Sunday, December 7, 2014

Thank you Miss Mustard Seed AND Pine Cone Hill!!!!

 I don't enter every giveaway I see and frankly even if I love an item the odds are never in my favor.  Because I loved the look on Miss Mustard Seed's post about a gorgeous set of linens from
  Pine Cone Hill celebrating their 20th anniversary I thought what the heck. There were a gazillion ways to enter but because I don't do Facebook, Pinterest nor Twitter I could only enter old school...leave a comment then forget about the whole thing. I did...forget. 
 (photo from Pine Cone Hill)
Over a month an a half later I get an email from Abby Wood, Junior Copywriter at
Annie Selke Companies saying I won and what size bedding and shams would I like.  WHAT?  Are you kidding me?  Being the cynic that I am I googled Abby....she is for real.
Winning was for real too!!!
 One week later this box our neighbor's house.  Their wonderful son hauled it over then called to let us know it was outside. This is one huge and heavy box!
 Gleefully cutting the tape first thing that pops out is the pillow...oh my heavens! pillow, two sets of shams, one set of queen sheets, one queen dust ruffle and TWO queen sized quilts!!! Over $1600 worth of linens. I don't think in our 29 years of marriage we have spent that much on all our linens!  I love, love, love that golden yellow...and for sure the white one as we have something similar already on the bed in dove grey!
 Won't they go great with my Hexy MF tossed on the bed or a nearby chair?:)
I think YES!!
Thank you Miss Mustard Seed for hosting the giveaway and thanks so much Pine Cone Hill for the amazing linens and Abby for all the sweet correspondence...sorry I thought you weren't real!:)

One day they will all be on our beautiful brass bed....but right now it's packed in the basement!

Don't you think we need to get that rug too?;)


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Giving Thanks....Reading Partners!

This girl is finally home for a Thanksgiving...first time in four years....yep we are thankful to have the whole family together and the fact she found a job she is loving.
This girl found a service opportunity through AmeriCorps at Reading Partners
Reading Partners works with more than 160 schools in low-income communities    across eight states and the District of Columbia
They recruit and train community volunteers to work one-on-one with students for 45 minutes twice a week, following a structured, research-based curriculum.
The girl's job is to find those volunteers!
(Here she is at City Hall in Baltimore, MD.  Who could say no?:)
She just told us about this amazing program at Amazon called AmazonSmile.  When you sign in at and buy something 5% of your purchase price goes to your charity of choice...and Reading Partners is on the list of charities!:)
There are thousands of charities on their list so even if you don't choose Reading Partners pick something near and dear to your's a no brainer!  You just have to remember to sign in at each time and use your existing account. Wish I knew about this years ago!
As you can see Reading Partners logo is orange and blue so of course I had to get out some fabrics and play....mug rugs and runners to bring some color to their office!
Now it's time for me to go eat some pie...pumpkin, apple, chocolate chess....I can't decide so I think I'll have a piece of all three!
Happy Turkey Day....I'm thankful for all of you!!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Forgot to ask you to vote and some hubby bragging!:)

Quickie post.  Nothing like entering the Blogger's Quilt Fest and not asking you to vote!!:) 
So...if you have some time go here and see the other quilts entered in the Arts category and vote for your favorite.  Doesn't have to be mine and don't feel guilty if you like something better!
 If you have even more time go see the quilts in the other ccategories...there is some amazing stuff.  You get three votes per category so it's really fun! 
You might even see some other blogs you would like to follow...I did!:)

Since I have you here I thought I'd do a little bragging about my talented hubby.  Last month on our 29th anniversary we went to an Open House where he has bascially lived for the past two month totally renovating their kitchen.
 Isn't it amazing?!!
 He did everything except the floors and the countertops.  Yes...he did all the tile work!!!  
Yep...I'm proud of him!
 They even had a cookie made especially for us!  They are going to miss him!!:)
 Finished ALL 48 blocks for my pickle dish quilt.  Didn't turn out quite how I wanted as my points don't meet.  This means hand quilting so I doubt I'll get it finished by the end of the year!
Yep...November and we still have peppers...and a new project in a pretty blue bowl!:)

Now go have til tomorrow. Sorry!;)


Friday, October 31, 2014

4:4 fini!

I'm on a roll. Lots happening but I am finding time to get stuff done on my
 4th quarter Finish Along 2014 list.

This quilt is extra special.  Last month one of the workers at our gym lost her mom.  I asked her if she wanted me to make a quilt out of her mom's shirts....she had already donated everything...or she thought she did!  Alas a couple of sweatshirts and a tee escaped the thrift shop bag. behinds... I can work with that!
 There was a pink Angled Frames top waiting to be finished.  Maybe it was waiting for this project?  Sure made the finish easier, especially since I didn't have a lot to work with. 
 Sashed the blocks cut out of the shirts...add a little backing yardage....
 ...done, finito, fini, finished!
Kitty behinds...Bwhahahaaaa!!:)  Hopefully this will give a little comfort!
(coworker and pal Cathy is that blur on the right!:)
In the meantime my boss is in Houston at Quilt Festival. Here is a shot of the booth. We have been cutting and bundling like crazy to get ready for this weekend. Fantastic isn't it?:)  Sure wish I could be there but the rest of us are holding down the shop!:)
If you are lucky enough to be there stop in and say dolores sent you!!:)
Can't beat a Beautyberry bush.  It just keeps on giving!:)


Thursday, October 30, 2014

4:3 of 5 finito!

Third finish in the books for the 4th quarter Finish Along 2014.
The girl broke the zipper on this cool dress. Couldn't find the same color.
Blue looks just fine or will have to do!:)
I know there are three more finishes on my list for this quarter but just couldn't resist a stack of fabric in my stash. Any guesses?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Almost Heaven

My pal Jen's daughter entered into wedded bliss this past June.  The reception was at her pal Jen's home in Harper's Ferry, WV on a gloriously sunny afternoon.
 Paper flowers, buntings, a beautiful garden and the colors of coral and blue set the theme...
(always a kid playing with fire!) did borrowed quilts from family and friends.
 The invite was a beautiful photo of the gorgeous couple and I was inspired!
 This one was very, very hard to give away but I did and they love it!
Blogger's Quilt Festival -
I've entered this in the Art category at the Blogger's Quilt Fest.  Calling something like this art is always sort of iffy but if I could have painted it then it would be art right? So I painted with fabric!!:)
Shenandoah River....almost heaven!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

4:2 of 5 done!

Fourth Quarter finish #2.
 This little pile of bitty blocks made by all my pals at The Bitty Block Committee...
....have now become this stack of fun.
 Ready for Valentine's Day or any kind of love day on one side and...
 ...birthday party time on the other side!!
 Each flag is six inches wide so that makes the bunting a bit over 6 feet long bunt to bunt!:)
That's why I made it reversible!!!!
 Onward to 4:3.