Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday's Lop-sided Smile!!

I'm off to Arizona this morning to say goodbye to my older brother for the last time here on Earth.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Enchanting Rose 10th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange Reveal!!

This was the most fun "swap" I have ever participated in!!  Stephanie over at The Enchanting Rose was our hostess and I think enchanting is the perfect word to describe Stephanie!!

The Tea Cup is the main ingredient in our package of goodies and then we are given a list of fun ideas to supplement the Tea Cup we have chosen.  My list was pretty sparse as this is my first (but hopefully not my last) exchange but my package was glorious!!

I received a package from the darling Pamela over at The Lady of the House Speaking and she is a true Anglophile!!  Go check out her blog, it is fascinating!!

And so here is what Pamela sent to me:


Opps, as you can see if you look closely, the Walker's Shortbread and one of the cookies were gone before I got the picture taken!!  That's because Walker's Shortbread is one of my most favorite things in the whole wide world!!

Thank you Pamela, I LOVE all my fun goodies and the tea cup is exactly like the set of dishes that my Grandmother (Nana) had when we were growing up.  I remember spending Saturday nights with my Grandparents and getting to drink tea out of one of these cups with a scoop of ice cream on the side.  I would always take some of the ice cream and put it in my tea.  I don't think that is English style but yum, the memories just flooded back when I unwrapped the cup!!

And Pamela told me that the little pink doily was handmade by a 90-year-old French woman!!  How cool is that!!

I am looking forward to the next Exchange!!  Thank you Stephanie for hosting this very excitting exchange!!

P.S. Stephanie was who I sent a little package to - go check out what everyone plus Stephanie got HERE - I had soooo much fun putting her package together.  Ya know, I was the teacher's pet on this Exchange!!  Hee!  Hee!!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April Inchy Hexagon Flowers are Already Done!!

I did some Sunday slow stitchin' and got my flowers completed for Lin T. in France.  She wanted turquoise and terra cotta!!  I think these work color-wise and they really turned out well!!  I do enjoy making these little guys and the fussy-cutting is so much fun!!


Monday, April 3, 2017

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!!

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Wow, I must be getting slower and slower and slower as the years go by.  I was a vendor at the Blackfoot Quilt Fest up in Blackfoot, Idaho this past weekend and it took me so long to get ready for it on Tuesday and Wednesday, that I forgot to pick the Honeycomb winner on Wednesday before I left.  So, as a result, when I consulted Mr. Random this morning, he chose 3 winners!!  What a guy!!

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First winner is the well-known "Anonymous" (aka Marilyn) who said that her daughter is an expert quilter and would have lots of ideas for her!!

Marilyn, be sure to send your snail mail address to me at lavenderquilts@gmail.com so I can send your Honeycomb to you!!

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The second winner is Michele T said she would make a couple of zipper pouches that she saw on Pinterest!!  Thank heavens for PINTEREST, right??!!

Michele, be sure to send your snail mail address to me at lavenderquilts@gmail.com so I can send your Honeycomb to you!!

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And the third and final winner is GranChris who said theHoneycombs would go into a hand-sewn Garden quilt!!

Chris, be sure to send your snail mail address to me at lavenderquilts@gmail.com so I can send your Honeycomb to you!!

Congratulations to all three winners!!

Not only did I forget to pick a Honeycomb winner but this is the first time in a long time that I did not post a Saturday Smile!!  So here it is a little late - hope it gives you a week-long smile!!

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Have a great week, dear friends!!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Lucky Me!!

A younger friend of mine just passed away recently but she knew several months before she left that her time was short.  So, with all the energy she could muster, she worked on quilt tops for her friends so that some of us could finish them after she had gone and get them to the blessed recipients.

I was asked to do the binding on this huge king-sized quilt ~



It is just stunning and Sheriah, another friend did the quilting!!  It is always so amazing to me how many blessings come into my life because of quilting and all the wonderful women I have had the opportunity to meet!!

Diana, may you be at peace with your Heavenly Father!!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hexagon Giveaway!!

Ok, so I just got a new shipment of goodies in today and I ordered something new:  a HONEYCOMB Pack.  Now, I know what Charm Packs are and Layer Cakes and Jelly Rolls but did not know what a Honeycomb Pack was until I opened the box!!


Very cool and I know that a certain somebody will love this collection of Paisley Park by Kansas Trouble Quilters because the collection is definitely "dark and dirty"!!  So, in honor of that certain somebody, I am giving a Pack away!

Just let me know in your comment what in world you would do with the honeycomb shape in one of your quilts!!  Because I would have no idea what to do with them except make gigantic hexagon flowers!!

I will chose a winner next Tuesday before I go up to the Blackfoot Quilt Fest in Blackfoot, Idaho!!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Mary Jane Got Her Goodies . . .

and so now I can show you what she got and her cute email that came after she opened her package ~


Hi, Kris!  Well, it only took 3 days!  I love my package.  I'm already imagining what the fabrics will become, and I think the hearts will be so much fun to create something with. They make me think of Jenny of Elefantz, who combines appliqué with crewel embroidery and comes up with beautiful finishes, though not strictly a quilter. Are you familiar with her?   Here's her blog: http://www.elefantz.com/?m=1

Of course, I'm not a quilter, either, but you've given me inspiration to try, and I thank you for that as much as the gifts.  I wondered if I should admit that for fear you'd think your gifts would go to waste, but please be sure that I'll use what I can and share what I don't.  Cross stitch is my main stitching joy, so fabrics are great for finishing those projects, too. The button says it all!

Thanks for sharing your talent and your sweet spirit on your blog, and this great giveaway with me.  I'll do my best to make you proud!

Blessings,
Mary Jane
Hopefully we now have a new quilter on our hands!!


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Yay!! Got Something Completed!!

This dang viral cold is just a hangin' on big time but I did manage to get a couple of projects done.  I was able to get March's 2 Hexie Flowers completed!!  Typically I am scrambling at the end of the month, so there is a silver lining to being sick!!

These little cuties are going to Edda in ICELAND!!  How fun is that??


Edda wanted reproduction prints so I thought these would work well in her flower garden!!

I also got a little project completed for a friend but forgot to take pictures before I took it over to her last night.  Hopefully I can get some before she gives it to her Grandson.  Stay tuned!!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Giveaway Winner!!

I am feeling better today - not 100% but A LOT better!!

Thank you to everyone who supported me during my long-suffering!!

I LOVED all the comments, especially the ones that made me laugh and laugh!!  That's probably what helped me feel better!!

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and CalamityJr is #5!!  CalamityJr. does not have a blog, so I can't send you over to visit her but this is what she said:

"What a fun way to do your giveaway! I wanted so badly to say you've been catnapping, but you use the dog photo for your snoozing and the cat photo for reading. Oh well! You've also been knitting, watching a period tv series, drinking healthy tea, and taking vitamins, especially C. Take care, and feel better soon!"


CalamityJr., be sure to send your snail mail address to me at lavenderquilts@gmail.com so I can send all your goodies to you!!

Again, thank you all for stopping by!!  The shows I was binging on while sick were Poldark and Downton Abby!!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

I Have Been Sick for a Solid Week GIVEAWAY!!

I have been sick with a cold that is viral so drugs won't help and I just have to wait it out.  So, not much sewing has been going on but I have been doing other things.  If you can name all SIX things I have been doing in your comment, I will put your name in the pot for a fun giveaway!!







Giveaway ends Sunday night and I will pick a winner bright and early Monday morning because I will be feeling like a new woman, I HOPE!!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

This is What's Fun . . . .

about being a quilt shop!!



Stuff like this comes UPS all the time!!

This new quilt by Urban Chiks is wonderful!!  Can't wait to start mine!!


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Happy Belated Birthday from Janet O.

Oh, how fun!!  Janet O. from Rogue Quilter took me to lunch yesterday at one of our favorite Mexican food resturants and surprised me with these wonderful goodies ~


Several years ago Janet gifted me one of her darling batik minis but now I have one of her miniature patriotic quilts!!  Hoo! Hoo!!  This one is made with mens' shirts!!  AND more of her handmade soap!!  My favorite of her soaps is the one she makes with clove and I got one!!

Thank you so much, Janet!!  It was so fun to catch up yesterday and I LOVE my little gifts!!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Baby Hats for Hospital

I am not sure why, but I have just not been too excited about sewing and quilting lately, so I have decided to pull out all my yarns that can be turned into baby and preemie hats (depending on the size of the yarn) and work on those while I binge watch Downton Abby from season one!!

Here is my starter group ~


I am also working on my friend's sweater but it does not look much different from the last pictures I showed except it is longer.  So, when I get to the point where I start the cabling at the bodice, I will post more pictures.  You can see the sweater HERE

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitchin' a Day Late . . .

In December on Facebook, a yearlong sock Knit From Stash KAL (Knit-a-Long) was offred and since I have been trying to learn to make socks, I deiced this might be a good time for me to learn and actually get some socks made.

The January sock is Feldspar and the KAL is hosted by Heather Walker from Yarn Yenta.  Heather is also the designer of the sock patterns.

So here is how far I have completed on Feldspar ~


With all the frogging, I think the leg part only took me about 5-6 hours!!  Will I get better as the year goes on?  We will see!!

P.S.  Hey Carol, over at The Polka Dot Chicken, lookie, lookie, I am really getting a sock done!!  Well, that's the plan anyway!!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Snow Day!!

Remember when we were kids and the best thing in the world was a snow day?  We got to stay home and play and bug our moms and just have a good old time!!

Well, today is a snow day here!!  We have had over 12 inches of snow since last night and it is STILL snowing!!


This is our darling 90 year old neighbor out with his snow blower cleaning all the neighbors' walks and driveways!!


These are the huge piles of snow that will remain probably for many weeks, if not months!!  So much for global warming!!  ;-0

And I am in the house, toasty warm and working on a quilt top!!  With a cup of hot chocolate!!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitchin' . . .

Making progress on my friend's sweater!!

January 1, 2017

December 18, 2016
Slow but sure!!  Hooking up with Kathy, over at Kathy's Quilts.  Go on over and see all the fun things being worked on today!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!