Friday, January 22, 2010

And the Winner Is...

And the winner of the Sweet Baby Jane doll quilt is Jocelyn at Happy Cottage Quilter!  I will get your darling quilt in the mail Monday - thanks so much for stopping by!  Send an email to me at with your mailing address.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fat Quarter Bundle Give Away

Amy of Kati Cupcake Pattern Co is looking for a new home for these beautiful fat quarters from the new Marabella line.  Stop by her site for a chance to be 'Mom' to these little darlings.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Help, Help, Me Rhonda.... Giveaway

Girls, what do you do when you have so much to do and don't know where to start?  Especially with a project that is less on the creative end.  I have a quilt that I am repairing for a friend that belonged to her grandmother, made with all types of fabric imaginable, and the large squares are from a white sheet.  The high thread count of the sheeting makes it very hard to remove the damaged pieces next to them.

I have a darling Sweet Baby Jane doll quilt that I recently finished.  I will give it away on Friday, Jan 22 to a randomly picked comment.  I need help out of my slump - thanks all!

Friday, January 15, 2010

I Won a Great Gift

I was lucky winner of Shelly's  12 Days of Christmas Give-aways.  I received this great fat quarter bundle.  Thanks Shelly!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Awesome Giveaway!

Stop by Bobbi's to see the great giveaway she is hosting to celebrate her 99th blog - congrats Bobbi!

Friday Night Sewing and March Retreat

Friday Night Sew-In for the New Year and a Giveaway!!  Join Heidi's 'Sew-In' on January 15, thanks for organizing it Heidi - it will be fun.

Carol and Amanda are sponsoring a virtual sewing retreat.   It will be a great time, click here to read more about it.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

I was excited to fly to Iowa this past Tuesday to help my daughter move back to Colorado.  Her husband drove the truck to Colorado on Monday and I was helping Elena get her car and her baby back.  We were at the border of Iowa/Nebraska Wednesday about noon, driving slowly in blowing snow.  We were travelling about 35 mph.  The semi in front of us was not going that fast and started to slow, we had plenty of room to brake  but with extremely limited visibility the problem was the traffic behind us.  Jesus totally protected us.

Vehicles were just coming one after another.  We were behind the 'England' semi, the 'Air Ride' above came up in the left lane.  The white pickup above swerved to the left to avoid the 'Air Ride' behind them and in our lane is the blazer pictured just ahead of the pickup.  Driven by a young man he was trying to stop and avoid the other cars he hit us on the left, rear fender, knocked us another car length closer to 'England' - another semi was coming up behind him and swerved and went right between 'Air Ride' and white pickup, missing the blazer.  You can see the people above walking in the semi's tracks where he had only inches to clear the vehicles.  It all happened so fast, the baby was crying from blazer hitting us.  No one was hurt, but our biggest concern was the traffic still behind us.  I was praying and trying to think what to do if the next semi coming couldn't stop.  If we didn't move we would be sandwiched between the two trucks, maybe if we went to the right it would help, what if he veered to the right?  I felt the Holy Spirit prompt me not to move, I thought of the verse, 'stand still and see the deliverance of your God' and remarkably the traffic behind did stop well behind us.  The hit from the blazer caused only minor fender damage and an hour 40 minutes later we were finally moving and went to the next town, 1 mile down the road, and got off the highway till the next day.  Even Thursday we could only make it part way into Nebraska and had to wait until Friday morning to continue to Colorado.
Just glad to be home.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year Giveaway

Sweet Natima from Not Just Nat is hosting her One Year blogiversary giveaway with delightful embroidery projects and some very cool scissors, visit her and wish her a Happy 1 Year in blogland!

Friday, January 1, 2010

First Projects of the New Year

From my January project bag I cut out all the circles from the Bloom yardage.  I took them with me as we drove to our daughter's house in Fort Collins (about 50 mi north of us) for New Year's Eve dinner and games.

I made seven yo-yos but I had to rip out the first two.  The center wasn't closing up tightly and I realized that with the circles measuring 6.5 inches in diameter I was making my running stitich too small and it was creating too many gathers.  Once I increased the size of the stitch the center came together nicely. 

First thing today I recovered my tabletop pressing mat.  After almost 20 years it is not so crisp and white anymore.  I slipcoverd a fresh yellow gingham all ready for the New Year and lots of pressing.

Next came sashing strips for a lap quilt I am making for the living room.

These are 9" blocks - I don't remember the line but I bet Carol knows, do you remember these Carol?  I have one vetical row down, I need to join the other three and then the sashing and the center will be complete.