Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Life Got Busy

 May was possibily the craziest month ever with four graduations, a week of in-laws, and then a small grocery bag full of some really rotten luck stuff that I won't write about here at moment.  I'm going to keep this post quilt related.  I'm so behind on my blog and had so much I wanted to say,show or vent about.  The days go quickly and before I knew it the first week of June nearly gone.  I'm thankful to my blog friends who check on me and "know" what I've had to deal with this past month.

Even though life crazy and some not so good things happened some really GREAT things happened too!  Karen made the above blocks for me.  They are even better in person than in that silly turned photo.  Karen loves hand work and it shows.  She has done so much for me over the years.  She's such a sweet heart!

 Weeks ago....many weeks ago....I won a bag of cross stitch patterns from Libby.  I have pulled out the few patterns I would like to keep....hopefully make!  I have a few things to add to the bag and want to pass it on.  If your interested leave a comment and you too could possibly win to keep or even pass it on!
 Yeah another turned photo - go figure.  Here are more gifts from friends.  Rita (no blog) a great customer of mine included the mini Jo Morton quilt as a gift for me when I did some quilting for her a few months back.  Then out of the blue a surprise gift came from my blog friend Stefanie who had just been to quilt market and spotted the new Jo Morton fabric and thought of me!   Cheryl Wall sent me an autographed copy of her new book coming out next week!  As some of you will recall I quilted many of the quilts in her new book so this book is extra special to me especially when the cover is one of the quilts I quilted!
Then some more good stuff that really helps offset some of the not so good stuff.  I've been a winner a few times in the past month.  Why is it I can't win the lottery?  I go through spells entering giveaways and never win and then all of the sudden look at these.  From Kathy Schmitz I won her new line of fabric; from Tara one of her NEW released patterns, from Geoff's Mom a NEW pattern and from Kim a pattern she parted with.

Indeed life got busy and I felt like one of those hamster's going round and round on its wheel, every now and then being tossed for a loop.  I'll be back in a few days to announce who gets the cross stitch bag of loot and perhaps announce I won the lottery!  I can dream.

46 comments:

Ariane said...

I hope you are doing okay!! Here's a big hug from me to you!! I'll say a little prayer for you! All your winnings and gifts are wonderful!! Thanks for sharing them! Sometimes....when things get tough...you just need to take a break...worry only about the important stuff...and forget the rest for a bit! And sometimes...if you need help...a friend... It's okay to shout and say....Help!!! I'm barely treading water here.....you may just find the help you need!!! Hugs. Ariane

Janet O. said...

I don't know any of the not-so-good stuff that has been going on, but I am sorry you have had to deal with it. On the flip side, you have had a lot of good quilty things from good people to give you pricks of light between the "rotten" stuff.
I don't need to be entered in the cross-stitch pattern give-away. I gave away all but two of my own cross-stitch patterns years ago, after hanging samplers and scenes on my walls and the walls of all my family and friends. Had to come up with other things to do. : )

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I so understand what you are saying. How nice that your mailbox has been filled with uplifting projects, prizes and gifts. I would love to get back into cross stitching, as it is hand work to do when hubs is away. Thanks for sharing. I hope that June will turn out to be a better month for you :-)

Lesley said...

Life really gets interesting,doesn't it! So nice to hear about all the wonderful things that have happened in between the 'challenging' stuff! You have some lovely little treasures here!

Barb said...

good luck in the lottery -
wow, what a lot loot you have, looks fun.
The sheep blocks are so cute.

Sheila said...

Lots of wonderful gifts and winnings , I hope life settles down for you real soon and maybe even win that lottery :-)

Cyndi said...

Ahh, Mary....I so hate that you are having some difficult, rotten times! You know that I'm keeping you in my prayers, and am here for you whenever you need me!

You really did get some awesome gifts from friends...those sheep blocks are PRECIOUS!..., and you won some great things, too! Hopefully that winning lottery ticket is in your future...just don't forget to buy it! LOL!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Shakerwood said...

Sounds like my month was ALMOST as bad as yours. I just posted for the first time in over a month. We still need to find some "wine-ing" time. How does July look for ya?

Carrie P. said...

I am sure you are glad to see May and all the problems gone with it.
Whoa! you sure did get some great goodies!
That Karen is such a great appliquer.
Don't put my name in for the cross stitch bag. Don't do it anymore.
Hope June is a better month for you.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Well I'm just going to dream with you that you win the lottery. :) Congratulations on the wins. They are certainly uplifting when they happen. There are so many generous bloggers out there that it makes me smile to think about it. blessings, marlene

Monica said...

I had the chance to meet Cheryl at Market and get a signed copy of her book. Everyone liked your quilting on her quilts.

Kristy said...

I would love to make a new home for the cross stitch things you didn't want. Your quilting is amazing by the way. Glad to see you back. I feel good to quilt my own quilts without any puckers and then I look at yours and know that I am nowhere near your expertise. Keep up the beautiful work. K-

sunny said...

I'm sorry you've had to deal with not-so-good stuff, but I hope that's all in the past now. And did someone say cross stitch patterns? I would be very interested in those. Here's hoping for a wonderful summer!!

Kaaren said...

Thank goodness you're back on track, Mary. I don't envy what you've had to endure over this past month.

What wonderful treasures you've won and been gifted with. Karen does some awesome work and I know you'll do the blocks a real justice when you decide upon a setting and then add your quilting skills to it. Can't wait to see it!

Deep breaths, my friend. Big hugs to you as always.

WoolenSails said...

What wonderful gifts and prizes, you will be busy with lots of new projects.

Debbie

Lori said...

It sounds like you've had some luck as well, so maybe the lottery isn't such a bad idea! LOL
Glad to hear from you, Mary.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Hope everything rotten turns into compost and happy days are here again.
Love the blocks that Karen made - beautiful!
I don't cross stitch but I'm sure one of your readers will be thrilled.

Pat said...

I've not been blogging much for awhile...and have no real excuse, either. I do read blogs when I get a chance but don't always comment. I'm glad things seem to be going okay for you now. (Don't put my name in for the cross stitch patterns...I should actually be getting rid of a lot of my stuff I'll never use instead of trying to get any new stuff...LOL)

Winona said...

Well, I hope all the rotten stuff in your life has passed on. Looks like you still have some luck with all those wonderful wins. Karen does do amazing work. Hopefully June will be just as wonderful as May was rotten.

Karen said...

Sorry it's been so crazy. Your gift from Karen is wonderful. Hoping June is sweet beginning to end.

KMSC said...

I hope everything is better in your life! You do have wonderful friends, so that's a blessing. Hang in there.

Michelle May said...

Oh girlfriend...can totally relate. Been waiting to win the darn lottery for 21 years! hee,hee,hee.
Hope your June settles down and you can have some good luck and some fun. :)

Joyce said...

It is nice to have some good to offset the bad...here's hoping the lottery win is in your near future!

Needled Mom said...

It's so nice to see a post from you. I knew you had a really hectic May and blogging sometimes has to take a back seat.

It looks like there has been lots of goodies to make up for the yucky times. I LOVE the stitched blocks - even sideways!!!!

I would love to work on some of those cross stitched projects. They do make a good distraction.

Hoping that the sun shines brighter for you, Mary.

Vivian said...

Without knowing details, I hope you've turned a corner in the challenges in life of negatives versus positives. Hopefully nothing but positive events, positive energy, and positive attitude ahead. Cheering for you from the peanut gallery (I like that phrase but don't know exactly what it means.)

Goodies galore hopefully will keep you focused on the joy ahead in life.

Sue-Anne said...

I'm pleased you have had some really good stuff happen to offset the bad stuff. Wishing you nothing but "good stuff" from this moment forward.

Rebecca said...

Hope your still enjoying your machine quilting during these busy times. You are such a wonderful talented lady.
Your give a way sounds interesting. I can't help but want to throw my name into your hat.
Have a great week.

Leeanne said...

Glad you got some yummy goodies!

Kathie said...

lucky you guess these made the bad days sooo much better, wish some of those things were in my mail box!!!!
hope June is a better month for you
Kathie

Fiesta said...

Mary I sure hope your new gifts will bring you joy.

Valerie said...

Sorry to hear about the less than good things, but it is nice when those less than wonderful things are offset by such luck. Great goodies you won, and even more, what a nice little giveaway!

Karen said...

Can I rub your head for some good luck to come my way? Some very good wins and gifts. You deserve some goodness after your grocery bag full of bad luck.

Beverley said...

Glad to see you back. I hope things get a lot better for you very soon.

Bunny said...

They say "Every cloud has a silver lining." It's nice to hear you've seen little glimpses of the silver lining in your stormy month of May. Blessings to you.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Hello Mary! Even though life has gotten in the way, you got some great goodies in the mail. :) Good luck in the lottery win. ;)

Valerie Z said...

Isn't it fun getting goodies in the mail?! You definitely needed a few surprises after the month you've had! Here's hoping June treats you well and congratulations on being on the front cover of a new quilt book! I don't need to be entered in the drawing for the cross stitch as I've never gotten into cross stitch-embroidery, yes, but not "crossing"! Wishing you a great June and better days ahead my friend!

AnnieO said...

Sooo sorry to hear rotten luck has hit you--been there myself a bit the last month. But gifts and wins are always a boost :)

Congratulations on having your work on the cover of the book--that is very very exciting.

Cross-stitch was my first love and every once in a while I go on a binge of stitching. Thanks for the chance to win.

Deb said...

Hope things are better for you now, sometimes "life" gets in the way doesn't it? Beautiful quilt on the cover of the book! Congrats on the wins, some really nice things!

Kathy H said...

I hope things are getting better for you now. How exciting to have your quilts in the book. A friend of mine had an appliqué quilt in a book and I was thrilled to see it. Hope your winning luck continues.

Teresa said...

Congratulations on your wins and also on your wonderful friends who surprised you with such nice goodies. Sounds like you needed a pick me up - so happy for you that you got it!

Sue said...

I'm sorry things have gone a little caddywampus for you and I really hope they straighten out soon.
It is frustrating when life gets so busy with other things that it seems hard to find time for the fun things in life.

I'll pass along a hug for you if it will help and I hope it does :)

Blessings for June!

Sue

CATHERINE DANIEL said...

I have so enjoyed looking at all the quilts on your blog - so beautiful I could eat every one of them! xCathy

Dianne said...

Wow, it sounds like quite a month! Hopefully, you are back on track and looking at all the positives. Would love to win the cross stitch patterns - something for the winter ahead.

Dandelion Quilts said...

Well, I hope June is better for you and that life slows down a bit. Good loot brightens a day though! Nice wins.

karin said...

Please add me to your list.
thanks,Karin :)
in NY

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