Monday, December 29, 2008

Show Some Sewing Love Swap- Sign Up Today

Hey bloggers! Thanks to those of you who expressed interest in a potential Valentine's Swap. I have decided to go ahead and organize the swap due to interest.


"Show Some Sewing Love Swap" Specifics:
1. Any level of sewer/quilter/embroiderer may participate!
2. Item sent to your partner must be homemade.
3. Sew/Quilt/Embroider a project in a Valentine's theme. It does not necessarily have to have hearts or cupids on it; you may use some creativity and choose colors that would be fitting in the season. Some ideas to get your mind racing: wall hangings, aprons, table runners, mini-quilts, coasters, placemats, embellished towels, pillow cases, bags, etc. Anything goes.
4. You may include other little gifties in your package along with your homemade item, that is up to you.
5. The deadline for mailing your package is Friday, February 6th. Please be prompt as it is dissappointing for someone not to receive their package prior to the holiday.
6. Sign up is today through January 6th. I will organize the names and have the contact information out to you shortly after that. Recipients names will be a secret. Feel free to start your projects prior to that date though. You may also post the badge above on your sidebar or in a post, should you choose.
7. Both bloggers and nonbloggers may participate.
8. To sign up: please send me an email- superstarkb(at)yahoo.com with the following information.
Full Name:
Mailing Address:
Email Address:
Blog Address (if applicable):
Would you be willing to mail internationally? Yes/No
9. Any participant that has their package mailed out on time will be entered in a drawing for an extra giftie from me. Please send me a follow up email when you have sent your gift out.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

I love how this turned out


This pattern is called 5 & Dime. If ever you are in the need of making a fun, easy quilt, in a short amount of time . . . you ought to try this one. It comes in a lap and a twin size. This is the lap and I thought it a generous size. I think Vickie E. may have used this pattern before. My friend Judy (No Blog) made this in an Amy Butler color way and I just loved it. I think this is a good pattern to use a collection of fabric with. I needed 1 7/8 y of the larger print and 6 fats. This is Lakehouse fabric and I love the girlyness of it. Seriously, it took me less than 10 minutes to cut fabrics because you stack the fats and give them a whack. I love that. Does anyone else know any other patterns that call for that kind of cutting? I'd love to hear about them.

Sorry that this is such a gloomy picture. It has been raining here for 2 days straight and has melted the 12 inches of snow we had. We have a moat surrounding our house. It has been a gloomy week here as I had a collegue and friend pass away on Christmas day. She was one of those wonderful, loyal, committed people who the whole world seems to notice. I wonder how it will survive without her? I feel badly for her family and her closest friends. There seems to be such saddness this holiday season.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Our House Is Now a Finished House


My "Our House" quilt top is finally finished! Yes, I thought of my own name for this quilt from that song that rings through my head while stitching these cottages together. This pattern is from Fig Tree Quilts' Houses Book. I love the cottages. I loved them in the book. However, they were quite frustrating and over my ability level. I had trouble with them, specifically the row with all the windows was always about a 1/2 inch too short. In the end though, I do like the quilt top....just don't zoom in, PLEASE! I am feeling quite accomplished this holiday break! Pincushion, bag, this quilt top, and another one almost done. Look out, I seem to be on a roll!

A big thanks to Dawn, for this nice package I received with this beautiful ornament!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A New Purse for me- Merry Christmas to me!


I have actually had this fabric and pattern since fall. I bought it at my favorite shop, Mabelena's. The pattern is called An Everyday Bag by Favorite Things pattern designs. While I know you don't live near Mabelena's, you can find this pattern company on the web.

It is a cute bag, I think. It is quite roomy...a must for a mama. Yesterday on the way to a doctor's appointment, I was able to put someone's army helmet, walkietalkie, and compass in it. Sometimes mamas have to be able to do things like that and I as quite pleased my new bag would hold all of that plus my mittens, wallet, cell phone, and everything else I normally have crammed in my bag. I really like the side pockets for my cell phone, which typically seems to get lost inside my purse. While the purse pattern had 2 options for closures (one: loop and button; two: 2 straps and velcro), I skipped both and added a magnetic snap. The inside, as I previously mentioned, is roomy and has nice pockets. I used batting (and quilted it diagonally on the outside layer) and I used Pelon Heavy Weight Craft fuse on the inside). I am pleased to say it stands up on its own when you set it down and I am really pleased with my choices there.


Pattern Review:
Positives:
Nice heavy weight paper for the pattern.
Good sewing directions.
Two different handle options offer variety.
Tells you the finished bag dimensions.
Overall, this was a very easy bag to sew even a beginner would enjoy it, I think.

Wishes:

I found it very weird that the designer didn't show you a cutting diagram for laying out the bag on the material.
I wish the designer would have separated the fabric requirement amounts for people who may have wished to do the handles and pockets in separate colors from the outside material. I particularly find it odd because on the front of the pattern, they show a bag with different colored handles.

Moving on. . .

Thanks to everyone who has expressed interest in a Valentine's Swap. I will be announcing one right after the New Year, so keep checking back for that! I hope we get a lot of eager swappers.

Also, some of you may have seen The Fat Quarter Shop's Good Cheer Giveaway contest. I was tickled pink that my essay about my mom, was one of 5 winners! So, if you subscribe to their Jolly Jabber blog, be watching for the essay about Mary later in the week. . .you'll recognize buddy in the photo. The Fat Quarter Shop is my favorite online quilt shop and I enjoy keeping up with their blog normally. Mom won a 50 dollar gift certificate and I won a jelly roll! A special thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop for sharing their own Christmas cheer.

Now, you girls watch out for that spiked Egg Nogg at your family holidays!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A last minute gift all wrapped up

When mom and I were sewing over Thanksgiving,it came to my attention that she didn't have a pin cushion. When I was cleaning up the sewing room (also known as the wrapping room), I came across some spare charms (thrown on the floor). So, I whipped up this cute little cushion, with husband's help tufting. (We broke a needle with the pliers trying to pull the ribbon through.)

The day before Christmas vacation started, they were forecasting MAJOR snow hitting our area. Hit it did. We probably have at least 12 inches. Today, it is windy and nasty out and the snow is drifting. In this picture, you can see how high the snow is on buddy's little legs, and even my MIL's. A child's paradise. At least the road crews have been out on most roads.

Here's a picture of our trip to see Santa. Although buddy mentioned that he wasn't going to sit on Santa's lap, you can see he had a change of heart. However, he did whisper everything to Santa. This is the world's best Santa found at Bronner's Winter Wonderland, well worth the trip. We timed it just right and we didn't have to wait in ANY lines.


And, here is our picture with Baby Jesus. . .the real reason for the season.

I am thinking about perhaps organizing and hosting a Valentine's Day Swap (something homemade, of course), I am wondering if I would have anyone interested in participating??

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Cookie Swap




Cute Stuff Inside is hosting a virtual cookie swap. I happened to make some of my favorite cookies to take to work tomorrow and I wanted to share. These may not be fancy cookies, but they are delicious. Your cookie jar will empty out quite quickly!

Pecan Pie Bars






Crust ingredients:
1 Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1 egg
1 stick of softened butter

Topping Ingredients:
1 1/2 c chopped pecans
1 c brown sugar
2 TBSP flour
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13 X 9 baking pan. Mix crust ingredients and press into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Mix topping ingredients. When the crust come out of the oven, immediately spread the topping over the top and return to the oven for another 15 minutes. Cool. Cut into squares and serve.

Kid's Favorite Jumbo 3 Chip cookies (yields 3 dozen)


Dry Ingredients:
4 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 c butter
1 1 /4 c sugar
1 1/4 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 TBSP vanilla

1 c milk chocolate chips
1 c semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c white chocolate
1/2 c chopped walnuts (optional)

Mix the 3 dry ingredients and set aside. Beat the butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla in mixer. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips. Make large balls of cookie dough. Bake 10 - 12 minutes on ungreased cookie sheets at 350.

Candy Bar Jumbles

1 1/4 c brown sugar
3/4 c margarine
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 1/2 c oats
1 1 /2 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Chocolate mixture:
1/2 c semisweet chocolate chips
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

5 chopped snicker's bars

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl beat brown sugar and maragarine. Add in vanilla and the egg. On low speed beat in oats, flour, and soda, and salt. Reserve 3/4 a cup for topping crumbles. Press remaining batter in a 13 X 9 ungreased pan.

In a 2 quart saucepan, melt chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Poor over crust. Sprinkle with chopped snickers and remaining batter.

Bake 32-37 minutes. Cool for 2 hours.




Holly Jolly Snack Mix


9 cups Rice Chex

9 cups Corn Chex

12 ounce bag of holiday M& Ms

4 cups of pretzels

2 c brown sugar

1/2 c light caro syrup

2 sticks of butter

1/2 tsp of baking soda


Directions:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Spray a large roasting pan and dump Chex into it. In a heavy sauce pan, melt and mix butter, sugar, and syrup over medium heat on the stovetop until it boils. Remove from heat, stir in the soda. Pour over the Chex and stir with a rubber spatula (scraping the extra liquid from the bottom of the pan. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15. Cool for 5 minutes. Dump the contents onto wax paper. Break apart large clumps. Stir in M& M's and pretzels. Allow to finish cooling. Bag.



From our kitchen to yours, Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

We now resume normal blog posts.

Here are my bags for buddy's teachers. I used charm packs and quilted the squares diagonally. On two of the bags, I used the lining to look a bit more like binding around the top. I personalized the bags, so his teachers wouldn't get them confused.


Here's a buddy update! He sure is a busy kid.

Reading, well kind-of. . .

Decorating the tree, he was a great helper this year.

Playing in the snow. Check out those cute cheeks!
I will be back tomorrow folks with some cookie recipes! Be sure to check back in!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Okay People, What is wrong with this picture?

I should start this post with a bit of a warning. Around our house, when I throw out the 'Okay People' it usually means mama here is in a bit of a mood. It means things are not as they should be. For example, father and child are horseplaying instead of getting around to leave or someone has moved something important. I think you get it.

We all know I have been in a bit of a rut as far as the sewing goes. So, I finally get around to doing MAJOR sewing yesterday and I am already to report only to discover that my husband took the camera on his week long hunting trip. OKAY PEOPLE, how am I supposed to take a picture of my 3 bags I quilted and sewed yesterday? I guess you will have to use your imagination until next weekend, sorry to say.

Did I mention that sewing yesterday felt AWESOME? It really did.

Before I close, a few announcements for the good of the order. . .

1st- Sheri a new blogger and quilt designer, is hosting her first giveaway. She is giving away a darling bag, if you must know, and you won't want to miss out.

2nd- I was tagged by Mary, probably the sweetest blogger out there, and some snowy day I am going to tag some of you...so look out. :) I am thinking about who I am going to tag, in the meantime.

3rd- Just to update you on the Christmas maddness around here, we have made progress. My sewing projects are all done. My presents are all purchased and wrapped. My cookie mix jars are all filled. My tree is up and decorated (which is a long prelit nightmare story, which includes buying a new one in a mad dash to finish it before husband left). We will see what else gets done, but I feel good thus far.

4th- Don't forget to keep checking in over at The Fat Quartershop for their daily Christmas Countdown Markdowns.

Keep it real, people!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Polka Dots and Rick Rack Gift and a bit of sewing

Hi there, blogland! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving day. Thanksgiving is wonderful because it reminds us all of the blessings in our lives. I am just so blessed by family and friends that I could do a whole post about it, but instead I am going to write about a blessing I received in the mail from my polka dots and rick rack partner, Susan. Look at all of these great polka dotty goodies!

Isn't Susan just too sweet? You all know how I love aprons, LOVE THEM! Isn't that just the cutest apron? And check out the pin, isn't that a great idea?

It is too cute. I have already been prancing around the house in it. Thanks so much, Susan! It was such a fun swap. Susan's family is in need of some mighty prayer warrior's and I know some of you are up to the task, so please head on over to her blog. I certainly wish healing for her husband and comfort to them both.
I did a bit of shopping this weekend, did you? Nuts, I tell you. I am officially DONE with my Christmas shopping. Hark, I hear a choir in the background! I also finished the binding on my mom's quilt she made in August. She has been really busy lately, so I figured I would just finish it. We also made a dozen cookie mix jars. Someone in a previous post asked what recipe I was using. We made 6 M & M bar cookie jars and 6 sand brownie jars both out of a cookbook I own.


I have not been doing much sewing. I guess I am in a bit of a rut. I have lots of projects started and none to really report on except for these tissue holders I made for my girlfriend's purses.

Aren't they cute? On my to do list: 3 charm bags for buddy's teachers, 2 more sets of holiday towels, finish my Christmas quilt and send it off to the quilter, 2 different kinds of bags for myself, sash my cottages together, and finish my NYB. It is a long list, this is why I am in a rut I think. Realistically I would like done before Christmas the 2 towel sets, the 3 bags, and perhaps one for myself. I can work on my quilt over break, and the rest can wait.

On a closing note, a few posts ago someone left me a message about my swimming monkeys quilt (Just monkeying Around) and wondered what pattern I used. However, this person didn't leave me anyway to contact them! If you are still out there reader, you should know that it was a pattern from PS I Love You and I bought the book at JoAnns.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Speaking of handmade gifts. . .


Check out these nice hand knitted mittens I received from my friend, Judy. They are so snuggly warm! What a nice (and early) Christmas present. Our weather has recently changed to quite chilly (30's), so this is just in the nick of time! Plus, it's snowing here today!

I enjoyed reading everyone's favorite handmade presents stories so much, I thought I would share mine. Coincidently this was also made by my friend, Judy. It is an adorable sunflower wall hanging I asked for when I was just a teenager. I have used it every year since.

I am sure you are wondering who won the drawing? Buddy did the drawing honors and pulled out Cheryl's name! Cheryl, if you would email me your address, I will get that sent out. I am sure in the year to come there will be more giveaways, so keep checking back!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Time for a Giveaway!



I finished up a few more towels and I decided that they seemed to be such a hit, that I would give one set away as a prize. You cannot have hand towels without some Christmas hand soap. You can hardly see it, but I also have this very nice apron pattern book. I have a copy of this book and it has a ton of great ideas as well as a fun look back at retro aprons. I hope someone that really loves aprons or sewing gets this copy and loves it as much as I do. As a final token, a small Moda fat pack is in the giveaway. Sorry the picture is dreary, it is raining today.


So, for this little 100th post giveaway please share your favorite homemade gift ever. It may be a gift you gave or received. I will put everyone's name in a hat and draw a winner on Monday.

Good luck!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Quilt Giveaways Galore

Wow, so many generous quilters out there. It makes a girl happy to post about it, it truly does. Ladies, there are lots of great giveaways out there right now and you should check them out. First of all, Dana is having another crazy quilt giveaway. Everytime I think this gal has gone nuts giving away one of her gorgeous quilts to some stranger, she goes and out does herself! This time she is not giving away one quilt, but 3! She had some help from some generous friends and quilters this time. So, what are you waiting for? Go enter! A big thanks to Dana and all of her quilting elves.



Secondly, Camille over at Simplify is giving away a quilt of YOUR choice. I know, I cannot believe it either. You choose your favorite Thimble Blossoms pattern and she'll make it (most likely in her fabulous Cotton Blossoms fabric line). So, head on over here to enter. A big thanks to Camille for her generosity.

I know I kept teasing about a giveaway and I think technically this should be the entry. Sighh....I have been a bit overwhelmed trying to get Christmas projects done and I know you can all relate to that. I will finish up the project and it will be GIVEAWAY time, I promise.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas


Sorry bloggers, I have been gone for awhile. I have been busy (as I have read so have many of you) working on Christmas projects. TOWELS, TOWELS, TOWELS. . .to be exact. While I was visiting my folks, I was busy whipping up lots of these.

Mom helped some, but a lot of it was a one gal show. She kept the 4 she worked on and these are the rest of the lot. I think I am sending the bathroom hand towels to some friends. The kitchen towels I am dividing up and giving one towel with a homemade cookie mix jar to buddy's daycare workers. I think that should make a nice gift together.


Thanks for all of the buddy love. He had a great Halloween. I think we have enough candy for the year! He did get a lot of compliments on his chaps. He is just one cute, buckaroo!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mama, Don't Let Your Baby Grow to be a Cowboy

My mama is busy tonight. I thought I'd do her blog for her.
I love these chaps my mama made me for Halloween. She loves that she used all my scraps from my quilt and it didn't cost a cent for my outfit. I guess that is alright by me, yessirreee.

I gotta practice my serious cowboy face. I have some outlaws to catch.

We have had a fun fall for playing outside. Look at this puddle I found. Good thing my mom uses Tide, that's what she said when I came inside.

These boots were made for stompin'.

Happy Halloween everyone. I sure hope you get lots of candy. Love, Lil' Buddy

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Cowboy Way


I stayed up later last night finishing the binding on buddy's quilt for his bed, a cowboy quilt. I love the Benartex vintage cowboy fabrics. They are so sweet and remind me of what every little boy's play should be. Anyway, when I finished I crept into bud's room and swapped the new quilt for the old. He stirred a bit so I whispered, "I finished your cowboy quilt and I just put it on your bed." He smiled. And then went right back to dreaming.

My quilter did an excellent job with the detials . . .covered wagons, cowboy boots, hat, long horns, and cactus. It looks fabulous.

I also finished this quick and easy fall quilt. My mom liked the sample in the quilt shop, so this is going to be a Christmas present for her. I have never been in love with panels, but have found myself purchasing two lately. They have some darling prints and kits out there right now. Has anyone else purchaed a panel lately? What are your plans with it, if you did?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Lucky Me

First of all, it has been a very busy week. I feel like crazy mama on the run! I just want to thank each of you for all the quilt love. I'm so lucky to have all of your great feedback, it keeps me sewing. A gal couldn't ask for better blog friends! You're right buddy was thrilled with his quilt. His friend came over to play the next day, and he took her right in, spread out his quilt, and told her to check out his new quilt his mama made. Of course, I heard this from the next room and I couldn't help but feel like I was the luckiest mama in the world. That little man is such a joy.

Speaking of luck, check out my loot I won over to Pat's blog Bits and Pieces!

She was participating in that huge Fall Blogger Giveaway that was so much fun. I was so excited to see the package on the kitchen counter when I arrived home today, that I almost knocked husband down on the way. Look out when there's loot, that's all I will say about that. The truffles are so yummy. There is a cute table runner kit, some Halloween fat quarters (yessiree!), some Best Press (I love that stuff), and a real cute little decoration for Halloween. I think the DQ photographer forgot that someone already put that in a display around the house. You'll have to trust me, it was just cute. Thanks so much, Pat, for the generous giveaway!

Speaking of giveaways. . .This marks blog number 96, only 4 more until my 100th blog-i-versary. So, keep checking back in and I'd best get sewing on my little giftie that I am going to giveaway!

Monday, October 20, 2008

The big TA-DAH

I finally sent buddy's quilt I made him months ago to the quilter (actually I also sent in his cowboy quilt, too). I was delighted when I had a package in the mail last week, both finished quilts. So, I have been busy binding. Here is the first quilt finished and moments later in use!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Polka Dots and Rick Rack Swap Partner revealed


I signed up for Sharon's Polka Dots and Rick Swap. For this swap you had to make (sew or craft) something with polka dots and rick rack. The deadline isn't until Nov. 15th, but I have so much sewing left to do before Christmas I decided to get it out a bit early. My partner was Barbie Jo from Life With Cleo and Me. She is just the sweetest person! Those of you who aren't familiar with Barbie Jo should know that she designs patterns for quilt, needlepunch, stitchery, and rugs. I was a BIT nervous sewing for her, as I am sure she is quite the expert! At first, I thought perhaps Sharon had cracked her head when she assigned my partner. Didn't she read the fine print at the top of my header, it says BEGINNING QUILTER. LOL, I just put that worry aside and got to sewing. (Actually, I called my mother and she said to quit being so much of a worry-wart as she always likes what I sew.)

I was really pleased with the purse I made. It was my first time using this pattern, Manhattan Handbag by Pink Sand Beach Designs. By the way, it is a great pattern and makes a nice big purse. The directions are easy to follow. I looked and looked for some cute polka dot stuff to go with it, but I had a hard time. I did find some adorable thank you notes with polka dot envelopes.

I ended up making the EASIEST, CUTEST, MOST DARLING-ever tissue cover with some of the purse scraps and a really fast and fun checkbook cover using both of the tutorials I just linked. Let me tell you, I LOVED both these little gifty projects and will be doing more of them in the future. Many thanks to Amanda Jean and Craftapalooza for the tutorials. I love tutorials.
All joking aside, a special thanks to Sharon, for organizing the swap. I know it is a lot of work and I really enjoyed it!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

And, that is why they're MODA

Fellow quilters, I know often you seem me sewing a project with Moda material. I love Moda. I would describe myself as obsessed with Moda and I feel they are always a leader in the quilting world. I recently had emailed Moda about a problem I had with a product of theirs. I think I will keep that part of the story to myself as I do not want to create any kind of bad PR for Moda (that is not the point of this entry, but instead to share their response to my email). I cannot say enough about how great their customer service is. They were kind, concerned, and willing to go above and beyond to prove their commitment to their product.

These are some of the replacement goodies they sent me. It was very generous and to me resolved the situation above and BEYOND what I expected it to be.

Hmmm, I wonder what I should do with all of this yummy-Moda-ess? Has anyone done anything particularly cool with jolly patches? I have never done anything with those.

Go buy some Moda today....

Oh, and here is mom's quilt (from our day of quilting).


She just got her binding on (isn't it cool) now that it is back from the quilter's. We just had a lovely visit with them. I hope you all are having the BEAUTIFUL fall we are. Look at these shots from buddy's games this weekend and last. Isn't it gorgeous? We stayed and played in the park following the game, it was so lovely.


Finally, head on over to Pigtails and Snails where Elizabeth is hosting her first giveaway. I just adore the quilt. . .so maybe on second thought, don't hurry so much...I'd like to win! Here is a picture of her wonderful handy work. If you fall in love with it, she is going to be publishing the design very soon to buy.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The new DQ look. . .

Those of you who have been checking in on me this morning may have noticed I have been messing around with my page design...A LOT. I think this is the 4th look it has had this morning. I thank Annie for already convincing to change the page from that busyiness that I had prior to this look.


Do you like my new page design? Is it hard to read? Are there any font colors that need changed? Does it layout on your computer correctly. . .I have no idea what I am doing and I messed with the size for about an hour to stretch on our widescreen computer monitor. I wonder how it shows up on smaller monitors. Please give me some feed back. My layout came courtesy of Allie Brown's Layouts. Thanks Allie.

Please hang in there while I make some adjustments. I was just bored with the other page.

I thought this was cute




You Are a Cherry Flavored Popsicle




You are sweet and friendly. For you, summer is all about doing your favorite things.

You are a nostalgic person. You love old fashioned things like ice cream trucks.



You savor everything. Every taste of summer, the feeling of the sun, the smell of the beach...

Of all the types, you love summer the most.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Look what arrived at my door and some more

What a week! First off, ladies, I won a giveaway at fabric and pattern designer Heather Mulder's blog (Anka's Treasures). I was so excited I had to call husband right away. For a year now I have been a blogger and this is my first time winning a giveaway. It was just delightful! I won this great pattern called Double Takes II (layer cake friendly), which arrived this week. A big special thanks to Heather!

It makes a nice big quilt (77 inch square). If you haven't been to Heather's blog, you should. It is just great. She often displays different color ways of her patterns and helpful tips. Also, she has giveaways all the time because she is just a generous person. In fact, last I checked the giveaway for a quilt pattern and kit is still open. You best just hop on over there!

Then the Fat Quarter Shop missed my business, so they sent me a coupon. How can I pass that up? So, I ordered material to go with my new pattern I just received, of course! I decided to make it in Woodland Bloom. Oh man, we are going to have girly girl in the house....finally. When I said this to husband, he said. . .everything around here has flowers on it and I retorted, but this is PINK!

I also ordered a Fig and Plum jelly roll (you know I am Fig Tree addict) and some of that Lakehouse cupcake print (which is just DANG cute, if I don't say).



Then I get an email from my local quilt shop that it is their first year anniversary sale (which btw, is the only reason that I haven't been spending all my money at FQS because I am trying to support my local, driveable shop). And guess what, they want to give me 20% my entire order. So, buddy and I head over there tonight where I picked up a cupcake bag pattern, fats for that, Amy Butler fabrics for a bag, charms for some yardage I already have so I can make bags for B's teachers, and another charm and yardage of Cotton Blossom so I can make a different colorway of the quilt I just made. Whewwwww.....that was a mouthful, I apologize for the run on sentence!!! We then went to McDonald's so Buddy could have some fun running around seeing that it is a drizzly day here.



I think I am shopped out and I better start sewing more. Sorry the pictures are so dark, of course, it is night time by the time I have a chance to blog. I see some you also were enjoying all of those Fall Giveaways. . .wasn't that a blast? What a great idea. I hadn't heard anything about it until checking in with one of my normal blog reads.

What projects have you been up to lately?

PS- 10 more posts until it is GIVEAWAY time. Stay tuned.