Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Whirl into Winter Quilt Bloggers Giveaway

Ok, so I have a few things set aside for this giveaway and I'll post the pictures below. Some of the patterns are paper pieced, which I really don't think I'll ever get around to doing. So in your post: 1.- Please tell me which pattern you would like to recieve, and 2.- Tell me about the last quilt you finished and where it went. My last finished quilt was my daughters quilt from the book "Allegro" by Atkinson Designs. You can see the quilt in one of my earlier posts. It is now on my daughter's bed here at home. Very bright and cheerful.

Please do not post before January 1, 2009 as those posts will be deleted. You do not have to have a blog, but you must leave your email so I can contact you should you win. I will mail internationally. I will pick four winners. Good luck to everyone!

I hope I didn't forget anything.

What I've Been Working On............

Bsides cleaning my computer/sewing room, not much. I do have a picture of one of the pillowcases I made today. It took me longer than I expected, but I was trying to do applique embroidery of the Greek letters on the hem area without going thru both side of the hem. I finally figured it out and here is my finished pillowcase:

I am going to give the pillowcase to my daughter's friend who joined this sorority last fall.

I'll post my giveaway a little later. Be back soon!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Eve

A quick post to show you some of the family. We have our Christmas Eve gathering with my husband's side of the family. It's always a good time, lots of laughs and good food. My father in law who now lives in Florida, started a Christmas tradition of taking his sons picture in front of the Christmas tree each year. We are well into my husband's 59th Christmas. So since my FIL moved, I've been the designated photographer. We kid the boys (3 of them) that they are all too big and we can barely see the tree. Here's a pic of the "boys"
We have pictures of the boys since Jeff's first Christmas with the exception of one year. My FIL still can't figure out how he missed the one year.

We have started taking pictures of the cousins lately, this is the group, goofing off. Poor Mitch has had his hands full being the only boy in this group of lovely ladies.


My little Princess ison the far right.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Squishy in the Mail

My mailman brought me the most fabulous squishy today from Terry. I signed up for her PIF (Pay It Forward). I reposted it here on my blog, so far no takers. I was thrilled with all the items in the envelope. I'll try to take a picture of everything this weekend.

We are traveling to Columbus this weekend. Sara and I are going down Saturday morning. Her roommate has already left for home and we just want to check on everything. Leaving the apartment unattended for any length of time is not a good thing in Columbus. If the plasma tv is still there (please God, let it be there), we are going to bring it home with us. Someone tried to break in at her friend's house with people still in the apartment!

Last Saturday, Sara and I tried making a cute little candy thing for my quilt group. We meet the first Sunday of the month and I was hosting with a friend. Well she had this idea to make the mini pretzels with Hershey kisses on top. You put them in the oven at 275 for about 2-3 minutes then pull them out and place an M&M on top and press down. They were looking great. We had two cookie sheets finished. Sara decided they needed to go in the refrigerator so I was balancing a cookie sheet and talking to her at the same time. I can't do two things at once, obviously, the cookie sheet tipped and I ended up with melted chocolate down the inside wall of my fridge, on the floor, and into the cracks and crevices of my fruit bin. Two and a half hours later, I have the cleanest fridge in Tuscarawas County. We did manage to not drop the other cookie sheet and I took those to the meeting. It's funny now, but if you had talked to me at 3 am, I wasn't finding any of it humorous.

Again, thank you Terry, for the wonderful package.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

9 Days til Christmas!

Where has the time gone. You know how Christmas sort of sneaks up on you? We've only had 364 days to get ready for this day. I'm always running behind. Still have a few things to buy and lots of stuff I want to make before Christmas. It probably won't get done.
The kid is home from college. She drove home in a terrible ice storm last Friday night. It's great to have her home safe. It took her almost an hour longer than usual, but I was just glad to see her.
Guess I need to buy a turkey for Christmas dinner. We are having our celebration here at our house. It's been here for about the last ten years. My mom did have it at her house last year, but after my dad passed away (ten years ago), she just doesn't want to do it anymore.

Here's my great neice playing with a dollhouse that my daughter played with when she was little:

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tree's Up and Lights On!

I finally took time to take a picture of our tree. I haven't been doing much with my camera, and I can tell you, if I don't use it I lose it. It was amazing how many shots it took to get this one picture. I even had to get out the manual.

I received a lovely card and gift from my new blog friend Terry. Thank you so much Terry. It was a good day to arrive. I really appreciate it.

I still haven't started shopping yet. Well, a few things I bought online for Sara. But the bulk of shopping I have to do. I think my sister and our husbands are going to go to Canton mall on Saturday. I don't know about your husband, but my husband would rather have bamboo shoved under his fingernails than go to any mall. We are hoping to ditch them at a tool store and get the majority of our shopping without them. Then my sister wants to eat at Quaker Steak and Lube, sounds interesting. My husband won't drive across town to eat, so this trip (about 30 miles) will be interesting.

On the Sara front, her roommate told her this week that she was not going to resign the lease for the next school year. Sara is on the hunt for a new roommate. The new lease is suppose to be signed by January 15,2009. It's crazy the way they make these kids decide 9 months early if they want to retain their lease.\

I really should go to bed. I'll try to post more quilty pictures. I just need to transfer them to this lap top. Night to all!

Monday, December 8, 2008

It's Done Finally

I stayed up late and put all the decorations on my tree last night. Then I slept in this morning. Yeah me.

I took a small road trip to Berlin, Ohio today. My local quilt group had a weekend retreat. They were having a great time. Lots of beautiful quilts being created and lots of good food. They had fried a turkey! Several friends from out of state were there and it was great to catch up with them.

Time for bed now.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Naked Tree!

My tree still stands in the family room devoid of any decorations. Do you think my family would notice if I don't put anything on it but the lights. Jeff finally fixed the fuse on the plug, but I've been under the weather. My sinuses are so stuffed and swollen, the glands in my neck hurt when you touch them, and my throat is sore. I guess would we call that a triple threat. I called my doctor early this morning, but of course he wasn't in the office. If I can get up enough energy to get off the couch, I'm really going to try to get it decorated tonight. I'm falling so far behind.

Yesterday I helped a friend put a red/white/blue/ rail fence top together for a a young man who is serving his country in Korea. It was originally a project for the teens of her church to do, but there wasn't a lot of interest, so my friend decided to finish herself. We took out more than we sewed. Right now it's 7 blocks by 10 blocks. The blocks are 6" finished. We will and two more borders, so I think it will be an ok size. I don't want it so big that it becomes hard to store for him.

My friend Terry has nominated me for the Kreativ Blogger award. She must be reading someone else's blog gggg! Thank you Terry. I know I need to do a better job of blogging, maybe in the New Year!

1. The rules are to place the logo on your blog (I did that)
2. Link back to the person who nominated you (I did that too!)
3. Nominate 5 people and link back to their blog (see below)
4. Leave a message on the nominee's blog (I'm off to do that now!)

And my five nominees are

1. Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts
2. Terry's Treasures
3. Kim's Big Quilting Adventure
4. Hugs From Helen
5. Oh, fransson

Friday, December 5, 2008

Not A Good Evening

Why is that when you think you have everything planned, and all your ducks in a row, something goes wrong. My husband, Jeff, was gone all day today. My plan was to either clean or sew. I know the sewing would have won, but I never even turned my sewing machine on today. I had to deliver seven more of the crib sheets I had made for my mom's church, then of course I had to have lunch with my friend. By then it was too late to start sewing, so I stop at the LQS. I managed to stay there the rest of the day.
Things should have gotten better this evening, yeah, right. I decided to put up our Christmas tree (this is really early for me). We have an artificial three that takes me a little over on hour to assemble. I started putting the lights on the tree at 8 pm and finished at 10 pm. I went downstairs to gather up the ornaments and when I got back upstairs, all the lights were off. If I remember correctly, this happened last year too. I think I put too many light strings (12) all together. Jeff says he thinks I blew the fuse at the plug. Of course he has gone to bed and will look at it tomorrow. I can't put ornaments on a tree without lights, so all the boxes are now sitting in my living room till tomorrow. I'll
post a pic of my tree if I ever get it finished!!!