Saturday, September 29, 2012

Of Course I'll Drop Everything For You....

 ....I said to my five year old grandson (who's almost six) a few days ago.  He'd asked me to sew him a volleyball quilt a long time ago, but I'd never got around to it. But, when those big brown eyes looked at me the other day and said he'd "been waiting since I was four" to get his volleyball quilt, of course I went right to work on it.

I had some blocks already sewn up from the last volleyball quilt I made, so I handed them to him and told him to design his own quilt. He loved that the blocks stuck to my wall and had a great time moving them around.

This little monkey has a tendency to get distracted and bounced out of the room more than he was in, but he got all the pieces on the wall and was really proud of himself. 

It's finished and ready for him to be wrapped up in and snuggled by all of us who love him so much.

Now, it's back to what consumes
most of my free time...
and I love it!

Cherry at Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio is next in line for another
fabulous blog hop created by Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt

For the whole LEAFS ME HAPPY schedule, go

Upcoming Blog Hops:

will be hosting this one---she's so wickedly fun!

Sweet Katherine at Sew Me Something Good will be 
hosting UR Priceless. She's worth her weight in gold!

This is a brand new blog hop--I love this pillow!
If you want to make it, send an email to Pauline from Quilt N Queen
before all the spots fill up:

subject line...

There are lots of clues that there is more to come....lots more!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall'ing All Over The Place

Leafs Me Happy Is Coming!

Cherry at Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio is next in line for another
fabulous blog hop created by Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt
(I just love Cherry's little button.)
For the whole LEAFS ME HAPPY schedule, go

Upcoming Blog Hops:

will be hosting this one---ooooooo scary!

Sweet Katherine at Sew Me Something Good will be hosting UR Priceless.

This is a brand new blog hop--I love this pillow!
If you want to make it, send an email to Pauline from Quilt N Queen
before all the spots fill up:

subject line...

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Followers...Check It Out!

Follower's Giveaway!

It's my way of saying "Thank You!"
 to those who come back to visit after a BIG hop is over.

This giveaway is only open for a few
days--winner will be chosen on

September 24th, 6 p.m. PST, 
and will be announced soon after that time.

There's Always Rules:
  1. You must be a Follower or become a Follower (which is why I'm doing this in the first place)--following by email counts, just let me know.
  2. Leave a short and sweet comment.
  3. Make sure I can contact you if you're a noreply blogger. Typing out your email address like this helps avoid spammers: iblog at aol dot com. No email info means you can't win.
  4. I'll mail the giveaway item anywhere if you win.
  5. Only one entry per person.

The Giveaway?


Friday, September 21, 2012

The Last Day Of The Dot Hop

Corrie's from Quilt Taffy is the Dot Queen for this hop.
Madame Samm from Sew We Quilt is the Blog Hop Queen who does it all
and keeps us all hopping around to be inspired and motivated.

Today is the last day of this fabulous blog hop,
so go check out all these amazing blogs to
see their creations.

I hear Madame Samm went even more dot crazy
then I'll have to see it to believe it.
She's really outdone herself this time!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Winner Of My Dots On Dots Giveaway

Stacie left a sweet comment which got her in my giveaway
for the $25 gift certificate from Green Fairy Quilts
AND made her a winner!

Congratulations, Stacie!
You'll be receiving an email soon.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Monkey Quilt

I have three grandsons (my Monkey Boys) who are the usual recipients of a lot of my quilted projects just because they are so forgiving of my quilty mistakes. The two oldest monkeys recently told me that the youngest monkey doesn't have as many quilts/blankets as they do and that I needed to make him more. So.......I decided to practice on some applique projects and make Monkey Baby a new blanket (he'll be called Monkey Boy #3 when the new monkey #4 arrives in November.) Among all the mistakes, there are a few spots that were actually (probably) sewn correctly on the little monkey that will eventually be a finished quilt. Next time I'll do better and use different color threads, different stitches, etc., etc., etc.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

My Dots On Dots Day and Giveaway

It's time for another fun blog hop to inspire, motivate, and encourage us all.

Let the DOTS begin!

I loved those chevron fabrics by Riley Blake the moment I saw them and then....
...Whoohoo.....I won a fat quarter pack of them! 
They paired up perfectly with some dots for this paper-pieced block.

Which I made into a pillow and added a button.

I had all the other colors of chevrons left over, so I used
them to make blocks of stripes and polka dots,

and paper pieced flower blocks,

plus a pretty dress,

and put them all together to make a little girl's quilt.
It just needs some finishing and then it will be ready 
for some sweet girl to wrap up in.

I loved appliqueing and sewing that little dress so much, I made another one,

added an "E" for Ellie (a really cute little girl I know)

and created a doll blanket (using the last of my chevrons for the back.

Fuzzy dots count, right? I'm sure they do, but if not, don't tell the dot police that I'm using them in this hop.'s our secret.
These paper pieced blocks of fuzzy dots (Truffula Trees) surround none other than.....
The Lorax!
I found this paper piecing pattern at Fandom In Stitches
and added a little minky fabric for the moustache/beard.

They all went together to make this quilt.

And last, but not least,
I made this dotted block to go with a set of bowls.
Yes, another stack of bowls.
These are a second set I received from Madame Samm
 (click here to see her story on why she sent me two sets of bowls.) 

The finished wall hanging will look great hanging in my sewing room.

Watch For It.....Tomorrow!

It there!


A few spots left on this hop--don't miss out on something
so wickedly fun you'll howl with delight.

This is new...and priceless!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

"C" Is Not For Competitive

I've been asked if I'm competitive.
Just a little, tiny bit.
My kids have inherited that from me,
especially my oldest and youngest daughter.
My son-in-law is really competitive, too.

I like to win at card games, no doubt about it,
and it's safer if you stand back while my family is
playing a full round of Liverpool Rummy.
We're a rough and competitive card-playing family.
Other than that, I never feel the need to compete.

Not that it matters, but has anyone heard how many
dot projects "that other lady" is making?
Really, it doesn't matter, because
I am not competitive.

Speaking of dots.....2 days to dot launch!

Friday, September 7, 2012

"D" Is For Dots, "E" Is For Ellie

As I've mentioned before, those little blog hops motivate me to try new applique and embroidery. Yes, I know that is one chunky looking "E", but I wanted it to stand out on the pink applique piece with yellow dots. Just don't look too close....I'm new at this embroidery and applique thing.

I ordered a silicone sheet from Connecting Threads so I could work on learning how to applique things. While browsing through all the fun stuff over in their online store, I saw my favorite Martinelli rotary cutter. My other one had broken (I used it a lot) and I hadn't found another one until...whoohoo....
I love this little cutter (if you were here, you would have seen me do a happy dance--it wasn't very graceful, but at least I was happy.) Thank you Connecting Threads for making my day!

By the way, it's
 3 days until....

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