Sunday, September 25, 2016

90 days 12 hours 27 minutes 51 seconds til Christmas!

"Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves." ~Eric Sevareid

I know a lot of the bloggers I follow have been sewing up Christmas stuff year around but I finally got a project done! 

This summer my son laid some new tile in my living room which just wasn't going to look as good with the 15 year old I decided to take advantage of 18 month same as cash financing for some new carpet..........well and the 20 year old heavy sectional I had just wasn't going to look as nice so I got a new sofa and loveseat...(not heavy at all!). 

This is sounding like that old story about "When a Mouse eats a cookie"!

But anyway....the sofa and loveseat have  throw-pillow backs so I thought I would use a panel (also that I've had for at least 15 years!) to make some pillow covers for the smaller cushions.....5 of them!

I also sewed up a little "Pumpkin Princess" Costume for my granddaughter.........I had visions of a pumpkin-shaped costume and I used a little dress pattern then sewed some stretch knit to the bottom to round it out and then sewed a tutu to the leggings to help fill it out.........I found a darling pumpkin cap at Hobby Lobby and made a crown to go over it.......I am so looking forward to getting a picture of her when Mom and Dad dress her up in it!
My Sis just came back from a visit in California and she stopped in a local quilt store there and told me that she had "saved so much money!" appears that they not only had quality FQ's for $1 each, but if she bought 10 FQ's she got an additional one free!  Well she quickly calculated how much she could SAVE by buying 20!!!  Guess who was the real saver here???  Me! Because she gave me 11 of those FQ's!  (Can't argue with that kind of math)   
 Thanks Sis........I love the fabric but I love you more! :)
 90 days 11 hours 49 minutes 24 seconds.....and counting......

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Parade Winners!

“Winning is something, but participation is everything.”
Debasish Mridha

As promised, Mr. Random worked deep into the night deciding the winners of the Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade, and did his magic for several link-up winners.........and here they are!

The winner of our first place prize donated by our sponsor at the Fat Quarter Shop is Barbara at The Flashing Scissors.  Barbara gets a $50 gift certificate from FQS!  Contratulations Barbara and thank you, thank you, thank you FQS!

Winner of the Moda Jellyroll is Lin from St Victor Quilts
4th place winner is Lisa Marie from Quilts by Lisa
Honorable Mention Christmas/Halloween FQ bundles go to Missy from Missy's Homemaking Adventures
Did everyone read the inspiring quote at the top of this post?
Well for this link-up participation is definitely everything so I am asking everyone to remember to send me your mailing address.  We still have the cookbook and the gardening set and other prizes to send out...........If you commented or linked-up please send me your address and I will send you a surprise!
click the email link below and email me your mailing address.

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Parade is Over!

“Dieting is the only game where you win when you lose!”
Karl Lagerfeld

What a fabulous 10 days we had at the Perfectly Pleasing Pin Cushion Parade! We had 29 link-ups this year!

I want to thank everyone who participated and also want to remind you that I said that everyone in the parade would win something.  Mr. Random is still spinning around deciding the big winners are and will tell me something later tonight, but now I would like to ask everyone who linked up or commented to email me your snail mail address so when we hear from Mr. Random we can get your prizes sent out to you because

 click on the button below to email me your mailing address so I can send you a surprise:
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Pin Cushion Parade Continues!

"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." –Albert Einstein

The Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade Continues....and you can still link-up your pincushion posts for a chance to win some great prizes....the link-up will remain open for 4 more days....and will close on September 15....

We already have a great collection of linkups this year, some with fabulous tutorials for you to try.

So I made three new cushions  after finding them on the PPPP linkups..........

First I had to try that awesome star........I came home and just used some precut samples I had in my stash and put this together rather quickly.....I want to make another one now using fabrics that I choose but this was my sample try..........The photo on the left is the top and on the right is the bottom.....


The star is made with 15 total equal-size square patches. Mine were about 2x2....I think I would use 2.5 mini-charms next time. The top and bottom each have five square patches sewn together then the middle row of 5 squares connects the top and bottom.

                              Here is a side view of the finish

 I also made these two little pincushions from ideas I saw on the link-up:  First a biscorno made from a tiny stitchery I found at the second-hand store yesterday.

Then my little Sis and I made twin cathedral windows from another tutorial I found on the linkup:

I'm having so much fun at the parade! If you haven't already checked out the link-up please go on over and see the beautiful collections there!  And if you have some pincushions you're trying to hide from us.....bring'em out and parade them!

Click HERE to go to the parade!

Monday, September 5, 2016

My Pin Cushions for the Parade

 “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

I am linking up today on the Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade. 

My favorite pin cushion is this one my son, Jeremy made for me when he was about 12 years the time I had no pincushions at all so he made this one for me.  His sewing skills have improved but I wouldn't change a thing about this pin cushion.

I made these three little pin cushions for the parade.......

First a pincushion attached to the top of a little jar that can be used for pins, buttons, etc...............

.........and then I used some of the selvages I've been collecting to make this one.................

and finally a red hat complete with ribbon and feather!

Here is a pincushion my sis gave me............
and last but not least.............I think I found this at an estate sale...........the bottom says it was made in has a pretty ceramic flower on the top and is another of my favorites.................
...........and that's all I have to show today...........but I know where you can see lots the Picture below to be transported to this year's Perfectly Pleasing Pin cushion Parade link-up page!  There will be lots of link-ups for you to enjoy......and why don't you join the party while you're there and link-up your own pin cushions?

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade Link-up Page!

"Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself." --Michel de Montaigne

So here it is everyone!  The Link-up for the Perfectly Pleasing Pin Cushion Parade 2016!  I know I am going to be perfectly pleased with all the entries--so come on and show us your pretties!

 The Link-up will open on September 5th and close on September 15th so you will have 10 days to post and link-up your page.  A list of Rules will follow the list of prizes.....or do you want the Rules first???? I didn't think so!

So first let me thank Kimberly and Melody and all our friends at Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring the Parade with our First Place Prize!  Our first place winner will get a $50 gift Certificate from FQS!!!!! I want to invite you all to click the link above or click on the FQS Gift Certificate below to go visit them and see all the fabric and fun stuff they have for you to drool over!
Our Second Place Prize is this yummy Moda jelly roll by Me and My Sister Designs----I love these colors!
 The Third Place winner can choose between two quilting books and accompanying fabric: 
 First  we have 3 Times the charm! by Me and My Sister Designs.........there are 7 different quilt designs with 3 examples of each......and we'll get the winner started on her first design by sending along a Moda Charm Pack of "Ho!Ho!Ho!" by Deb Strain with the book.
Or............if the 3rd place winner likes this book instead..........we will send out fat quarter quilts along with 4 fat quarters in chevron prints by Riley Blake Designs!

Our 4th place winner will take home whichever of the two prizes above is left when 3rd place chooses their prize.
Honorable mention winners can choose between winning a Christmas Fat Quarter Bundle or a Halloween Fat Quarter Bundle.........
And we have more prizes!!!! Remember "Mom How Do I boil Water".........and that nifty Gardening Journal Set?

And we have sewing notions and patterns to give away...........everybody who enters will win something!
So Now the Rules:
As I said before........Link-up will run for 10 days and winners will be randomly selected.  If you don't link-up you can't win.
I have included a "grab my button" on my side bar.  If you post it to your blog you get another chance to win...........Comment here and let me know you grabbed it!
If you blog about this link-up you will get another chance to win........Tell me about it in a comment on this post.   That's 3 chances to win!  How about it?  Go out....spread the news....then come back, link-up and win!!

Friday, August 26, 2016

More prizes for the Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade 2016!

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Hello again!  Just wanted to show you another couple of prizes for the PPPP-2016..........Our friends at the Fat Quarter Shop have climbed aboard and are sponsoring the Parade with a $50 gift certificate!  Thanks Fat Quarter Shop!

.....and that's not all.........we have this cool Gardening Book & Journal Set which includes the book about gardening and a matching journal with prompts to help you record the everyday miracles in your garden!
What does this set have to do with pin cushions or sewing???? NOTHING!  But isn't it cool????

We will also be giving away some notions and fabric....we will show you more prizes between now and the opening of the link-up..........tell your friends to come and check out the Perfectly Pleasing Pin Cushion Parade 2016! Link-up opens here on Labor Day!

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