Monday, July 30, 2012

Christmas Through The Year, Schnibbles Finish, Quilt Shop News, and……..

christmasthroughtheyearbutton  Here we are at the end of the month, and I don’t know about you, but with all this heat, thinking Christmas is a bit difficult.  I started off with one idea for my  project and soon realized that one was a bit to ambitious, so here’s my finish.017   What is it about yo yo’s…I love making them, and I have enough to make another couple trees.  I don’t know if you have visited Carol’s blog….she made a Christmas project each day for the month of July.  Stinkin’ cute, adorable, wonderful, amazing…..stop me I could go on and on…..projects, and on her post for TODAY she has a collage of all the projects….again AMAZING!!!!!!  Darlene will have Mr. Linky up tomorrow for you to link up your Christmas gifts for the month….and also there is a giveaway!!!  moredays Have you seen the Seven Days of Christmas Blog Hop going on over here?  Seven days of Christmas blocks and ideas…whoohoo!!!!!!!

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The end of the month also means a finish for Another Year of Schnibbles, hosted by Sinta and Sherri. Thanks girls!!!  This month it was the pattern of our choice, and I went with Spot.018  Someday when time permits, I want to make a wall hanging out of this.  The pattern goes together like butter, and I love it in Vintage Modern.  Runners seem to be what I can get done these days.

The last four years I have spent my Wednesday evenings sewing with a fun group of ladies at one of the local quilt shops.  Recently the owner decided it was time to step away from the shop…..sadness for all for sure……..BUT,  great news. One of the longarmers, and friend to all of us, Ja006nuary,  decided to step in and buy the shop, and Cherry Berry Quilts was born.  It’s so exciting to see the changes happening.  January, along with her mom Joan, Theresa who worked for the previous owner, and many, many 007helpers, the new shop is coming to life.  Fabric, notions, patterns and books are arriving daily, and classes are high on the agenda.  Of course our open sew Wednesday  group is already up and going.002   So


fun.  Last Wednesday the classroom was full!  Congratulations January….you are off to a great start.

Saturday the family went to an Angel game580788_4323500256613_1352956628_n .  The Dots had a great time, and Big Dot loved yelling as loud as he could..and the clapping was fun of course.  Only sad part, our girls guy couldn’t be with us.  We will get him next time!!!!  

Then there is this Thursday…….QUILT RETREAT!!!  Four fun filled days of sewing, sewing, sewing, eating and lots of laughing…snorting laughing I bet.  Hopefully I will get some things done :-)!!    Sunday, and I can’t believe this, Big Dot will be 4.  Party time Sunday night!!!!!!!!

Happy end of the month everyone.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Back and Lots To Report On!

Our tim001e away was great, and seeing this view all week with the cool breeze….so nice!!!    It was so fun to have our girl and her guy join us…002..and a


wild game of Catch  Phrase happened, complete with snorting laughing….the best kind!

There was time for Mr. P to get a couple good rounds of golf in, and time for me to 007get some things done.  I got my yo yo on…these will be used for my Christmas gifts this month for Christmas Through The Year…..and FINALLY, my Christmas runner I started 4 years ago is 010completely finished right down to the binding.  I also worked on a top secret project.



24 little top secret gifts for quilt retreat friends that’s coming up in a couple weeks, so no peaks until then!!!!

There’s  been some celebrating in our family again.  Last Monday was my daughter in laws birthday.  We are all so lucky to have her part of our family.   She’s a great mom,  and wife to my son and on top of that an amazing nurse.  377737_2668481758282_1596645338_n  Today just happens to be their 7th wedding anniversary.   The Dots spent a couple days with us while they had an anniversary getaway.  I can’t believe how fast time has passed, and so much has happened in their lives.  They are quite the team,422286_4408696016118_1246680914_n and you know I am a crazy Nana over those Dots!!!    On top of these two special days, tomorrow is another.  It’s my sons birthday.  We are over the top proud of the man he has become.  We could not ask for a better son,396047_4408698976192_1443146809_n and watching him with his boys is the best.  Happy birthday son…..we love you to pieces for sure!!

Busy week here in Polka Dot land.  Not sure how much sewing will happen, and I have fallen way off the Rehab wagon.  Wishing you all a very happy week!!!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Wee Bit Of Sewing….Lucky Me and Some Tutes

002  A wee bit that’s all there has been time for.  I pinned and marked my Christmas  runner and then actually quilted it myself….very simple quilting, cross hatched the010 the whole thing.  I was a bit worried about putting the giant rick rack on before it got washed so I went for it, thru it in the machine then added the rick rack, and now just the binding is left to do.  This month we get to pick the Schnibble pattern of our choice.  I 011decided to go with Spot and will be making a runner out of Vintage Modern. So far my blocks are made and rows are marked. I love this pattern.  I was one of the lucky winners for last months Schnibbles giveaway,012 and Miss Rosie herself, Carrie, sent me the most wonderful box of goodies.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, and thanks to Sinta and Sherri for this fun group.

christmasthroughtheyearbutton Anyone thinking Christmas???  Darlene and I are once again excited about all the goodies that will be made and we are shaking our pom poms like crazy!!!  If you want some more Christmas inspiration in the gift making department, you just have to check over at Carol’s blog.  She is celebrating Christmas in July and posting a handmade Christmas gift or decoration EVERY day this month……AMAZING!!!!  Now on to some tutes!


Ali and Sandy over at Very Berry Handmade have a tutorial for this cute Travel Earring/Jewelery wrap.  What a wonderful gift this would make.

The next two tutorials are from Liz at s4hbadgesquare150x150_thumb1Sew4home.  





From the Weekend Wonders with Fabric Series, there’s a tutorial for these cute Placemats With Flatware, tutorial here1154-Christmas-Stockings-1   Then a wonderful tutorial for English Cottage Stockings in Blitzen, part of the Moda Christmas in July Series.

This next one I wasn’t able to contact Yolanda for permission to use her picture, but these are SUPER CUTE…….Sticky Note Clipboard from coasters….tutorial here.

And something for the little people in our livesbooboo bugs . Lady Bug Boo-Boo Bugs from Show Tell Share, tutorial here.  This will take the ouch out of those boo boos for sure.

The heat has set in here, no use whining because it will be around for at least a couple months……ok, I will be whining!  We are off to escape the heat for a few days at the beach.  Have a great week everyone!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Happy Birthday To Our Girl

Thirty 167372_1775692874206_1295875071_32250675_3981536_nyears ago today, one of the best days in my life for sure……our sweet baby girl was born.  Watching her grown in to the wonderful woman that she is, and seeing all the adventu32458_1474292419383_5493282_nres she has had in her life has been so amazing.  I am so lucky 580684_3894453006556_506637308_n

to have her not only as a daughter but as my best friend.      

I don’t know what I did to win the mom prize in daughters, but I am so grateful.  Dad and I love you so much and are so proud of you.  We can’t wait to spend the day with you today.  Love you mucho cupcake……moms

Friday, July 6, 2012

Pay It Forward

A short while back Terry over at Terry’s Treasures , posted about a Pay It Forward she was opening up…..  WANTED-- three people who would be interested in re005ceiving a handmade gift from her some time during the next year.  Today this is the wonderful goodness I received from her.  She had posted this sweet heart project on her blog a bit back, and I loved it went I saw it, and now I am so lucky to have it!!  Also included was a sweet doily and some beautiful floss.  Thanks so much Terry.   To continue on the Pay It Forward, I am looking for three people who would like to receive a homemade gift from me during the next year.  You must have an active blog  and agree to pass on the PIF to three people as well.  If you are interested just leave me a comment.

Terrydscn3966 is also starting a Scrappy Star Quilt-Along in August……two blocks per month.  Now that seems pretty darn doable to me….and I am actually considering using my 30’s stash.  If you would like to join in, you can sign up over at Terry’s blog.

I have really been trying my best to concentrate on getting UFO’006s done.  This Christmas table runner was started about 4 years ago.  It’s so stinkin’ easy, why oh why did I put it away?!!!  Here’s the shocking part….I am actually going to quilt it myself.  Crosshatch the whole thing…right thru the borders, then rickrack will go down both sides….easie peasie I hope!!

So what’s your plans for the weekend??  My son and The Granddots are taking Papa to The Angel game tomorrow night so I know where I will be….sewing room here I come!  Happy weekend everyone. 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Christmas Through The Year June Winner Is……………………..

The winner of the June giveaway is Sunny from Quilting Dreams!!!!!!!  Email  me your address Sunny and your prize will be in the mail.  What a great turnout we had for June, heat and all.  I think Darlene and all her pom pom shaking had something to do with it.  She is really, really good!  Now on to July and tutorial Monday!!. 180988478744798358_fwOhOXZE_b


Val Laird has a wonderful tutorial for this cute thread catcher.  Sweet embroidery on there!

I was visiting  (lurking) over at Megan’s blog, The Brassy Apple, and saw these cute lap desks277956608221335733_sR0CoPpt_b .  Love them, and how fun to make your own personalizing them with just the perfect fabric for who you are making them for.  The tutorial is from Rachel at Pleased As Punch.

Another favorite spot to visit is Karen’s blog, Sew Many Ways.  She is one clever lady, and comes up with some dandy ideas for using everyday things you have hanging around.  She also has some wonderful tutorials.  db990fbe-9dfc-4f11-aba1-cc06aaca8b06___Selected  Here’s a cute Reversible Eyeglass Case tutorial, and an Easy Apron47876481-d6c3-4331-9712-ae44d2d2bb4e_thumb_BR_16  tutorial.


Wishing everyone a happy, happy 4th of July!