Usually I write my own post about any new blog hops or projects I find on the net to share with you. But today I'm going to copy verbatim from the Sew Mama Sew blog about the 7th Annual Handmade Holidays series that started Nov 1st. All the info is posted there, so it's silly of me to re-post it my own words, when she's already done such a great job of it. So here you go:
Handmade Holidays is a long-running tradition here at Sew Mama Sew.
It’s our favorite time of the year! Every year we love to help you find
the best tutorials, recipes and printables. It’s our sincere hope that
the series inspires you to create for the people in your life, infusing
your gifts with love, care and beauty. The season is a whirl of
excitement so we start early, giving you a new round of ideas every day
in November. This year we invited guest curators to find the best
tutorials. Their fresh perspectives make this our biggest and best
Handmade Holidays yet! We also have a tremendous number of fabulous
giveaways (it grows every year!). Stop by every day in November for a
chance to win a new craft book, fabric, patterns, gift certificates and
more. We have more updates coming soon, and we kick off our first day
this Friday, November 1!
We have a fabulous set of prizes for you to win throughout Handmade
Holidays! Each week you can comment to win craft books, fabric and
more. Visit each day to find out what you can win (and what you'll want
to add to your holiday wish list).
So head over to Sew Mama Sew now and check out the prizes and great ideas for your holiday season! See ya' there.
Until next time...
Happy quilting from Sharon, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash
just finished and next in line is For the Boys Blog Hop. Think anything and everythingBOYS. Projects that boys will love... quilts, nap sacks, sleeping bags, pillows...you name it...there's sure to be lots of inspiration for projects for the boys in your life.
After that is Black Tie Boogie, Rooster Blog Hop, where the bloggers will create anything with roosters, turkeys, hens, or chicks. Anything from kitchen accessories, 3D roosters, whatever, as long as they use roosters, hens, or chicks in their project.. So if you have a barnyard fetish, lol, be sure to check out these chic(k) projects.
I showed it to you a couple of days ago after I finally got it bound and on display. I think it's the perfect Halloween quilt--it has a black cat on it!
So make sure to stop in later and look over all the Halloween quilts that will be on display. And if you like my "JD" memory quilt, I'd love a vote from you. Voting is Friday thru Monday morning, Nov 1st-Nov 4th, so vote for your favorite Halloween quilts.
Until next time, Happy quilting from Sharon, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash
My second favorite holiday of the year! I love the colors of fall, the kids in all their costumes, giving out candy to all the excited trick or treaters (although where I live, we never have any trick or treaters, bummer!), and all the Halloween decorations.
The 2013 Wicked Blog Hop already started on Oct 22nd, but if you stop over to my friend Joan's, blog, Moosestash Quilting, you can see all her wonderful Halloween projects. She is so talented and I covet her collection of Halloweenie items. If she lived closer, she'd be missing a few of them, lol. Then check this page for the list of bloggers participating. You'll see some fabulous example of why I love Halloween decos.
Amy's annual Blogger's Quilt Festival has started. Be sure to stop in every day and see all the wonderful quilts made by bloggers from all over. You'll find lots of inspiration for your future projects!
My friend Joan is entered in this one - check out her entry called Wish Upon a Star. Isn't it beautiful? Go to her blog and view all the other pictures of this quilt, you won't be sorry!
Then mark your calendar and vote for her in the Applique Category from November 1 – 7th.
I found these 2 cute Halloween quilts on the web years ago, but never could get the patterns. Aren't they cute?
I'll leave you with some cute Halloween cartoons. Hope you have a safe and happy Halloween.
Happy quilting and Happy Halloween from Sharon and the Marmalade kitties, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash
We had two birthdays to celebrate this month in my Stitch 'n Bitch group and my fire hall group, Donna G and Gail. For their birthdays, we went out to lunch at an Italian restaurant and then on to the new quilt shop in our area, The Witch's Stitches. Lots of laughs and eating went on, but forgot my camera again, so sorry - no pics.
Some of us get to celebrate Gail's birthday again in the S 'n B group, so this time we're going to the best local Oriental restaurant in the city, Beijing Gardens. We'll also be celebrating Carol M's birthday that day, so I'm looking forward to the shrimp and scallops in hot garlic sauce. Yum! Afterwards we'll come back to my house for birthday cake and ice cream and presents! I love presents! (And birthday cake and ice cream, too, lol.)
Mary has been really busy this month, with several projects to show us at S 'n B. She made the 1600 Strip quilt with a black and white jelly roll and it came out stunning.
Then she made the cutest witch's boot to put on her front door! Of course, Patsy Cline had to check things out!
Mary showed us another of her fruits and veggies wall hangings - this one has a jar of dog bones with a doggie trying to get at them. Too cute!
And I actually finished a stitching project this time! It's going to be a gift, so I can't say for whom it's intended, but I wanted to post it just to show some people that I do eventually finish things, lol.
This was the very first (I think) First Friday Freebie that Kaaren at The Painted Quilt gave us. It's only taken me 1 (or 2 ?) years to get it done. Kaaren is a very talented lady from Nova Scotia, whose blog I follow. She has lots of wonderful free designs on her blog and often show pictures of her gorgeous home. You can follow her by email if you subscribe to her blog and believe me-it is worth it. I love her creations. Stop over and see her and tell her I sent you.
Until next time, Happy quilting and Happy Halloween from Sharon, Patsy, and Johnny
Once a month, a group of us meet at O'Susannah's Quilt Shop in Watkins Glen, NY to make quilts for people who are having a hard time and just need "a hug" to let them know someone cares. Last month Sue asked us to make items for the community hospital's Christmas bazaar fundraiser. She had some cool Riley Blake fabric samples for us to use, so we decided to make placemats, hotpads, potholders, and mug mats. We worked at her store on our meeting day and took home fabric to work on them at home, also. When we came back this month, we had 64 placemats, plus lots of other items ready to put together. We got all the placemats sewn and turned, now in November, we'll finish up the rest.
Bettina, Mary, Lynne, Judy
Darlene-our iron lady
Judy also brought her latest creation to show us--a patriotic stars quilt made for her nephew. It is so gorgeous and she does all her own quilting on her regular sewing machine! She does such beautiful work, and I know her nephew will love it.
Until next time, Happy quilting and Happy Halloween from Sharon, Patsy, and Johnny
I can't believe it's been over a month since I posted. I guess I've been so busy that the time just flew on by!
Yesterday was sewing at the fire hall again. Most everyone was there, but we did miss Bonnie. She always has such neat projects to show us that she's working on. But she went to PA to spend the week sewing with Beverly, so we know she was having a good time, too. Since it was such a chilly day, Donna G's choice of menu was perfect. She was so excited the past week over "traveling tacos" that we all brought different taco fixings and she showed us how to make these "walking tacos". You take a small bag of Doritos-the nacho cheese are best-and crush them up in the bag with your hands. then add all the fixings right into the bag! You eat out of the bag with a plastic fork or spoon, while you "travel/walk" around and talk to your friends. It was really cool--and soooo good! Donna says it's her kind of meal,
no dirty dishes, just toss the bag and silverware when you're done. I can't wait to try them again when we have a family gathering. Wish I'd remembered my camera so I could have shown you pictures.
With Mary's help, I finally got my Halloween quilt finished and am using it on the couch until I can get a large enough dowel to hang it with. It's a pattern I tested last summer for Jessica E. Smith of the Quilt and Needle. I couldn't wait to show it, as it has a black cat on it that brings back memories of our beloved "JD", the only black cat we've owned. He was such a sweetheart, so I'm glad to have a quilt to remember him by.
I have to put his purple bow tie and green eyes on yet, but I love this pattern!
We've been doing serious sewing at Joan's house on Wednesday's, and we had a visitor one day. Donna W's daughter, Rae, came to say hello. Donna W is back in Arizona at Rae's house, recovering from knee surgery, so it was nice to have one of her twins visit and give us an update. We so miss her stories and laughter, but we're hoping next year she'll be back for the summer again.
Here's some of the gals hard at work. And look at Sharon D's newest baby quilt! It's so cute.
Until next time,
Happy Quilting and Happy Halloween from Sharon, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash
Friday was my "official" birthday, but I am so lucky to be able to celebrate all week, make that all month long, lol.
Thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes--and they're still coming in. It's
been a wonderful birthday, made more special by hearing from so many of you on Facebook. Tuesday my wonderful granddaughter, Bre, brought me roses, candy
and presents, and stayed for dinner.
Wednesday I shared
a gorgeous weather day traveling with my quilting buddies (that sew at Joan's house every Wednesday) to several
quilt shops around the beautiful Finger Lakes. We had lunch out at OakView, which has a great selection of sandwiches and baked goods, and then shopped in the bulk food store there. It's owned by some of the local Mennonite families and has a great selection of baking supplies, meats, cheeses, jams and jellies, condiments, and snacks. I brought home two different types of horseradish cheese--it is so yummy! The girls all gave me birthday cards with fat quarters in them-great additions to my stash! And my Secret Pal made me a beautiful Autumn table runner that she had Jane (Blackberry Acres Longarm Quilting) quilt for me with acorns and leaves. It is perfect for my Fall decorating and I just love it!
Friday I went on the bus with my quilting friends from home and
O'Susannah's Quilt Shop and spent the day at a great quilt show outside
Philly. I found some great patterns I just had to add to my already overflowing stash of books and patterns, lol. Got the Witches Hooray TR from Bird Brain Designs to add to THAT pile of stitcheries to be done someday, lol; the Reindeer Table Mat by Primitive Gatherings; ANOTHER Wooden Bear little quilt kit, the July Sailboat; and a paper-pieced Little Bits pattern-A Little Bit Shorter Tall Tree pattern (I already have the mini version with the train going around the tree). This tree is 17" x 41" but the larger one is 26 3/4" x 76 3/4". I wanted the biggest one for my front door, but decided I'd better stick with this medium-sized one if I actually wanted to get it done, lol.
Only purchased a half dozen FQ's-mostly for gifts and swaps-and only 1 yard of background fabric (already cut) that was such a bargain at $5 that I couldn't pass it up, so I really was good this trip! My friend, Ann, and I both purchased the Creative Grids Log Cabin Trim Tool for 8" Finished Blocks Quilt Ruler that we'd heard about from other friends who attended a quilt retreat where it was demo'd (thanks Josie and Donna). I've made millions of log cabin blocks the Eleanor Burns way, but this looked neat. And the lady we bought the rulers from showed Ann how to use her X-Block ruler that she lost the directions for. So now we can use Ann's X-Box ruler, too.
My camera malfunctioned, so I only got 2 pics at the quilt show-this fabulous Halloween Baltimore Album Quilt
and a potholder made with the X-Block ruler. UGH!!
After I got home though, I found out it wasn't the camera that was malfunctioing, it was me! I had charged the battery before we left, and had taken out the memory card. I forgot to put the card back in when I put the battery in--how dumb is that!!
It really was a senior moment, sigh.
Saturday evening my son took hubby and me to what-used-to-be our favorite Italian restaurant (Moretti's) where we always celebrated birthdays and anniversaries and I had the best filet mignon in the world. It's to die for! Son's GF also made me a dozen really delicious chocolate chip cookies, all gift-wrapped in a purple (my fav color) box with a fancy gold bow! Yummy, yummy, yummy! Everyone enjoyed them--thanks, Chrissy! And to top the week off, on Sunday I get to spend sewing time with two of my BFF's, Mary and Lynne.
much better can a birthday be?
Until next time.... Happy quilting from Sharon and the Marmalade Kitties, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash