Friday, February 21, 2014

UFO's....

We all have them, but do they ever get done?  My goal this year is to go thru all my bags of swap blocks and get some quilts made.  I belong to several Yahoo groups and have done a lot of swaps in the past, so my collection of blocks is growing.

I have a collection of Happy Blocks from 3 different groups I belonged to. 
I just took the florals, roses, and pink ones and put the three of them together in a large throw the last time we sewed at the fire hall.  I put a sheet down on the floor there and then had plenty of room to lay them out and play with them.  
 
I still have several more collections left, including a big bag of Autumn's from Block Central - when we used to get 40-48 blocks when we won.
 
I plan to work on the assorted kids, bugs, etc the next time we go there.  I worked on some Halloween ones I won last year when I was at sewing at my friend's house last month.  Got the rows all pieced, now just have to finish sewing the rows together.
 
This has been something I wanted to do for quite a while  because I don't really have a lot of throw or larger quilts in my house.  It seems I always make them for gifts but never get any done for myself, lol.  
 
I have some gorgeous Halloween appliqued blocks from a swap several years ago, plus 2 years of Christmas appliqued blocks and a Christmas pieced block swap from swaps done by Aunt Pitty Pat
I also have patriotic blocks and a group of blocks from a swap called My Favorite Block-where everyone did their favorite block, but in the named color theme. 

 
So this year I really want to finish up a lot of UFO's and clear out the assorted blocks I have.  Let's hope I can follow thru on this goal.
 
Until next time...
Happy quilting from Sharon, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

You can win Fabric for Life....

Just wanted to let you know that Keepsake Quilting is giving away over 80 great prizes  based on a raffle. The grand prize is  a 20 year supply of fabric.  Two more lucky winners will win a year's supply of fabric, and 50 more winners will win some other great prizes.

You can enter daily until February 28th, but it's only open to residents of the US and Canada.

Please check it out and let as many people know about it.  Here's the contest link:

http://ck.upickem.net/r/37vMEWAm4C3?r=192581


I entered-not that I need to win any more fabric, lol, I'm running out of room for my stash now- use my link above and see if you can win something, too.

Until next time...

Happy quilting from Sharon and the kitties

 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday sewing....

with my friends at the local fire hall was cold today.  With the temps in the zero to 10 degrees and the winds a-blowing and the snow a-snowing, it was cold outside, but warm inside.  Not as many showed up to sew today, but 2 of our group are in Florida for the winter--the traitors!!  But those that were there got some sewing done and had some laughs while doing it.

Mary brought 2 completed projects for show-and-tell.  One is a cathedral windows table topper that Jill showed the girls how to do last time we met - 2 weeks ago.  The other is a pretty spools quilt she made for her sewing room.  The girls all gathered around to see her lovely quilts.


Linda worked on her cathedral windows topper today, too, and is almost finished with it.
Ann worked on her's until she ran out of fabric.  Uh-oh!  Anybody got any Christmas fabric for Ann, lol?
I brought a small tote bag I finished yesterday to show the girls and Mary modeled it for us.
And today I put the binding on a quilt donated by a generous person to the Quilt and Needle's Snug Society Quilter's Give-Back charity projects.  This quilt will go to the Pine Ridge Native American Reservation in South Dakota.  Ann quilted it and has another ready to quilt so we can get them in the mail ASAP.  We think it's cold here in New York, but it's even colder in South Dakota.  Hopefully this quilt will make a difference in keeping an elder warm this winter.

Until next time....
Happy quilting and keep warm,
From Sharon and the Marmalade Kitties-Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash



Friday, January 24, 2014

Charity Sew-In tonight...and you're invited...

A cyber-quilting-bee to benefit your favorite charity! A chance to "give back" by making quilts for those who need the comfort that only a quilt can give.
 
If you’re looking for a chance to “give back”, to bless someone who needs to have their spirits lifted, someone who needs to know that someone cares for them, join us this Friday, January 24th, 6:00 PM CST as we come together for the first 4th Friday Snug Society Sew-In!  We’ll gather at a “cyber-quilting-bee” on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/247983118712420/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1  )
 
 
to create blocks, piece tops, sandwich and quilt to create quilts to pass forward to those who need them.

Find a worthy cause in your town and start sewing. Get together with your quilting friends and make a party of it. I guarantee your heart will be warmed by the experience.

If you don’t know of an organization that you want to help, then we invite you to join the Snug Society in our on-going quilt projects (http://www.thequiltandneedle.com/forums/category-view.asp?catlock=10) to benefit:

(1) Harmony Home (http://www.ohhcac.org/), a counseling center for abused children in Texas;

(2) Pine Ridge Native American Reservation (http://friendsofpineridgereservation.org/) in South Dakota; and

(3) Quilts of Valor (http://www.qovf.org/).

Let’s get together and do what we do best – share the comfort of a quilt with those who need this comforting most! 
 
Here are pics of the last 3 quilts I worked on and sent to Pine Ridge:
 

 


I'll be there tonight...hope to see you, too.
 
Until next time...
Happy quilting from Sharon and the Marmalade Kitties



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014 Everyone...



Just a short post today, so I can do some sewing for my newest swaps.

Yesterday, I showed you what my swap-from partner sent me in the 2013 Chookyblue Secret Santa Christmas Swap.   Today I have a couple of pictures of the gift I sent to Julie D in Australia.  I forgot to take a picture of the little extras I sent her, but lucky for me, she took one I can steal, lol.

My main gift to her was a table runner made from a mini charm pack by Moda called "Civil War Jubilee".  It was a free pattern I found on a blog I read, written by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life.   

I've never cared much for the Civil War fabrics and don't have any in my stash, but when I saw this charm pack, I fell in love with it.  I changed my mind entirely on the fabrics I was going to use for this pattern.  I showed it to the girls in my Wednesday sewing group and they all liked it, too.

So here's the pics I took of the runner, followed by the pic Julie D posted on her blog.  I have trouble taking a good pic of anything big or long, so my pics are not the best.:
long shot

close up
Julie's pic of what I sent her


This swap is always so much fun and I love checking out all the other swappers blogs and seeing pics of the gifts they made.  Looking forward to 2014.  Thanks again to Donna and Trish for hosting.

Take a minute to check out my side bar with the latest new BOMs I've found for 2014.  Some beautiful applique blocks coming up.  Several have already started.

And check out the newest pic of Johnny Cash.  He is 10 months old now and still growing.

Until next time...
Happy quilting from Sharon, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

6 years of Chookyblue's SSCS....

I only missed the very first one in 2007.  It's been consistently the best swap I've ever done.  With so many international  participants, I've been lucky to send to and receive from a swap partner in Australia every year.

I really think the Australians have cornered the market on bright, new, fun embroidery projects.  Here in the states it's hard to find a cute, fresh design to embroider.  There are some great designers, though, like Bird Brain Designs, and Crabapple Hill, but when I wanted to start to embroider again, almost all I could find were the old-style designs for pillowcases or Aunt Martha iron-on blocks.  Thank goodness for the internet and bloggers!  I've been able to get patterns from such cool designers as Gail Pan, Bronwyn Hayes of Red BrollyNatalie Lymer at Cinderberry Stitches, and Leanne Beasley at Leanne's House, to name just a few.

Many of the lovely gifts I've received over the years in the SSCS have been stitched by my Australian swap partners using patterns from their country's designers.  Remember this wallhanging I received from Gai in 2009?

And this gorgeous bag to carry my stitching in from Dale in 2010?


And here's the gorgeous stocking that Bec made me in 2011.  I hang this on my front door now and it looks fabulous!  (And that was not even my real gift, lol.)  That was the ornament gift, but she went a little bit overboard, lol, but I am so glad she did.. I love all the stitching and applique on it.


These are just a few of the examples of why I love this swap with the Australian girls. They  have such a different lot of ideas and patterns to choose from.  Everything I've been blessed to receive is so unique from what is available in my area.

Remember the runner that Bec made as my "real" gift?  I started using it as a bed runner, but quickly changed it to a chair runner and I love it in my living room.  I enjoy it every day.

And these bags I received last year from Vicki to carry as a purse or for my stitching projects.  Love them!

Besides the wonderful handmade items, I've also received a varied assortment of Australian fabrics, patterns, quilt labels, note cards, and buttons.  So many different little gifts to enjoy.

And this year was no different.  My swap-from partner was Fiona of  Dragonfly Crafts.  Fiona decided to do an Advent-style gift grouping for me.  She had all the little gifties wrapped and labeled with a number.  I had to open the little giftie on that number day.  The first day I opened my Christmas ornament and it was a darling little star that I hung in my kitchen window.

Another day, I opened a package of tissues printed like Australian dollar bills.  Then there was a tape measure shaped like a pig, a note pad with a cute puppy on it, a Koala key chain, and on the final day, a 2014 calendar of beautiful Australian land and seascapes and places of interest. 

It was so much fun opening those thoughtful, unique gifts.  I'm so glad Fiona decided to do that for me.  Sometimes it's very hard waiting from the day you open your ornament until Christmas Day when you can open your big present, lol.  At least for me it is, 'cause I love prezzies!

My big present from Fiona is a beautiful runner in lots of pretty, cheerful colors.  I love it!  My picture didn't come out too good with all the little gifts, so I put it over a chair in my living room to take another picture.  It looks so great there that I think I'll leave it there.  At least until we get past this dreary, dark, snowy, rainy weather this winter.  It brightens up my living room immensely.  Isn't it great?

So thank you, Fiona, for all the lovely gifts you sent me.  I am enjoying all of them and am so thankful for having you as my swap-from partner this year.

And thanks, as always, to Donna for continuing this great swap tradition in 2013 and to Trish for helping Donna so she would continue it.  Hope you gals were on the receiving end of some wonderful goodies, just like I was.

And to all of you, from Sharon and the kitties, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash....

 See you in 2014.


Sunday, December 29, 2013

My stocking stuffer goodies....

 
are all unwrapped and Patsy and Johnny and I have oohed and aahed over them all.  The kitties helped (?) unwrap everything and decided they liked the pretty ribbons best.  Typical!  But I love all the goodies my S&H girlfriends picked out for me.


Last year (the first year of the swap) we all got a new stocking from our swapper.  Rebecca had me and made a gorgeous embroidered snowman stocking for January.
This year, we had to make a small bag to put the stocking overflow in.  Denise had me this January and made the cutest reindeer bag, that Johnny Cash had to check out.

In February, Barb chose these goodies for me.
  March, Trina gifted me with these neat stuffers.
In April, Nola made me this cute pincushion that she had wrapped in fabric.
May brought a shower of great tools from Denise
And June brought a R/W/B  FQ bundle from Dorene and a special pin in memory of my sweet Katie, the original marmalade cat, who went over the Rainbow Bridge in January.  Dorene knew that painful anniversary was near and wanted me to have something to comfort me.  Her note and thoughtfulness made me cry, but I'll cherish this pin forever.

July brought this darling cat and mouse pincushion made for me by Denise.
front
back
In August, Barb sent me this great seam ripper with the eraser end and a gorgeous FQ.
 September had Rebecca making me these darling embroidery machine Christmas tree earrings and adding a bunch of other goodies, too.
In October, Nola made me a sewing kit that I put right under my sewing machine to keep my tools handy and also included needles and a marker.
And to finish the year, we're supposed to make or buy a Christmas ornament for our gift.  But Rebecca knew that I was not putting up my Snowbaby tree this year because Johnny Cash has been so bad getting into stuff (he is still a baby you know, and into everything!).  So instead she made me this beautiful dressmaker's dolly pincushion.  Isn't it gorgeous?
Patsy had to check this beauty out for herself, lol.  And then all the other goodies received.



All in all, this swap was so much fun - even though we had to wait all year long to finally see what was in all  those little packages arriving monthly that we couldn't peek, pinch, or shake.  The end result more than made up for the frustration we felt each month, lol.  The girls were so generous and made good use of all the year-long sales for notions and fabrics.  In fact, they had so much fun they insisted I run this swap one more year.  So check back in 2014 and see what turns up then.

Until tomorrow (and the Chookyblue SSCS swap results)...
Happy quilting from Sharon, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash