Saturday, July 28, 2012

It Starts on MONDAY!!

There is a fun new Blog Hop that starts on Monday! Think Christmas! Be sure to check it out. There is a link on the left. Lots of very creative people are showing the Christmas spirit. Stop by and see! It starts Monday July 30th and runs through Sunday Aug 5th. Here is the line up. Just click on their name and it will link you to their site.

July 31
Jane's Fabrics and Quilts
Fiesta Girl
Scrapbox Quilts
From This to That
Buzzing and Bumbling
No Loose Threads
Deborah B
Judith Handmade Treasures
Gran-Knot-Y Embroidery Lady
Mrs. Pickles
Susie's World

August 1
Sheila's Quilt World
A Passion for Applique
Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio
Jane's Quilting
Sew Me Something Good
A Stitch in Time
Aurea at That Other Blog
Quilt Times
Marcia's Crafty Sewing and Quilting
Patchouli Moon Studio
Quilting by the River

August 2
Grandmama's Stories
Sandra Kaye Designs
North Hills Quilter
Quilty Doodads
Quilting in South Carolina
The Raspberry Rabbits
Charise Creates
Traveling Quilter
Nancy B at That Other Blog
Selina Quilts

August 3
Crazy 'Bout Quilts
Dexter Days
Cherry's Prairie Primitives
Somewhat Fanciful
Craftluver Marianna
Ruthanne at That Other Blog

Friday, July 6, 2012

It's My Turn, Woo Hoo !

I hope you have been enjoying the Red, White and Blue Blog Hop. I have found sew much inspiration from these amazingly talented quilters! (This is just the beginning, there is LOTS coming in the next few days, so stay tuned!)

I'm new at this and learning "how to" from reading Madame Samm's SewWeQuilt and SewIQuiltNow blogs. She is amazing and has amazing quilters guest blog as well as host these fun hops. I also want to thank all the wonderful quilters who have already participated in this hop. I have found sew many new ideas and I am very excited to try them all!

Now I must tell you we like the patriotic in our house! We have lots of random patriotic things scattered throughout the house from Memorial Day in May until Labor Day in September. (that includes "D day" commemoration June 6th, Flag day June 14th and of course the 4th of July).  It's great to have everything patriotic for such a nice long time.  We have patriotic kitchen towels and wood wreaths, paper pinwheels and tin watering cans. From wooden Uncle Sam doorhangers and styrofoam hearts to TY babies that represent the Democratic and Republican Parties, to a patriotic dining table, we have a bit of everything.

Which of course made me want to participate in the RWB blog hop.
I have a few blocks to share with you. The first blocks I ever made as a wantobe quilter I sent to a lady who requested blocks for a military quilt. She requested patriotic stars. This is what I sent.

This next block I designed around the fabric I had in my stash. It was leftovers from a placemat project. The original squares were 2 1/2 x 4 1/2.  I added 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 squares of white and blue/red stars and a blue/red star border to finish the block. The words around the eagle say "God Bless America, Land that I Love" and the words in the red/white flag stripes are "It's red for love and white for law and blue for the hope that our forefathers saw, of larger liberty"

My inspiration for my next block came from the design wall in my sister's quilt room. I saw this hanging in her room and loved the design. (She didn't)  I asked her if she had a pattern for it and she told me to take it off her wall and keep it. (I guess she doesn't intend to repeat that one!). I knew when the RWB blog hop came about, that I wanted to try that design. (of course being a wantobe, I sometimes get myself in over my head)  I chose the fabric, very excited about the colors and the stripes. THEN it dawned on me, I need to rethink the HST sizes because her block is only 9 inch unfinished and I need 12 1/2" unfinished. Ok then, let's go back and try to remember how to do the conversion. Yeah, I think I've got it solved. I started to cut out the HST's. OH MY! you have to be careful! If you aren't, the stripes end up going the wrong way! Glad I caught that before I made a mistake! I had to make a drawing of the block so I would make the squares correctly. I used the "June Tailor Perfect Half-Square and Quarter-Square Triangles" ruler which takes 2 squares of fabric and turns it into 2 HST's. I've used it before and it's terrific. (just takes a bit of planning when there are stripes involved and a design that has the HST's twisting and turning). I am very happy with the way it turned out!

I know many of you hop along in hopes of a giveaway. Unfortunately, until I am a bit better at this, I won't be giving away any of my attempts. I hope to be good enough to do a giveaway some day soon, maybe for the Bowls Blog Hop (coming soon!!). A big THANKS to Madame Samm and Lady Jane for this wonderful, inspirational blog hop. We all owe you a big debt of gratitude for all you do.

Thanks for visiting and be sure to hop over to all the others on the list!

July 6th

July 7th

Diane P (we host)

July 9th

Quilted Sisca (I will Host)

July 11th

Nancy R

July 12th

July 13th

Kathy H (we host)

July 14th

Diann C (we host)

July 15th

July 16th

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Mom's Birthday

I love my Mom dearly.  She was a wonderful Mom to grow up with. She is very talented in sewing and crafts. She made most of our clothes when we were kids (there are 6 of us). She also made my Dad's shirts and her own clothes. Costume for Halloween? OK. Fancy dinner? Need a nice dress? No Problem! Prom? What kind of dress do you want? She even made my wedding dress. I picked out the pattern and fabric, put in in the mail to her and it was just as beautiful as I had imagined. She is also very good with crafts and we always had the cutest (or scariest for Halloween) decorations for the holidays. She is a good cook too. Nothing fancy, but the best pot roast or meatloaf around and nobody does mashed potatoes like Mom. She even made sure we knew how to sew and cook. I still think I was very lucky to be born into my family. We might be a little quirky and we might like to have animated discussions, but we all love each other and are there for each other.
Talking about quirkiness (is that a word??), my Mom HATES with a passion, to celebrate her birthday. Not really sure why that is, but it is. Despite that fact, I just can't completely ignore her birthday. I have long ago realized I dare not buy a gift (she will be downright mad if you buy a gift), but since I make handmade cards I send her one each year. It almost never says "Happy Birthday" 'cause she definitely would take offense, but it usually suggests it. I was at a scrapbook convention a couple weeks ago and saw some awesome rubber stamps. I just couldn't resist. So I bought a few and used them to make a card for my Mom. This lady was just irresistable. I had to have her for my Mom's card. Take a look:

(notice it says Have a Wonderful mention of birthday)

I think the window stamp is awesome and I look forward to making many cards using it. If you like it too, the company that makes it (and bunches of other cool stuff) is Art Impressions. The lady is called Birthday Girl F&B and the window is called Garden. You can find them at
They have no idea that I am blogging about them, but they deserve the credit for these!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you will be back for the Red, White and Blue blog hop where I get to show off my stuff tomorrow (There is a blog hop schedule on my previous post and I will post the remainder of the hop schedule tomorrow).

I can say it here (since Mom doesn't ever use a computer and she won't see it): Happy Birthday, Mom !!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Blog Hop Schedule!!

Are you ready for some FUN??
Join us for the Red, White and Blue Blog Hop!

Just click on the links below and follow along for some Red, White, and Blue inspiration.
You can also find the schedule by clicking on the Blog Hop button to the left or by going to
Jane's website (she is our fabulous blog hop host) at

July 1st

July 2nd
Elaine (we host)

July 3rd
July 4th
July 5th

July 6th
Scrapbook-ChickADoodle (that's me!)

July 7th
Diane P (we host)

July 9th
Quilted Sisca (I will Host)

July 11th
Nancy R
July 12th
July 13th
Plum and June
Kathy H (we host)
July 14th
Diann C (we host)
July 15th
July 16th