Monday, September 24, 2012

A theme is evolving over here! New Sponsor announced for UR Priceless!


Many of you have already started your coin purses for
our Blog HOP in November for UR PRICELESS,
hosted by our cheerleader in residence Katherine from Sew me something good
She is sew excited btw....

WE are full- to capacity over 105+ WOW!

When I first announced this blog hop I showed you this
coin purse with Kelly's frames....( IHAN) ( below)




(she has many in stock) .
A great one to start with
and when YOU want a diff't fancier purse handle
Corrie will be carrying the Heart handle above. 

( these will be arriving in October) 
Corrie also has the fusible fleece you will be needing for these...
SEW I thought I would make you one up this weekend to show
you that one... ( this frame btw fits perfectly for the same pattern
that you all were sent -those in the blog hop) 

OHHH I have heard from many of you, that YOU found
the pattern easy to follow..that is good news...

SEW....this new one above with the heart handles...

This was made from Andover Fabrics
who happens to be our sponsor for this event...
This is from this new collection..
We just love Andover Fabrics, wait till you see some
of their newest collections.

( take a peak at the whole collection) 
it will have you hopping! 

I wanted to show you what you could do with
different prints...
through the next couple of weeks...
I will show you a few more sneak peaks...
( I plan on making a few...did you hear
that Carol ? lol) 


 On the HOMEFRONT.
I seem to be leaning towards a theme
in my home surroundings too...
This is what I did this weekend....



( I washed the door before painting
that is why you see streaks..this paint
was flat finish..a special paint 
that some local Amish made for us) 



Our home on the outside is all taupe , in a variety of hues...
Sew a black door really popped from our curb....
But then I was thinking why not RED for the Winter MONTHS...
This is the same RED that I used for our outdoor benches
in our backyard...FIRE ENGINE RED....


I think I like the RED, yuuuuup a theme is evolving over here...
Lot of love in our home...I think this suits us both to a T. 



And speaking of RED..apples are red....especially PAULA REDS
and this is what I made with 1/2 bushel of apples..

Made 12 Saturday, now our freezer is filled with 24 apple pies
and 18 apple Brown Bettys..
Such a treat for my DH when he comes home on those cold winter 
nights and opens the door to PIE PIE PIE...

This recipe is very easy...fill up a pie tin plate..( only because they are less
expensive than glass) slice about 8 medium sized sliced apples..leave
peelings on..that is where the fibre is...
Fill the plate , don't add anything else...except the following..

IN a separate large bowl add 4 cups of quick oats,
1 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar
1 pound of unsalted butter...
Mix in a blender or by hand...
Cover over each pie dish...Wrap with plastic
put in freezer till ready to use..
Preheat over 375 for 20 min, 350 for 30...
That is it! 

TOTAL cost of 1/2 bushel apples, oats, butter and brown sugar.
$25.00 ( canadian)  for 12 pies...average cost. $2.08 per apple brown betty...

( by the way from start to finish cut apples, make crumb, cover and freeze)
1 hour and 2.3 minutes..
( and you wonder why I love to bake and cook and can sew much) 



My Shadow Sumantra, was not too eager when I asked her if she wanted something red 
to match our theme....LOOK at those eyes!



Today, I have some homework to do for school
and during my 23 minute breaks. ( how do I get everything done...take a peak
at that timer on the side bar)

..I just may get
some blocks done for our blog hop that begins 
next week..
LEAFS ME HAPPY with Cherry...( that is RED) lol
Her name and button ...yes....



Winners of our DOTS ON DOTS blog hop...


OUR winners have been notified...

You know what is great about
participating in our blog hops?
YOU have 3 chances of winning
for just being involved...
I say those are pretty good odds...

Ask these ladies....

3 prizes , 3 winners...

 Big thanks goes out to ...

MICHAEL MILLER FABRICS HAS sent these delightful bundles 
and I have a dotty collection from Fort Worth FABRIC Studio..



#1 for participating ( creating blocks)
#2 for the top 2 and honourable mention ( winner will be chosen from all those included)
#3 for all of YOU cheerleaders who left comments on everyones blogs ( 1 winner will be chosen
by Random Generator) 

This prize will be going to ...
Kris from Kris Loves Fabric
for participating..
 Big Thanks to  Michael Miller  they are serving up some large DOTS
They have been a wonderful sponsor for a couple years now..
and they always come through with surprises...



  And this prize will be going to...
 DEBUKO in POLAND
( she won for being top 2 on day 5 )



 And again big thanks to Michael Miller they are  serving up some small dots...


and this prize will be going to..
Carolyn from sew darn quilt...( love her blog name)



and Jodi from Fort Worth Fabric studio is serving up some ocean dots...
Always a treat to have her on board..
She creates lovely bundles and always a sweet treat...
Be sure to check Jodi out...she has great colour
sense and makes great bundles...
OUR BEST! 
WE can hear the cheers...
it's music to our ears! 

It was a wonderful dotted blog hop...
thanks for cheering, participating and 
being some of the best quilters and creators
in our quilting world...

We are proud to be be your friend!

I will be posting some sneak peaks
in the next few days
lot's of stuff behind the scenes
to get ready for..
OUR next blog hop

LEAFS ME HAPPY.

Cherry is hosting from Cherry Blossoms Quilting.
schedule is on the side bar..


Saturday, September 22, 2012

New Blog HOP Announcement-- HOLIDAY LANE, this will be our last one till the new year!



NEW BLOG HOP ANNOUNCEMENT

but first a 

RECAP of the next few blog hops...


Yes in a few days, Cherry from 

will be hosting this event...all about fall...
I am already working on more blocks..
now, you are aware what I am going to make with them..
What will you be doing with your fall blocks.?

Begins OCT 1- Oct 10th, sans weekends!


And following Leafs me Happy, we have Wicked..
Wendy from Why KNOT Kwilt will be hosting and cheering
this one in her very  own unique wicked way..... lol
This one I am super excited about too...

Beings October 22nd -Oct 31st...sans weekends..!





And yes Katherine ( Sew Me something good!)  
will be hosting this joyous
event....Joyous because Kelly ( IHAN) has 
handles...lot's of them...we still have a few
spots left if you care to join..
JOYOUS, because Katherine is a great cheerleader
and JOYOUS because this is a great Christmas gift
to send to me?...( lol) Noooooo silly to your friends
and family...

I have created the  pattern with 40 PHOTOS
sew even if you are not good at instructions
you will understand the PHOTOS...YOU will
be getting the same results, style not fabric..
Unless of course you all have this fabric line lol 

( Katherine has the PDF file for the pattern
and the link of where the pattern is for all of you
who are on the list...)

I will be making a couple new ones
this weekend to show you next week...
in our down time between hops..
Wait till you see these...oh my! 

Katherine will be locking the door at
midnight tonight .....
Sew if you are sitting on the fence..
jump in now...
12:00AM EST

OHHHHHH and here
 is our NEXT BLOG HOP.....
READY? 

HOLIDAY LANE
pillow blog hop

EVER since I saw this pillow last fall from 
our  sweet JiLL from  Jillily Studio, I fell in love with it...
Clearly a year later it still is one of my most favourite
designs from a very sweet lady  whom I admire...
She is witty, bright, inspiring and downright creative! 


SEW I called her and convinced her in my very firm way lol
that I WANTED this pillow pattern for our blog hop.
She finally accepted my reasoning...
"If I love it, everyone will love it too" lol

 Jill has a new book out,  new fabric line and this Holiday Lane pillow
pattern to share...This is "simple piecing and a little applique."..
( once the book and fabric comes in, I will be taking photos
to show you too)


YOU all will get the Pattern FREE from her...Here is the link
for the PDF file...

And you will be creating your own HOLIDAY LANE pillow,
using your stash or newly purchased fabrics...

I am excited to say the least to see what your HOLIDAY LANE
will look like..

Would you believe JILL and I have already discussed
next years HOLIDAY LANE PILLOW series...Yep...lol

SEW there you have it my dear blog hoppers, creators
and designers...This will be our very last blog hop for 2012...

I am feeling the HOLIDAY spirit already, ARE YOU?


YOUR CHEERLEADER for this event will be .......

BY THE WAY
we have 40 more spots left...
If you want to make this pillow there is 
still room for YOU!

YOU are going to love this 
lady as much as we all do ....She is a perfect cheerleader
for this event...She loves HOLIDAYS, she loves cheering everyone on, 
and  she loves this pillow
almost as much as I do lol..

I met Pauline almost 2 years ago. She was so quiet
and reserved, she had a voice but she did not use it very often..
I saw something in her..in fact I saw a lot....She is the QUEEN
of binding, she is a terrific embroideries', her quilts are divine...
She is passionate, funny, someone you are glad to know...

When I asked her about this hop...she embraced
is as much as the pillow blog hop idea...
I am sew glad she did....
She has found her voice! 


SEW sign up with Pauline here...

subject line...
"I am in the HOLIDAY LANE SPIRIT"

( be sure to leave a note here sew Pauline and I can
match our lists)


YOU will have until Sept 30th to register)
( although we usually fill up
within hours not days)
 We are limiting this hop
 to the first 100 Holiday Lane spirited  participants..

hate rules sew we call them guidelines...
READY?

#1 Everyone must turn off their word verification the day 
they are showing their Holiday Lane Project- PERIOD.

#2 Only 15 ladies with no blogs will be accepted,
it will be a first come, first serve basis.

#3 You must have your post ready at 
midnight E.S.T. If you are not
sure how to do that, we will guide you. 
( will do a tut for you if necessary)

#4 And most important, YOU
must add the names and links from
those who are on the hop the same
day as you. We want everyone
to find your Holiday spirited friends
as easily as they found you- PERIOD.

#5 All  Subscribed HOLIDAY LANE hoppers must
put button on their blog. ( please comply) 
( on the top right) 
copy code in gadgets
 html copy- that is it
( those who have no blogs, of course
you are omitted lol)

Now all together:

"I swear- to swear
by all these Holiday Lane Guidelines.."
SWEAR! ok! 
lol



Ohhh ps. wait till you hear what we have planned
for the whole month of DECEMBER
and the new blog hops that we will be announcing in NOVEMBER
for the new YEAR....



Friday, September 21, 2012

I am serving up PAPER PIECING DOTS today...289 photos of dots


Hasn't this  been just a DOT heaven for all of us who love Dots...?
I will be your last visit today, sew I thought I would have you all 
over for brunch later...Read on...but not before ...
 AN
enormous gratitude to  Corrie who cheered us on beautifully
and all  of our participants and visitors alike who cheered us on too......
YOU make every HOP sew darn special...

Here are the rest of the ladies I am sharing my day with...
brave souls they are to be with me on the last day...
(I have a special table ready for them lol) 

September 21st 
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb ( she is trying to load her post will be back soon) 



SEW today I am serving up my collection of dots...
surprise there lol



First, call everyone you know, I have some delicious servings of Paper PIECING.
If you are not aware by now, I began paper piecing in June 2012 and ever since- I 
have been rather smitten with this technique. I am hardly as clever
or good in designing like Joanna from Shape Moth..
( don't you just love her phone?)  But I do try....
( link for the pattern is above)




Ohhhh look my very first designed paper piecing pattern.  I love heels, I love stockings, and I love red, ( sew it seems). 
See, I am not the expert, but I love challenges...kinda like walking in heels....Sew are you slipping
into my servings of dots ....? Ohhh you need something more formal  to wear, you want to bring a date......HOW ABOUT ...



3 neckties, YOU can choose which one you prefer...When I saw Corrie's sister
do something with ties...I went a searching for some patterns...
Ok, they are not perfect....( this was my 3rd attempt) thought I would stop here.
They look pretty good if you don't look too closely lol



Ohhh and since we will all be dressed up, I want you to dry your hands
on this lovely  t- towel. a pattern originated from Cups and Saucers book.



         On the menu today I will be serving  some apples that I made into an apple pie....
         Would you like a slice?  I just love dotted apples...don't you ?
( I am working on a whole quilt using these apples and all in diff't colours with embroidered
names of each variety) 


OHHH look at my dotted crust pie...2 tones of dots makes
this almost good enough to eat..


And this crown is for all those who showed us how to do paper piecing
Elaine always comes to mind...Here is her tut, that got me
excited about paper piecing... I just keep practising...




Many of you been asking why BLOCKS?, this is why, depending on what
colour background you choose, YOU could turn all of your blocks
into a quilt...For instance....This photo has some of my paper piecing
projects, I think there are over 40 I have done sew far...
I am going to make at least another 10-15 more  by the end of the year , I will sew 
all these lovely pieces together...add a border ( white of course)
and I am going to stitch in red and black all around the sides with
( the names of all the hops...red, white and blue, think christmas, bowls with borders,
dots on dots., leafs me happy and wicked......2012....) 

This way I will have a quilt  of all the hops we have
done together and a reminder
when my memory may not be as sharp lol
Next year I just may do all applique.... a thought...lol

SEW this is what I will be doing with all of my blocks...
Have you thought what you will do?

SEW thanks for playing along...
I have loved every ......... project in this hop...

( I have one more project to share, it is something 
for Corrie...she will know what to do with this) 





WE will announce the winners of all of our goodies on MONDAY.
and tomorrow being SATURDAY we will be announcing our 
NEXT BLOG HOP...

It will be a project that will most certainly
ConneXus
wait and see...
( this will be our last scheduled blog hop
till next year)
I have something very special planned
for the month of DECEMBER. 


We also will include all of our Dots Enthusiasts
on PINTEREST, sew you can see everyday
who participated - all in one place...
But only after you have seen them on their blogs...


We have some great prizes..once they arrive
and post the photos, I will tell you 
who they are from.

3 prizes to be won at the end of the Blog HOP.
( winners announced on Monday)

MICHAEL MILLER FABRICS HAS sent these delightful bundles 
and I have a dotty collection from Fort Worth FABRIC Studio..



#1 for participating ( creating blocks)
#2 for the top 2 and honourable mention ( winner will be chosen from all those included)
#3 for all of YOU cheerleaders who left comments on everyones blogs ( 1 winner will be chosen
by Random Generator) 


 Big Thanks to  Michael Miller  they are serving up some large DOTS
They have been a wonderful sponsor for a couple years now..
and they always come through with surprises...


 And again big thanks to Michael Miller they are  serving up some small dots...



and Jodi from Fort Worth Fabric studio is serving up some ocean dots...
Always a treat to have her on board..
She creates lovely bundles and always a sweet treat...
Be sure to check Jodi out...she has great colour
sense and makes great bundles...
OUR BEST! 
WE can hear the cheers...
it's music to our ears! 

Thank you from all of us !



OHhhhh our top 2 of the day...



 This is lovely...her orange choices of fabric is outstanding...I have always loved
orange..but really this is almost to much for me....I need to make another orange quilt lol


Now this lady made some remarkable dotted blocks...but when I saw this, her feline
with this dotted hat...well it just brought out such a chuckle....
A perfect end to our hop...
"Are you kidding me, you are not taking my picture and showing
it on that BLOG HOP?"
(or something like that lol) 

 and for our HONOURABLE MENTION...
( for a completed project)


This is alllllll dots...yes every block is dots...isn't it just striking?...this lady's
use of colour, nice choices, makes for a lovely beach blanket...

YES A perfect ending to a lovely dotted blog hop....
x


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dots on Dots day 9 yes sadly, tomorrow is our last day lol 253+ photos including today




Ohhhh speaking of unmentionables yesterday...
I haven't told you this one...
My Nanny who raised me,  she was an amazing,
sewer, cook, knitter...She used to make
me bed socks, with satin ribbons and she
made them all with a speckled wool that looked
like dots...They were like baby booties for grown ups.
I have worn them out since but I always think of her
when I see baby booties...I need to learn how 
to make some for me the grown up  lol


Corrie from  Quilt Taffy is our Cheerleader
for this blog hop...coincidence...
SHE TOO LOVES DOTS.
She is an amazing organizer, online
store owner and Dot Enthusiast.
HOW can you NOT LOVE HER! 


Today on our Dots on Dots
blog hop....all these quilters
love dots too...

( for the full schedule, go to link on side bar 
dots on dots button
 Corrie has the entire schedule there)

Thursdays Dots Enthusiasts



Just a friendly reminder, CHEER for them,
leave comments, be a great cheerleader!
They will love you for it!
Heck we will love you for it....



OUR TOP 2 choices today are.....



A sweet treat this morning from this lady, will you look at all the detail, 
the dotted cupcakes, the hand stitching ...well the colours too...a sweet treat indeed! 



This dotted star is perfection...look at how all the points meet,
the colours are brilliant, look at that black inner border,
creates a 3D illusion...yes most certainly an attention grabber! 



And our HONOURABLE MENTION for 
completed project...
( btw H.M. is as good as top 2 ) 



And this dresden dotted florals...reminded me of sunflowers
getting ready to seed. The blues and brown contrast
a dotty sunrise...yep that is what it is a dotty sunrise...


We also will include all of our Dots Enthusiasts
on PINTEREST, sew you can see everyday
who participated - all in one place...
But only after you have seen them on their blogs...


We have some great prizes..once they arrive
and post the photos, I will tell you 
who they are from.

3 prizes to be won at the end of the Blog HOP.

MICHAEL MILLER FABRICS HAS sent these delightful bundles 
and I have a dotty collection from Fort Worth FABRIC Studio..



#1 for participating ( creating blocks)
#2 for the top 2 and honourable mention ( winner will be chosen from all those included)
#3 for all of YOU cheerleaders who left comments on everyones blogs ( 1 winner will be chosen
by Random Generator) 


 Big Thanks to  Michael Miller  they are serving up some large DOTS
They have been a wonderful sponsor for a couple years now..
and they always come through with surprises...


 And again big thanks to Michael Miller they are  serving up some small dots...



and Jodi from Fort Worth Fabric studio is serving up some ocean dots...
Always a treat to have her on board..
She creates lovely bundles and always a sweet treat...
Be sure to check Jodi out...she has great colour
sense and makes great bundles...
OUR BEST! 
WE can hear the cheers...
it's music to our ears! 

Thank you -from all of us !



Will try between coffee brakes and lessons
to pop in to say hi...
love your comments...really do! 

OUR DOTS ON DOTS CONTINUES TILL THIS FRIDAY
WE did end up adding an extra day! 
( psst that is my day) 


OHHHHHH we have a new blog to announce this Saturday...just saying....lol