Saturday, December 29, 2012

My oh my how time flies...

What's been going on in my blog absence?
Let's see.  We lost heat around shortly after Thanksgiving.  Husband came home from working
out of town the week before Christmas and saved the day by fixing the heat.  Having a husband with "fix it" skills rocks!  Unfortunately the heat died again on Christmas Eve...the day my husband headed back to work.  Had rain and below freezing temperatures for Christmas day.  Heat fixed again two days after Christmas.
But hey...we had it easy compared to so many other people right now.  I seriously can't watch or read the news anymore.  It's too sad.  I seriously expected the world to implode on December 21st.
I and my son spent Christmas on the couch under quilts watching our favorite movies and we had a simple dinner...which was a good thing because while the ham was cooking, it was heating up the house at the same time.
And on Christmas Day our neighborhood hawk decided to pay a visit and 
I managed to capture this shot through the storm door.
And the rain and cold brought out the squirrels and TONS of cardinals too. 
Have I ever mentioned that I love squirrels?  Goofy little critters...

Can you spot all seven cardinals? There are two juvenile males and five females in the photo.  And they were only a small fraction of the birds we saw that day.  Frank and Jesse were in heaven.  They were dying to be let out the door to chase the birds.
Needless to say there hasn't been a ton of sewing going on.  Sitting in a cold quilting room does not inspire a lot of sewing.  I did manage to make a few things though.
I completed two clothesline rugs which went to new homes.  Both of which I forgot to take finished photoss of so here's the first progress.  It was made using 3/4" x 40" strips.
And here is the second rug (thank you Donna for taking a photo and sending it to me).  This one was made from a batik fat quarter bundle that had been sitting around for the last couple of years.  I don't know why I ever bought because when I got home I didn't really like it.  But I have to say it made a beautiful rug.
During breaks from rug making, I made circles (from a charm pack I uncovered while looking for something else) using my Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Circle templates.  I could make circles all day long with those templates because they just always come out so perfect and.  I don't have a solid plan for them yet but I have a few ideas.
During those breaks I also managed to finish up the last of my triangle blocks.  I now have 150 of them plus a few extras.  Because this quilt is not from a purchased pattern, I'm having to work out issues as I how many to go across and down.  I've laid it out this way but am now thing I want to turn it so the points will be at the top and bottom. 
 I plan to set the quilt with a solid color and put a solid border around that. I'm thinking a dark red would be nice...or maybe a brown or dark blue. Thoughts? 
And finally,  last night I finished Pip's pillow cover that she won from me during the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day.  She asked for a pillow cover in blues and I know the pillow looks kinda purple but I assure you its blue...Periwinkle to be more precise.  I really really really LOVE this pillow cover!  I hope she will too.
In closing,  I hope y'all had a great Christmas.  And if I don't make it back here by New Year's, I hope you have a great one of them too.  Stay warm...or cool depending on where you live...and be safe. 
Talk at you again soon!

Monday, December 17, 2012

We have a winner!

The Quilters Gallery Blog Hop Giveaway winner is...

And to everyone else...thanks for playing along. 
I wish I had something for each of you.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Quilters Blog Hop Party Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Quilters Blog Hop Party hosted by Quilting Gallery.
Today I'm giving away TWELVE Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.
patterns to one lucky person!
Three Barns, Brown-Eyed Girl, Route 44, Ashcombe, Times Four, and Heartland

Tuffets, Lincoln, Sunday Best, OSO, Sweety Liberty ~ Tuffets, and Joy Luck
To win, simply leave me a comment telling me anything you other hoops to jump through.
This giveaway is open to everyone, both in the USA and abroad. But please make
sure I have a way to contact you. "No reply" commenters that do not leave
their email address are not eligible for the giveaway.

On Monday, December 17th, I'll announce the winner which will
be chosen via random number generator.

Good luck to everyone!!!

P.S. To see all the bloggers participating in the Quilter's Blog Hop Party click HERE.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

And the SMS Giveaway Winner is...

Congratulations Pip! 
Stayed for another giveaway on Monday when I'll be participating
in the Quilting Gallery's Blog Hop Party Giveaway.
See you then!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

I feel completely unprepared but here goes...
Welcome to my giveaway for Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day!
Today I'm offering a custom made
16" Cathedral Window Pillow Cover
just for you. 
Here are your two style options:

As far as the fabric, they can be just about anything you want. 
Solids? Certain color or colors?  Or maybe there's a certain designer you particularly love? 
I have a fairly large and ecclectic collection of fabric so feel to let your imagination go wild. 
My fabrics go from Kaffe to Civil War and everything in between. 
This giveaway is open to everyone no matter where you live.
And all you need to do is leave me a comment telling me:
1.  Which style of pillow cover you would prefer?
2.  And what fabrics would you like your pillow made in?
This giveaway will be open till next Friday, December 7th, when I will announce the winner.
Please make sure I have a way to contact you.  If you are a no reply blogger,
please leave your email address with your comment.
To check out all the other giveaways, please visit the following links.
Thanks for stopping by and good luck!