Saturday, September 27, 2008

Had Me a Package

I've said it before and I know I'll say it again, but I love to get packages....

A while back I bought some fabric that Sharon was selling in preparation for her move. She was also selling some small benches that her husband made. Well, I had this rag doll that needed a bench and of course Sharon had them in RED which I had to have so I ordered one.... So, I came in from work the other day and saw a box on my porch and guess what was in it? YAHOOEY...I had a package from Sharon with my fabric and bench...Lookie loo...
The fabric is called "Day In The Country" by Fig Tree Quilts....I'd been looking for 2 fat quarters that come in this packet and when I saw Sharon had the entire collection I figured I might as well just get it all.... As for the rag doll, well she was a gift from Robin quite a few years ago....ain't she cute?
Hope you are all having a nice Saturday.... It's a warm, foggy, wet, muggy day here in New Jersey.


Thought I'd Tell You

Thought I'd tell you where I got that table runner pattern from.....
I don't really remember how I came across this blog but it's probably the way I come across many of the blogs I love...I look at the sidebar on my friends blogs and click and look....
If I remember correctly, Kimberly has her runners pictured on September 7th and below is the pattern. She has it set so you can click on the picture of the pattern and can print it off...go check it out because she has a nice blog.....

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I actually sewed this week

YEAH....I sewed this week. I should explain why this is a milestone... I have to be in work at 7am every day so I have to get up at 5:15. By the time I get out of work and run any errands, make dinner, eat and clean up, it's usually 7PM. I have to watch Jeopardy and by then I'm yawning and all I want to do is lay on the couch. This week though I started to seriously take my vitamins, eat more fruit instead of chips and ice cream, and I'm going to bed a little earlier.... I have been able to sew each night for a little bit...which makes me happy.

So, that out of the way, I decided to make my mother a fall tablerunner so I could give it to her when she comes to NJ from Florida in about 3 weeks. I don't remember who forwarded me the pattern but I know I downloaded it from someone's blog. I think the designer had it for free on her blog. Anyhoo...I cut it last night and assembled the center and tonight I put the red border and outside borders on. It was a fairly easy runner to make and fun!!!

Tomorrow I'll run and get some batting and sandwich it so it can be quilted. Michelle made one too in a Halloweenie print and hers came out super cute too.....She's not blogging about it since it's a present for someone special that reads her blog ......

Happy Friday everyone!!!


Sunday, September 21, 2008

All Roads Lead to the Sea

All I can say is WOW....I cannot believe how long it took me to make this block today....This is Block # 3 for the All Roads Lead to the Sea BOM that I am doing with my local quilt shop. The block measures 17-1/2 X 33. This is going to be one HUGE quilt....

Here's a picture of my first 3 blocks.............

Thursday, September 18, 2008


I made a lot of progress on my "Quilter's Dozen Plus" project this week getting 3 sides of geese assembled and attached and with luck will have the next set of geese done tonight and sewn onto the background piece.

I did, however, finish all the blocks I needed for set 1 of the "Oh My Stars Swap" with some internet friends. I love how my blocks turned out and if you'd like to see Michelle's, hop on over to her blog and check her's out too...Her's are wonderful too!!! Now, we need to get Robin to post a picture of her blocks on her blog...

Now, let me tell you about some mailbox love....I was the very lucky recipient this week of quite a bit.....

First off, Michelle sent me a Quilt Sampler magazine that I couldn't get here in NJ and when she sent it to me she sent 3 really cute fat quarters that she picked out specifically because of my sunflower obsession.

Then, I was in a swap with some of the online girls and it was called "Three Four"...3-1/2 inch Four patch blocks. I did 6 sets of 8 blocks and this is my these today.

And lastly I got 2 blocks of the month that I wait for the 15th to get because they are my absolute favorite BOM's.... My Pint Size Traditions II kit which is called "Holly Lane" and also my Room by Room kit which is "Harvest Bounty". I'm anxious to cut into both but that will have to wait until most likely Sunday. In the meantime I need to finish a few things I started this week before I start cutting into new kits....

I still say, the men in brown and the us postal service are my hero's.....gotta love coming home
from a hard day at work to find "packages".....

Monday, September 15, 2008

Oh Yes I Did

OH YES I did get on this rollercoaster................
Hubby and I went to Hershey Park over the weekend with Sarah for her birthday. NOW....I love rollercoasters and all fast rides but I have to tell you, this one scared the bejeezes out of me. I got to the top and just as I knew it was going to go over I let out a scream so loud I thought I'd lose my voice. It had to be the scariest ride I've ever been on!!!

I'm still suffering the consequences today with a stiff neck!!!

This is a picture of Sarah with Dad......

It got pretty hot in the park but the water rides closed around Labor Day so we had to brave the heat!!!

And this picture I took after breakfast as we were walking to the parking lot to go get the car to go to Hershey. It's a mural that's painted on the side of the student book store. Every time I go past it I just have to stand and look at it.

I know the present football coach Joe Paterno is one of the people in the mural but I'm not sure who all the other people are. I guess I'll have to write to Sarah and ask her some of the questions I have about the mural...

Now, last but not least, did any of you know that there are still buffalo in the US? I sure didn't, but we saw two this weekend at the park as well as a moose! ...These guys are HUGE!!!

Hope everyone has a good week....

Monday, September 8, 2008

Happy Birthday Sarah

Happy Birthday Sarah!!!

My baby turns 20 tomorrow, Tuesday, September 9th! I don't understand how I could possibly have a 20 year old....I'm not sure I'm old enough :)

This will be the first time we are not together on her birthday since she's in Pennsylvania and we are in NJ but hubby and I will take a ride up to Penn late Friday night and then we'll pick her up and take her for breakfast Saturday morning and then spend the day at Hershey Park.

Oh, BTW, the picture at the left is me with my oldest, Jen, and the birthday girl in white... I'll miss you Sarah, but we'll see you soon....Have the bestest day!!!!

Love MOM

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Where Have I Been?

I can't believe I haven't blogged since last Saturday. Where have I been and what the heck have I been doing??? Does napping sound about right? :)

Anyhoo, during the week Michelle emailed Robin and I asking for suggestions on what to hang on a quilt rack she has in her kitchen in her new home. She sent us a picture and I immediately thought of the quilt I have hanging in my kitchen.

I made this quilt at least 4 if not 5 years ago. It was a block of the month thru the Main Street Cotton Shop. I love how it fit perfectly in that spot and enjoy sitting looking at it every morning when I have my tea. I suggested Michelle could make that or even the Thimbleberries Village, just smaller.

Then it came to me....I have this quilt book that's been sitting on my cutting table since retreat in Indiana at least 3 years ago. I look at the book frequently and even started a bin of scraps to use on it.

The book is called "Quilter's Dozen Plus" by Janet Selek.

This project is smaller than the village and what's nice is you make the Year in a Snap background which finishes up to about 30 x 34 and then you make 12 different snap on panels that you can change off each month.

I pulled out my scrap bin today and guess what? I'm going to start this project this week. It's time to stop looking at it and start working on it.......
Conni from the BPF Retreat group had started hers at the retreat all those years ago and told me today she's got quite a bit of it done. I'm anxious to see Conni blog about hers soon......