Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Day 2 - IN YOUR WORDS, Blog hop..sponsor Timeless Treasures

I love WORDS, and it looks like
a few other quilters do to.
OUR very first Blog hop of the year!

is our cheerleader in residence 
and she has done a wonderful job
at keeping us all together...
Check the link on the sidebar for her whole schedule! 
She knows how to CHEER! 

A very warm WELCOME to YOU 
for dropping in  to:
where for the next few days
we have a collection of quilters
who will be sharing THEIRS with you..

Here are todays lovely ladies...

Tuesday, January 8
Piece Peace (Patricia G.) 
A Stitch in Time (Patty D.)
krislovesfabric (Kris T.)
Grandmamas Stories (Jane H.)
Till We Quilt Again (Helen E.)
The Slow Quilter (Felicia F.) 
Quilting With Terry and the Cats (Terry S.)  ( her link is corrected here)

 Huge January appreciation goes out to 


They selected a variety of treasures
in these bundles...
There is a lot of coziness here! 

YOU can win!
( all winners selected at the end of hop)

Leave comments with our blop participants
GET involved in future blog hops, those who do  will win a chance for a bundle
and the top 3  each day will win a chance at a bundle too...

2 for best in choice
and 1 for overall CREATIVITY! 

Here are our top 2 this morning...

Well it is no surprise this one would be in our top 2 selections today...we love fashion, 
it is creative, speaks volumes of this young lady and love those dots...
what's not to like....love the words in there too...

This says it all....having all her family on each leaf is lovely....
Family the foundation and roots of who we are....

For "TOPS"  in Creativity....

You must see the rest of this lovely piece....and I am with her..
who can be unhappy in a garden....?

Lot's of creativity was planted into this one...

Will it be your FAVOURITE....In your words
let us know lol

Forgot to mention...each day all photos
are placed HERE on a pinterest board  !

Monday, January 7, 2013

IN your words begins today! Blop Hop Timeless Treasures Sponsor!

I love WORDS, and it looks like
a few other quilters do to.
OUR very first Blog hop of the year!

is our cheerleader in residence 
and she has done a wonderful job
at keeping us all together...
Check the link on the sidebar for her whole schedule! 
She knows how to CHEER! 

A very warm WELCOME to YOU 
for dropping in  to:
where for the next few days
we have a collection of quilters
who will be sharing THEIRS with you..

Here are todays lovely ladies...

Monday, January 7

Kwilty Pleasures  (Kathy G.)
Debby Kratovil Quilts (Debby K.))
Sew Darn Quilt  (Carolyn R.)
Traveling Quilter  (Debbie A.)
Just Let Me Quilt (Carol S.)
Vroomans Quilts (Sharon V.)
Cate's Linens (Catherine R.)
Nini and the Sa  (Denise)
Sew Much 2 Luv (Karen)

 Huge January appreciation goes out to 


They selected a variety of treasures
in these bundles...
There is a lot of coziness here! 

YOU can win!
( all winners selected at the end of hop)

Leave comments with our blop participants
GET involved in future blog hops, those who do  will win a chance for a bundle
and the top 3  each day will win a chance at a bundle too...

2 for best in choice
and 1 for overall CREATIVITY! 

It is morning...and here are our top choices on our first day...

Congrats to our top 2 

There is no doubt about it HOPE is what we all should have on our list
 for 2013, HOPE for more love, more creativity..
and for this LADY I bet she HOPEd she would win....lol
Lovely stitching btw!

 It is hard not to fall for this one if you were a product of the 60's, it is a COOL PEACE (piece)
created by a HIPPIE kind of girl who is GROOVY and knows all about LOVE....
Yes no doubt about it, she is a great choice for our top 2. Check to see what else
she  created...she does create ....RIGHT ON Girl ! 

 Congrats to this lady for OVERALL CREATIVITY!

 Don't you just love this knitting bag?
I too love  her New Year's Creativity...

ohhh I think she meant New York City...lol
either way, great use of her words...
Be sure to check her bag inside too...very creative...

Will it be your FAVOURITE....In your words
let us know lol

Forgot to mention...each day all photos
are placed HERE on a pinterest board  !

Friday, January 4, 2013

IN your WORDS begins on MONDAY! ( sneak peak of a new project)

Over the holidays, I did some sketching, actually a lot of sketching...
I have drawn about 3 dozen of these ladies so far, 
I am calling them the Pink Lip Ladies...
( all to be done in embroidery as well as some appliqués)

I have stitched a few already  with Black Presencia Perle Cotton #12
and did their lips in a Variegated PINK also from Presencia...
( all from Colonial Needle) 

They really do look stunning...I am making a whole quilt on this theme.

Before I got into quilting, just 3 years ago...seems funny to say that..
since I have learned sooooo much in such a short time...
I designed my whole wardrobe.  I can't remember ever purchasing clothes,
I used to make everything....welll until I began quilting....lol

My Nanny was an excellent seamstress,
I came across some very old patterns that she had worked on 
for many of her friends and family. Thousands of patterns
that I am sure have never been seen in circulation.
She travelled a lot abroad, and knew many fashion designers...
Pattern names and designers - I was not even familiar with...

I was soooo darn inspired, that I started sketching them.
YOU can copy this for any size...all of them I did 
on 12 x 13 inch blocks...so I had a nice border around each one...

I like to add a piece of flannel underneath each piece as I am 
doing these up on white KONA, it hides all the threads...

I have a couple other projects that are under wraps for now...
With full time studies, I work on my 23 minute rule
and trying to squeeze everything in...

My New Year Resolution is to be MORE CREATIVE!
Can you handle that? Lol

I think I am up for the challenge...

Wait till you see what I am doing for 

Which Begins Monday...
one dandy job in keeping us all on our toes...


Still has openings... Christine has 80 scheduled
and has a bit more room for a few more....

Let her know ASAP


or you can find her here 

Ohhh and I am on this too...meaning 
trying to be creative lol

To the 5000 follower...look at what Marisa D won!

Marisa D is a new follower, she was in our last 10 followers....All 10 ladies were put in our
R.G. and Marisa name and number came up....She resides in Belgium, she is alread  scheduled for some blog hops...

What a way to begin her new year. This bundle of Fabric from Westminster Fibers, and yes
the cup is on its way as well AND 2 t-shirts in pink and blue from Amy Bradley and
6 large spools of Aurifil thread....colors to match your fabric bundle and some Patterns from
Carrie Nelson, Amanda Murphy and yours truly!

I have an extra RELIABLE IRON for Marisa...., however it will not work overseas....so we will
have that giveaway soon...stay tuned...

                         I also have some Pellon goodies that will have you sticking with them too!

For all of our followers, I can't tell you what 2013 will look like, but I can say it will be 
surprisingly stimulating...wait and see...

Love having you as friends in our quilting passion!

WE will have another giveaway when we reach 5500.

( ohhhhhh, 10 days from now...I have 
something that will have you stirring....)

that is the only clue I can provide....

Thursday, January 3, 2013

We wanted it all too...So we went back to school and became....

WE now have our book available in PDF file...everything you want to know about coffee benefits, what the crazy makers ( these are the companies that think they are making you FOOD) what they are doing to you. How to lose weight without ever mentioning calories and how thousands have succeeded in staying healthier...

No shipping charges, just
PAY PAL payment of $10.00 for the next 30 days...

If you are interested write me at madamesamm@me.com and I will send you the file. 

 Do you want a successful food plan with real substance,
 not slick marketing?

Do you want to lose weight and gain health naturally?

Do you want a nutritional plan for LIFE?

What you will find in this book.

Simple but effective nutrition strategies
The PLAN is not a diet, but a healthy approach to eating that pays off in weight loss and increased energy. Particularly for people with diabetes, arthritis and heart disease.

Week by Week Plans
Four simple Food Plans that lay out all the food choices and recipes for you to stay on PLAN.

Tasty, simple, nutritious recipes.
How often have you purchased a cookbook to find one, maybe two recipes that you actually liked?
I Want it ALL is filled with great tasting, budget conscious, healthy recipes that are easy to prepare.

I Want it ALL is easy to digest information by two 
Registered Nutritionists who live what they teach and write about what they know!

When you know better YOU WILL DO BETTER
and you WILL HAVE IT ALL...

And yes if you want to know how I stay organized,
and full of energy...YOU will now know my secret....

and yes my DH and I are the Authors...

Ask around, many quilters have purchased this book!

ps. can be read on your IPAD for those who have one..
reads like a book with 2 sides....

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

This cannot be happening!

My husband gifted me with this special cup! swavroski crystal not a diamond1 

Who can tell you the exact day and year they received  a single brewer coffee maker...?? I can! 

4 years ago tomorrow, we moved into our new home, and we ordered our new machine
from  Keurig the Breville model. This single cup brewing system was one of my favourite parts of my morning, it always served me up a perfect cup of brew.  For 4 years it has worked perfectly. I love my coffee machine.  You all know I love coffee soooooo much I did a paper on it, all the benefits on coffee. My husband and I wrote a couple chapters on the benefits of coffee in our book, I want it all! As Nutritionist, we know our coffee, and up till this morning, we knew our coffee machine too intimately. !

Ok, this morning, like all the mornings prior to 4 years ago tomorrow, I select my K-cup coffee, this morning it was Sumatra Reserve. I turn on my Breville Machine...not a sound, the lights all popped on....but no sound, not a peep. What I usually hear is the sound of the healing element, this morning nothing.... Notwithstanding checking to see if it is plugged in...check that is done, lights are on, check.
Touch the outside of it to feel the heat...NOTHING. It has passed on where all FATAL coffee makers go...

I panicked for about 7.3 minutes, plugged in the my kettle and made myself a TEA. lol

Then I put a call into Breville, the CAS there was just a doll, and she could not help but chuckle when I told her of the passing of my Breville. They are going to get back to us later today, with a special deal...
But that was not enough for me....The TEA starting wearing off, I thought.....I am going to call GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE, as a platinum member,  ( you can get a free machine) ( been with them for almost 8 years) I shared with Mandy, my dilemma of no GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE this morning, because my Keurig Breville brewer bit the dust....She chuckled too....

She informed me they no longer have the Breville Brewing System, but they had the Platinum Model, I had that one prior to my Breville, I really wanted another stainless steel model... I noted this office Pro
Model....she placed me on hold for a few minutes...Returned with its a go...."we will have you brewing in 8-10 days)

"8-10 days...oh my goodness, what will I do" ..... David is back at work, he has the Platinum model in his office... He is going to bring it home till our New Pro Model arrives... And yes FREE, as a member of the Cafe Express Club, if your machine ever dies, they replace it with the same model or equivalent.... NOW that is customer service!

So my new cup above....will not be christened with any coffee
till tomorrow morning lol

p.s when I told David about Brevilles offer, he said depending what it is,
we just may get another machine so we have a PLAN B...lol

Coffee LESS in the life of a quilter...

( link here for info)
for our upcoming blog hop...

p.s to those who were the last 10 people who signed up as followers of this blog...please connect with me asap


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy New Year....what 2013 will look like...

The clock was ticking and my thoughts were clear
It is time to think about a brand NEW YEAR.
2012 had its share of hops...
one after another...
it seemed like lots...
Well it was...lol

We are now thinking of 2013
and my oh my it won't be lean

We will begin with  "in your Words"
and follow with  "Dare to Dresden"
It's all about "ME" will follow you will see...

We will have  you "Stitching me up"
that will fill up your cups
and yes " It's for the Birds"
 they will be singing

"Nancy Drew" will be here
you will love her- she's  soooo dear

2012 is long gone,
Be happy we move forward
the road is still long

We still have so much LOVE
to share with one another
Let's make 2013 like no other...

Keep your spirits ahead of you
and I will too...
I will bring along our sponsors
who love what we do
and your creations we will PIN
just  keep shouting "I AM IN"

and we do all this because you Matter!

( and yes you can borrow our 2013 image)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

I double DARE you....new blog hop!

WEll I don't know about all of you, but I am sew ready for 
some excitement...something to draw us all out into the sunshine...

Ok, sew my sunshine has a bit of orange in its horizon.
I was trying for BOLD, FRESH and a bit of LOVE...feeling it?

Confession, the above ATTEMPTed DRESDEN plate is my very first
one I have ever made...I made all the pieces to make a circle
but I think I need some practice, I have till the end of the month 
to perfect it...  I think I CAN do that lol. 

Christine from Quilt Monster Closet
will be cheering you all on for this hop...
She has been busy with an injured hubby and lots of work
but she tells me she is ready for some excitement too...
pssst let's give her some! lol

YOU can sign up with her HERE!

WE won't have a lot of time to get ready for this one, 
and I apologize for that...This is our back up Plan C,
seems Nancy DREW got pushed forward ( she was Plan A) , and then 
our It's about Me ( Plan B)  got pushed forward...
Soooooo this is our Plan C....

Seeing that it only took me less than an hour to create
my 1/2 half DRESDEN, well I made a full plate...but only 
1/2 you are seeing for now lol. 
I figure we can all make some BOLD-FRESH-FULL OF LOVE
DRESDEN for end of January...


I found these great videos on Dresdens
for those who may be in the same boat as I..


What is expected?

1. make any dresden, you like, any shape any size, any number of them
2. place button on your blogs
3. if you sign up, we do expect you to participate
4. be ready to post at midnight EST the night before
5. have a giveaway if you like, have a tut all optional.

Here is our new button...code is on the top right of our blog.

Please sign up before next friday!
15 non bloggers can be accepted. 

Sew there you have it....family is all home now...
I have had 1 day to pull myself together 
and get ready for our NEW YEAR.

I feel quite daring! 

( Linda and Christine I am working on your cheerleader name tags) 


YES recap, reminder of IN YOUR WORDS


What does this mean? 

Well in my own words LOL ...our plans to 
do NANCY DREW blog hop for January
will be delayed till March..
( will make a new button today with new dates)

Sadly the fabric would not make it to anyone
till then end of December and that would only give
you a couple weeks to make something...
SEWWWW we will just postpone..
Carol is crushed lol---but she will get over it...
We will keep her busy getting ready for this one....


As I always have a back up plan..
ALWAYS, even if it took me but 10 minutes to think of one..
as she will be managing this blog hop..
As a retired teacher, she was just over the top excited by this one...
I am hoping you will feel the same...
She will be putting up a post tomorrow to give you some
ideas on what we can do with WORDS.

This blog hop will have you incorporating
one word, 3 words, lots of words
that will be your new mantra for 2013

YOU can add them all to a quilt, wall hanging,
runner, mugg rugg, pillow...
anything you would like...

I added some of my very favourite words...
I am going to make this into a quilt.....
the US is not United States
it is US as in US together....

Here is one for YOU...copy it and use it as your BOARD, place your very words in there...

Give you something to think about through this month of December as we unveil our month of our Books for Women by Women....( begins Monday)

I believe this will be an absolute delightful blog hop..
it will be a great exercise into turning
your passions into something that will
reveal-- who YOU are...It will give
everyone a snapshot  of YOU
and will be an absolute slide into our next
blog hop which will be revealed in a couple weeks...
( this one is pretty exciting too)

Sew IN YOUR WORDS, you can applique, stitch, piece,
glue, paper piece, embroidery..anything you want ...
But you must include WORDS....

Group is full now...

SEW who has words and wants to show us who you ARE?
I am in....YOU Know I have a few lol

my best

MONDAY DARE TO DRESDEN will be launched...

Friday, December 28, 2012

Our last day of books for women by women with Alicia and Sarah

Greetings to Alicia and Sarah, a nice way to end our
books for women by women by getting us all organized! 

Pretty Neat

We heard the same thing from women everywhere we went: “I wouldn’t really consider myself super organized. Are you sure you want to talk to me?” Angela Harris, busy mom of two, joked, “People think I’m organized because I juggle things. But my car, my gym locker, and my office tell the real story.”
Even those who described themselves as very organized, even anal, were quick to point out their flaws and shortcomings. None felt remotely qualified to have their organizational tricks held up as examples of what to do.
Why on earth, we asked ourselves, did these women feel their “imperfect” ways left them short of the mark organizationally? Perhaps it’s because perfection has been held up as the gold standard when it comes to organization. We think it’s high time for a new standard of organization: an imperfect one.
What does it mean to be imperfectly organized? Foremost, it is a mind-set. It means making a conscious decision to let go of the notion that everything must pass inspection by the organizational police, and instead permit yourself to keep the gears of your life turning in your own unique way. Even if it involves shortcuts and a little messiness that might horrify your mother or mother-in-law, the goal is to have enough structure in place to avoid missing important things, yet remain limber enough to handle the inevitable curveballs that get thrown your way. And unless you have enough time to make organization a full-time job, you’ll need to embrace shortcuts and imperfect approaches to getting organized. Remember, organization is not an end state, it’s an ongoing fact of life—a process.

This book will be gifted today! 

Members of the Perseus Books Group | Distributed by Publishers Group West

                                       We Love our Sponsors..

A huge thanks to the following sponsors for offering up some very heartfelt presents for the month of December... Besides the featured Authors book each day, we will have weekly PRESENTS of the following..

From top to bottom.....Pellon is gifting 2 pillows, 1 batting for a throw, some  pillow stuffing, and some wonder under  to  2 winners who stick with Pellon!

Aurifil is gifting 4 boxes of large threads in a variety of colours to 4  lovers of threads....

Bag Lady is gifting 5 assorted frames for coin purses to 1 coin purse lover!

Reliable Corporation ( you can see close up here) is gifting 2 Sensor Irons to 2 quilters who love to iron.

Purdy's Chocolate is gifting 4 large boxes of chocolates...( I did not even peak under the wrapper, so I am not sure what is there )  to 4 lucky chocolate lovers.

Andover Fabrics is gifting 4 beautiful assorted fat quarter bundles to 4 fabric lovers...

And Seal Press will be gifting the book that is featured each day!

 Our whole month of December we cheerleaders will be celebrating all of YOU, who have been
with us for years. To our  new followers,  we will welcome you with all the warmth we can muster....

WE hope you will be visiting us and leaving lovely comments for all of our guests who have
made this month possible.... Take this time to thank those around you for all of our blessings...
It will be a very special month....

All those who follow will be eligible for all of our gifts.....and if we hit 5,000 followers, I have a very special gift for YOU....oh yes...wink... and all those who proceeded!

                      Whatever your wishes are this season, these are our wishes for you...!

With warmest blessings from our cheerleading TEAM...

Jane, Carol, Katherine, Marlene,  Wendy, Corrie, Linda, Cherry, 
Pauline, Christine....These are our cheerleaders...
and a new one who will be joining the team in 2013 Mary!

  Congrats to Jean(ie) who won yesterdays book

Riding Fury home

and Ryan who won

our last Reliable Sensor Iron..

tomorrow we will announce
the rest of the winners
of our remaining 'gifts

                                    congrats to Celia for winning our last andover bundle...

                              congrats to SharonP for winning our last Purdy's chocolates

congrats to JulietteR for winning a variety of BAG LADIES
coin purse handles...( 6 in total) 

and our final giveaway with much appreciation of all of our sponsors
goes to jerryanne T....

A big thanks goes out to Seal Press
for bringing us all a month filled with amazing authors...
It gave many of us an opportunity to slow down the pace
a bit and put our noses into books .....

a nice change it was...thank you all! 

Congrats to SALLIE for winning the book of the day! 

See you all on Monday, for our announcement of our next
BLOG HOP.... ( for end of January)