Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Perfectly Pleasing Pin Cushion Parade2016 is off and Running!

" The years teach much which the days never know. "
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

So here we go again!  I have been remiss at my blogging so I don't have the following I once did but not to worry because my few loyals have said, "We're In! Let's do it Again!"......and so we shall! Last year 9 followers spread the word and we ended up with 26 bloggers who joined the parade so I have no doubt we will have another wonderful parade this year.

So on Monday, September 5th (Labor Day in the USA) the link-up page will be open and you can post your pincushions......
Did somebody say "Prizes"????? Well of course there will be prizes......and just like last year, there will be two (2) winners picked by Mr. Random himself......
So spread the word......and stay tuned.....huh?? What prizes??  Well.....some of them are a secret right now but here's a little hint...........look at this cool little book with 7 quick and easy designs using charms!  The patterns are for mini-quilts ranging from about 19x19 inches to 38x42 inches......also a lucky winner will get the Chevron Fat Quarter Bundle in 5 different colors!
In addition, My Sis Irene, at Hilachas is graciously giving another of her cookbooks this year.  "Mom how do Boil Water?" is a cookbook for novice cooks which literally explains what you can cook with boiled water!  The book has many easy and yummy recipes including Mexican food! Thanks Irene.....I know my kids still use your cookbook.

So, again....please spread the word and check back to see what other prizes you could win by joining the parade!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Perfectly Pleasing Pin Cushion Parade 2016?

" I praise loudly. I blame softly. "--Catherine the Great

I was just looking back at my posts (which I realize have not been many lately).........and noticed that it has been nearly a year since I hosted Ida's Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade...........

So this is a call to find out if there is any interest out there for a pincushion parade for this year.

Here are the basics:  I will open a linky party for all who are interested to post their pincushions.........take some pics of your favorite pincushion......or make a pincushion especially for the an antique pincushion, a new one.......there are no rules except whatever you link-up must be a pincushion(s).........a pincushion parade party!  These are the pincushions I showed at the parade last year....

And what is a party without prizes?  Of course there must be prizes! Check out this link for last years link-up party and see the great entries from last year.

Everybody loves pincushions? Right?  So c'mon.....tell me you want another party to show off your own pincushions in the Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade 2016.....

I'll be waiting to hear from you.........

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Linkup for Hands to Help and my Round Robin Top!

“Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.” Dwight D. Eisenhower  

Today I am Linking up my Hands to Help Charity Quilt which I showed you on my last post. But I also want to show you my Round Robin top! I started out with a beautiful Hoffman Royal Peacock print that I set into the center of a window frame block (see photo left). I had bought the fabric several years ago intending to make a wall hanging for my room so when I joined the RR group this was the perfect opportunity to get my wall hanging!  After I made the center I sent it to my friend, Mary, and what she did on the first round is just outstanding! Look at those gorgeous Japanese lanterns!
                                                 Round 1
When Mary finished her round she sent it to my niece, Sara, who went with the offset corners Mary started and did her own thing.....Sara is a novice quilter who just did a round that I think looks pretty professional, don't you??

                                               Round 2
Next the Robin went to my Sis, Irene, who would send it to my other sis, Lynette and they had some "shenanigans" that went on because Lynette wanted to do some applique flowers and Irene wanted to do a ribbon border but they both agreed the applique should be the 3rd round so.....well without actually sending it to Lynette first, Irene did her last round and left a blank border for Lynette to do these lovely appliqued posies!  (Lynette is also a novice who has just done some professional-looking applique, in my opinion!)

                                              Round 4

And last but not least is this fabulous ribbon border, the 3rd round that came out as the 4th round (lol) was  made by "that sister that makes me do all those things".........but she is also the sister "who makes all those gorgeous things for me"........
                                                                            Round 3

This looks nothing like what I had in mind when I bought this fabric........and I am SO glad!  I love, love, love it and I will show you all the finish when I get it on my bedroom wall!

Now again, the photo of the Hands to Hands Quilt I sent to Happy Chemo last week...........some of the blocks were charity blocks made for the Neighborhood Block party we had earlier this year and the others were orphan blocks my Sis gave me that I machine embroidered some more little houses on:

Please check out the Hands to Help link-up at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Charity Quilt and a Tote for the Nurses

"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain"--Joseph Campbell

Here is my finish of the Charity Quilt for Hands to Help which I will be sending to Happy Chemo.  I used House blocks donated as charity blocks from the Neighborhood Block Party.......... 

 Plus my Sis, Irene, dug down into her orphan block pile and sent me home with some nice additional blocks to use.  I machine embroidered some of the little houses like the ones Irene sent out to all the participants of the Neighborhood Party onto the orphan blocks to continue the house theme....
I thought the houses would look nice using the Attic Window pattern and I really love the look.   I think this quilt could be given to either a male or female chemo patient and be well received.


I also whipped up a little tote bag to give to the nurses at the hospital where I work for their fund raiser.........I have always loved the Loralie Ladies and the Loralie Nurses are no exception.........I used two of the nurses from a on each side of the tote...........

My current project is working on the final round of a Round Robin group so I can send it on to my friend Mary.  This has been so much fun....actually the first Round Robin I've been a member of.  The workmanship on each project I have received has so impressed me and I can barely wait to get mine back!

So I will stretch out what remains of this beautiful Sunday and go back upstairs and spend some more time with my Singer..........
Have a wonderful week!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Neighborhood Winners and Hands to Help Challenge

" He who angers you conquers you. "---Elizabeth Kenny

Thanks to all of you who came to the Neighborhood Block Party..........we had enough blocks entered to give two winners 12 blocks each!  Not only that.....we had 5 extra blocks to include in a charity quilt which I will be making for the Hands to Help challenge. (The correct button for 2016 is on my sidebar)    over there----------------------------------->
Here are the 5 blocks I will be using to make a quilt for Hands to Help..........

So who are the winners?.......Well, congratulations are going out to Maria and Coralie...............and you can see some of the gorgeous house blocks that were entered by clicking HERE to go to the  Neighborhood Link-up page......

Ta-Ta for now...............................

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Neighborhood Party Going On!

" Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction. "--Anne Frank

The Neighborhood Block Party is still going on and we are getting lots of new entries!  Everyone is having so much fun creating house blocks and we have been asked to extend the deadline so you can have a little more time.  So instead of the earlier deadline you all have til March 15th, 2016............!

I made another block and here it is.............a paper piece church...had some fun with this one.....

So, HERE to go to Irene's page and sign up.....

then click HERE to go to the linky and link-up your post showing us your house block..........send your block and wait to see who wins! 

Easy Peasy............see you there!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Valentine Bags for Infusion Center

" None knows the weight of another's burden. "-George Herbert

Valentine's Day is coming up so Irene and I have made some more Bags for the Infusion Center............I made this Japanese Knot Bag does have some hearts on it but I think it could be used all year long............

Next I gathered all my Valentine scraps and fat quarters and whipped up 4 quick bags.......the ladies at the infusion center will fill these little bags with small items to sell in their boutique with profits from sales going to help the patients.

Irene always amazes me..........she is so are her bags.....she was away from her sewing room and used the scraps she had at the these sweet bags............

.......and, of course, I'm going to remind everyone about the Neighborhood Party............all you have to do is make a single house block and have a chance to win some house blocks!  Click on the Neighborhood Party button below or on my right side bar........

C'mon and join the party!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Two House Blocks for Neighborhood Party!

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.― John F. Kennedy

I made two blocks for the Neighborhood Party today..........the first is a Tall House with a Tall tree.............and a little kitty in the window.......the kitty looks like my first Kitty, Lucy, who went to Rainbow Bridge at the ripe old age of 19...............

I was having so much fun that I decided to make another block for the extra for the charity quilt or  another "just because"........This one is a Wonky House with some of my favorite friends......Raggedy Ann and Andy....and, of course....another kitty.......

I will be linking up my House blocks to the Neighborhood Party Link-up HERE and invite all of you to join us at the party.  Just click on THIS LINK or the house below to sign up on Irene's page at Hilachas...........once you make your block go to the Link-up page on my blog and link-up.....easy peasy!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Neighborhood Block Party Linkup!

All right everybody..........Are you ready to show us your stuff?  This is the official Link-up page for your Neighborhood Block Party entries!  You can click on the Neighborhood Block Party Button in my sidebar over there -->
 or on the link below for a full list of the rules on Irene's Blog at Hilachas

Briefly, the rules are: 

1.  Make house block 121/2 x121/2 inches square
2.  Mail to Irene/she must receive it by March 15, 2016 (time extended from earlier deadline)
3.  Don't forget to take a photo and post to this linky
4.  This link-up will close at Midnight on March 15th, 2016
5.  Have Lots of Fun!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Christmas and other gifts.....and a Neighborhood party!

The most important thing in the world is family and love.John Wooden

I had told you last post that I had some more Christmas stuff to show you and here it is.... the first photo actually isn't from Christmas but a few months back............I was visiting my sis, Irene, and she had this little Kitty sitting in her sewing room............

Isn't this sweet?  Irene cross-stitched this Kitty back in 1980 and was "cleaning out stuff" so I was the winner of the "in the right place at the right time" contest!
I don't know if any of you noticed the quilt behind Kitty but it is a "Good Night Irene" quilt that I oohed and ahhhed about when Irene made it last year.  I have always loved the song because it reminds me of my Big Sis everytime I hear, naturally, I loved this quilt too.......
Irene knows me so well.........and guess what I got for Christmas???
thanks Sis!  You know how much I love this quilt.....but not as much as I love you.........

.........speaking about my sis............she has a wonderful post and invitation!  Awhile back she remarked to me that she had really missed Beth's (Love, Laugh, Quilt) yearly Neighborhood Party......those familiar with the party know that Beth established this wonderful Block party a few years back but has been unable to host the party for a couple of years because of other commitments.  Beth was so gracious to allow Irene and me to continue the party this year! 
Please click on the link below or the house button in my right side bar to Irene's invitation!  I will be opening a linky party on my blog where everyone will be able to post their blocks.