Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday Miscellany

 This is a variety post of fun!  Yesterday I was busy with a customer quilt (above) when storms rolled in so I had to turn off the longarm ending my work day early.
 Because I ended my work day early it meant I still had some energy left to sew my first Granny Square block after dinner.  I left the block untrimmed since there is no telling how long it will take me to get these blocks finished.  I'm going to love it this quilt.  I'm using an older Moda fabric line called, Botany.  The colors are so unlike what I normally use for myself.
 Fred has a new home here at Quilt Hollow.  He was sent to me from Shelley at Red Quilts.  We have this "thing" about bantering back and forth about needing a goat for our yards.  It was so fun to see this goat in a package to me this past week along with some other surprises.
 Karen at Log Cabin Quilter spoils me very well.  This is the second wool rabbit she has surprised me with this year.
 Also from Karen is this sweet wool crow piece that I will quilt for my home.  Karen knows I like prim, old, antique and of course crows!  (see what I mean about that Granny Square block not being my usual?)
The house has been on the market well over a year now.  We have another meeting with our agent this coming Monday evening with regards to the listing contract expiring soon.  My husband heard me talk about St. Joseph and that I couldn't find one in town (I nearly bought on-line!)  Well, yesterday he gets in from work and hands me this.  Perhaps he is a bit more desperate than I to sell?  Let's see how soon it works!

St. Joseph, the Patron Saint of Carpenters and other Laborers is believed to help those who are selling their home.  It is claimed that by burying a statue of St. Joseph he has helped thousands sell their home.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

38 comments:

Sue said...

The quilt you're working on is lovelyas usual.

It's do funny about the goat. I was just talking about getting one right before I read your blog! I would want one for their tasty milk. Yours is cute!

Good luck with your St. Joseph.

And happy stitching
Sue

Karen said...

I bought one of those St. Joseph statues and buried it in the back yard when we had our South Carolina house up for sale. It did not bring about a quick sale. The internet was not as plentiful with info at that time but I read differing opinions on how to bury it. Some said in the front yard, some back yard. Some said upside down. Good luck.

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

Good luck with the selling of your home. I like the quilting you were working on before the storm. The goat is cute! Such nice gifts from your friends!

Cheryl said...

Hope St. Joseph works! So uplifting to receive such fun gifts from friends.

Janet O. said...

Your Granny Square block is very fresh and fun--not where I normally work, either, but nice to dabble in now and then.
Isn't Karen something? What beautiful gifts.
Fred is a hoot! If you bury St. Joseph in the yard and let Fred loose in the grass maybe the combination will do the trick!?! : )

Darlene said...

Your Granny Square block is fabulous and definitely not the colors you usually work in. :-)

Oh, I love Fred - we raised goats when I was growing up. Oh the memories! LOL

Sweet gifts from talented Karen.

WoolenSails said...

That is the one thing that is bad about electronic machines, I unplug mine when it storms, better to be safe. Funny how granny squares where the rage, then we hated them, now they are back, lol.

Debbie

Kaaren said...

Good luck with St. Joseph. It's still a tough market but hang in there, Mary. Good things come to people who wait.

My granny squares quilt was "out-of-the-box" for me as well but I absolutely love it and I'm sure you will love yours just as much. A change is as good as a rest and I think in this instance "they" were right.

Now I understand Shelley's story about Fred. Like a darn fool, I thought Fred was for real!!! Duh! And I'm not even blonde!

Shelley said...

Oh, your bunny is so sweet. I didn't know you had a "thing" for crows too lol because so do I lol!! Maybe we were separated at birth or like Anne of Green Gables says.."we're kindred spirits" :) You are spoiling Fred...letting him on your quilt top! Is there a patron Saint to bury in the yard to bring money?? Have a great weekend, hugs:)

paulette said...

Your quilting is wonderful!! Too bad you had to stop!
Your granny block has inspired me to make a Granny quilt too!!
And that Karen...you do know that she NEVER sleeps...just keeps cranking out gorgeous quilty goodness! Lucky YOU!
P

Carol said...

I hope St. Joseph is your good luck charm for selling your house. Your granny square is so cute, kinda summery.

Nicole said...

I totally believe in St. Joseph. Why, when we were selling our house, I drove all around town trying to find a St. Joseph statue to bury in the yard. I was unsuccessful, but after spending the day just LOOKING for a St. Joseph statue, an offer came in!!

Gypsy Quilter said...

Bunnies work slower than goats, but are more fun to hold. Love those soft, spring-like colors in your new project.

Loris said...

Goats,crows,rabbits,thunderstorms and St.Joseph....you have a lot going there! I've heard "upside down in the front yard" for the St Joseph. You have been a trooper this past year keeping your house ready to show. I hope the goat helps too because he is very cute. And I know the crows and flower from Karen will...can't wait to see how you quilt it. It's a heartwarming quilt!

Rebecca said...

Good luck with selling your home. I did the St. Joseph thing when we were selling my Grandmothers home. It took over two year to sell it and finally had to put it on the market without a realitor to sell it. Will be interested to know how he helps you.
Your quilt projects are as beautiful as ever. We all need to stretch out of our comfort zones at times. My time is this week too.

Deb said...

So which pattern did you use for your granny square, individual squares or strip piece? I'd like to make one...just need to decide which fabric to use, it has to come from my stash!

Bev said...

Beautiful, as usual! I've thought about that granny square thing. I know a lot of people are doing them. Guess I'll keep going on my last quilt for my UFO Project and be good....sigh....

You do gorgeous work! Good luck selling your house!

Cheery wave from Bev
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PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Good luck Mary! I'm sure St. Joseph will help. You got some very cute goodies there. Hope all is going well!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

We had St Joseph in our yard in TX when we had to leave and the house hadn't sold yet~ when the house does sell, you have to dig him up and take him with you.. my friend sent him to me. The house sold a couple weeks after we left. :-) Love your gifts from Shelley and Karen! Blogging friends are the best! Have a happy weekend!

Gayle said...

I just finished my small version of the Great Granny Quilt and it was such a fun project! I made it half size and used my favorite colors, but every single version I've seen is just wonderful - including yours!

Candace said...

You know, Mary, I forgot all about the St. Joseph we buried in our yard while selling our home! We buried him and within a month - the house sold! Good luck!

Queenie Believe said...

Its best to bury him unsidedowning doing a headstand... as folklore goes.
Sending thoughts and prayers for the sale of your house.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Queenie Believe said...

Ooppp type-o...
Up side down doing a headstand
Its friday what can I say.
Always, Queenie

Carrie P. said...

Well look at you and your first granny block. The fabrics are great.
That is funny about the goat.
Love what Karen sent to you. She is an applique queen.
Never heard of St. Joseph helping sell a house before.

Needled Mom said...

I loved that Botany line and the granny square looks awesome done in it.

I hope St. Joseph does his job for you. Be sure to bury him upside down and to the right of the front door! He worked for us.

Lori said...

Good luck with St Joseph!!

Love your gifts and your granny block. It's fun summer colors!!

Lesley said...

Bunnies, crows, and goats! Very interesting stable...giggle! Love your granny block...and how nice to be gifted with such treasures! Hope the patron saint comes through for you!

Wendy said...

Those are some wonderful gifts. I hope the St. Joseph is lucky for you.

QuiltSue said...

Well the rabbits can help the goat to keep the grass down for you while you quilt the crow!

I've never heard the St Joseph thing, it must only work in the US, and I really hope he works for you soon.

Joanna said...

Isn't Fred cute? Everything in your post is beautiful, from your quilting to Karen's gifts. I know people who have sought St. Joseph's help for selling their homes and receive it, so hopefully he will help you too.

Mary said...

I love bright colors, so your Granny block is right up my alley.

Wendy said...

What fun to see your goat! I was admiring the block as I scrolled down and was thinking real dog in the photo when I realized it was a goat figurine ... what fun! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work and treasures!!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Good luck with your house sale, I have heard that St. Joseph needs to be buried head down, not sure if that's true or not! Your granny square block is so pretty!

Vivian said...

My husband would enjoy having a goat, not for helping with the lawn but just cuz he likes goats. I'd like the goat cheese. Enjoy your little guy, and best of luck with St. Joseph. Following the instructions on the package (so I was told), he's worked well for the majority of acquaintances who had a home to sell. I hope he's able to help you as well.

Terry Quilts said...

My brother was skeptical too, but sold his house in florida 2 weeks, it had been on the market for almost 2 years. His wife told him it had to be buried facing the house. Good Luck.

Dandelion Quilts said...

I really like your granny square colors, very cheery.

Bari Jo said...

I hope your home sells quickly!!!! Love the granny square... I am excited to see how yours turns out!

The Wooden Acorn said...

Good luck with selling your home. St. Joseph will not let you down.