Monday, June 27, 2011

June's FREE Giveaway!

Gosh June is almost over and I haven't had my FREE Giveaway for this month.

Sheesh! my face is red.......

Well, here it is. Who doesn't love a pretty fat quarter bundle with 7 coordinated fabrics in pale lavender and greys.

I keep saying it over and over.....I love my AccuQuilt GO cutter. It is the best thing that has happened to Quilting since the rotary cutter. Every quilter should have one. So, I like to spread the word on how you can win one. Just GO to

AccuQuilt's facebook page and "like" their fan page. On Fridays, they've been giving away a Free Baby GO cutter .....can't beat that.

To get a chance to win these pretty fabrics:

1. Click on the picture on the top RH side of my page, where it says Get 22 Patterns Free from AccuQuilt. Sign up to receive their email newsletter to get the patterns, then come back here and tell me you did it.

2. Tell a friend about this giveaway and tell them to come to my blog and click on the picture for the free patterns, sign up for AccuQuilt's email lnewsletter and then leave a comment here on my blog.

Be sure to leave two separate comments that you did both to get two chances.

The giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday, June 30th and I'll announce the winner of the fat quarters on Friday.

Easy Peasy...Good Luck.

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YES...I've Been Sewing!

Most of you know I'm in Love with my AccuQuilt GO cutter and I love cutting 2 1/2" strips with it. It's so easy and fun to sew the strips together. You never know what you might create.

YES...I've been sewing and here's what I've been doing.

How about a new table runner?

Well.....why not a few coasters or drink mug rugs to GO along with the table runner?

Enough strips left for 4 placemats...not quite finished,

but getting there. These should be sandwiched, quilted and finished up by the end of the day.

Have you been sewing?

Thanks for visiting. My free giveaway for June is tomorrow, so be sure to come back.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Visiting Feathers

My sewing room window looks out to my front yard. Look what I saw.

Our pond here in the mobile home park is very low on water due to the drought here in So. Texas. We have been having 100 degree days.

I was so concerned about these little visiting feather friends, I found a pot saucer, filled it with water and got them some small bread pieces. They were sure hot and hungry.

I first put the water saucer right in the grass. Then after the babies (5 of them) got right in it, and I had snapped a couple more pictures, I moved it to where Mama was...the shade of one of my rose bushes.


(The pictures aren't in the proper order....blogger was giving me fits.)

Come 7pm that day, she and her babies left my yard to return to the pond and where they had hatched. I watched them walking down the street...and she would stop about every 6 feet to let the babies catch up to her and then rest a bit. It was still so hot that evening.

The next day she returned about noon.....but with only 3 babies. I repeated the water, bread and popcorn....and refilled the water saucer a couple times with cool water. Again, they stayed until right about 7 pm, and she led them out of my yard.

I haven't seen them again, even tho the water saucer is still there..........waiting.

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It's Red, White & Blue day in America!

Happy Flag Day! 

Sure hope everyone is flying their Stars & Stripes today.  Isn't it great to live in America and be an American??  

A couple days ago, I showed you some GO cut triangles and promised you I'd show you the end result.  Well, here's the finished project.......a table runner, and just in time for Flag Day.   This is now for sale in my Etsy Shop.

First Block with the red background stars fabric flying geese.

2nd block with the flag fabric flying geese

Completed Table Runner, 2 of them are the stars fabric blocks, 1 is the flag fabric blocks.  The binding is the same fabric as in the center squares.

Fly your flag proudly!  God Bless America!

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Love Turning That Handle!

I love my GO cutter, and love turning the handle  even more. 
Here's what I've been doing for a couple days.

My GO cutter makes it soooooo easy to cut perfect triangles.

Which makes the sewing even easier.

The humming of my sewng machine and chain piecing is another love of mine.  It's so relaxing I could do it all day long.  (I'll tell you a little secret.....sometimes I do!)

Can you guess what these are going to be?

I'll show you next time...........

By the way, it's almost time for another one of my monthly giveaways, so keep checking my posts.

Thanks for visiting, and I look forward to your comments.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Now What?

I've shared about my 3 "furry roomates" before.  But what's a gal to do when the  "chief quilting supervisor" is just too demanding and you want to sew? 

No, you can't have the seam ripper.  I might need it for these stars I'm sewing, and I need it close by.

I save all the little selveges, trim pieces, corners, and slivers of all the fabrics, & battings that I cut with my GO and also when I'm sewing.    Here's the result.

This is one of those LARGE plastic shopping bags...overflowing.

Now What?

Well, you might not think it's very here's another view so you can get some perspective.

Now What?

Grab any old piece of fabric and make a couple quick pillow cases.....any size, any color.  Will this grey polyester work?  Sure.

Now What?

Fill 'em up with those scraps, scatter some catnip inside & sew the ends shut.

Meoooow!  What's this, Mom?   Something new here.   I think I'll check it out.

Ahhhh......these feel pretty good.

Mom's trying to take my picture.  I'll just turn the other way.

She's doing it again.....

At least the scraps are off the floor and the bag is not overflowing!

Now what?

Save some more.........that's what.

Thanks for visiting.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Rubies and Garnets RHS

I belong to the Rubies and Garnets Chapter of the Red Hat Society in San Antonio.  There are many different chapters and each chapter does 'their own thing' there are no rules and no dues!

Each month the members (ladies 50 and over)  of Rubies & Garnets  get together at a restaurant to have lunch, acknowledge Birthdays, (birthday gals wear purple hats and red dresses)  draw for prizes, share news of local RH events and celebrate.  BUT....the best thing about it is the laughter, fun, comraderie and to see who has bought a new hat. 

When we arrive at the restaurant we sign in and leave our exchange gift if we brought one.  We can buy a gift ticket for $1 and if we win a gift, then we have to bring one back the next time.   Always fun!

We also have been having "free lunch" drawings where we can buy $1 ticket for a chance to get our money back for our lunch.

Sometimes it's difficult to find a local restaurant that has a separate room than can accomodate our large group.....30 - 40 members, and it gets "cozy" and noisy.

If you aren't familiar with the Red Hat Society or would like to read more about it   and how it got started click here. 

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, June 3, 2011

I'm Trained!

Most of my life I was a "dog person".  When I was raising my family, all three of my kids were allergic to cats, so we had dogs.  

When I retired and moved to Texas, my niece's cat was going to have kittens.  I lived alone and thought.....mmmmh!  Maybe I should adopt one of the kittens when they are old enough.   

Well........I did........and this redwork embroidery piece I embroidered 13 years ago.....sums it up perfectly. 

My 3 furry roomates have me totally trained.........

This is Braveheart..and he's the King of the house.  He wasn't very perky in this picture, and I had a difficult time getting him to look at me and keep his eyes open.

This is Princess.....and is Braveheart's litter mate sister.  She is so sweet, loving, no trouble.......and purrs real loud.


This is Roxie......and yes, I know she's a fatty.  Her feral Mama  dropped her at my feet out on the front porch when she was about 4 days old, and her eyes weren't even fully opened.  I bottle fed her and she still likes to be in my arms, way up under my chin(s) and cuddle.  Braveheart & Princess only tolerate her and they don't play together.

And.......this is Cinderella.  She's my tame feral cat, outside only....and is responsible for all the feral ones I feed and care for outside.  You can't have an outside cat and feed her on your porch without others in the neighborhood  coming for dinner.

Now don't misunderstand me, I love my furry roomates, but when I went to visit a friend over the weekend, her chocolate lab, Cocoa,  grabbed my heart.  She's a sweetie and made me I really a "cat person"??

Guess I just like "furry, hairy" roomates........sigh!  Which are you?  A cat person, or a dog person?

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