couple of swaps shipped!

I have been under the weather for the second time this winter with a miserable cold/flu bad enough to take time off of work. This sucks because I also don't feel like doing anything around the house....even sewing!

I did manage to get my "Tea for Two" Apron swap package shipped out. Here is a sneak peak Kebi....

tea for two

And also my red fruit fabric swap package left here for the Netherlands.

red fruit swap

And this is a fun shot. We had been cleaning carpets and floors and Randy was making popcorn. Bert LOVES popcorn. See him watching it pop!

Is it popcorn yet

This, that and the other....

Quite a few things crossed off my to do list today. Also received some new fabrics for my stash in the mail. Don't they look yummy???  Wonder if the recipes work?


red fruits

I was able to complete two out of three of my swap aprons. And the third may be completed before the day ends. Now I just need to get the goodies packed to ship.

For the Tea for Two apron swap I had originally planned on using this fabric but changed my mind as my partner likes green and yellow. If you thought  I would show you what it looks like you'll have to wait because my swap partner reads my blog sometimes.


tea for two


For the Fiesta Apron Swap I had a really hard time. My swap partner does not like orange. All the fiesta fabrics I found had a large amount of orange in them. This was my first choice.



See what I mean? I went another whole direction with it and hope she likes it anyway. It is bright and cheery with much less orange.

The last one to make is the vintage apron swap. I have the fabric and like I said....maybe I will get it cut out tonight. While going through my vintage linens I found a bunch of heavy napkins with a button hole in one corner. Were these made to button on to shirt buttons? Does anyone know?


napkin 2

Now on to sewing quilt squares together.

Calamity Kim's Apron Celebration G*I*V*E*A*W*A*Y!!!!!!

See all this stuff??? It could be yours! (But not if I win it!) Easy to join in the fun .... Just hop on over to Calamity Kim's and post a link on your blog (or Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, or any of your message boards) to hers and then comment on her blog letting her know where! Eezy peezy!!

Oh yeah....Here's the link

Calamity Kim


A Quilters Delight Birthday Give Away!

Ginny is giving away a whole basket worth of sewing/quilting supplies for her birthday! What a fantastic way to celebrate. Why don't you click on over and help her with her celebration by joining in! Maybe you might win! (I secretly hope you don't win as I would love to win it!) Here are just some of the neat things in her basket.


And here is the link!

Ginny's Quilts

Hurry....before it's too late!

Run, don't walk, over to Quilt Arts online. They are having a 50% off sale. Yes, that's right ... 50% off all fabric! And all the top designers -- Amy, Joel, Kaffe, Heather, Denyse, Tina, Sandy, and more. Kokka and Japanese fabrics, too. Fat quarters are only $1.25 ... Patterns galore...yup ...all 50% off!

I placed my order! Hurry before you miss it!

Not making much progress today

Getting laundry done...sorting through some fabric but nothing on my list of to do's.

2 aprons to make for swaps (I have the fabric picked out!)

vintage Scottie quilt repair/remake (an on going tedious job)

find blue fabric like the black in the background to this top (I got it in black, blue, red and purple). Want to use it for the cottage quilt sashing. I just bought it this past week! How could I have lost it already?


Cut more squares for the 9-patch (and sew them together)

Going with the hubby to his doctor's appointment this afternoon and shopping for some groceries afterwards.

Tomorrow is the dentist for me to have a cap put on my front tooth and restore the two next to it that got broken. I HATE dentists but am looking forward to getting my smile back.

House blocks

Back last month I won these cute house blocks from over at Pieceful Afternoon along with a strawberry shaped pin folder. Sorry I didn't take a photo of it.

I'm already formulating a quilt using these blocks. Aren't they just darling?

house blocks

Thanks so much!

Spring...It will come

I enjoy the beauty of the fresh fallen snow outside my window....don't get me wrong. There is beauty in winter. But....Spring is a new awakening to the senses! The air after the spring rains has a different smell than the icy winds of winter. The warmth of the spring sun seems much gentler than the glare of the winter sun. Nature transforms so quickly in spring. New buds .... I can watch them grow outside my window to transform bare branches on the trees within a days time to a lush green canopy providing shade. The sounds of spring are different as the birds become more active and species that migrate return to our little haven. I love being awakened by their songs!

The colors of spring after a white winter....Ahhh! It's like an explosion of paints upon a canvas! Fireworks exploding from the ground! There is no green more beautiful than the greens of spring. And when the flowers start to bloom I could sit and look at them for hours.

Yes....spring will come and bring us a new beginning....a new passion for life...another beautiful painting that will last for only a little while as the cycle of life brings us into summer once again.

Win Selvages from Moda!!!

Do you need a bunch of selvages to supplement your stash because like me you threw them away for years? You could win this selvage ball or one of two bags of Moda selvages. (There will be 3 winners.) Simply visit: and write a message! Or if you win this ball you can keep it in the fruit bowl or on a shelf to give you inspiration!selvage_ball

Stash for this week!

I added lots of stuff to my stash this week!

Fat Quarters! Loved the colors. I have more of the one with the spools on it but just "needed" to get that one too!

fat quarters 

These are all .5 yard pieces or end of bolt scraps that I picked up at work. Again...I just wanted to add the colors (and those flowers!) to my stash.

stash 1 2-28

Then I got a couple yards of each of the novelty prints. Not sure what I'll do with them yet but couldn't resist the bright colors! Maybe an aquarium baby quilt with this one???

stash 4 2-28

Apron with this charmer????P3010015

I added another piece of washable brocade for the brocade and suiting quilt I have planned. Isn't it pretty???stash 5 2-28

And this arrived in the mail yesterday. It was an eBay purchase. Cherry red baby wale corduroy with embroidered black Scotties!