Thursday, October 29, 2009

A finished baby quilt (CGQC goal finished)

This is a finished quilt,
that is much overdue,
for a soon to be cute baby girl,
for a patient and giving mama,
that hopefully will love the baby's new quilt.

Other snipets:
Don't forget to enter the giveaway.

Buddy is feeling better. We finally carved that pumpkin, just in time!

A big thank you to Sara for her wonderful and thoughtful thank you note, she sent in the mail. It was very sweet.

Head on over to Jackie's who is having a huge post market giveaway! Thanks, Jackie!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Time to Give- A Giveaway

I noticed the other day that I missed my 200th blog giveaway. Oops. Sometimes life goes too quickly, doesn't it. So, I had an idea. I know a lot of people are struggling this season. Struggling to eat. Struggling to survive the times. Around this time of year, I like my family to give a bit. In the past we have given to the Salvation Army. I thought maybe some of you might like to give, too. Did I mention that there will be a prize?


I will post a better picture later- my camera is having an attitude! But for now, you should know that the prize includes 2 Moda Charm packs, and 1 yard coordinating fabric, 1/4 yard of binding fabric. (For those of you on the Schnibbles diet, this should feed your habit for a mini quilt.)

I also want to say, that you don't have to give a gift to be entered for the prize. I've come up with a system:

1. Leave a comment- get 1 entry
2. Give a gift (click on the bucket widget on the right of your screen, it will take you to a secure giving location)...just so you know, any gift will help me fill "my bucket", even a dollar or two.- get 5 entries
A important note, the Salvation Army has a really nice site. It allows each giver to designate where they want the money to go. You get to pick your location. You can pick your hometown or any other area in need you want.
3. Blog about it and link to this post- get 1 entry

So, you could get up to 7 entries, if you wanted to. And, I think we could all feel pretty good about it. I am hoping to go well above my goal. I will draw Dec 1st. That gives everyone plenty of time to get entered.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A good read. . .

I love Jodi Picoult books. She has suspense and normally questions ethics in her books, to some degree. This book does not disappoint. It is about a child born with a disease called OI, where her bones break all of the time and a mother's struggle to take care of and protect her child. While she is busy worrying about the fragile one, her older daughter is actually more fragile than the mother ever considers. Warning: This book may be a bit hard for some mom's to read.
Buddy came down with bronchitis. He went to the doctor yesterday morning. Then in the night he threw up. I called the doctor on call, which is a story in itself. The school had just sent home signs of H1N1, which means I can worry all "flu and cold" season. Bronchitis was on the list of a complications from the flu. Super. The doctor thought that the one time throwing up probably was a side effect from the meds he is on. He has been laughing and playing all day and in general acting better than he did Friday morning prior to the meds. So, let's hope that is all it is. I'm pooped.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mini Quilt (CGQC goal finished)

My swap partner collects baby doll quilts. So I took my Schnibbles State Fair pattern, and made it so it was a 18 1/2 inch square. I really liked the block assemby for this, as it is super easy to do.

I bought the fabrics from The Fat Quarter Shop. The collection is called Girly Girl Fabrics by The Art Gallery Fabrics. I learned about it when they featured it on their blog the Jolly Jabber...a big shout out to The Fat Quarter Shop gals. I have always been pleased with their customer service.

I was quite pleased with the end product because it is quite girly girl...and just so cute. I may have to make myself one in the future.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Finally finished this baby quilt (CGQC goal 1)

I'm still here! I've actually been sewing, too! I love having my machine back, thanks for all of the cheering last post. You gals make my heart sing somedays. So, here it is...the last time, I PROMISE, that you will see this quilt (I feel like I have over shown this one.) If you remember, this is 1 of 2 quilts that I am making for my friends soon-to-be delivered twin girls. My friend has been in the hospital now for nearly 80 days on completely flat bed rest. Bless her heart, I thought she could use a boost, so I delivered the first quilt. If you remember, I embarassedly did not have the quilts done in time for the shower do to my machine's major attitude. But, my friend, knew of my plight and told me to relax, there was nothing to rush about.

I did love how this turned out. I think it is on my favorite's list. My friend really liked it too...which is even more important. I am really proud of the quilting on it, I feel confident these days when it comes to meandering.

I am currently putting the binding on my mini quilt project and it will go out in the mail early this week!

In other news, did you know that Kraft Mac and Cheese comes in Halloween shapes?? How cute is that!

I will try to get back into the blogging groove this week, thanks for your patience! Some of you have been up to some fun projects. I have been visiting, just not always commenting. I promise to be better this week.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Thank you, you warm my heart

Again, I want to say thank you for all of the support, kind words, and warm thoughts you've shared my way. I love being a part of this quilting community. My grandmother passed away this morning peacefully. The funeral arrangements are on Thursday and Friday. It will be a small gathering mostly of family, but I am sure we will share some nice memories of better days.


On another note, a happier note....I'd like to give a big birthday shout-out to my friend, Jen otherwise known as Punkie Pie's mom. I hope you have a great celebration.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

October CGQC goals

I realized today that it was October. I also realized that in my downer last week, I hadn't posted my CGQC goals for the month. Since I accomplished practically nothing last month, I am going to be doing many repeats. Unfortunately, my machine is still down. . .so it is with a heavy sigh and little confidence that I say, I doubt I will even get all of my projects done this month.

Goal 1- Remember me?
Finish the quilting on this quilt. Remember, I was halfway thru it when my machine crashed.

Goal 2-
Start the quilting on this quilt. I was thinking I might do a grid pattern on this versus stippling for variation. Does anyone have any suggestions on? My mom said that now that I have improved so much she thinks I should stipple it.

Goal 3- (a new goal)
My mini quilt for the swap. I am not going to show much of this project while it is in the works as I think my partner is on to me.

Goal 4-(a revised goal)
Finish both tops of this snowman wall hanging....I will save the quilting for another month since my machine is still away.

Reality...perhaps I will only get one done. I know which one that will be, it has to take priority above the others.

****A special note of thanks to all my friends:
I really appreciate all of the comments of concern and kindness on my blog and in my email inbox. My grandmother is still with us, but declining. She hasn't ate or drank since Wednesday morning, she has been unresponsive since Thursday, and her lungs keep filling with fluid. So for now, we wait. My grandma is in her late 80's and has lived much longer than anyone expected. Almost 15 years ago, she suffered a massive stroke following a quadruple bi-pass. I remember clearly that they called the entire family in during the early morning hours to say goodbye. While it is hard to say goodbye to a grandma that loved her family so, it is equally hard to watch someone in pain (which she has been for sometime now). I appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers during this time.