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 first....it 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 creative....here are her bags.....she was away from her sewing room and used the scraps she had at the ranch....love 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!

http://muchashilachas.blogspot.com/2016/01/neighborhood-party-2016.html






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 party..........an 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!

http://muchashilachas.blogspot.com/2016/01/neighborhood-party-2016.html






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

http://muchashilachas.blogspot.com/2016/01/neighborhood-party-2016.html

 
Briefly, the rules are: 
 
1.  Make house block 121/2 x121/2 inches square
2.  Mail to Irene/she must receive it by March 1, 2016
3.  Don't forget to take a photo and post to this linky
4.  This link-up will close at Midnight on March 1st, 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 it......so, 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.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Christmas Stuff a little late.......

" Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. "-William Arthur Ward


Here it is 2016 and I am barely posting Christmas stuff......golly I have to get with it!

Well anyway..........the infusion center at the hospital where I work has a sweet little boutique where they sell items to raise money for their patients........I had donated a tote bag to them during their breast cancer campaign and asked if they would like more.......they told me they would love some smaller Christmas bags that they could fill as gift bags so here is what I came up with.................I made 4 little bags and I "made" my sister, Irene, make some too!  (I love when I can turn the tables on her...lol)..........these are the ones I made .......the ladies at the infusion center loved them so much that I have promised "WE" would make them some more for Valentine's Day!




The next thing I had fun with last month was surprising my niece, Sara, with her very own Raggedy Ann........Sara had loved the one I made for my Hairdresser Sis so I decided she needed her own...........Sara is a teacher and graduate of UNM so I dressed her Raggedy Ann in team colors with the team mascot (Lobo) emblem..............

I think Sara likes her Raggedy Ann!

Over 45 years ago I made my first Raggedy Ann and gave it to my "baby sister", Lynette, who was about 6 years old at the time........Lynette is Sara's Mom..........and she still has her doll!



You might have noticed that the "new, improved Raggedy" now has longer, highlighted hair....and poor 'middle-aged" Raggedy's hair appears to have thinned out a bit........lol....





I have more to show you but I will save it for the next post......







Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Trunk Full of Quilts.....Some Kitty Love and Little Apples.....


A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.
Arnold H. Glasow


I came across this wonderful Trunk Full Of Quilts online quilt trunk show  being hosted by  by Soma @ Whims and Fancies and decided I would hop aboard!  Just click on the photo below and you can go there too!

http://www.whimsandfancies.com/trunk-full-of-quilts-2015/
 
Soma has invited us to dig deep in our trunks and find our favorite quilts to showcase and linkup.  She has many wonderful sponsors giving some fabulous prizes but best of all is the chance to see all those gorgeous quilts!
 
So I have a couple of favorites which I will show.........first is the "Kitty Quilt" I made for my youngest son..........the middle block is made using the snails trail block to form the kitty tails........The kitties are our two girls, Lucy and Tinkerbell.  Lucy lived with us for 19 years before she traveled to Rainbow bridge to wait for us..........Tinker is about 18 years old now and still entertaining us.......(the two yellow kitties represent Lucy and the gray kitties are Tinkerbell)  The rest of the quilt is an "Around the World" pattern made with 5 inch charms........

 
 
 
 
Above is my son with Lucy and below he is holding Tinker......
 

My next most favorite quilt is one I call "Little Apples".......it is from a pattern called "Cross Terrain"  by Moda Bake Shop contributor, Lee, of  Freshly Pieced----  I used the "Little Apples" fabric line by Aneela Hoey.....such pretty colors....After quilting for everybody else......this is the very first quilt I made for myself.....and I use it all the time! 

 
 




 
So that's it!  I'm off to linkup and visit the rest of the gorgeous quilts in the trunk show.......want to come along??  Just clink on this Link!
 
 
See you There!
 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Tote Bags....Oh Deer!


 " It's what you learn after you know it all that counts. "  ~John Wooden
 


I have managed to get up to my sewing room despite working some extra hours these days........one of "my girls" had to leave the shift and she loves to read so I put together this quick book bag for her as a going away gift............




Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.....our hospital has a display out where they auction off gift bags and sell small items in order to raise funds for our infusion center.  The center has many items that they give to patients so I always try to help...........this year I made this tote and filled it with goodies for the drive......


Today I am going back home after a wonderful two days visiting with my Mom.  We went and visited a couple of relatives and had lunch and saw a beautiful buck cross her front yard........I also got to see my Sis, who gave me a wonderful haircut and my Brother and his wife.....a wonderful visit!   today I am headed back home to get back to work tonight...............

Here is a photo of one of the bucks who was coming to dinner at Mom's apple tree......

 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Perfectly Pleasing Winners!

I want to thank all of you for making the Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade a big success!  We had 26 link-ups and a plethora of fabulous pincushions to drool over!



 
So without further ado I would like to announce that Desertsky Quilting is the winner of the gift certificate from Green Fairy Quilts, the cookbook, one of the pincushions on the PPPP post (her choice) and some other goodies............

Anthea from Hibiscus Stitches has also won the cookbook, a pincushion and other goodies!

Emails have gone out to the winners and, again, thanks to all of you for making my first linky party a BIG success!

On the subject of pincushions.........since I have your attention.......my sis, Irene, and I are thinking it would be fun to have a Holiday Pin cushion swap.........Although Thanksgiving and Christmas are the next holidays we would leave it up to the swap partners which holiday they prefer.........in other words, if your partner wanted a Valentine pin cushion or a St. Patrick's Day Pin cushion or whatever......you would make one for her and she would make your desired holiday pincushion for you...........we are still working on the details but if you think you might be interested in signing up for this swap please let me know in your comment below............

Again.......Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank You!






 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Gone with the Pincushions!!



Ida's Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade is gaining steam and so this is my post for the linky......

First I show my very favorite pincushion...........one my son, Jeremy, made for me when he was about 12 years old..........for many years this was my only pincushion.....
 
 
 Next another pincushion I have had for years...........this was an estate sale find............there is a label underneath that reads "Italy"...................
 
 
 
My sister made this little pincushion for me that ties right to my sewing machine..........unlike the pincushions I carry from one place to the next and then can't find them.....this one is always in the perfect spot!
 
 


  I repurposed this jewelry box earlier this month.....I removed the glass lid insert and replaced it with a pincushion insert. .......it is nice to have downstairs when I am away from my sewing room......it has enough room for several threads and notions....
 

 
 
 


 
 
 
 .........and, finally..........some more whimsical pincushions...........I found the ceramic shoe at a second hand shop and added.........well, it is either a leg or a boot top with some machine embroidery ......what would you call it?  Lol............
 
 
 
 I also found this Avon figurine of Scarlet O'Hara which kept me entertained for a day or so...........
 
 
 I'm not sure I'm that pleased with the change, but I didn't use any glue so underneath the figurine is undamaged and can always change back to the original.............



 
 
When Scarlet looked at her new dress she said, "Ida....where will I go?  What will I do???"
 
You know what I said.................
 
 
"Frankly, My Dear, .......why don't you go to the Pin Cushion Parade?????"
 
http://www.mysismademe.blogspot.com/2015/09/perfectly-pleasing-pincushion-parade.html
 
 
And why don't you join the fun???  Link-up, show us your pincushions and get a chance to win some prizes!
Click on this LINK or the Pincushion Parade button above to go there!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It's time for Ida's "Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade Linkup! And Look.....Green Fairy Quilts is Onboard!


Yes my followers and friends..........the linky to Ida's "Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade"  is now open.....and my friends at Green Fairy Quilts have come onboard to offer a $20 gift certificate to one of the winners of this linky party!  So we are adding this gift certificate to the first winner of the linky party.........thanks Judi and Clint for helping to make this linky a success! Clint and Judi have the most awesome precuts and yardage of all the most contemporary designers anybody would want and they have some of the best sales I have ever seen!  Please click on their logo below and check it out for yourselves!

http://www.greenfairyquilts.com/
 
Ok then............don't forget........at midnight on September 2nd the linky to Ida's Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade will be open for you to linkup your beauties!  Click on this link and show me your stuff!!
http://mysismademe.blogspot.com/2015/09/perfectly-pleasing-pincushion-parade.html