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Friday, March 29, 2013

Little Apples is Finished! Tada!!!

You can never do a kindness to soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.      --Ralph Waldo Emerson 





Oh My Goodness!  It is DONE!  I started the Little Apples Quilt last year on April 6th with the layer cake I won from Kelli way back in February of 2012 at her blog  "Seriously I think it needs Stitches"   Thanks, again, Kelli!   And some of you may remember this pattern "Cross Terrain" is from Moda Bake Shop contributor, Lee, of Freshly Pieced----





The quilt became a UFO until last September when I finished the flimsy and then actually even finished the back and sandwiched it together but just couldn't fine the ambition time to get back to it..

LOL...I had forgotten that I didn't center the two strips of charms on the back but I still would have centered the label between the strips anyway.  I notice now that my zig-zags on the borders aren't quite centered to the diamonds in the main quilt top.....ah well....who cares?  Not me!
  
 I am just happy to have it finished and on my bed....and I'm pretty sure I won't ever display it from the back anyway....hahaha



 

.....and you all know I HAD to use some of my machine embroidery on the label...right?

 




I'm linking up to Richard and Tanya Quilts Link a Finish Friday......if you want to come along, just click HERE






Now I'm off to celebrate with lunch and my friend, Ursula.....so Ta-Ta for now!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Swap Block and Quilting the Little Apples Sandwich

Look around you. Everything changes. Everything on this earth is in a continuous state of evolving, refining, improving, adapting, enhancing and changing. You were not put on this earth to remain stagnant.  ---Steve Maraboli


Well I must say that I had a wonderful week last week! My schedule at my regular job is 4 days/10 hrs.  (I work the graveyard on the weekend and day shift Monday and Tuesday...then off til Friday night again.)  I also work occasionally at a second job.....just for fun money.  But since the first of the year my second job had been calling me to work every week instead of the once a month that I prefer.....well anyway.....I finally decided to just take off a couple of days from my regular job to try to get back to some semblance of "normal"........

So after the weekend I worked Monday and didn't have to go in at my second job so I was off from Tuesday to Friday night!  I wish I could say that I sewed a lot but I didn't.  I worked out in the yard a couple of days, watched some movies, and then on Thursday decided to start quilting the Little Apples UFO.......


I decided since it is such a HUGE quilt that I would not try to do anything too fancy and get discouraged so I quilted some large diamonds in the center and am quilting half diamonds on the borders....still tedious....did I say this is the last HUGE quilt for awhile?  Nothing bigger than lap or throw quilts. I am too tired to fight giants for awhile.....lol...



  I have the center and one side done...and once the other 3 sides and the binding are finished would you believe this one is actually for me???  My very first quilt I own that I made myself!  Crazy, huh?  I have given all the others away as gifts!  LOL.....

I will still have some pillow shams to make but it is going on my bed with or without them.......

I finished and sent my March BSA block and Lori has received it so now I can show you the block.......


Lori requested a log cabin block in teal and red......and, of course, I had to add a little embroidery since I am loving my new machine so much.....oh! and I learned a new term......I am now into "ME" (machine embroidery)!

So now back up to the sewing room to see if I can get some more done on the Little Apples and when I get done with it I am going to do some fun SMALLER PROJECTS..................

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday....talk to you next time.....TTFN!

  


  

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Winner of my Nancy Drew Giveaway!

"You know you're getting old when you stoop down to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you're down there"   -----George Burns



 I am still trying to get my schedule back to "normal", (whatever that may be), after finishing my x-ray presentation on Daylight Savings "Spring Forward" weekend.......and actually being at work when the time changed.......(I do that twice a year since I work the weekend graveyard shift)..............

So I have a confession to make............even after being there and watching the atomic clock move forward an hour, I got off work at 7:00 on Sunday morning and FORGOT to change my clocks at home!  I rested very well all day Sunday and went to sleep......woke up Monday morning when the alarm rang and suddenly realized that I was going to be an hour late to work........uh huh.......

This week I attended my very first opera!  The Barber of Seville was wonderful!  I will have to do that again............so with that plus another commitment Friday evening before I went to work....my sewing time was cut a bit short but I did manage to squeeze in enough time to get these two rug mugs made..............
This one is for a swap...............and it went out today.....I have been practicing on the mug rugs now with my embroidery machine and it is so much fun!   

My son asked me to make him a mug rug and here is his......again I added some machine embroidery......he loved it!

 
 
 Well now................how about the giveaway winner????

Now that Nancy Drew is looking for clues elsewhere..........I have asked Mr. Random to lend a hand and tell me who won my giveaway..............you remember the Nancy Drew charms plus some Autumn and Spring charms I am giving away????  


Here is the winning number..............



Comment #46 was made by Barb, who said:


I have already sent an email to Barb so that she can give me an address to mail her charms.  Thanks to everyone who commented on my Nancy Drew project and who supported all the entrants by commenting on their blogs......stay tuned in the next few days for Ida's Blogiversary/300th follower giveaway coming soon!

Talk to you next time...........Ta-Ta for now...............
  








Friday, March 15, 2013

Last Day of Nancy Drew Blog Hop!

Yes, today is the final day for the Nancy Drew Is A Clue Blog Hop............what a wonderful Blog Hop full of fabulous projects it has been so far!  Many thanks to Carol from Just Let Me Quilt
and Madam Samm at Sew We Quilt, for taking us all on this exciting adventure!
Here are the blogs for you to visit today:

Friday, March 15, 2013 




and don't forget to sign up for my Nancy Drew Giveaway clicking HERE or on the Photo of the Giveaway below...........it will take you to the post where you can sign up!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

My Sister's Day with Nancy Drew!

The Nancy Drew is a Clue Blog Hop Continues today and tomorrow............and today My Sis, Irene has her day at Hilachas, together with these other cool blogs.  I hope you will check out all the projects made with the Nancy Drew Fabrics from Moda.............

Thursday, March 14, 2013 

 And if you still haven't signed up for my Nancy Drew Giveaway....there is still time......you can click HERE or on the photo of the giveaway below to go to the post where you can comment and sign up.  Mr. Random will pick the winner on Friday midnight and I'll post the winner Saturday morning!



Good Luck!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Get a Clue with Nancy Drew!

I have been remiss in posting the reminders for Monday and Tuesday on the "Nancy Drew is a Clue" Blog hop, which continues through this Friday, March 15th.  If you haven't already been hopping each day of this Blog Hop you have missed out on a lot of creativity!
Here are all the Blogs for Monday, Tuesday, and today......I hope you will go check them out..........In addition to seeing some great projects you might just find some great giveaways too!

  ...................and, of course, if you haven't signed up for my giveaway yet.........just click HERE or on the picture of my giveaway below and leave a comment...........

 ok then..............start hopping!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
 
Monday, March 11, 2013 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Nancy Drew Blog Hop Continues!

 This is the third Day of the Nancy Drew Is a Clue Blog Hop!
Please "hop" over to these great Blogs today and check out what crafty things they have made for you to look at with the Nancy Drew fabrics!


Friday, March 8, 2013 
That’s SewJulie -- Very ill and unable to post
The Thimble Room ( not up yet_
 
and if you haven't signed up yet for my giveaway, just click here or on the photo below to go back to my post where you can sign up as a follower and leave me a comment saying you did........
 

Happy Hopping!  Now go on and get a clue!

....and just a reminder that my friend, Kat, at "Love and Ladybug Hugs"  is having a  100th post and Blogiversary giveaway....

Thursday, March 7, 2013

2nd Day of Nancy Drew Blog Hop!



I want to thank everyone who visited my blog yesterday on the first day of the Nancy Drew Get a Clue Blog Hop.  Today there are 10 more blogs for you to visit....many of which have giveaways...but that's just a bonus....the real fun is looking at the fabulous projects that have been created with the Nancy Drew fabric!  Hop on over to these links and get a clue with Nancy Drew!

Thursday, March 7, 2013 









.....and if you missed signing up for my giveaway yesterday.....
 just click here or on the photo of the charms above and it will take you to back to the Post where you just have to leave one comment letting me know you are my follower.
Ok now.........Go get a Clue! 

Oh! I also want to mention that my friend, Kat, at "Love and Ladybug Hugs" is having a giveaway...her 100th post and Blogiversary giveaway....Kat works so hard always doing things for so many good causes and she is showing some beautiful donations to the Susan B. Komen fund on today's post....please go check out her blog! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Nancy Drew: Get a HOT clue!

This Giveaway is Now Closed.....thank you and check this blog for a new giveaway coming soon!


“If worry were an effective weight-loss program, women would be invisible.”  --Nancy Drew





I have joined the Nancy Drew Blog Hop (Yes, my Sister made me do this too...) and today I am showing you a HOT clue!

You know how every time you go on a trip, it seems right before you get ready to pack your curling or flat iron, you just have to fix one more unruly piece of hair?  And then you try to figure out how to pack your iron without melting something or burning your favorite blouse??

 Well check out this HOT clue and worry no more!  I found the tutorial for this fabulous little tote at Sew Sweet Blog 





 There is enough room in it for your flat iron plus another iron of your choice and check out the cool tie to keep your cords under control.


















 
I hope you will go check out the tutorial, and I believe Sew Sweet also has an additional U-tube tutorial for this tote......

And I would also like to offer you, my followers, the chance to win your own Nancy Drew Charms (all the ones I had left) plus some pretty fall and spring charms from my stash............just leave one comment letting me know you are a follower..............Mr. Random will pick a winner on March 15....at the end of the blog hop and I will announce the winner on Saturday, March 16.


Now without further ado I, first, want to thank Madam Samm and Carol for taking us on this fun little sleuthing trip, and also want to invite you to check out the other blogs participating in the Nancy Drew Blog Hop today.  Please check out these pages for more Nancy Drew Clues! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
 And don't forget the Blog Hop will continue through Friday, March 15.  Click Here to get the full schedule!

I'm on my way to see some more Nancy Drew Clues at the other blogs.....so Ta-Ta for now...............


  

 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Finish! And a beginning......


"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. --Mark Twain




It's done!  The 4-seasons Table cover is finished!

I had so much fun with this project!  It was wonderful to use the blocks I won at Beth Shibley's annual Neighborhood Block Party and doubly fun to use my new embroidery machine to add lots of fun embellishments!


After I decided to make it a 4-seasons theme, it just seemed perfect to include the scripture from Ecclesiastes 3:1.....so I added it underneath two of the Sun's rays.....

In addition.....in the sky over the house which depicts a particular season, are things you might find in the sky during that season.....a snow cloud and an airplane in the Winter sky, a kite and an air balloon in the Spring sky, a rain cloud and fireworks in the Summer sky, and a lightening cloud and ducks flying south in the Autumn sky.....




On four of the sides of the octagon I have embroidered the name of the season underneath the house that sits between the two trees  depicting that season





















On the opposing octagon sides I embroidered a "Love Scripture" I am missing a photo of one of them but you get the idea............




The quilting really doesn't show up well on this busy backing even though I used an orange thread in the bobbin but I don't plan to use it in this direction anyway.......haha
Here are some closeups of some of the individual embroidery I added ......










Here are the original blocks I won.....I only used 8 of the blocks for the 4 Seasons Tablecover......The Grinch Block on the lower left is earmarked for a "Merry Grinchmas" wall hanging for my Grandsons to decorate with for Christmas.......
 


.......oh, you were wondering about the "beginning" I was talking about????  It's that dreaded presentation.......due on Saturday morning........
......So now I have to knuckle-down and do one of those "at the last minute" finishes I'm so famous for.......so you may not hear from me til next week when I'm done.........so I'll just say,
 "Ta-Ta for now"........talk to you next time.............