Thursday, April 23, 2015

Have A Latte Winner

#2 - Lisa from In The Boon Docks
Congratulations, Lisa!

Thanks to all who stopped by for a latte!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

There Was Purple So I Had To Stop And Sew

I was moving around and sorting some fabric that has been multiplying like the Star Trek Tribbles,
when I noticed a small container of fabric that I didn't remember I had. It was purple!
I envisioned another Dresden quilt and that did it! I stopped what I was doing and went to sew.
My fabric can be sorted and moved around another day!
After a little over an hour I had it cut out and some pieces sewn.

 Apparently, my attention span is rather short these days because while sewing I looked out
the window and saw that we had some new yellow flowers blooming in the yard.
I stopped sewing and went to take pictures of them. The Dresden can wait!

I'm loving this warmer weather and all the beauty its bringing!

I had a blast at the local quilt show that was held over the weekend. There were some amazing quilts
on display, some that I wouldn't ever, ever, ever take on. Wowzers! Some of them were incredible!
I spent Friday at the show with Barbara, who won 1st place in the modern quilt category.
Way to go, Barbara! Congratulations!
She was in the Rush Hour blog hop with this quilt...see it and her story about the quilt HERE.

I ran into Deonn from Quiltscapes (I love that lady!) and she gave me a signed copy of
the magazine with her quilt pattern in it. I HAVE to sew this cute baby! Thanks, Deonn!

I went back to the quilt show on Saturday and hung out with my best friend, Brenda.
She spent Friday night at my house and we stayed up really late just chatting.
We've been friends for over 30 years, so we never run out of things to talk about!
Thanks, Brenda, for the best time I've had in a long time!

I saw this at the Scrap Apple Quilts booth where Linda was showing us how it worked.
Have you seen this before? Check out the video HERE...it's an amazing tool!

Guess I better go back and work on the purple Dresden...
at least until something else catches my attention.

Oh, wait! There's the Have A Latte Blog Hop still going on.
The whole schedule and my giveaway can be found HERE.
Lots of cool stuff being created in this hop!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

My Brown Bag Sunburst Dresden

A while back I took on the challenge from Quilted Works to buy one of their Brown Bag Specials
which held two unknown fat quarters. Once opened, I couldn't exchange it for another bag if I didn't
like the fabrics and I had to make something using both those fat quarters. Yikes! 
The fabrics were cute, but they weren't what I would normally pick. What a challenge!

With the sun slowly setting in the West, I took this picture of what I created.
I loved how it turned out!

I used the Sunburst Dresden method by Jenny Doan (but with different rulers than she used) and
the one-seam method of making a flying geese, I had such fun making this 45" x 45" quilt.

Thanks, Quilted Works, for this challenge!

The tutorials:
Sunburst Dresden HERE
One-seam Flying Geese HERE and HERE

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Have A Latte And A Giveaway With Me This Morning

It's my day to sit and have a Latte (or cup of tea) with you...COME ON IN!

Madame Samm at Sew We Stitch loves her coffee, so Have A Latte was definitely her style.
Add a spoonful of Joan over at Moosestash Quilting to cheer us on and this is quite a party!

I'm more of a tea drinker, so that beautiful fabric, Have A Latte by Clothworks made me want
to run to the nearest Starbucks to get me one of their Green Tea Lattes and a scone or two. Yum!

I did a little paper piecing (which I love to do) and created a quilt that measures 45" x 45".
It's the perfect size to snuggle under while sipping away at my green tea latte.

A Cup or Two For Me and You!

I found the cup blocks HERE and the coffee grinder block HERE.
The finished blocks were 8" x 8".

I love the striped binding!

The back is just solid colored fabric, but I created it with a method I found at several different
websites. The fabric gets cut on a diagonal and then slides down to make it bigger.
Crazy, but it works!
My fabric was a little less than 43" wide, so using this method added a few inches...very cool!
The link I found and used includes a calculator and instructions - Multi-Patch, Inc. HERE.

Uh-oh! A storm threatened our little photo taking outing.

Another quick shot with the storm in the background...

...and the wind showing us who's in charge. Time to go!

Look who's drinking sewing a cup or two of amazing stuff:

April 13

April 14

April 15

April 16

April 17

April 20

April 21

April 22

April 23

And now....THE GIVEAWAY!
One Winter Wonderland Skinnie Pattern by Margie Ullery at Ribbon Candy Quilting

The Rules
  1. Leave a short and sweet comment.
  2. One comment per person.
  3. The giveaway can be mailed anywhere.
  4. You don't have to be a follower to play along, but of course that makes me smile if you do.
  5. Giveaway ends at 5 p.m. PST on April 23rdEntries after 5 p.m. PST on April 23rd will not be included in the giveaway.
  6. 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! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Lattes, Skinnies, And That Class I Went To

This week is the Have A Latte blog hop...my day is Wednesday, April 15th. That's the big tax day in
the USA, but luckily I've got my taxes all done and filed so I can sit back and enjoy this hop. 
The Queen of Coffee, Madame Samm at Sew We Stitch, created the Have A Latte blog hop 
and the funny and always entertaining Joan at Moosestash Quilting will be cheering us on.
The whole schedule for the hop is HERE
Be sure to join us for a cup of whatever you're drinking!

Then there was that class I took this weekend...

I've never taken a sewing class and I didn't really want to go after signing up, but I have to
admit that I totally had a blast with the adorable teacher, Margie Ullery of Ribbon Candy Quilting.
Maudie, from Dave's Bernina, was the best hostess! So glad she talked me into this!
The ladies in the class were so nice and some of them just cracked me up!

We worked on Margie's Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah on Friday (the one with the gazillion pieces.)
It's so cute that it will be worth all that cutting and ironing when it's done!

Saturday was Hoots Hollow day...I love those owls!
It seems to me that the hardest part of taking a class with so many talented quilters is
that I kept wishing I'd made my project in different fabrics. This was so, so cute in black and white,
 and the batik one was incredible! Lots and lots of ways to be creative with this pattern. 

Lana at It Seams to Be Sew gave me a couple mini charm packs (thanks again Lana!) so I 
incorporated them into some other fabrics I had in my stash. It's already destined to go to a new baby 
girl, so I'll be busy stitching it all together this week. Seriously, those owls just make me smile!

I won this book...oh boy, oh boy...Quilted Skinnies by Margie. Her Skinnies are amazing!
It is full of the most sweet looking applique pieces. I can't wait to make a Skinnie or two, or three!

I swore I wouldn't buy any more patterns until I used some of the ones I have. Then I saw this book. 
There's a monkey in that book that just begs to be sewn for one of my Monkey Boys!
 Had to have it, of course.

Here's what I came home with. It was tough buying those patterns and book. Not!
Margie has TONS of these cute Skinnies and I want more, more, more!
FYI--I'll be giving away one of those Skinnie patterns on Wednesday.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Gazillion Little Pieces Of Appliqued Fabric

I'm taking a two day class that involves a gazillion little pieces of appliqued fabrics.
Not that I EVER exaggerate or anything, but really and truly there are LOTS of pieces going on here.

This isn't even a fourth of all the pieces...yikes! What did I get myself into!

Dave's Bernina has Margie Ullery from Ribbon Candy Quilting doing this class...fun!
She teaches a class on Craftsy HERE.

There were three projects to make over two days. I'm heading back for the second project today,
but the first two projects aren't even close to being done. Yikes! So many pieces, but so cute!
Plus, Margie is hilarious and so fun to have teach us a few of her tricks.
She gave us a mini trunk show of some of her popular Skinnies and quilts. Wow!

I only managed to make four of these panels for this project. 
AND they still need to be stitched...oh, my, goodness...and sew blocks together, bind, etc., etc., etc.
What the heck! I'm usually faster than this!

I won one of her cute books of Skinnies...too cute! Plus, I MIGHT have bought a book (okay, I did!)

I'm off now to applique cute owls and hundreds of leaves. Lots and lots of leaves.

Crazy, but fun!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Where Did Those Blog Comments Go

I love comments on my blog and I rely on notifications of those comments arriving in my
 email box so I can reply to them. Hmmm...where did some of those blog comments go?

Last year I noticed some comments never made their way to my inbox, so I checked out why it was
 happening. A thing called DMARC is what happened. Apparently, in an effort to get rid of SPAM,
some upgrades were made to fix the problem. It did sort of fix it, but it also started recognizing 
comments by users of AOL, Yahoo, Hotmail (maybe some others) as SPAM and just chucked those
 email notifications into the black hole of the Internet...never to be found again! 
Not in the SPAM box, either!

Thinking I was so clever, I changed my AOL email to a Gmail address and it appeared to fix it.
Wait...it didn't?

What the heck! 

I can't believe it's happening again (or was it never really fixed?)
The comments from others still show up on my posts, but I don't get the notifications in my email. 

Seriously, I'm not ignoring you!

I searched the web for a solution. There is none that I could find, but there were a few places
 with some decent explanations. Just so we all know that we are not alone...

Karen from Sew Many Ways posted about it HERE.

Nancy at Wyoming Breezes posted about it HERE
and HERE with a solution that may work for you.

Jo at Riddle and Whimsy posted about it HERE.

Diana at Red Delicious Life posted about it HERE.

Note: On the upside, I found four new-to-me really fun blogs to visit!


If you are a Yahoo, AOL, or other rejected email person, I'm sorry if I haven't responded to your
comment. I try really hard to respond to everyone and have even done extensive sleuthing
to track down no reply bloggers, but you might have slipped through. Sorry!

Hopefully, there will be a fix to this (but don't hold your breathe or you'll turn blue and pass out.)
Count your comments and then count your emails...this might be happening to you, too!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Do All Dogs Go To Heaven?

I'm sure that when my dogs, cats, etc. died, they went to Heaven.
They had to because they were so special!

My "grandson dog", RJ ,went there on Saturday...it was a very, very sad day!
He was 15 years old and deeply loved by my daughter and the rest of our family.

He's helped show off a few of my quilts. I'm going to miss my "model."

It's amazing how much our pets become a part of our life,
and how empty it feels when they leave to cross that rainbow bridge in the sky.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Tea For Two And Me

I'm so glad you stopped by to share a cup of tea with me and and see what I stitched up!
Madame Samm, ever the lady of style and grace, just seems to know how to create blog hops
that get us excited to learn something new or at the very least get our creative minds working.
I'm forever grateful to Madame Samm for all I've learned from these blog hops!
Mary from Needled Mom is cheering us on and keeping us on track...thanks, Mary!
And, of course, there was Cori from Creativity Among Chaos and her amazing patterns!

When I was given a zippered bag at the last retreat I attended, I fell in love with using it
for my in-progress projects. I can see what's inside and it looks nice when I take it with me.
I took those gorgeous legs and added them to my own zippered bag using a combo of applique
and embroidery. A couple teacup pockets and a ruffle finished it off just perfectly for me!
It's a really nice size for those projects...17" x 19".

I love it with my scalloped zipper and see-through pouch!

Sometimes Creepy Bunny stops by and begs to have a cup of tea with me.
He likes my purple polka dot cup the best!

Check out the others who are sharing their Tea For Two.
I've been loving everything these talented ladies have made with Cori's pattern!

By-the-way...it's my anniversary today.
Lucky me to have been married for 43 years to this guy!
We honeymooned in Disneyland...that's the Matterhorn behinds us.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!