Sunday, June 27, 2010

I've Been Sewing, But...

...I 'm going to show you the latest pictures of Hampton and Camden. I talked to Josh earlier in the afternoon and they were at Home Depot...the next thing I know I'm getting pictures from the Galleria. Hampton loves the carousel so they made a stop there on their way home. Look at Little Miss Camden...when did she get so big? Oh I need to get back up the road again.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Cute Presents

I had a fun sewing day Designer BOM from The Fat Quarter Shop was in my mail when we came home from vacation and I just hadn't gotten to it...Today was the day. I cut it out this morning and then in between sewing 16 patch blocks for the Between Friends quilt I put the present block together. It was a lot of fun to do and went right together! I love it...this is going to be a wonderful Christmas quilt.

I'm on my way over to Brown Quilts and MORE to post 3 groups of fabric. There's some really good stuff today.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Quilt Along, State Fair Schnibble, And Some More Destashing

From that title I feel like I must have multiple personalities...can't just seem to post about one topic...maybe if I posted more often I wouldn't have to cram it all in one post...hmmm, better give that some thought.

I've been working on the Between Charming Friends quilt along...I'm doing the small blocks, and I'm doing at least twice as many blocks, I may end up needing more when I lay it out. Our neighbor across the street is having twins, they have a little boy who will be 2 in September and the twins are due in November. I made a quilt for the little boy when he was born so these 2 little people must have quilts also. I decided that the little blocks would be perfect for a little person quilt...just need lots of blocks because I always make the baby quilts bigger so they can be used on the floor...I maybe should have redrafted the blocks and gone with maybe 6 inch blocks...but oh well, everything's cut and I have the four patch blocks done (unless I decide I need more...LOL!) I loved doing the big version of Between Friends and I'm really having fun doing the little blocks. Thanks Darlene and Kelly...this is really fun!

Here's my State Fair Schnibble for this month...I made it with Caroler by Mary Englebreit...and I must confess I didn't make it this month...I did it back in Nov/Dec so I could give it to Katie and Josh for their table for Christmas. They just loved it.

I finally got around to taking pictures of my Destashing Part 3...I have a bit more but I think I'll put it up on my other later this week.

So here we go for part 3...Description and price under each picture. Price does NOT include shipping. I will ship in USPS Priority Mail flat rate boxes or envelopes if the item will fit. I wish I could ship internationally but the price is just crazy.

#1 Hollywood and Vines by 3 Sisters...24 fat quarters...silky plaids, twill and pintucks $30

#2 Calico Craze by Barbara Brackman and Terry Thompson...13 fat quarters... homespun plaids $16.25 SOLD

#3 Anticipation by Sandy Gervais...12 fat quarters... brushed cotton plaids $15 SOLD

#4 Wuthering Heights by 3 Sisters...44 fat quarters... silky plaids, twills and velvets $50 SOLD

#5 Folk Art Christmas III by Robyn Pandolf and MODA...40 fat quarters $52 SOLD

Email me at if you're interested.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Yummy Caramel Chocolate Cake

Yum! I could eat this cake all by myself...and it's easy peasy.

Devil's food cake mix
Smucker's squeeze sundae syrup
8 oz container of Cool Whip
Heath bar chips (can be found with the chocolate chips)

That's it...prepare the cake mix and bake following the package directions...I made 2- 8" cakes so I could take one to soon as it comes out of the oven poke holes in it with the wooden handle of a small spatula...fill the holes with the caramel...let cool...frost with the Cool Whip (I used half of the container on each cake)...sprinkle with the Heath bar chips...refrigerate...ENJOY!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

We're Back!

We got back late Thursday afternoon...our plane was on time, but we got in right as a thunderstorm was rolling in. Lightning off in the distance, so we sat on the tarmac for almost 50 sure wasn't as bad as it could have been, but being that close to being home, I just wanted off that plane...there were 5 Southwest planes all at the gates at the same time...luggage coming off...they did a fantastic job of getting the bags off the plane and on to the was good to get home. We had a great trip...good visits with family and friends. We flew into Pittsburgh on Saturday, got our rental car and headed to our friends in Greenville...we stopped in the little town of Mercer at a quilt shop...The Gallery...the lady that owned the shop was very nice...and I found a few treasures that had to come home with me. We had such a great time with our friends, the retirement party was just wonderful. Monday morning we headed for a visit with Andy's brothers in Clearfield, but on the way we stopped in a quilt shop in Finleyville just outside Pittsburgh...Quilter's Corner...a very, very nice shop and the two gals that were working were just as nice as they could be. Unfortunately, I had limited time...we needed to get back on the road and get to Andy's brother's house, but I spent about an hour in the shop and enjoyed every minute of it. They have a real mix of fabrics, I concentrated on the Civil War repros and the 30's fabrics...much fun was had.

I'll be back tomorrow with a yummy, yummy cake that my sister in law made...I could easily eat the whole thing!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Off to Where It's Cooler

I got my hair trimmed and eyebrows waxed yesterday, had a manicure today, my suitcase is packed, the pet/house sitter is arranged...we're really excited about our new pet sitters, a young couple and they're staying here with the boys...they came by Wednesday evening for any last minute stuff that I thought of and Zack sat the entire time with his head in her lap and Howie sat right next to him...if my boys are happy, I'm happy so I think I'm ready... We're heading to Pennsylvania (where it's going to be in the 80's instead of high 90's with humidity of a zillion) in the morning to celebrate our friend's retirement from teaching. We'll fly into Pittsburgh, and head up to their house with a quilt shop stop along the way, and then Sunday we're going to Ohio to a bed and breakfast where there will be a luncheon for her...we'll be staying there Sunday night...Monday morning after breakfast and goodbyes we'll be heading to visit Andy's 2 brothers, with a little side trip to another quilt I probably won't be back until late next week, I'm not taking my computer...have fun while I'm gone!

I started cutting my Between Friends Quilt Along quilt, but I haven't gotten as far as I'd hoped. I'm using 30's and KONA white. I just found out that a neighbor is having twins so this will be one quilt and then I'm going to do Crazy Mom Quilts quilt along for the other one...same fabrics but the quilts will be just a little different...I'm going to do the little version of Between Friends and add some extra blocks to make it a bit bigger. So when I get back I'm going to have to get cutting and sewing to catch up with everyone. Have a good week everyone! See you when I get back!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Why Do We Quilt?

That question has been around Blogland for a while...I've thought about it and thought about it and just didn't have an answer...yesterday, the answer hit me. Let me give you a little background...I've made quilts for birthdays, retirements, new babies, new homes, graduations, weddings, hospital stays, but what I got to do for one of my customers made me realize why I do this...

I had breakfast with an old customer of mine last Thursday and she brought me top that had been started by another of my customers that passed away with cancer in December. I went and saw her shortly before she died and all she was concerned about was the 2 quilts that she hadn't been able to finish. One for her grand daughter that was due in February and this quilt that I got for her son...this was the only quilt she had ever done for her son, and she wanted him to have it. Well her husband was going through her stuff and he called Jami and told her that he'd found the 2 projects...Jami went and got them, she finished up the baby quilt and gave me the other one. Well, it was a delectable mountain from Bonnie at Quiltville...her directions had about 4 different settings, none of which I could figure out from what was there...she had already sewn some rows together, so I just went with it and hoped I did what she was thinking. I finished putting it together yesterday. It was the most wonderful experience...I felt so privileged to be able to do this for her. It brought back the best memories...she used to stop at the shop on Friday afternoons on her way home from teaching to see the boys...Howie and Zack were always at the shop and she would come by if she wasn't coming in on Saturday...she would go in the back with them, she loved them and they absolutely would flip when she came in the door. She always came to our Saturday Sampler group and always was willing to share anything she knew or that she had learned. She was just one of those people that gave way more than she took from this life. I was telling Andy that there's been a lot of talk in Blogland about why we quilt...he laughed and said very quickly "Because that's what YOU do." He's so right, It IS what I do. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't quilt...

Friday, June 04, 2010

And the Winner Is....

Gale from Kentucky Quilter...Mr. Brown Quilts picked Number 33 (he's my random number generator...LOL)...he counted and did the audit...there was a comment from Sharon at Red Geranium Cottage not to enter her, so he went down one Gale send me an e-mail at with your address and I'll get your package right out to you.

That was a lot of fun...I think I'll do it again soon.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Destashing Part 2

I got all caught up in my cleaning, arranging and destashing and forgot I was supposed to be back yesterday...sorry, you know me...a day late and a dollar short...LOL!

So here we go for part 2...Description and price under each picture. Price does NOT include shipping. I will ship in USPS Priority Mail flat rate boxes or envelopes if the item will fit. I wish I could ship internationally but the price is just crazy.

#1 Madeira- 40 fat quarters by Blackbird Designs $50 SOLD

#2 Seneca Falls- 36 fat quarters + 2 extra blues by Terry Thompson and Barbara Brackman $45 SOLD

#3 Seneca Falls- 20 woven plaid fat quarters $22.50 SOLD

#4 Seneca Falls yardage- Large blue print 2-1/2 yard piece + 1-3/4 yard piece; Light prints 6 pieces (1/2 yard each) Total 7-1/4 yards $35 SOLD

#5 Happy Hollow fat quarters by Sandy Gervais- 15 brushed cottons and 3 twills $18.75 SOLD

I'll be back with Part 3...

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Its a Giveaway!

It's a little's all the fabric that I had left from my Designer's all from the Glace group by MODA and 3 Sisters. If you're working on a project and need a bit more, this will do the trick for you...if you want to do a Schnibble, I think there's probably more than enough for'd probably just need a back and some binding. Have fun!

Leave a comment here between now and Friday morning at 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight time...I'll draw a name then and get it to the post office as soon as I get an address from the winner.

I should be back tomorrow with Destashing Part 2...