #2

While going through all my stash I found a huge section of Moda Turnovers that I'd sewn
together long, long ago. I added a couple borders, straight stitch quilted it, and got the binding on.
It's a perfect size to hide under while watching my favorite TV series "The Walking Dead."

Bella thinks I made it for her.

Project #3

I saw a quilt on the wall at Quilted Works and just knew I HAD to make it. 
It is called Front Porch by Jan Patek, but mine does not look exactly like hers.
(I have a problem following directions, so mine is just a tad different.)

The Other Front Porch Quilt

Here's my hubby braving a 12-foot drop to CONCRETE just to hang my quilt for a photo.
He was wearing flip flops while crawling across boulders to secure the quilt, so I might have
gasped a few times when he almost slipped. I envisioned a trip to the emergency room or worse!


With his work done, he waited patiently for me to take the photos. What a guy!

I've never made a quilt with this many applique pieces...there were 1000's of pieces I'm sure!
The size is about 74" x 98" and almost all the fabrics were from my stash.

Quilted Works did their usual amazing job of quilting it with stars and swirls. Love it!

A Color Me Happy Giveaway!
I bought this little treat at Quilt Taffy's...I love that store!
10" squares cut in half make 42 triangle slices!

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Look who else wants to show you what they've been working on:


Plus, Riley Blake's Flannel Exhibition Blog Tour is at Deonn's today:
September 9 - Quiltscapes

Thanks for stopping by to visit!