Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Let's Have a Give Away!

Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods was kind enough to send me two of her patterns to giveaway! Don't we just love a giveaway? I truly hope you will take a second to go over to her website and see her patterns. Heck, sign up for her newsletter while your there!!

Celine's Sticks and Stones pattern uses FQs, layer cakes, or 5" charms plus a little bit of additional yardage. Her instructions are to make a topper, throw or even a queen size quilt.

Her Flirtations pattern works into a throw or queen size quilt. Simply choose a border fabric that you love as a starting point for choosing the fabrics in the quilt. I'll pick two winners so simply state which pattern you would prefer. First name drawn will get the preferred pattern. Fair enough? Be sure to be a no reply blogger and if in doubt leave an email address. I'll pull names Friday. Good luck!!

I've spent some evenings stitching down bindings on these mini coin quilts. They measure under 15" x 15".

I love the texture of the chestnut swirls quilting on this one! These mini quilts were just something I through together a few months back with scraps from other quilts. It feels good to see a few finishes of my own.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Eventide with Jo!

This gorgeous quilt is hot off the longarm. The pattern is a Miss Rosie pattern called, Eventide.

Debra used Jo Morton fabrics and I quilted with the all time favorite Deb's Feathers. So, what do you think?

Enjoy your long weekend everybody! Next post will be a giveaway so come on back!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Be Still My Heart!!

The August 2011 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting arrived in my box today. My heart quickly skipped a beat when I spotted this adorable miniature quilt called, Sweet Carolina made out of Jo Morton fabrics! Is this not me or what?!!!

The cover quilt is our blogging friend Kathie Holland's quilt and another blogger friend Sherri McConnell's tote using hexagons from charm squares and her GO! cutter. Congrats ladies!!!

Mary Lou is still heavy on my mind (see previous post). If you wish to send the family a sympathy card I do have her address.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Heart is Heavy......

I read with heavy heart yesterday about the loss of Mary Lou's 17 year old son. Mary Lou has been a wonderful blogging friend of mine. We found that we both love the same style quilting, both our husband's serving or in my case served military careers so I know deployments very well. Her husband, Jeff just returned from his year long tour in Afghanistan a few weeks ago. My husband's name is Jeff as well. (Imagine that...another Mary and Jeff) I too have a 17 year old son. Mary Lou always writes the most beautiful post and yesterday's was no exception though not something any mom should have to write about. I'm sharing this with you because this is where my head has been at since I read her post yesterday.
The last peek I can share with you from one of the quilts that will be in Cheryl Wall's new book being released by Martingale next June. I did not want to give this one back!

This is a peek of Carol's Schnibble quilt using a new design called Star Spangled Banner for the quilting. Can you see the stars? I love this one and thought I'd share it just in time for Memorial Day and any quilts you have that are patriotic would look wonderful with this design.

Would you believe that this is the back of her quilt? I'd say she has a two-for-one!

Mary's Raggedy Ann quilt is finished and ready to mail back to her. I thought I'd share a few pictures of her quilt. This quilt took me alot longer than I thought it would with plenty of stitching in the ditch and a larger variety of quilting motifs throughout the quilt.

That's it for today. I leave you with this, love the ones your with as life can be way to short and you just never know.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

It's Me Again

Another week has vanished just like that! Here is a peek of Mary's quilt that I'm in the process of quilting. If your interested in making this quilt you can find the pattern FREE at Kaaren's blog, The Painted Quilt.

Do you remember the post I did a few back showing the new property of our future home? The next step is to sell this. I have mixed emotions as I love my home however the move is better for my husband's commute. We can't leave the county until my son finishes school this next year, at same time need this house to sell to start building, at same time don't want to move twice! We don't expect our home will sell anytime soon since nothing seems to be moving these days. A neighbor down the road has had their home up for sale since February and only two viewings without offers!

Quilts have been arriving UPS and USPS....I want to say thank you to all of you who have trusted me with your quilt tops. You're the best!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger Issues?? Am I The Only One?

Because I can't show the last quilts I've quilted until the book releases next summer I'm sharing a quick little project I finally finished the other evening. The crow is wool. I simply did cross-hatching on my Pfaff.

In a way this posting is a test to see if it works. Yesterday I spent some time checking in on blogs and blogger wouldn't allow me to comment. Today I went back to check on some of the blogs I wanted to comment on and the post I had been reading yesterday are totally gone? A few bloggers who post everyday have no post today? What is going on?

Anyway, just a quick check in to say hello....honestly I tried to comment on yours! Oh...and a kitty cat picture of Meow just because.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Gift of Friendship

Today I received the sweetest gift in the mail from Darlene with a note that simply read, "Happy Everything!" In Friendship, Darlene. We've been blogging friends for a few years now and have even enjoyed the time spent chatting on the phone with each other. We've never met in person but she is one of those gal's I'd love to have as my neighbor!

My gift arrived wrapped by Ivonne the owner/artist of The Cracklin Crows. She makes beautiful Folk-Art and Primitive Banners. The gift wrap absolutely wonderful!

I quickly took this photo at our fireplace mantel to show you my gift is so me. It goes with my home perfectly!

While visiting Ivonne's blog I discovered she is an awesome photographer and snagged this photo for my blog to give you even a better view of her work.

Thank you Darlene for my gift of friendship. I love it....you knew I would.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Please do not miss this post!

I like all my post to have a photo this is why I'm giving another peek of some quilting I've been doing for Cheryl's new book. I absolutely love quilting on this block. Don't you?

Another one of my favorite bloggers is Carol from Brown Quilts. I read with a very heavy heart last night her plea. My husband served 23 years in the military. We truly appreciated people like Carol's friend and I want to be sure to help spread word here on my own blog. Please take a moment and read her post (tissues in hand).

Monday, May 2, 2011

Love it!

This is Kim Diehl's pattern called, "Bittersweet Briar Cotton" from her book "Simple Graces."

My girlfriend Shirley made me this top using both cotton and wool. To see the quilt top in person is better than this photo. The quilt top is stunning! I'm truly lucky to have such a wonderful friend to make this top for me. I had to share the top now and someday you'll see it quilted. I can already see this hanging in our future new home!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

For Those Wanting Another Peek.....Winner Too!

Well from all the comments I received from those of you either wanting to win Cheryl's first book, to those who already own the first book or those who just have to see more peeks of her quilts for her second book, I'd say there is another bestseller due out in 2012! There were so many comments and I couldn't reply to them all without getting behind on other things here in the hollow. Oh....and thank you too for the well wishers of my last post with regards to my son's ER visit. He is doing fine now.

I've given one more peek into Cheryl's newest book due out summer of 2012! Cheryl was kind enough to send me an autographed copy of her first book called, Country Comforts as a giveaway and today is the day to announce the winner! Kelly please send me your address because today is your lucky day!

Yesterday this surprise was found in my mailbox from Shelley. So many things I want to say about her and the crisis going on in her family at moment but it isn't my place. I do ask if you blog with her to please send an email to let her know she is being thought of today. Shelley has a heart of gold and for her to even take the time to make and send this means the world to me. Shelley, big hugs girl....big hugs!!

Another blogger I want to point out that I call little Miss Speedy is Karen over at Log Cabin Quilter. Her applique is amazing and right up my alley! Take a few minutes to go over and scroll through some of her post. I swear she doesn't sleep. I'm in love with everything she does and it just drives me crazy that I'm not near as skilled as she is when it comes to applique projects. She has my colors and style down to a T! I need to hire her!