Sunday, April 12, 2015

I won a drawing of a Traveling Stash Box and I'll be having a drawing to send it on it's way again too.

Hey, I won a stash box.  I entered the drawing over at Swooze's  blog  ( )  and  I won.  Woo hoo!!!  I had no idea what it was as I had never seen one of these before. I got it a few weeks ago but I have been too busy to blog about it.  Not that I wasn't excited , I just didn't have time to sit in front of the computer to post.... I think it's great.   As it turns out, it is a box full of items from other bloggers and it gets mailed out and goes all over the country.  It has a little bit of everything in it.  You can pick out what you want and replace it with items you no longer want or need worth about  the same and have a drawing on your blog for it too. That's why it's called a traveling stash box.  That's exactly what I will be doing. I've picked out the stuff I wanted and I have replaced them with items that are good but I don't need anymore. So, if you are interested in winning some surprise items, like fabric, scissors, rotary cutters, or other notions, patterns, etc.  Please leave me a comment and tell me you would be interested in participating in the traveling stash box... I will be going on a retreat this coming weekend and I have a lot of things going on this month, so I will not have time to put it in the mail any time soon. So, I have decided to give you until the end of April to comment on this post. I will draw the winner on April 30th. I will be contacting you when you win so please make sure you are not a no comment blogger.  Good luck.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Garland Quilt Guild 10th Year Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday night was my quilt guild's 10th anniversary as a guild.  It was a great guild meeting.  We are on our 6th President now and the previous 5 Presidents were thanked for their part in our guild.  Here are some pictures of the happenings Tuesday night with some show and tell too.  I can post these as I am the historian for our guild and I take all the pictures!  You can also follow us on Facebook, we are the Garland Quilt Guild.  Here's a link to our Facebook page.

This is a plaque that was given to each of the past presidents.

There were four President's Challenge Quilts made to celebrate the 10 years. This one won Best of the 4.

1st Place

2nd Place - it has pictures of some of our group's happenings.

3rd Place-this little quilt was a result of the first workshop that was ever done by the guild.

Founder's Award Winners.  The middle lady, Barbara,  is the founder of our guild. She got the guild started 10 years ago.

This woman won the Founders Award but her husband won an award too. He has helped the guild with so many things over the years. He has been an inspiration to all of us. 
Outstanding Volunteers for 2014

Me and some of my friends staying warm under a beautiful quilt.

Here are 4 of our 5 past Presidents.  The 5th one was ill and wasn't able to come.

Now for some great show and tell from our members.

We have some truly talented and lovely women and men in our guild and I'm so happy to be a part of this great group.  If you aren't a member of a guild, you can be missing out on friendships and lots of good times too.  Go join a guild and learn more and get inspired too.  Take time to quilt and be an inspiration to others.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ellie Ann's Treasures Charm Quilt

Last Monday and Tuesday when it was bad weather and I was at home, I was able to start working on this little lap quilt.  I saw this on Pinterest. I liked it and decided to make it with the two charm packs and yardage for the border that I had bought a few weeks ago. This was one of Missouri Star's Daily Deals that I couldn't pass up but I didn't have any pattern in mind when I bought it.  When I saw the pattern I knew that's what I wanted to make with it.  The pattern on Pinterest was called  Tumbling Charms Quilt and it is a free pattern from Farm Fresh Fabrics.
Here's a link to the pattern:

I've also seen a tutorial on this quilt or a version that's really close to being this same quilt on the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Here's a link on YouTube for the video.
They call it the Falling Charms quilt on their site..This is a fun and easy quilt to make.  I used 2 charm packs called Ellie Ann's Treasures from Eleanor Burns for the charms and the border fabric was in her line of fabric too.  I used some white muslin out of my sister's stash for the background.  This was a good project just to sit and sew and not a lot of  thinking. I did think about my sister while I was sewing this and I know she would have liked this pattern...Now, I just have to decide how I want to quilt this..  Another bad weather day to sew on!  Til next time, happy stitching.

Joanne Fluke, my favorite author.

Last Wednesday, I went to my first book signing.  This was at the Haggard Library in Plano, Tx. My favorite author, Joanne Fluke was there from California and she was talking about her new book that just came out, Double Fudge Brownie Murder. This is her 18th book in this series and I can't wait for the next one to come out.  She said it would be another year before the next one is out. Oh my!

 She was great and she's such a nice person too.  I have read all of her books and I had bought her new book that morning at Barnes and Noble. I didn't know there would be a rep from Barnes and Noble at the library selling her book there.  All of these books are based on  the main character owning a cookie and coffee shop in Minnesota.  They have wonderful recipes in the books. Most of the recipes are cookies but there are some cake recipes and main dish recipes in them too.  Here is a link to her website so you can read more about her...  Her books are excellent and I've enjoyed everyone of them....

Here's Joann Fluke

me and Joanne Fluke.
It was a lot of fun to meet her and hear her talk about her books and her life too. Sweet lady. If you get a chance, pick up one of her books and read it.  She had audio books out too. I have gone to the public library in my town too when I couldn't find the book I needed in the series, and they have them too.  On May 10th, on the Hallmark Movies and Mystery channel, her first book is being turned into a movie and it is scheduled to air on that date. 
Thanks for stopping by and happy reading and stitching too.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fun times with family and friends even during the bad weather....See what's happening with my friendship group the Sew What's

Last Friday, I took off work to go to the doctor. After the doctor, I went and picked up a friend and we went for a small shop hop. We drove up to McKinney, TX, which is about 35 miles north of us and went to three quilt shops that my friend had never been to. She had bought from the shops at the quilt show but never had been to two of the three shops. The third shop she had been to but it had been years ago and they had moved locations. This was her first time for the new location.  She was looking for some fabric for a project. It didn't have to be the same fabric just in the same family.  She found something at the last shop we went to....We also stopped by to see my sister and took her to lunch.  Saturday was her birthday and I wasn't going to be back up there for that so Suzette got to meet my sweet sister and shop too.  It was a great day.  On the way back home, we stopped at the Antique Mall in Allen, TX and walked around there.  We found a few items that we liked but only a few things went home with me.  It was a fun day with a sweet friend and family too.

We went to Happiness is Quilting, the Quilt Asylum and Stitched with Love. All three shops are excellent shops and the staff are all wonderful.  If you get a chance to go to McKinney, try to visit these shops...

Friday night, I was going to go sew at the church but my kids scheduled a last minute birthday party.  I went to watch my granddaughter and 12 other kids celebrate her 10th birthday.  They had her birthday party at Urban Air.  It is an indoor trampoline place.  Great place for parties for kids.  It was a lot of fun....I might have to go back and try that place out when my foot gets better.

I went and sewed with friends on Saturday and had a great time there as well. My husband and son went to a car swap meet up in Decatur, TX so I had to go somewhere!  Anyway, they had fun and so did I...

I also got to stay home Monday and Tuesday due to icy weather in my area. It was too scary to drive. I stayed in and stayed warm and sewed both days.  I was not bored at all!  Kind of like a retreat but I had to do my own cooking.....anyway, I got my 48 blocks ready for swapping with one group, my 30 blocks ready for another group and one quilt top ready in strips. Now I just have to sew the strips together.  When the top is together, I'll take a pic and show you what I did.

I don't know if you know it but I also do another blog. This one is for my friendship group.  I publish it once a month after our meeting.  We are called the Sew What's.  There's a button on the right side of my blog or here's a link.
Check out the heart pillows we did for breast cancer last Thursday night.  I brought them all home to package up and get ready to take to the two places.  (There is a sheet underneath them but you can't see it. ) We did 130 pillows!

Gotta go for now and get busy, have a great week and stay safe and warm. 
Happy stitching!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Blocks, pillows, table runners, two little quilts and some tatting.

I have been working on my sewing room today trying to get it reorganized.  I finally gave up and decided to sew a little too.  I made some 4 patches and some half square triangles for a swap I'm doing and worked on some other blocks too. It is so hard to concentrate on my sewing when I feel so disorganized....Hopefully, this week I can get my room a little more like I want it....

I went and sewed with friends yesterday.  I got three blocks put together from my first swap on Thursday.  Here's what the blocks look like so far.

My friendship group is doing the Sunny Lanes quilt out of Pat Speth's book, Nickel Quilts.  I love this book and all of her books.  There are 20 of us in this exchange.  We are making 4 patches and half square triangles to exchange.  Then we put them together ourselves to make the blocks...We exchange 24 4 patches and 24 half square triangles each month and that is enough to make three blocks.  Lots of fun.
I also finished 5 heart pillows today. My friendship group always make heart pillows every February for breast cancer patients.  Thursday night we got together and finished  stuffing the pillows at our meeting. I brought them home to package them up, count them and get them ready to give to the hospital and the American Cancer society.  Here's how many we did. There are 130 pillows altogether! 

They are now packaged up and ready to go. 
I have a few other things to show too.  Some of my finishes that I haven't shown you yet....
I finished this table runner yesterday. This is a pattern from Jenny Doan's site, Missouri Star Quilts.  I used 5 inch charms to make this.  I bought the charm pack from Missouri Star too.  I used all but three of the charms.  This was quick and fun to do.  Jenny has a video on YouTube you can look at to make this easy table runner.
I made two of these table runners too. These are 60 degree table runners.  Lots of fun to do too. 

This was a quick and easy small quilt to make. I used 6 1/2" squares to make this.  It is a charity quilt. I just wanted to make something easy and quick without having to think about it. I just pulled some squares out of my stash  and started sewing them together into big 4 patches.

Here's a close-up of the quilting I did on it...

I made this cute Minnie Mouse quilt for a friend of mine that had her first baby.  Quick and easy to do from a panel.  She loved it.
Last but not least, here's some of my finished tatting.  I still have to put the closure on the bottom one to make into a necklace. 

I did these three crosses too.  The middle one is from a Mary Konoir book, the outer two are from Gina Butler's tatting pattern available online. 
Well guys, that's all I have for now. Our weather is getting bad here and I hope I get to stay home tomorrow. Maybe I'll get some more sewing time in.  Until next time, stay safe and warm and happy stitching.

Civil War BOW

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