Friday, July 31, 2009


Please take note of the large variety of give-aways listed on my side bar. Just click on the photo of each one to take you directly to the site. I've told each one that I would help spread the word. Good Luck!

No picture's today. I can't show what I'm working on and don't think you want to see more hummingbirds.

Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

DIY Bag Lover

I love this time of year when Hummingbirds visit Quilt Hollow. This photo taken just moments after I refilled the feeder!

My girlfriend sent me a link for the DIY BAG LOVER. There are numerous tutorials and patterns available for FREE.

Melody's got a fantastic give-away. (photo on my side bar that will take you to her). Please tell her I sent you so she will give me bonus points!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

It's A Surprise...Keep Reading

Thirsty? It has been Grand Central Station around here for the past few weeks. Love it!

My blocks for the Civil War Signature Swap hosted by Melissa are finished with exception of writing my name, city and state seventy times. I used a good tea dye muslin and Jo Morton fabrics. Seventy blocks make 140 1/2 square triangles and that is exactly what I did. I'm not tossing good fabrics into the trash when I can make another one of these.
I mentioned in an earlier post that I had more Thimbleberries kits to giveaway. How surprised I was to find over 100 comments left on my giveaway last week. Just say FREE, right? Well, it got me thinking as I watched blog friends comment on the previous post; these are the gals who frequent my blog. In fact, most getting to know me better outside of the blog. SO....I tossed all names into the hat and had a surprise giveaway! Yep! You didn't even see it coming! So here's hoping she is still reading the blog (LOL).....Karen of Quilts A Lot. Send me your address and I'm sending out a Thimbleberries Watermelon Table Topper Kit.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Of Heart and Hand

Darlene posted a few days ago some very pretty little quilts that she was sending as surprises to unsuspecting blog friends. I could have never imagined that I was one of them. This little quilt was made from her heart and hands as an act of kindness and friendship. It will be a treasure in my home for many, many years to come! Several months back we both found we were looking for the same exact background fabric, she used that fabric as the background in this quilt and now that too will be a fond memory. I can't even begin to say just how surprised I was and oh how this really made by day! After discovering the package in the mailbox I think my feet left the ground and I flew back inside the house. Thank you "Ms. Speedy" (my nickname for her). PS....little Ms. Speedy is having a birthday this Sunday.

Several weeks ago I received a pattern and charm pack from Sheri. I believe the fabric comes out in September so I'm really tickled to have been able to work with something so NEW! This is a table topper that you quilt-as-you-go and no binding! Simply wash and TA DA...soft and cuddly. Thanks again Sheri.
Why does Blogger turn photos?!

This little number is finally finished! What do you think Wendy? She posted hers a long time ago and of course I had guilt because I had my blocks sitting after embroidery (for months!) Then I decided to go ahead with embroidery in the border. Again, taking back seat to other projects. Finally today I finished stitching on the little wool berries.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Family Treasure

Years ago my husband inherited his Grandmother's treadle machine. The cabinet was in horrible shape. My DH put his heart and soul into restoring the cabinet, sanding the metal and then painting it. However, being military with a weight limit and limited space of living my in-laws kept it in their home in California. This summer they put it in the motorhome and we met up in Kentucky. This cabinet now has a place of honor in my living room. The sewing machine is still inside but has certainly seen some better days.

I'm nearly finished with a newer project and will share soon. Today was spent doing a few errands and in with those errands was a post office run. Oh, how I wish I could show the one package sent but if I did the receipient would know it was hers! I really want to surprise her.

Also, it was amazing to me the overwhelming response of people wanting that little Thimbleberries kit. Thank you to all who visited! I just couldn't write a note to all. Even DH was surprised to see just how many of you left comments. Some from other countries, some in other languages and then one comment wanted money! Geez!! I've got a few other TB kits that I will use as giveaways so I truly do hope you will visit and not miss out.

My blog winner is Tam. Congrats to Tam and also thank you for the wonderful shout out on your blog. It is much appreciated!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Are You In?

Swap closed now due to overwhelming response. I was so on the fence about this one because my heart loves that quilt and my head tells me you've got other obligations. Then a few of my favorite blog buds emailed to say they joined so shoot....I'm in!

Melissa is hosting a civil war reproduction block swap. If you wish to participate she needs you to sign up by August 31st and blocks mailed to her by November 31st. I believe there are 37 signed up at this point in time. I'm on the fence as I absolutely love the quilt on the cover of Jo Morton's book. You can see another Melissa post HERE showing the quilt.

What to do, what to do! Why can't I decide you ask? I know that a different siggy swap went around last year. I missed out on that one. Many of my favorite bloggers aka friends may not want to do another and those are the bloggets that I want in my block swap for sure. So I thought I'd spread the word a bit more here before making my decision; afterall, I do have until end of August to decide right? If I choose not to join I still want to make blocks for the gals I see in the swap who visit me regularly (if they'll have me - LOL!!)

Thoughts anybody? Are you in? Out?

Also, a simple reminder that my one year blogiversary giveaway post is below and ends Wednesday 8am.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Blog Anniversary Give Away

Who knew a year would pass for me so quickly here in blog land. Yesterday I received an email from Cathi as a simple reminder that today is the one year mark of my very first post. I've enjoyed getting to know many quilters through blogging this past year and I hope to carry on those friendships along with some new this next year.
Many of you know that I am a longarm quilter building a customer base. Thank you to all who have requested my services these past several months. It has been a joy and I have to admit that it is really hard to give back your quilts!

As I was upstairs today finishing up the quilt on the frame I couldn't help but think of older quilt kits that I will never stitch. Also, a little voice in my head from Cathi's email that was reminding me it has been a year. So with that Quilt Hollow went to the closet and pulled out an older Thimbleberries Club pattern called "Nosegay" that includes the Thimbleberries fabrics. This kit goes way back to the days I worked in a Georgia quilt shop.

Are you interested in the kit? Leave me a comment and if your anonymous please include your email address or I can't contact you. Help spread the word about my blog give away too please!
Are you a follower?

The winner's name will be drawn next Wednesday 8am. Good Luck!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sleepless Night

It is a sleepless night for me with a 4am post! Errrr! I need sleep or I am absolutely useless during the day. I planned to post this later but hey...why not now as I'm freaking awake!!

I tend to show my own longarm quilts on my blog and every now and then an occassional sneak peek of a customer's quilt. Since it will be a while before I can get back to something of my own to share I give you this peek. This is a good size quilt. I'm only sharing a portion of the center. An edge-to-edge on this one would have likely been a better choice for quilting since fabrics are busy.
A few days ago I was in Costco. This book cover and title caught my eye so I picked it up and read the back. Hmmm...four different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever.....
Here's a portion of back: 'It's a long way from Ft. Worth, TX, to New Bern, CT, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she's found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn's wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a QUILT shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn't.'

OK...I'll read it.
Have you started thinking about booking your longarm quilter for those holiday quilts? I'm asking because quilters get booked anywhere from 3 months to a year out. Fall season tends to be a busy time of year. Just a subtle reminder.

Friday, July 10, 2009

A Finish!

This little top has sat long enough unfinished. Today was it's turn on Gam; even though only about 24" square! I even have the binding stitched on so I can hand stitch it to the back during evening television viewing. Stitching the binding to the back of a quilt is gratifying. Don't you think?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Quilted Star

Today I took a trip to a fellow longarmer's home to learn some of her tips and tricks. This is the quilt she had on the frame.

The different thread choice for the flowers and leaves stitched over the cross hatching was absolutely gorgeous! It was subtle enough to add to the quilt without taking away from the pieced star.
Also make sure to see all the give aways that I've been posting on my side bar.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Winner Announced

This little guy has been guarding the feeder for the past week. He chases away all other hummingbirds as if he could possible drink all the nectar himself.

Yesterday was spent quilting the day away. I'm not much of an evening quilter as I fade quickly. Since I finished my customer quilt during the day and DH was watching a movie I thought I'd sew for me. So I worked on a small project that I've posted about before. I selected the plaid I wanted for the binding; cut my bias strips to be single fold and stitched it on the little quilt top only to find I didn't like how it was turning out. Ripped I did...all that time spent and nada to show for it!

The winner for my Sew Much To Do Giveaway is Quilting Fiesta. Congrats!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Sew Much To Do Give-Away

Some quilts I will never make or the novelty of making them has worn off. While working in a quilt shop back in 2000 I liked this pattern; still do actually but newer quilt patterns keep this one a low priority. I'd love to see somebody take this pattern and actually make it! Don't let it sit in your closet as I have mine. Here's the deal, the magazine and fabric are FREE however, the postage is NOT. I am asking the lucky receipient to cover postage before mailing. Open to all countries since the postage is your responsibility.
If you are interested please leave a comment telling me what you liked about one of my OLDER blog post. Was it a quilt, decor, recipe or what exactly has you coming back to see my blog?
This giveway ends Wednesday, July 8th....8am Eastern Time. Good Luck!!

Odd Finds On My Trip

At one of the shops in the Mennonite area was this tall plant. What does it look like to you? I haven't a clue what it is but it does look suspectful.
July 5th Update - - Thanks to my anonymous tipster here is the plant.

Need some good health? How about this remedy?

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In the grocery store we noticed all things were in bags. Likely bagged from bulk boxes brought in. my guys suggested somebody meticulously took and separated all the Lucky Charms from the cereal! Just Charms anybody?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

I'm Home "Again"

While in Kentucky we visited Mennonite country. I love seeing these horse buggys everywhere.
The area is absolutely beautiful and I took lots of photos and hope to share a few in the next few post.

Does the photo look familiar? I mean, guys waiting on the outside because they just aren't interested on the inside?

There wasn't that many quilts as the name of the building suggested. I was bummed until I spotted this old quilt. The blocks were only about 4" finished.

Giveaway post coming soon.